Wednesday, October 27, 2010

More Treasure Hunting...

Saturday was a perfect day for yard-sale-ing.  How cool is this little bark Faery (bird) house for $0.25?

A nice, tinkle-y wind chime for $0.50...

 A better view...

I collect sets of vintage reindeer, so I grabbed these up for $1.00.  They are adorable!

A wool, Mexican blanket for $1.00...  in perfect condition.

Four little frogs to hide in my potted plants... (and to keep the real ones company that live there now.)  $1.00 for all...

I'm not sure about this... I try to stick to my rule of not buying anything if I don't LOVE it, and I'm not sure I love this.  But for $1.00 (it was marked $2.00),  I couldn't leave it there.  It might end up in the potting shed...

One embroidered doily and three embroidered table-runners, all for $1.00.  Two are not in great shape, so they will be added to the stack of goodies I am saving to make my next crazy quilt.  

I don't understand why people would want to get rid of this stuff, but I guess I'm glad they do!  Such tedious work, and so beautiful...

Two glass bunnies for spring-time...

Now for the Treasure Trash...  One nice old, chippy metal tray that has already found a home above the pantry...

Someone thought this deserved to go to the landfill - in brand new condition!  Now it has a happy home in my craft room...  And it is on wheels!

Someone else obviously didn't know that you can cash in paperback books at the used book store, so that is just what I did... for a credit of $44.00!  There were 24 of them in great condition, but I kept a couple that looked interesting.


You knew it was coming...

Peace, love, and happiness,
Earth Mother

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

So is it mantel or mantle?

Whatever... this is my Halloween/Samhain one...  Click for a closer look.  The only items that were purchased this year are the orange doilies, $1.00.....

...this black and gold, etched metal goblet/vase for $0.50...

...and this brass and iron mini cauldron for $0.50.  So I *almost* kept my promise not to buy any Halloween decorations this year!  The spider web is new this year, but I made it from old stuff.  I guess the beads are new as well.  They are old Mardi Gras beads spray-painted black.

We are starting to see some good fall color around the place.

Boy, am I going to miss this view.  

The leaves are everywhere, and it will only get worse from here!

Peace, love, and happiness,
Earth Mother

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Recent Garage Sale Stuff and Treasure Trash...

 One fugly lamp.... free.  This will soon be transformed into a shabby chic treasure.

Love the flowers and leaf pattern.

It actually works, so no rewiring will be necessary.  The glass globe also lights up.

So the transformation begins.  I will keep you updated.

One old twig basket for the garden... free.  

An old rusty lunch pail.... free.  

Plant stand for the potting table.... $1.00.  Some paint maybe?

I love love love it when fabulous treasures find me.  This was $1.00!  I couldn't tell what it was when it was in the plastic bag, but I could see the fantastic detail on the links and that is all I needed to know.

Click for a closer look.  Yes, I did the happy dance when I figured out that it was a necklace.

I showed it to a jeweler friend, and he said that it isn't silver (who cares, it ROCKS!), but it is old.  Most likely from India.

The butter dish is silver-plated... $2.50!  The set of four appliqued napkins was $2.00.

These doilies are now part of my Halloween mantel decorations.  They were $1.00.  This set of hand-appliqued napkins was $1.00.

A embroidered, square table-topper with what looks like hand-made lace trim.  There are a few small moth holes in it, but for $1.00 who cares? 

The Old Hippie has been asked to drill a hole in the bottom of each of these.  Perfect for a kitchen window herb garden.

This lace panel curtain was $0.25.  I just couldn't leave it there....

I'm a sucker for lace....

MOON SONG #12 of 99

Peace, love, and happiness,
Earth Mother

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Our Ghost...

Yes, we have a real ghost.  Or maybe ghosts.  Or maybe some sort of manifested energy.  I dunno exactly what, but we do have something with us in our home.  I know this qualifies me as a total flake, but there really is no denying it now.  (And I love flying a freak flag anyway, so it satisfies.)  

We have been seeing odd things since we moved to this house in 2006, but always the sort of things that we could dismiss as our minds playing tricks.  Until the last few months.  On Monday evening, the Old Hippie was making a sandwich at the kitchen counter.  I was in the adjacent laundry room.  I turned to look into the kitchen and clearly saw an opaque, white form in the opening between the kitchen and the den, about six feet from the Old Hippie's back.  As I focused on it, it quickly moved around the corner into the den and out of sight.  I didn't see any specific features, just an amorphous form.  It was about the size and height of an adult, but there was nothing below knee level. The movement was as if it "walked" around the corner.  Okay, really creepy, right?  But I didn't feel anything - no change in energy, nothing at all. 

About two months ago, the Old Hippie had gotten home before the CritterBug and me, and he was in the back bedroom.  He heard a door shut, and voices, then sounds from the kitchen like groceries being unpacked.  He assumed we had arrived home, so he went to greet us, only we weren't home yet.  This has happened a few more times since then, and he clearly hears a woman's voice but cannot make out any words.  Needless to say this freaks him out so much so that he has had to leave the house for a few hours.

A month ago, as I walked into the master bathroom, there was a white flash that flew out of the bathroom at about knee level, and my instant reaction was to jump out of the way.  Then I just stood there asking myself what-the-hell just happened. This same thing happened months ago to the Old Hippie, only it came into our bedroom from the patio door, and it was at shoulder level and bigger.  There comes a point that you have to admit to yourself that yes, this all sounds completely bat-shit crazy.  I don't know if I would believe someone telling something like this, but when you know, you know.  

 Now this next thing is by far the creepiest.  Because it wasn't white.  It was shadowy.  And smaller.  And watching.  A while back I was in bed reading with the bedroom door cracked about a foot.  I saw a shadowy something about 3 1/2 feet tall looking at me from the opening.  As I focused on it, it moved out of sight.  A few days later I was in bed reading again.  There is a long mirror mounted on the wall opposite the bed which reflects the shelves beside my bed.  I saw the same sort of thing in the reflection of the mirror meaning it was right beside my bed.  Again it moved away when I focused on it.  Again, seriously creepy. 

So with the veil between the worlds being the thinnest on Friday, I am expecting more of the same.  Our house was built only six years ago, but it was built around the frame of an older house that was moved to this location.  I regularly do home cleansings, and I have several forms of protection in place.  So what do you think?  Have you had a ghost experience? 

Peace, love, and happiness,
Earth Mother

Monday, October 11, 2010

Reconsider Columbus Day...


The Truth Behind Columbus Day

Happy Columbus Day?

This one is good, if you can get through the death metal background music....
Columbus: Continuation of a Genocidal Legacy 

Peace, love, and happiness,
Earth Mother

Friday, October 8, 2010

Meteor Shower Tonight... Meh...

Don't expect too much, though.  The peak is only estimated to be ten per hour, but with the new moon, conditions are best for viewing.  The radiant point of the Draconid meteor shower almost coincides with the head of the constellation Draco the Dragon, in the northern sky.  That’s why it is best viewed from the northern hemisphere.  This shower is a real oddity, in the respect that its radiant point is highest in the sky as darkness falls. The shower is definitely a sleeper, producing only a handful of slow meteors per hour in most years. But watch out if the dragon awakes! On occasion, fiery Draco has been known to spew forth hundreds – if not thousands – of meteors in a single hour. An outburst is not predicted for this year, but then, one never knows when an outburst may occur.  In certain years, the Draconids have suddenly sprung to life. In 1933, for example, the meteor shower reached a peak rate of a hundred meteors a minute, while in 1998 viewers saw as many as 500 meteors an hour.  Since the new moon was last night, we’re guaranteed of dark nights for observing these meteors. Unlike most meteor showers, more Draconid meteors are likely to fly in the evening than in the morning hours after midnight - good for us old earlybirds! 

Look northward for the very slow-moving Draconid meteors on the evenings of October 7 and 8.  

Mark your calendar now for next year's Draconids.  It is predicted to peak at 120 per hour!

MOON SONG #11 of 99

Peace, love, and happiness,
Earth Mother

Thursday, October 7, 2010

You know that she's half crazy, but that's why you want to be there...

Not a moon song, but a song that I have always loved......

Peace, love, and happiness,
Earth Mother

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Guilty Pleasures...

I had a McDonald's double cheeseburger for lunch.  Epic fail for the Earth Mother.  That is quite a guilty pleasure for me considering that I detest fast food, the fast food industry, and industrial farms, but there I was in the drive through, giving my order to a little speaker box.  So much guilt over a $1.00 purchase.  No doubt I will beat myself up about this for the rest of the day, but life goes on....  

Then I started thinking about all of my other guilty pleasures...


(Who doesn't love a barbed penis?)

South Park
(and Victorian Industrial music in general.  Boy, this chick has got some rage.)

Watching bootleg movies on during my lunch break...

Boy George and Culture Club...

Taking I-420 to an outdoor concert...

Drag Queens...

Stealing Gideon Bibles...

(Dirk Diggler and Reed Rothchild, oh my!)

Rock Star  by Nickelback

Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Top Gun and other sundry 80's movies...

and the ultimate guilty pleasure:  ABBA

What are YOUR guilty pleasures???

Peace, love, and happiness,
Earth Mother