Score of the Week! (#10)

Score of the week number one -oh?  Ahhhh… we’ve come a long way, baby!  Okay, not that far, really….  In some ways it feels as if we are brand-spankin’-new to this house, and in other ways it feels very much like home.  Its kinda hard to believe we’ve lived here for more than four months already!  I look around and I’m barely unpacked, my chest of drawers is still in the garage!  (Don’t tell anyone, kay?  That’s kind of embarassing.)

This weeks thrifty scores are a mix between rummage sale leftovers that I haven’t gotten to show you yet, and some bonus necessities that I picked up this weekend at AmVets.  The AmVets stuff isn’t exciting by decor standards, its only exciting for my wallet and the money it leaves in there.  I also have some scores that are thrifty in nature, but don’t involve a thrift store, so that could be confusing….

I’ll start with those.  A couple of these “Score of the Week” posts ago, I told you about some washi tape that you can get at an ordinary craft store (AC Moore), made by the company Darice.  This week I popped in to that same craft store to get some more Martha Stewart chalkboard paint (uuuugh, don’t get me started!) and I decided to scoop up a couple of more rolls of tape while I was there.  I don’t know if sales are nation-wide or regional or whatever, but I’m mentioning it for the sake of… well, mentioning it, that THIS WEEK THEY ARE ON SALE FOR A DOLLAR A ROLL!  Dudes, you cannot get better than that!  And I don’t know if the thirty or so that my AC Moore have are all Darice makes, selection-wise, but if they are or aren’t, I’m encouraging things like cute, cheap, washi tape by buying it so they know we the consumers like it.  So, eh, if you’d buy some, it’d help me, okay?  (You can blame it on me if you need to.)  All of the tapes below were made by Darice, and they normally run two bucks a roll, which is still a great deal.

Cheap Darice Washi Decorative Tape!

Cheap Darice Washi Decorative Tape!

Teal Scotch Expressions Tape

Teal Scotch Expressions Tape

Also on the tape discussion, I also found some really interesting teal blue decorative Scotch “Expressions Tape” at a big box store.  Its sort of odd, not waxy like the usual washi feel, but that same sort of soft frosty plastic of Scotch tape.  Sort of opaque…  very different.  I like it, the color is great.  I wonder if they make others colors….

Changing the subject entirely, this weekend we are having company, a family of five, and the first non-family overnight houseguests we’ve had since we’ve moved!  I’m very, very excited, but it also makes me regret that I haven’t jumped on that guest room a little more diligently than I have….  It’ll be okay, its just not perfect.  But, the good thing about great friends is that they forgive, and these will.  It’ll be okay.

Not okay however, is having a guest bed with no bedding, and I was hodgepoding it to the max.  Like, if we had one more body attempt to sleep in this house, they were going to need to be covered with old towels and use the dog bed as a pillow, we were stretched that thin.  Appealing thought isn’t it?  You and your allergies want to come and stay in Appalachia in the Springtime NOW, right?

White Fuzzy Blanket

White Fuzzy Blanket

So yeah, I headed to AmVets to see what they had…  and I found some great stuff!  I got a really nice fluffy down pillow for three bucks (not pictured, its currently been through the bleachy wash and is air-drying in my greenhouse), as well as this nice, fuzzy, white blanket, also three dollars.  It *will be* getting the bleachy wash– one thing at a time, please!  I also got a nice, crispy-cotton, white fitted sheet that feels exactly like the olive and white striped flat one I got a few weeks ago.  If only I had matchy pillowcases, people would believe they are a set!  But the bed is good to go now (or, er, better to go?), and that is really what matters.  ((Don’t stress, I’ve asked them to bring a few extra pillows and blankets to help out for the duration of their visit.  They will, literally, be covered.))

Purple Sheets

Purple Sheets

Also on the bedding front, I also made an *off* purchase.  Every once in a while, you come home from a thrift store with something that is a little different than how you perceived it at the thrift shop.  You know, that Barbie you thought was vintage turns out to be a repro, the jeans you didn’t try on but say are your size are mislabeled, things like that.  Sometimes its a mega-bummer, this time its okay.  I bought a ‘set’ of purple queen-sized sheets for the master bedroom bed, where I generally have no problem finding flat sheets, but I’m constantly washing the one fitted one because its all I seem to have.  This set, is a loooovely weight and quality of cotton.  The color is gorgeous.  Its a high-cotton fitted sheet, and a weird sheet like they accidentally bought two fitteds and tried to turn one of them into a flat.  The stitched corners have been opened out, and then those rough edges have been handstitched closed, so it sort of has flaps?  Awkward.  I don’t really need it, but the fabric is GREAT, and there is a lot of it, so its just gone straight to the stitchy pile.  (After washing, of course.)  I’ll likely use some of it when I make that room’s bedding sometime soon… that way it’ll all tie together exactly and I’ll look so totally brilliant.  I like to do things in the hopes that I come off as brilliant later.  Don’t we all?

Vintage Hacienda Plate

Vintage Hacienda Plate

Speaking of hoping to come off as brill later, I bought two of these plates at the church rummage sale, no idea why, other than the fact that they were extremely old and freaking gorgeous.  I’m not basing this on anything other than obsessive interest in cool old stuff and years of shopping in antique malls, but I’m guessing they are from the 30’s.  (Anyone have concrete ideas about that, message me!)  I love that they have a non-circular shape, and the image they both bear is sooo cliche and corny, but the colors evoke a hot, sun-baked afternoon and scents of delicious spicy foods.  I’m not sure what I’ll do with them, or if I’ll even keep them, but at (gasp!) a quarter each, I just HAD to.

They sort of remind me of a funny thing, an anecdote or something.  Its just a retelling of a TV show I watched a few years back, not really a tale, per se.  Around 1970 there was this cooking show on called The Galloping Gourmet and it starred a dapper Englishman named Graham Kerr…  I really liked this show.  Its very real-time and sort of goofy, where Graham will get distracted telling a story and over-toast the bread, or his potatoes will boil over because he’s spent too much time whipping the eggs.  Its very entertaining, if you happen to ever see it on, I don’t think they really play it anymore because I never catch it.  Anyway, the ‘Galloping’ part of it has to do with the fact that the recipes are based on his travels with his producer/ wife Treena, and often he is talking about dishes that his audience has never heard of… and on this one episode I have in mind, he had been on a trip to some scenic coastline in Mexico and had awakened to a breakfast of “an open-faced omelette” (known to us now as a frittata) “served with a spicy tomato relish” (salsa, ya’ll).  And he goes on and on throughout the episode, making this really bizarre frittata (he made a meringue?  And spread it over his scrambly yellows?  So confusing, I’m not even sure HE knew how to make one) and this ‘relish.’

Orange Pyrexy Ice Cream Dish

Orange Pyrexy Ice Cream Dish

KILLED ME, ya’ll it did, because the difference that media has made in our world over the last 40 years is astounding!  Not only do we *all* know what is in salsa, we can buy it at the gas station.  It is of zero mystery to our world at this point.  And he was struggling to explain it!  Really working to sell it to the audience as something they needed to duplicate and try and experience.   And we take it for granted.  To us, its like– a step away from ketchup.

I’m not sure what that really has to do with this plate above, except that to maybe remind you that the makers of this dish weren’t going for offensive or cliche when they designed it, far from that.  This was a long, long time ago.  They were hoping beyond a hope to bring the freshness of cilantro and lime to your life, trying to push you to travel to a place that might be mysterious but also magical…  they were trying to evoke the hot sun and the need for a siesta after a salty margarita.  I see it articulating with an image the idea that exploring different cultures can be really delicious and rewarding.  Or that’s the way I want to see it anyway.

Speaking of salsa, this would be great for serving it.  Its sort of odd, its shape is all ice cream dish like, but the texture is that painted glass sort of distinctive to many of the pyrex and fire king stuffs… except the main body of the dish isn’t that thick milk glass, but clear glass.  I’m baffled.  But, you know, I got it because it was fifty cents to benefit my church, and I’m wild like that.  I’d do it again, too, dagnabbit!

Vintage Ant Colony Box

Vintage Ant Colony Box

Last up is something so totally random I’m STILL not sure why I got it, other than pure crazy….  Crazy because my kitchen is totally swarmed by ants right now and we’ve been Terro baiting them like evil overlords, so this purchase makes nO SeNsE but I did it anyway.  It was a buck, and the source of much fascination for both Fox and I.  We were charmed by this cool outside of the box, and when we got it home, charmed by the insides as well:

Ant Colony

Ant Colony

The plastic colony structure itself is complete, but its covered in lime deposits.  We live in East TN– land of the LIMEstone– if water comes in to play, deposits are likely to happen in this joint.  I can try CLR or something, but I’m not sure how that would do on plastic or even that I care that much to scrub at it.  We’ll see, it just got it cause it was funny and for a good cause.  (Yeeeah, sure, Amber!  Keep telling yourself that!)

 

 

 


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