Sunday, February 21, 2010

the most wonderful day.

It's something about these wonderful sunny days that just makes me really happy. It's so nice to know that spring and warmer weather is just around the corner.
I felt ever so guilty about spending the day inside today, so Cupcake and I went for a long walk, and then to the dog park.

 


There were hardly any people, or dogs there when we arrived, but after 10 minuter the park was swarming with the cutest little pugs, chihuahuas and some bigger dogs, all wanting to play. Cupcake had so much fun, and we ended up staying for a good 2 hours. It was magical <3

Christine challenged me to blog about my top 5 thrifted goods.  Portland definitely has a lot of good vintage stores, but nothing beats thrifting in the Midwest. 

1.  I'm a sucker for a cute owl, and after a weekend at the lake of the Ozarks a few years ago, I decided to stop by this thrift store, amazingly enough, I managed to score all of these, for only $1. 

2. I love finding cute vintage fabric, I love the smell and retro patterns. These are all from different shops, and there are sadly enough only scraps left. It all came to good use though :)
 

3. Irene and I pulled over by this Amish/thrift store once on the way home from visiting Elsie. I had the worst case of food poisoning, and needed some fresh air. We stumbled upon two matching cute little pocket knives, and decided they were too good to leave behind, especially for $2. 
  

4. This was another cute find, also in the Midwest, during another stay at Elsies. I just can't say no to anything sewing related, and what better than a bag full of empty vintage wooden spools. Fun!



5. This might be one of the best things I ever thrifted. A ship wheel. Do I own a boat? No. 
I pretty much just love anything nautical, so I knew I had to have this the second I found it. It used to hang in my old tattoo station. It is also the most expensive thing I ever thrifted.



Earlier today I got an email from sweet Janni, asking if I would do a portrait of her son, Benjamin. I haven't really done any portraits yet, so I apologized and said no. Mainly because I wasn't sure if I felt comfortable doing that just yet. Janni emailed me back shortly after, and was very understanding, but also sent me a picture of her son. The second I saw the picture I knew I was up for the challenge, and changed my mind instantly. Benjamin is probably one of the cutest kinds I have ever seen, and the picture she sent was simply amazing. Just see for yourselves.

 

And here he is painted, :) I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out!



If Benjamin isn't just the cutest cowboy you've ever seen, then I don't know. :)

I'm taking Cupcake to the beach tomorrow. What wonderful plans do you have for Sunday?
xoxo.


19 comments:

rebecca said...

i love that portrait. a whole new avenue for you to go down i think.

Christine said...

shit, det portrettet var jo amazing :D du må gjøre flere sånne :D

lauren ♥ said...

i think the painting is great! you are very talented <3

Holly said...

Thrifting is the bestest :) Love those wooden spools!!

cococricketsmama said...

god I miss thrifting...there are really no thrift stores here in Mexico. But I'm going back to the states for Easter and already have 2 days planned in California for thrift stores I love. You have some great finds!
Cupcake is SO cute and we are regular dog park people, too. We have one dog Frida now, but just yesterday decided to adopt 3 more after we move into our house next week. they are all rescues and so sweet, we couldn't say no.
I love that portrait! I'd love if you'd do one of my daughters!!!

angela said...

you did such a great job on ben portrait..love it!

Taylor said...

Oh my goodness! You're so insanely talented Silje!

Megan said...

I live in St. Louis and you are so right about the Midwest thrift stores. I live close to a snobby area and you'd be amazed at what people donate to the local thrift shops. I've been to Springfield several times to Elsie's shop and there sre some good stores down that way as well. You have such a unique style; I really enjoy reading your blog. I have 3 dogs, my youngest, Elvis, is too cute for words and his sister, Sophie, loves to dress up...she even has a bikini!! P.S. I thought you did an amazing job with the painting...my fave part is the bandana!! Have a gr8 Sunday..Megan

kt_kthx said...

Nice work! I think you did a fine job. So cute!

Lisa said...

Great portrait, you certainly rose to the challenge. Also, those are amazing thrift finds.

susannahbean said...

All around awesome!!

xo,
susannahbean

apparentlyjessy said...

Wow, I think you did an awesome job on the portrait of Benjamin, he certainly is a cute little cowboy!

emalie said...

that portrait is amazing! you did such a great job!!

Jenn said...

you did an awesome job on the portrait!

and i swoon the owls...love love love

Funky Finds said...

The portrait is super fantastic!!! Nice work...and cute kid :)

stephanie said...

thrifting is my favorite. its kind of like a sport to me... i like to plan what shops & where in shop i will look first. ha ha. My mama had those 3 owls in the kitchen when i was growing up.

Stacey B said...

That painting is fantastic! You did such a good job!!

charismagic said...

Is the largest owl in the first pic an owl tealight holder? Because if it is I have the EXACT same one... also thrifted! Love the cowboy portrait & thanks for the intro to Anna Ritar!

Wendy said...

You would LOVE thrifting in the south! My aunt lived in Hawaii and flew all over the world to shop (yeah, seriously) and she said that her best thrifting was done in the south. There are stores everywhere.