Monday, June 30, 2008

Gee's Bend Postcard Set

My husband and I spent Valentine's Day at the local art museum where we knew they had an exhibit of Leonardo DaVinci's notebook. We didn't know that they were also having an exhibit of some of the quilts made by the Gee's Bend quilters. We were completely blown away by their beauty in person and decided to buy some sort of memento of our fabulous date.

What will I do with it?
We'd like to frame our favorite postcards and hang them in our living room near my handmade Gee's Bend inspired rug.

se don't write plea

My 3-year-old wrote this out the other day. He started at the bottom and continued on the top. I asked him what it said, and he said, "Please don't write." If you look closely, you can make it out. I was so proud of him for his form of toddler dadaism. Is he making a statement by making a handwritten plea not to write? Or is he asking the museum to stop asking us for money? Either way, brilliant!

What will I do with it?
I've been showing it to anyone who dares to enter our home. But it will go into the file I keep of all of his best works.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Today was my husband's birthday and I thought and thought about stuff to get for him.

But he doesn't want stuff and he doesn't need stuff, so I made him his favorite foods and got him a bouquet of locally grown, organic sunflowers, because that flower comes up in so many of our favorite things.

It felt like a good day. It must have been a good day. We got to go to the bookstore. We saw a duck and her ducklings crossing the bookstore's parking lot. And we saw a baby dear gingerly walking toward a field on our way home. And we both look at such things as good omens of the year to come.

So, cheers, honey, and happy birthday! xxxxx

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Change Your Life in 30 Days

At the very lowest point of our lives, a spunky little blonde appeared in our tiny television to pull us out of our first year freak-out. She challenged us with her unique blend of sadism and sympathy. We miss the "Starting Over" show very much, but we still have this little book with her little face staring out at us from the spine. (I can see her right now above my computer.) She always reminds me to live fearlessly, even though I have to giggle at all the times she put her clients in cages or tiny rooms alone to help them deal with their issues. It seemed to work, but it also seemed so mean!

What will I do with it?
Well, I have to sell it. If I need it again, I'll buy it again and feel happy with the freshness of a new book.

Friday, June 27, 2008

5 Things About Me

I've been tagged by My Crafty Mess's Elizabeth. Thanks!

And if you read her list, I can say that I prefer sewing barefoot too. (Better grip!) And the self-conscious thing, too. I try to kind of think differently about social situations, but it's a true struggle. And, yeah, I hate to do floors, too, but my husband and I have a mutual agreement that as long as I don't sweep the floors, he doesn't have to do the dishes. And my little boy really likes getting to pour water on the floor and mopping it up. So our floors aren't so gross.

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and list their names, linking to them.
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blog.

Five Facts:
1. I was raised by Great Depression era parents, so I'm always thinking of things in terms of multiple uses. (I'll probably share some of these multiple uses on this blog!)
2. I'm addicted to cheese. (I used to think I just liked it a lot, but I've learned from the Super Size Me movie that you really can be addicted to it.) I can't even have cheese in the house because it will just be gone in a day. My favorite cheesy thing? The classic grilled cheese sandwich. Buttery, toasty, and cheesy. Heaven!
3. I love absurdly cute things. The bigger the eyes on anything, the happier it makes me.
4. I'm beyond shy. My husband is pretty shy, too. So phone calls never get made. I always prefer email or post.
5. I love the smell of used book stores even though I'm allergic to mold. Maybe it just goes hand in hand with the cheese thing where I just love smelly, moist, moldy things.

And I'd love to tag some people, but I don't actually know five people. So, if you're reading this and you want to be tagged, by all means tag yourself and then tell me in the comments.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My Husband's Work Shirt

He has a few of these that he assures me he'll never need.

What will I do with it?
Cut a bit and sew a bit and make a little dress.

Completed project:
(It sure is hard to get good natural lighting on a black knit dress.)

Snow White Mug

This lovely vintage Snow White mug came from . . . I have no idea. It's mine, but that's all I know about it. Therefore. . .

What will I do with it?
Sell it! If I can't remember why I have it and can't think of a reason to still want it. It's gotta go! Update: It sold and the purchaser sweetly said, "It's snow wonderful!" Cute.

Rooster Tray

This was the other item we bought on our cheapest date ever. I'm not sure what we'll do with it, but it's so cheery and perfect for our otherwise grey, grey kitchen.

What will I do with it?
Keep it, of course. We love it and we'll find some perfect use for it sooner or later.

Recipe Folder

I picked up this fabulous folder on one of my cheapest dates ever with my husband. I think we spent a total of $5.83 or something for the whole day together. I found this at the Goodwill and hesitated a bit because it was a whopping $2.00. However, I've been looking for a more flexible notebook for to do lists and I've been looking for a better way to use all of the old envelopes that we receive with our mail. I write all kinds of important stuff on those things and it makes for an unsightly pile on my desk. So, now I just flip the envelopes inside out, punch 3 holes in them and insert them in my recipe book for writing down lists or important numbers or any matter of important thing.

What will I do with it?
I'm very happy with how well it's worked out as a personal organizer. So I'm going to keep it and use junk mail to fill it. Thrifty, no?

Vintage British Tin - Loch Carron - Plockton - Ross and Cromarty

I'm not sure where I picked up this lovely little tin, but it's traveled a while and still is quite useful. Above, you can see a top and side view. You can also see all of the weird bits of tape that have been attached to it.

What will I do with it?
I'd like to figure out a way to clean the tape residue off of it without cleaning off the design. Any advice?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

To Helen G. Heffernan, St. Mark's Square, Venice

I bought this picture at an antique store because I love the women covered in pigeons. And there's a note on the back:

Dear Helen,
Here we are in St. Mark's Square Venice feeding the pigeons. This is Miss O'Sullivan, who is finishing the trip through Europe with me. Sail for NY April 28th on the Queen Mary from Cherbourg. Have a room alone. Arrive NY May 3rd. Will write when I get home.
Hastily and with love

What will I do with it?
Definitely keep it. I'd like to find a nice frame for it and put it in some nice friendly location.

Big-eyed Farm Girl Playing Cards

My mother shops all year for the holidays and has several closets in her home where she hides gifts until holiday time. Every Christmas, my mother would look over what we'd opened and then jump up to find something she'd forgotten to wrap. She'd say, "Oh, I think Santa forgot to wrap one more present!" She'd find it, wrap it, and then present it to us.

I found out several years later, that there were always even more presents that she'd just forgotten about completely. This was one such gift. It's a double deck of cards that she'd meant to give to me when I was a little girl, but it was so far hidden in the back of one of her closets that it didn't re-emerge until the early '90s when I helped her sort her closets.

What will I do with it?
Keep it. It's too cute to get rid of. And I don't think we have any other decks of playing cards. We might need them for an emergency.

Thee Headcoats Sticker

I don't know how I got this sticker, but it's been traveling with me for several years. I'll never stick it to anything because stickers are like tattoos to me; I feel like my identity is too random and fluctuating to stick to one image or idea for all eternity.

What will I do with it?
I sold it on eBay just last night.

New Look Pattern 6758

I just bought this pattern last month and plan to make a few quick skirts from it (the long one on the right and the bottom left pattern). I have lots of stash fabric and some bizarre prom dresses that could use facelifts.

What will I do with it?
Keep it, of course. And I'll show some of the dresses before and after they're re-made.
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