As I sit here in my humble Roger's Park apartment cleaning far too much leather I got to thinking what it was I like in this world.
Over the years, my parents instilled in me an appreciation for well crafted goods and also antiques. I love antique furniture, architecture, and craftsmanship. A well made, wood and leather creation stirs something in me that modern vinyl, plastic, and metal just can't quite compare.
Over the last year, I have finally be able to begin to indulge my love of these sorts of things.
I blame a good friend of my Husbands who bought, on a whim, an antique writing desk crafted of Mahogany and Brass with a beautiful leather inlayed writing surface. This thing is monstrous and gorgeous. It is also our podcasting studio's main station.
This was followed by locating new antique shops to buy a nice end table for our living room. Then my saga really got rolling...
My husband introduced me to a company called Saddleback Leather Company. They make some of the best built leather goods on the planet in my opinion. They are not for the hipster, fru fru crowd. These things are heavy, leather, and speak of a time when people traveled the world because it was there. An unexplored, wonderful, engaging world just waiting to be discovered. I purchased my husband a very nice wallet and iPad case ,then later got myself the same wallet, messenger bag, iPad mini case, iPhone sleeve, belt, and Macbook sleeve. Needless to say, I was smitten by these wonderful leather goods. I also purchased a Barmah foldable leather hat to wear. These items are my daily carry every day and everywhere I travel in the great city of Chicago.
I also spent my time digging through ebay looking for a good quality leather jacket for the winter and found a good deal on a decent one which kept me wonderfully dry and warm during this past winter's deep cold and snow.
My taste for high quality goods also expanded into my geekery for electronics. I became an unashamed Apple fanboy. I now own a 2012 Retina Macbook Pro, iPhone 5, Retina iPad mini, as well as a 2006 Macbook Pro, and a G4 iMac. I loved the design of the iMac and bought it more as an art piece than a usable computer.
My love of all things antique also expands to the city of Chicago. This town is chock full of history just waiting to explore. So much wonderful architecture, culture, and food to explore I don't think I will ever see it all in 4 lifetimes.
I also purchased a Canon EOS M camera. This camera was Canon's first attempt at a Mirrorless digital system and I love it. Such a tiny, yet high quality system it makes it incredibly easy to carry my camera in my bag without feeling like I am lugging a bus on my shoulder by the end of the day.
Well, Enough of my ramblings. Hope to see more of you coming to check my images and random wanderings in the future.