Sunday, October 31, 2010

HaPpY hAlLoWeEn

Here's to hoping everyone had a spectacular Halloween (a spectacular October for that matter!) Tomorrow is already November 1!! WHAT?! Here is a sampling of how I spent the last week. Saving my week's fabulous thrifting goodies for another post!

At the Crackle: Fire & Froth event that I won tickets to. I could sit and stare at a campfire for days on end...

Wish I could take credit for some of these Jack-O-Lanterns:
Kinda spooky!     

 Carved pumpkins at home...
Pumpkin seeds in a Butterfly Gold Pyrex bowl (naturally)
It's supposed to be an owl....I guess it turned out okay?
Kenny carved a perfect Jack Skellington!
Yummy Jack-o-Lantern pizza! Can't take credit for this was a Take N Bake.

Laura, Kenny and I spent Saturday night at my favorite music venue. A lot of people had good costumes...but I'm sorry- ours were the absolute best. We lost the costume contest to a group of girls dressed as traffic cones- dumb.
I owe 100% of this excellent and incredibly thrifty costume idea to Van over at Thriftcore. Everything was either thrifted or from the dollar store. And no one spent over $10 putting everything together. This may become my Halloween staple. The $100 slutty Alice costumes can suck an egg.
If you still don't know where Waldo is, check out this article: 10 strange things found while searching for Waldo. Hilarious.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

This Weeks Treasures

 Today I found out that I won a contest through one of my favorite radio stations! 2 tickets to a local event called Crackle: Fire & Froth. It's being held at the botanical gardens and is basically a huge outdoor bonfire featuring local food and microbreweries! I had been wanting to go but wasn't sure I wanted to pay $20/ticket. I am beyond excited! Hope to take some good pics! This was probably the highlight of my week, but I did have a relatively good week at the thrift stores (hoping to make it a great week with a stop at the Dig & Save on Saturday!)

Here's the loot:
Where's Waldo twin bed sheet. Rebecca over at Late Night Coffee  recently did a post about keeping an eye out for retro character sheets. If I ever get around to setting up shop on ebay, this sheet is getting listed! 

Cute black and white gingham apron. Used it tonight to make a delectable tuna noodle casserole. I love comfort food so much.

This is my favorite. And I don't think the picture does it justice. Its a dress by Maggy London and I just found out this designer retails for $100+ at Nordstroms! I paid $10!
Love the pattern. Have already decided it will be perfect to wear for Thanksgiving!
My stack o' books
Stitch 'N Bitch Nation. I am in the very early stages of learning how to knit (got the knit stitch down- purl next!) Tons of cute "hipster" projects in this book. 
Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook circa 1956. Nearly 500 pages chock full of cooking tips and recipes. Betty is by far my favorite cookbook author, screw Rachel Ray ;) 

Stitches by David Small. This one almost made me wet my pants when I saw it. Not becaure I've ever heard of it but because of this: 

OMG! An advanced reading copy. This is like pre- first edition material right here. Although generally not as valuable as a first edition, these things get me hot and bothered. It may have something to do with the fact that I'm not legally supposed to own it (notice the NOT FOR SALE). Okay like I said, I'd never heard of this book before, but the back cover revealed this synopsis:  "One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal chord removed, this throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old-boy had not been told that he had throat cancer and was expected to die..."

Keep in mind this is a MEMOIR (in the form of a graphic novel)! Holy shit- now i'm wetting my pants out of fear!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

If I only had a Scamp

Lately I've been absolutely enamored with the idea of owning a tiny trailer. Of course, apartment living makes this an unattainable goal for now- but the moment I'm lucky enough to be a homeowner is the moment I will be fashioning my driveway with one of these cuties:

A few weeks back, I saw a station wagon towing a little 13' Scamp trailer. Perfect. I already drive a station wagon. No need for a monster truck or SUV to live out my camping fantasies.

 This weekend I caught a glimpse of a T@B (stands for Taking America Back) trailer on the road. Such a nostalgic feel!

And finally- the camper of my dreams: The Airstream Bambi. *Sigh*


On a happy side note- it looks like last week I passed the 10 follower mark! A warm welcome and sincere thank you to everyone!

Sunday, October 10, 2010


This was quite possibly one of the most amazing weekends, weather wise, in recent memory. 80 degrees and sunny in October- nearly unheard of!! Kenny and I got our bikes out and rode a picture perfect trail around one of Madison's smaller lakes and through a nature preserve (the UW Arboretum). The leaves were a changin' and, oh everything was just perfect!

Enjoy the fall foliage! I feel truly blessed to live in much a wonderful city. After living in Tucson, AZ for college (which I may or may not blog about at a later date) I learned that my heart is truly with the magnificent Midwest. 

This was awesome- We happened upon some wild turkeys!!
Gobble, Gobble
I'm ready for Thanksgiving now!!
Even our bikes are in love!
Absolutely nothing better than capping the day off with a Schlitz and a cookie!

This Weeks Treasures

I had quite a successful week thrifting. I brought home the first haul from Goodwill on Wednesday. (Stopped in on a whim since I didn't find anything worth writing home about at Savers). 

First off an excellent (leather?)Diane Von Furstenberg suitcase. Plan on using it for the upcoming 36 hour roadtrip with the fam next weekend.
Dexter is graciously helping to showcase it for me.

Next, two very generously priced Pyrex casserole dishes!!!! 

Black Tulip (043) 1 1/2 Qt casserole (without lid) 
"Pressed Flowers" (043) 1 1/2 Qt casserole (with lid!!) I absolutely LOVE the buttery yellow color of this dish. Definitely in my top three favorite finds thus far.

Thanks to a post by The Bounty Huntress , I decided to check out my local St. Vincent de Paul "Dig & Save" Outlet yesterday. It's basically a huge warehouse with rows and rows of deep cardboard boxes, and you literally have to dig in. Everything is then priced by the pound. I stayed away from the clothing and linens for the most part, but found my mecca in the household section. 35 cents per pound!!!!!

Here's the haul. Everything you see added up to $2.80- TOTAL. Nearly fainted with excitement!
Universal China "Ballerina Mist" plate and sugar/creamer set. You can't really tell from the picture put the color is the most lovely shade of misty green.
Two Taylor, Smith and Taylor "Ever Yours" dishes. I've amassed a nice little collection of dinnerware in this vintage pattern.

Pyrex Butterfly Gold creamer

And adorable "Going to Grandma's" suitcase! 

 Happy thrifting!!