I ♥ You

I ♥ You

Valentine’s Day was a week ago. Yeah…this past week has been kind of…off… Not bad, just can’t seem to get my act together. I’ve been struggling to get back on the Thin Within horse, had some minor pain issues, haven’t been sleeping well, and my brain feels like it’s constantly wrapped in fog. And so, here it is a week after the holiday and I’m finally getting around to sharing my Valentine’s Day outfit.

I’ve worn this Perceptions dress many times and featured it a time or two here on the blog; it’s been in my closet for a LONG time. And it will remain in my closet until it falls apart! While it doesn’t lend itself to remixing very well, it makes up for its stand-alone-ness with buckets of comfort. Several people at church commented that my dress was pretty or that I looked nice, and yet I felt like I was wearing a nightgown. Perfect!

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Outfit details:  dress ~ JC Penney’s; scarf ~ thrifted;

earrings ~ MIL’s collection; ring ~ Hobby Lobby;

boots ~ JC Penney’s.

It’s been too many years since I purchased this dress to remember what I paid for it, but I do recall that it was purchased off the clearance rack with a coupon, more than likely for less than $10. Everything about this dress is wonderful – the fit, the cut, the fun bold pattern, the ease of care. If it had pockets, it would get bonus points, but even without pockets, the dress is terrific. I like this dress so much, in fact, I’ve gone to eBay to see if I can find another one in a different pattern. A very similar dress did come up, but not in my size, and I wasn’t overly fond of the pattern. The search continues…but if I don’t find another dress, that’s OK, too.

In the past, I’ve worn a bold pink necklace with this dress, but since it was a tad crisp last Sunday, a scarf seemed a cozier option. For some crazy reason, I got rid of the ONE solid black scarf I owned (it was sheer and silky with beaded trim on the ends, kind of fancy), along with my only pink ones. Last year, when the hot flashes were terrible and my scarves collected dust from no use, I purged a bunch of them. Kind of regret some of that tossing now. Oh well. At any rate, this pattern-mixing black-and-white infinity scarf was my only option for this outfit. Some Postman said he thought it looked fine, so around my chilly neck it went.

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My jewelry was my nod to Valentine’s Day – silver heart earrings and a giant red plastic heart ring. The ring used to blink, but the battery is pretty much worn out now, so it flashes very dimly if I put my hand in a totally dark closet. It cost a whole dime (thank you, 90% after-holiday clearance at Hobby Lobby!) and it gave me two years in a row of blinking heart fun. It’s still fun to wear even without the blink.

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I ♥ you

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Adventures in Thrifting, Winter Edition

Adventures in Thrifting, Winter Edition

For some reason, no one around these parts cares to throw a yard sale very often. The North Wind and danger of frostbite must be a deterrent. Thankfully, there are several thrift stores in our area, so I can get in a thrifting fix now and then. Some Postman and I enjoy visiting antique stores, also, which isn’t quite “thrifting”, but we do strive to get a good bargain when we make a purchase.

Here are a few of my recent thrift store finds:

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The Sirloin Stockade glass is for Some Postman’s collection. We both used to work for the restaurant; he has a few pieces to remember it by. I think I may have my old name tag somewhere… Even though I already have a Pampered Chef Chillzanne divided tray / deviled egg holder, I couldn’t resist nabbing another one at Goodwill. If the Chicken Girls keep up the good work, I’ll be able to take two dozen deviled eggs to any given potluck, so the extra holder will be handy. The polka dot tumblers match a set of shorter glasses in my cupboard. Our family has grown, and this past Christmas I realized I was a couple of dotty glasses short. They are just cheap plastic from Walmart, but no longer available, so I was happy to find a stack at Goodwill. Some Postman found the shot glass with my name on it, and the little bowl isn’t anything special, except that it makes me smile.

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The monthly thrift sale by the Catholic women in the next town over can almost always promise additions to my book shelf. Most books are only a quarter and I am helpless to resist! My left arm has been giving me trouble for the past few months, so I’ve been searching for a smaller, more light-weight purse to carry. This one is leather and boasts many pockets; a dollar well spent. The two sweaters are both wool, intended for use in craft projects. The pink one was half-price at Goodwill; someone had put it in the dryer by mistake and shrunk it. I’m sure they were quite sad, but for me, it is perfect – now I won’t have to felt it! The wire plate rack will display a few of my favorite Frankoma trivets when we eventually remodel the kitchen.

This is my bounty from our recent antique store shopping:

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Frankoma Wagon Wheel salt and pepper shakers in Prairie Green glaze.

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Frankoma Aztec individual creamer in Prairie Green glaze.

I think this one must have been made towards the end of a mold’s life, since the pattern isn’t very clear. It’s definitely Frankoma, though, and I love the rutile of the glaze!

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Vintage Dachshund ceramic table wear.

The salt shaker is 10 inches long! It isn’t marked; I haven’t found any information about it online.

The fat little Dachshund creamer isn’t marked, either, but according to one eBay listing I found, it is made by Artmark. Sadly, I didn’t notice until we were home that the nose has been repaired. I still would have purchased it (hey, it’s adorable!), but would have asked for a better price.