Thursday, May 31, 2007
Today I filled out all my new employee paperwork. My first day is on Monday, though that will be 'back of the store' training, as will the next couple of days. I will start my actual store training later in the week at the downtown location of the store, a location I have spent many a morning in line. Funny that I will most likely be waiting on former co-workers. Weird. Once my training is done, I'll be in the Central West End and I'm very excited about that. Rather than reveal my actual employer, let's just say that in my work day I will be able to say, a la Lauren Graham, "I'm making coffee!"
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Anyway, it was fun to hang with the St. Louis Craft Mafia and the weather turned out nice, albeit hot and rather steamy. Considering that we were setting up on Sunday in pouring rain, we were happier to be hot than wet.
In the good news department, I got that retail/restaurant job I applied for, though not at the location I thought I would be. I'm really excited and I go in on Thursday to fill out my new hire papers! Once I determine I'm not doing anything against company policy, I'll tell you who I'm working for. I really can't wait, though I'm nervous to have a schedule again. I've been footloose and fancy free for over a year now so it's going to be an adjustment. But we totally need the money and the benefits so I'm game for a new adventure. Me, behind a counter! Finally!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Then there's Spidermonkey. Rather than a person, I think she looks very much like Snowball II of The Simpsons fame.
I have always thought that if Olive was a person, she'd have lots of freckles. Lately, it's Julianne Nicholson from Law & Order, Criminal Intent that I see when I look at Olive.
Then there's Lydia. She has this giant, adorable chin and a habit of play biting that involves her just sitting around with her mouth open, teeth bared. She has a square-ish head and she has always looked like a furry tyrannosaurus rex to me.
Call me crazy; it's all right. At least I amuse myself.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
To show just how tiny they are, here's a picture of some in a pot along with a medium sized nicotiana plant.
I know I should thin them out to encourage growth, but I just can't bear to do it. Maybe I'll wait a bit until they're big enough to replant somewhere else.
While I had the camera outside, I thought I'd take pictures of my future pesto meals, chicken seasoning and the stuff that makes foccacia good.
Oh, and I think my second interview went well. I hope so anyway. Just hoping for a call now...
Monday, May 21, 2007
At an early age, I got sort of caught up in my office work and never explored the retail world though I always wanted to. Back in the day, I used to beg my friend Steve (my future husband) to let me wait on customers at the old, smaller Vintage Vinyl on weekend nights. I LOVED it. Why I didn't stop the office work then and there and pursue other avenues, I don't know. I certainly wasn't making that much money yet. Several years later I would beg my ex-husband Tony to let me wait on customers at West End Wax and again, I loved doing it. Loved making the small talk about their purchases and just being friendly. Which is weird because at, say, a party, I am completely incompetent at small talk and being friendly to strangers. Somehow being behind that counter empowers me to be much less shy. I guess it happens now at ye olde crafte boothe too. At least I like to think I'm friendly and approachable. Though I know I could be more chatty, sometimes I think people would prefer a helpful silence. At least I tell myself that.
Anyway, wish me luck for Wednesday!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
At first glance I didn't think this sale would amount to much, but we found some good stuff. Some interesting clothing (for the fabric), and vintage linens were cheap. And can you figure out what in the world that towel in the lower left is getting at?
I found several pieces of jewelry: nice 60s black and white flower pin, small rose pin, odd gold and pearl (real?) clip on earrings, and a gold key necklace that is engraved "Mayor Bill Morris" on the reverse. I also nabbed a nice black and white silk chiffon scarf.
I was very intrigued by this metal, flowered bowl from England. It's rather heavy and quite pretty and for a quarter, why not?
And then the books and CD. I've already pulled out a bunch of the story book's pages to make little origami envelopes to wrap up jewelry purchases from ye olde crafte boothe -- lots of cute illustrations in that one.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Next on the To Do list -- purse design and execution. I must enjoy sewing more than I think I do, otherwise why would I keep making purses???
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I got some funny little glass beads today that sort of look like raku pottery. Such pretty colors. Here's a close up of one pair out of the beads. For some reason these remind me of a couple of ripe peaches.
Today I also figured out a way to patina my bright gold findings to match the other antiqued ones. My first experiment -- a combo of vinegar, the crushed business ends of some matches and some bleach -- had fairly toxic fumes and worked really well at first. However, after I took the findings out of the concoction, and rinsed and dried them, I noticed that about 20 minutes later they had taken on a green-blue patina. It was pretty and cool, but just not the darkening I had desired. I rinsed them in straight vinegar and they went to a duller gold, which I was happy with. I'll have to keep experimenting to get the darker effect I want.
And just for kicks, how about a photo of Olive trying to squoosh herself into a small space in order to lie on my purse.
Oh, and please come to Gypsy Caravan on Memorial Day and buy lots of stuff!
Monday, May 14, 2007
I sold enough stuff that I have to actually work the next two weeks, restocking for Gypsy Caravan. Dang. I wonder if I can figure out a way to use my sewing machine outside?
And now I'm really feeling like I need to have some actual paying employment, though I'm really dreading the search process. I'm waiting for a call about a job I think would be perfect, albeit very low paying, but time keeps on passing. I just applied for a position in a large retail joint which I'm already feeling queasy about. I've gotten used to my time being my own in the last year and it's going to be quite an adjustment to go back to work. Sigh.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
Anyway, a few weeks later and I have post-traumatic stress disorder about walking down alleys. Steve took Foxy down that alley a couple days later and she totally shied away from that yard and didn't act normally until they were almost to the end of the block. Today we walked down our own alley and I was jumpy and nervous the whole time. Sadly, I think I'm done with alleys. I wonder if those dogs would attack a person alone? Do I want to find out on dogless walks? I don't know. I'm just sad that something that we took such pleasure in has been spoiled by a couple of assholes who can't contain or control their dogs.
Oh, speaking of that! Yesterday I was sitting on the couch when I heard a loud exclamation very nearby. It scared the cat away so I got up to look outside and see what was going on. Our across the street neighbor was walking down our front stairs holding his little (somewhere between 12-15 pounds, I'd say) dog by the collar. The dog was growling and twisting and snapping viciously at the guy! I assume the dog had run out of his yard and come over to our porch for some reason. Anyway, the neighbor stopped in the street to make the dog sit while he bent over and started to lecture the dog (ha!); the little thing LEAPT up into the guy's face, snarling and snapping at him! This dog is obviously totally out of control! The guy got the dog settled down then walked over into his own yard and sat down with the dog and lectured him further. I swear, there was finger pointing and what appeared to be an attempt at reason. Dude, you're talking to a hyperactive, toy breed dog! Good luck with that.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Late last evening I got wind of the
Further examination of her table revealed the adorable measuring cup/chopper combination. The turquoise and black metal lid was too much to resist. And again, one dollar!
A pretty good start, indeed. After fortification from a coconut donut and a trip to the ladies room, I acquired the crocheted frog puppet/potholder (it was a dime, so...). Even though we weren't even a quarter through, I was feeling a little discouraged about finding any quantity of chains. I'm not looking for junk -- just usuable vintage chains with often junky stuff hanging from them. Soon enough, though, I was pawing through a shoebox of miscellaneous jewelry and realized there were many little packets of new 14K gold plated chains. I asked how much and the lady quoted an unbelievable price. Needless to say, a dozen of them were soon in my possession. Almost immediately after walking away, though, I regretted not getting more and swore to return to her booth before we left. I did and got eight more! Then she told me that she had gotten them from a company she worked for and that she had many more and would probably just give them to me! I gave her my card so I will keep my fingers crossed! Huzzah! No more stressing over chains! The rest of the market was somewhat uneventful. Steve got a baseball book, an old comic (not d but it's a Murder, Inc. from about 1950), an Argosy men's magazine and a McCall's from the 40s with an adorable kitten on the cover. Oh and a Coronet magazine from the 50s.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
I finished the Jonathan Lethem book, but I'm still thinking about it and will write on it later. Suffice it to say I loved it.
In other news this week, come to the Royale on Friday evening! Keep your fingers crossed that it will not be raining so we can DJ outside!