Wednesday, February 20, 2008
hide n' seek
I love a good hunt. I hate to admit it, because it makes me feel like some pathetic 50's housewife at a church rummage sale, but I seriously love a good bargain.
Like tonight, for instance, I snagged a really killer little painting on etsy.com for $22, as shown above. It's going to look awesome in my bathroom, once I get the room painted and pimped out. Just an energetic little still-life, but it totally captures my imagination and makes me happy. There's just nothing better than supporting talented artists at a reasonable price, and then getting to look at a unique piece of artwork every day that just makes you smile. My most recent favorite, a portrait hanging in the upstairs hallway, has become like a family member, such that we call her "Amy", and Cleo says goodnight to her as part of her bedtime ritual.
Night, night, painting lady!
And then, my favorite hobby twice a year: the consignment sales. Like basket-bearing locusts, we bargain-shopping mamas show up at churches, civic centers, and fairgrounds to paw through thousands of tidbits of used baby paraphernalia and then enjoy "1/2 off Saturdays". (Unfamiliar? Check out www.thebargainwatcher.com.) That way, when Cleo smears avocado and berries all over herself with a butter knife, I can smile smugly, knowing I only paid $1 for her shirt. If you had told me when I was 15 that I would one day respond to "Cute outfit!" with "$The whole thing cost $3.50, can you believe it?!?", I would have written much more depressing poetry.
But it's the little victories, and I am fortunate to have a lot of them.
Oh, and I posted more paintings. www.pollywogpouch.etsy.com Go, Bad Duck, Go!
(Yes, I had the wrong etsy address. D'oh. Thanks, Emile!)