Cruising Alaska An Old Leather Suitcase Shearing Sheep

I am back from vacation. I went on the Ruby Princess cruise ship to Alaska with my sister Vickie, my mom and my niece Connie. We had a wonderful time cruising the Inside Passage. I have been back one week but I needed the time to recuperate from the cruise! I had no idea that I would be so tired.

Connie, Mom and Vickie on the dock by the cruise ship.

It was the first cruise for them and only the second for me. The Ruby Princess is part of the Princess Cruise Lines and holds over 3000 passengers and over 1000 staff. We had a stateroom with a balcony and bunk beds. It was fun to share a room, kind of like having an 8 day slumber party! LOL!

Sorry the room was such a mess when I took the photo! The bunk beds are folded into the ceiling during the day and then the steward comes and takes them down in the evenings. We had searched the internet to see what bunkbeds would look like on a cruise ship with no luck. So if you ever wanted to know – here is a photo. The bunks have their own light up there and you can sit on the bed without touching the ceiling if you are short like us! They were quite comfortable and we found that one ladder was enough. Connie and I slept on the bunks.

Juneau, Alaska

The Yukon

This was a great trip. We went to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, the Yukon, Victoria, Canada, the Butchhart Gardens. We went from Skagway on a narrow gauge railway into the Yukon. We then were on a bus and went much farther. The highlight for me was seeing a young black bear along the roadside. The photos were taken from the bus. We also saw lots of bald eagles which are common here in Oregon.

We were very lucky on our trip to Alaska as it didn’t rain in any of the ports. We were told that the week before it rained almost every day.

I want to thank Diana over at Adirondack Girl for featuring my post on Vintage Charm #34. It is such an honor to have been featured. The post that was featured .

Now I want to share a vintage find with you! I found this item at a barn sale. It needs work and I am still deciding what to do with it. Maybe you readers can share your ideas.

Here is a sneak peak of the item. This is what convinced me to buy it!
I love the old hotel sticker on it!

It is an old leather suitcase with canvas interior. The people were using it to hold their sheep shearing supplies as you will see.

The interior is dirty and full of stuff.

The handle is wrapped in paper which is old! I don’t know what is under it.
It is kind of a waxed paper.

One side view.
The top section. You can see the snaps that hold up the canvas divider.

The canvas divider is down in this photo.
Sheep Shearer – Stewart Clipmaster for shearing the wool off the sheep. The
cord is horrible. I don’t know if I will replace the cord  or just ditch the whole thing!
We had sheep when I was growing up so I am very familiar with sheep shearing. I had my own Suffolk ewe and twin lambs which I showed at the County Fair when I was in 4-H.

The inside after everything was removed. The inside is covered in canvas
which is coming lose. I could easily replace it.

So what do you think? Is this suitcase a project worth pursuing? Or should I just chalk it up to something I shouldn’t have bought? What do you think? Please leave me a comment on your ideas. I can’t wait to see what you all think.

Thank you for taking the time to read this far! I really appreciate it and love to read comments.

Wishing each of you a great journey in your hunt for vintage items and make sure to have fun along the way! Remember you are making memories!

Wishing you many blessings in 2016,