Monday, January 14, 2019

This Week In Pics: LET'S GO ANTIQUING

First things first: we got some sub-70 temperatures over heeeeeere!

 
Booya. Bring out the boots.

I showed you what a mess our back room was last week, so here are a few progress shots from my week's work:


And here's the shelf that had all the stuff I accidentally gave to the thrift store:

I still managed to fill it up - and I think I like it even better now, so s'all good.

It looks super dramatic at night with the spot lights on:


 See my crystal seahorse up top, how it glows with the light behind it? I LOVE THAT. And on the other side is a spinning light bulb things that turns from the heat of the spotlight, which makes the shadows flicker just enough that we're forever looking for spiders on the ceiling.


This week John and I went to my favorite antique mall, and barely got through 20% of it before they closed for the day. I managed to wrack up plenty of fun finds, though:




Here comes my most popular find on Instagram; so many of you pulling for my crazy office dreams:


I'd name her Nellie. That way I could sit on her with the cats and yell, "WHOA, NELLIE!" and maybe brandish a sword? and John would be in the background rolling his eyes and that would totally be next year's Christmas card.



Anyone who thinks antique shops are boring needs to come shopping with me, is all I'm saying.

Stared for ages at this resin sculpt: the watch parts are perfectly aligned, no bubbles!

No, I didn't buy it. I didn't buy anything, in fact. I've been building up my resistance to impulse buys for years, it's a finely honed skill. (She says, while trying to hide her craft stash.)


I later learned this is a Kamenstein World of Motion kettle, and Alton Brown used one like it on his show (I don't remember that!). I also learned that admitting you make tea in the microwave is a mortal affront to proper tea-drinkers everywhere, sorry, gang.

I realized after the fact that I could probably use this as a cookie jar instead of an ice bucket, and now it's taking all my willpower not to go back for it. (Oh, Joooo-ooohn...)

This particular antique mall always has a few of these, too:

It appears to be nesting. Pro Tip: if you see eggs, RUN.

::grabby hands::

I never did get around to repainting these, but I still adore these switches. Maybe I'll try again soon, try to make them look more like these.


That's Orange Tree Antique Mall, and TOTALLY worth a visit if you're around Central Florida.

Right, enough antiques, now let's have a little poetry.


What can I say, good bubble tea really moves me.

(Dangit, now I want more Boba. What are your favorite flavors beyond Taro, guys? I'm trying to branch out, but these menu choices are overwhelming.)

Sometimes I re-post your creations on IG, but then only IGers can see them, so here:

You really do, you know. Can't wait for V day.  (Astronaut 'Bot! Eee!)


And my final "highlight" of the week: on Wednesday I got parts of my face cauterized, and the smoke went right up my nose. My first thought was, "Huh, that doesn't smell nearly as bad as I expected." My second thought was maybe I shouldn't be OK with the smell of burning flesh, particularly my own. I mean, that can't lead to good places.
 
This is why I shouldn't be left unsupervised with my thoughts for too long.


I tried to document my fresh boo-boos, but this new phone camera apparently has built-in filters and made me look like a cover model instead.  [protesting weakly] "Oh no, how terrible, stop making me look pretty, iPhone, no, stoooop." ::snerk::   Of course, ever since this photo I've had to keep a glob of Vaseline on my open burn sore, so, yeah. SEX-AYYYY.

 
Aight, new week, whatcha got for us? BRING IT.

28 comments:

  1. My local bubble tea place has a lemonade/butterfly tea combo with strawberry boba and it changes colors AND tastes super good! My other go-tos are kind of boring though, I love milk tea and taro. Lychee is good too!

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    1. Strawberry boba?? Ooooh, that sounds amazing!

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  2. I probably shouldn't point out how much fun you'd have Bioshock-ing that diver's helmet bucket/jar into something Big Sister-ish. So I won't.

    But you would.

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    1. ::eyes widen:: Ooooh Joooo-ooooohn!

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    2. And I bet John could have some fun working up a way for it to scream like a big sister's en route when it's opened, and a red glow that gets brighter and brighter...

      You know, for cookie retrieval control purposes, of course.

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    3. haha - I love where your thoughts are going. Someone buy that jar for Jen!

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  3. Lychee milk tea is sooo good!

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  4. I've had green apple at two different tea places. One was really nice and refreshing...the other was kinda meh. I'm helping! :D

    Omigosh, that scary crocheted cat...thing! I wonder if it's some sort of a cosy. The body is so oddly(not that the rest of it isn't odd too!) dome-shaped.

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    1. I thought the same thing about the cat; I think there's probably a wine bottle in it? Which brings a whole new weird and wonderful dimension to it.

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  5. In other news, your eyeliner is PERFECT! Sorry about your boo boos.

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  6. But.... Taro is the best flavor..............

    Although, melon and honeydew are always quite refreshing.... I always go back to my beloved taro. With taro pudding instead of the balls. Not a fan of the balls. (that's what she said.........)

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  7. Juliesmith.singer88January 14, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Thanks for this post. I had a bad panic attack today and this helped distract me.

    Thai milk tea is my favorite.

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  8. Lychee milk tea is my #1 go-to, with kiwi being a close second (because then I can get lychee popping boba).

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  9. Hey there, if you do ever plan to revisit the 3D printed knife switches, try getting an autobody primer. I work with 3D prints and to get them really smooth, I use an autobody filler primer. Few coats, sanding in between.. and a final wet sand gets them really nice for what I use them for which is making molds. Have fun!

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  10. That flying saucer lamp looks just like a Lampling from Dragon Quest XI. Highly recommend the game if you haven't played it and like JRPGs. It's got turn-based fighting, adorable monsters, interesting characters (both male & female), and a good story. Available on PC and the PS4 for now, supposed to be available for the Switch at some point.

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  11. I love black tea with coconut milk, nata (coconut jelly) and herbal jelly. The herbal jelly looks like it should taste kind of gross but it is SO delicious.

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  12. I love Alton Brown's old show. Apparently he's recently rebooted it. I need to check it out.

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  13. ...I never knew how much my life needed a teal rhino with an orange saddle before this post.

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  14. This has been my second favorite place on the internet lately, and I feel like you might get a kick out of it :) Weird Second Hand Finds that just need to be shared

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  15. (Staring blankly at wall, imagining a swirly colorful nebula) What if they had Tim Tam flavored boba tea?

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  16. *hanging head in shame* So, I haven't actually had boba tea, but my favorite froyo place has boba balls, usually strawberry and orange. I love orange balls in my chocolate froyo. Also, looking to schedule an antiquing layover in Orlando during our Key West trip this year.

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  17. If your bubble tea place has wintermelon, that's where it's at! I always expected it'd taste like honeydew or cantaloupe or something... but it turns out it tastes like brown sugar cookie magic (I found out that this is because real wintermelon is basically flavorless, so the syrup is made by candying it, so it tastes like caramelized candied sugar).

    Also, popping boba are an awesome mainstream use of molecular gastronomy, and more and more places seem to have a bunch of flavors. You can do all sorts of neat combos with them, like coconut tea and mango bubbles! They also look crazy, and I've always dreamed of making dessert sushi with them.

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  18. I have recently discovered boba and my current go to is coconut milk black tea with mango popping boba. Little to no sugar in the tea b/c the boba is so sweet.

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  19. That tea pot is truly amazing! Yes you are a heathen for making tea in the microwave (there I said it!). I love looking at antiques, bought an amazing tea pot, milk jug and sugar bowl set that looks like thick slices of lemon last time we went!

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  20. 64ºF is very much a summer temperature where I live, I couldn't even imagine wearing boots. :D It's funny how our own "normals/averages" change how we experience the world.

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  21. You're making me miss Chewy Boba. (My brother would bring it down 2 1/2 hours from UCF to just south of West Palm for me and now he's not up there anymore.)

    He swears by passionfruit tea with lychee popping pearls. I'm the weirdo who loves their peppermint tea with boba. I do usually end up with taro though because it matches my style aesthetic.

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  22. Late late late, but seconding thai tea with tapioca pearls as my favorite, and then second-favorite after that is jasmine milk tea, also with tapioca.

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