I got a fun present in the mail from Jeannie The Marmalade Gypsy . She's a knitter and knows I'm a knitter, too. She sent a yarn surprise ball- I'd heard of them, but never seen one.
A yarn surprise ball is a ball of yarn that has been unwound and then rewound with little surprise gifts. I had only knit a few inches and the little Santa and faux Christmas candy fell out. You can see the little wooden spool at the top of the yarn ball.
This was real incentive to keep knitting to find out what else was in that ball.
Tiny playing cards, a rubber stamp, coins, buttons, sea glass- its amazing how much you can hide in a skein of yarn. What a fun and different gift. And the yarn was WONDERFUL- Cyprus Mohair. It's Yarn Shop yarn as compared to Michaels or Hobby Lobby yarn, and there is a difference.
In my last post, I mentioned that I had been to several auctions in the last week. I got a lot of stuff- some of my favorite things are the paper, books and ephemera.
The Hansel & Gretel book has the most charming illustrations.
The Jolly Jingle Picture Book has color illustrations, too- with a very stylized 30's look.
The Picture Dictionary for Children is full of cute drawings and simple grammer lessons.
But I was a little disturbed by the how many times they mention FIRE.
Maybe this is because when I was about 5 years old, I saw one of those Road Runner cartoons where the bad guy wrapped dynamite around the Road Runner's house and blew it sky high.
What was going to keep that from happening to MY house? After all, if I saw it on TV, it must be something that really happened. Sometimes at night I'd hear a noise and I'd gather all my courage and look out to see if Yosemite Sam was outside wrapping my house with a fuse.
And if I had a school book that said "The house is on fire, It may burn down"- well, certainly it could happen to my house, couldn't it?
So, other than the muliple references to fire, this is a cute book.
I'm going to try and have all these books in my Ebay Store by the end of the day.
Some sparkly & sweet little findings from the bottom of a jewelry box- I don't know why but I think I'm more interested in these bits & pieces than the regular jewelry.
At the bottom of a box of sheet music- mostly 30's & 40's movie music- I found these pre 1900 pieces of German sheet music. They have the BEST graphics.
Bundles of letters in air mail envelopes and stamps with great images.
Are they letters from a sweetheart, letters between separated best friends, letters between pen pals who've been corresponding for years without ever meeting?
Nope, every one of them starts with "Dear Mom".
Remember when Mah Jong bracelets were "THE" thing? Even though I don't wear my bracelets anymore, I still love the tiles- they look great in an wooden bowl or in an apothocary jar.
Even with all the auctioning, I had an itch to check out an antique store, so I went to my friend Jackie's booth and found this fab floral hat.
And underneath it, this tomato pin cushion and emery strawberry. They are actually more pink that the picture shows, which makes them kind of different. Next to them is the cute spoon that I got from Laurie. That girl is a painting and creating machine- she sells on Ebay and Etsy- check out her blog to find out where you can get her sweet creations.
One of the best things I got this year didn't come from an auction or an estate sale- it's my puppy dog Buddy. We adopted him in Sept, and now he's pretty much running the house.
He particularly likes this fuzzy afghan I knit. If its on the couch and he wants to sleep on the floor, he just paws at it until he's got it on the floor and circles and tramples on it until he's made a nice little nest for himself. He must feel pretty safe, because he'll sleep on his back with his paws and legs loose at his side.
Buddy does have a few weird little habits that I don't quite understand. When I polish silver, Buddy will do whatever he can to get the polishing cloth and roll in it. YUCK! I wear gloves when I polish because I hate the smell and the mess- and he wants to cover himself in it. Sometimes even after I put the cloth away, he'll roll in the spot that the cloth was lying on.
That's probably enough family secrets. I have to finish The House at Riverton- its overdue at the library- I was almost able to go a whole year without any library fines and then I blew in the last two weeks of the year...