Friday, November 10, 2017

The days are getting shorter

I have so much to catch up on here on my little blog.  I now have a permanent, full time job.  This came about so oddly: first of all, it's with a company in an industry that I never would have dreamed of working in.  The only reason I did was because the temp the agency was out of jobs (back in June) and only had this lone assignment which was to last just 4 - 6 weeks.  I said to myself, "Well, it's only for 4 weeks..."  Famous last words, as my mother would say.
I'm working in the administrative offices of a company that runs half-way houses.  Our clients are people who are just getting out of jail, or trying to avoid going into jail.  For 30 years the company has been run as a non profit organization, but in September it was acquired by a for-profit business.  By that time I'd already been working there as a temporary for almost 3 months. It was a whirlwind time of lots of change -- and so then I continued to work there almost just to see what would happen next!  Then they asked me to work in HR, and then they wanted to hire me permanently.  It was a tough decision to join the team -- my husband is chagrined, saying, "Great, now my wife works at a prison." But, it's an easy commute, a small, friendly office, and they are paying me what I asked.  Best of all, all the money is going to me, instead of several dollars every hour being skimmed off and going to that good-for-nothing temporary agency!
Today was a paid holiday -- and I cannot even tell you how long it's been since I had one of those!
In the meantime, I participated in a "Traveling Love Notes" swap, where I sent a plain fabric "page" out to a group of ladies and then they added their wonderful love to it!  Here was my result!
 I love it so much!  Everyone's pages turned out just lovely!
I also learned how to make these "quilted" ornaments that I've seen for the last 40 years!  I thought everyone in the world except me knew how to make them!  I used neutrals, and I love how mine turned out!
 Then there was my annual fall obsession with making pumpkins!


I think it has passed now, leaving me with some wonderful ones to enjoy and add to previous years' collection!
My friend treated me to a concert for my birthday this year -- we went to see Blake Shelton!
It was so much fun -- what a wonderful show he puts on!
In October my friend Stephanie came for an overnight visit, and I cooked a German meal in honor of the 30th anniversary of the year we spent in Germany together!
Now it's getting on holiday time again -- how time flies!  The snow has already begun to fall and the days are short.  I'm grateful for wonderful friends who "get" me, and without whom I'd just work-eat-sleep-repeat!

They keep me sane!
I'm enjoying the re-emergence of Christmas shopping at thrift stores!  It makes me giddy!
So does the thought of seeing my boy again when he comes home to visit for Thanksgiving, and then the Christmas holidays!
A visit with Ben in October (with his sweet Cora)...
 All I want for Christmas is Ben happy and healthy, and Dennis to get a real, live permanent job!  (And preferably, not one in a prison!)  P.S.  Did you notice I'm letting my hair go natural?!  I love it!  Embrace the grey!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thrift shopping as therapy

Thrift shopping/hunting/picking has always been effective therapy for me -- how about you? The temporary job I'm working at now takes me close by two wonderful thrift stores in town; I try to only succumb to the urge once a week.  Here's what I've been finding:
 Beautiful bunches of paper flowers, tagged made in Japan
 Seasonal Vera scarves...
 Including this one that says, Greetings, which I never even knew existed!

 This crocheted and stitched vintage baby blanket, which melts my heart!
Ball quilted jelly jars from the 1970's!

 For Christmas crafting!

 I'm a sucker for scrappy pink glass!

 Someone hand crafted those feathers -- aren't they fun?
 This tiny guy is going to star in a future Valentine art piece!
I couldn't pass up the ampersands -- and the dollar sign will, I'm sure, come in handy!
 I almost left his flower arrangement behind -- but then decided to bring it home and salvage the beaded flowers.
 Once they were cleaned and sorted, I came away with so many more than I had expected!

And, feast your eyes on my most recent, favorite vintage fabric find!
A great deal of the above is already listed in my Etsy shop!
It's a joy to make these treasures available to the junk-loving public!
And then there was this estate sale I went to on my lunch hour...
 It could really be its own, separate post, but here you go anyway...

 A play from another era...

  
 
  I've always wanted to find an old telegram!
  I adore San Francisco ephemera!


 Throw in some bling, and you know you've got my attention!

 Ah...even the re-living is therapeutic!
It's almost time for vintage Christmas!  I can hardly wait!
Who else is getting excited?