Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Final Installment, Etc.

I can hear what you're thinking... "Ok, enough already with the thrifting finds." I know, I know....but please, just indulge me once more. If nothing else, it's worth sticking around for the "grand finale" find at the very bottom ;)

Today, after picking Ella up from "school" (more on that later), I stopped at a thrift shop, in the town that just so happens to be the #1 place to live in America. After 2 straight days of succesful thrifting, I admit, I couldn't resist the siren's song. So, in I went. And out I came with:

Two packages of really cool wrapping paper (?)...haven't decided yet whether I'll mat and frame them as artwork, or use them for paper crafting....Hmmm.....

I like to find unique boxes for holding Ella's elastics, barrettes, jewelry, etc. I thought this one was totally presh, with all of the farm animals and such. I hope you can see some of the detail in this picture :)

3 containers for storing crayons, colored pencils, scissors, paintbrushes, and other miscellaneous art supplies! These are neat-o, b/c they are made of some soft, stretchy plastic material....in other words, something Ella can't break, or dent furniture with. LOL.

A fun "American Girl" stripey sweater that Miss Ella will grow into. It does have built-in belt loops, but no belt....so I may have to hunt down one of you crafty knitting types, to come up with a humble little coordinating belt tie

Ok, so here's the aforementioned finale....

Remember these from Day One?

And then remember how I found these, that matched, but there were only 3....so I shrugged my shoulders, and bought them to serve as votive holders??

Well, would you believe that TODAY, 2 days later and about 20 towns over, I found another 9 of the exact same glass!?!?!
So, with a full set of 12 goblets, I'll be returning my votives to their box, and breaking out a bottle of red!

Eclipsing all of the fun little treasures I've excavated from dusty, dingy thrift stores throughout the past week, were these beauties, brought home for me by my hubby last night:

Nobody in their right mind can call my husband a romantic dud (No, Robert, not even you!)

And finally, today was Ella's first "first day of school." She will be attending Montessori preschool on weekday mornings, and today was her first foray into the world of preschool, and into the particular wonders of the Montessori method of learning. In honor of this monumental occasion, we took the obligatory "first day of school" pictures:

Hamming it up for the camera (or, for the intimates in Ella's life- "putting on Popeye"):


Meggan and Eric said...

yay for ella's first day of school! i'm jealous of your treasures-my luck is a bit more limited. my biggest find this week was a pair of gap maternity jeans for $12 in just about perfect condition. it's hard to find long jeans in my size on sale online, let alone the thrift store. i've been finding summer clothes for our trip to florida, but not too much more than that.

MidnightCafe said...

Happy First Day of School to Ella! And, wow, Lauren!! Those are some amazing finds! Thanks for sending us on over here to look at them.

Joy Morykon said...

I'm so excited that you are sending her to a Montessori school. I can't wait for Lucy to be able to go to one. I think the teaching is just wonderful. I've been reading a book called Montessori from the Start about Montessori for infants. super cool stuff.

Thanks for stopping by the Crafty Daisies site! Let us know when you'll be visiting the Burg again. Ella is so big! she is adorable. I can't believe it's been 2 yrs!!

T-Bear said...

I cannot believe Miss Ella is PRESCHOOL aged already! Where does the time go? She's beautiful. I've enjoyed your "thrifting" adventures the last few days.

kristen said...

Yay for Ella's first day! She looks so darling and BIG :o)

You and Mollie inspired me to go thrifting and last night I targeted what I thought would be the best store (there is only one goodwill in all of birmingham and it's not very convenient to me). We drove over there and the store I decided on is only open Thursday through Saturday. I'll have to try again another day!

(p.s. you got a small shout-out in my blog post yesterday.)

Christin said...

the winking...KILLS ME. that's like, her trademark, right?

VaxGirl said...

I love how it all comes together sometimes. I recently found the lid to a cannister I bought a year ago.

Jenni said...

I scrolled down and I LOVE all of your thrifting finds!! You have inspired me to go thrifting very soon.

And Ella cannot be any cuter - she is adorable!

Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Christina, I was looking for some Christian women to correspond with on blogger and I found you on Sara's site, walk slowly live wildly and I thought I would comment. I live in the south and am originally from up north but now I love the south and the charm. I am married and love the Lord. I liked your thrift store finds, very nice!

Allison said...

Lauren! Ok, I feel dumb. How did I not know you had a blog? Or keep up with you? It must be...years...since we've seen or heard from you. I knew you were married but had no idea you had a beautiful daughter! And she's starting SCHOOL! Awesome! She's adorable! And so are your finds! I wish I had that kind of eye...

Gaines and I are expecting our first (a boy) in about a month...and realize how very far away we are from our days of crazy concert-going roadtrips...at least, now our roadtrips might still be crazy, but much less frequent and hopefully, shorter. But maybe we'll see you at one someday! We have good friends in Jersey.

Drop me a line sometime! allisonredd [at] gmail [dot] com

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Kristin said...

oh for a thrift store and time to shop it. what finds you have made! Almost makes a girl jealous... :)

Kelly said...

Lauren, you have a gift...too bad you weren't in the "burg" to come with me. Ella is too cute for words! Love the pig-tails, can't wait for Chloe to have longer hair to do that with. BTW, we have the same shower curtain ( the picture of you with the necklace). I love the print. I am actually turning it into curtains for my kitchen and basket liners. Go Montessori! I am reading some of the books for it.

Melissa R. Garrett said...

What a cutie! And I am just simply jealous of your thrift finds :-)

How did you know Kian Brownlee? I went to school with him - Bells Ferry elementary and JJ Daniel middle school, both in Marietta, GA. Same guy? Too funny, anyway!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you come back :-)

Melissa (Luznicky) Garrett www.LittleWoolgatherings.com