Sunday, August 23, 2009

Day trip

We went to Austin yesterday to check out a couple of vintage furniture stores, drop by Half-Price Books and stop in at Hill Country Weavers so Chris could choose the yarn for his sweater, which I'll start if I can ever finish John's hat. We're definitely in need of a new piece of furniture for our living room to replace the Target-newlywed-special that's listing several inches to the left, which makes the cabinet doors inoperable, and we really want to get something vintage rather than something new. The two pieces we fell in love with at Uptown Modern -- a remarkable place for midcentury modern finds -- were a gorgeous Paul McCobb credenza well out of our price range, and a great credenza that had already been sold. The owner purchases about 70 new pieces each week, so we'll definitely be checking the website frequently for new stock.

Hill Country Weavers is across the street from a funky little parking lot collection of street vendors in shiny Airstream trailers, including Hey Cupcake! Of course I had to finish the day off with a delicious cupcake -- who wouldn't?

We didn't find any furniture to take home, but we did see some crazy stuff at one of those consignment-booth antique mall stores, including this great collection of Hawaiian shirts. What?

And these jars of buttons

I thought these painted wooden letters could look cool on a wall in a cottagey sort of house

At the yarn store, Chris finally settled on a Cascade 220 tan heather for his sweater -- good choice -- after considering some beautiful dark blue merino. I wish I worked faster so I could justify adding several new projects just to have an excuse to buy some of the pretty handspun and lace yarns I saw. Next time, I suppose. Anyway, here's the yarn on the nifty electric swift, being wound from a hank into a neat little ball.

It's hard to see the color, but it's a nice little woodsy heather brown.

That was our exciting weekend -- how was yours?

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