Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Beach, Shopping & Awards

Trying to escape from the oppressive heat earlier this week, I took a trip to the beach. Capitola is about a forty minute drive from my home on a good day when there aren't snarls of traffic heading toward the coast.

And I did escape the heat. It was FREEZING! And me in shorts. Ah well, I managed to enjoy myself immensely in spite of the bone-chilling wind.

On the drive there I promised myself repeatedly that I wouldn't spend much money. Ha ha. That didn't quite work out.

First stop, yarn shop. Yum. I picked up this Sirdar yarn and have already started making my umpteenth feather and fan scarf.

Second stop, antique store. I bought all sorts of goodies for making collages and handmade books. Oh, that place was heavenly. This is just a taste of what I bought.

Antique needle books with needles inside.

Zippered pouches made from vintage dish cloths. I certainly don't need three of these, but I couldn't choose which one I wanted so the owner gave me a deal. I might give one or more away in a giveaway some day.

Little envelopes made from vintage dish cloths. Perfect size for credit cards, gift cards, or business cards. I think the reason I like this fabric so much is it reminds me of the dishtowels we had when I was a kid.

Sewing machine trading cards. I'd never heard of these, but had to have them. They would make cute covers for handmade books, or as pieces of a larger collage.

I also bought antique postcards and a clock, as well as game prizes for my sister's upcoming bridal shower. So as not to overwhelm or bore you, in a few days I'll post pictures of the cute little seaside town of Capitola and the foggy, picturesque coastline.

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Melanie at A Country Dream gave me an award! She really gave it to me-- I didn't have to steal it.

Thank you, Melanie! I'm so happy. I love awards. But I have reservations about passing them along to other bloggers. One, I've noticed some people don't like to receive them, and I don't want to annoy anyone with an unwanted award. Two, some people receive TONS of them and I feel a bit silly giving someone their fourteenth lovely blog award. Three, I like so many blogs that I feel bad giving awards to some people and not to others.

That said, I'm going to pass along this award to a few bloggers I adore. I am doing this with absolutely no strings attached-- no need to publicly thank or link to me, no need to pass it on, no need to do anything-- unless you want to.

-Rachel at Not-So-Plain Jane for her humor and authenticity.

-Jen at Miss Punkie Pie for sharing pictures of her gorgeous Amelia.

-Sumea at skipping in the the meadow for her enthusiasm and loving nature. Her sparkly energy radiates from her blog. (Sumea, I know you already received this award recently, but yes I am giving you another one.)

-Emma at Little Brown Rabbit for her whimsical creations and for sharing passages from the writings of Eckhart Tolle.

-Kimberly at Niestz Vintage Home ... and fabric for simply having one of the most beautiful blogs I've ever seen.


Anonymous said...

Aww! no wonder you recieved a lovely blog award!! Your blog is such a lovely place to visit.
Who needs the beach when there's haberdashery eye candy around!!

Rubyred said...

Hello,love your feather and fan stitch, I love knitting that pattern!Thanks for visiting my blog too!
Rachel x

Rachel said...

Awww... thanks for the award! I'm blushing. Really.

That's some great loot you picked up. I especially love the little 'envelopes'. How cute! That yarn is going to make (another) beautiful scarf. I'm going to have to pick up something nicer than the old beige chunky I've been knitting with. Then maybe I'd finish my second scarf.

Have a great day ☺

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Hi Stacy,
Thank you so much for the award and lovely comments! How sweet of you. :)

You really found some wonderful treasures. Love the little pouches and the beautiful sewing cards.

Thanks again and have a great week!

Anonymous said...

I love all your finds, and I'm so pleased you like your award. xxx

The Little Cloth Rabbit said...

Hello! Thank you so much for my award! Such a compliment :D

Looks like you had such a lovely day out too- I'd love to live closer to the sea.

Em x

Anonymous said...

Stacy, Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog and for your lovely words here. I feel very touched and honoured recieving this award from you and when I am back to normal blogging I will mention your giving it to me because I am very proud to have you as a friend and would like to introduce my ohter bloggy friends who may not have met you yet to your wonderful blog.

themagiconions said...

Another gorgeous town! Going to check this one out too. And congrats on the award... and the links to the blogs... I love to find new gems like I have yours!