1.08.2007

sunny daze...

hanging over my desk...


Thank you to everyone who bid on my pieces (as well as all the other lovely items!) in the Kim Family Benefit Auction! I am very humbled to see how much my two bags raised. I was certainly blown away when I pulled up the auction page shortly before it ended to find that my squirrel bag had shot up over $200! I’m just so happy that the bags were able to raise a sizeable amount to donate to the James Kim Memorial Fund. I have to admit I’ve been downplaying my role in this all week, not really telling anyone about it, Dad having to drag the latest details out of me... My sly sister and mother though have been throwing a monkey wrench in the whole thing and doing everything from Googling for press coverage to going around the house loudly talking about it. Its not that I’m embarrassed, but I don’t feel that I have any place to brag about my involvement. I just donated some handcrafts; Lisa, Stephanie and Gerrie are the real superstars in this. :)

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Otherewise, my weekend was really bizarre. Things just kept happening strangely or badly: it was like I was in an episode of The Twilight Zone. :p I didn’t feel really at ease, like things were back to normal until I sat down to knit Sunday evening. I finished up my cabled bag from Philo’s pattern! I made mine slightly longer, and I think it ended up slightly wider as well, but it was a super-quick knit (I would have had it done sooner had I not taken a four-day break from all knitting)! I used the same black handles that Philo used, because all the other ones at JoAnn’s had bad cases of serious ugly or season/material-inappropriate. I added a black satin ribbon and vintage pin to the front for some extra “pow”. My mother is in love with this, and has been eyeing it jealously. Should I be worried that it might mysteriously dissapear? lol. I think I need to make another one though. In black yarn though, since I love black accessories. :)


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I went thrifting today, only to find that two of the three shops I wanted to visit were closed on Mondays. Ugh. Seriously dissapointing! Pickings were very slim at the one that was open; I only got a handful of bits and pieces (better than nothing though, right? lol!). But my favorite find was this children’s craft/activity book from the 1950s. I paid 50 cents for it, which was a steal, imho. The illustrations are just too fun!! The endpapers are my favorite aspect of the book though. :) I have a few more photos of it on my Flickr thrift finds stream.

Oh, and as a side note, I updated the list of "Inspiring Blogs" on my Blogger side bar. Lots and lots of new blogs to peruse! :)

12 comments:

leslie said...

wow, that bag RULES. i can see why your mom has been plotting it's disappearance! cables seems scary, a whole new complex knitting world.

Mallory said...

Holy crap, that is positively one of the best lists of inspiring blogs I've seen. I'm already familiar with quite a few on your list, but there are plenty more that I'm going to have to check out in detail. What a great list!

Carlene said...

That bag is beautiful! (As is the squirrel bag.)
And I love the photo of your inspiration board, too. I only recently found your blog, and it's already up there at the top of my list.

:)

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

What an amazing list of blogs you have added!!


I love that bag with the black bow!

Cristina said...

the bag is awesome. hey - do i spot a certain anthropologie goodie up there? did someone get a gift certificate during the holidays:)

deborah k. said...

Oh my god - you've found it!!!! I've dreamt of finding this book, I studied it so hard as a child, I remember so much about it. Now that I have the exact title, maybe I can find a copy too - thanks so much for bringing back this piece of my childhood.

Casey said...

Thank you all for your sweet comments! *hugs for all*

Mallory: I'm a bit of a compulsive link-collector (just discovered the amazingly addictive del.icio.us, which looks like it'll further my plans for world link domination! lol!)! Hope you enjoy going through all the links--they're all amazingly talented bloggers! :)

Carlene: Welcome and thanks for your comment! :)

Cristina: Yep, Anthrpologie gift cards were top on my request list for gifts this year. lol. Its the only way I can justify the price. lol!! Besides, the mitten was just too cute! :D

Deborah: Oh wow!! I had someone else comment on my entry on my Live Journal that this book was one they used to have as a kid too! I just love when the internet allows people to rediscover bits and pieces of their childhood. :) Have you tried seeing if its available on eBay? I've seen some really inexpensive children's books on there lately... :)

Hanna said...

s, the end paper is very cool, would make a great fabric or wall paper for a kids room, right?

Casey said...

Hanna: I think it would make an awesome kid's room wallpaper! Or maybe a lampshade cover... the ideas are endless. :)

Karen said...

That bag really is quite gorgeous! I am going to write it down as a possible next knitting project...

Am going to have to check your list of inspiring blogs now since everyone is raving about it!

platinum blonde said...

love your bag...i am also totally jealous of that book you bought!!!

VDOprincess said...

The bag is lovely, m'dear! And I had to say--on your inspiration board? That JCrew photo? I totally have it, too. :P