Tuesday, January 08, 2008

show and tell and a giveaway

Thanks, all, for your warm response to the big new year's news! The first trimester was kind of touch-and-go, but I'm fourteen weeks now and going strong. Behold the belly! A Christmas Eve ultrasound which showed all was, in fact, well gave us the confidence to tell Iris, and she is excited to be a big sister. Our baby is apparently up to the size of a lemon (does anyone else find it amusing that the unit of fetal measurement seems always to be a fruit?) and is due in early July. If there is any baby karma coming my way, it should really be born in June, since I was pregnant for a full ten months with Iris before finally submitting to an induction. Given that, I realize another late delivery is more likely than an early one the second time around, but a girl can hope.

I've got a little show and tell today. I saw this scarf

in one of my favorite vintage stores on the same day I had just splurged on new shoes, so I regretfully let it be. Then I went back there with my mom, and they still had it, and she bought it for me for Christmas. Isn't she sweet? (They also had the exact same hot-pink-and-orange striped Ives St. Laurent sheets my parents had on their bed when I was little. So very 70s. Somehow my mom resisted a repeat purchase of those.)

I've been looking for a set of these Pyrex food storage containers for a long time to replace some of the plastic ones in our kitchen. Found this set at one of those antique stores that looks like a single storefront from the street, but is actually an infinite warren of interconnected, overfilled rooms inside. The price was more than I wanted to pay, but the guy was so nice - he kept slipping trinkets into Iris' purse – and in the end, he made me a deal that I was happy with. Goodbye, plastic! Hello, chickens. (Has anyone had experience with the design holding up or wearing off in the dishwasher?)

Finally, I guess in every family there is someone to whom you can give old junk from your attic and call it a Christmas gift, and I am happy to be that person in mine.

These vintage linen tea towels from my father-in-law's girlfriend's mother's attic (follow?) were such a gift this year. As you can see, I have a whole stack of them and I like you all so much that I'm going to share the love. Just leave me a comment if you're interested, and if I get more than four I'll do a little drawing. Oh, and speaking of 70s, (which I briefly was above), doesn't this label say it all?


Blogger meg said...

yer lookin good!

i have those sheets that you speak of - i love the orange/pink combo. good stuff.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

I have some similar vintage pyrex dishes, and they've held up quite well in the dish washer.

Would you mind sharing the name/location of the antique store you mentioned? I live in Pgh. My great-grandparents owned an over-stuffed, eccentric antique store, and I just love exploring that type of shop.

Have you been to the Fleatique near Ligonier on Rt 30? Well worth the trip, and staffed by a similarly kind lady who will give you discounts and little treats.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Those containers are great! I have been looking for a set myself, but not found a good set as of yet.

My mom still has the pyrex from when I was a kid, and she dishwashes it all the time, if that helps.

6:09 PM  
Blogger house on hill road said...

ack! look at your cute bump!

great goodies you got - love the pyrex.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Here I am, the fifth wheel. She's gonna draw names everyone and it's my fault. Can you really blame me though?

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Leila said...

Congratulations on the baby!! So exciting!
I too received vintage textiles for Christmas! It's the best.

7:17 PM  
Blogger DE said...

Oh, congrats on the baby - happy news, indeed!

Those towels are lovely, and I'd love to get in on the drawing and your generous offer.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Colorful, absorbent, *and* durable? I've got to get in the running for this drawing : )

Major congrats on the baby. So brave!!!

1:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on the little one on the way!! :)

That scarf is *gorgeous*! I love those vintage, colorblocking prints; I keep buying old scarves and really need to stop! (hehe... easier said than done, right?!)

Please enter me in the drawing... I love old linens so much! hehe!

Hope you are having a lovely week!

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Count me in! Congratulations on the pregnancy, I love the photo of your belly and the dog.

I'm scared what I might get from my father-in-laws girlfriend's moms attic. I'm not even going to pretend I got that punctuation right on that one.

6:40 PM  
Blogger beki said...

Oh wow, you sure got some great goodies!

8:48 AM  
Blogger honeybunch said...

Hmm. Those tea towels are a delight, but it's your belly I find myself coveting. Your blog may prove dangerous to my already full hands.

Cute cute cute!

12:59 PM  

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