isn't it ironic...
|450th post on my 45th.|
THANK GOODNESS that shotglass is poised & ready!
(it's gonna be a tough one!!)
|No, we didn't go anywhere near the malls, or retail in general!! It was our annual stocking exchange. Just Mom, Dad, J & I. The restrictions on our stockings are 'second-hand' or 'home-made', and none of my siblings have any kind of appreciation for Mom, Dad and mine's love of 'saling' ~ so this is just 'our' special exchange (J goes along with it good-naturedly).|
M/D don't get out to many sales any more, but 'somehow' Mom still manages to come through on My stocking!! Sooooo much goodness, I'm only going to show the SWEATER CLIPS today!
|DON'T YOU JUST LOVE THE COOL WAY THAT SHE BOXES THEM UP?!|
|SWEATER CLIPS 2012 #21 - #26|
Sweet Rhinestone at the top.
Pendant in the middle is a NYC souvenir with the Statue of Liberty.
|SWEATER CLIPS 2012 #27 - 30|
|There was another little bag with a note on the outside 'NEED HELP'. Mom would find sweater clips that were less~than~perfect and pick them up, thinking I could use the parts to repair others. How right she was! From those 'parts', and other 'parts' I've picked up along the way I was able to complete these FIVE clips by replacing chains, adding beads, etc...|
|SWEATER CLIPS 2012 #31- 35|
|For all you other sweater clip afficionados out there (ha, ha) - I have others of these in my collection, but have had no luck in researching.... WHY THE THIRD CLIP IN THE CENTER???|
While visiting Mom & Dad, I was also given an early Birthday present... the PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE....
|ISN'T IT THE.MOST.GORGEOUS?!!|
SWEATER CLIP 2012 #36 from Mom & Dad
|Tweed was NOT permanently adhered to it! though he is kinda 'loving' it and has definitely given it his stamp of approval since he lived in close quarters with many of those vintage ornaments on the wreath for a VERY LONG time, it is kind of like a 'family reunion' for him ~ but he was spared the hot glue burns!|
|Just completed and delivered a 'Fall-Wine' wreath as a 'THANK~You' to one of my major BARTENDING contributors to my cork sweater clip display board.|
|Does anybody else find that these darn things are addicting to make?|
|...and of course shopping for the 'materials' is half the fun!!|
|I was doing a Serious Happy Dance when I found this little number ... HAEGER 2012 #4 .50¢ - but what makes it SO special and unique is on the other side - and in keeping with The Month, I can't show you until 11-28!|
|I can show you the beach glass that J & I picked up this past weekend during the Indian Summer weather...|
|...and I can show you this Great copper/bronze pin that I picked up yesterday for .50¢|
|and look what else I found yesterday!!|
Well, this is actually an 'AFTER' shot,
or a 'COMPLETED PROJECT' shot!
I found one of those clear, glass lamp bases that I have long been stalking... and I knew JUST what I wanted to do with it!!
COME VISIT! IT WILL BE RESIDING IN OUR GUEST ROOM!!
|Let me give you some background info here so that you can fully appreciate this whole scenario... (I'm NOT bragging, mind you, I'm just REALLY LUCKY!! and it's a good thing, because I'm REALLY LAZY when it comes to my hair!) *My hair tends to be on the long side (around shoulder to mid-back length) - short hair would require more than an annual or semi-annual trim to maintain a 'style', plus I wouldn't be able to just pull it back into a pony-tail or braid it on mornings when I was running late! *Being almost 45 and of natural light-streaked hair I have never colored (okay, in the 80's I did do a neon orange thing with my rat tail, but we don't have to go there!) or highlighted my hair - and have only found (and promptly pulled!) one Grey. *Through friends I found this Great Lady who cuts hair out of a salon in her house for..... $5 !!! |
Getting the picture??
LOW MAINTENANCE... NO FRILLS, What-so-Ever!!
So, that is me. J is 'hair-challenged'... need I say more? Yet, he is pickier (sp? word?) about his shampoo than I am! My main splurge is on 'Leave in conditioners'. SO - I filled a bag with each 8-) !! There were names there that I had never heard of (Ion? Joico? Kpak?), but an aisle over was a Factory Sales Rep doing their thing for a 'potential customer', so I eavesdropped, and learned more about hair products than I EVER needed to know!!!
I DID make sure to go find some of these MINARDI line that they were talking about ;-)
|The next morning after I got out of the shower, with all of the NEW hair care smells in the air, I put on my LUCKY jeans that I got this summer at the Maine outlets, and the TIFFANY bracelets that I have been picking up while saleing. I took a look in the mirror, and I almost wasn't sure who that girl was looking back at me. Time for reflections and housekeeping of a different sort - maybe time for a little 'soul keeping'... perhaps. All I know is that one song kept going through my head...|
You may find yourself in another part of the world
You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife
You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?
Can any of you name or relate to that song?
|A few photos to get you in the ELEVENTH month frame of mind!|
|Not an ABUNDANCE of Thanksgiving Decorating has taken place around the 'Chateau', as my 'hoardes' are rather limited for this occasion!|
Yes, I'll give you all a minute, as I'm sure you have all fainted at the thought that MY 'hoardes' were lacking in ANY department!!
|I guess that it is one Holiday that has always slid in/slid out so quickly, that it is hard to go Over-the-Top about!|
I did have an old work buddy and her new baby coming to visit on Thursday though, so I figured if decorating was going to happen, it should be N.O.W.!!!
|Is it just me, or after company has left... does anybody else out there feel at a loss? The house is clean. The fridge is stocked. Baking done. ...and here I sit. Ten a.m. By myself. |
Decide that I can look at the Summer 'Garbage Picked' Costco step-stool in the 'someday' cueing line on the back porch NO LONGER (after all, Winter Snow will be here SOON)!!
|It had GREAT bones, just needed cleaning (somebody had used it for a LOT of painting!!), some tightening of it's bolts, polishing of the chrome, and, OH what to do with the seat?!!|
|While I had A.L.L. the stuff out... there were these two stools that we had bought while out saling s-e-v-e-r-a-l years ago... (and I quote) "Oh, those will be easy to recover!"|
I always forget, it isn't a 'difficulty' thing, it's a 'motivation' thing!!
(we have been using these inside - they have NOT been on the back porch!!)
|Off to the Attic studio to dig out those two big boxes of fabric that I had been packratting away...|
(You know I much prefer being called a 'Packrat' to a 'Hoarder'..., don't really know why, just sayin'...)
|Foam - check! I picked out six fabrics that would be do-able and gave J the final picks during his lunch break.|
Fabric - check!
|Ta ~ Da !|
|This isn't the prettiest...|
yeh, it is better ~ that much is definitely true.
It is The.Comfiest.Evah!!
The Best part?
|sweaterclip 2012 #20 .50¢|
Most BORING clip award for 2012. I'm thinking it may become the base for a
|2012 SWEATER CLIP #17 .50¢|
|2012 SWEATER CLIP #18 .10¢|
|2012 SWEATER CLIP #19 (TRIFARI) .50¢|