Monday, March 21, 2011

MORE Thanks to Give!

I'm going to just come right out and tell you all - I am one of the luckiest people I know.  I have somehow discovered the most generous and talented group of people, and they have let me into their circle.  I honestly don't know how I got so lucky but I am extremely grateful to have met every one of them!

Two things happened this weekend in this regard and they both deserve their own post (and you'll want to take in the eye candy).  So I'm going to go in chronological order.  The first of these embarrassments of riches occured on Saturday afternoon.

I had quite a day on Saturday!  I got up at 5:30 a.m., a woman on a mission.  I left the house at 7 a.m. to hightail it down to Schaumburg, IL to visit the closest IKEA.  I had an idea about a project and found the perfect item to use in said project, so I took my IKEA gift card that Brian and I got as a wedding gift over five years ago and put it to good use. I was on a roll!  I got in and out of there in an hour, including a trip to the cafeteria for some Swedish pancakes. 

Everything was going great until I hit Milwaukee.  I had to be back in Milwaukee by 1 p.m. for our ATC live trade.  I reached the outskirts by 12:35 and I was feeling quite proud of myself, being on time and everything.  Unfortunately, the directions I had printed out didn't account for the massive construction going on, so I got all turned around and it took me nearly an hour to finally find the place (I had to call Brian to get me back on track!).  To make matters worse, they had WAITED for me to get there to start the meeting.  I felt absolutely terrible about this.  I pride myself on my puncutality and I HATE being late.  It's a fate worse than death.  I thought I'd be able to just sneak such luck. 

"Stock" (more like "investment"
into the auditorium), and the letter
from an angry "shareholder" who
discovered the "stock" was
worthless after the '29 Crash
But I did get there and the meeting finally began.  After introductions were done, my friend Robin, who I had met through the Bay View Book Arts guild and Bibelot shop, handed me a pile of ephemera (shown above and here).  I asked her how much she wanted for it, because as you can see, there is some incredible stuff here!  But she explained that she got all of it when the Milwaukee Auditorium was being renovated and they were just throwing this stuff in a dumpster (first of all - how can people be so callous about this amazing stuff, and secondly - how cool is it that I have friends who dumpster-dive?  It's a dream of mine).  So she got it for free and was passing some of it on to me because she knew how much I loved this kind of ephemera.

See what I mean about being lucky???  In the past year or so I have had so many amazing encounters like this.  I honestly don't know how to thank everyone - I try to pay it forward but I don't know if I can even come close to repaying these kindnesses.  But you know I'll try.  :D  Thank you again, Robin - I appreciate your generosity so much!  I WILL get you back - I just don't know how yet.  :D

Speaking of repayment - here is a piece that I made for my friend Julie.  Some of you may remember a post I did about a month ago regarding an ENORMOUS pile of cabinet cards and postcards that I'd received from Julie.  Well, I took one of those postcards and made this collage and had it framed.  Believe me, it was the very least I could do.


  1. It is just beautiful Mel, and everyone who sees it has a positive comment:) I feel blessed for your generous gift to our family! xxoo

  2. Julie, it was YOUR generosity that made this possible! :D I'm so glad you like it! :D

  3. Mel...I love vintage travel and vehicle stuff, and that is really something special....It is so cool, in the frame and all!

  4. I personally believe that you are creating all these wonderful things in your life with your amazing attitude and huge heart! Congratulations on making the pay it forward paper. This is totally awesome - and you are so deserving!!!!

  5. Oh, thank you so much Terry and Melissa! What truly lovely things to say. I appreciate that so much! :D