elicia

birthday party:16

my 16th birthday party this weekend consisted of: watching olympic figure skating online, going to old downtown carrollton, making individual pizzas for dinner, getting frozen custard at shake’s, watching the scarlet pimpernel, sleeping, church, book sale, lunch, and cake & presents.

^ in the car on the way to old downtown carrollton

^ a corner in the labyrinth

^ vintage fabric

^ dancing in the gazebo

^ browsing the vintage dresses

^ vintage martini on the old downtown square

^ we made individual pizzas for dinner

^ and went to shake’s for frozen custard

^ all of us girls

^ me and jenny

^ all sharing the frozen custard

in between these photos we watched the scarlet pimpernel, slept, ate breakfast, and went to church.

^ blowing out the birthday candles

^ red velvet cake and vanilla ice cream

this day was filled with tea companies.

including, the new mexico tea company, full of lovely loose leaf tea in canisters, at which i took no digital photos.  why, you ask? because film is better.  at least, film slrs are better than digital compacts.

and secondly, the boba tea company.  lovely casanova smooches.

and, in that lovely part of albuquerque (by unm) there was a buffalo exchange, an urban outfitters, and a camera + darkroom store.  i need to go back.

^feet

^melissa

^ at boba tea

^ the red arrow

^ and, mexican markets.  like hmart, but not korean. mexican.

(re)decoration

as you all know, our room was painted this summer.  dull white to a lovely blue.  we got rid of the bunk bed clara and i shared, and now have two twin beds.  i changed my comforter by turning it upside down.  it used to be this sailor/nautical theme, now it’s white.  clara has a reversible comforter too, and its this lovely purply brown pattern now.  i have a hanging paper lantern, now clara has one too.  my dresser is between our beds, her dresser is on the opposite wall.  i have a lovely jewelry tree on my dresser.  function and beauty, right?  and the rug on the floor ($3 ikea) really defines the floor space.  except you can’t see it…  changes still to come: curtains, coat rack for clara, and bookshelf.

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houston

 

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^ bag of stuff.  three cameras, 3 books (more in other bag), journal, list book, wallet, bible.

 

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^ feet.  driving.

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^ creepy abandoned motel… and there was this guy hanging around it too.

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^ highway poetry

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^ houston skyline

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^ trying to figure out the network connection with my awesome cousin randy…  he was stop motion animating before his mom told him to do homework, which was playing his french horn.  and now my other little cousin is watching youtube videos :)

disastrous escapade

at first, happily filling a water bottle, putting a lid on it, and sticking it in my bag.  going to gfa and mopping for 54 minutes.  come down to the cafe, sign out, and go over to my purse.  open it and realize that the water bottle soaked some things.  then i realize the true extent of the damage: not just a little water leaked out, but all.  the lid had opened, the damage was done.  everything in my purse was wet.  the gum was soggy,  the tissues now wet masses, the paper wet, the cough drops making everything sticky.  but, the journal only slightly damp with no damage sustained other than slight warping, the library book tom swift and his airship not wet at all, the plastic film camera only wet externally, and the digital camera wasn’t even there!  praise god.

and now, packing craziness.  houston and beyond.  decide: vintage luggage or practical black?

happy flea market day.

it no longer seems like fall.  it seemed like fall at the end of summer, but now it seems like summer again.

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^ purchase of the day: vintage luggage for $2.  !!!

don’t worry auntie steph.  smiling with teeth pictures are coming soon.

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^ vintage buttons.  a handful for $1.

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^ smile with teeth!

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goodwill.  craziness of tons of people. trying on things over my clothes because of the lines for the dressing rooms.  finding sweet deals.  everything being 50% off.

flea market.  barely getting there and buying vintage luggage because i just had to have it.  staying around this one booth because it had all the cool vintage stuff.  paperdolls, letters, cards, envelopes.  spanish money.

a.w. perry museum.  going through an old house.  being reminded of greenfield village.  sack races.  petting zoo.  horses, chickens, goats, bunnies.   some old(er) ladies tell us about spinning and grinding corn and coffee and about the courting candle. old russian ladies telling us that we should pick the pomegranites after we already had.

amy coming home.  hearing about esoal and feeling for her and her bruises.

old town antique store.  old maps.  70% off a ton of stuff.

taking tons of pictures.