Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thrift Store Shopping

I'm a hard core thrifter.  On average, I go to one of my favorite thrift stores every two weeks.  I have a list of things I like to collect and a list of things I hope to find.  Usually, I walk away with a new book for Rhett or maybe a cardigan for me, but every once in a while I get that little heart flutter I call the "Goodwill High."

Often, my thrifting will happen on Saturday morning as a little "get away."  Last weekend I found a cathrineholm enamelware for $3.99.  My heart skipped a beat when I saw it just sitting there with all the other metal housewares.  I was so giddy, I called Dan while I was still in the store to tell him what I found.
 On my list of things I collect that I'm always on the hunt for is vintage Fisher Price toys.  The Little People are my favorite.  In the past I've found the barn and the schoolhouse at Goodwill, but never any little people.  Well, a couple of weeks ago I hit the Little People mother lode.  There was a house I didn't have and a barn FULL of little people and accessories.  I brought them up to the register and said, I wanted the house and everything that was inside the barn.  He just included everything with the cost of the house!  The house and all the little people for $7.99!  I mean...the cowboy with his mustache and his little lady...sort of made my day. 
This is on my list of something I hope to find one day...Kaj Franck enamelware.  Sure, I could buy it for $150 on Ebay, but why?  One day, this will be mine...for about $4.99. 
Remember THIS?  The print is happily hanging next to our bed.  Other things on my collection list are vintage Pyrex and some Fire King milk glass.
 I have a few of those Pyrex bowls and a few of the Bonnie Blue Bell saucers.
Some may call me a hoarder, but I call myself a savy collector.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Backyard...After and Before

I'll start with the after photos...
Now, we can play on the grass without worrying about getting stabbed by vines, falling into a hole, or getting lost in the weeds. 

 Can you even see the path here?
 We love our  Who are those cute matching girls?   That is Mezmur and her friend Zora.  Reunited after two years.  Before Zora came over, I showed Mezmur photos of them together in Ethiopia as babies.  She couldn't wait for Zora to come and play...her friend from Ethiopia...

Life With Us

Not too much going on, but that's not totally true...we got our backyard newly landscaped, Mavis is walking all over, and I've been sewing a ton and finding lots of great treasures at Goodwill lately.  Here are a few photos to sum it up a bit.
Mavis helps in the yard.
Our favorite cousin turned 1.
The boy who doesn't like his photo taken.
Now, more yard work while the baby is sleeping, so we don't have to worry about her eating dirt.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

My accidental recreation of the controversial Times Magazine cover

Sunday, May 6, 2012

They Won!

So my brother and his future wife won the contest!!!  I'm wondering if any of my loyal readers were able to vote?  Just curious...their votes seemed to trickle in after I posted about it here and I guess I'm just wondering who is still out there...reading this blog.  We are so happy they won!  Thanks to all of you who voted!!!

p.s. Photos By Posy