Today, since I worked in the morning and didn't have anything else to I decided to go in search of the pop-up shops in downtown. You see, Florence is trying to revitalize the downtown area so they held a contest for people to submit store ideas. The winners (there were 2) got three months of free rent with the options of making a deal with the landlord at the end of the three months. The shop idea winners were Railroad Junction and Hapi Balance. Hapi Balance holds a variety of fitness classes like zumba and yoga. The other, Railroad Junction, is a vintage shop with books and coffee and clothes and locally made stuff. Since, I like the later type of store I decided to go look. It is a really neat place with fun things. I really like it and will definitely be visiting again (after my next paycheck of course). They also have awesome events throughout the summer and are always looking for new ideas. Anyway, while I was there I had to buy a few things. I had to support a local business not to mention my own needs, right?
So I bought two books and a book mark
And a super cute plaid 3/4 length sleeved shirt
While we are taking pictures of clothing, look at my m&m shirt my mom got me yesterday!
Occasionally, I blog stalk and follow people. Actually, it's more like everyday but details aren't important. My bestie Kim follows one called "The Man Repeller" so I decided to follow it too. The writer is funny and witty. She takes high fashion and wears it the way she wants (the way that most guys would not be attracted to). We mean a LOT of layers. The other day she did a post about what she so loving calls her arm party aka her extensive collection of bracelets and rings and if you look through her blog more it also describes her neck. Anyway, Man Repeller, I was rocking the arm party back in like 6th and 7th grade. I did it then because the trend was those jelly bracelets that had "other" meanings if you so correctly remember.
I wanted them but my mom wouldn't let me have them so I started wearing multiple upon multiple bracelets. Anyway, it seems that wearing a whole lot of bracelets is a trend this year. Therefore, I am going to start wearing multiple bracelets again not because of the trend but because well, I miss it. Even if it isn't a true trend and I'm making that up, Man Repeller has inspired me to do otherwise. Although I won't be including Hermes and DANNIJO bracelets, I can fun with the ones I have and are on the look out for. I've even started back my friendship bracelet making. We will see if this is a continued thing or not.
So the story I shared about the "possum" actually has a more meaningful story. In reality, it was my great grandmother's, Mrs. Addie L. Evans Lynch Dives. She had a love of fine things and the pin that I am now in possession of was really a mink and not a possum and the "fur" is actually real mink. Whoops. That is one bad mix up. Here is what a mink looks like:
Sorry that the posting has not been as frequent as I would like for it to be. I have been working ridiculous hours and going to see Martin whenever I can breath for more than a minute. Here is the latest news... I went to my Aunt Dianne's house about a week and a half ago. She is my cool aunt who has a bunch of really cool stuff. If I could have her house and all her belongings, I would be the happiest camper in the world. Anyway, I went to go see her about a sewing machine and I came back with more than just that.
The sewing machine is cool but I am having difficulty using it. I just can't seem to sew straight and the thread keeps breaking. Plus, I need more than just a hour to play with it.
I also brought back 3 quilts. ("You can never have too many blankets" - my mom) All 3 done by my Aunt Betty. Here they are:
Quilt #1: Blue Stripes and an oak leaf pattern on the other side. Beautiful!
Quilt #2: Red stripes and pink flowers
Quilt #3: Multi-colored stripes and squares
I also picked up a Camo brooch and matching earrings. I'm not really sure about what to do with them. I think they would make a cool shadow box. I also picked up a silver locket. I have already worn it but I am looking for a good quality chain for it. Both belonged to my cousin Sarah Lee (Aunt Betty's daughter).
I got this sweet brooch that my aunt and uncle bought for my grandmother one Mother's Day. It is furry with green eyes and a tail. It is ugly and FANTASTIC at the same time. We think it is a possum but we aren't really sure what animal it is. I LOVE IT and have already pinned it to my bag.
Sorry the pictures suck and I don't have pictures of the last items. Although I really wish I could include some, but my picture abilities are limited and so are my resources. Basically, I suck at taking pictures.
It is no secret that I like headbands. Actually, I have a love that borders more on the side of an obsession/addiction. It's bad. I think I have around 60 something. I could wear a different head band everyday for 2 months without wearing the same one twice. I have actually thought about doing that but decided it would add no value to the world if I did accomplish that feat. Plus, it would be never ending because I would continue to buy more and more and more. It is probably an addiction. Every time I go to Target or Claire's or Walmart or anywhere really, I look at the headbands. I, well, LOVE THEM! They are so cute and fun and I can wear a headband with EVERYTHING! Here is my collection.
They are divided into good headbands and headbands I work out in. And Yes, they have a special place on my dresser.
I haven't bought any since I've been home because I declared that I was going to cut back on my headband spendage but I have been looking for a really cute crocheted one for a while and I think I may have found one (or two). I'm going to have to get them.
Finally to finish up this really long post, I am starting to try my hand at making them. I just haven't found the right recipe yet; the ribbon is never the right length and the stretchy stuff is either too tight or too loose. When I get it right, I will let you know. I am also trying my hand at making a skirt as soon as I get a sewing machine. I'll keep you updated on that.