A great many trips have been made to the thrift store with bags and boxes of donations. The insomniac has had the good sense to park in the 5 Minute Unloading Zone while dropping off these items; except for that once when the 5 Minute spot was taken and she had to park elsewhere, which led to a quick look inside afterwards since she was already there. And she just happened to run across this sweater, which isn't anything she'd ever dream of wearing, but could potentially be made into a lovely pair of armwarmers. It is now packed away in the box with the other sweaters waiting to be made into armwarmers.
Having offered some of her silkscreen supplies to a staff member employed at the boutique where she used to work, the insomniac stopped in last weekend to drop them off. Just moments before managing to leave the store empty-handed, she noticed this lovely pan light. Frankly, she feels she showed remarkable restraint having left with just the light and nothing else, as in addition to the tempting clothes, accessories, giftware, soaps, perfumes and makeup, there is also an excellent selection of vintage and antique treasures. Yessir, dodged that bullet nicely ...
|Only came into the house long enough to be secured|
in more bubble wrap before going back out to the garage ...
A small portion of the work wardrobe has been auctioned off on eBay but, eager to prepare for her new lifestyle, the insomniac did purchase a deeply discounted Levi's black plaid flannel shirt. And a Ralph Lauren black prairie skirt. The ensemble just needs the perfect pair of black combat boots to complete that “Goth in the Country” look that one predicts will be imitated by many once it's been debuted.
Things long forgotten have been rediscovered, such as these postcards found in a brown paper bag of holiday memorabilia from a trip through New Mexico. The used Disneyland theme park tickets from that same trip were discarded, but these two beauties will be re-filed in The Box Stuffed with Prints that Lives in the Attic. If memory serves, the eldest chose a Starbones Coffin t-shirt and the youngest selected a Skeletubbies t-shirt by the same artist. One is almost certain those two items will be turning up in the basement here shortly.
|L-R: Amistad (Friendship) and El Observador del Cielo (The Skywatcher)|
This antique print, long thought lost, was found crammed in with some old prints of Buffalo Bill. Apparently, the insomniac could use a little help with her filing system and is giving serious consideration to flying The Bane of Clutter up for some much-needed assistance. Logically, this print should now be put in its proper place in the Box Stuffed with Prints Etc., but is instead sitting on top of a bookcase so one will hopefully remember to take it in for a proper archival framing. Preferably before it goes missing again.
|The Missal, John William Waterhouse|
While picking up another can of black paint to finish the remaining kitchen chairs, Kaos' bed and favourite squeaky toys were left behind for the enjoyment of the Lauren Lane mascot, Horse. One small can of black paint incoming - one large dog bed and various dog toys outgoing. Way to downsize, insomniac.
|Horse (who isn't really a Horse but an Afghan), enjoying his new spoils ...|
And lastly, the new taxidermy raven has finally arrived. The realtor will rue the day he said the Taxidermy Collection added to the Gothic Mansion's ambiance although, come to think of it, maybe he didn't specifically mention the Taxidermy Collection and possibly the insomniac misinterpreted his statement. Regardless, all future purchases between now and June 1st will be justified by claiming they “add to the ambiance” ...
|L-R: Jackdaw #1, Nevermore the Raven, Jackdaw #2|
To celebrate the insomniac's one-year blogoversary this week, as well as her tremendous progress in the whole downsizing debacle, she has decided to give away two books from her personal collection. This could be considered a win-win situation for all concerned - two lucky readers will have one good-as-new book to add to their collections, and the insomniac will have two fewer to deal with in hers ...
|Gothic & Lolita |
by Masayuki Yoshinaga and Katsuhiko Ishikawa
|1000 Steampunk Creations: Neo-Victorian Fashion, Gear and Art|
by Dr. Grymm and Barbe Saint John
The Giveaway ends on Saturday, February 23rd at 12:01 a.m. and the names of the winners will be announced on Sunday, February 24th. Please be sure to mention in your comment which book you'd prefer!
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.
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