One of the biggest reasons I don't bring my camera is because I don't want to carry the case around with me and I don't want to get it broken, either.
I decided to see if I could find a purse/camera bag combo to solve my problem. Some people on Etsy.com clearly were onto this idea before I was.
This is a nice option made by Snugglens but it's very 'boxy' and not really my style.
Here's another one made by XcessRize Designs. I think it has much more character.
Another one by Snugglens. I like this one better than the regular messenger bag.
Each bag comes with various styles of padded compartments inside.
Here's the catch - these bags do not come with a small price tag... and I'm cheap.
I decided to take a little trip to the craft store and see what I could find.
This pattern set was only $0.99 on sale, and I liked the general idea for style B.
Much like the Snugglens bag above, it has nice pockets on the sides and plenty of room inside.
Four hours later, I had this.
The whole purse is made with a double layer of polyester batting, and the bottom has 1" foam to make for a nice safe interior.
I'm still working on perfecting the inside, but so far this is working.
Hopefully, now that I have a good way to keep my camera with me, I'll have fewer of those "Darn it, I wish I had my camera" moments.