Have you ever seen a dragonfly swarm? Years ago, we had a cloud of dragonflies that spanned several miles as they made their way past the farm out to the wetlands. Yesterday, at Heron Haven it wasn't quite a swarm, but there were thousands of them darting about over the water. They're mating now, and sometimes you can see them fly past still engaged. Don't worry, I covered Danny's eyes with my hand and told him not to look!
We've been spending as much time as possible outdoors, away from internet, and television, and a budgie that delights in screaming for hours at a time. Oh, sometimes he stops screaming long enough to eat, but how long does it take to eat a handful of millet? I'm not sure what's worse, the budgie or the 24 hour news cycle.
I've found a few nice things recently in the thrifts. I had this skirt in all-white years ago, and I loved it but eventually the flowers turned yellow (they are painted on with some sort of raised acrylic that almost feels like rubber) and I had to discard it. I'm going to take extra careful care of this one (hand wash and air dry only) as I'm so happy to be reunited with it. I like the colourful version even better than my previous one. There's nothing particularly fancy about the skirt, but it did get compliments from strangers for looking, "Cool and pretty" which it is. I really should have worn a slip with it as the material is tissue thin, but I couldn't bear the thought of another layer.
1970's skirt by KoKo-Goodwill, .49 cents
Linen blouse-K Mart a few seasons ago
White sling-back pumps-K Mart
Vintage Milk Glass bracelet-Hand-me-Ups
Vintage Avon Ceramic brooch-Goodwill
1970's Collins-esque bag-Goodwill
1960's clip earrings-Thrift World
1970's cloth and leather belt-Goodwill
Fragrance-Vintage formulation Jicky
Today, I once again found myself fleeing the house and instead of the nature sanctuary, I ended up at the art store. That place is dangerous for my pocketbook! I rationalise it by reminding myself I am now the art teacher, and I can't be expected to teach without the proper classroom supplies (it is mostly art history but, shhhhhhh). I do get a teacher's discount there, which I'm grateful for. I purchased a very old straw hat (I think it is 30's or early 40's) but some of the straw is shedding. I didn't want to re-block the whole thing, but I also didn't want to use modge podge or a heavy lacquer on it. I finally found a fabric glue that I figured can be thinly applied inside the hat without much damage or flaking off. I'll let you know how it goes. If anyone has a better idea, I'm eager to hear it. The hat was very inexpensive, so I won't be devastated if I ruin it, but I'd rather fix it, obviously.
I might have left the shop with more than a tube of fabric glue, but shhhhhh. That's our secret. When I was a child I would spend my lunch money on art supplies from the school store-coloured pencils, sketchbooks, watercolours-that sort of thing. I was finally caught out when the teacher called my mum to ask why I never had lunch or any money. I caught hell for it, but oh the smell of a new box of crayons! I'm still that seven year old when I walk into an art supply store.
I'm still doing the summer-layering nonsense. Thank goodness for cardigans!
Talbot's seersucker dress-Hand-Me-Ups
Talbot's silk-blend cardigan-Goodwill
(oooh, double Talbots)
Sling-Back pumps-K mart
Vintage vinyl handbag-Goodwill
Initial pins of cardigan-Hobby Lobby
Heavy, carved bangle-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage stranded beads (marked, W. Germany)-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage crystal clip earrings-Hand-me-Ups
Flower brooch on dress-Goodwill
Fragrance-Max Factor, The Female Factor (cheap 70's drugstore fragrance that I picked up for .59 cents. Surprisingly, it isn't terrible!)
The boys are off to bird banding in the woods tomorrow, which means I have the day to myself. I'm excited! I might even find time to cut my hair, and polish my toenails. Eh, I'll probably just sleep until noon. Oooh, I do like the sound of that.
I hope you have a lovely weekend (even if the powers that be seem hell-bent on making certain you don't). Sleep is always a good form of escape, and it won't cause a hangover.