Saturday, November 28, 2009

My New Holiday Pet!

hey y'all,

so i'm sorting through all my cooooool oldies records that i've collected since i bought the retro hi-fi (click the link if you really wanna read about it) and accidentally dropped a couple of the LPs.

one of the records slipped out of its sleeve and rolled to a stop at my feet. drats! i have to stoop down and pick it up. in doing so, i let out a SHRIEK befitting a late-night horror flick.

no, it wasn't because i hurt my back ... it was because i was shocked, appalled, disgusted and yes, downright frightened by what i saw on the record.

jim reeves. heh heh.

no, seriously, it was a jim reeves christmas album. but something very creepy was plastered to the vinyl. my spidey senses were tingling, but i immediately deduced that whatever it was, it. was. dead.

thank the lord.

i gently picked up the record and brought it as close as i dared, to get a better looksee at the little critter. i recognized its skeletal form (being a nurse, i should know these things, right?!) as a gecko. yep. it used to be a gecko and somehow had found a home in the comfort of the cold, vinyl LP of jim reeves.

by the looks of things, he died of shock. he seemed otherwise healthy and intact. what can i say? or maybe he just starved to death. i'm not really up to investigating this case any further because after all, it wouldn't bring him back, right? (insert laugh track here for those of you not recognizing my humor).

naturally i took pics. in fact, after my initial shock, my first thought was to share this pleasurable experience with all y'all. because, well, that's just the kinda gal i am.

the other pics are of some recent treasure finds at an estate sale that was so far out in the boonies that i almost turned around (i was sans FAGs or any other company). but i stayed the course, kept my chin up (and my head down) and ended up finding a few good pieces.

hope y'all enjoy ... and have a wonderful weekend. i'm gonna spend mine crafting up a cute lil christmas outfit for my new pet (whaa?! you think i wouldn't keep him?!). i call him mini me. nah, not really. maybe JR (for jim reeves?) or skelly (for skeleton??). okay, i'll work on the name too. :-)

love and hugs,
terry lee

and here's my precious lil guy ... or is it a gal?!

what? you say you want a closer look? sure, pal

is this close enough?! click on the pic if you reaaally want a good look. i'm becoming rather fond of jimmy.

time to pray. or read. found this very old, tattered, worn, and well-read bible at the estate sale. it's not that i needed another bible. believe me. i was raised on the B-I-B-L-E (yes, that's the book for me! i stand alone on the word of God ... remember that one?! no?!? heathens!) and i have many copies of the Good Book, but i was just drawn to its oldness and worn-out-ness. and in the end, the lady wouldn't charge me for it. said she couldn't sell a bible. made me want to leave it for someone who might need it more than me. but naturally, my love for vintage won out over saving souls, and now it's mine.

moving on. here's the bible, open to some tattered pages. would it be sacrilege if i used some of them for projects?? like maybe a christmas collage and use the passages of jesus' birth? what think ye? would that send me straight to hell??

got this gorgeous old frame at the same estate sale. will paint it but let some of that gold peek through

v. sweet apron, same sale. as always, am a sucker for those pink roses. here, my vintage dress form (dolly) models it for you

close up of roses. pretty!!

old family song book from same sale. love the old songs in the book, with piano music! note the crusty old white enamel pot in which it sits. that was a $1 find at another sale.

great songs

love the old graphics too

yes, i do ... i love you truly!

awww, remember puff? the magic DRAGon?! i'm just sayin' ...

and finally, remember the old big chief writing tablets? and the total at this sale for all of the above: $3. woohoo!!!


Dana said...

Your finds are sweet!! The gecko--not so much!

sixtiesfanjan said...

Gross!! I would have screamed if I found that on one of my albums...or stuck to anything else, come to think of it. Lol! Love the rest of the pix. Lots of great finds.

Tara said...

Very funny!!! Just please don't put a leash on little J.R. and parade him around the neighborhood!!! Haha, that would be a bit much. Very beautiful junking finds though...and the vintage Bible was sweet...(Not junk of course!) Also, I enjoyed hearing you play those beautiful love songs on the piano today! Especially "I Only Have Eyes For You." Makes me think of my long lost Yankee love...J/k. I hope to be able to play like you someday! :-D

vintagesue said...

the family that sings puff the magic dragon together out of the family song book, finds tiny dragon bones stuck to old
your stories always crack me up.
i once went waaayyy out in the boonies to a yard sale too. creepy. i wanted to turn around so bad. it actually turned out to be an okay yard sale once i found it. it's just texas....gotta drive a million miles to find that crusty pot of junk...even the enamel ones for $1....
love all the finds. the bible is super old and wonderful and that apron is sweetttteeee.
take care terry lee.....
make a brooch out of the gecko and glue some lace and bling to his little back. when you push his rhinestones, he sings jim reeves....little singing brooch. i'm out of control.

Betty said...

How sweet to find your newest "pet" all tucked away and waiting for you! LOL. Love all your finds,especially the bible. I buy everyone old one I come across, and like you I have plenty already. And when I go to church I don't take a new one, I always take one of my old vintage bibles. To me it's comforting to sit there in church and read the bible and imagine the hands that held it before me, you can almost feel them sitting there with you.
Instead of using the pages out of the bible, why don't you scan them and make copies to use. Then you would still have the original in case you wanted to use them again. Take care terry lee, as always I enjoyed your post and got a laugh out of it. Hugs,Betty

libbyquilter said...

you are very funny~!!~ and i've had a few chuckles over this post~!~
i also love the gorgeous frame~!~
Betty has a great idea ~ scan the pages from the bible and then use them in your art . . . i always love the have your cake and eat it too scenarios~!!~