The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2009-10-25

Friday, October 30, 2009

Too stupid to know better....

A few years ago I decided I wanted to learn how to felt; the whole felting wool thing was suddenly really, really appealing to me. I only had two problems:

I didn't knit or crochet. (I didn't have any experience with felting so I hadn't heard of needle felting yet)

And the biggy - I'm allergic to wool. (Yeah... Doh! Right?)

Undeterred because you can be undeterred when you don't know any better... I moved on with my felting plan.

Wool is really expensive. And eventually I stumbled upon Their prices are beyond reasonable and at the time I ordered you could get a sample pack (one of each color) of their palette yarns for a great price.


And I did.

My family had a total, What the? moment and was all, What's with the yarn? Because as far as they were concerned I could do nothing with yarn and there was the pesky hive/rash/itching thing.

Anyway. Totally bit the big one on knitting. Huge fail. But crocheting was an entirely different matter. Somehow I worked it. Felting was a different story and managed to work that out from the beginning.

I remembered this story because I started listing on my shop yesterday and ran into all this stuff again. Plus it's around that time of year when I start felting again. I seem to tolerate wool better (best I can anyway) in winter. And it's getting to be winter.

I started with bracelets...


Since I couldn't read patterns I was winging it. Some had buttons and some I added roses I made and felted.

I made a scarf too...


With a button...

And this too because as near as I could figure everyone was doing it...


Yeah, I made a purse.

People were fairly astounded that I'd just started doing this. The only explanation is one that I'd used before. I've had the most success doing things when I was too stupid to know it was something I shouldn't have been able to do in a million years.

*I'm updating this cause I posted to a few fabulous alpaca ladies because I adore alpaca and never mentioned here that alpaca is wonderful and doesn't bother me at all and yes, felts up! So I want to mention it! Alpaca is fabulous and soft as a dream and I'm not allergic to it!*


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vintage Button Porn... it's a sickness I tell ya...

Is there something at estate sales you just can't resist?


Even though there is no practical use for... um....what ever it is...


Let's use vintage buttons for arguments sake.


Not that I need a 12-step or anything...

Celluloid top button

No really, I don't...


It's just that I see them sitting there sparkling like diamonds...


And turn to button-wanting goo...


That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

large vintage flower buttons

I don't really need the buttons...


Don't sew, don't even collect them...


Per se...

vintage pink buttons

And believe you me, when I come home with more my family is all over me...



And I'm all, Hey! Be thankful my obsession isn't lounge chairs, y'all...

vintage hat shaped button

Is there something like that for you?

P.S. - A few people suggested I list some buttons on Etsy and I did and will probably Buttons HERE!

Share your vintage finds with Colarado Lady on Vintage Thingies Thursday, Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville,

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I want to wake up to this every day...

My (sorta) Wordless Wednesday Post

I woke up to this my first day in Cape May, NJ

sunrise cape may nj

I only go once a year and only for a few days but it's memories
like this that keep me going the other 364 days until I can return.

Memories like this are my happy place.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Retro Tuesday with a reason...

Yay! It's Retro Tuesday again...

retrotuesay stamp

Today I decided to look for things I want to find at estate sales. Things I covet unreasonably ... Things that I remember seeing as a kid and would buy in an instant because just having them would make me happy on a daily basis.

Or things I want for no reason other than I want them.


I want a Chemex Coffee Maker and have for ages.

Chemex Coffee Makers were invented in 1941 and are still being made (Their website is here.) Here is a picture of one of their fabulous new ones and it's pretty much the same as their fabulous old ones. You can't improve on some things.


They can be found on eBay but I'm holding out for an estate sale find.


I've seen a fair amount of Glasbake and it's usually reasonably priced.

But this one, I've never run across...


I'd love to find this 15 inch glass, walnut, and brass warming platter.
Oh, the smartness it would add to my smart dinner parties...

...if I had any smart dinner parties.

On to something I could actually use...


I've found Tupperware crazy-cheap, cheaper than disposable grocery store
plastic. And it lasts. It's already lasted 60 years and some of it's still
perfect - pristine, even.

Holy Burping Lids, Batman! I love Tupperware!

Moving on....

I can get lamps in this style cheap everywhere...


But they don't have the class of these; the new ones aren't
only cheap they totally cheaptastic. In the worst way.


Now this here....


Fascinates me.

I'm not sure if it's that I want this chair or I just want a chair so ridiculously comfortable it made this guy tie up his wife. And of course, I'm assuming it's a husband and wife - cause what wife wouldn't buy a chair that would put this bucolic evening in her future... but I digressed...Where was I? Um.... I was saying I'm assuming this wasn't a pictorial about a random break-in where some guy busts into a strange woman's apartment in a cowboy hat with a six-shooter (On, um... Halloween) which he leaves menacingly draped over the chair arm so she won't forget he's...what? A total lunatic... all because this BarcaLounger is that comfortable for TV viewing.

But man-oh-man, nothing says "Comfortable Lounge Chair" like a little prime time bondage, right? At least that's what I always say.

On second thought. Let's not go there.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Random Monday afternoon post...

I've noticed something really really, odd.

All the TV channels are running commercials at the same time. My (uneducated) guess is that it's an effort to spoil my channel-surfing fun.

See, a commercial was my cue to flip around and see if there was something better to watch on one of my other 154 channels. The sad thing (TV people is...) I don't even grab the remote because the ads themselves annoy me (Swear!)... it's because the commercials get louder and THAT annoys me.

I think the TV people are on to me and everyone decided to put all commercials on at the same time so I wouldn't find anything better on... Because nothing else is on. At all. Well, except more really loud commercials.

After a few months of noticing that every time I switch; I get nothing... I now switch to QVC for the duration of the commercial interruption.

Which has had a few unintended consequences. The last one being this...


The Ninja Master

Which they said would pulverize ice cubes into snow...and WOW! it does...

I pulverized several ice cube trays just this morning for kicks...

And a smoothie.


The trip to Cape May, NJ

I don't go away very much because leaving the house makes me really anxious. Can't even eat breakfast before I leave because stopping here?


Where I'll cheesequake all over the joint... Is out.

I don't know what that means. But it sounds really bad.

NJ isn't that big a state but it take a few hours to go end to end. You know you're in South Jersey when the exits go beachy (Seaside Park, Island Beach...) and also when you pass this...


I'll tell ya, nothing screams VACATION like the sun glinting off
the Salem Nuclear Power Plant. Makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over doesn't it?

Or maybe that's just fall-out....

As an aside....

Don't know if you've ever seen this T-shirt?


No truer words were ever said...

*The cheesequake thing ... It's my favorite sign ever. Maybe my favorite word... And sort of how I feel after I eat at the Cheesecake Factory... But what is really means according wiki - A Native American Word - Cheseh-oh-ke, meaning "upland". Cheesequake is a State park that includes an interpretive center and five marked trails for both hiking and mountain biking that run throughout the wooded hills and across long wooden bridges across marshland. The park has designated camping areas available by reservation. Swimming and boating are summertime activities, while sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeingare available in wintertime.

The Garden State Parkway runs through the park near Exit 120 but offers no direct access. A road runs underneath the Parkway to connect the northern and southern sides of the park. Some of the park is visible from the Parkway.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

I'm back home from Cape May, NJ

and will be posting normally tomorrow but
I wanted to show you my favorite sign in NJ...


Cheesequake, I mean....

What can you say about the word Cheesequake, right?

....cracks me up every time I see it...


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