Monday, July 16, 2012

Some weekend thrifting finds

I finally made it out to some tag sales for the first time this summer! It's been busy with both work and personal things taking up a lot of my time lately so I've been sleeping in often, but I managed to get up at a reasonable hour on Saturday and saw there were a few interesting tag sale listings. I'll probably do more thorough posts on individual things later, but here's a couple of my favorites.

I almost didn't go to this tag sale since it was pretty far away, but after the first one (where I got some worthwhile but not exciting stuff like high quality fake flowers and a couple of books and purses) I was having a nice time out driving and listening to music so I decided to go for it. Turned out to be a tag sale at an antique shop that had the best stuff. I mostly got things from the tag sale tables, but did end up picking up some stuff inside too. I'm thrilled with the late-teen's era sewing pattern which is not only my size - a rarity for me and vintage patterns - but also for something I'd wear. The camera was a non-tag sale purchase and a bit more than I'd normally spend while thrifting, but I just received a bit of money from my parents for my birthday so I decided to go for it.

I also picked up this fantastic book, an educational book for girls covering puberty and transitioning to adulthood. It's dated 1898, so I'm expecting to learn a bunch of new euphemisms for lady issues and I'm definitely planning on posting excerpts here.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A cataclysm (though not really), and happy birthday to me

A Louis Wain picture found in a scrapbook in my grandmother's attic

It's been well over a month since I last posted, and I've been thinking lately about what I want to do with this blog. And since it's my birthday, it's usually when I try to make changes in my life anyway, moreso than New Year's for me. I originally meant it to be a blog about my sewing and crafting, Blythe, thrifting and photography but lately I've only managed to post photos, and even then sporadically. Currently thinking I'll just try to keep with the original plan and make it a point to post more this year, but I guess we'll see if I manage it.

A bit about the above image, I first became familiar with Louis Wain's work many years ago through Current 93. It really combines things I like - vintage imagery and cats. I was looking through a scrapbook we found in the attic at my late grandmother's house (though it's too old to be hers, possibly my great-grandmother's or someone even older) and this was one of the pictures pasted in it. And while I know he was a popular artist at the time and many people probably scrapbooked his pictures it's still nice to feel some sort of connection with a long lost relative, even if it's just a cat picture.