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Bribery will get you everywhere


Or, at least to Ohio.

I’ll spare you the silly details, but let me just say that this week Neil and I found ourselves at an impasse.  One of us wanted to attend an event in Ohio soon, the other of us (who wasn’t too keen on the Ohio idea) had been jonesing for this really cool camera bag… and so the credit card came out and made everyone happy.  One of us got the snazzy camera bag with removable padding + gobs of space for camera gear & purse essentials, and the other of us got an airline ticket outta here.

Which one of us got which prize is left as an exercise for the reader 😉

I’ll give you a hint, though.  The camera bag recipient also made herself a little something with the sewing machine this week:

Meet the new camera strap.

I decided it would be cool to have a strap with a pocket for my lens cap, so I grabbed a strip of one of my favorite prints, cut up a lovely old green linen skirt that hasn’t fit me since my brief flirtation with Size 6 five years ago, found some leftover batting from the last quilt I made, and sewed it all together into one crazy-wide camera strap.

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Too wide for me, actually, but it needed some width in order to fit the lens cap.  So, I left the lens cap side wide, and tapered the whole thing to a more reasonable width on the other side.

I’m not really sure how I feel about the whole tapered thing, but I can’t re-do it at this point or I risk the little leather tabs falling apart.  I’ve already ripped out and re-sewn them enough times that they can’t take many more holes in them.


I do absolutely love these fabrics, and I think the green linen is so perfect.  I’m going to live with the strap for a while, see if the tapered aspect of it grows on me or not.  If I just can’t deal, I guess I can find replacement leather tabs somewhere and try again, can’t I?  Anyone know if someplace sells camera strap parts?

(I enjoyed allowing myself to be bribed this week… I think I need to see if there’s anything else Neil wants me to let him do.  I can be bought for the price of this super macro conversion lens that I bet would be really cool to play with.  Heh.)


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16 thoughts on “Bribery will get you everywhere

  1. I like the strap a lot. It looks like a man’s tie. And the print is very cute. The bag is a beauty also. I love that color.

    1. I thought it looked like a tie, too. It made me think you could probably make a decent camera strap out of a recycled tie.

  2. Oh my! You are so cute! Sneaky but cute. You’re on a roll.

  3. I wish my husband would bribe me from time to time! Usually its the other way around though… LOL

  4. Love that green, my camera bag is one of those ugly rounded camera bags the camera stores sell. Bleh. I like the lens cap pocket idea, very clever.

    1. I had one of those bags for my old camera (it came with it when I bought the camera on eBay), but I had nothing for this current camera. This bag is so cool – I can fit all my purse junk in it too, which is perfect!

  5. Love the bag! LOOOOOve that strap! It’s really beautiful and perfect with that little pocket for the lens cap!

  6. i love it when deals can be made! totally cute deals too. lucky girl.

  7. I want the purple bag so bad. Xmas can’t come quick enough!

    1. I had the olive one on my wish list for a few months, but I got panicky that they’d run out before Christmas – I got lucky that my husband was in a bargaining mood. Heh.

  8. […] this green linen just scrumptious??  It’s the same stuff I used for my camera strap, and it’s in very limited supply.  I suspect I’ll be hording the last little bits for […]

  9. Cool bag; I really like their flower ones but haven’t been able to convince myself to splurge. Also, loving the strap and am wondering if it would work a smidge better if it was narrower and flared to accomodate the lens cap (I never have any place to put it). WHat fabric is the patterned one, do you know?

  10. […] I probably could have just used the old strap – the one with the pocket for the lens cap, but where’s the fun in that?  (Remind me I said this in roughly three days when I have […]

  11. […] was just over a year ago that I got this lovely camera bag.  I loved it (as much as one could love a bag) and I took it […]

  12. […] It’s been almost seven years since the time Neil and I first bargained in camera gear and airline tickets, and looking back on that time, it almost seems quaint: a few days in Ohio for him, and a nice camera bag for me. […]

  13. […] I probably could have just used the old strap – the one with the pocket for the lens cap, but where’s the fun in that?  (Remind me I said this in roughly three days when I have […]

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