So sorry for the longest delay of all time! It's been a busy couple of weeks in the land of thifting, jiving, and huslin', and I'll just have to do my best to catch everyone up to the present and pleasant....
I hope everyone had a wonderfully spooky holiday. Unfortunately, I was on call for a good part of it (I guess that comes when you're one of the last hired at your jobbie), but we tried to make the best of it.We went to the Rocky Horror Picture show to celebrate what we could the Friday night before. I was dressed as a TRANSYLVANIAN this time around.
I love going to Rocky Horror!!! It's so much fun! I was surprised that it wasn't showing anywhere in Philly Proper (this was our first Halloween in the city), but we were lucky when I spotted a sign for it at our "local" dive theater (it's actually out in the suburbs, near the hospital I work at, the land that time seriously forgot in a little bubble of a town called "Lansdowne").
Here's their website and here's their facebook.
Dia De Los Meurtos and the Glorious day of my Birth came and went as well. I'm never one for exciting birthdays and they always seem to bring me down, even when I was a kid probably because I didn't have alot of friends growing up to celebrate with. Even when I was in my early 20's and wanted to go all out I never could for some reason, or plans always fell through. Now, don't get me wrong, I had a FANTASTIC bday this year. Matty got me Benny and Joon on DVD (LOVEEEEE that movie), and a few other cute things:
these adorable little sparrow earrings from Classic Hardware Jewelry
...and the Stitch-It Kit by Jenny Hart !!!! omg I'm been trying to get this FOREVER!!!It's out of print and always really expensive when you actually find it NEW, but leave it to Matty to make a girl's stitching dreams come true! =) I have a ton of Jenny's patterns and have been seriously trying to get into embroidery for the longest time, so now I finally have everything to get started the non conventional way!!! Her patterns are so awesome and if you're a craft person you'll totally want to check out her stuff!
As far as vintage and thrity finds for the last few weeks we've had quite a bit of luck!!!! In no particular order, here are all the little treasures we've found::
little history on metal Kazoos
2 of these handy plate or dish display stands were hiding at Philly AIDS Thrift, one of our favorite weekend spots to shop, so we snagged them up! I think they're either walnut or teak, and for 50 cents you can't go wrong!
...terrific cobalt blue planter! Not too shabby!
In our travels, 2 of these dandy little Butterprint Pyrex mini casserole dishes made it into my collection. I was bummed that they didn't have the matching lids, but I'm such a sucker for Butterprint that I could care less!
This space age looking bowl (which will become my new fruit basket) is just plain awesome! It was a little hard to photograph so please excuse the microwave and kitchenwares =)
We also finally picked up that cabinet I posted about a few weeks ago. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!
It turns out that it really was this AMAZING AQUA/TURQUOISE color and not white like the pictures I saw on Craigslist made it appear. It was in a basement and in the basement light and with all the filth on it (I think they were heavy smokers) it looked like a nasty green so I was dead set on painting it and was a little bummed out about it at first.The condition was really good though considering it's age. This darn thing was really heavy and the elderly couple that sold it to us couldn't help us lift it (and we wouldn't expect them to), but Matty and I weathered the storm, and got it out of the basement, and home safe. After a little windex, chrome polish and some cleaning,Matty made this baby into a true beauty! We are still going to shelf paper it in white to really make the shelves pop (they're deeper than I thought ) but other than that it's going to stay just how it is AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
In other news it's getting REALLLLY cold here in Philadelphia...
so yesturday we put up some plastic on the big window in the living room and one of the smaller windows in the kitchen. Last year at my mother's house we put some up for her and her heating bill went down about $100 a month which I'm all for. She had some plastic left over and so I snagged it up and hopfully it will help us out as well. We just, this past week, turned on the heat in our house, and I'm seriously biting my nails over it. Our heating bills were so scandalous last year while Matty was living here that until I finally moved down in May he took to living downstairs only with a space heater. These silly row homes--brick ovens in the summer and catacombs in the winter. I still have 3 more windows to cover (by the way, FROST KING makes an excellent weather proofing plastic that once it's on the window properly you CAN'T TELL AT ALL that your windows have plastic on them!! you can see right through them, and you might even forget that it's there). I also want to pick up some V seal brand weather stripping for around our front and back doors. Our house is really lop-sided and the threshholds really need help. On a sunny day you can see light in around the door where you shouldn't. =( I really love this house, but I'm realllllllly glad we don't own it.
We also rented a storage unit for all the stuff that was in our "spacous and dry" basement. A few months into living here all of our excess furniture was soon covered in 2 kinds of mold. how wonderful. We are in the process of cleaning out the basement and for the time bring we put a"damp rid" bucket down there to suck up the moisture, which seems to be helping. I seriously can't wait to move out of here!
Well I guess that's enough ranting and bragging for one blog!!! I hope everyone's doing well, and happy thirfting!