Saturday, June 12, 2010

There is a time...

This post will be another random rambling of my thoughts about the past two days...ready? =)

1. Operation Beautiful.
I finally worked up enough courage (and found my Sharpie again). I started my part in Operation Beautiful yesterday. Between these two days, I posted three notes: two in bathrooms, one in a changing room (the one about worth and size), and one yet to be posted. It was so much fun! I couldn't help but smile and feel more positive when I put them up. You guys should totally try this! My mom also put one up that I didn't get a picture of, but it said, "This life was meant to shine!," coming from a line in a new MercyMe song.

Visit Operation Beautiful for more information.

2. Thrift Store Finds.
No, I did not find any amazing vintage clothes while we were thrift store shopping yesterday. Unfortunately, the only clothes people in my town want to get rid of are 1980s-90s styles, and those are definitely not my favorite fashion decades. I mean, I love "Full House," but I can't handle leg warmers, leggings, fuzzy sweaters, and long, shapeless plaid dresses. Maybe I just can't see the potential in less than beautiful clothes. =)

I did, however, find some of my favorite things: Vintage patterns! They're not my exact size, and the envelopes are pretty torn up, but I bought them mostly for the lovely pictures on the front. And my pattern size, by the measurements, is usually a little too large, so I might could fit into these dresses. The aprons would definitely work. They screamed "Lucy Ricardo!" at me, and I had to buy them. I also got a pink 22" zipper for my new dress attempt...29 cents instead of $1.50 at Hobby Lobby. Total: $2.36.

And books! Just what I need, says my poor, stuffed, sagging bookcase. In case you can't tell, it's the second, third, and fourth books of the Anne series (I only had the first book), a 1959 copy of the first Nancy Drew book (I've heard so much about it lately that I want to read some of the books!), and a very old copy of "Jane Eyre," which has a woman's name and the year 1946 written inside the front cover. Total: about $7.50.

3. A New Bathing Suit.
I can't tell you how long I've had my current bathing suit...years. It was a bikini with (immodest) short bottoms, and I felt so uncomfortable in it that I always wore a t-shirt over it. Which is not comfortable. I really wanted to make my own bathing suit this summer, but I don't have time right now, and I would have to order the fabric. So I faced my fear and searched through the Target racks and actually found a pretty modest suit! Here's the top, which is apparently plus-size? Ugh, what a distorted view. If that girl modeling is considered plus-size, then so am I. Here's is a similar skirted bottom, though not the exact one I bought, which is a lot more modest when worn all the way down instead of with the sizes pulled up. I am so happy with it (even though it was expensive for both and Mom split the cost)! I was actually planning to be in the pool right now, but we've had a sudden rain storm and a little thunder.

4. Jewelry.
I found a nice, quirky necklace at Target on sale for $10, a long one with dangling pearls, a key, a cameo, and a leaf (I took off the leaf because it was too long and made too much noise), but I don't have a picture. And two of my new jewelry pieces from Etsy came! Here they are:

I adore this one! It has a treble clef charm, a heart, and a pearl. And it was cheap! Here's where I got it.

And this one is so unique. A bird's nest made from wire. Here's where I got it.

5. The Andy Griffith Show.
I am speedily watching through season seven of this show. A few months ago, I got the last season or two that I need to complete the series, and I've been watching through them. Since then, I found a few seasons of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" for a really great price and bought them. I've been trying to rush through TAGS so I can watch "The Dick Van Dyke Show." I'll sometimes just let the episodes play while I'm journaling or online or stuff like that. The other day I watched an episode with the Darling family, which reminded me of this song. I'm not really big on bluegrass. I like the music, but I'm not too fond of the singing. I love this song, though. It's called "There Is a Time." Here's the Darling family's bluegrass version, which I do like:

And Andy's slower, haunting version, which I love:

Until next time,

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