Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pyrex, Pink Elephants and Pins

My friend Jody, of PaJama Love, came down from Metropolis(hahaha, small town humor there) to stay a few days with us last week. I am terrible about remembering to take photographs, so I only have a few to share with you. Boo me. I know.

Jody is super multi-talented and makes all sorts of neat things. I was so excited to receive this adorable felt pin(inspired by a fun book on felt) and retro headband made by her two lovely hands.

The Kid, photobombing my ugly mug.

She also made these fancy little crochet lovelies for me to use as embellishments on future necklaces or bracelets.

She also made The Kid a pink elephant to go along with the gray one I brought back from the last Sycamore Craft Market.

My gosh, how lucky am I to have such a friend?! All I gave her in return was homemade cream cheese stuffed french toast, strawberry apple muffins, cheesy scalloped potatoes and ham, meatloaf soup and soft peanut butter cookies. I mean, it was good food(sorry no pics, too busy enjoying it!), but nothing of lasting value.

I did sketch this drawing for her and her hubby though.

It is wonderful to have friends that enjoy receiving such an odd gift and do not recoil in horror at the weirdness.

I was not nearly as productive as Jody was while she was here, but I did share my plump pillow with her.

Jigglypuff. We think she is a Norwegian Forest cat. Or has some in her d.n.a. somewhere at any rate.

Jiggy and Thor both lovvvved Jody. A lot. Maybe too much. I was tempted to send spazzoid Thor home with her.

The Husband kept busy by working on a perch for the kitties. It isn't done yet, there's a bunch of finishing left to do, but Thor is enjoying it all the same.

We went thrifting a couple of times together and found a few neat little odds and ends.

I fell in love with this super chunky, super kitschy nautical necklace. I'm going to wear it with everything. I don't even care if it matches.

A bright, lemon yellow, square Pyrex bowl won both of our hearts over. I'm telling you-I am suddenly a Pyrex magnet!

Jody helped me pick most of these toys from a "10 cent toy bin". We think they will make fabulous centers for pins!

We also found a stash of TWENTY FIVE CENT embroidery hoops. Talk about a steal! I'll show you a piece I made with one of those hoops in my next post. It's adorable.

And last but not least, we came across a Burberry London shirt for seven dollars. SEVEN DOLLARS. I don't even care for designer brands, but I know what that shirt is worth to people who do. I was going to wear it as a tunic, since I like the feel of the material, but it happens to fit The Husband quite nicely, so I gave it to him, on the condition that I can borrow it.

I debated whether or not to buy the shirt since I wasn't sure it would fit, but Jody assured me that if it didn't, it was a nice enough material that I could cut it up and make something cool from it.

I know that statement would make some of my friends cringe in horror at the thought, and that absolutely delights me. DELIGHTS ME. Yes, Jody and I would totally cut up an expensive designer shirt. That's what friends are for.

Spending an extended amount of time with such a creative and kind friend was definitely good for my soul. I am not someone who really allows people into my domain, since I don't need the hassle of judgements and the burden of impressing them with my "stuff". My house in unimpressive. If a person shows up expecting to be impressed, they will be disappointed. Sorely. So, having a friend who doesn't care that I don't decorate, that my kid is a typically annoying(at times) toddler and that my laundry is never caught up, is a true blessing.

If you have a friend like that, you should be sure to let them know just how grateful you are for their friendship. Some people are definitely not so lucky.

And, if you are ever in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Little Mexico restaurant is a nice little place to eat. And if you need to use the bathroom but your waitress doesn't speak English, use the phrase

¿Donde esta el baƱo?


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