Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Yawn

Yes, I'm a pretty boring blogger lately.  Spring has sprung, and it's making me restless - not able to settle into any projects.  I always want a road trip this time of year, and have been unable to get one since I got married.  I used to LIVE on the road, and it haunts me in springtime.

I went thrifting the other day.  I'm astonished at how high the prices have gone.  Every thrift shop is packed, and a .99 t-shirt is now 3.99.  Garage sale season is just around the corner, I wonder if inflation will hit those too?  Probably.  But I did find something.....

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A beautiful piece of fabric.  It was very long, already hemmed, maybe used for a banquet table?  I just cut it in half and hemmed the cut edges, and made new curtains.  Yes, my daisy curtain

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is down already.  I couldn't resist this fabric.  I'm not sure if it's barkcloth or a new home dec fabric - I'm not fabric savvy.

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Whichever it is, I'm loving it.

I'm a huge Lucy fan.  I have the whole series on dvd, my family got them for me over several occasions.  My sweet friend Nikki got me this for Christmas:
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One of my favorite episodes!  I can so relate.

And I got some new readers.

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I don't wear my contacts often, but when I do, I keep trying to read things over the top of them.  Which um, can't be done with contacts.  I spotted these at Michaels and had to have them.  It's nice to be able to see the tv [Lucy, you know] while I'm stitching, and impossible without readers.

I hope you are all enjoying some warmer weather.  It's not exactly WARM here, but warmER, and that makes me happy.  We have rain moving in for the next week or so, which makes me achey, but I can stand it for some warm breezes.  Does anyone else feel a little naked in spring, walking around without all the bulky winter clothing on?

37 comments:

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I agree about the thrift store prices. I think they've all started looking everything up online and pricing accordingly. A lot of the stuff you can buy new for the same price. Guess they must get enough sales even with the high prices.

It's warmer, but not warm enough. We're up to about January temperatures now!

Joy said...

Oh I remember that episode of I Love Lucy ..... hilarious!!!
Love your new readers ..... well of course I do, they're pink :o)!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

We are big fans of the Lucy Show too. I LOVE your pink readers. Very, very cool!

soggibottom said...

Your fabric looks as if it is a beautiful linen.
I have the same problem looking over the top of my glasses.. it is something my grandmother used to do... now I know why. Don't think she ever had such a beautiful pair of glasses as these though.... My grandmother never had a problem putting her fingers on the wrong keys on the keyboard either :-)

Terry said...

Love the new curtains! Of course I loved the daisies too, but change is good! I'd be lost without my readers too! Love your pink ones! :0)

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Now those are my kind of glasses!! Mine are pink too. ;-)
So that is bark cloth? I like it!!

Mary said...

ooooh Allie! Veerrrry tropical looking and fabulous against the green wall color! Glad things are at least warming up a bit - they finally are here too almost seasonable. Of course, with the warmer temps comes the pollen - holy cow! The cars are all covered in yellow and people are sneezing everywhere. I love your happy pink readers too - very spring-y and stylish!

Jan said...

Your new curtains are beautiful--what a great find! I remember seeing that episode of Lucy when it first ran!! Great stuff!!!

Allie said...

Your fabric looks like a great find, but I don't know how you can stand to take down the daisies--they are so fabulous!
Love the new pink readers!

Karen said...

I like to look in thrift stores and have noticed that some are charging higher prices. Maybe their expenses have increased. And I always wonder why they price some items so high (like collectibles) when they have had the item donated. I will see the same items over and over in certain shops because they are priced too high for a thrift store.

Debbie said...

Sorry, Allie, I like the daisy curtain better! Lucky you with the Lucy shows. That episode certainly was one of the best ones ever.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Love the new readers - and the curtains! If you're looking for someone to give that daisy curtain a good home - I want you to know, I would give her lots of love LOL! Hope you get in a road trip soon!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

It's amazing the treasures that you find in thrift stores ~ love the fabric you found!

A road trip sounds nice :)

ivoryspring said...

I like that fabric, and the daisy curtain is so cute! The pair of glasses look so chic too... :)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

The new curtains are very pretty...great new glasses to Allie....and I agree that is a funny episode of I Love Lucy...

Jan said...

Fabulous fabric, Allie, and those specs are very glam.

loulee said...

Personally I'd have stuck with your daisy curtains. :-)
Hmm, I think I need to go and get varifocals, I find I'm struggling to refocus.

joanne lendaro said...

Pretty fabric, LOVE the glasses!! I remember the Lucy show with the candy, I love Lucy. I am so ready for spring too!

AllyJo said...

I think I have a link up on my blog on how to find thrift stores in your area. We thrift shop all the time and Goodwill has gone way up over the years. I have found the cheapest to be church thrift stores. It depends on where you hunt and you just have to keep hunting.

It looks like Barkcloth to me. It's beautiful. That's the kind of stuff I look for when I'm shopping. I'm jealous.

Rebekah said...

That fabric is fabulous! Love the new curtains.

And you pink glasses are too cute...wish I needed reading glasses instead of regular glasses so that I could buy lots of different kinds to wear :)

clare's craftroom said...

Isn't that chocolate episode of Lucy just hilarious !

Shasta said...

When I went to the thrift store last time - trying to get those shirtings Tonya talks about - I was amazed at the prices. I didn't buy any - I guess I was expecting a deal. I'm too much of a cheapskate, even for a thrift store!

I don't feel naked in the spring, but it does take some adjustments, since I generally carry my belongings in my coat pocket, and have to shift to a purse, and remembering it, and remembering where I put everything in it.

Martha said...

Your curtain fabric looks exactly like mint condition vintage 40s barkcloth -- it's gorgeous and looks great on your window (although I loved the daisies as well). My daughter and I are also big "I Love Lucy" fans -- the Chocolate Factory is one of our favorite episodes.

jan said...

Great fabric, no matter what it is! I am looking forward to spring-like weather this weekend. At least the weather people say it will be nice, but you never know...

Fleurette said...

That fabric is so beautiful,good job with the curtains and I just love the hot pink glasses, can see you're ready for spring.
Its autumn here 30 degrees and humid.

Cheryl said...

I can never get enough of Lucy..and that episode is my all time favorite. Love your fabric! I am finding the same thing here with the thrift shops..not quite the deals there use to be.

susan m hinckley said...

I love love love bark cloth! I'd have bark cloth curtains in every room! Happy spring, Allie!

Valerie said...

Oh your fabric is gorgeous. And that is my favorite Lucy show!!! I can watch Lucy any day! It never gets old. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Dolores said...

Yes, I too am a Lucy fan. As soon as I saw that fabric I thought of flamingoes. You need a couple now. Love the new specs. I have the Michael's blue ones with the fake saphires. I call them my OC glasses since I got them in Orange County. I should really go get me another pair...

AllyJo said...

I guess I forget you have arthrits. I have it in my neck and back. I hope you are doing well. How is life going for you and da boys? I think about you a lot and remember to pray for you.

Carrie P. said...

I don't know about other fabrics much either but your new curtains are very pretty.
A friend of mine got me a Lucy box set several years ago. I still have some to watch.
I find it hard to give up my long sleeve shirts when spring comes. It does feel funny.

mo said...

hi, if you like lucy you'll appreciate this post. Scroll down to last pic!

http://wmmorrisfanclub.blogspot.com/2010/03/artist-mark-bennetts-house-tour.html

best, mo

Kim D. said...

Love the fabric Allie, what a great find and it makes lovely curtains. I love that "I Love Lucy" episode as well. So funny.. Love the glasses, very cute.

Tanya said...

I love your new pink glasses! I'm going to go looking for some new ones too. I need to look perky, not grandmotherly...

I know what you mean about thrift stores. In Japanese thrift stores they are trying to sell old clothing for $20 or $30 a shirt or dress or whatever! Hey, that is not thrift! But it is if the original dress was $150 which I won't buy. But I probably won't buy the $30 dress either.

Victoria said...

Great barkcloth!
And I love Lucy, too! (Is there anybody who doesn't?)

sewtakeahike said...

um, yeah. not so much warm here. we got some new snow and the skiing was fun!
cute new curtains Allie! I know what you mean about thrift store prices. It really makes me think twice about bringing something home, that's for sure!

Candied Fabrics said...

I could watch the chocolate factory episode over and over again! I used to envy her so much as a kid! LOL!

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