Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wednesday heat and two noteworthy giveaways

The heat was definitely on yesterday when I was out and about. I stopped across from my bank long enough to take these photos.

In case you can't read this one, it is 1:57 pm.

And this reads 106 degrees (which is F, but translates to about 41.8 C). After I took the photo and was on my way, the sign changed to 107. I decided it wasn't worth taking another photo. You will have to take my word for it. I heard that the heat index was up around 114 about that time, but that was just "out and about" talk, not anything official. And these were the only two photos I took too. I just didn't feel like doing much of anything, much less taking pictures.

I bet you are really tired of reading how hot it is here, since that's about all I've written about for nearly two weeks. I've become a broken record and the song needs to end. So no more mention of the heat this month. I promise.

So what's in the bag? I couldn't believe when I went to the thrift store today that they packaged my purchases in this bag. You KNOW I'll be using those images in my art.

So what did I buy? From upper left moving clockwise, I bought a breakable that caught my eye. It is very pretty and Terri at Artful Affirmations was showing tea cup handles on her Tea Cup Tuesday post. I realize it's not a tea cup, but it had unusual handles and was a real impulse buy. I have no real idea what it is, but I'll use it for something artsy.

Next to the bowl is a bunch of crepe paper in Halloween/Autumn colors. Wendy is sitting on a blouse I didn't bother straightening. This was how it came out of the bag. At Wendy's feet are some foam alphabet letters in pink and red (to be used for Valentine's Day apparently). Next to that is Joy, or a whole package of Joy, if you will (probably a Christmas decoration). Then there's the lace doily.

And finally, a bag of buttons. Actually, they were all inside the

container that looks like a spool of thread, but I removed them and stuck them in a baggie until I can sort them. I wanted the container more than anything else. I also bought a cup, but you will have to wait till Tuesday to see it.

And finally (since I have NO art to show today), once again I've found two noteworthy giveaways. The first one is from Liz Smith a fellow WOYWWer at ReaLize creations. Click on her name to go directly to her giveaway post. All you have to do is leave a comment. Giveaway ends Sept. 1.

The second giveaway required that I add the photo in a post, and I didn't think that was too much to ask for someone I'd never heard of, but who was offering 1000 sheets of paper (split among 5 people and can be won by anyone, anywhere in the world). This giveaway is so popular there were over 550 entries last night when I copied the photo. This ends Sept. 3. I know a lot of you are paper addicts, so I thought this giveaway might be up your alley. Here's the direct link to Amy's A thousand sheets of paper giveaway. She has some stamps, too.

Today I'm featuring another web site. This one is called One-Eyed Kachina and the artists are Nancy Young and Allen Young. Nancy's art begins with her handmade paper that she then casts into molds she also creates. Allen focuses mainly on encaustic monoprints. If you use resin, beeswax, or encaustics in your collages, or make your own paper, you are going to love this site. I hope it inspires you as much as it did me.

19 thoughtful remarks:

Diane said...

Great finds Elizabeth--right down to the bag that they came in, and thanks so much for the links.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Oooh you have such a good eye- I'm drooling over all your treasures!

Healing Woman said...

I like the bag and all your great "finds." I'll watch for the fancy tea cup you found next Tuesday. I'm sure you'll make an artsy storage box from the button box.

Cynnie said...

ahhh the heat...we are having balmy breezes and rain...wonderful!!! Here´s to Autumn....
Thanks for the tips on the giveaways...a girl can never have tooo much paper can she?
Stay cccooooooolll!

Halle said...

Looks like some fun treasures!!

Terri Kahrs said...

Great finds, Elizabeth! Hope the heat breaks soon. Hugs, Terri xoxo

Anne said...

Good stash, and thanks for the heads up on the giveaways! Hot... yes, I remember hot. It hasnt been hot here for aaaaaages!

La Dolce Vita said...

well, looks like you are doing well in the heat, and got some great finds! I am off to visit your links! ciao!

Jingle said...

It looks like you had a highly successful trip to the thrift shop! Such lovely goodies!!!

Karen said...

I love seeing what you have got from your thrift shop...we don't seem to get such buys in ours these day :( I LOVE that cotton spool container!!!!

Don't you worry about going on about the heat my lovely, I have lived in W Australia so know exactly how you are feeling, XXX

WW said...

I'd take your heat over the flood we've got here.

Bea said...

What a pretty litte bowl/cup. I wonder if it was for sherbert, ices or fruit compote? You have hotter weather than us but I think what ever you aren't used to is just down right uncomfortable. We are in the 90s with high humidty and it's taking it's toll on people, animals and the landscape. Although, we've had so much rain it's now beginning to smell like decay, NOT nice. What I don't understand is why my weeds are doing so well. sigh.... :)Bea

Marlynn said...

I so love your finds Elizabeth - I bet your "tea" cup is for sugar cubes for a tea. Don't ask why I think this is so but there is something in the back of my mind or a deja vu moment telling me that is what it is for. I remember that kind of heat from my days of growing up in OKC. Stay cool! LOVE that bag, speaking of cool. Hugs

Lori Saul said...

What great finds and I'm sure you will come up with some cool art project for them. Sounds a bit too hot for travelling about and shopping though Elizabeth, do take care in the heat!

Marilyn Rock said...

Thanks for the heads-up on the great giveaways. Also; I'm not tired of reading about the heat, there, as it's been brutal here this summer. It's good to vent. We are just beginning to "cool" down a tad and I am so anxious for Fall. Have a great weekend ahead and hoping for a soon-to-be cool front your way. xxoo

Dianne said...

looks like you made a great 'score' at the thrift shop! my local thrift shop seems to have raised their prices so it's getting harder to find a good bargain...take it easy and enjoy some iced tea in the heat. we are pretty hot & muggy here in Ohio, but 'only' in the 90's!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

When I spotted the title of this post while reading todays - Friday - I thought I'd missed you on Wednesday and couldn't believe it :-/ just me being my usual dozy self! Love the thrift store purchases. BTW can see the pasta angel above now and love it :-)
Anne x

Melinda Cornish said...

106 is too darn hot....for anyone...I dont care if its dry or wet or in between....
1000 sheets of paper? holy cow thats a lot of paper.....

Anitra Cameron said...

Awesome finds! (And you said you never or rarely found anything beautiful?!) I just oohed and aahed my way all the way down the post. And I LOVE Wendy!

Yup. Off to hit that Follow button. Hooked on the first visit, lol.