Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Oh, to be so glamorous . . .

. . . that all I needed to carry was a little beaded purse.  Just a tissue, lipstick and an ornate compact to powder my nose and I'd be out the door in my slinky, black gown.  Ready for a night of dancing, cocktails, interesting conversation and a little flirting.  At least that is what I picture the woman who once owned these did.

Such a life she must have led.  I bet she was friends with June Cleaver ('Leave It To Beaver'), had coffee with Harriet Nelson ('Ozzie and Harriet') and co-chaired charity events with Margaret Anderson ('Father Knows Best').  All dressed impeccably in heels and pearls while tending to their houses, children and hard-working husbands.

Would I have liked to be a housewife in the 50s?  Ah, no.  But didn't they make everything look so effortless?  Perfection was what they strived for. 

But like this little purse with it's missing pearls, I'm just as glad I don't have to live up to certain standards to be cherished, loved or appreciated.  I'm happy with my imperfect house, my friends who like me better than what I may or may not have or do and certainly, my less-than-perfect life.

Thanks for looking at my contribution to Faded Charm's White Wednesday.  And for looking without expecting perfection!


Createology said...

Ahh...I like to think these little purses got to be enjoyed and not "saved" until too late to give pleasure to their owners. That is what I tend to do with my treasures. Use them and enjoy them NOW...

Patti's Artful Design said...

Oh Connie....I love my pearl-beaded purses as much as I see that you do! They are truly works of art! And..I treat them that way. I have three of mine on a three-tier wall shelf in our guest bedroom...everyone always makes a nice comment about them. Thank you for sharing your collection.

Linda said...

Adorable little purse! Thanks for sharing....


Debra@Common Ground said...

Great post, Connie! Growing up in the 50's I just remember my mom schlepping out to the clothes line many times a week! But she always looked really great while schlepping. Love that purse.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Connie, I remember my mom had a very similar purse. I loved to play dress-up with it.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Wonderful post,Connie!!Love the purse.
Have a great weeekend.

Lynn Stevens said...

A great post! They did make it look effortless didn't they?

I have an entire collection of these beaded purses, now I'll be wondering where they came from.

Joanna said...

Beautiful pearl clutch, and I love the imagery you've given with it. Such a beautiful era (but also jolly hard work unless you had lots of money).

Imperfection works for me too (just as well!).


Lisa said...

Oh Connie...I would use that little beaded purse with a pair of blue jeans and white tee shirt! Oh, and probably flip flops! Wouldn't June Cleaver have a conniption? I remember my Mom, she wouldn't look her very best, but she'd always put on the red lipstick.
I sometimes wonder if keeping a perfect home like in the 50s, is why I feel like my home is never perfect.
I'll have to bake something just in-case someone stops by!

Have a perfect weekend,

BECKY said...

You and me both!! I love what Lisa said about using that purse with jeans!! We need to think out of the box with some of this stuff!
Lovely clutches!
Have a fab weekend!!

Simply Bungalow said...

Beautiful post and such a lovely purse.

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Wouldn't it be something not to have to worry about the cell phone, them car keys, the hand sanitizer, safety pins, lotion, eyeglasses, sunglasses, eye drops and the parachute??!!

Suz said...

So pretty, Connie. I would NOT like to have been a housewife then, in fact, watching my mother made me not want to be a housewife. I, too, love all the accoutrements, especially those beautiful purses!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Hi Connie, I tried several times to leave a comment on your "Wasted Day" post, but for some reason, it would Not let me.... So Here I am, So Happy to be back & visiting all my Dear blogging Friends.... What Fun stuff an auto junk yard has, great Planters for sure..... well, I am off to the Post Office & wanted to say Hi real quick ~ I'm with You on moving south, but I think Florida is the spot to be, My Family in Georgia had Lots of snow, I think My Neices had 10 snow days this year.... still too Cold for Me~ Have a great weekend!