Early July Morning, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


In September, my oldest son married his high school sweetheart.
They had a beautiful garden style wedding at our local city park. We could not have asked for a more perfect day.
The bride wanted a beach wedding, but since that was NOT going to be possible, they decided to take a cruise for their honeymoon. The groom's mother's parents already had booked a cruise to the Bahamas, as did the groom's parents. The bride and groom decided...what the heck, and so booked the same cruise.
We all had a blast!
The day before we boarded the ship, I took them out to the beach and we did a wedding photo shoot. It was a bit on the windy side, and a little bright, but I did manage to get some cool shots.

The first day of our cruise started out at a snail's pace, as we were about four hours late leaving port, but that was ok, we were in not hurry to go anywhere.
We went to Freeport; Half Moon Cay; and Nassau, Bahamas. I do believe everyone's favorite place was Half Moon. We could have stayed the entire five days of cruise there.
But, alas, it was time to say our thank yous to the crew and be on our way.
I do have to mention, though, that Thirty One made this trip easier for all of us in the group. Boarding the ship, I took the gray purse and purple bag shown in the photo above. Both are cross body, so I was hands free! One bag was to my left and the other to my right, lol
 As you see here, four of us took our Cinch Sacs. Two of the patterns you see in this picture are not available, but there are a lot of new cool patterns they come in. A couple of the bags you see in this picture have been on a couple of cruises and other trips, and still look brand new.
 I also took this great collection...again in an old pattern, but they have been on many trips and look brand new. The big bag I put my shampoo, lotion, etc in it, the turquoise bag had all my makeup, and then the long bags I had my flat iron.
We all had a great time, and talk of the time we will do this again.
Maybe next October...?

If you are interested in any of these or other bags from Thirtyone Gifts, let me know. My Facebook is Wonderful World of Bags, etc... My email is wonderfulworldofbags@yahoo.com, and you can see my website at mythirtyone.com/terryjeanettecarter

Saturday, October 12, 2013


Less than nine days from right now I will be on a cruise ship with some of my family. Since the last time I cruised, I have become an independent consultant for a company that has some very nice bags. I have accumulated quite the collection and people have asked me if I plan to use any of them on our trip.  Well of course I am...and here is what I plan to take.
When you first board the ship, you will need your purse and some sort of carry on. I am bringing my Organizing Shoulder Bag in gray. I've added a pop of color by tying a pink scarf from Thirty One onto my purse. The pretty purple bag is one of the newest called the Retro Metro Fold Over in Plum Awesome Blossom. I just got it and am excited to use it. I can use both these as a crossbody, so I will be hands free! There is plenty of room for all our basic needs in the Retro Metro Fold Over. Since I can carry my husband's AND my stuff, he can just carry my camera which is in a backpack...both of us will be hands free !!! 
I love my Timeless Memory Pouches (Pink Pop Medallion and Best Buds prints). I use the larger bag to put my shoes in. They each hold two pair of shoes. I won't need the smaller pouches that come with the set for this trip. By the way, these have been used quite a bit, and have held up nicely...they still look new!
This next set was a hostess exclusive at one time. You can't get the Island Demask pattern anymore, but you can still get the Cosmetic Bag Set and the Flat Iron Case separately in other nice prints. I have used the heck out of these and they still look brand new. The biggest bag in the Cosmetic Bag Set has all my hair care stuff, lotions, soap, razor, etc. The smaller bag has all my makeup in it and fits right in the bigger bag, along with all the other stuff in it. They are both a very nice size.
Here is another bag I have used A LOT!!!!! It is the Retro Metro Weekender. Again, it is in the Island Demask, which they don't have. But they have some nice prints available. I love this bag. We will be in Florida a few days before we get on the boat, so I plan to put all the stuff I need (clothes, etc) in this bag. I will probably empty it out and fold it up for later use on the cruise. One does have to do some shopping while on the islands...right? And this bag would be great to put all my excess stuff in it that I accumulate on this trip.
The Large Utility Tote is another great bag! Again, in Island Demask, which they don't carry...can't you tell, I really liked that print, lol.  Anyway, I am taking some Christmas gifts for the family with me, and they will ride in this guy. 
While on the ship, I really don't like to carry a purse, so the Cinch Sac is going to come in very handy. We have a day at the ship's private Island, and I plan to carry this bag along with the Medium Thermal Zipper in Plum Awesome Blossom. I can carry a water bottle and maybe a protein bar. Probably won't need the bar, but since I do have hypoglycemia, I need to have something...just in case.  The thermal bag will keep my water cold and my protein bar from melting while on the beach. The Cinch Sac is in the old Flip Flop pattern which they no longer carry. 
Oh, I just about forgot about my wallet. I love this wallet. It's like a little file cabinet. It has two areas for your cards and money, and in the middle is a zipper coin area, and it all zips up nicely together. 
Maybe this time, I can mark something off my bucket list and go horseback riding on the beach. Doctor wouldn't let me do it last time, since I had just gotten out of the hospital.
Or maybe I'll just be lazy like last time. Lazy is nice...

If you are interested any of these bags or other bags that this great company has, check out my website at
facebook at Wonderful World of Bags, etc...
or emal at wonderfulworldofbags@yahoo.com

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ordered My Dulcimer!

I went to my dulcimer group last night...
When I was about 10, I took guitar lessons, other than that....I'm not very musical; except...I can dance.
Some of my friends and I have been attending this group for several weeks.
We've also shopped around for dulcimers and have learned A LOT!!! One...they can be very expensive...and two, you don't want to go too inexpensive, because they are just not fun to play on.
Last night I played on one that I really liked, so I found out where the lady got it, and today...I ordered me one! 
It is from the same company as this one pictured above, and is made of quartersawn sycamore and will have butterflies with morning glories on it.
I should be getting it mid next week! I can't wait!!!