August 29, 2009

The box I mailed to myself from Ohio finally arrived, underneath all of the thrift store finds were these two guys, they are all that I am keeping. The rabbit's ears move up and down when you pull the string, as does it's tail. I don't know when I will ever have time again to sew clothes but someday I will make something from this pattern, I swear. I looked at a new apartment today, it was so pretty I don't know if I will sleep tonight wondering if it will work out or not. I will find out tomorrow.

August 23, 2009

  I spent the afternoon with some golden retrievers who nap like swimming 
frogs. The little one's fur feels like a bunny, it is so soft.

August 19, 2009

August 17, 2009

I just got home from a trip, I spent a short time visiting my friend Sarah in Ohio and Kentucky. We had so much fun, it was a real summer vacation. This is Sarah on her front porch in Cincinnati, note the name of the business across the street, it's called "R U MY KID," they test DNA.

We spent one day thrifting in Louisville Kentucky, on our way back I noticed this giant white creature in the back seat of a mercedes, when he finally turned his head to the side we laughed so hard.

One night we went to a bar where around 2 AM someone lit a silver foil helium balloon on fire and let go of it, it floated up to the ceiling and burned as everyone watched. It was surreal, the ceiling was getting scorched until the balloon finally burst and drifted to the ground. I was told that the bar regularly catches on fire, someone had recently burned down the women's restroom. Also I noticed that many of the patrons seemed to be wearing denim shirts, I texted this observation to my friend Jonee and he responded with "Sounds like Ohio." This trend was also evident in the thrift stores, there were denim shirts galore. In Kentucky the thrift stores were filled with boots, people there really seem to love boots. I found so many I mailed a big box of them home. There were some really interesting things behind the counter at several of the thrifts, you know how they display the items they decide are of the greatest value behind the register? I should have taken photos. One of them had a dead shark in a jar of formaldehyde, there was a realistic life sized baby for practicing CPR, a prosthetic arm and a taxidermied family of some kind of animal I thought was a possum but Sarah said that she knows possums well and they were something else. There were guitars and vintage radios, a jack in the box snoopy and the trashiest lingerie ever on hangers draped prominently above the heads of the cashiers. 

We also visited an art deco train station that had a dinosaur out front.

We drove over this famous suspension bridge too, it was designed by John Roebling who also designed the Brooklyn Bridge. As you cross it you are crossing the Mason Dixon line over the Ohio River, it's dramatic.

I had lunch at a waffle house, and at one point I found myself eating cool ranch doritos. Oh and there was the scary flea market, the weather was shockingly hot and humid and the stench of incense and fried meat hung in the air, people were selling strange bottles of brightly colored generic beauty products and machine parts. Jimi Hendrix was blasting from the open door of someone's van. I paused at one booth of fur covered animals when I saw poodles. I had to take a picture. 

The plane ride back was uneventful but I did finish a Sookie Stackhouse novel and SPOILER ALERT I was delighted to read that she is part fairy. The books are quite different than the show, there are werewolves, witches and werepanthers, the vampires aren't the only ones to worry about. Oh well, it's nice to be home but I will miss having a vacation to look forward to. 

August 11, 2009

A long time ago I thrifted the heels in the lower photo, I loved them so much but they were not my size so I ended up sending them off to the black hole known as ebay. Earlier this summer I discovered swedish hasbeens and I have had them bookmarked on my computer ever since, they are so alike but new. I finally caved and a pair arrived via ups today, they are so pretty but I am having a hard time deciding whether to keep them or not. I guess in some ways it's more special to thrift something, and less expensive too. What an important decision to make, I know. In other news tomorrow I am signing a contract for work, I have never done such a thing. I'm a little nervous. It is going to involve a lot of craftiness, in preparation I have recently been haunting the aisles of jo-ann fabrics, stocking up on christmas colored thread and pompoms. I have this strange faith that it will all work out but it's completely unknown territory so who really knows. I remember when I used to work at a store, I was shy and one of my co workers would coach me from the sidelines, he would whisper the word "attack" and push me off towards the next customer, (we worked on commission.) I always think of him when I start something new, I want to attack it. Give me an ice coffee and a pair of scissors and I'll see you sometime in the future, pale and awkward from my loss of social skills.

August 10, 2009

This afternoon I took photos of the new items going up in the shop, here are a few of them. I went thrifting with my aunt on Saturday and found so many things, it was crazy. They've started to put out a lot more winter coats at the Salvation Army and I found a couple of 1940's ones for the shop, they are amazing. I would have taken pictures of them today but it was so hot, if I had put on a wool coat you would have found my lifeless body on the floor later on this evening. Today I also ran into Hilary at the post office where it is normally insane but in the heat it was extra mental, the energy of the place was one of lurching despair, it just felt like the window was endlessly far away. Hilary was picking up a box of vintage generic beer cans she had ordered off the internet, we discussed this as a woman behind me in line berated the manager about the key not working in her p.o. box. She was screaming. I kept inching away from her but then she would come closer, it was too hot for it really. 

August 07, 2009

This is the quilt I have been working on for a while now, I was topstitching it last night while watching television online. I decided to call it a night around 3 am as my thread began to run out, a few more rows need to be stitched down but I'm going to finish that when I trim the edges. I want to do it with a pale yellow floral so I need to find what I have in mind. I really wanted to finish this soon since I am about to began an intense quilting project for work and I think I may become sick of sewing machines soon. Also pardon the appearance of this blog, I haven't quite figured out how I want it to look yet, it's a project.