Thursday, January 29, 2015

Project 365===13-19 Not Facebook

Here we go with another weeks worth of photos:

I was going to recycle this box. How foolish of me!

A sticker a friend gave me. Because I am one of the few people who is NOT on Facebook :)

Uhh, this hardly ever happens. They are almost touching!

a 1990s "Little People" figurine

I rearranged my kitchen and uncovered a window that had a shelf in front of it. This was the curtain on it. Time to replace it dontcha think?

And....this was my outdoor table umbrella. I see a theme here....

A favorite coffee cup and a ridiculously large apple that I made into an apple/walnut salad

Yes, well, lighting and exposure are two areas I definitely need to improve. I will admit it, I use the auto settings on my camera. I am terrified of manual. But, time to get over that!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Favorites Round-Up

Been quite awhile since I showcased some of my favorites from Etsy. Found some amazing things!:

How about this incredible altered book? See it at Belleiso

I love the scent of earl grey and lavender, and together, well, just perfect! Find it at Scodiolicreatives

I'm a big Alien fan and I just watched someone play through the Alien Isolation game. Get this terrifying facehugger throw from maryscrochetnmore here.

Gorgeous shadow puppets can be found at IsabellasArt

 This 3 1/2 ft tall hand carved creature is spectacular! See it at BlamoToys

The Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro is one of my all-time favorite characters! Here is a great piece of fan art---find this painting at nicolesloan

Speaking of Totoro---how about these adorable Totoro shoes? Hand cobbled by Keymandesign

Want. This. Now. NOW!  Find it here at Stout Tent

Friday, January 23, 2015

Swans and a Loss

For several years I have been driving past a pasture in the country where, every January, I would see a huge mass of white birds milling about. In 2013 I took pictures and wrote a post called The Great Swan Meet n Greet. Back in 2013 I didn't know what kind of birds they were, and my curiosity finally drove me to turn to a local naturalist who had a regular radio program called "John Cooney's Natural World". I emailed him about the birds and sent him the picture below, not really expecting him to get back to me---but he promptly did and explained that these birds are migrating tundra swans!

I was so happy that he wrote me back and told me about these birds, and now I look for them every January. Yesterday, I was driving out in that area again, anticipating that I would see them, and indeed, at milepost 1 (they always gather in the same pasture) there they were!! However, this time I had a bittersweet feeling seeing them because I found out that in late 2014 John Cooney passed away from cancer. I didn't know the man and, aside from that one email (and of course, listening to his shows) I had never had any other interactions with him. But he touched my life in a way that I will always remember and will always associate with these birds. In a way, I guess, a tiny part of him is in that pasture with the swans. So, thank you John Cooney :)

If you are interested in hearing some of his shows, they can be found here.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Thrift Store Therapy-Anthropomorphic Fruit!

I haven't done one of these posts in awhile because I haven't been to a thrift store in almost two months! But I've been feeling the call, and I recently stopped in at the Salvation Army on the way home from a job. These guys were waiting for me :) It's getting hard to find chalkware anthropomorphics in good condition, and these are practically pristine:

find them here

Another thing I haven't seen much of lately is embedded resin wall art. I still see spoon rests and the like, but the sea life ones are also getting hard to find, at least in my area. I found one on the same trip I found the fruit:

listed here

Also picked up this gorgeous ribbon:

And this beautiful cotton slip, not vintage, but very wearable:

I got a plain black Gap dress, great for layering, on this trip as well. In fact, this brings me to my "resolution addendums", one of which is to wear more dresses this year and to jack my style back up. I swear I spent almost all of last year in a pair of jeans and a plaid shirt. Apparel used to be one of my art forms and I spent most of my 20s and 30s arrayed in all sorts of artistic outfits. Then, some hard times, a little weight gain and a general feeling of malaise caused me to abandon interesting dressing.
I've decided this is the year to get creative in my couture, once again :)

Linking up with Thirftasaurus!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

We Are Wild Again

We did our 2nd annual Perchtenlauf on New Year's Eve:

We marched through the streets and rang bells and howled---a superior way to spend New Year's Eve :)   Later I realized that all of the noise and bell ringing on a traditional secular New Year's Eve is likely, in part, an echo of these ancient practices, which is all about acknowledging and driving out the winter spirits.

My long-suffering husband took these pictures and video (hey honey, I'm going to march through the streets at night in 20 degree weather dressed as a monster and I really need you to take pictures!!)---I'm really glad he did because there were some very creative costumes this year!