Archive | June, 2010

365 :: june 28, 2010

30 Jun

june 28, 2010. to keep my nieces occupied for the better portion of a day, i drove them out to downtown dallas to visit the dallas world aquarium. i’ve been to the aquarium only once before, in grad school when i had to take pictures of animals for a digital imaging class, so it was cool to see all the animals again. the turtles, especially, were pretty great. in one area, the turtles were obviously quite amorous and, because i am easily amused, i thought it was hilarious when delaney looked worried and asked what they were doing. there’s more pictures on my flickr page if you’re interested.

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365 :: june 27, 2010

30 Jun

june 27, 2010. i traded one sibling’s children for another’s. my sister’s youngest girls came to spend a few days with me while she worked (she’s a night-shift midwife and my brother-in-law is on a business trip to china). once again, legos and kidrobot vinyl figures = big hit with kids related to me.

my mom and i took the girls to see toy story 3 and hello, kleenex. could i have cried any more? i really don’t think so. you know how once you start crying, all the other worries and stress you may have somehow surface and add to the silent tears dripping down your face? suddenly, you’re crying for the whole of a children’s animated feature-length film. my mom wasn’t in that great of shape, either. i could hear her sniffles three seats down. when the movie ended, i vowed never to get rid of mr. bunny, my security stuffed(-ish) animal that i got before my very first surgery. the bunny and i have been through quite a bit together.

after a walk and a visit to the park, we ended the night with the making of candy buttons. i think the girls were more interested in tasting the white chocolate to make sure it still tasted okay than helping to fill the candy mold. which is exactly how cute little girls should behave.

365 :: june 26, 2010

30 Jun

june 26, 2010. i was silly. i ended up spending the night at my friend’s house so i could wake up early and go to an estate sale, in a town thirty minutes away from where i work, before work. this was silly because: 1) i cannot sleep in other people’s houses. i slept in a very comfortable bed in a very cool guest room (dubbed the fifties room, which we joke about and call the bicentennial room — if you haven’t seen girls will be girls, watch it), but very little sleep actually took place. i literally cannot fall asleep if i’m not in my own bed; and 2) did i mention that at 8:45 am i was thirty minutes away from the town in which i was due to be at work at 9:00 am? i still had to stop at my apartment to freshen up (it’s hot in texas in the early morning!) and change clothes.

needless to say, i was pretty much a sleep-deprived zombie all day at work. all i wanted to do when i got home was sleep, but i got a text from my brother asking if i could watch his kids for the night. my single-parent brother does not ask for help in watching his kids very often and, because i’m a softie and know that he needs to get out of the house every once in awhile, i agreed. my niece, 10, and nephew, 6, came over and, i think, had a pretty good time. it definitely pays off to be an aunt who collects lego sets and perhaps-too-many kidrobot toys.

i set up a little craft table for my niece, where she happily doodled vinyl stickers while i read i spy books with my nephew. i’m so grateful and happy to report that he is doing much better; for months, i have been quietly worried about him, but i think he has really turned a corner and started to open up, emotionally and socially. i finally feel like i have some sort of bond with him and that’s pretty special to me.

365 :: june 25, 2010

29 Jun

june 25, 2010. my friend and i have come to a silent understanding that, while out thrifting, if we see something the other collects or might like, we’ll pick it up. he has better luck at estate sales; i have better luck at thrift stores. so far, it’s been mutually beneficial. we tend to collect different types of vintage, so there’s not likely to be much bickering over pyrex bowls.

i was beyond excited when he called me at work to ask if i was interested in a vintage 8mm super-automatic tower projector, complete with more than ten reels of home movies for only five dollars. um, peering at strangers’ lives caught on film, not knowing what could show up from one frame to the next? yes, please. the bummer was that, after i came over, we discovered the bulb was burnt out. luckily, my parents might have an old projector bulb up for swiping, thus saving the thirty dollars it would take to purchase a new bulb on ebay. we have plans for a movie night, complete with popcorn and an outdoor viewing of the reels of somebody’s life.

365 :: june 24, 2010

29 Jun

june 24, 2010. i’m inspired. once again, british transport has swept me off my feet and left me with my head in the clouds. (does anybody else has an odd attachment and interest in public transportation?) i was hit with an idea for a series of screen prints halfway through my work day and i couldn’t concentrate for anything after that. all i wanted to do was get home and spend hours fiddling around in illustrator and looking through the automobile association’s road book of england and wales, revised edition, 1962.

this vintage gem of a book (gifted to me a few years ago from a friend who understands and accepts my love of england and maps) offers a gazetteer, itineraries, maps, and town plans. over the years, i’ve spent hours poring through the pages, one-by-one, dreaming of traveling to places such as ingleby greenhow, puddletown, buttertubs pass, and norton-juxta-twycross, which is, incidentally, also known as hogsnorton.

365 :: june 23, 2010

29 Jun

june 23, 2010. i tend to buy wine with labels that appeal to my graphic sensibilities. if i can offer a bit of advice: this isn’t the best way to choose a wine. the merlot was meh, but the friend it was shared with is great.

i feel like i’ve been so swamped in the everyday that recently i’ve really missed out on opportunities to spend time with old friends. it was nice to spend an evening chatting, reminiscing, and dreaming with one of my favorite people.

thrift love thursday :: 06.24.2010

24 Jun

{thrift love thursday will be a (hopefully) regular feature. i plan on sharing one or some of my favorite thrifty finds each week. i hope you enjoy them!}

you never know what you’re going to find at an estate sale. sometimes it’s a treasure trove; sometimes it’s a dump heap; sometimes it just really stinks… literally.  i popped into an estate sale at the very end of my lunch break last friday (read: i was already late before i stopped) and i almost missed a box full of old glasses and sunglasses.

it was an instant case of nerd lust. or librarian love. these sparkly cat eye glasses (from the 1950s or 1960s?) were tucked away in an ugly case that i initially passed over.

apparently, the lady whose belongings were being sold was quite the character and she had a good stash of wacky glasses. i ended up with several pairs of her perscription glasses and sunglasses, most of which were from italy and france.

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a few weeks ago, i stopped in a new thrift store in the area and found this great atomic-era leaf platter.

this piece was made in 1952 and is part of the california pottery collection by claire lerner, a prolific potter in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

*washi tape clip art courtesy of the awesome pugly pixel

previous thursdays:

06.17.2010