Monday, September 08, 2014

A Couple Cute Loft Finds

I was doing a jeans return at my local Loft  a few weeks ago when I spotted the below. I waited for them to appear online so I could sale stake them. And waited. And waited some more. And finally, it happened.

Perhaps they are a bit twee, I am not sure. What I do know is they are flawy and comfortable and perfect for layering in the event it does cool down here. But with temperatures forecast near 100 this weekend I have feeling I will get a lot of use out of these items now and later.  And speaking of later, how cute is this sweater? I have a hard time even thinking of sweaters right now...maybe when I am ready it will be on sale, too. 

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Some Great Reads

I read a lot, about a book a week. I'll read just about anything that grabs my interest, from a book about bananas to science fiction to historical fiction name it, I will read it.

Lately I finished two books that really made an impact.

The first is All the Light We Cannot See. Set during WWII, it races the paths of two young people, an orphaned German bit and a blind French girl. Eventually their paths cross. It's how they get to that point, and all the supporting character details along the way, that are so beautifully written. The ending was not neat and clean, but war never is. It's a dense, thick read that changes time periods repeatedly throughout the book but well worth the journey.

Next is the conclusion to a trilogy, The Last Policeman series. The final book is World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III. Earth is facing imminent destruction, with a comet bearing down. Humanity is at an end. But this series is not about what will happen's about the before. Told through the lens of Hank Palace, a policeman, it's sparse writing, strong character development, and the questions it forces upon the reader make this one of the best reads I have had the pleasure of enjoying in a long time. I highly, highly recommend the trilogy.

Have you read either of these? I would be curious to know your thoughts.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Halloween is Upon Us

I read somewhere (or maybe heard on NPR, who knows) that Halloween spending is just astronomically huge, and has gone up exponentially over the years. I do some decorating for the holiday, especially if it is vintage.

So, I was thrilled to thrift this blow mold today at the gong price of $2. The light bulb is still in it, no chips or cracks, and it's stamped 1969.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Nice Estate Saul Haul & A Contest Win

I had a pretty good day today. I dropped little miss off at school as usual and was heading over to the gym and my daily punishment work-out session when, like a bird swooping in on its prey, I spotted from the corner of my eye an estate sale sign.

I love estate sales.

Alas this one was run by a professional company who brought all the goods into its retail store. Still, I had to take a look. I am glad I did (and yes, that is the back of ye olde Sorento, I was that excited).

I'm sure you were expecting me to post about Pyrex, right?????

Yes, there was Pyrex at this sale but nothing I want, need, or could easily flip. The patterns were not desirable though I just might cruise by tomorrow and see if it's still there at half-offf. That would make it worth my cash. What I did come away with was Le Crueset. It was a steal, I felt kind of bad (but not really); I'm talking maybe a quarter of the retail on-sale price. 

Jake is the Le Crueset fiend in this house so he was pretty happy when I finally made it home later that morning and was greeted with this. The frying pan is like new. The small pot didn't have the lid but is still very function able. The big yellow pot is just that...pretty darn big. 

My day was bookended by a really fun delivery. I won a contest over at Pyrex Collective III and got an amazing gift basket as a result. You can see the details here

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Well, Hello There

I haven't posted in almost two weeks...bad blogger! Truthfully though it is so hot and now humid, too that it is hard to get motivated for much of anything. My daughter started school and that took some prep time and now we are starting to get back to a routine. Hopefully this hot weather will break soon.

In anticipation of our upcoming move I've started packing and organizing....slowly but surely. Given we are not moving until after the new year it seems silly to start now but I am here to testify stuff really piles up. I am trying to list at least one thing for sale each day (via a FB local buy, sell, trade page) and/or clean out a small section of house.

And I've been dreaming of a fall vacation. I kind of promised little miss we would go to the American Girl store over her fall break. We never went on a vacation this summer, time just got away from us, so I have made the commitment we will go.

There's a lot going on right now, a fair amount of flux, but it's good to have goals and actually be working to meet them. More to come!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Ceramic Christmas Trees FTW

I may or may not have an addiction to old ceramic Christmas know, the kind made in craft studios back on the 70s. I have a whole forest of them yet I still keep bringing more in the house. Like these two recent acquisitions...

The new one pictured on the left is blue, yes, blue. It has some delightful "pearls" string around it; I think they are supposed to represent garland. Also very random are some fabric flowers at the base of some bulbs. I picked this up at a thrift store for $2.50. The one on the right was an estate sale find. It was painted with an iridescent paint id it glows. It's tacky and awesome all at the same time.

I have a whole Pinterest board of my ceramic trees; you can find it here


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