I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cozy and Bright (Thrift Shop Finds and more Storm)

Hi everyone! Since some of you have emailed me about our bad weather, I'll show you some storm pix first. (Thanks for asking!---Weather Channel makes a rainy day seem like the Apocalypse, as you know. Though the vids of Fire Island with the ocean sweeping through the streets were scary---and real.)

waves/ high surf/ flooding

Today is actually worse than yesterday, at least for me and Mo. It's been sleeting with wet splatty snow all afternoon.
Mo doesn't mind.

We walked 2 miles! We visited the koi.

The beach is inaccessible---the water from last night's high tide flood is higher than my wellies...and cold.

You'll recognize my beach entry, with the seawall and No Dogs sign. This is where the wooden boardwalk is in the summer.


I kinda like cold weather, so I didn't mind the storm---and inside the house, all is cozy and warm, cinnamon candles burning, all the lights on, another Christmas experiment in the oven [mini croissants w/ ham and brie/ cranberries and goat cheese. I'll re-warm this batch on the weekend for Christmas tree Day.]

I wrapped gifts for folks who live far away. I love my Marshall's find of these beautiful velvet and linen ribbons, on real wooden spools. I have them in a spongeware bowl, set out to admire , they're just so pretty.

Then I played with my thrift shop finds from Sunday.

Remember my dishtowels that are going to be a coffee table runner?

I found this gorgeous 100% cotton skirt to use for the backing. 3.oo.

The colors are so perfect and I love India prints like this.

If the skirt would fit me I'd wear it instead of cutting it up. But it's a size 2, I haven't been a size two since I was like, 5 years old?

I bought this floaty India cotton top for the wonderful large scale cobalt blue bird motif fabric, also to be cut up

But this one's my size! A keeper. White cotton capris, bright yellow---or simple black--- tank top underneath? Jeans and leather sandals?

I also found these Halloween pjs.

Soft cotton batiste, to add to my Halloween collection, for my Halloween string quilt project. 99 cents.

from ?--eBay?

A pretty tin for my sewing machine's tools and extra feet and needles.

I have a neat Singer tin for my old machine's extras, but I want to keep these separate. Again, pretty and so bright, another 99 cents, such extravagance.

And as I was paying I saw this necklace! Summer day, summer day! Black linen shorts/ white tank top, straw tote ---and this! Oh I love it. It calls to me and promises me summer days ahead, soon.

I love the exactitude of the stringing, the roughness of the handmade glass seed beads. The old patinaed clasp.

And these colors...

Makes me smile!

Sunny weekend is coming! I have to plant the daff bulbs I am giving my friends for their garden/ Xmas gift. Mo will help...but right now he is snuggled in his nest he made me build for him. Corner of the sofa---his sofa, good thing we have two!



gone to the beach.....





  1. If I curl up next to Mo will you bring me a cup of Earl Grey tea?

    I'll bring you another fresh pineapple to dry. ;-)

    Wishing you a wonderful day.


  2. I took a cue from you...kind of an overcast day here, (expecting a big rainstorm tonight and tomorrow) so I have candles burning to cheer up the place.

    What fun finds for you this week. The table runner is going to be pretty--the skirt is pretty, do you find it hard to cut up things like that even if it is so that you can make something out of them? So, your wardrobe for Spring is coming along :) I can feel your happiness.

    The croissants will be delicious. Wish I was as organized as you are.

    LOVE the pic of Mo sitting by the sign that say's he's not allowed!


    1. Hi Did you have bad storms too? I hope all is well?

      The skirt---I do wish it would fit me but it doesn t so then I feel it s better that i reuse it and love it in a new way, instead of being discarded in a landfill ....so I ll cut it up. "Tough love" lol.

    2. All's well, just heavy rain, but not as bad as predicted. We certainly did need it.

      Ah, now that you put it that way I get it.

  3. Great finds! Love the last pic with your pretty necklace and the shell. :) Kit

  4. Love Mo in his bright rain gear! Sure makes him visible! The weather does look ick, so it's nice that you found 'summery' things to brighten your day. The material in the skirt will be great with those towels for a table runner. And I love the blue-bird shirt! So glad you can wear it! The seed-bead necklace looks like it'll be a fun thing to wear - dressed up or down.

    Since I had to drag my sewing machine upstairs I got out my bag of thrift store finds that didn't work out - sleeve cuffs too tight, odd length sleeves, too long skirt, etc - and decided it was fix-or-toss time. Since I have nice new shirts maybe it'll make it a little easier to toss the ones that don't work!

    I had fun on my trip. Niece's house is TINY, circa 1910 and not changed a lot since except to add on a bathroom and kitchen, so the hotel was necessary. Of course the Wi-Fi was crap so I couldn't do e-mail or anything while I was there. SO glad to get home and sleep in my own bed!

    Looking forward to your next adventures! Stay warm and cozy until then!


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