June 10, 2013

DC Living: Pride Parade

Capital Pride put on an amazing Pride Parade this weekend. As embarrassing as it is to admit this, I've never partaken in any pride events before -- even in Seattle.

A few friends were planning on attending this year's parade in DC, and I jumped at the chance. I took quite a few photos, teared up a bit, and loved the supportive environment. It was amazing and absolutely something to be experienced.

Another plus? This will be my neighborhood in a little over three weeks. There's no place in DC like the 14th Street corridor.



June 9, 2013

thrifted finds #1

I went to the thrifts once this week. I've been avidly thrifting again for about 6 months, and I'm honestly starting to get a little bit burnt out. Does this happen to anyone else? The problem, I think, is I'm sort of sick of accumulating items. I know I need to get started on opening an etsy shop, but I haven't found the time to do so yet.

I made it home with three items and I'm pretty excited about all of them.

The first item I brought home is a large scale piece of crewel art. I'm not sure what the measurements are here, but it's pretty massive. The detail on this piece is astonishing. I'm an avid collector of crewel art and this is my favorite to date. The frame is in pretty terrible shape - I'm planning on sanding some of the rough edges down and cleaning it up.

I'm not sure what it was about the following piece of art that compelled me, but I also brought home this magazine-sketch of a well-bodied male. It's not vintage but I love it. I'm thinking this is going to hang in my desk area. 

I added another casserole to my pyrex stack, however, I don't have an updated picture of the stack now. I'm pretty excited to have another large Snowflake. This one came with a lid and was very reasonably priced compared to what I've been seeing lately. A few more Snowflakes and I'll have myself a very cute display come winter time. 

This wasn't thrifted but I found an awesome haul of magazines from my apartment floor's trash room. Despite moving in about three weeks (and trying not to accumulate more crap), I've been dying to do some collage work lately. I think it'll make for a nice evening. 

I'm linking up this week with Sir Thrift A Lot, A Living Space and Apron Thrift Girl

May 31, 2013

state of the stack

I became a pyrex collector ("lover") in April 2012. The obsession started off innocently enough -- an adorable little Colonial Mist 472 was perched on a shelf at a thrift store in Williamsburg, Virginia. The past few months before that had been rough, between an east coast move, a break-up, and polishing off my last few months of grad school. I'm not saying collecting pyrex gave me a purpose in life, but I loved having a solid reason to hit the thrift stores. Over the past year, thrifting has, once again, become my most treasured hobby.

And, that little Colonial Mist 472? It has turned into a legitimate "stack". I believe the desire to have a pyrex stack is a common thread among pyrex collectors everywhere. Whether the stack is a set of bowls, a rainbow of fridgies, or floor-to-ceiling casseroles, that desire lives in all of us.

Colonial Mist was the first. Several months later, in January 2013, I added Autumn Harvest and Butterfly Gold in the same weekend. The weekend after that, I hit pyrex gold. Pink Gooseberry and a larger Snowflake casserole initiated the stacking process.

Over the following months, I found a Square Verde and a thin, Spring Blossom 472-B. After a huge pyrex drought, I found a Homestead, with a lid in tact.

The silliest addition was another Butterfly Gold, although a different gold color and pattern. I was thrifting with my roommate. I had just scored the Navajo promo and was super pumped to see what else I could find. I saw the Butterfly Gold and swore it was different than the other one I had. I asked her, "I don't have this one, right?". She laughed at me and I told her not to judge. The upside was, I was right. It was absolutely a different Butterfly Gold.

My latest addition has been an Early American, gold-leafed, brown casserole. As much as I love 472s and hope to continue collecting them, I think it's time to get some larger casseroles to even out the bottom.

While everyone else in my office is showing off their puppies and babies, I'm sharing my pyrex and mid-century modern finds. It feels good to be a thrifter. 

What is your favorite type of pyrex to stack? Anyone else want to show off?