Today, our realtor had a “broker’s open house” at our home, so I had to find something to do away from home. I’ve been having a lot of tightness and, not quite pain, but discomfort in my shoulders and neck. My trapezius muscles to be more specific. That’s where I hold my stress and it gets tight when I’m, well, stressed. The weeks heading up to Lucketts were busy and stressful, culminating with my tent collapsing from torrential rain the Friday before Lucketts. For some reason, the event this year really took it out of me and that manifested itself in a hoarse voice and tired body.
I set aside the week after Lucketts to relax…hang out in bed, watch Netflix and movies and only work when I wanted to. You may have guessed that I’m not very good at loafing around. I did extend my “break” into the following week, because my neck and shoulders just won’t relax! I keep trying to have conversations with my shoulders, telling them it’s okay, Lucketts is over and there is nothing to be stressed about, but they won’t listen.
So, when I needed to be out of the house for a few hours, I knew exactly what I would do – get a massage. The massage therapist spotted my tight traps immediately. It really was pretty funny looking…they were bulging like I’ve been weight lifting and training only those muscles! She worked her magic and, though it was painful at times, it really helped and I plan to go back again on Friday for a follow-up.
While I was out, I hit the grocery store as well, but before that, I went to one of my favorite antique stores. I wasn’t shopping for anything specific, but thought it would be fun to look for things for myself or pieces to sell in the online shop (when I get it up and running again.)
As I was rounding a corner into a booth, I spotted a shelf full of alarm clocks! Obviously, they had bought a box lot of them at an auction and they were priced really well. I bought all but one!
I picked up ten in all and will be selling most of them in the online shop.
I also bought this sweet and very old blue & white handless cup…
I loved the shape of this one and don’t mind at all that it’s cracked.
I picked up some ironstone including this small square footed dish, seven thick dinner plates…
…and a lidless sugar jar.
I couldn’t resist this amazing set of 12 knives. I swear I could feed an army with all of my flatware and dishes, but I can’t help myself! The entire set of 12 was only $20, which is a real bargain.
…and the handles are beautiful. I’m not sure if they are Bakelite or bone…probably Bakelite.
And lastly, I bought this sweet wooden stool for $20. I’d like to use it for an MMS Milk Paint project.
Speaking of MMS Milk Paint, after dragging my feet on it for months and totally missing a self-imposed February deadline, we’re finally on the homeward stretch of creating our first look book. I have a few more photo shoots to do, but we’re getting there.
Here’s a peek of one I did for Tricycle the other day…
It just hit me afresh that I get to “play magazine” and shop for antiques as a part of my business. That’s just awesome.