I really don't like the phrase "Black Friday" or "Cyber-Monday". They don't sound like holiday phrases and they certainly don't make me think of snow falling, manger scenes, carols by the fire or family and friends hanging ornaments on the tree...but I've succumbed, and I'm having a TWO DAY sale in my Etsy shops.
Last January, I had a How To on making these lace bags on my blog.
Last week, the mail box had an early copy of Stampington's Sew Somerset and I was tickled to see they had published one of my little bags.
I love making the bags, using little bits and pieces of pretties. I was just using doilies and lace, but I've started adding other goodies- images on fabric.
...embroidery and charms.
...and even a cross stitch band sampler.
I've added another kind of bag, too. A zippered bag with a strap- I'm calling them flea market purses because they're so handy for carrying the flea market essentials- money, keys, lip balm, tissue, sun glasses etc etc, but the strap is long enough you can wear it across your body, leaving your hands free for shopping.
They've all been walnut stained, so they are "pre-grunged" for you- you don't have to worry about getting them dirty, they already have an aged look.
If you've read my blog for very long...well, thank you...
...and if you look closely, you can probably see my life has a sort of routine- Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, I work at my desk job; Tuesdays are craft day, Friday and Saturday are junk hunting days and Sundays are for restocking at the antique mall.
Oh sure, sometimes I shake it up and go the antique mall on Tuesday, or craft on Fridays, but this week I followed my regular pattern, and restocked my booth. I brought along my camera and took a lot of pictures- I'll divide them up over a couple posts because I don't want this post to be as long as Regis' farewell year.
Last week the Other Karla and I had the chance to tour the newly opened Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Since Karla has only lived in the Kansas City area for about a year, there are lot of places she hasn't gone...places that I probably went to when we moved here 23 years ago.
When hubby and I first moved to "THE CITY" from a small town in ND, we were thrilled at the chance to go to museums, theater, different restaurants, festivals, baseball games- all the things a city has to offer. But in recent years, we've gotten complacent, and I've considered it a big week if I go to estate sales on both Friday and Saturday.
Karla's philosophy is "if you have a chance to see something new or different, and it doesn't cost too much or endanger your life, get off your butt and do it".
Behind the acoustical panels in the Kauffman Theater are works painted by students from the Kansas City Art Institute.
The fronts of the balconies look just like they're covered in metallic wrapping paper.
The other theater- Helzberg Hall- has all wood construction has been called Noah's Ark. Different parts of the room are made of different kinds and hardness of wood to enhance sound.
The guide explained to us that every part of the Kaufmann Center was designed for event goer's ease of use- an easy to find underground parking garage, elevators that go to every level of seating, and restrooms on every level- with 2/3 of the lavatories devoted to women. You've got to like that kind of thinking.
It's been so long since I've written a blog post, I'm afraid I might have forgotten how. And why has it been so long? Well, sometimes I just don't feel like I have anything new to say. I've been blogging for over four years and I still do pretty much the same stuff:
*Accounting, three days a week- but I only blog about that in my ACCOUNTING BLOG...just kidding, I don't really have a blog about accounting, but when I get done writing this post, I'm going to Google "accounting blog" to see if someone has one.
*Estate sales and auctions- at least two or three days a week. I still schlepp a good deal of stuff in and out of my house, but, by definition, the "once in lifetime" finds are fewer and fewer.
I did have a great estate sale find a few weeks ago- in a big old house, in the basement, back behind the furnace, sitting among stacks and stacks of Gourmet magazines and canning jars, I found a bird cage- and stuffed in the bottom of that bird cage was the holy grail of vintage floral corsages. I did a quick count of the flowers and stopped when I got to 30- it's amazing how many old flowers will fit in the bottom of a bird cage when they're really smucked down.
I did some quick math and realized that even though I didn't care for the bird cage, the flowers alone were worth the price. I toted the bird cage upstairs and on a lark asked if I could buy just the flowers. The lady running the sale looked at me like "why in the world would someone want those old flowers?", and said "sure". I can't tell you how little I paid, because you would think I was a thief.
But the most amazing thing about these corsages-the SIZE- they are HUGE- some of them are over a foot long when you include the stems...note how I slipped a ruler into the picture so you can see for yourself. Also- the pink flower in the middle has PINK stems, too.
(Back to the list...)
*Crafts- I'm still making little fabric and paper collage things using vintage linens,laces and papers- but my most EXCITING craft project lately is that I found a pattern to knit a ruffled scarf. I've wanted to knit ruffles for a few years but haven't been able to find a workable pattern. The one I found is fondly known as the "Potato Chip" scarf.
Some one asked me if that was because Ruffles are potato chips, but I think it's because you can't eat just one potato chip and you can't knit just one of these scarves. I'm on my third scarf in a week. I don't plan on wearing them all at the same time like my styrofoam friend, though.
Those knitting needles are clicking at me to come back and start ruffling...