Thursday, October 12, 2006

down and back::down and back

this past weekend my sister and i made a trip home with the kids to visit family. her son and my mother share a birthday so it was quite fun to go down there and spend time with family. we were able to explore around town a bit with the kids and took them to places we enjoyed playing when we were little. it is amazing how things have changed over the years. my mother was quite excited to take us to a new park they had built and the kids loved it.



Miss A went straight for the sand and insured that she got quite filthy. i was sad to see that they had taken out the old equipment such as the horses that rocked on a giant spring attached to the ground. it was nice to see that they had not removed a few of the stultpures that i fondly remember playing on.



the weekend felt long in a good way. despite the short amount of time we were there it felt relaxing and drawn out. i was able to also visit with friends in the evening and even hit a few thrift stores with my mother. every since moving to Portland we have been disapointed with the thrift store selection compared to back home. in one thrift shop i spotted a wonderful mid-century dresser. it was the exact style i had been looking for. up here they are going for a significant amount more but i figured that since we had the kids in the car there was no way to transport it. i wrote it off but took photos to show Daniel when we got home.

upon returning home sunday evening Daniel convenced me that we should indeed buy it. so the next morning i tracked down the store and called thinking it would not be there two days later. to my surprise it was and they were having a sale. the savings from the sale covered the price in gas so i knew that it was to be mine. so back down I-5 i went to get the dresser. it felt strange doing the drive again just for a dresser but i think it was worth it.



since returning home i have found myself a bit sick but have somehow found a way to get to the sewing machine and make a few things. i have even been sketching the many ideas that are running through my head. yesterday i started on Miss. A's halloween costume. last year we dressed her as a Yard Gnome and this year we think the costume will be just a fun.



the idea for this year has been rolling around in my head for the past nine months and so it will be interesting to see how it is transformed into a costume.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Busy week - you go, woman!
Your dresser is so pretty - worth the trip. :)

kirsten said...

the gnome's expression is priceless! like 'mom, are you kidding me?'

i think i know what this year's idea is and i can't wait to see it!

Rachel said...

I totally know what your idea is, and would you believe my husband tried to convince me to make that for little Zoe just two hours ago! Unlike you, I am going for the little-effort costumes for the girls this year. You are awesome!

nonlineargirl said...

Cool sculpture and great dresser.

martha said...

That gnome costume is the cutest halloween costume I have ever seen. EVER.
How will you every top that?
I can't stop looking at her!

Anonymous said...

qlove the dresser. it looks similar to ours - does it have an indicator of the maker on it. and that gnome - oh that gnome! - priceless!!!

Wendy said...

Oh how cute is she in that gnome outfit.
I hope you are feeling better now. That dresser looks like one from the Ercol range, how wonderful it was still there waiting for you.

Carmen said...

The dresser is a great find. You'll enjoy it for years so I'll bet the drive was worth it.
Such an adorable gnome! Can't wait to see what you come up with this year.

Carmen

HeatherJ said...

The Gnome costume is precious, isn't it great when you can dress them up how you want?

marianne said...

I want a gnome just like that for the back garden.....but would she sit still? Hope you feel better soon.....

sulu-design said...

I just came across your blog today, and I feel the need to congratulate you on driving back to the thrift store to get that amazing dresser. It's fabulous! If you ever want to get rid of it...