Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spring, where are you? And springy/summery things I want.

I've had it. Winter, be gone! I'm finding myself completely ready for warm-weather clothing and accessories. I wish it would warm up, already!

I thought I'd post five things I'm coveting right now that would be perfect accessories for a warm, sunny day. If you'd like to see my favorite things right when I favorite them, you can follow me here. In the meantime, here are a few things I am totally wanting.

1. I love these bright, geometric stud earrings from AlJoyeria:



2. Friendship bracelets! You're never too old for friendship bracelets, and I think Kreativprodukte does really great work:


 3. This kimono from sweettouchdesigns:


I don't currently own anything like this, but I have to say I love the look! 

4. Skinny bangles. I'm absolutely loving this one from SilverLinesJewelry:


I love heavily oxidized silver, and the tiny heart adds a sweet touch. I want this! It looks like she makes them in three different sizes, too, which is great since my wrists are abnormally tiny.

5. Chevron rings. This one from BruteBeauti is simple and really affordable!:


There you have it. Those are five things I really want right now. Now let's hope there's at least a little sunshine today. Bye!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

What I got.

 

I mentioned in yesterday's post that I got something else at the antique mall. No, I didn't get corn cob jelly! Seriously, though, what is corn cob jelly? It sounds disgusting. The first ingredient is extract of corn cobs. This jar was part of the display from which I did get some things. The whole reason I went to the antique mall was to find a glass jar for my makeup brushes (plus, I just love glass jars). When I got there, there was a brand new display of glass jars and other glass containers (click photo for a better view)!




It was as if they knew I was coming there in search of this very thing. So, I did come home with a few pieces. These were all anywhere between $1.00 and $3.00!


I'm pretty sure this one is just a mustard jar, but I couldn't resist the cheery sun on the lid. I definitely did not need this jar!:


I think my favorite thing is this candy jar. It's super tiny. I'm not going to use it for candy, but I was thinking it would be cute in the bathroom to use for cotton balls or something:


I also really love this rectangular hobnail dish. It's like the size of a big bar of soap. I'm not sure what I'm going to use this one for, yet. I'm sure it will end up in the bathroom, as well.

So I went for one glass jar and came home with too many other things I didn't need. Sounds about right.

You know what is annoying, though? Why do these sellers always use the kind of sticker that is impossible to remove? I guess it's just to avoid sticker-swapping, but it is a giant pain!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

On antique books.

Photo from previous post here.

I've blogged before about reading antique books (click the link above). The thing I find most intriguing about them is that you can't just flip to the inside cover and read a blurb that gives you a synopsis. There's rarely even a hint about what you'll be reading. With an antique book, I usually know by the first paragraph (really!) if it's something I'm going to want to read. I can tell right away if it's a writing style I'll enjoy and whether or not it's just too old-fashioned.  I just got home from the local antique mall and stopped to browse the books.

I wish I'd gotten a clear photo of this one:

Slippy McGee! This one made me laugh out loud. And, yes, this book was super damaged. I just couldn't resist getting a picture because the title was so funny. Also, the first paragraph was a no-go for me with good old Slippy McGee.

This next one caught my eye for some reason, so I decided to read the first page:


This was just the preface, but I forgot to take a photo of the actual start of the book. This one seemed ok, but didn't make the cut. Maybe the first line shouldn't have been about the author's awareness of nothing startling or wonderful about the book. Haha.

I did end up coming home with this one:


 It seems to be written in the form of diary entries of 19-year-old Mary MacLane.






This may look just too old-fashioned and boring to some, but I really like books in the "diary" style, especially old ones. I'm looking forward to starting this one!

**UPDATE** This book is actually nonfiction and Mary MacLane was kind of a big deal in her day!

I did pick up something else on today's trip. Be sure to stay tuned for tomorrow's post!

Happy Saturday!

P.S. Is it just me, or does anyone else have trouble adding photos to blog posts since they changed the format? I have to highlight the photo and click "add selected" at least five to ten times before it will actually add a photo. This never used to be a problem, so I have no idea what I'm doing wrong!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday vintage goodness and a new cuff.

While I was away from the blog, I acquired a lot of vintage things that I never ended up showing you. So, on this lazy Sunday (actually, the only free time I've had in forever), I thought I'd show you a few things.

First up is this vintage floral canister:

I'd call it a thrift store score, but I got it at an antique shop (for thrift store price- just a couple of dollars). I really loved the color combo and couldn't pass it up.  I keep my coffee in it!

Next is this jug:

I have no idea how I'm going to use this, but I liked the rustic look of the worn-away, painted flowers. This was also just a few dollars. Right now I keep it on my bookshelf while I think of a good use for it.

I love this one so much:

I picked up this vintage McCoy planter/vase while antiquing with my boyfriend the last time we were in Minnesota visiting his family. I want to say it was between $8.00 and $10.00, so not exactly a thrift store score. I love the shape and the circular pattern.

Here's something of my mom's that she saw me admiring and let me take it home:

It's a very flat (maybe one inch tall) round container with an embroidered top. The fabric is under glass. I just use it for my rubber bands and some random soft jewelry at the moment.

Is it just me or do these types of rubber bands remind anyone else of the rubber bands you have to wear when you have braces? I remember those, and they were the worst! I actually only use these kinds of bands for the teeny ends at the end of braids.

Ok, I'll save the rest of my vintage finds for another day. I did want to show you a new cuff I just listed in the shop:




I really love this knotted design! Plus, I just realized that my daughter can be my arm model. Why did I never think of that?

I hope you're all having a great weekend!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Off topic, but something I'm loving.

I've never mentioned it here before, but I have a bit of a makeup addiction. I might have to start doing a Makeup Monday or something...like once a week I'll tell you one thing that I love (even though I know it's not Monday today, but Makeup Monday just sounds best). Today I'm just going to quickly tell you that I have a major thing for Nyx Butter Gloss.


I know most everyone knows about these already and they are not new, but I just had to mention them! The new line of colors just came out, and I had to run out and get one of them- Angel Food Cake, the one in the middle of the above photo. 


These glosses are cheap ($4.99 at Ulta, and some of you are even lucky to have Nyx at your Target, though I am not), and they smell like cake. Also, Ulta always seems to be running a buy one, get one half off on Nyx products sale. These glosses are not too sticky and they have great pigmentation!

(l-r: apple strudel, maple blondie, cherry cheesecake, tiramisu, angel food cake)

Yes, Cherry Cheesecake is orange. Like, really orange. But I swear it looks great on the lips in the summertime! My favorites are the two on the far right, Tiramisu and Angel Food Cake- especially Angel Food Cake. It's like the perfect neutral light mauve that I've been wearing every day since I got it. It shows up darker on my arm than it does on my lips. Here's a gross close-up of my lips:

(Unflattering close-up of Angel Food Cake)
Ok, even taking that photo felt pretty weird. Anyway, I hope this post wasn't annoying! If you'd like to see a Makeup Monday, let me know. If that would be super annoying on this blog, let me know that, too!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Just one (and a coupon code).

I have to say, I love this cuff. And for now, she's a one-and-only. I won't be making any more of these right now, if ever. We'll see!

I am really a sucker for braids. And vintage lace. If this one fit me, I'd be keeping it! I also thought I'd post here that I have a coupon code going in the shop right now. Get 14% off your purchase through Valentine's Day, 2/14/14! Enter the code LOVEMEDO at checkout to get the discount. :)

P.S. I'm toying with the idea of reopening my old shop to clear out some of the vintage treasures I've gathered along the way. I just have way too much! If so, I'll be sure to post about it here.

I hope you are having a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Ponder and Stitch graveyard.

It is a sad fact that I have lost or broken many things I've talked about on this blog. Here is a sampling of items I've loved and lost.

1. The sweetest wooden necklace:

This one makes me SO sad. I talked about it here. I got to wear this beauty one time. ONCE! After that, it magically disappeared. Gone forever. It still makes me cringe every time I see this photo on my computer. It was so pretty and dainty.

2. My beloved baby toes succulent. This one was a straight-up murder.

I talked about this plant here. Oh, how I loved these baby toes. They didn't last long after this post.  Since this plant, I have had a number of succulents that have lasted (and are still going strong) a long time! Thank goodness for jade plants.

3. This cute wrapped thread bracelet:

I talked about this here. It wasn't long before I put it in a pocket in my purse and a pen leaked on it. :( I'm still trying to salvage this one.

4. This next one is kind of cheating, because I still use it:

I talked about this mug I got from Urban Outfitters here. I ended buying three of these in all, and all three broke. One was shattered completely. The other two are broken on the pedestal part. They are very prone to chipping, but I can't bear to throw them away. They are so cute! I think one is even chipped at the top rim.

5. My Blue Q zip pouches:


I talked all about them here. Well, they just disappeared. Haven't seen them in years. Where does all this stuff go?

6. My awesome Beatles wallet from this post:

Ughhhhhh, why oh why did you break?! The vinyl-ish material on the outside just split all the way through. It looked like someone took a razor blade and just sliced it from end to end.  I carried it that way for the longest time, but I finally had to retire it. I still love you guys!

7. My vintage plates from this post:


I had a good number of these in both dinner and snack size. I think I have one left. I am the worst dishes-breaker of all time. :(

Well, I have to run back to work. I assure you, the graveyard is much bigger than what I've shown here. Have you broken or lost anything you've talked about on your blog? Let me know!