the day after Christmas is so wonderful! after weeks of stressing and running around doing errands and decorating and freaking out, I feel like I have my life back. so, because I didn't have to go right back to work, we went on a little road trip.... to visit our favourite cows...
to visit our favourite book barn...
we bought lots of good, cheap books. tucked on the "pretty little books" shelf was a Dean's Rag Book! I am thrilled!
also 2 copies of Daisy Ashford's "The Young Visiters" (I bought both)
we then visited our favourite abandoned house. we check up on her from time to time to make sure she is still standing.
the first ever Syracuse Punk Reunion is over. whew. and I will never ever organize another. ever. I feel like a twenty pound weight has been lifted off my head. it was great to see everyone and chat and hug and talk about how old we all are now. it was a very cathartic experience and a lot of my demons have been laid to rest. speaking of demons, it is the first time I have hung out with this hard drinking crowd and not had a drink myself. I quit 6 months ago and passed this test with flying colors. I also re-established connections with a couple very cool women that I wish I had spent more time with years ago instead of focusing most of my time and attention on ill-deserving boyfriends.
so, reunion... done. christmas shopping... done.
went to the flea market today. found a vintage Kaiser Regula Sprinty camera, made in Western Germany. can't wait to try it out!
a shattered fur coat (rabbit fur maybe?) waiting to be re-crafted into something... maybe a few kitty toys?
a groovy, and slightly odd smelling Nabisco cracker table cloth.
Also got a couple of teddy bear books. my favourites...
the doll in the photos Mimi K sent were a mystery to me. never seen it's type before. of course now I am seeing them everywhere! (I exaggerate) but I just found one on eBay. the seller is saying it is a Lenci from the 1930s. hmm.... I might look into that further.
nothing makes me more happy than old snapshots. except, maybe, old dolls. and look at this! today arrived in the mail BOTH from Mimi Kirchner (of whom I am a big geek-girl fan) I am smiling from ear to ear! what a lovely, thoughtful, and perfect gift. thank you so much!
I took a close-up photo of my great grandmother's quilt. this is what seems to be going on... the sun shape is appliqued on top of the white base in three sections. first the red section (the red and white strips are sewn together into a circle first) then the yellow section (yellow and white strips sew together into a circle first) then a solid round circle on top. the entire thing is hand sewn and those little strips are so small... my head almost explodes just thinking about how much work went into this! I am wondering what the the name of this pattern is? I Googled variations of 'sunburst' and 'sun' and I am not finding anything similar. I don't know what year this was made... my grandmother was born in 1914, I think my great grandmother died in the late 20s early 30s...