Taliesin Trip Day 2 part 2 and Day 3

     After Taliesin we drove around a little bit and ate Lunch. Then we went back into Richland Center to go to a few thrift stores. One of the few perks of having a hotel in Richland Center instead of Spring Green was that our hotel was near a Goodwill. The Richland Center goodwill was actually a pretty good store. Here’s what I got:

1. Donkey/mule/ Horse (?) planter

2. Vintage Floral Print

       After that we went to another Thrift store in downtown Richland Center which was pretty good too but I’m pretty sure they only took cash and I didn’t find anything I was willing to try and find a cash machine for. When we were on the way to the downtown Richland Center thrift store we saw a sign for a historic site that my mom remembered was supposed to be kind of cool. so we drove around Richland Center trying to find this warehouse building and gawking at old houses. When we finally decided to turn around a go back to where we saw the sign first we happened upon the building.

       The Building is the A.D. Germen (pronounced Jarmon) warehouse. My mom was convinced it was a Wright building so we took out the Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie style in Wisconsin Book and it was. Wright was notorious for having money problems and owed German money. Instead of taking money. Germen agreed to have Wright design him a new Warehouse.

close up of the Mayan inspired concrete blocks.

This was the first building in which Wright utilized his Mayan Revival concrete design. Wright has a bunch of Mayan Revival houses in California that are really cool, they’re some of my favorites of his designs. It was a pretty cool building and it was cool to see the beginning of Wrights Mayan Revival designs.

 The building is not currently in use, It seems like it used to be open to tours but no longer is. It is also in a bit of ill repair, though that kind of makes it cooler. It would be kind of interesting to do some urban or I guess rural exploring in there. Hopefully someday soon someone will buy it or use it for something.

        After we gawked at the warehouse we decided to go to La Crosse. We hadn’t really planned what to do after Taliesin, but since it was only tuesday and I didn’t have to be back to work until Thursday we decided to go to La Crosse, stay there for the night, explore the city Wednesday morning and then go home. So, we drove on a very scenic highway to La Crosse where we searched for a cute motel to stay in. My mom and I are always attracted to old 50’s motels so we searched around a bit and decided on a cute motel. It looked cute on the outside but the inside wasn’t as cool and retro as we had hoped. It was nice and clean though so we decided to stay.  This hotel proved to contain a few comedies of error. First we had a little mishap with the air conditioning . The first room we stayed in the air conditioner didn’t work at all and this was during a very hot and humid heatwave where air conditioning was necessary. So we changed rooms and the second rooms air worked but it didn’t get real cold like a good air conditioner. By then we were too tired to complain and it was working well enough that we just lived with it. The hotel had been remodeled but it seemed like it had been remodeled cheaply. You could tell the shower had been glued over the previous one and when my mom tried to adjust the shower head it fell off, which wasn’t great for my shower after hers.  Anyway despite all that the guy at the front desk was at least friendly and nice. I guess the motel used to be super retro with pink bathrooms and the like but the bathrooms were in such illrepair that they had to re-do them.

         Wednesday morning we checked out, got some breakfast and drove around a bit. With the Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin book we located a few of his houses in La Crosse and looked at them. Then we went to a big antique store that was nice and had some cool stuff. My problem with antique stores is that unless they’re very well priced or I find something I’m absolutely in love with (and it’s in my price range) I can rarely pull the trigger and buy something. I usually look at all that stuff and think I could get a better price if I found it in a thrift store and then just get overwhelmed by all the stuff in the store. It’s almost too much. Anyway after that we did a little thrifting at a salvation army we had passed the day before. That Salvation army was pretty good too. Here’s what I got:

1. Siesta Ware Tiki Mugs. I thought these were pretty cool, I like the colors and the Hawaiian-esque details.

2. Fire King Blue Heaven cinderella bowl. For vintage dishes I generally go with pattern & color than brand. I’d seen this pattern before online and knew it wasn’t Pyrex but I love it anyway and think it’s really cool. So I got it.

3.  Blue Pyrex Divided Dish. My Pyrex/ vintage kitchen wares search has cooled off in recent months, but this divided dish was in such good shape and had such a bold color I had to get it.

         La Crosse was actually a really cute town. It has retained a lot of it’s older buildings and is definitely a place I’d go back to. Anyway after thrifting we decided it was time to go home and we drove off into a thunder storm. We got about halfway home before it started to really rain and we had to pull over. Thankfully the rain stopped after awhile and we finally got home. So that was the end of our Taliesin Roadtrip. I’ll probably post a couple outfits from the trip on Saturday so watch out for those and have a great weekend!

Taliesin Road Trip Day 2 Part one: Four Hours with Frank Lloyd Wright

        Tuesday morning we got up bright and early, checked out of our hotel and ate breakfast. We made a quick stop at the gas station to pick up sun tan lotion and bug spray and we were off. Once we had decided to go to Taliesin we knew we wanted to take the best tour available. The Taliesin people provide 4 different tours of the Taliesin property that range in price from $16.00-80.00 and last from one to four hours. Of course since we didn’t really plan on coming back to Taliesin we decided to do the whole shebang and go for the four hour $80.00 (a person) Estate tour. The Estate tour meets at 9:15 at the visitor center and charters a small bus to the Lloyd Jones’
cemetery and chapel.

       The Chapel was actually designed by Louis Sullivan whom Wright began his career working under and whom was a mentor to Wright. Because they contracted Sullivan’s firm to design the chapel the outside is a Sullivan design but the inside (which we didn’t get to see) was designed by Wright. The chapel and the land around it is owned by the Lloyd Jones’ who are Wrights maternal descendents. It’s grounds are also host to a cemetery for the family.

                        Wrights grandparents and possibly his mother were buried here.

Mamah Borthwick Cheney’s Grave

      The cemetary is also the burial site of Wrights mistress and girlfriend Mamah Borthwick Cheney who was brutally murdered along with 6 others in Taliesin at the hands of a male servant that worked there. The book my mom read before the trip Loving Frank is a fictionalized account of Mamah and Frank’s affair as well as the murders. FLW was in Chicago working when the murders occurred and when he came back he demanded no one touch Mamah’s body and buried her under a tree in his family’s plot. The grave wasn’t marked until later when Wrights third wife put the marker (show above) on the site.

Frank Lloyd Wrights grave, minus his body.

     Frank Lloyd Wright was also buried in this cemetary. When he died in 1959 he was buried here per his request, but when his third wife Olgivanna died in 1985 she wanted her ashed to mixed with Franks and used in the walls of a memorial garden in the couples other home Taliesin West in Arizona. So someone took the body from the grave in Spring Green, cremated it and did just that. So now this is just an empty grave.

Part of the Hillside school includes and sort of lounge area, theater and dining room.

       After we saw the chapel and cemetary we hopped back into the bus and were driven to Hillside. Frank Lloyd Wright originally designed these buildings as a private school for his aunts. Building the school bankrupted his aunts, and though it did live as their school for awhile they weren’t bringing in enough money to pay off their debts and they ended up selling the land. Frank lloyd Wright bought the land and didn’t use it really until the great depression. During that time money was tight,  FLW wasn’t very good at managing his money and there was a depression going on, and he needed a source of income so he and his wife came up with the idea of creating an architecture school. It wasn’t a traditional school, it was more of an apprentice commune of sorts. Students came and paid to live there (and later Taliesin west as well) and would work on the property and help with Wrights projects. With this he invited a bunch of fellows to help teach the students and Taliesin became kind of an architectural commune. It stayed like that after FLW’s death until the 80’s when money got tight and they had to reluctantly open up Taliesin to the public to get moeny flowing. There are still fellows that live in Taliesin, most of whom are in their 90’s. Taliesin used to be controlled by these fellows but since they’re all in their 90’s a non-profit group Taliesin Preservation Inc. now controlls the estate.

Other part of Hillside, now they’re dorm rooms for the students that currently attend Taliesin Frank Lloyd Wright school of Architecture and also houses their main workspace. 

      The school is actually still running and when we visited we could see the students at work in the building on the right. They stay in the Spring Green, Wisconsin Taliesin during the summer and move to Taliesin West in Arizona during the winter. The school is no longer an apprentice commune and has become more traditional school as later on all schools had to be accredited. Although, if you look on the website the schools accreditation is on notice. I guess that means that they’re doing something that the accreditation agency doesn’t like and if they don’t change it they’ll lose their accreditation.

Small sky way-ish  bridge connecting the two building

       I did get a couple pictures of the inside of Hillside but won’t share them. I’d like to, but one of the rules of the tour was no photos inside the buildings. When we went inside Hillside pretty much everyone was ignoring that rule (or forgot it) but as soon as we got to the part of the building where the students were and our guide noticed someone taking pictures all that fun was over. I’m not really sure why they prohibit photos inside the building but you can google Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconisn or check out a book of pictures of Frank Lloyd Wright homes/designs and I’m sure you’ll find a bunch of photos of the inside of the buildings.

Side of the Hillside school. This is the dining, lounge, theater building.

Farm land where I believe one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s sons still lives. The foundation bought the land so their view wouldn’t be obstructed/developed.

      After we toured the school we went up a small hill and saw the Romeo and Juliet Windmill tower. According to the Taliesin website this is the oldest structure on the estate. It was built and rebuilt a couple of times since, but still looks pretty good. This structure used to pump well water from the ground into the school but no longer works. We weren’t allowed to go in it, but people who live and work on the property have ventured in. There’s a reason it’s called the Romeo and Juliet tower and I don’t exactly remember why. Something about romeo being the octagon and protecting Juliet the circle.

Romeo and Juliet Windmill Tower.

        After the Romeo and Juliet Windmill tower we walked to Tan-y-deri, Wright’s sisters house. Wright didn’t want to build this specific house here. He was very into building sturctures that looked as if they were of the land and complained that a foursquare prarie style house did not fit the rurual Wisconsin landscape. But Wrights’ sister was insistant he build her this house, a house she saw he was advertising in a magazine, and he begrudgingly oblidged.

        A lot of the sturcuters on the Taliesin Estate are sort of always in a state of repair. Taliesin Perservation Inc is a private non-profit and therefore doesn’t get any money from the government for preservation. Instead they rely on money from tours and private donors. Tan-i-dory got a big donation recently from a car heir that used to be and apprentice in Wright’s school. He said he would donate the money to restore the building if the students worked on it themselves. Apparently he believed the students should still be doing the chores etc that they did when he was still going there. Anyway the students agreed and that’s what’s going on in the photos of the building.

This and the other building below were originally a chicken coup and something else (though I’m not sure which was which). Now it’s mostly used for housing.

view near Tan-i-dory

       After Tan-i-dory we walked over to Midway Barns, Wright’s barn. As you can see it’s a very funky barn, but Wright wasn’t much of a farmer. Wright thought more creatively than practically and sometimes that was a detriment to his designs. Some homes he built had leaks etc. because Wright was thinking aesthetically instead of practically. Same goes for this barn. Wright had lots of ideas on ways to make an efficient barn but none of them actually worked. Out guide even told us that he changed the type of cow he owned from a regular black and white cow to a brown cow because his wife thought they were more aesthetically pleasing. The only problem is the white and black cows are better producers than the brown ones.

pile of junk near the barn

The tower. 

       This tower building was ( I think) supposed to be a place to milk cows more efficiently. He dreamed you could line up the cows in a circle along the walls of the building and milk one, let it go, then the milk the next one. Unfortunately the tower was too small and could only fit one cow.

Top of the tower. The balls are actually toilet floats.
side of the barn.

Farm land and pond near Taliesin and the barn

        After viewing the barn we finally got a closer look at Taliesin. But, the view of the front of the building was a bit disturbed as they were renovating one of the rooms in Taliesin.

Taliesin

View of Tan-i-dory from Taliesin
Side of Taliesin

     When we finally reached Taliesin we had a little break for snacks and water, which was much needed in the hot humid weather we were having that day.

Ivy covered pergola, one of my favorite parts of the house. I love things like these and I think it all has to do with the The Sound of Music. Extra points if you know what I’m talking about
Inside that room was the Master bedroom and study of Frank Lloyd Wright. You can also see the snacks they put out for us.
Frank Lloyd Wright was really into Asian cultures from a young age and had a lot of Asian artifacts inside and outside of his home. You can also see an Japanese influence in his architecture. 

view of a river from the patio in Taliesin

       When we started the tour of Taliesin, the home, we started in the Garden. The gardens were beautiful, with nice water features, artifacts and beautiful flowers. The home was built around the brow of the hill, Taliesin means Shining Brow in welsh, instead of on top of it so it looked like a part of the hillside and thus more organic to its surroundings.

The red color you see on the windows is called Cherokee red and was Wrights favorite color. At one time he mandated all Taliesin vehicles had to be painted that color and the bus we road in was Cherokee red.
Wright loved to use materials native to the sites where he was building. I believe the stones you see on the house are made of local  limestone.

view of the house from the inner courtyard

This statue is found in another wright building and when in good condition has arms. Because this version was left outside in Wisconsin’s elements it’s arms have fallen off.

       Frank Lloyd Wright began building Taliesin in 1911as a refuge from the bad press he was receiving in Chicago about his affair. He caused quite a stir when word of his affair with Mamah got out. Both were married when they started the affair and papers in Chicago and around the country slammed them very publicly when word got out. To avoid the scrutiny Wright and Mamah went abroad to Europe for awhile then moved to Spring Green when Wright’s mother offered her son the land Taliesin is now built on. Though Mamah’s husband was quick to give her a divorce Wrights wife, with whom he had 6 kids, thought it was just a phase and he would return to her after awhile. He never did and eventually she gave him a divorce. Taliesin has been through many ups and downs including the brutal killing of Mamah and 6 others as well and other fires that have occurred on the property.

I believe (if my recolection of what my bff has told me in the past is right) that this is a foo dog and since it’s holding a ball this is the male. There were two on the property but I only got a picture of this one. 

       Taliesin was an interesting place. The house doesn’t have a kitchen and I guess its bathrooms are nothing to yell and scream about (we didn’t get to see them). We didn’t see the kitchen but I guess it’s very small and only really equip to make morning coffee. I guess the Wrights and their associates ate at the dining hall in the school.  It was cool to see a Wright building up close and get to see the inside as well. I also learned a lot about Wright. He was a bit of a control freak. When he agreed to build houses he had the home owners sign a contact that they would only move in with their tooth brush and wardrobe and wouldn’t change anything about the house. He elected the right to come and visit the home at anytime and restore any changes back to the original design. I doubt he actually did this but it’s still a little nutty. He also designed dresses for the lady of the house to wear when she was entertaining. Anyway it was a cool tour and I’d definitely recommend it. I also want to tour some of his other homes, especially some of his houses in Oak Park, Ill. I’m a big fan of Prairie Style homes which is a style he basically invented and there are some beautiful Wright designed Prairie Style homes in Chicago. Anyway since this post was so long I’ll split it up into two parts and give you the other part in a few days.

Taliesin Road Trip Day 1

Our Road Trip Route. G: Minneapolis, B: Madison, C: Spring Green, D: Taliesin, E: Richland Center, F: La Crosse

       Our four day Taliesin road trip actually started Sunday when we drove from Minneapolis to Madison. It was about a 3-4 hour drive and was kind of fun since the road we took is also the road you take to the Wisconsin Dells. In the late 90’s when I was around 10 my mom and I went to the Wisconsin Dells on another road trip that was…interesting. The Wisconsin Dells is a weird place. It has a lot of water parks and they’re the main attraction but we didn’t go to any water parks (I had been to one the year before and my moms not into them) so we explored what else the Wisconsin Dells had to offer. Well, the Dells are kind of dated aside from the water parks. For some reason I remember it feeling dated even when I was a kid. We went to The House on the Rock which is a kind of creepy/cool tourist site near the dells (and Taliesin) which among other things features a giant plastic whale and squid, a collection of crowns, and a carousel in a room surrounded by mannequins with wings afixed to the walls. In other words it’s completely bizarre. We also went to some other attractions the only two of which I didn’t find kind of lame and dated were a boat tour and a deer park. Anyway it was kind of fun to go down memory lane while driving down to Madison. When we got to Madison it was late so we ate dinner and checked into our hotel. The Taliesin 4 hour estate tour we wanted to take was completely booked for Monday when we called and made reservations, so we signed up for the Tuesday tour and decided to spend Monday in Madison and then drive to Spring Green Monday night. So Monday we got up and drove around Madison. We saw the University of Wisconsin Madison, which is most of Madison, and took a mini driving tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright houses/buildings in Madison. Most of the Madison Frank Lloyd Wright structures were private homes so we dove by and looked at them for a little while before moving on to the next. I didn’t get any pictures of the houses, but honestly a lot of them were hard to see anyway. Frank Lloyd Wright was all about creating architecture that looked like it was organic to it’s location, like it sprung up from the earth there, so a few of the houses we actually kind of hidden behind foliage and built into the landscape making them hard to see from the street.

Outside of Monona Terrace

Blurry picture of the inside of Monona Terrace

        We did tour Monona Terrace though, which is actually a modern building that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright did the original design and revisions for the building in 1938 and later years but the building wasn’t actually built until 1994 and wasn’t finished until 1997, around sixty years after Wrights death. Wright designed it to be a community center and now it’s essentially a community/convention center that host different events throughout the year. The building was pretty cool and it wasn’t actually that different from the Wright design, although it was updated for the modern needs of Madison. The building was kind of cool to see though it would probably have been a lot more interesting if it had been built in 1938 instead of 1994. Though they stayed pretty true to Wrights original designs there was just something pretty 90’s about the space, though the rooftop was pretty cool.

parking lot and view of lake Monona

The rooftop terrace was pretty cool, It was sort of sci-fi-ish with all the orbs.

The terrace also had a cool view of the Wisconsin State Capitol building

Giving you failed outfit post realness. It was super windy on the rooftop so my hair is a mess and I had to hold onto my skirt the whole time. I was trying to keep my skirt down in the photo and it moved from where it should be (where my belt is) to the location it’s at in the photo. I’ll do outfit posts with my various vacation outfits soon. 
View of the Wisconsin state Capitol

      While in Madison I also had to get some thrifting in. It’s always fun to see what other thrift stores in other towns have to offer, so I was excited to go to some in Madison. Luckily our hotel was centrally located near a bunch of Madison thrift stores. We went to three in Madison that were near our hotel and they didn’t really yield any great finds. Finally on our way to the third thrift store in a suburb we passed a St. Vincent De Paul Thrift store and that one ended up actually being pretty good. After that we decided to head to Spring Green in preparation for our four hour Taliesin tour the next day.

I have a thing for dilapidated barns

       When we got to Spring Green we ate a cute little drive in diner, calculated how long it would take to get from our hotel in Richland Center to Taliesin and checked into our hotel. If you plan a trip to Taliesin in the future I would recommend getting a hotel in Spring Green. We booked two of our hotel’s online before the trip and the only one that showed up on a hotel website was the one we stayed at in Richland Center.

farm on the way to Richland Center.

        When we got there we found out Richland Center is about 30 minutes away from Taliesin while it’s only quick hop skip and a jump from any of the hotels in Spring Green. This meant we had to get up early to check out and eat breakfast before we had to meet for our tour at 9:15am. We’re not morning people. The hotel we went to in Richland Center also wasn’t so great. It was a clean hotel and was actually pretty nice but the guy running it was a little much. There were a whole list of rules he had for his hotel, one of witch was no drinking on the bed. Of course we had to break that one especially since he downgraded our room. Plus there was only one chair in the room so one of us would have had to of sat on the toilet or the ground to actually abide his rule, silly. The guy really just wasn’t very hospitable and made you feel like he was your RA and you were in the dorm or something. Anyway in a couple days I’ll do Day 2 of our Taliesin road trip so look out for that post!

Accidental Blog Break and Road Trippin’

 Sorry I haven’t posted in the last few weeks I’ve been busy with work and an impromptu road trip to Spring Green, Wisconsin. My mom finished the book Loving Frank a couple weeks ago and we got to talking about Frank Lloyd Wright and his house Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Turns out my mom’s vacation and my work schedule worked out so we had 4 days free for a little road trip. We left Sunday and got back yesterday. We had a lot of fun, saw a lot of beautiful houses, learned a lot about Frank Lloyd Wright and his house, got some cool thrift items and didn’t get on each others nerves too much. I’ll have at least three posts (I think) on the trip up in the coming days including a thrift haul and some outfit posts. I have to admit with everything going on I haven’t been keeping up to date with the June photo a day thing but may take the pictures late and post them or just scrap the whole thing, we’ll see. Anyway just wanted to check in and tell you guys what’s up, I should have some new posts in a few days. Until then enjoy these teaser photos.

June Photo-A-Day weekly roundup

As mentioned before after my initial post I was just too busy/unmotivated to post  a picture to this dear old blog everyday. So I’m gonna do a weekly round up until the end of the month. Since it’s my first roundup I decided to add the first photo that I already posted. So here’s week one of the June Photo-A-Day challenge:

1. Morning

Oliver in the morning

2. Empty

This is an old 50’s cart we got at an Estate Sale a long time ago that my mom is sick of so it’s movie up to my room as a temporary pyrex display shelf.

3. On Your Plate

Ravioli

4.  Close Up

Close up of my “Z” shaped birthmark

5. Sign.

Very blurry picture of the Greyhound Bus station sign near my mom’s work. I suck at taking non blurry photos with the night setting on my camera. The light thing above it is the top of Target HQ.

6. Hat.

My Panama Ecuadorian Hat. Panama hats are actually from Ecuador. I got this hat in Cuenca, Ecuador  during my semester abroad there a couple years ago. At some point I will wear this in an Outfit post, I’m not much of a hat person.

7. Drink

Pink lemonade in a pink cup

8. Six O’clock

watching a little of the Swedish version of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest.

9. Your View Today

my backyard

10. Best Bit of Your Weekend

enjoying the nice weather outside

What I left behind

 1. This Egyptian style Plate Thing. I like Egyptian stuff but didn’t love this, so I passed.

2. Reproduction Sugar Smacks Poster. It was cool but not cool enough for me to get it.

3. This Pyrex Casserole. I just wasn’t really taken with this pattern.

4. N’Sync Bobble Heads. If you’ve been waiting for an N’sync reunion wait no more! All of the gang was back together at the Bloomington Savers, and they’re all very agreeable. I was never really into boy bands in my youth but this gave me a tinge of nostalgia, especially since I recently found a school picture of my friend from middle school on the back of which she told me to “stay N’sync,” yeah she was a big fan.

What happened to Chris’s braids. I think these are from the “No strings attached” period.

5. These Weird Acorn/Nest Plates. I probably would never buy these but I thought they were kinda cool.

6. This Weird Fabric Apple Art. I’m not sure why it was ever made but it amused me greatly.

7. Mid Century Dresser. This dresser had a few scratches here and there but was in pretty good condition. It was only $25.00, a total steal, but I need another dresser like I need another toe. Plus, I saw this a week or so after getting my brasilia dresser and the memory of what a pain that was to move was still fresh in my mind.

8. Copco Pans. these were cool and I like the color but I don’t really need them, they weren’t cheap enough for me to do an impulse buy and I really don’t have a lot of room for retro cookware I’m not 100% in love with. 

9. Tiki Style Figurines. These were cool and tiki-ish but I didn’t really know what they were and passed. Later I was looking up tiki stuff and found out they’re shot glasses, I should have gotten them. Oh well maybe next time.

10. Random Art. Ever wanted quail art made out of what looks like bird seed? yeah me neither but it was kind of cool. The flowers to the right of it were cool too but not enough for me to take them home.

11. Bird Embroidery. I liked this but when I turned it over it had been hastily taped to the frame so I passed.

12. Building Wall Art. I have no idea what these are but they were interesting enough to catch my eye. I’d be interested in seeing how someone decorates with them.

13. Bonzai-ish Tree Embroidery. I was actually going to get these but went to another section and then forgot about them and left. I still think they’re pretty cool.

14. Fish-lo-K-Tor. Can’t find fish? Well do I have the product for you!! I’m not really sure how it works and I don’t fish, but it was kind of fun and random to see at the thrift store.

15. These Cool Retro Lamps. I liked these but I don’t really have a lot of room for lamps that I don’t absolutely love.

Memorial Day Thrift Haul

Sooo I bought a couch. I know what your thinking, why? why did you buy a couch? Well it’s cute and mid century and I got 50% off, it was only $30.00. I wasn’t looking for furniture but I was at Savers memorial day and they announced that all furniture and electronics were also 50% off until 5pm. So, I casually wandered over to the furniture. I saw a cute mid century highboy dresser but it was painted black and I don’t really want to refinish a dresser I’m not in love with. I continued walking around and  looked at the chairs and couch’s and then I saw it.

Originally it was $60.00, still a pretty good deal, but with 50% off it was only 30 and It was really tempting. So I thought about it but there was one hitch, It’s too big to fit in my tiny car. I called my mom to try and get her to talk me out of it, but she didn’t. Unlike the Salvation Army, Savers doesn’t hold an item for you for 3 days, you have to pick it up the day you buy it. Savers should really think about changing that. So after lots of back and forth with my mom, circling around the couch like a vulture, giving the evil eye to people who looked/sat on it, we finally got a friend of the family to come with his van to help me get the couch home. He was across town and after the guy helping me told me why they don’t hold furniture I was super anxious about my couch. He said people take off the sold tag, buy it and the original buyer is left high dry and out $30 bucks. Luckily no one did that and my couch made it home safe.  Anyway I promise no more big furniture purchases, unless it’s Brasilia I don’t know if I can say no to that. Anyway from now on if it’s not Brasilia and I can’t fit it in my car I don’t get it. This works since what I really want to find is some cool storage so I can get rid of these two plastic storage bins in my room. Isn’t it cute though! When I looked at it part of my rationalization of buying it was that it could go in our TV room. Currently we have two chairs in there but they’re not very comfortable and we’ve gotten kind of sick of them. So, when we eventually clear out the chairs and ready the room it’ll be in there. 

I also got these cool tiki style cups/goblets. I looked them up and I guess they’re from Party City, I knew they weren’t old when I got them since they’re plastic and say made in china. Vintage or not I still think they’re cool. I’m usually looking for vintage tiki stuff but these were cheap and cute so I figured what the hell. I always thought I never found any good tiki stuff at thrift stores, then while searching for tiki stuff online I found out I’ve been seeing it a lot and just didn’t know it! So if your into something it never hurts to google/ebay it.

I did find a cool Cynthia Rowley kimono-ish top but I put it and the cups down to measure my car and when I got back it was gone. I found the cups again but the shirt was gone. Maybe next time. I didn’t really find anything else memorial day, I only ended up going to two stores. I was planning on going to more but I started late and the whole couch debacle took up a lot of time, by the time I got the couch home most of the other stores I was going to visit were closed. Did you find anything good this memorial day?

*Also, I decided not to post the photos to the photo-a-day challenge everyday and instead will do a roundup of the weeks pictures every Saturday until the end of the month.

** Also linking up with Her Library Adventures’ Flea Market Finds .

June Photo A Day Challenge & Day 1

I saw this photo a day challenge posted on Fat Mum Slim and decided to participate. I want to try and up my photography game and just get used to taking more pictures so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to do both. Anyway here’s the challenge.

Photo via Fat Mum Slim

I’ll try to post everyday but might end up doing more than one in a post. Anyway since it’s the first day here’s my morning photo for June first:

Oliver sometimes sleeps with me so when I woke up this morning this is what I found at the foot of my bed. He’s pretty adorable for a little trouble maker.

Dark Shadows

Top & Pants: Thrift   Shoes: Gifted  
       I wore this outfit to go see Dark Shadows with my mom. My mom’s birthday was Tuesday and she loved the Dark Shadows soap opera as a kid so we saw it as part of her birthday weekend. Unfortunately the movie was bad, I mean really bad. Not even so bad it’s good, just bad. If you really want to see it I suggest you rent it on DVD. It had some much potential, Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter, vampires and campy 60’s/70’s soap opera, sadly none of that made anywhere near a good movie. It was kind of disappointing. I did though finally see The Hunger Games movie the night before, which was actually pretty good, so I wasn’t too bummed. Since i’ve been trying to read more I’ve got in the habit of reading books that have recently been turned into movies. I recently finished the whole Girl with the Dragon tattoo series and the first Hunger Games book. I would be reading the second book but apparently it’s a pretty popular book and there’s quite a wait for the book at the library.

As you can see I’m currently #971 out of 1162 waiting to get their hands on the second book.

 I might cave and buy the books but I think I can wait it out.  I did though get to go to a thrift store near the theater for a minute. It’s one of my favorite thrift stores and it had some good stuff but I wasn’t able to really dig in because we had to go to the movie soon. I’ll definitely have to go back. Have you seen any movies lately?