Today I'm cold, I'm tired, I have a headache and I have an appetite that just won't quit. On the bright side, I watched one of my favorite shows, "How Clean is Your House?" and that put me in the mood for some cleaning. So now it's off the computer for me and on to dishes and vacuuming!
Last, do you remember how I had something really interesting to tell you about a chair my grandma has? Well, here's the story... A friend of my Granny Maude's (my grandma's mom) just disappeared. No one knows if he died, was murdered, etc., he was just gone. When the man's son was going through the his possessions, he decided to give this chair to Granny Maude. She thought it was the ugliest thing she'd ever seen, so she gave it to my grandma. I think we've all had our pictures taken in this chair over the years, and everyone has wondered where it came from since it's so unique. My dad and stepmom finally decided to take it to a high end antiques dealer to get more info. They discovered it came out of a castle, is from royalty (not king, but duke or count), was commissioned most likely for the children, is from England, was made from hand in the early 1800's, is one of a set of probably 10 or 12, and at first glance could be worth $15,000 or more. Crazy right?!?!? My dad got in touch with an antique furniture dealer in England who is going to study it more to provide some more details, so I can't wait!
If you want to play the two things game, go link up on Kassi's blog. I'll have pictures of my fun antiquing day coming Thursday, and I can't wait to share them!
It was sooooo pretty yesterday (about 60 degrees) and I think I could have spent the whole day walking around outside and watching all the little birds, but today is back to cold and rainy...bleh. In a few hours I'm going with my dad, stepmom and grandma to Roanoke to do a little antiquing, and I can't wait! I've got my camera battery charging, so I'll take some pictures to show you how our day went. My dad and stepmom have really been spoiling me lately; they've gotten me three different, decorative antique bird cages, and I'll show you them in the "two things I'm loving around my home" posts. So today, Dad said he found something that reminds him of me, and he wants to show it to me to see if I want it. I'm super curious and pretty excited! And speaking of antiques, I've got a REALLY neat story to tell you about a chair that my grandma has had for many years. I won't spill the beans today, I'll wait until tomorrow!
How was your weekend? Did you have nice weather and get to spend some time outside, too?
My first project was the bow necklaces. They're cold forged and hammered in 14kt gold filled and sterling silver. The second thing I've been working on is more .22 bullet and stone necklaces. I almost ran out of small stones, so I had to stock up yesterday; more yellow topaz and aquamarine on the way! The third item is a tote I sewed from yellow cotton duck with a scrap leather pocket decorated with embroidered vintage trim.
What do you guys listen to while you're working? I like to have some sort of noise in the background, and these songs have been on repeat in the dinosaur toes factory (you can even take them if you'd like):
You know how I told you a few posts back that I did a trade with Rachel of Mere Trifles for these moccasins? Well I got the moccasins (and they're super cute so I'll show you pics sometime soon) and on top of the moccasins was this pretty wallet! GAH, I'm in love! I switched wallets right away, and I get a little smile every time I see it because I'm just so in love with vintage floral patterns!
Right now I've got cinnamon raisin bread baking, and I think it'll be ready at about 11pm, but until then, I'll pig out on pizza!
Tomorrow I'll be doing the "what I've been working on" post, and some of your favorite bloggers are playing along, so you'll be able to see what they're working on as well. I'm excited to have them joining in!
Have you done anything special today? Do you have any big weekend plans?
So what are you guys eating for dinner? Did you have any yummy snacks today? I don't know why I'm so hungry! When I was younger and I was really underweight (even though I could out eat most men) my stepmom's dad told me that I must have a tapeworm. Of course he was kidding, but I begged my dad to take me to the doctor to be sure! He didn't take me, and I didn't have one!
Thanks to everyone who emailed me pictures of their projects! I think I'm going to do the "what I've been working on" post on Saturday, so be sure to check back and see your lovely work! If you'd like to share your projects, you can still email me pictures and descriptions at firstname.lastname@example.org
One more thing, if you like drawing, writing, or just being creative in general, you should definitely sign up and join the notebook journey. I think I'm number 43, and the last I heard, there were 65 lovely people signed up!
If you'd like to play along and share your wish list, link back to me from your blog, and leave a link to your list in the comments section. I can't wait to see what you've picked!
Side note, I'm getting a little antsy not being able to swim or do more outside, and I'm really starting to feel kind of lazy and out of shape. The treadmill and exercise bike are there for me when I want to use them, but I was wondering, what are some of your favorite exercises and healthy snacks or meals?
My first item is an old oriental style tin from Holland (don't ask me how that happened). I got it I guess about 7 or 8 years ago at my favorite antique/junk store in downtown Lynchburg. It holds earrings, rings, charms...that sort of thing. I have it setting on a pile of books on a shelf by my bed.
The next item is an old (1950's) wide-eyed fawn. My grandma gave me the pair (yes, it has a twin, but only one is setting out) back before Christmas. She's the knick knack queen, and lately she's been saying that if we see anything we want, tell her so she can give it to us. I told her a while back that if she ever wanted to get rid of that set of fawns, they'd have a good home with me. I was so happy I got them, and I know they are truly old because she said they've been around for one hundred years (she's also the exaggeration queen). They sit on another stack of books by my bed. I have lots of book stacks around my house (maybe I'll count them one day). I just love reading! If you want to join, you can link up on Kassi's blog.
And how funny is this...my aunt mentioned me on her blog and referred to me as a "fashionista!" Haha, she's sweet, but I'm just a mess that took a while to put together, certainly not in the know fashion-wise! Well, it was sweet, and it made me laugh!Also, because I'm not just in love with myself and my own creations, and because I know a lot of you lovely readers are pretty crafty yourself, I'd like to include some of your projects in my weekly "what I've been working on" posts. Just send me a picture (or more than one) and description to email@example.com so I can include you! If you're not ready to join this week, that's okay, I do the post every week!
The last picture is my heart bokeh! I made the heart small enough so that not only the bokeh would be heart-shaped (it is, it's just hard to see since the picture is small), but the image area would be heart shaped as well! That particular picture is of the snow in my front yard. I plan to do lots more playing, but I want to do it at night with street lights.
Have you heard of the notebook journey? Basically, a single notebook gets sent from person to person for them to write draw, or somehow make their mark, then they send it along to the next person. I just signed up today, and I think you should check it out!
Last, I like to do a "what I'm working on" post about once a week, and I was thinking that I'd like to share what you're working on, too! If you'd like share with me and have your pictures posted (assuming I can get enough), you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This next sweater I wasn't so sure about. I picked it up, set it down, picked it up, set it down, and finally decided to pick it up again! Like the last top, this sweater is an absolute perfect fit, and I love the knit details in the sleeves. I didn't get those moccasins in my hunting yesterday, instead I did a trade with the lovely Rachel of mere trifles on etsy, and I thought they'd look perfect with that sweater and distressed skinny jeans! Hooray for bartering! Sweater, $3.
The last thing is this tank top with smocking in the back. I was so excited when I saw this because I adore 1970's tanks, but I have the hardest time finding them! This little gem was handmade and will be worn before the weekend is over! I plan to pair it with a cream vintage cardigan, dark skinnies and brown suede ballet flats. Again, this is a small size (which I also have a hard time finding), and surprisingly it's almost a little tight in the chest which never happens, seeing as I'm the chairman of the IBTC! $2.50.
On to the bleh. I've had some things on my mind that I just can't seem to escape from, and I just found out that my Nana (great grandma) died yesterday. It's been a while since I've seen her, but it's sad nonetheless. Needless to say, I don't feel productive, inspired or the least bit creative, and it sucks. Big time. I might go to my grandma's sometime this weekend because she always makes me feel better. Sorry to unload, but it's on my mind. I promise it won't be a regular thing!
What have you guys been working on, and do you have any pictures? I'd love to see! I did a little thrifting today, and on my list was vintage cardigans, 70's tan suede mid-calf boots and old frames. I didn't find any of those things, but I still made out okay. Pictures tomorrow!