Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hey there, good-looking!

Yes, I'm still alive and kicking, though I am stressed beyond belief due to things way beyond my control. But....I'm getting things done, because that's what I do. I don't particularly like it, but what can I do? So far my best means of coping have been binging on Supernatural on Netflix and thrifting. But my thrifting means more awesome furniture and decor for my home, as well as potential for more money from the Etsy Shoppe.

Speaking of, I now hope to launch by Friday the 13th 12th - there's no Friday the 13th this month, though there may be one a few months from now that I can be open by! - even if it's only with a few things. It is much, much harder to take good photographs of the items than I thought it would be, and after spending my two free days per week desperately trying to stage, photograph, get caught up on errands and housework - not to mention dealing with my home/living situation - I just gave up and decided to take it slow. I am currently (slowly) photographing what I can't use from Instagram, and working on a logo. Which will probably evolve - eventually - but we won't get into that yet. I am fortunate to be able to design my own logo, but I had not anticipated things such as the licensing of fonts for commercial use right off the bat. Ergo, I had to scrap what I came up with at first, and am putting the finishing touches on what will debut with the shop.

In the meantime, won't you take a gander at my #ThriftScoreThursday for this week? Behold this pair of absolutely gorgeous, stunning chalkware owls from the Miller Studio circa 1978:

I almost, almost passed these by. Literally. I didn't see them during my first sweep of the store, and they just happened to be the first thing my eyes landed on when I turned around on my way to exit the store. I originally snapped them up thinking they'd be a perfect addition to the Etsy Shoppe (they totally would!), but the more I look at them, the more I want them for myself. Since I may eventually sell, I'm refraining from listing the purchase price. However, know that they were a STEAL, and will still be a good deal at whatever price I sell them for should I ever let them go!

They're beautiful - you probably can't tell from the photo, but they're irridescent, no chips or chunks missing, no cracks or scratches, and stamped with "1978 Miller Studios, Inc." (Edited to add: OOPSIE! The tip of the wing on the owl on the left is broken off. I'm just now noticing, and it doesn't bother me in the least! They've aged so beautifully.

Head over to Black and White Obsession, The Gathered Home, Primitive and Proper and For My Love Of to check out their Thrift Score Thursday features AS WELL AS their new feature, "Dear TST," where readers and fellow hashtag party-goers submit some of their thrifty finds and ask for advice on how to make them over.

As for me? I'm outta here again - I've still got (lots of) work to do!

#ThriftScoreThursday on Instagram
#DearTST on Instagram

Music for today: Simple Minds - "Alive and Kicking"


  1. Good luck on your logo design, its fun yet challenging all at the same time. Those owls are super pretty! And if your photos look anything like the one you have above, you've TOTALLY got this!!

  2. Good to see you back again. Maybe you be back in the Battle of the Bands business again sometime?

    The owls sound like a "wise" purchase. "Who, who!"

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin' with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

  3. my daughter noticed those owls straight away when she walked behind me. :)

    I hope everything works out okay for you! It sounds like an awful lot of work to do. I would love to have an art type store, but I have no idea how to even get something like that started.

  4. Glad to see you posting. Love the owls:)

    Hope you resume with BoTB soon....

  5. Glad you're still hanging in there :)

  6. I love Arlee's comment! Kim, I hope you're getting there at the pace you want. Thinking of you, (smile).

  7. Hope you are having better days Kim. Have a wonderful 4th of July.

  8. Howdy, KIM.
    I sincerely hope you are well and things are going good for ya.

    I know you've been stressed and busy, which obviously explains why you haven't posted anything here in so long.

    I am going to remove links to your blog on my BOTB-related pages, but only because I don't want to send people to your site if you're not actually participating in BOTB.

    However, if things ever calm down and you decide to rejoin us BOTBers (which I greatly hope you WILL!) just shoot me a comment and I will re-add links to your blog again IMMEDIATELY.

    Again, I hope everything is going great for you, and I hope that you will be rejoining the BOTB Blogfest very soon.

    Take care, my friend!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Stephen! You are correct, sir (about being stressed and busy). I understand the need to remove my links. I definitely plan on coming back, I'm just not entirely sure when. Plus, I'm also toying around with the idea of letting this blog stay dormant and start a new one. I just have so much invested here..We will see! Hope you are doing wel!

    2. KIM, okie-dokie!
      If you do start a new blog, please be sure to let me know. I'll 'Follow', and include links when you get back to the serious business of Band Battles. ;-) We miss you and Dixie in BOTB.

      ~ D-FensDogG


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