Sunday, February 19, 2012


That means fancy and lookit at the fancy clowns I ran into this weekend.

 Are you seeing what I'm seeing?


And this dude was right behind me.

Both of these pieces were like, hundreds of dollars... Mr. Toothy Grin up there was $145. Why you ask?

Well, if you have to ask, you're obviously not fancy enough.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I'm sorry I didn't have any clowns last week (I think)! But don't you worry, this week the clowns presented themselves in style all over the place!

So, my friend K and I went to Blue Suede Shoes Antique Mall and stumbled upon the best creepy clowns ever. It was a little overwhelming.

K's surrounded!

omigawd, aren't these awful?!?!?! My favorite one, if you couldn't tell, is the gentleman with the literal rose on his nose. These are 60's-70's-tastic wall hangings, with the creepy clown illustrations shellacked to death on wood paneling. Sorry the photo quality is worse than usual, but the area the booth was in was florescently lit all to hell.

Enjoy and have a good weekend! Watch out for birds and squirrels and shit just randomly nesting on your face.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sara says: I LOVE JUNK

I do, I do!

I hope no one's getting all barfy about Valentine's Day here in the blog-o-sphere. But I'd thought I'd put a fun, junky, spin on it and present you with my recent thrifty finds - which just so happen to be seasonally appropriate.

A Daher tin with an adorable pattern, a fab 4-strand pink plastic neckace, enamel flower brooch, and vintage Hallmark Valentine's card!
Here's a close-up of the card. It's super sweet and will be on it's way to Matt's grandmother shortly.
A close-up of the pattern on the tin. One of my favorites in my collection. I have a pretty righteous damn tin collection, if I do say so myself.
Check out this "key to my heart" brooch with a beautiful leafy hankie. Teal/red is the best color combo!
One of two vintage valentines. "VALENTINE - if I ask you to be mine... PLEASE DON'T GIVE ME THE BIRD"

 The background in the next couple of photos (and this one) is a red scarf I snagged at an antique mall yesterday!

I love the swanky doors. "VALENTINE - everything 'HINGES' on your answer. WILL YOU BE MINE? Don't 'SHUT' me out"
A funny little novel with handwritten little quips on the inside from it's previous owner. I adore the cover, but look inside!
A napkin with friends and their beaus (both real and imaginary, observe Paul McCartney up there!) written in the cutest delicate handwriting. Dated June 13th, 1966.

I picked up a small baggie of the wee plastic red birds (above) at an estate sale last weekend. I see them becoming a garland in the future...

A metal tray with some painters doing their thing. Check out that hideous plastic strawberry candle ring on the right - had to have it!

The upper left is some of the crochet strawberries I've been randomly making. I've strewn them around as decorations for the moment.

Like I've been saying (for like a month now, sorry!) I'm having fun with the kitschy side of V-Day. You should too! Ya know, as opposed to being bitter or angry. Or just ignore the thing entirely. Eat some nachos if you can.

Found anything fab thrifting recently? I want to know! Hope you're having a great week! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sara says: TUT-A-LOO!

As in a tutorial! As in I'm gonna learn ya how to make a cute (and CHEAP) Valentine's decoration! Hooray!

I mentioned, like a month ago gosh, that I am all into V-Day this year. I love the colors, hearts, and whimsy!

I also love paint chips. They're free. They're colorful. And there's something rather "devil-may-care" about swiping a stack of these. Hint: pick them out of the discard pile and you'll feel better about yourself. Unless the colors are ugly, then don't.

Anyways, I've shared some paint chip ideas before, but here's one in action! Here's how to make a lovely paper chain garland.

You'll need:
<3 paint chips (the long ones)
<3 hole punches in cutesy shapes
<3 thin ribbon and/or brads (fancy ones for scrapbooking) and/or a stapler 
(depending on how you want to join the links)

Here we go! Punch out holes in the middle if you like. Go crazy! Hint: save the punched out bits.

Option 1: tie the ends together with pretty ribbon!

Option 2: punch holes in both ends with a standard-sized hole punch.

Put both ends together with a brad.

Bonus idea: this also makes a swell BOOKMARK. Awww...

TA-DA! Link your chains together as you go and you'll have yourself a garland! I used shades of red and pink for Valentimes (<- that's intentional, teehee)!
I used fancy, sparkly brads to put mine together.

Bonus idea: SUPER SEXY CONFETTI from the hole punches! Brides, now you can be hyper anal and make table confetti in your EXACT wedding hues with paint chips! Huzzah!

This is a great craft for the wee ones or anyone as obsessed with color as I am. I hope you enjoy! Don't let cupid get ya down!

Friday, February 3, 2012


You guys, I'm sorry, but I've been feeling like poopshit. Blogging and doing things besides going to Target, laying about, and moaning will recommence soon.

Here's what happened in-between the Target trips and the moaning...

That sounded bad.

+New blogs I've found and enjoyed:
-The Editing Room is filled with HILARIOUS "abridged" movie scripts. Read the ones for the Twilight series. I was in tears. TEARS. Like, weeping openly with laughter. 
-Queer Fat Femme, because... well... DUH.
-I've been hitting Shakesville pretty hard this primary season to avoid despairing to death over politics. ONLY MOST OF THE YEAR LEFT TO GO! I CAN HARDLY CONTAIN MY BARF!

+My favorite post:
Leapin Leopards was pretty awesome. That was a good day in the life of Sara.

+Movies I've watched:
-Red Tails, I really liked it and I think it's important to support films about Black history (with a Black cast that isn't Tyler Perry). The reviews were mediocre, which I don't understand. I think what some critics found contrite I just found "wholesome". Eh, I liked it and it was an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.
-Food Inc., a must-see documentary for people who eat food.
-Exit Through The Gift Shop, jumping on the Banksy train. Makes me want to yarn-bomb or wheat-paste something.
-Downton Abbey, Ok, yes, this is teevee, but I LOVE it. Poncey English gentle-people with problems.

(Daniel Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley on DA)
Source: via Sara on Pinterest

+Creepiest Clown:

Homegirl's got some problems... check out her problems here!

+YouTube videos that made me teehee:
Watch this bunny go!

Simon got a kitten, OH NOES!

Jumping on the Shit _______ Say bandwagon.
"Shit (Young, White, Class-privileged, City-based) "Radical Queers" Say to Each Other"

This one has gone viral, so you've probably seen it. AND FOR GOOD REASON, because it's baby goddamn sloths taking a bath. Watch it. You'll die of cute.

Now watch Kristen Bell on Ellen freaking the fuck out with joy over... sloths.

+Other required viewing:
-Go read about Beyonce' the chicken again, it'll make your day better.
-Jeff Bridges can sing and guitar play and was totes on Austin City Limits you guys!
-Rescripting Sex or how to create a culture of consent-asking. I swear, Pervocracy reads my mind.
-Miss Representation trailer, an upcoming documentary about how the media impacts how our culture views/treats women.

+Notable Pins:
I'm going to attempt this rather boojy manicure.

Really cool tutorial on how to transfer a paper image onto wood. Click through to see!
Source: via Sara on Pinterest

I wasn't feeling the Ron + Hermione love before. But now, thanks to this still, I BELIEVE!

I lost this on eBay and my heart died.
Source: via Sara on Pinterest

From the latest Crochet Today! Can I makes it? I dunno, KRIISSSTEENNNNN! Help!
(K is kind of my crochet sensei).
Source: via Sara on Pinterest

+Exciting happenings outside the interwebs:
-School started back up, BOO!
-I bought a new purse, HOORAY!
-I've spent a lot of time with some lovely friends, SOCIALIZATION!
-That's about it!

+Big Girls Don't Cry Hotness of the Month:
Luna Love, who swears her man is under there somewhere (her words, not mine!) I love her Tumblr.

So yeah, YAY February!

So, how are you doing?

Sunday, January 29, 2012


OMG you guys I am so ready for Valentine's Day.  I totally understand why a lot of people hate it, but I'm focusing on having fun with pinks and reds and fun decorations.

This week's edition of Creepy Thrifted Clowns features some fun finds from my adventures into the soul-sucking world of eBay. I've recently taken up collecting vintage valentine's, more on that hopefully next week. However, in the mean time, you can probably guess where this is going...

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The "give me a tumble" one is the obvious winner here. That sounds awfully suggestive, but what do I know? Mr. Frowny-Face on the bottom is moveable, so you can turn that frown upside-down! "Don't clown with me" means business, as he looks like he's waving a flaming broomstick around...

*le sigh* I love vintage valentines! Hell, I love contemporary valentines! You have no idea how much self-restraint I have to employ not to send everyone a singing Justin Bieber card in the mail...

Don't you also "love" the way vintage valentines are all parenthetical?

I "hope" you're having a "good" weekend.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sara says: 26 BEFORE 26 (part 1)

Apologies for the lack of posting! School has begun and it's been raining a lot. Makes me feel pretty wiiiippppeeed outttt. BUT, I haven't been completely idle. OH NO I HAVE NOT! Check this shit out.

"26 Before 26"

I borrowed the idea from Craftyminx. What we have here are 26 different goals I'd like to achieve before my 26th birthday, which is in July. Here's the first half!

1.) Start seeing doctors annually: GP, OB/GYN, Dentist, and Counselor as needed.

This one is so important!  I feel a bit ashamed about this one, but it's just something I've let slip away. I like to go to Planned Parenthood to maintain my ladybits and to support the work they do. And I've found a lot of resources on how to talk to your doctor about Health at Every Size and deflect weight-based stigma/bigotry.

For example, click through this Pin to read an article about how to stand up to your doctor- it's easier than you think and, as consumers of health care, we have the right to "fire" our doctors if need be.

Source: via Sara on Pinterest

2.) Organize craft space (make craft space).

The beads are gonna be hell, but I can do it!

3.) Make graduation plan!

All I have left is practicum and internships (OMG!) 

4.) Make a workout schedule, get heart pumping 30 minutes a day?

I think I'd really like to get back into cardio and strength-training. It's a great (and cheap) way to fend of the little black depression cloud. However, I also care for my elderly granny, so I have to find a (daily?) schedule that's practical. I have a treadmill at home, but I'm starting to feel a bit like a hamster on a wheel. Thinking about Curves... hmmm...

5.) Drink more water and hot tea.

I drink so much Diet Coke that they send me free shit. No kidding. I've really gotten into hot tea. This one is my favorite so far:

6.) Plan a garden for backyard.

Square-foot gardening packs a lot of veggies into a little bit of space.
Source: via Sara on Pinterest

Raised beds.
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Spiral herb garden!

7.) Get more involved with LGBTQ community locally and in-person.

8.) Fix bathroom hardware! Add shelf space.

All my towel racks/tp holders have abandoned ship! I have some amazing ideas that involve driftwood... I just gotta do it!
9.) Cut hair.

At least "trim" hair. May try to grow it out past my shoulders and attempt to style it.

10.) Replace septum jewelry.

I currently have a ring and I'll need something that I can flip up so I don't scare old people in the professional world.

11.) Find a foundation for my face!

Something that won't break me out or look like pancake batter.

12.) Finish Boardwalk skirt.

That's right y'all, I am crocheting a somewhat less useless garment!
Source: via Sara on Pinterest

13.) Make an afghan.

Red Heart has a nice pattern selection online... now just to pick one that won't take me 10,000 years! 

So there's part 1! Wish me luck! Have you made any resolutions or goals for 2012? How's it going? 

I'll take any advice, tips, or anecdotes!