Thursday, June 05, 2008

Some days

Some days
The engine light will still be on in the van;
The internet will not work;
The sewing machine will break;
Your kid will break his brand new roller shade;
You will break the 40 year old medicine cabinet, raining down 1/4 inch thick plate glass mirror all over yourself;
And your kid will not spend a single solitary moment entertaining himself.
So, as soon as your husband gets home from work you will drive yourself to the thrift store.
And when you find nothing there, you will drive yourself to another thrift store. Actually, you will drive yourself to 6 thrift stores, even though gas is $4 a gallon, because you are hoping to not come back home until your kid is in bed.
At the very last thrift, you will spy a small piece of fabric in a 40lb bag of fabric and yarn.

You will be so excited over the prospect of what looms in the bag, that you will not care that the dude at the register all but accuses of you trying to steal from them since their tag has fallen off the very heavy, very flimsy plastic bag while you are trying to drag it to the register.

24 hours later you will still be so in love with what was in that bag that you will even iron some of it, and take the time to take nice photos of it.

All 55 pieces in their lovely vintage tiny print goodness.

Some days are not so bad after all.

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37 comments:

  1. Ok that is totally a metaphor for life. Lots of crummy crappy things interspersed with lovely moments.

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  2. I am going through those crappy moments right now! It only gets better (that's what I keep telling myself). I am totally jealous of your free time and thrift find!

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  3. tammyCA2:20 PM

    Doesn't that just feel the best? I've taken off to the thrift stores when hubby gets home and it's been a bad day with kids. I call it my therapy. It is digging around, searching and when you find something really good it is just such good feeling. It also feels like you've accomplished something on those days.

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  4. Thank you for visiting my site! I'm having a rough time myself these days as I am alone with the kiddos for a week. It's a little scary, but so far things have gone well.

    To answer your question, the dresser on my blog is about 4 ft. tall. So I guess that qualifies as tall! :)

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  5. oh, you must be thrilled. being a mommy is so hard sometimes, but thrifting does make it all better!

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  6. Oh, what a rotten day! I'm so glad that there was a silver lining to those clouds. The fabrics are darling!

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  7. oh yes - that's what I'm going to be doing tonight! I hope I'm as lucky as you!!

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  8. Thanks so much for your comments on my blog (and adding me to your list of lovely blogs---I'm honored!). You hit the jack pot when you found that bag of fabric! Nothing makes the day better than a find like that.

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  9. The pink roses...the purple roses...the lollipops. I can't decide which is best. Love your photos and your story. I truly think thrifting is therapy. Sometimes when I'm having a really stressful day, I unconsciously start thinking about going to a thrift store, or an auction. Which is better, I suppose, than thinking about stopping at a bar. Sounds like there's not much left to break, so tomorrow will surely be better!

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  10. What great fabric. Hope he was asleep when you got home. We all need some 'alone' time to keep our sanity
    Alison

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  11. Jack pot! It's harder being a mom some days than others. Glad that you could find such a treasure to calm your nerves.

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  12. Glad to see Karma came around to reward you in the end. Delightful prints!

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  13. Oh man, I wish I got that bag. Wonderful fabric.

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  14. Atleast you found some yummy fabric! Sorry for the cruddy day though. :)

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  15. i agree with the previous comments and want to add - what a nice husband. and such a great find.

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  16. What a fabulous post about life and kids and finds and being a creative clever mommy all in one! great vintage fabric finds!! Have a wonderful weekend!

    blessings,
    kari & kijsa

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  17. Thank God for great husbands and thrift stores! Glad you day turned out ok.

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  18. That really was a perfect end to a not-so-much day. I think I'm going to adopt this idea.

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  19. So sweet! I love the fabric. Sounds like just the ending you needed to that day. :)

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  20. Boy have I had days like that!

    Thank God for thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets otherwise I wouldnt make it!

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  21. :) SCORE! I would have been all giddy and photo-taking, too. Even after all of that.

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  22. Ah yes, joy after a crazy day. Glad it was redeemed!

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  23. Don't you love it when the clouds part, and the thrifting gods smile upon you?

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  24. That bag of fabric found just the person who needed it most!

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  25. Awesome fabric! That's a great find. I love that they have tiny prints.

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  26. you struck it rich with vintage fabric! you lucky duck! but you totally deserve it after the day you had. I love the frame that you used in the photos.

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  27. I am so jealous right now...what a great find, so worth the $4 a gallon gas.

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  28. Oh! I SO get this!

    So glad that your day got better. Man! That was a seriously good bag!

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  29. must be the week for thrift store shinaningans. I got the evil eye from a thrift store clerk too, for daring to stand within 15 foot of a shelf that tipped over. Nevermind that the flimsy shelf was behind the propped open door, flapping in the thunderstorm. Love your fabric treasures!

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  30. I love that you can make all that badness turn into something so good - just by thrifting! I wish I lived near you!

    And yes, we've all driven around hoping to arrive back when the kids have fallen asleep... you're allowed.

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  31. leslie9:08 AM

    oh man, i can tell we think alike! only a true thrift addict could relate!

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  32. wow the light at the end of the tunnel! ;) i wish i could spy a nice stash too. how much did it end up costing :D

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  33. some days are like that! great vintage find!

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  34. I completely hear ya! (Congratulations on the nice find)

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  35. :) Love your new fabric stash. I know you'll make something wonderful with it. :)

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  36. Oh dear, what a day. Well, glad it ended well. Kudos to your husband for taking over while you hit the thrifts!

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