Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tiger Baby as Titania! Happy Summer Solstice and Midsummer everyone :)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The DMV and The Goodwill---Thrift Store Therapy

I had the task of getting my license renewed recently. I took the advice of a friend and went to the DMV in the next town over, which was supposed to be nicer and faster. Imagine my delight when I saw that there was a Goodwill right next to the DMV. Alrighty, I thought, I'll just get this picture-taking, license renewing nonsense out of the way and check out the thrift store!

I went into the DMV, which was a lot nicer than the one in my town BUT----it was ridiculously crowded. I took my number---and there were 30 people in front of me! I sat down and kept thinking of the Goodwill. Maybe I should just go over there for a minute? Everytime I thought that, a few numbers on the DMV board would whiz by, because people had gotten fed up and left. I just knew that if I went over to the thrift store, a bunch of numbers would go by and I would miss my turn. I sat there for an hour and a half, annoyed by these circumstances, until my number was finally called. I thought about how this situation could inspire a great phone app---one that would alert you when it was almost your number, so you could leave the DMV and not be stressed out that you wouldn't be able to get back in time. App makers take note!! Anyways, the long wait did not help the picture-taking process because I had a strained expression on my face and I got a classic license picture that looks like a mug shot. That I am now stuck with for years. Geh!

I ran out of there and right into the Goodwill. I found a few great summer shirts, a nice summer scarf, and then this guy, who perfectly sums up getting your license renewed:

Also this great glass for .49.

And these interesting Royal China "Tweed"  plaid dishes.

I spent less than 10 bucks on my haul, which was a considerably better deal than the 40.00 I paid for a terrible license photo, ha ha!
Linking up with Sir ThriftALot Thriftasaurus.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shoe Shine---Unusual Black Flower Sandals, Plus a Victorian Brooch

Hello,  I'm linking up with Bella's ShoeShine party, and this time around I'm modeling a pair of unusual black beaded flower thong sandals I got out of a Chadwick's catalog several years ago. If you've ever seen a Chadwick's catalog you know they have fairly conservative stuff, but these thongs were an anomaly, and they were on clearance, so I couldn't resist.

Its always a gamble buying shoes without trying them on first, but these fit perfectly.

Sticking with the black color scheme, I thought I'd share this magnificent Victorian mourning brooch that my good friend gifted to me. First off, it seems to depict a dashing man, which is fabulous, and secondly, its huge! I do believe its black glass with an ebonite (also called vulcanite, which is a hardened rubber) bust.

You can see here that it has a classic C clasp pinback that extends beyond the brooch. Quite the gift indeed!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Voodoo Dragon In My Yard---The Random Gardener

The Random Gardener (that's me) wanted to share a plant that recently made an appearance in the yard. This, my dears, is called a "Voodoo Lily", also known as a "Dragon Flower" or by its Latin name Dracunculus Vulgaris. It also goes by "Stink Lily" because for a short time, it can smell like carrion, which apparently attracts the flies that it needs to be pollinated. Definitely one of the more exotic plants in my yard and, shall we say, the most "naughty" looking. I have some planted out by the sidewalk and people often just stop and stare at them with their mouths open. This year some of the plants bloomed in my back yard as well, probably because I have been watering back there more frequently. Seems to do well in the Pacific Northwest climate, even though it looks like it should be growing in the jungle. Wikipedia says it is native to the Balkans and Greece.

Pretty striking, don't you think? I picked up these bulbs in my local farmer's market, and have seen them at the garden store, so they aren't hard to find.. As long as you water them regularly, and don't overdo it, they are very easy to grow. I have some in partial shade, and some in full sun. Definitely for the gardener who likes something a little less traditional :)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

And I Will Be Planting Cats Today

I almost had a "cute stroke" today over my hilarious cat, Tiger Baby. I was cleaning up in my backyard while giving her an outing (she only goes outside supervised by me, dear thing) and I turned around to behold this---the cat had planted herself!!

Look at that face! That was after I told her she doesn't quite fit, ha ha!!