I had too much fun with Beans at the thrift store. I got some baby blocks, and I’ve been tormenting the pets for my own amusement.
Having a limited set of letters forced me to think creatively, and I think these are hilarious, but I have a weird sense of humor.
Beans and I had too much fun thrifting the other day. This whole post is just me bragging about what we found.
If only I could fit into size 5!
Beans and I freaking loved this. We named him Steve. He’s a funny guy, and my new night light. YEAR ROUND.
It’s DEATH NUN!! You may recognize her from such posts as Thrift Store Treasures. At the Goodwill I found this nativity that looked like Death Nun was part of it, even though she’s not. I just thought they looked super cool together. I love finding bizarre things, and contemplating who originally created this, who then thought it was a good enough idea to mass produce, and who would then subsequently purchase these things? That’s why thrifting with friends, and Beans in particular is fun. We laugh our asses off the entire time.
I have lots of windows in my house, which is nice, but sometimes I want to walk around in clothes that the neighbors shouldn’t see me in. I have an easy, lazy solution. This is especially lazy if you are lucky enough to have curtain rods already in place.
You can see the bare curtain rod in our library-but-supposed-to-be-a-dining-room.
These magic little clips are the key. You just hang them on the rod, then you can clip any fabric onto it. You don’t have to add loops to the top, or sew a giant tube at the top or nothing. Just clip the sheets on, and poof! New curtains!
Right now I can hear my mother going “BAH!!! I only gave you those to use as drop cloths! Don’t you know how old those are?! They’re probably 90% dust mites by now! And they’re POLYESTER!!!!”
It’s all true. These were sheets from the family farm that my parents just moved into. The whole family has been storing excess furniture etc, up there since the ’60′s. That place also supplied the makings of Flapjack’s dog bed. These particular sheets are in great shape, probably because they’re polyester. I have several reasons for using these:
1) They match each other. I had nothing else to put up that was not just going to be one big panel across the whole thing.
2) I love my neighbors. They’re quiet and polite, and bring me cookies at the holidays, but their son has a trampoline, which was obviously a good investment because he uses it all the time. I don’t like wondering if he’s seen me walking around in my panties and a sweater while I do laundry.
3) Flapjack has learned he can see squirrels through this window if he climbs on the couch, and I want something over there I don’t have to worry about. He’s been scampering back and forth like he’s on speed.
So those are the curtains. They’re staying there for awhile, or at least until my mom comes over and rips them down in a fit of Martha-Stewartism. Just kidding. She’ll probably show up with hand made curtains made from vintage fabrics cut specifically for this window that will put all my crafting to shame. That’s my plan, anyway.
I just finished The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards. It’s the story of a couple who’ve been married for about a year in 1964. The wife goes into labor during a snow storm, and her husband delivers surprise twins. When the second baby is born, he realizes she has Down’s Syndrome. The wife is completely sedated, and has no idea that she’s had twins, much less that there’s something wrong. The husband makes a rash decision that affects the whole family throughout their lives.
This book was very well written, but to me, the characters were not well fleshed-out. I had trouble keeping people straight, not because there were lots of characters, but because they didn’t make much of an impression. The story was interesting, and somewhat depressing. I liked it, but I will be giving it away. So on the Clever Chick Book Scale this gets a “Readable, but forgettable”.
I also discovered that Lifetime made this into a movie! I can’t imagine why. No women get beaten or raped at all in the whole thing. Maybe they’re branching out? (The Lifetime Network gets a “Only Deserves Constant Derision and Snide Remarks” on the Clever Chick Scale. I really need to finish that thing, soon).