Last evening, I started to wade through a huge Rubbermaid storage tote full of sewing paraphernalia that had belonged to my mother. It's like a cross between a treasure chest and a time capsule. Among other things, there was enough serger thread to chainstitch to the moon and back, and enough hot glue to totally stick it to the man.
And then I started to putter...because I thought I had an idea.
I was mistaken.
But I may have invented a new game: Thread-Jenga!
When I sit down to do a Sunday Sundry post, I often comb through the photos I've taken during the week and build around them. For a holiday week and what would seem like more photo opportunities than usual, I have surprisingly little to show for it. I had my camera in my purse on Thursday but never took a single picture. And I've already talked about my sewing projects this week in Friday's post.
So last night, I was perusing the photos on my computer and came upon Greta Von Riding Crop, all decked out for the season.
"I em mekking a list and checking it tvice,
end if you are naughty, I vil not be nice!"
Greta is also available for hire to crack the whip on your last-minute holiday projects. Just don't ask to borrow her boots.
I'm not one of those people who get up at 2 a.m. in order to be at a store in the dark, cold, middle of the night for Black Friday deals. No, for me to get up in the wee hours, it has to be for something more enticing than a holiday marketing strategy. Like maybe if the cashiers were going to be Johnny Depp and George Clooney. And we had the store all to ourselves. And Alan Rickman was reading me Shakespeare or the phone book over the intercom, and Mike Rowe was in the hardware section ready to do any dirty job I had in mind, and Tony Bourdain was wisecracking his way through dinner with me, while Matthew McFadyen and Jake Gyllenhaal were making up the bed in the mattress department.
Yeah, I'd be up for that.
Believe it or not, however, my husband likes to shop and suggested we venture out in the afternoon on Friday to see what we could see. So I found a coupon online for 30% off at a specific store where we could potentially tick a few things off the Christmas list, and off we went. About an hour and a half later (there was a commute involved), I presented to the cash register with a fistful of overpriced items in one hand and the coupon in the other, only to discover the coupon had expired at 1:00 p.m. and it was now 3. Whereupon I had a dilemma...put the merchandise back and drive another 80 miles round trip tomorrow when a different coupon would be in effect...or suck it up, pay, and give the overworked cashier a break already? Well, the latter, of course.
Nursing a fresh wound to my checkbook, we headed to Savers. I spied some Pyrex, two Butterfly Gold Cinderella bowls, but they were woefully overpriced for a thrift store. Sheesh. So I sauntered over to the sewing section and found some uncut costume patterns for a song.
Not sure if I'll be making or reselling these. I suppose it depends on whether or not daughter M. would like a new Ren Faire outfit.
I do love this Simplicity 8640 Retro pattern and wouldn't mind making it for myself, if I had a costume party to attend...
...or, you know, an elegant event on board the Titanic.
Here's hoping the rest of your day goes down smoothly. I'm off to get the sale price on an ugly-but-functional pair of winter boots that would make Greta's cheeks red!