saturday bliss

saturday morning, i got a rare chance to leave the house all alone.  it was the highlight of my week, perhaps my month

first, i headed over to the holy rosary community yard sale in patterson park.  many nice polish ladies had their wares set up to browse through, although there had been a robbery of sorts (someone walked away with some scarves) just before i arrived, so i got the feeling i was being watched very intently as i picked through things.  certainly, it was understandable, but strange to be the person getting the death look just for unfolding the giant tablecloth to look for stains.  here’s what i left with:

the tablecloth i love, although it’s a bit small for my giant dining room table.  i couldn’t resist the design and the colors, though, so home it came for $3.  the scissors are Singer brand, still very sharp.  the only nice sewing scissors i have are a pair of those insanely huge ones- i can’t cut for more than a few minutes before my wrist is throbbing, so these were a great steal for $1.  the scarf has some stains, but i have a use for it in mind in spite of them.  i also found some tools for the hubberson, a wrench and a clamp and a riveting tool for metal.  not so exciting for me, but i think he was happy with them. 

next, i headed to the farmer’s market to pick up some gourds.  i found what might be the ugliest and strangest one i’ve ever found:


and believe me, i’ve seen some gruesome gourds. 

he will be lovely for my holiday open house coming up this weekend.  along with the gourds for decorations, sage and i made the halloween banner generously shared by jenny– thanks so much, jenny! 

you can go make your own, too- she has the whole alphabet, so your banner can say whatever you’d like.  check out vicky’s at turkey feathers, too- a cute mini-version.  then we whipped up some ghosts (or as sage kept calling them, gooosts-she sounded very canadian) out of some old satiny fabric and tulle.  they work, too, i jumped out of my skin this morning when i came down to get neighbor baby at 7 am (i can’t believe it’s still dark lately at that time- ugh!) when i caught one out of the corner of my eye, hanging from the ceiling fan in the living room. 

back to the second-hand shopping, though… i headed next to 2 yard sales in my neighborhood that had been advertised in the paper.  the first one, i was really excited about- it was to be held in a very nice part of my neighborhood, and was multi-family.  boy, was i mistaken.  it started at 10 am- “NO EARLY BIRDS, PLEASE!!!” said the ad, so when I arrived at 11 and they were still setting up, i was a bit miffed.  everything they had was dirty, had parts missing, and was haphazardly arranged.  wholly a waste of my time.  the next one wasn’t much better- this person had things laid out all over the grass, which isn’t always a problem, but there were no paths to walk around and really look at items without inadvertently performing some improvised modern dance routine.  i came home with a flawless diana ross double album, and a coat rack which needs some love, but is sturdy.  they were each $1. 

the kids and i had a ball dancing to “upside down” after we put up the halloween decorations.  then we had to have a dance party for the rest of the afternoon- we had plenty to choose from:

i’ve been meaning to post about this for a while now, to brag about hubberson’s ability to build things.  he made this shelf out of old floor joists salvaged from the house across the street from ours when it was demolished to make room for a cheesy “victorian style” apartment building.  don’t get me started there.  our house was built around 1890, and i would assume this place across the way was about the same age, hence the aged quality of the wood.  the joists were perfect for this shelf hubbers had envisioned to hold his giant vinyl collection- huge, sturdy, and most importantly, free.  he designed it to be taken apart to move to another house, too.  it even has a guitar hook on the side, and shelves sized to hold the speaker cabinets perfectly. 

 isn’t it cool?  especially if you ignore all the yucky looking cords hanging down?  the toy box is almost always open, so you don’t see them so much.  i’m quite proud of it, and him. 

2 Responses to “saturday bliss”

  1. Thank you so much for the comment on my blog. You are my first commentor, so I shall cherish you always! I have added you to my bloglines — can you believe I only discovered that a few days ago?!

    Looks like you had much better luck thrifting than I usually do. Small town Iowa has its suprises, but faboo thrifting finds are not often on that menu. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve found some neat stuff, but I always pine for the thrifting of my fellow bloggers. : )

    Now, I must read the rest of your blog! Thanks again.

  2. So much to comment about…first the Vera scarf. What a score, stains and all. I have never found a vera scarf, just napkins. The gourds are amazing. That green funky one wins the funky gourde award. And it’s funny you mentioned Sage saying Gooost. Keiran also does this but with Book and broken. I was wondering what accent he had. So it may be Canadian. I don’t correct him because he sounds so cute when he says it this way. That is cool that your dh can build things. I’m not sure if mine can. He can mow a mean lawn but I think I turn to my father to build actual things.

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