Spring Break

Lovelies, my absence can be easily explained by two words: Spring Break

This semester has proven more demanding of B.’s time, so we really savored our week by just doing things together.  This involved a lot of watching videos, sleeping in, and, because I’m lucky my man enjoys a good bargain as much as I, thrifting in different stores.  Ergo, I’ll be sharing a lot of our treasures on this Thursday’s Thrift Trip.

As far as projects are concerned, I’ve been working on several things but got slowed down because of a badminton accident where my partner mistook my hand for the birdie. (Hahaha! Just kidding, Dilshad!)  It was kind of funny, actually, until the knuckle of my pointing finger started to swell up, and I couldn’t hold anything properly for a couple of days, including scissors and needles.

If somebody asks me what happened to my hand, I’ll spew a tall tale where I had to hit an angry bear across the jaw during one of our hikes.  This tells you how clueless I am about bears.  Or hikes.

Speaking of hikes:  B. and I went on a couple with friends.  This pictorial was taken from Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Whew! Long name!).

I love nature.  Trees, stones, leaves, mud… I love them all!  This hike, however, proved to me how “citified” I am.  Walking in the forest is so foreign to me it’s almost scary.  I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to do it alone.  If I got separated from my friends, I’d probably run around like a headless chicken into tree trunks.  Just screaming and crazy running-hitting trunks-then falling on my butt again and again.

Aside from Joyful, another doggy hiked alongside us.  Cy is a 160-pound black labrador puppy.  That’s right: PUPPY.

Kennessaw Park was doggy heaven for him.  It just rained so it was kind of muddy but he enjoyed getting dirty.  And, as soon as he spotted the stream, he ran towards it and happily frolicked.  Free bath.

Look at him enjoying the grass.  Hahahaha!

Here is an embarrassing moment.  We had to cross a small stream to continue our hike but we weren’t prepared to wade across.  I thought, “Oh well.  Maybe next time“, quite relieved because my boots weren’t tall enough for the water. But  I turned around and I saw our friends awkwardly treading the log to get to the other side.  Even Cy tried to do it but fell into the water (which I bet he enjoyed).  My heart jumped into my throat.

I’m scared of heights.  Unfamiliar stairs, bridges, cliffs — put me any place where there’s a chance of me falling and my legs simply freeze up.  So here’s me trying to cross the log.  I know it’s not that high and I wouldn’t die if I fell, but, really, I was scared to bits!  I was laughing the whole time but I was also sweating like a pig, my face flushed like a beet.

The bright side about this is B.  He never left my side and patiently coached me the whole way.  Another was Cy who kept trying to reach me as if he wanted to help me out.  Sweeties, them both. 🙂

Blue Knitted Hat and Gloves:  Roekl, thrifted back home
Purple Turtleneck Long Sleeves:  thrifted back home
Gray V-neck Tunic:  thrifted back home
Black Work-out Tights:  Danskin, $5 from Marshalls!
Purple Wool Knee-high Socks:  DKNY, $7 from DSW!
Black Boots:  thrifted back home

That’s all, lovelies! 🙂  Have a nice day!


MHL Thrifting Trip: Goodwill and Big Lots

Yesterday, I did something I’m quite proud of.  I went out all by myself.

You see, I could never leave the house when B.’s not here to drive me around.  It’s embarrassing to admit but I never learned to drive.  I’m terrified of it, and it was one of the fears I decided to get over while I’m here.  But having gone through a car accident a few weeks ago which totaled our beloved Scion XB, Snowy (he was like our pet), only made me more afraid.  Still, I promised B. I’d get driving lessons come spring.

Luckily, Goodwill is just a few minutes walk away from our place.  I’ve been there twice with B. but I’ve always wanted to go by myself.  Although he’s been patient and even enjoys shopping with me, when there’s nothing for him in the racks, I feel guilty about letting him wait for me .  So today, after B. left for class, I decided to go there after I finished a few chores.  It was like a reward.

Before I left, a little green doggy wanted to come along.  He said he’d hide in my bag so I wouldn’t look ridiculous.  But I told him to stay home and guard the apartment instead.  Then I gave him a snuggle-kiss and headed off to Goodwill.

Looking around at Goodwill, I realized just how much stuff people accumulate and discard. Had I owned the clothes on the racks, I don’t think I could have given them up.  They were in good condition; definitely could still be worn, and surely could be upcycled.  I bet some of the clothes and knick knacks were once gifts people pondered over to give their loved ones.  This reminds me of the movie, “The Grinch”.  Near the end, when the grinch revealed why the people in Whoville disgusted him, he said something like, “And do you know where all these gifts end up?  It all goes to me as your garbage!”  I guess it’s better that things end up in Goodwill.  At least they have a chance to find a new home.  But what about items that never get sold?  Where do they eventually go?

I bought 2 scarves for a buck ten each.  Do you like them?

I know.  They look like boas and that’s exactly why I love them.  I’ve always had a thing for feather boas but I don’t think I have the neck or the guts for it.  These furry scarves are great substitutes.  The aqua blue one is fabulous because it’s ultra soft and you can wear it in 2 ways.  I have a purple one just like it that I thrifted at home.  The red one isn’t as soft, so I might use it as material for a future project.  We’ll see.

Last Christmas, a crafty friend told me she bought her yarn at Big Lots for a dollar each.  Although I doubted the yarn would still be there (and besides she went to a different branch), I went to Big Lots before going home.  Lo and behold, I found piles of lovely-lush yarn!  They were selling for 1.50 each but I thought they were well worth it.  I bought all these:

I’m so excited!  I think I may do some macrame soon.  Incidentally, I love that lady manning the Big Lots counter.  When she saw my basket filled with yarn, she was impressed.  “Good girl!” she said.  It made me laugh.   I was grateful for her kindness because at Goodwill, the girl manning the counter was grumpy and kind of mean when I got confused with the card-swiping.  She looked at the people behind me and rolled her eyes.  So, Big Lots lady, you really made my day; Goodwill girl, grow up!

Yesterday’s outfit was:

Knitted dirty-grey bonnet: bought in Incheon Airport, Korea (Chris if you’re reading this, I wouldn’t have bought it without your help!  So thanks!)
Knitted green long sleeves: thrifted back home
Denim grey/black A-line skirt: thrifted back home
Black V-neck blouse: thrifted back home
Green tights: thrifted back home
Black slouchy boots: thrifted back home
Yellow bracelet watch: a gift from my mom’s friend
Blue gloves/mittens:  Roeckl, thrifted back home
A happy smile: my parents

In case you don’t know yet, if I say “thrifted back home“, it means the price tag was possibly less than a dollar unless I indicate otherwise. 🙂

I was excited to finally use this shoulder bag today:

I don’t know if it’s vintage, but I do know it’s a genuine Francois Marot.  I love this bag because it’s elegant and, though it doesn’t look it, really quite spacious.  I thrifted it for (don’t hate me now) less than a dollar!  I’ve been very lucky with Francois Marot bags.  I think I thrifted about 4 shoulder bags and 2 clutches all in great condition and all for less than 2 dollars.  I think it’s greedy to own so many Francois Marots, and I really saved them from the landfills in the hopes of selling them in the future.  Maybe.

That’s all, lovelies!  Have a wonderful day!