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Story of my life folks, story of my life.  Today I really should have mowed the backyard.  The outrageousness back there has reached brush hoggin’ proportions but i just can’t bring myself to cut down all these, the wildflowers that are currently making it look like a fairy tale back there…

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This morning I should have been cleaning the house and finishing the embroidery and two pillows I started for the new couch (we’ll check in on that vintage awesomeness later, by the way), but instead we went a yard salin’.  It was there that I picked up these…

It’s Taylor, Smith, & Taylor – Taylor Ironstone.  Even with that extra little tidbit there I still can’t find the pattern online.  And also, I got it for free.  Yeah, free.  It’s not really my style but did I mention it was…um, free?!

This however, THIS MY FRIENDS HOLY GOD DO YOU SEE THAT?!, is totally my style.  And whopty-do, it’s Franciscan!  A Franciscan Earthenware platter, to be exact, from 1973.  This was not free but it also did not cost me what it would have on eBay or in a antique market, because it wasn’t anything close to 30 bucks.  In fact, it was a big fat dollar.  God, I’m awesome…

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The Bug should have been taking a nap roundabouts noon…but instead he was fishing with my significant other, leaving me almost an hour by myself to do nothing.  But I did that nothing in peace.  Sweet Jesus it was quiet…and awesome.  You can never fully appreciate simple quiet, I think, until you’ve parented singly.  This is the fruit of his labors…

He actually caught more than one but the man was nice enough to not bring ALL of them home.  This little sucker is now apparently moving into the front yard.  And he brought his own bucket!  How nice of him :).

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In other good, rather awesome news that has nothing to do with me blowing off an entire Friday, my nice neighbor lady (who dammit! deserves a name — it’s Jessica for future reference) brought up this awesome owl as a gift and later returned with this mushroom necklace that her husband just started hand-carving from found deer horns…

See, awesome, just like I said.  You can find your very own mushroom necklace here and while we’re on that subject, you should totally check out these too…

{Chain Saw Carved Mushroom, $15}

More coolness, right?!  Her full shop here is full of even more vintage loveliness (check out that orange vintage iron).

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I have a serious issue with thrifting. I am a lover of the pre-loved. While looking around the living room this morning before heading out with The Bug for some early morning goodie hunting, I realized that all but a few items in this room at least were not purchased new. The curtains, the credenza, the vintage shag rug from some old lady’s house that was recently tore down, the chairs, the tv stand, the knick-knacks — all of it used and vintage. Only the lamps, the television, my iron, and my sewing machine were bought new (speaking of that sewing machine, I could even cancel that out — the vintage one that came with the table I sew on in packed up in a closet, along with three other vintage machines). Seriously man, everything here is old. I’d buy new things, HONEST!, if I could just find new goods that fit my design style. I mean seriously people, even Todd Oldham and all his Handmade Modern glory isn’t redesigning the recliner so that it seems to have came from your Grandma’s house circa 1969 (or is he?).

Anyway, the thrift finds of the day. Few, but still glorious enough to make me incredibly happy…

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{Almost awesome enough to be considered the Holy Grail of Vintage Finds to a sewist like me. Vintage sewing box full of old notions and such — there’s old wooden spools, a measuring tape, and even a pack of vintage playing cards that have never been opened. Righteous. That’s like, pure happiness in a ratty ass box…}

{TINY PLATES! They’re marked Creative Platinum Star Burst on the bottom. What kind of plates are this small? Anyone? Also, a pretty vintage creamer, and The Bookshelf for Boys and Girls, vol. 8.}

{Soup & Crackers, mofos! Renee picked up one of these same mugs (hers is green) a few days back and was reminded of me, which I thought was totally awesome considering that my Great-Grandma had a set of these in her cabinet that I coveted for years. Now mine, of course, remind me of her too…}

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All that thrifting makes me happy!

Summer’s in my small, podunk town full of rednecks remind me of the crazy reasons we choose to live here.  There is a river just down the road (note The Bug above at said river in a makeshift hippy tent).  Even though we live in the middle of ‘town’, our backyard is basically the woods – the owl that lives back there provides endless relaxation noise at night.  We can walk anywhere in a matter of minutes.  Things move slowly here, time nearly stands still, and the stars at night aren’t drowned out by light pollution.  It’s nor perfect here in the buckle of the Bible Belt, but it is nice.  It’s quiet and sometimes that is worth more than a Taco Bell, a mall, traffic, and yes, even a museum or two.

This weekend my good pal Ash came down and we spent our days out in the sun, wearing out The Bug.  We went to the Lake (just half an hour away), we went to the fair (where the kid wasted 9 bucks in quarters bribing a monkey to shake and lick his hand), and we drove out to a resort not far from here for a spectacular fireworks show.  On Sunday, we headed out to the state park were he fed fish.  We saw a dead muskrat that still managed to be cute, a black widow spider in a little cage (who I still think they were really trying to get us to take home), and we’ve decided that as women, it would be totally awesome if we took us fly fishing just so we could get out in the spring with the men and show them up.

Before the weekend hit the Bug and I, along with my mom, hit up the local thrifts and I scored some righteous goods.  I would like to say, honestly, that this stuff will eventually make it’s way to the (other) shop but it’s all growing on me and this stuff might just get lucky enough to live with us forever…

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{Oh, scenic picture shellacked onto wood in such a kitschy manner, how I love thee!  Notice the new vintage curtains too, ones that I love so much I might have babies with in the near future.  You can see the before curtains here – they absolutely blew balls…hard.}

{Vintage Melmac saucers.  These WILL be in the (other) shop soon…}

{Royal China, Cavalier Ironstone, Carousel pattern…I think.  Got two…}

{Jamestown China.  I didn’t pick this one up so much for the actual plate as I did the following…}

{HOLY SHIT PEOPLE, DO YOU SEE THAT FONTWORK?!  Yeah, that’s awesome…}

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Also, has anyone noticed it’s Monday?  Blech.  How about a little MuxTape, just to cheer us ALL up…

  • Down River :: Hands down, the BEST muxtape I’ve ever come across, at least in terms of hitting up a bazillion of the bands I’m loving right now – ‘Strawberry Swing’, Andrew Bird, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Feist, AND Bon Iver.  Mixtape perfection, methinks.
  • Happy Trees :: Cat AND The Beatles?!  Righteous…
  • Wanderlust Bitches :: More Bon Iver, Frightened Rabbits, Sea Wolf, and The National.
  • Bunny Serengeti :: Oh, oh friends, this one is good!  Loudon Wainwright III, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Zeppelin, and the Fleet Foxes.

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More soon I’m sure.  I’m cleaning for the day (this is what happens when you take the weekend off to have fun – your house implodes and everything you own ends up in the living room, under the shag rug, and every dish you’ve ever purchased is covered in caked on food…awesome!) in hopes that I can get it done in a timely manner, leaving myself a couple hours to work on some tops I want to put together from some hand embroidered vintage pillowcases I picked up the other day.  Attempt to enjoy your Monday folks, if that’s even scientifically possible…

Oh internets, how I love thee!  Wait, you’re feeling neglected?  Well, how did that…?  Ah, my absence you say, my neglect here and elsewhere on the world wide web is hurtful eh?  Yeah, um…sorry about that.  Turns out wireless internet in the sticks, though a wonderfully delightful concept, is spotty and annoying and frustrating and nearly non-existent.  I suppose we could switch back to broadband, even dial-up might work, but that would require either a landline or a dreaded cable subscription again and as we’ve happily come to terms with their absence in our lives we’re not going that way.  So we’re sticking with the wireless, however shitty it may be, and internet, you’ll just have to trust in my love for you.  I miss you too man, I miss you too…

In case you haven’t deciphered my rambling, our internet has been horrifically spotty here lately due to the weather (I mean, have you seen the flooding in my neck of the woods people?!) but I’m coning to terms with it.  Having the internet only kick in sparingly is actually helpful to an Olympic procrastinator such as myself – my time here is more meaningful if I know that in approximately 7 seconds my online connection will be dead (I write this post now in hopes that when I’m ready to publish I’ll still be connected).  No more gossip blogs eating up my time, no more wasted hours at GoFugYourself, and just a tad bit of checking in at the Huffington Post before I’m off and back to cleaning/parenting/being outside/doodling/sewing/life.  Anyway, just wanted to give an update of sorts on the situation and my crazy absence…

Things have happened though in my absence, happy things, and while I hope to find the time to address them soon, today is not the day.  Instead, I’m throwing my latest inspiration at you, all at once and in a giant cluster fuck.  Together, I imagine, this is going to look like a mishmash of just random bullshit, but inspiring bullshit nonetheless so enjoy…

First, a little more about me.

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I’m working on a project of sorts with someone who inspires the shit outta me and I’d like some help.  My part of the ‘job’ entails a little doodling, some hand-drawn type (though the woman is amazing at this herself and needs no help in that area from me, I think), and I’ve basically been freaking over it.  I do like this type of work though and am thinking really hard about how to incorporate this into what I do after the deadline has passed and I no longer have a decent excuse for wasting hours drawing out letters onto paper, but so far embroidery has been the extent of what I’ve come up with.  Anyway, onto the font work and what I need from you, my peeps.  Leave a comment if you don’t mind, let me know which you dig the most (you could also leave a note on one of the photos in my Flickr stream), and I’ll have The Bug pick a number out of a hat and send one commenter a nifty little prize package.  How about that kids?!  Check it below…

Also, if they all suck leave that comment too.  Give me another excuse to keep doodling, I dare you!

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More things pertaining to me, goods I actually managed to get uploaded to The Shop despite my brief time on the internet…

{LOVE Coasters, $14}

{‘Shroom Coasters, $8}

{Tweet Coasters, $8}

{Spring Tree Coasters, $8}

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Now for the less egotistical stuff, the things that have nothing to do with me but that have been making my days happy nonetheless…

{The amazing, completely awe-inspiring work of Evan B. Harris (who I first discovered after perusing Lisa Congdon’s wonderful Flickr stream – they did lunch together and I immediately wished I was cool enough to be part of that little date).}

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{The work of Rachell Sumpter, just as amazing…}

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{Samuel Ribeyron.  I am constantly in awe of illustrators/artists of any kind.  I so wish that I possessed the skills and creativity to make work like this.  But alas…}

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{OH MY GOD, GRAMMAR!  From here…}

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{Love Together Forever print, $10, via OrangeBeautiful.  Type people, TYPE!  It’s an obsession…}

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{Square Blue Siding Frame, $110, via Second Line Frames.  Second Line builds these frames from the salvaged from homes destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.  A portion of the proceeds from these frames also goes to assist in the rehab of affected neighborhoods.  Righteous, methinks…}

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{Surviving First Love Merit Badge, $25, via goodEGG Industries.  These things have been making the blog rounds lately but they’re so amazingly simple and perfect I had to put them up.  You read more about the creator, Lee Meszaros, here.}

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{Orange Bears Plate, $30, via Rare Device.  Bears dude, BEARS!  Check out Katie Parker’s blog here.  It’s good, you’ll thank me…}

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{Arlington Beach, 1925.  The Shorpy: History in HD blog is so amazingly wonderful.  As much genealogy work as I’ve done over the years, it intrigues me especially.  I keep waiting to come across a photo of my long-lost Great Grandfather.  No luck yet…}

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{I Hate You.  I Always Have.  Letterpress from Zeichen Press, $4.50.  Look people, the only way I know to express love is through sarcasm.  When me and the boy got together we both agreed that our “I Love You” would be represented instead by “I Hate You”.  It’s sweet, I swear to God…}

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That’s all I’ve got.  I’m spent.  And I guarantee my connection will be here shortly too.  Until next time, I totally hate you guys…

{i am sam. i make things.}

This is where I detail the goods I make as I'm making them, the music I'm listening to as I discover it, and the inspiration that I stumble upon when I'm in need of it.
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