We had a very low-key celebration this year; before we went out for dinner, he knew I'd love to pop into "The Village" that was near the restaurant to do some thrift shopping (I guess after more than 3 decades, a guy gets to know you...).
I found some cute treasures hidden amongst the shelves. The first was this adorable lil' donkey planter - click all the photos to biggify...
I always turn them over... Japan? Awesome! Into the cart he goes.
This bunny egg cup looks Japanese, but the bottom is rubbed clean. No problem, since they were only $2.99 each, they both came home with me.
I always check the "baggies section" too... you know (if you shop "The Village", that is) - that aisle along the wall filled with sealed clear bags of miscellaneous small items....
I picked this up twice, nearly left it, but then Googled "Russian Nesting Dolls" and found that $3.99 was a great deal on this. But since it was sealed in a bag, I did take a chance on what (if anything) was inside her.
This was a good sign that it was probably authentic:
And when I got home, was pleased to find the whole family there together (the largest is always the "Mother", insider are two daughters and two sons):
Each one opens up!
"Matryoshka" sport various designs, colours and even numbers of dolls per set. But when I researched values of sets similar to these, they look like they could fetch around $25! I think I may add them to my Etsy store... ;)
After dinner we exchanged gifts and cards. Here's what I made for him. This was the first time I tried the Tim Holtz distress metallic paints. They are awesome! I also used Spellbinder dies, some screw headed brads, silver eyelets and a heart charm from my stash... no bows or flowers for a guy ;)
My next post I'll share photos of the beautiful red roses he gave me and the incredible mixed bouquet of flowers my parents sent us...
Happy weekend everyone!