They say in Colorado if you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes, an adage that has proved too true this week. Over the past 48 hours we've had sun, rain, warm, cold, fog, hail, a tornado warning, and even snow. No kidding! The tornado warning was exciting: we'd gone to visit The Mister at work for Take Your Kids To Work Day and were summarily ushered into the first floor hallways by uniformed men with guns...okay, the uniformed men with guns part was not all that scary, since The Mister works at the state National Guard HQ and such a sight is pretty commonplace. :) But the strangely colored clouds and downpour that accompanied the tornado warning were enough to scare Maren, who hasn't forgotten last year's tornadic experience.
The kitchen cabinets project from my previous post is still in the early stages. Right now is probably the hardest part for me--deciding what can stay and what has to go. Deciding which of my hard-won thrifted vintage treasures has to go is like deciding which children to give up! Okay, I'm being melodramatic, but really, I love all that *junque* and it's going to be a tough decision. Obviously the Jadeite stays, but the other items will be require more pondering. I do want to highlight Kayla's brilliant suggestion, in case you didn't see it in the comments: in our area, it seems we are getting new phone books delivered every few months, so Kayla uses those to elevate items atop her kitchen cabinets. I think that's such a great idea, and now I can't wait until we get phone books again, so I can go ask my neighbors if I can have their books!
And for pretty pictures today, how about some of my recent thrift finds?
Both of these items are from my small-town thrifting in February. There's a thrift store I frequent in Alamosa that skims any old or interesting donations so it can price them higher and place them in the "boutique" in the back of the store. I understand they're doing this to make money for their charity, but the result is that most of the dishware/knick knacks that actually make it to the "thrift" section of the store are pure junk.The old white flower pot was in the "boutique" portion of the store; it's got a lovely crazed finish and a great fluted pattern. It was originally marked $6.00--a price I would have willingly paid--but the cashier knocked it down to $4.00. That makes the price of the pink striped Pyrex bowl even more ridiculous--it was also $6.00, but it was in the "thrift" section of the store, and that price is downright astronomical for that area. Stupid, but I wanted it BAD--pink Pyrex, hello!--so I paid even though it was overpriced.
The next items I found last week when a kind friend arranged a playdate for Maren with her girls, a move that very possibly averted a domestic incident as it was Week 3 of off-track and following a weekend that The Mister had to work, so I hadn't had any kid-free time in days and days and days. I made a beeline to the thrift for some therapy and found this gem:
I've been looking for one of these beautifully-colored vintage pottery urns for ages, and I regularly covet them on blogs and in the pages of magazines. I was SO excited to find this one in a beautiful shade of blue! It's not the aqua blue that I usually look for, but it's a gorgeous color and will look pretty with the other pottery I have in shades of turquoise and pale green. There are a couple of large chips but I can just turn them towards the back. This has to be one of my favorite finds in a long, long time.
Also that day I found this sweet vintage handpainted Noritake sugar bowl (can't decide whether to keep or sell) and this fab pale green Bauer planter. It also has a large chip, but again I can turn it toward the back and no one will be the wiser. I've been looking for more green/aqua dishes for a future project in my master bath, so this fit the bill nicely.
The lousy weather & a traveling husband means there will be no garage or estate sale shopping for me this weekend. We'll likely stay inside where it's dry and cozy--goodness knows I have a million and one projects I can be working on around the house. What are your weekend plans?