Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bags & Baggage

No need to fret! I am alive! I know it's been a while since I last posted but to be honest, life's been pretty freaking crazy! A brief recap involves my mister losing his grandma, me losing an old college friend in a very tragic and hard-to-comprehend way, a week of lots of sadness, a couple overnight trips here and there, my 31st birthday (eh), witnessing some unacceptable animal neglect by my fabulous *sarcasm*'s been quite a time. Not to mention I'm knee deep into the fall semester so any moment I have left to breathe is full of grammar fun, writing tests or grading papers! And to think, just a month ago I was so bored ;)

I'm trying to make a bit more time again for creatin' though since I learned I was accepted to Indie Emporium again (YAY!!) and since I'm going to have some goodies hanging out at Pamper Me on Brookside starting tomorrow! I'm working on some big top secret changes around here...

Here's a few of my latest bags which will be heading over to Pamper Me! Each of these were made from vintage, awesome curtains! And I've got plenty more coming! Enjoy the crappy pictures, errrrr, sneak peak! ;)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Scores

So you may be wondering, what did you buy on your 100 mile road trip??? Well, here you go! Spent just under $40 all weekend when I thought I'd be spending LOTS more...

A few broaches and an Indian head slider that I will be keeping for myself :)

Some fun fabric that will soon be bags for Indie Emporium!

Some PJs for moi :)

My first sewing book! So far, I've just been self taught so this will be a great way to learn how to fix those things that frustrate me so!

A beeeeeautiful (and heavy) curtain that will also become some slammin' bags!

Another jar to match my granny's set. You'll see a distorted pic of the mister and myself behind it :)

My most exciting score - a dress form! It needs a few kinks fixed, no biggie. It was cheap and awesome! I'm SO excited about using something other than myself to make clothes on!

Box 'o patterns for a buck! I get so frustrated when folks mark these up SOOOO high so it makes my day to find a score like this!

A book by my fave author EVAH! What's funny about this is that I finished reading this book THE DAY BEFORE I FOUND THIS ONE and was late to work rushing it back to the library! Bought this copy for the mister to read and to add to my CM collection :)

An old chip clip rack to hang earrings on :)

And perhaps my favorite find. There is something about this painting that I can't get over. The yellow sky? The creepy old man flying kites with the kids? The perceived wind? The desolation? I don't know but I FREAKING LOVE THIS.
So there you go! I wish I'd taken photos of my dad's stash - military issue Coleman lanterns, MANY light fixtures and electrical parts...the list goes on.
Did you find any gems this weekend???

Recap: The 100 Mile Sale

Yesterday afternoon, my dad and I returned from the 100 mile garage sale whirlwind with a truck full of goods and lots of laughs and memories under our belt. Hit more garage sales, rummage sales, flea markets and antique shops then I can count! Here's a little recap.

We began right outside of Bartlesville, OK in an awesome antiquing town called Dewey. As a matter of fact, the mister and I spent time in this first shop on our honeymoon! It's a lamp-lover's dream.

I love it when shops arrange little vignettes or group things together according to style. For example, if I'd had the money, this retro-mod sitting area would now be in my living room :)

Always a fan of making up words, I LOVED this Magnetail pin the tail on the donkey game!

I was loving this kitchen stove. If I were born in a different time, my husband would have surely tired of hearing me talk about how much I wanted this!

Along the road, we took a break at a burger joint for some cooling refreshments. My pops enjoyed a classic Coke float :)

On Friday, we made it up to the peak of the 100 mile trip to Independence, KS which is a small town full of beautiful buildings and beyond friendly folks.

We came across the stunning Booth Hotel on Main Street where we had chowed down on some tasty Italian (my fave) and had some drinks at the lounge.

It was also along Independence's Main Street that we came across this hilarious front door of a pawn shop....don't worry, we left our snowcones in the car :)

On Day Two, we found ourselves in Dearling, KS, a speck of a town but with a building full of treasures for my dad. As an electrical contractor often working in older homes, my dad is always on the lookout for unusual or hard-to-find electrical components and fixtures. Well, this was his holy grail. The couple owning the building (which also houses the town's post office) bought it from a man in the sixties who ran his own electrical contracting company out of it. This place was FULL of electrical goodies. I pulled up a chair and hung out with the older couple while my dad dug and dug and dug. An hour later and a shockingly low $15 dollars poorer, we were off!

Across the street, we went into this antique shop...which I soon realized was actually the front part of a house! I spied an open door behind the register which revealed a large kitchen complete with a couch and tv...I assume the only 'livable' room in the house! This place was stuffed to the rim with collectibles! He seemed to have a thing for the circus...

Chickens, guineas, mallards. Oh my!
Braved some beautiful breezes and amazing temps to check out this flea market ;)

Trains with pipes chased us around... we detoured into Turo, KS to happen upon a huge antique car show!

My first car was almost a Thing, yellow, not green though :)

I was REALLY hoping to see someone take this bike for a spin!

So pretty, so expensive.

We cruised back into Tulsa around 3 on Saturday leaving us an hour to peruse Tulsa's Flea Market!!! It was the perfect way to end the trip! Although, we could only buy small items there as the truck was a bit stuffed :)

So here's to making memories, exploring the country, digging through junk and getting out on the road! Cheers!

Friday, September 10, 2010

It's In My Blood

I'm learning that some things are genetic lately. Like my high cholesterol and my love of antiquing :)

My pops is an antiquer extraordinaire, even donning himself as 'The Master of Fire and Light' which is quite the true statement! Internationally known for collecting lighters, he also has amazing collections of lanterns, flashlights, flint and steel, light bulbs and any other 'light' producing instrument. I've learned about history, cultures and how to appreciate and respect the past from antiques. It's astounding what an object can teach you about yesteryear.

It was a common occurrence growing up to hit the road on the weekend to explore small towns in Oklahoma and surrounding states and their antique shops and flea markets with my dad. I attribute most of my childhood travels in the U.S. to attending lighter, flashlight, lock and bottle shows in various cities. I learned at a young age to be comfortable around strange old men, how to barter with anyone and how to recognize quality in antiques. My dad loved taking me antiquing with him growing up because I could see items on lower shelves better than he could! You could say I'm a trained antiquer ;)

The picture below is one of my pops a few years back at their old house in his room o' light. Just a small example of the bits of history that surrounded me growing up.

All of that being said, you can imagine my elation that my dad and I are taking a long awaited antiquing road trip this weekend! We're packing up here in a few hours and are going to take in Kan-Okla, a one-hundred mile stretch of flea markets and garage sales! It will be like I've died and gone to heaven :) My mental shopping list keeps getting longer and longer...
Perhaps you're jonesin' to stretch your antiquing muscles? If so, you should take a short trek up north and enjoy the weekend's weather while perusing all that the past has given us (and some junk too ;) Say HI if you should see myself or my pops!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Song From Your Favorite Band

TV on the Radio - Wear You Out

Man, this one is hard! Actually, lots of these are hard! As most, I have several bands that I could classify as my favorites in different genres. I'm going to share my fave 'modern rock' band, TV on the Radio. The mister and I went and saw them a few years ago on St. Patty's Day in KC and I went with VERY high expectations, which of course I knew I would probably be was one of the best shows I've ever seen. Small venue. Ridiculously talented musicians. Awesome crowd. Songs very different than the album which I wouldn't typically be down with BUT they did them all soooooo amazingly well. They went above and beyond my expectations. What I wouldn't give to see them again. Soon. We even met three of the guys during our stay at the casino/hotel/venue and they were cooler than cool. I just told the mister the other day that Tunde's voice is one that I don't think I'll ever tire of and that I will like ANYTHING that he does. Oh how they make me swoon, especially this song...

A Song That You Can Dance To

Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

It may be cliche to choose a MJ song as the one I can dance to but I speak the truth. I can shake my butt off to this song. Have loved this song ever since I was a teeny-tiny kid. I have fuzzy memories of my first walkman back around '83 or so and dancing my tail off in the kitchen while my mom cooked. I STRONGLY believe that the Thriller and Off The Wall albums are two of the best ever made. His style of dance has always influenced me greatly and his joy for singing makes my heart happy. As with the rest of the world, I was devastated to hear he had passed. It hurt. I cried. Make fun of me if you will. I never cared what he may or may not have done. All I've ever cared about is that this man made music that makes me smile like no other music can. Makes me dance like no other music can. Thank you, Michael.

Put your slidin' dancin' shoes on!