I have a whole lot of random things to talk about. Ready? :-)
I developed a thing for antlers this past winter. I have a whole box of them I bought off Craigslist. This just came in the mail today, the Sept issue of Living, and I LOVE that mirror.
Ya'll know I have that chandelier, umm, fetish right? I LOVE antler chandeliers.
That's weird. Maybe.
I don't usually pimp magazines here, but the Sept issue of Country Living was delicious. I have looked at it several times already. The best magazine in a long time, IMO.
Jack wanted to buy a bag of colored Popsicle sticks at the thrift. When I explained that they were for crafts and not actual Popsicles he asked if we could make paper Popsicles.
They were easy and fun.
(You will have to click to enlarge this photo to fully appreciate it.) So, that is my grandpa's cat doing her best ninja kitty impersonation there. She is standing on her head trying to wedge herself behind the blue door in the hallway. See her in the right hand corner?
It took me 3 weeks to catch that little bugger from his house. I finally caught her and kept her locked in our bathroom (safe from my 3 gigantic cats) for a few days to get her used to my house. I took her in to get her spayed and vaccinated last week and during her operation the vet discovered a rather serious problem. She had a severe uterine infection that was just days from killing her. She's all fixed up now, but she is howling like the devil to get out of the bathroom so at night we have been locking her in the office in the basement.
Except she climbs up into the drop ceiling down there. Last night she came crashing through the ceiling and came face to face with the other cats. There has been some hissing and some batting at each other.
But that isn't the biggest problem.
She is now lost somewhere in my house! She is really quite timid (and tiny!) and who knows when I will manage to find her again. Oy. (This is a problem for about a million reasons.)
I thrifted this tablecloth this week.
It might be my favorite one ever. And it's perfect. All clean and stain free and freshly ironed and wonderful.
It's already on the kitchen table.
I am really crushing on the pale green/lavender combo lately.
I also picked up this nifty picture frame. Roses and roses and more roses, oh my!
And last, but not least, this is consignment sale week here in town. If you aren't already consigning your kids clothes, do it! (But try and find a once or twice yearly sale and not a place like Once Upon A Child. Nothing against those places, but ours is insanely weird about what they will accept and they offer me peanuts.) I have a pretty good system down by now where I am able to sell Jack's outgrown clothes for just about the same amount of money I spend on his new clothes twice a year. (My only "store bought" costs are underwear, shoes, socks, undershirts and occasionally pajamas. Pajamas are hard to find in good used condition sometimes.)
This week I dropped off 41 items for consignment and picked up my shop early ticket (for consignors only). Then yesterday I went and did my shopping. (MAKE A LIST! It can be overwhelming.) I was bummed out because there were no decent jeans to be found for Jack for this winter and I hate paying retail. But the thrift Gods smiled on me this morning and I found all the jeans I needed at the thrift. Woohooo. No retail jeans for us.
My total out of pocket cost for his entire winter wardrobe after I had sorted through what we already have from last year that we can still use, is about $115. I will let you know if I break even when I pick up my consignment check on Sunday.
Recycling at it's finest - buy used, use it for a year, then resell it. Awesome.
Whew, did you make it? I think I need a nap now.