I’ve been self-employed as a web designer for 10 years and mostly work at home — my desk is my entire office, and I’ve had a hard time figuring out what to do with everything because it has to go with the rest of the room so the office-purposed furniture I’ve looked at just doesn’t work. So mostly it’s been a hodgepodge of little fixes to meet my needs and usually, a giant pile of papers and bits that have nowhere to go. A terrible, chaotic mess.
A few weeks ago we were at the thrift and I spotted this headboard — you remember the white and gold girls’ bedroom set you or your BFF or that girl you were just SO envious of had? From that set. It had shelves and little cupboards and high enough up to put my printer under and was exactly the thing I’ve been looking for for years.
I’ve been working a lot so the headboard’s been sitting in the middle of the living room for several weeks waiting for me to chip off the ancient D.A.R.E. stickers [these things are so weird, little piglets and ducklets with slogans like “FRIENDS DON’T SLING DOPE” — really! this is the language they use with kids?] but I finally had a few hours free the other day to take care of that and completely clean everything off the desk and get it set up and it is even better than I expected.
May I present: my new desk shelving unit!
It works perfectly. One cupboard is for my craft/stationery boxes, the other — I’m still deciding.
And there’s a nice space for my souvenir architectural minis collection, which have been looking for a real home forever.
Next up is the craft cupboard.
Hope you all had a good weekend. We spent Valentine’s Day at the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa and some quality time at the thrift store yesterday. Things I acquired at the half-off Presidents’ Day sale*:
The sweetest little espresso cup there ever was. Look at that hand lettering — it just kills me! 69¢
Two vintage silk scarves *MINT* for 99¢. TOTAL. One’s Pierre Cardin and I am not real big on navy but I love the orange/tan/cream stripes. The other says both aboriginal designs and “designed by Neil” and I am not sure who to believe. But again with the earth tones.
A most excellent round-handled 70s-80s handbag. It’s got the oldschool industrial zipper so you know it’ll hold up for awhile. I totally splurged on this, it was $2.99!
Faux milk glass-y vase/jar/sugar bowl/King Cake baby earring display, 99¢.
Look, it’s the other side of the demitasse and more of Neil’s aboriginal scarf.
I also bought a pale yellow threadbare knit top with vintage-y beads sewn around the neckline but cannot take a good photo of it. I will wear it when it warms up.
And I finally got around to making a thrifting set on flickr of our many finds and sights – check it out!
*** This post inspired by IS*LY’S Thrifty & Chic and someone else [I’m blanking here] who went to the Rose Bowl swap meet over the weekend.
Holy cheese this makes my loins quiver!
[more! photographer unknown but it looks like something out of Life magazine.]
1. Club vintage aluminum pots in turquoise
We got this at a neighbor’s yard sale a couple years ago. She made me promise I was going to use and love them and not eBay them — they belonged to her mother — then gave me the whole set for less than the cost of a cheap pan. I am not sure if they are barely used or if mom was a scrubaholic 1950s housewife, the bottoms are pristine but there are a couple discolorations inside. We use the dutch oven all the time, the other pots and pans when there’s some kind of big dinner thing going on.
2. Juice-O-Mat juicer
My friend Donna gave me this ages ago. It belonged to her mother and she made me promise I would never, ever, ever get rid of it, if I was tired of it, I’d return it to her because they used it for fresh orange juice ever morning during her childhood in Long Beach. We use it practically every day, it is by far my favorite kitchen gadget and if you can score one [there are a few on eBay, make sure it’s one with the cup], I guarantee you will not regret it.
3. General Electric hand mixer
My old roommate gave me this when she upgraded to a spanglier retro mixer. She did not make me promise anything. Sometimes I wish we had one of those big stand mixers but this takes up almost no space and it’s adorable. Plus the little lever there says BEATER EJECTOR which cracks me up because I am eternally nine years old.
Tim and Gary picked me up this morning and after coffee, we met up with Victoria and Dusty at the Alameda Antiques Fair. It took us 10 minutes just to walk across the parking lot to the main entrance, and the fair itself stretches out across the base just bout halfway across the bay to San Francisco. It is one serious swap meet. Two hours and I didn’t come anywhere close to seeing everything. I wish you had been there, you would have gone nuts.
I scored some Murano glass carrot beads and a tie pin with a G on it and some old watch faces that I think I’m going to put on a bracelet. The photo of the beads up there caused some lunatic vendor to scowl at me [“you’re not allowed to take pictures here!”]. Regret of the day: I wish I had bought the entire box of these doll charms but they were $1 each and I don’t really have a use for them. I would just like to have them to look at once in awhile.
You can view more photos from the fair here.
Afterward we met Donna and D at La Piñata and gorged ourselves, sat comatose at the cafe, then came back and discussed politics with Chad for far too long. Tired now.