Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pattern Winner and the Honey Pot Excursion

I didn't mention in yesterday's post because it didn't quite fit in with my subject for the day--my son's (not so) tidy habits, but yesterday morning I called in to the office and told them I was taking a mental health day. So, instead of heading off to work, I spent a nice day just puttering around.

In the morning, I got dressed, more or less as usual, and headed out to two thrift stores, both Goodwill. Of course, I found a few good things. I was chatting with Lorraine (Granny Loz) today and found out she collects honey pots, so I thought I'd show you (and her!) a photo of one I found while I was engaged in recovering my sanity--I thought its goldenrod yellow glaze would look great in the kitchen hutch for fall:


Can you see the little lady bug that found its way into the Sweat Shop? I thought I'd capture her in the photo. I've since taken her out to the patio and set her free to eat all the bad bugs in the garden--or at least all the aphids.

You may have heard about all the fires in California. Although none of the fires are very close to us in Sacramento, we ARE getting quite a lot of the smoke, and its been settling in our valley, making our air quality horrible! That's what I was driving around in yesterday, so I didn't stay out too long. The best thing I found at Goodwill, though, was a new quilt shop! Actually, it was right next door to the Goodwill store. It sure looked cute but unfortunately their grand opening was TODAY, I think--darn! I guess I took the wrong day off! As I plastered my nose up against the glass, I could see several women working, filling the shelves with fabric in preparation for the opening. I may just need to go back on Saturday and get some photos to share with you!

I got home from my shopping trip just before the Wild Child and her boyfriend stopped in on their way back home from surfing, so we had a nice but short visit. After they got back on the road, I spent the rest of the day cleaning house and rearranging "stuff." Seriously, if you had suggested that I might take a day off work to clean house, I would have laughed and said you were nuts, but that's what I did, and I enjoyed it! Which only goes to show you how much I needed a mental health day, right?! Still, not only does it mean that I'll get more play time this weekend instead of cleaning, but I can come home to a nice, clean house after work this week, which is guaranteed to make me happier. Mindful, of course, of the old "all work and no play" axiom, I DID take a few breaks to do a little reading, so it wasn't all hard work. Sadly, though, there was no quilting done--hard to believe!

And speaking of quilting, I bet you're all wondering who won the Hat Trick quilt pattern, right? I had 36 entries, so when the Boy Child came home from coaching his girls' soccer practice, I asked him to pick a number between 1 and 36--and he picked 15: Tracey in CT! Congratulations, Tracey! Please email me your snail mail address and I'll get the pattern in the mail to you this week.

Thank you all for entering the pattern giveaway--sorry you all couldn't win, but I'll have more giveaways in the future. In fact, a friend of mine just sent me another Schnibbles pattern--I'm sure I'll show you that pattern soon. I'm glad you could stop in and visit!

8 comments:

Miss Jean said...

What is the name of the new quilt store in Sacramento? I live in Escalon and my little quilt group is going to Sacramento on Saturday after we have lunch. We're stopping at Bearpaws and Hollyhocks and would love to discover somewhere new. Thanks.

Lorraine said...

Nice honey pot pick up! I am looking forward to mine arriving in the post....bit of bad luck missing the opening of the quilt shop but by Saturday things will have quietened down and you will be able to look around without loads of others being there....well maybe anyway! The fire season is scary! and getting worse each year I think.....

Caryn said...

A quilt store next to goodwill??? They better start giving you longer lunch hours!

Sharon said...

Sorry you missed the quilt shop opening by a day, but I know you and that is only another excuse, as if you need any, to go to the thrift stores. You have sure rekindled that fire within me and I have been taking routes, while doing errands, that take me by stores in our area. Of course, I stop in, are you kidding. I love seeing you finds.

Lootysmom

Barbie Jo said...

Wow, a mental heath day, that is just so great! How about a mental heath week!
Anyways it sounds like you had a great day even if some of it was spent cleaning. A clean house just lifts your spirits dosn't it.

atet said...

Lovely finds at the thrirft shop! Let's hear it for mental health days and the ability to clean rooms in your home again :0).

Sherry said...

Congrats Tracey. Love that honey pot Kim...great thrifty find!

Nan said...

What a sweet honey pot! It looks like something that Mr. Pooh Bear would have in his home, doncha think? I especially like the ladybug - very festive! There are times when it's good for the soul to clean the house on a mental health day. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself on your day off!