Me & the Creepy Guy.
What is a monkeybox?
When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
My step dad asked if he had been in a accident and the man said yes. He went outside to help him and my Mom called 9-1-1. Once my step dad started helping the man, he realized that this was no car accident -the man had been stabbed. My step dad is a former Sheriff's Deputy, a former EMT and a member of the National Guard having served in several bouts of combat - so he is familiar to blood and triage and things that you and I are not used to seeing.
He began to apply pressure to the man's neck, where the stabbing had occurred. The man said that a man on the other side of the highway had stabbed him, but he had managed to get away, crawl across the highway and make his way to their house for help. He could not have asked for a better house to find - my step dad took care of him and literally saved his life. By the time the EMT's arrived, they said he was nearly out of blood, but he was alive.
*The photos have nothing to do with the post. But, I hate photo-less posts. This is our Clematis in the backyard where absolutely no one can see it. It's gorgeous, though!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I ended up making a 1960's inspired wastebasket complete with vintage black fur trim. I decoupaged mini sci-fi movie posters all over it that I had printed from the Internet. I think it turned out pretty good considering it was a new to me craft in a subject that I know little about. But, it helped me realize that I can use this idea for endless things in endless themes.
If you've never been involved in a swap, they can be a lot of fun. It's like Christmas or your birthday when a box arrives on your doorstep. You can't wait to dig in and see your "Stuff". Some swap boxes are so divine that you cannot believe someone took the time, money and thoughtfulness to select these items especially for you. Then, there are the swaps that you say, "Eh" and they are not so much. Luckily, I have had many, many more of the former than the latter.
I think there are still a few spots open in the Hurrah for the Red, White and Blue Swap-(I'm still learning).
So, if you want to participate - head on over to Sweet Goodness Swaps and sign up!
You'll be glad you did! And, thanks again, ladies!
*I'll be back tomorrow with a story of attempted murder, a machete, the sherriff, an ambulance and my HERO stepfather that provided medical treatment and saved a guy's life. In my parents very own yard. On Tuesday. It was quite a day!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
So, what shall I talk about. Let's talk about how this song turns me on. Lionel Richie singing about "Baby, let's go - I'll prepare your meals and make your bed, while you just Chill." I used to dream of being swept off my feet. Kissing. You know....Stuff. Now the thought of someone actually making the bed for me is hot. Pathetic.
Now, this guy, he was fun. He spotted me in a crowd and decided he liked me. He laughed, he waved, he had a conversation with me. He wasn't oblivious. But, his entire family was. I could have unstrapped him and walked off. No one would have noticed. The Oblivious family.
Hmmm..what other boring things have I done lately?
I counted my crocheted watermelon potholder collection.
I'm up to 56.
In case you were wondering.
I am seriously boring.
Tomorrow I am going to the Super Cheap Thrift, to the movies to see Night at the Museum 2 and out to eat at Golden Corral with my Mom and Step-dad. That ought to give me something to blog about.
But, then again, I think I just proved that it is possible to blog about absolutely nothing. Don't think you need to leave a comment on this post. Really, it isn't necessary.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
First, I won a giveaway at My Vintage Soul a few weeks back. Linda's town has a Spring Clean up that sounds as good as our local clean -up - Treasures abound.
Actually, her town's might be better because I never found vintage ornaments or vintage reflectors. But, Linda did and she was nice enough to give away some of her finds. And, I won!
Not only that, she included two little tin eggs for my vintage Easter collection. Thank you Linda!
I had mentioned gifts from a male Blog reader (yes, the do exist!) and here they are. These things are from Nick (the Firefighter) who is a member of the Yardsalequeen boards. He sent me some things from his Grandmother's Estate items and some things he had found and thought of me.
A slew of sweet embroidered hankies - love that little banjo playing girl!
And lots of fun things including an old candy tin, matchbooks, tokens, coins, a key, a bottle cap and lots of fun little things. I adore that carved bottle opener in the back. He provides me a smile every time I see him. So, thank you Nick!
The last piece of Happy Mail is partly one I bought and a gift from another blog friend.
Thank you and Cheers to all my Blog Friends!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Shara Sees Seashells.
The Bean was distraught to spy several original Transformers and Teenage Mutant Turtles adhered to the car.
Head on over to Heidi's to see photos of a Junk house that she found last week!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Now, I warn you. This first photo is a doozy. I got all artsy with my junk. Much to the wonder of most of my neighbors. "What's she doin' with all that JUNK? Takin' pitchers?" *I don't really live in Hillbilly-ville.*
My finds for the day. I wish I could just leave this set up and enjoy it like this. It looks fun this way! Where to start - the blue painted chair was 25¢. I know! It is a bit bright for my decor, but I put it in the backyard by my mantle and hung a flag over it.
I'll add a rusty bucket of red flowers and instant Americana. Mother Nature will weather it to pure perfection in no time. She weathered last year's chair right to the garbage dump.
A nice old doughbowl. I've always wanted a doughbowl for displaying things on the coffee table. It was $5.00 which is really a good deal, but it took me quite awhile to decide to pay $5.00 for it. That is on the high end of my spectrum! Now, that thing to the right, is, I am sure, some sort of mortar mixer or grout tool or something. But, you have to admit - it looks like a giant potato masher. Even the old man that sold it to me referred it to as "his giant tater smasher." *Again, I really do not live in hillbilly-ville.* I'm thinking of hanging it on a the wall as sort of a picture hanger and sitting a vintage cookbook on it. Ideas are still in the works...(It was $1.00). Above it, although it isn't in the photo, is a great old 25¢ frame that needs a coat of white paint.
Shall we discuss the cabinet now? I got it at the sale with the giant tater smasher. I saw it and basically ran to it, hopping over an Exersaucer and an old treadmill.
It is rusty, crusty, shabby, chippy and every other glorious word in my vocabulary. I have cleaned it up a bit since I took this photo. Just to get the actual dirt off of it. Not that awesome patina.
Shelf #1: An old candy jar with a string of colored Indian Corn inside, some vintage Christmas items, an old blue glass Noxema jar, an occupied JAPAN bird and a sweet girl with a parasol planter. Total for everything: $3.35.
Shelf #2: Two pieces of pottery for my collection, a great old book, four glass knife rests (from Pukesburg Sweden), a Russ Gardening figurine, a honking cast iron button, rusty carpenter's box, a Boyds Bear and a chippy old metal lightswitch box. Total: $4.45.
Friday, May 15, 2009
We had fun. We saw lots of cool stuff. We ate lots of good food.
The Wi-fi didn't work at either hotel, so I was not able to host my "Guess Where We Are" contest.
Here are a few photos - first correct guess gets a prize from my massive prize vault aka my junk room.
We found Mary Poppins made of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans.
We went in here - even though it looks dangerous.
Way up high - 15 stories, in fact. We could see nearly 100 miles to that mountain range.
We went to an Old Fashioned Five and Dime where they had these fantastic old collapsible shopping baskets. Don't you lurve them?