Christmas decorations at the Riverchase Galleria from Saturday. This is a bit out of my neighborhood--Brookwood Mall is more my territory, but it's the biggest mall, and I always like its decorations the best. Look more closely at the golden haze below the bells--it's strings of beads.
(I wanted to take a picture of the carousel. I also didn't want to look like a complete tourist, and people kept walking in front of me anyway.)
Meanwhile, my favorite store at the Galleria is this little place called Ambiance; it looks like a world traveler's garage sale, and they've always got some really great, dessert-y candle burning. I didn't take as many pictures as I wanted to, though, because I wasn't sure the owners would be okay with it. So these are sort of stealthy.
String art earrings. Notice the 3-D spirals midway down.
They have a lot of this Art Nouveau-style stuff. I actually got the box on the right, the girl with the huge sleeves, as a Christmas present a couple of years ago.
I love all the patchwork fabrics they have. Those are bars of soap stacked up in the upper right corner.
I wish I'd gotten a better picture of the fabric, or the beading on the other side, or just more of it. The duo-tone sheen of the color was beautiful.
Russian fairy tale/folk art boxes. I really liked the one in the middle.
Should have taken a picture from the front of the shelf, but: stealthy. That's a Egyptian-themed hand mirror on the far left.
"I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one." - Calamity Jane.
East meets West.
So we were walking back to the escalator and came across... a store of nothing but calendars. It seems to me that perhaps this is not the most successful enterprise eleven months out of the year, but who knows (this may be why I've never seen it before). And right when you walk in...
STOP STALKING MEEEEEE
This was actually one of four separate Twilight-themed displays in the store, by the way--this one was just to grab passersby in the main concourse. There were also a five-foot-tall cardboard... you know... shelfy thing... of calendars, a section for the board game, and a mostly-sold-out display where the Scene It! game had been. Those three were all visible from the cash register, because vampires are singlefangedly keeping the economy afloat at this point.
For all you Wizard of Oz fans. I don't know if the art is actually original advertising, or if it's new and just done in a vintage style.
One of these things... is not like the other.
(This picture was a bit difficult to get because a large man in sweats had begun following me around the store at this point. I'm fairly sure he was, because I was weaving around the displays in a fairly confusing, circuitous path--trying to double back and take pictures of things people had previously been standing in front of--and he was always somehow three feet behind me. This was the last thing I wanted him to catch me taking a picture of.)
ICE CREAM... OF THE FUTURE!
(Dippin' Dots. I've had it. It's... meh.)
And that was my Saturday, as opposed to my Sunday, which involved a brief photo safari at Lowe's--
@cleolinda http://twitpic.com/sfz2y - City of lights at Lowe's
@cleolinda http://twitpic.com/sfz7e - Heathers
@cleolinda http://twitpic.com/sfzhp - Orchids (aisle)
@cleolinda http://twitpic.com/sfzj6 - Orchid (1)
@cleolinda http://twitpic.com/sfzk8 - Orchids (2)
and the not-buying of a little 8" silver sparkle Christmas tree that I am kicking myself for not-spending four dollars on. Four dollars! And it would have been perfect! But I wasn't buying anything else, so I felt silly. Woe. We have, however, resolved the Shelfian Christmas Tree Dilemma in a manner that will be satisfactory to all, I trust. More on that later.
(Zomg e-book! The Annotated Movies in Fifteen Minutes: Wizards!)