Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Busy Weekend

Hey everyone!
I went to a wonderful estate sale this weekend and I was really glad I went.  It was kind of far but worth it. There really was only one item I was kicking myself for not getting, a box of sewing supplies that included a button snap applicator!  The guy in front of me in line got it, and I was just ogling it the whole time I waited to pay!  Oh well, maybe there will be one this week!

This is what I found:  A train case, a starburst pan, a vintage clicker counter, a set of 5 owl cups, am apron like thing with that awesome print.

I am so glad I finally found a train case for a good deal in nice condition!  This one was only $4 and it came with its little key!  I love the blue color, too!

These mugs are adorable!  They have a neat little owl face on one side and "Have A Nice Day" on the other side!  They are all very light, but they will make such a neat set for someone!  I actually got these at Savers last Monday, Customer Appreciation day, so they were 20% off of their original $0.49 each!

An old clicker counter.  At just $1, I couldn't pass it up!  The lever on the right goes down to count, and you reset it with the knob on the left.

I saw this pan on another blog and I fell in love.  I couldn't wait to find my own, and I saw it out of the corner of my eye so I grabbed it quick!  I can't wait to put all kinds of goodies in there to organize my craft room!

This is the skirt/apron thing I grabbed.  It was such an amazing pattern I couldn't pass it up.  It is really interesting, and so beautiful!

So in addition to waking up at 5am to get a good spot in line at the sale, I went to the Desert Museum afterwards.  Here's some of my favorite shots:

This river otter is just the cutest!  He's always playing!

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is one of my favorite things in Tucson.  They have lots of animals, including all of the endangered species (including Red Wolves, my favorite!) in Arizona, and those animals that you will probably never see because they are so good at hiding. (i.e.- Mountain Lions and Black Bears!)  The plant life is beautiful, don't let anyone ever tell you the desert is ugly, look at these pictures!  Anyways, if you ever end up in Tucson, AZ, the Desert Museum is an absolute must!

Sunday was a great day because I accomplished a huge goal, I ran my first Half Marathon race!  I was so proud of myself!  We got there really early, but I was able to snap this great sunrise picture!

Here I am at about Mile 3, things are great when you are only just at the beginning, right?!

Check out the change in my energy at about Mile 10!  That's a smile through the pain!

But then, the finish line!  That was such a great feeling!  Hooray!

I was really proud of myself for how I did!  I originally estimated my finish around 2 hours and 30 minutes.  On my long runs I usually run about 10 minute miles, and I get slower in the last 2-3 miles.  I finished this race in 2:06:05!  Wow!  That's an average of just over 9.5 minute miles for the WHOLE RACE!  My goal for my next one is to go under 2 hours.  That extra 6 minutes will be hard to shave off, but I will try my hardest!

Well, as Wednesday ends I am looking forward to another amazing weekend!  No plans are certain yet, and the estate sale pictures come up tomorrow, so we will see how it goes!  Take care everyone!

Linking up!
Thrift Share Monday (Apron Thrift Girl)
Vintage Style Linky Party (Knick of Time Interiors)
Time to Shine (A Diamond in the Stuff)
Pearls and Lace Thursday (Faith, Grace, Crafts)
Thrifty Thursday (Thrifty Decorating)
Time Travel Thursday (The Brambleberry Cottage)
Vintage Thingie Thursday (Coloradolady)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Where's the Sun?!

Hey everyone!  While we were enjoying some beautiful 80 degree spring weather, as we normally do in Arizona in March, a freak storm hit Sunday and Monday!  In northern AZ, they got a ton of snow, and here in Tucson, this is what we got:

It's hail!  Cool!  I think we got a little non-sticky snow here and there throughout the day, but this was what I could take a good shot of.  I know those of you who live in heavy snow areas are probably laughing at this, but us Arizonans don't get to see much of it. (well, besides Northern Arizonans!)

I also stopped at the Savers on my lunch break to find this little treasure.  I am a little addicted to clocks now, uh-oh!

This is a Seth Thomas travel alarm clock.  I have one other travel alarm clock and I love them both so much!  It is just so neat how they fold into and out of their little compact cases!  My other one is round, so now I have a little shape diversity!

Well, off to bed, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Suitcase n' Lace

Hey guys!
So I promised you last time that I would show you the product of my current "thrift to craft" phase!  Well, here are the befores of the suitcase.
This is the suitcase before it's transformation, Scout was also feeling photogenic.  Anyways, you see that color?  I think I'll call it blue-gray blah.

Here's the inside.  It wasn't stained or anything, but it just was not my taste.  I'm not a fan of frills.  And the material was that plastic-y kind that is usually found on baby changing tables.  It needed to go.

This is after I had ripped out the bottom of the inside fabric, there were some staples, then I just pulled it all off...

Well, more the just a few staples...

Here is the finished product!  I was so nervous about the fabric I chose, but I think it turned out rather nicely!

I like the patina on the buckles, and the handle on the case, it is so retro looking!

Here is the inside.  Yep, it is plain jane, but I like it!  I used the pieces I pulled out of the original lining as a template for this.  The backing was just a single cutout, and the sides I had to do some sewing, then I hot-glued them in.  No close ups on this one because it isn't super clean and awesome looking when you see it close!  It's not too bad though, and I am happy with it.

I've also mentioned to you guys about the monster bag of lace I recently picked up at the thrift shop.  It is huge, like the size of a bag that a comforter would come in.  Take a looksy:

There is so much more!  Some many colors and types of ribbon, lace, rick-rack.  I can't wait to use more of it!  I thought I would display it in my newly renovated suitcase!

Now wasn't that fun?  A nice, colorful post again!  Let me know how you think everything turned out!

I'm linking up to some great link parties, go check them out, there's always some great Pinterest material!
Make the Scene Monday (Alderberry Hill)
Flea Market Finds (Her Library Adventures)
Restyled Sunday (Stylish Once Again)
Saturday Night Special Link Party (Funky Junk Interiors)
Get Schooled Saturdays (Too Much Time on My Hands)
Penny Worthy Project (Hey, What's For Dinner Mom?)
Vintage Style Link Party (Knick of Time Interiors)
We Did It Wednesday (Sew Much Ado)
Rock n' Share (The Shady Porch)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Rainbow of Beautiful Books

Hey guys!  Just a quick little post from Spring Break land!  Just before I left to come visit my parents, I stopped at a few thrifts and came across these amazing books.  I can honestly tell you that originally, I only bought 6 of them.  When I got to my car and put them all in there (no bag, of course, cause that's how I roll!) I realized that the set didn't look complete without blue.  I knew originally that I was missing some, but I figured that there was a deal if you only bought 6, so I would just pick my favorite colors.  Well, I realized that I needed consecutive numbers, which included the blue book, so I walked back in, dug for them and found them!  Now I have 9!  I love them so much that I might go back and see if there are any more that interest me.  There was a TON of old Reader's Digest books and their covers are all so beautiful. I found one with "To Kill a Mockingbird" in it, but I didn't buy it because it didn't match this set.  I am hoping that is still there, because I love that book, hence why my dog is named Scout...

Anyways, I set up the books for display and had a little Instagram photo shoot!

Gorgeous, right?  I have volumes 1 through 9, and they are all in nice condition.  Dust jackets?  Who needs em, I love the color and patterns of the covers.  I was originally inspired by Vanessa at Thrift Core who recently blogged about her love for rainbows (hey me, too!) and books (hey me, too, too!).  She has such a fun and awesome blog, go check it out sometime!

Oh, and Vanessa also recently blogged about how much she love vintage suitcases and that re-inspired me to pursue a tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.  I will show you the product of mine as soon as I get home, silly me forgot the camera at home!
Click HERE for this great tutorial!
Lastly, I would like to say how awesome my boyfriend is.  I got home the other day and found these (before they had blossomed) in a cup of water on my coffee table.  Two days later and I had a cup full of these!

Isn't he just the berries?  Yes, I borrowed that saying from "A River Runs Through It".  Anyways, until I find some more awesome stuff, take care!

Free Style Friday (Happy Hour Projects)
Potpourri Friday (2805)
Pearls and Lace Thursday (Faith, Grace, and Crafts)
Vintage Thingie Thursday (Coloradolady)
Time Travel Thursday (The Brambleberry Cottage)
Treasure Hunt Thursday (From My Front Porch to Yours)
Thrifty Thursday (Thrifty Decorating)
Would You Buy It Wednesday (Junker Newbie)
Anything Goes Linky (Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo)
Thrifty Love (Caps Creations)

Friday, March 9, 2012

It's Blog Tag... You're it!

Heidi from Grizz 'n' Dove recently tagged me in a little game of blog tag.  Blog tag?  What's that?  I asked the same thing.  Well, it turns out it's a little way for you to get to know other bloggers.  Fancy that, right?  Pretty neat-o, if I do say so myself!  So here is how it works:

  • You must post the rules.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you and then create 11 questions to ask the people you've tagged.
  • Tag 11 people and link them in your post.
  • Let them know you have tagged them.

So yeah, that's the rules, straight from Heidi's blog.  Sorry for the copy/paste, but it's late!  However, I am so game to play since I finished all my exams. (just like I told you Heidi!)

This is what Heidi asked me, and my answers:

1. If you could choose, would you like to live in a big city, small town or in the country?
Probably a big city, because that would probably be the only place I could get a job!  I am hoping to become an embryologist with all my grad school training, and there aren't many fertility clinics in small towns!  However, I really like the idea of living about 20 minutes away from the big city, so it's just a short commute away, but still so I can live somewhere that I can keep a horse in my backyard!

2. What skill do you wish you were better at?  I wish I were better at recognizing the "good stuff" at the thrift store!  You know like that toaster I found recently?  Yeah, I am getting more picky, but I just know I am probably passing on some awesome items!

3. What is your favorite genre of book to read?  Being a grad student, I should probably answer textbooks, but truly it is any book that has to do with animals (I know, big nerd!), but specifically where the animal doesn't die.  Marley and Me ruined those kind of books and movies for me.  Okay, well maybe it goes all the way back to Black Beauty and Old Yeller...

4. What is your favorite movie?
I guess I have a few:
Step Brothers really never gets old for me.
True Romance is a movie my sister just introduced me to that is a little gory, but awesome.
Shawshank Redemption is a classic.  Nuff said.

5. What is your favorite decoration in your house/apartment? Why?  We have this sign above our back door that is big and long and says "GOD BLESS ARIZONA".  I found it when I was just a budding "picker" (I only say that because I got it at a large resale store rather than a thrift).  I knew I needed it, even if it didn't match my decor.  I'm born and bred Arizonan, and I think it just might be the most awesome state ever.  Sure, it gets hot, but hey we don't experience hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, winter, or any of that bad weather.  But we do have Haboobs.  Yep, click on that link, I know you are tempted.

6. Least favorite day of the week?  Monday.  Reasoning is self-explanatory.

7. Favorite pair of shoes? You know, the pair that you'll cry when they get too worn to wear anymore...  All my TOMS.  They are oh so comfortable.  I have like 6 pairs.  Not joking.

8. When did you know you wanted to start a blog?  When I saw all the awesome things other bloggers were doing!  I was ogling their beautiful finds and photographs of their finds and I figured, "Hey, maybe someone will be tricked into following what I have to say!"  So far, ~44 of you have fallen for it!  Just kidding, I LOVE all my followers and commenters, it's what keeps me sane at my "real-life" job/school.

9. Describe your perfect date. (either a romantic date or a date on the calendar... Miss Congeniality style!)  My perfect date is simple, I'm no high maintenance girl.  I just want to be with my man doing things we do.  We would go to our favorite dinner place (May's Chicken and Waffles) and then go get ice cream afterward at the gourmet ice cream place, along with a microbrew beer.  Just one, cause we're lightweights.

10. What is your go-to recipe for company? Or do you try something new each time?  I don't cook, I just don't really.  My man mostly cooks.  Oh and I don't rally have company.  It's one of those things that's more like, "Hey, you wanna crash on my couch while you're in town?"  Rather than, "Would you like to spend a weekend in our beautiful cottage and we can all cook dinner and sit down at the dining table and eat?"  The only thing that I know I can make if I am absolutely forced to cook dinner for someone is tri-tip steak.  But it's expensive, so it's only for those that I really love!

11. What single food item could you live on if you were stranded on an island?
Pizza.  It seems to have a nice variety of food groups!

And now for my questions for my tagees!

1. Where is the coolest place you have ever been?
2. What's your best organizing tip (or do you have a really hard time keeping organized, like me?)?
3. Do you have any pets?  What kinds and what are their names?
4. What's your number one source of inspiration?
5. How long have you been blogging?
6. What celebrity would you meet if you could meet one?  This could be anybody famous.
7. What has been your proudest DIY moment?
8. What is your favorite restaurant like?  What kind of food do they have?  Atmosphere?
9. What's your favorite drink?  (Alocholic or Non-alcoholic!)
10. What kinds of things do you collect?
11. Have you had something special passed down to you?  Tell me about it!

Here's who I am tagging!  Pop on over to their blogs, there's a good chance you will love them as much as I do!

The Thrifty Picker
Nell's Vintage House
Thoughts from Meme's Corner
My Wonderfully Made
Casa De Luna Creations
Merry Magpie Vintage
Bleak 2 Unique
Chateau Chic
A Living Space

Okay so maybe that isn't 11, but 9 is pretty close!  I'm getting a little tired, sorry!  Hope you all enjoyed, carry on the blog tag if you get a free minute!

Hey, look at my bangs!

Monday, March 5, 2012

How Hard Can it Be?

Well, this is just a quick teaser post to show you a bit of how I spent my Saturday night.  I really wasn't feeling like going out, so the man went out for a boy's night, and I pulled out my sewing machine for the first time.  Ever.

Now I just got this sewing machine for my birthday in late December and I was really hesitant to start any projects before I organized my spare bedroom where I keep all my inventory.  It had gotten to an overwhelming mess mode and that just needed to be first priority.  When I got around to it.  I recently bought some large Rubbermaid containers and organized inventory and cleaned up the room a little, I was so impressed with myself!  So on Saturday, I decided no more excuses, it was time to sew.

I have used a sewing machine in the past, but it was my mom's and it was already threaded.  I didn't realize how difficult this would be.  Fortunately for me, my Singer came with a DVD that walked me through threading the machine.  It also had a pause button and rewind, which is great when I totally miss things! ;)

So as the post title goes, I was thinking to myself, "How hard can it be?"  But that answer was to a beginner, "Pretty d*mn hard."

Either way, I worked at it and got the hang of it.  My white thread was turning gray when I started sewing so of course I googled, "white thread is turning gray sewing machine". (Yes, my google skills are uncanny)  Once I got it all figured out within hours, I started my first project.  I was inspired by this photo:

This is a jacket from Ruche, they have lots of cute things, but I really wanted to put my own spin on a jacket like this.  Plus I really need a brown jacket.  I have lots of jackets, but oddly enough, no brown jacket.

So here is a little teaser of the start of the project.  This is just a warning that because I have two exams this week, then Spring Break next week where I will be traveling, this project won't get done super quick, but I have a start:

Neat-o, right?!  I am super psyched to finish it... when I have the time!

You might notice the awesome lace that I have on there.  I found a *HUGE* bag of lace and ribbon at the thrift store for pretty cheap the other day.  There were two more bags the same size, I might go back and look at them this week!  I am having ideas for making bracelets with them, oh the possibilities!

Hope you enjoyed, I can't wait to show off the final product! (Can you say, fashion show?!?!?!)