Thanks to a number of rainy weekends my garage sale expeditions have been pretty limited so far this summer. In the winter months I can satisfy my need for cheap retail therapy by trolling the many thrift and antique stores around but there is really nothing like a good garage sale haul. If nothing else the price tags can't be beat! Where else can you find several antique hard cover books for under a buck? If you do know of somewhere else please, share your secret haunts. I am always open to new thrifty opportunities! Like I've mentioned though, this year has been a little rain filled on those sale possible days so I finally gave in and trekked out to a nearby Value Village. I have to say I'm glad I did. Not only did I find a nifty silver serving tray that has three fold able parts to it, but I scored some sweet embroidered napkins that will work well as dollhouse linens and three pieces of wooden dollhouse items. All of that for less than ten bucks! Not too shabby eh. The books are some of the ones that I have found at various local yard sales. I love books, I love reading, but there is something extra special about beautiful old books. I like to imagine who bought them, who read them, and who cared for and saved them all these years.
We are back from our camping trip and aside from a bazillion bug bites we had a great time. The lake was clear, the bonfire was roaring and the smores were gooey! When I got home I discovered another small package in the mail. I love mail. I love good mail that is. I love the kind of mail that brings me good news, sweet pictures or, as in this case, treats. I ordered a mini shelf from an Etsy seller and it arrived while I was gone. It is so cute. I love the little hooks. I have also had a chance to finish my latest rug.
Welcome to the jungle.. or maybe I should say, zoo! The bearded dragon we got for my son decided to hibernate six months ago. He just dug a hole for himself in the sand in his cage and fell asleep. Who knew a desert creature would do that? Not us anyway, and when we looked it up on the net we discovered they can 'sleep' for up to a year! Well, for the last half a year I have had this huge terrarium in my living room and one dead to the world lizard. Last weekend my sister and her husband were here and he made the comment that we should dig the bearded dragon up out of his sand cave and make sure he is still alive. Wouldn't you know it but two hours later he crawled out on his own. He is alive and well, and active once more. My son is thrilled.
Outside we have a small pond and this year we have had lots of polliwogss. It is so cute when a bunch of them group together on a rock to sun themselves. You can see in the picture how some have yet to lose their tail. We also have several big frogs, fish, a turtle, some crayfish and snails. Not to mention the king of the castle, in his mind at least, our cat Spook. Its actually not as many animals as we sometimes have but the boys are working on that.
Have a great weekend everyone, I am off to go camping for a few days tomorrow!
Good morning all! It has been a rainy weekend in my neck of the woods so the boys and I have been treating ourselves to a couple of movies. Right now there are several out that my son would like to see, and more importantly, can see. His first choice was the new Karate Kid but when we went to the theatre Friday evening it was sold out. We decided to try The A-Team instead and my son loved that. What ten year old boy wouldn't I guess! We ended up trying the Karate Kid again yesterday afternoon and this time we made sure we were there good and early. I really liked it. The boys did too, but after seeing the A-Team, they felt there was some unnecessary sappiness. Of course as far as my son is concerned there is no call for romance in any movie! Not yet anyway. :) We all enjoyed it though. It was well done.
I got a nice surprise in the mail yesterday as well. I had purchased a few things from a lady in Britain a while ago off of Ebay and was trying to wait patiently for them. I don't need to wait any longer though. I love everything I got. Is it wrong that such little things can make me so happy? I chose a metal cookie tin whose top opens and is decorated with a regal looking lion. Very shabby chic. The egg cups with the eggs and spoons might just be my favorite. They are just so darned cute. I am going to try to decorate the crates and maybe vintage them up a bit. The orchid I couldn't resist. I love orchids but I just cant seem to take care of them in real life. At least this way it will always stay beautiful. Just one of the many benefits of creating a mini world, don't you think?
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It has been a slow, and rainy day for me. Normally I prefer lots and lots of warm sunshine but sometimes days like today come along and practically scream at me to chill out and craft to my hearts content. Sure, there is another, much quieter voice that reminds me there is cleaning to be done around the house, but I find that one much easier to ignore! I'll admit I took some couch potato time and watched Twilight while working on some minis. I made a few more paper things that I will have to 'age' later and I finished a new carpet. I tried something new with the blue background. I wasn't sure I would like it but I do. The pictures don't do it justice. I really do need to camera shop. Hopefully you can get a decent idea of what it looks like though. The little purse I made on a whim with some bits of fabric and ribbon. I basically made a shorter pillowcase then trimmed the top with a thin piece of ribbon with a thicker type of embroidery thread looped on either side for handles. It was pretty quick and easy. I am going to have to try more of that.
When the rain took a break so did I and I spent it poking around my garden. Some of the peony's broke so I put them in the vase in my kitchen. I love fresh flowers in my house so I have lots of cutable flowers in my garden for just that reason. The mini roses were too small for the big vase so I looked around and thought ' what the heck' and tried the little teapot I had out. I think it looks cute. It all smells great too.
We are just back from my sons soccer game and while they didn't do too well it was a perfect night for sitting out at the fields watching. Now I am looking forward to diving into bed and getting back to my current book. I wanted to share a couple of pictures with you first though. Even though the house is no where near being finished I am impatient and have been playing around. I have been getting a kick out of setting up little scenes.