ahhhhh, summer.  my absolute favorite.  summer’s here at last.

oh people, i think i’m pretty much done with the blog thing.   there are only so many posts i can do of “check this out” or “see what i found for $2” and make them funny.  it seems like the whole wide world is thrifting and blogging these days and my little thrift score finds are hardly worth posting about.  and since i barely know how to use a computer or a camera, i can’t make my blog very pretty.  i just can’t keep up with technology on my own.  it’s frustrating.  why oh why didn’t i have a child out of wedlock who would now be able to help me with a computer? ahhh, regrets.

that said, check out some cool things i found recently.

rosenthal coffee pot.  the crystalline edition.

(i left the goodwill tape on for your viewing pleasure.)

do i use a coffee pot ever? does anyone?  seriously.  anyone?  only to stash my millions of dollars in cash.  thieves, take note.

here is one from my modern retro table style book.

(you recall i found a small rosenthal platter a couple years ago in the pattern above.)

next, an arabia finel enamel bowl for $2.

this is a smokin’ find.  friars and maidens throwing back vino and looking a little medieval randy.

sure, a few chips and dings and typical fleabites, but i don’t mind.

awesome screenprint.  (i hate to mention the artist’s name since i found this at goodwill and it’s a shame things like this end up at goodwill.  she’s a local artist who’s still alive.)  anyway, it’s 1/20.  signed.  1974.  needs a new mat.  kinda mod.   suppose it needs a frame as well, but since i can’t really hang things on my apartment walls, a frame isn’t necessary at this point.  this screenprint would take an 18″ x 24″ frame and that is far too heavy for those 3M sticky hook things i’m required to use.

what do you think?  does it kind of have the feel of this fantastic piece of art in this dining room designed by commune?  kind of?  if i turned it sideways?

no?  ok, maybe not.  it’s nothing like it.   but i still like mine.  and i look forward to the day when i can hang it in my imaginary dining room with horizontal wood paneled walls painted white and looking spectacular.  (the dining table looks like mine, wouldn’t ya say?  oval?  teak?  huh?  huh?)

speaking of 3M sticky hooks – whoa.  i was taking a mid-afternoon nap on my couch in a deep coma when a 3M sticky hook used to hang a candle sconce above the couch gave out.  landed next to me in a THUD.  jumped me right outta my skin.  when i think of the possibility of a pointy candle sconce lodging itself right smack dab in my temple, well then, that’s a little frightening.  ya do everything you can to eat right, exercise, wear your seatbelt, wear sunscreen, etc. and then *WABAM* – out of nowhere – death by decor.  the ol’ mid century modern candle sconce to match the starburst wall clock lodged in the temple during a mid-afternoon nap trick.  who can predict those things?

picture this stuck in my brain

crisis averted, though.  phew.  it’s reminicent of the old clue board game, right?  miss kim in the parlor with a candle sconce.

so folks, hopefully the day will come when i’ll be gainfully employed again and be on the house hunt once more.  and so until i own a home, this little two-bit blog is going dark.  (i may continue to post photos on flickr still.)  arrivederci and sayonara for now.

checking in

i’m still here.

i’m still making simple crafts.

i’m still making the occasional cocktail.

i’ve graduated to a more sophisticated margarita.  don’t hate me cuz i’m sophisticated.

i read where you’re not supposed to add orange liqueur (triple sec, cointreau, etc.) to a margarita.  and actually, the owner of an authentic mexican restaurant told me a purist wouldn’t add anything to a good tequila (oh, you americans!), but i’m not that sophisticated yet.

here’s my recipe now for a basic margarita:

1 oz fresh lime juice (half a lime)

1/2 oz agave nectar

1/2 oz water

2 oz 100% blue agave silver tequila (blanco)

put all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake shake shake, strain into a chilled vintage cocktail glass and serve on a handmade patchwork coaster.  cuz it’s better that way.  and i salt my rim.  cuz it’s better that way.

and i found a new-to-me wheat-free snack that i can’t be sure doesn’t have cancer-causing acrylamides, but every now and then you have to take a chance on a snack that isn’t a baby carrot.  pretzels made the acrylamide list, but is this an actual pretzel?  mary’s sticks and twigs.  it’s just so hard to know what to eat these days.  for now, i’ll say the once-in-awhile stick and twig is OK.

i took a 2 day confidence workshop hoping to amp up the confidence as i repeatedly get turned down for jobs.  can you imagine?  people don’t want to hire this chick who handcrafts awesome potholders that double as coasters who makes her own delectable cocktails from scratch that are almost good for you.  apparently these aren’t skills employers want in a massage therapist.