Sunday, May 11, 2008

mother's day weekend

I'm at my parents visiting for the weekend... my parents house is on a pond and yesterday we seemed to have ourselves a little visitor..



The yard is littered with chewed up sticks from our two pups. Those two trees used to be my favorite place to play in the summer time. When the water is lower there are all of these little rocks you can hop across that lead towards a little marshy swamp area. One time after a thunderstorm my mother told me there was a pot of gold outside - I searched for hours and I was convinced that this was the spot I'd find it.

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Today my parents went golfing for the afternoon and so I decided to drive to Putnam, Connecticut to wander around for the afternoon. Putnam is a little town in Northern CT ... slightly run-down, and filled with antique stores...... Trouble.



My finds:

I bought this hair clip in a dark dusty shoppe. I felt like it was just a front for weird old magical objects. The floor boards creaked under my feet and there was the strangest light coming from the windows. The owner had a long grey ponytail and the gnarliest finger nails. Long and jagged. He said this was from the 20's or 30's...
I was reading a post from The Vintage Society about trademarks... I don't think I have a trademark, but I think I'd like this little airplane to be it!




I have a slight obsession with strange cat things. Statues, clothing, pillows.. you name it. I hope this isn't a peek into my future.. (crazy cat lady, eek!) but, I do love this little thing - and I'd like to do some re-pro's to maybe sell online at some point. The trick is finding the right fabric...




I also found this lovely little bag that used to be for sewing notions. I like it better as tote bag, the shoelace drawstrings are my favorite part. That little triangle flap goes around the whole bag, and it's made of the softest cotton!




And well, because- I need another vintage umbrella, really. (sarcasm)



I also bought an early 1960's Ouija board for Alice... she's been looking for one for a while now, but - it turns out she bought one... TODAY! what luck!

15 comments:

bestie said...

you have such gorgeous hair. and i, too, am into strange cat things! haha.

and hey, you've been tagged!(:

Lily said...
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Lily said...

everywhere you go always looks so magical!
I LOVE that umbrella (actually, I think you and I have the same brown one)

Ringo, have a banana! said...

That little airplane is so great! Man, I can't wait to be a crazy cat lady.

princessmillatwoshoes said...

That is the most perfect hair clip ever in the known universe!
Vintage Ouija boards contact older ghosts, it's a known fact;)

Ash1314 said...

what a great umbrella! It would have come in handy today since its pouring rain where I am :s

Roberta said...

Eclectic mix. Salute from the cat lady about collecting "strange cat things."

The Vintage Society said...

I love the airplane trademark!

Punky said...

I live about 20 min from there and i haven't been in years... I should go.
Are you going to brimfield?

esme and the lane way said...

Wow, that lake and the trees look soooo beautiful. And I love the airplane.
Oh, and since my last comment I have eaten way too many Crunchies! Lets hope this little phase is over for me...

Betty Lou said...

oh my, i want that umbrella. here in sweden i never find one with that lovely shape :(

Ranna said...

I've been searching for a vintage umbrella for years, but I've never managed to score one.
The one you found is perfect! No wonder you're one of my thrifting idols. :)

Paris Tarts said...

Things I'm jealous about:

-Your thrift stores are so much cooler then mine!
-Your hair is beautiful!
-That airplane clip is to die for!
-And you have amazing taste in thrift finds.

xoxo
Tart

Effie said...

Thank youuuu everyone!! All of these nice comments make me feel a bit better about the excessive shopping!! (and about eventually becoming a cat lady!)

princessmillatwoshoes: I'm actually quite scared of ghosts and I refuse to take the Ouija board in the house! I though about using it as a little decoration in my room - maybe put a lamp on top with some other little nick-knacks, but I'm terrified it's going to channel unwanted ghosties!

punky: you should definitely go since you're so close! I wish I would have gone more when I lived with my parents... And you know, I only went to two shoppes, but it really seems like there's so much to be explored! And, sadly - I'm not going to Brimfield. It's too expensive for me and I need to stay far, far away from any place where I can spend money right now!

esme and the lane way: yes! that's awesome about the crunchies, I just hope they're less expensive where you live then they are here!! That habit is burning another hole in my pocket!

Ranna: I have 4 vintage umbrellas now! Please take one of mine!!! hehe, maybe I will have to send a little package your way, give me some criteria for this umbrella and I'm on the hunt!

AlicePleasance said...

Wonderful place!
The umbrella is to die for and...Ouija board!

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