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Welcome the the Cowgirl Attitude Blog!
Life changes... and so do the boots.
Holy Cow this is FUN!!
We are in sunny Arizona for festivals and shows. We have enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people, several whom are from our hometown of Gresham, Oregon!
Every morning I wake and am amazed. Look! It's sunny, AGAIN!!!
Cave Creek, Litchfield and Care Free have been very good to us. I'm busy making purses as fast as possible along with leather journals, wallets and concealed weapon bags. If you have a special request let me know and I'll design something specifically for you.
Up coming shows:
Nov 29-Dec 1 Magic Bird Christmas show
in CareFree, AZ
Dec.6-8 SAACA Festival of the Arts
in Oro Valley (Tuscon), AZ
December 14-15 Jewell's fine art Festival,
Feb. 14-16 Gold Rush Days,
Wickenberg, AZ (We'll be at the Library)
March 28-30 Tempe Festival of the Arts
You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
See ya soon!
Hello to all our new friends we've met in the last few weeks. I've enjoyed your stories, your jokes, your kind gestures that my husban would go with me to a show and lace "booties" for me! It makes me laugh and warms my heart that ya'll love the re purposed products that drive my creatitivity. I have very few booties left thanks to so many of you loving what I do with these boots. i will have more at the next few shows. I've added new wallets,
but only have 2 in stock right now. I will be working on new necklaces
and journals this week! If you have a favorite band and want a journal album made from their record, let me know and I'll whip up something real special for you!
Here's my show schedule:
Nov. 1-3 Litchfield show, AZ
Nov. 15-17 The Big Heap,
Cave Creek AZ (If you're from Portland, you know what the Plukity Maiden shows are you'll love this one!)
Nov 29-Dec 1 Magic Bird Christmas show
in CareFree, AZ
Dec. 14-15 Mesa Art Show
, Mesa AZ
We are busy at work creating new inventory of cowboy boot booties, wallets, journals, purses and jewelry.
Oct 25-27, 2013 Stage Coach
Cave Creek, AZ
Nov. 2-3 , 2013 Litchfield Park
Litchfield Park, AZ (Tentative)
Nov. 29-Dec.1,2013 Magic Bird
Dec. 14-15, 2013 Mesa Art Fesital
Mesa, AZ (Tentative)
Feb.14-23, 2014 Arabian Horse Show
We hope to see you at one or more of these shows! If you want us to create something unique just for you, send an email to email@example.com
and we'll create a one of a king special bag for you.
We had a great show in Sedona, Arizona. Thank you to all the artist and customers that made us feel right at home. Congratulations to those who purchased our products. We are so grateful you loved our products. I'm busy making more creations for our next show in Cave Creek, Oct. 25-27. StageCoach Art Festival
Hope to see you there!
Diamond 57 will be at the Sedona Arts Festival
October 12-13 in Sedona, Arizona. Watch for our show schedule. We will also be touring Cave Creek, Tuscon, Tempe and more! We will display our jewelry, leather journals, western purses and booties. www.diamond57.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall is here with all her beautiful colors and fragrences.
We just completed a photoshoot for some upcoming magazine ads. I hope you'll enjoy these!
Don't you love summer? The sun is shining, birds continue to sing sweet melodies and
the squirrels are busy scurrying all over the place, which is annoying to my dog, Phil the Wonder Dog! Ph
il follows me to my shop each morning to supervise my creative endeavors.
I just posted new purses and they all have Swarovski crystals. I was thinking... " I wonder if people know what they are?" So here ya go:
How do you say Swarovski? "Swore Off Ski" There, easy.
What are they?
Swarovski Crystals are not natural crystals found in caves, but are man-made gems manufactured in Austria. In the late 1800's, Daniel Swarovski discovered a formula for making beautiful, high quality lead glass crystals. Since then, the Swarovski family has continued the tradition of making the most recognized crystals in the world out of their factory in Wattens, a market community in Austria.
The Swarovski Silver Crystal line was created by a Swarovski craftsman who was able to capture a silvery shine in the facets of the lead glass crystals. Swarovski Silver Crystals are made using a combination of natural minerals and quartz sand. The crystals are then slowly cooled, which helps avoid stress and imperfections. Swarovski Silver Crystals have a spectral brilliance that gives them their unique silver color, giving the impression that they are made of real precious metal.
So what about the Swarovski crystals, used by me, on the Diamond 57 purses? Well, they are genuine Swarovski crystals with various coatings, (mostly AB, Arora Borealis, which makes a slight rainbow effect. I find it pulls in the colors of the purse I'm using the crystals on.)
The Swarovski crystals I use are pronged crystals. I use a machine to set the prongs into the leather and fold the prongs over on the underside of the leather to provide a long lasting, durable application. I've never had someone needing one replaced. Gluing on the crystals to leather does not work, as the leather will always have some oils in them which deteriates the glue. For this reason, I always use the prongs or sometimes rivets. The rivet crystals are NOT Swarovski and will be stated as just crystals.
So there ya have it! More information than you really wanted, but at the next rodeo when someone is commenting on how beautiful your cowboy boot purse is, you can be quite the "know it all" about the Swarovski crystals on your Diamond 57 purse!
Yehaw! Enjoy the sparkles!
I thought I'd post a few pictures of some custom purses I just completed.
This first one is for Abby. The boots were worn by her father. He was a cowboy, loving father and true Texan. Abby loves bling so I combined the two for a beautiful memorial of her father.
Many blessings, friends!
The shop will be closed until June 3rd, 2013. I have several purses in various stages and will
complete them the week of the 3rd. Here's a sneak peak!
Cowboys and Indians Magazine will be spotlighting my purses in the August/Sept issue. Be Sure to pick up your issue.
Thank you for your kind words and generous compliments. You kindness inspires me to create in ways that surprise and delight.
Father's Day is coming up June 16th. How about a western concho key chain
? ($9.95) or a wallet
(from $15) made from a cowboy boot? Check it all out at www.diamond57.com
Pass this on
to all your cowgirl and cowboy friends!
Be safe! Love and be loved!
Congradulations to Mary! She is the proud owner of the Red Butterfly Purse she has been watching for months! I was surprised it didn't sell sooner, but now I know why! It was meant to be Mary's. When I make each purse I often think of who will carry and cherish this particular bag. They are one of a kind and special indeed! Thank you Mary!
Happy Mothers day to all those women who love and are loved by children of their own and others they don't!
Here's the coupon code for $20 off any cowboy boot purse. mom2013
Please let me know if you would like a custom purse made just for you.
I have some new purses made from sarape material that are fun and functional! $40 for the small and $50 for the large.
I'm also working on some new belts and buckles. Here is a sample of one I have completed. The buckle has swarvoski crystals and a awesome cross made from 2 swords and wings for the background..
The beautiful days here in Oregon have inspired the creative spirit within! I finished 7 purses and started 7 more.
I have created a way to add a concealed weapon inside the cowboy boot bag. It's a special order at this time. Email me for more details and custom orders.
Thank you for all your support and kindness! I look forward to a fun, creative and beautiful spring! Join the fun!
"Every happening great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us. The art of life is the get the message"
Love to all my cowgirl sisters!
Happy Valentines day! The shop will be closed until Feb. 24th. Any orders received will be shipped on Monday. Please email for any questions and I'll get back to you ASAP.
My brain had a storm! I keep thinking of new products to make but must stay focused on completing projects.
I have about 7 more purses to complete, then onto a few new items. Stay tuned!
2012 had many photo shoots for magazines like Cowboys and Indians, Cowgirl Magazine, True West and Canadian Cowboy magazine. So much fun!! This year we look forward to Rodeos, horse shows, western art shows and maybe Cowboy Christmas in Las Vegas! I'll post here my line up.
Let me know if you need something custom made.
Winter love and frosty hugs!
I loved making this purse! The boots were made by ariat with a vintage looking cowgirl on a bucking horse.
It's probably the only one I'll make as the design process was long dealing with all the intricate details on these boots. Send this picture to all your cowgirl buddies! Let me know if you need anything custom (it's too late for Christmas but January is just around the corner!)
Did you go to NFR and Cowboy Christmas? What was your favorite exhibit, event or products?
"Because of His birth, angels sing and a new star shone" Will you recognize Him in your life?
Merry Christmas to all my cowgirl sisters! It's always fast and fabulous this time of year for me. Custom purses are at it's height of production to make a special gift from loved ones that will live on forever.
Cowboy and Indian magazine requested 3 of my purses for their upcoming photo shoot so you may notice 3 of the purses listed are available for purchase but won't be able to be shipped until after Christmas.
Let me know soon if you would like a custom purse, this week is the last week to order.
I have many new feather earrings
in stock in AMAZING colors!!
Also I have a few signs available. $15 each.
I've also created some unique pendants and buckles with vintage jewelry parts and fun trinkets. They are $45 each. I will list them soon. You can contact me directly
if you'd like pictures of the current stock.
Looking forward to lots of creative work in the next 4 weeks.
Merry Christmas to all!
I made some purses from Corral Cowboy Boots. It just so happens I have matching boots. You can see pictures at our previous blog "photo shoot". So we've got red with swarovski
crystals and leopard print hide, black vintage boots
with pink and blue inlays with stars and a classic brown
with sky blue stitching and of course more swarovski crystals.
I have some booties to match,
but they are limited.
I updated the feather earrings
which are quite stunning! Which are your favorites?
I've had many requests for the streamer feather earrings and they are now available! Pink, purple, teal, brown and blue! You'll love the verstility, style and attitude. Perfect for your very own gypsy junk, dang cowgirl look! $28 pair!
All the smell of frost is in the air here in Oregon! And on the pumpkins, corn and gourds! But learning to love and appreciate all the is provided to us is a great blessing in my life.
I've completed 7 new purses and about 15 more in stages of "doneness".... I have so many ideas swirling around in my head of new creations that sometimes I think it's going to bust open! I have an apprentice now. Camry Summers. She's deligtful, precise and quirky. She is amazing and I'm looking forward to being able to create more projects with her help.
If you have custom purses you'd like made for the holidays please get them to me soon so I have plenty of time to create a special heirloom purse for your loved one (even if that's you!).
Here's some of the new purses
. Had a run on dark red/mauroon with many different variations!
Email whenever you want! I'll be looking forward to it!
I just listed a few more purses with 8 more to be listed by Friday, Sept. 28th! Let me know if you'd like something specific.
I just worked for hours on recycling the cowboy boot bottoms into wearable art! Check out the cowboy boot booties page
for a wonderful variety! From furry rabbit fur to smooth leather lining, I'm sure you'll find something you like.
I will be at the world renowned Cracked Pots show at Edgefield July 24-25th
. It's a free show to attend. There are amazing things from all over that will displayed and for sale. This entire event is for recycled products only! You'll be amazed and learn a lot about it also. I will have a purse in the contest! Check it out!
I love this purse! The perfect green reminds of the grassy fields my little mini's
are grazing in. Almost taller than my stallion, he thinks it's an all you can eat buffet! Not for you little, guy. Back to the short pasture after a few hours.
This bag made me smile all through the creation process, which has been long! I used curb chains on the handle with leather straps. For the few of you who might not know what that is, it's chain that attaches to the curb bit of a western bridle (and others), and fits under the chin of the horse. This gives extra control and leverage to the handler
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I finished about 8 pairs of booties and will post them later today.
I'd love to hear from you! Leave me your comments, wishes, hopes and dreams!
I just finished a batch of purses in fabulous colors, shapes and styles. It's so rewarding to see them all lined up when I'm done. Like canning, if that's the sort of thing ya do. You get to delight in the moment of achievement when you realize the inspiration and guidance in creating each item. I hope you enjoy the options.
I listed my "fun and funky" line of necklaces and pendants. Quick, fun and for everyone!
Tell your friends! Check out our face book for free gifts and discounts. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/Diamond57
Be sure to subscribe to my site, so when I post new products you're the first to see them!
Thank you for all your support and love through a trying time for me!
Sending out love and happiness to all my cowgirl sisters!
Free feather earrings with each purchase through the end of May 2012! Enter horsefeathers2012 for the Freebie!! My gift to you!
Ok, I will admit it! I'm a boot whore! But, really, if you were going to be a whore, what better kind?
I do love the Corral boots. I own this one, black with inlay butterfly in turquoise, red, yellow. Yummy to my soul! Well, I happen to find some matching boots on my adventures around the world. I brought them home, hugged them, kissed them, and tucked them in their box. Last week, I realized it was time to create a bold, yet shameless matching cowboy boot purse for my but kicking, fun loving Corral boots. So I bravely, boldly yet with considerable intrepedition, pulled out my razor cutter and carefully placed it on the boot. The first cut is the painful part. Then, there's no turning back. I t's hard to express the enchanting delight of spunky cowboy boots and matching bag.
Wanna give it a ride? Let me know and I'll tell you how.
Well, by popular demand, here is the red zig zag cowboy boot purse! My lovely friend and fan of cowboy boots, happened to be taking a stoll through my shop and spotted a red purse that sang the words to every Elvis Presley song she ever loved, straight to her heart! Dramatic? Yes! But that happens sometimes. She grabbed them, hugged them and wrote me a check! Thank you, Char! I love you and your money, honey. Happy Trails!
I've taken some creative yet whimsical creative liberties in my shop recently, creating the zippy zig zag in red
and the fearless black lady biker spider bag! It's amazing the boots you can find. I think that's the number one question people ask me. "Where do you find all these boots?" Well, it's a journey. In unusual places sometimes, sometimes in the wide open spaces. Estate sales, garage sales, horse shows, rodeos. Sometimes in little country junk stores off the beaten path. Traveling in Mexico, we ditched the common tourist street offerings and ventured in the alleys. All went well, and now you will get to see what I've done with those adventures.
I used industrial gear bezels on the top with red crystals, horse reins for the handles and added red crystals on the spider just for kicks! If you want to see more pictures, check out my Hall of Fame
I love buying the boots straight off the cowboy! I love to hear confessions of where the boots have been and the personal accounts of being thrown from the back of a bucking bull at the Houston Livestock show back in '88. (That guy had to break his back 3 times before he realized he needed to find another form of entertainment. His boots turned into an awesome bag, though, once I got all the bull shit cleaned off!)
Well, if you would like me to make a purse from your boots and listen to your bull... uh, story about your boots, just give me a holler or fill out the custom order form
and let me know the boots are on the way.
Every cowgirl needs some sparkle! I just created a beautiful purse from a pair of vintage Tony Lama red patent leather cowboy boots. I added crystals and spur conchos, even on the brow band handle. I'm working on a batch I hope to have done in a few days in so many colors! Sign up for my email subscription
to be the first to know when I list them.
I was honored to create a special purse from the boots of a mother that had a 15 year old daughter. She loved to cook and was an avid bike rider. She enjoyed watching her daughter play soccer and the bass guitar. Together they enjoyed the French culture and language. I received her boots from her husband who asked if I could create the cowboy boot purse within a few weeks. As it was the holidays, I told him I would try. I called him 3 weeks later to let him know the purse was complete only to discover his wife had passed away. My heart was crushed that I didn't finish the purse so she could see it and present it to her daughter. I looked at the bag, said another prayer and was inspired to add a "charm chain" to the purse. I incorporated a curb bit chain from a horse bridle and attached a soccer ball, guitar, bicycle and a fleur de lis emblem, along with a miniature spur. At the top of the chain I hand stamped on a metal guitar pick, "heart strings together forever". I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have been inspired to preserve memories of those who love. Thank you....