Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Holy Spirit Catholic School Auction 2013

Saturday night I headed to the school auction, which is our largest fundraiser for my son's school each year.

The evening includes a silent and live auction, dinner and dessert, visiting, adult beverages if you choose, (this is an adult only event) , and music and dancing after the close of the auction.  There were some amazing items in the auction, just like every year!  Unfortunately, the Maroon 5 tickets and the Sleepover in a Barn, live auction items both exceeded my budget.  Maroon 5 needs no explanation.   The sleepover was donated by one of the schools amazing teachers, yep, come have a birthday or other party and sleepover in her barn!  Lets just say I was tempted-I do like barns!

Each family is asked to donate at least one item, service, or basket of amazingness to the auction.  I usually make or paint a little something.  My awesome Dad came across this desk last fall.  I thought it would be a great piece to donate, and I had such fun finishing it. This piece was 100% solid wood.  Each drawer was individually made with 1/2 inch wood with dovetail construction.  This gal was heavy, which is a plus.  A drawback to a handmade desk can be the broken/missing handmade drawer pulls that are not easily replaced.  Luckily I found some great drawer pulls, that fit, in town!  There was a bit of drawer pull stress going on over here as life happened and I found myself finishing this piece on Thursday evening!

I was tickled by the excitement the winning bidder shared with me for her new desk!

This year's theme was 'Classic Cars', choosing whatever year you would like!  Dressing for the theme is not necessary, but I saw an opportunity to throw on a little vintage wear and kick up my heels!  If you follow me on facebook, you had the strange experience of me parading possible vintage wear I gleened from my closet before you to get your opinions.  It was quite fun really, dressing up an old dress form and then getting your responses.  See what you missed out on by clicking 'like' on my Lively Grace facebook page here .

This is what I ended up with:

And here's the breakdown:
Dress:  The Limited, but I thrifted it from Goodwill about 2 years ago.  Houndstooth is always a classic, even if the dress itself is not 'vintage' I think it had the right vibe.
Shoes:  Vintage!  I scored these at a Wildhare Flea Market, new in the box, for $8 (I think-way cheap!)
Sweater:  Vintage, picked up at an Estate Sale and had it dry cleaned.  It was in great shape when I found it.  It is warm and soft, which was perfect since January in Idaho can be a little chilly, even indoors. 
Broach:  Maybe vintage, maybe not!  Another thrift store find.
Cameo ring:  I bought this from the sweetest little lady at a flea market in Boise.  She didn't move well enough to move about her booth, but she had amazing things someone had helped her haul in.  I could have visited with her all day!
Earrings:  Purchased new from World Market for $1- yep!  They had just reduced and hauled outside a rack of jewelry ... talk about timing!  These have become a favorite pair.

I owe my kiddo a shout out for snapping a few shots as I headed out the door.  Good shots for a 10 year old, eh?

Here's where I really missed the boat.  Pictures of the actual event.  Sorry.  I was having such a good time (and had spent most of the day setting up the live auction items), I forgot to snap a few pics.  This is the silent auction area before the event opened.  A huge thanks to Courtesy Ford, who let's Holy Spirit use the show room, and cleans + clears out the repair shop for the evening's events.  Dinner is always amazing and was catered by The Sandtrap , click the link to check out their facebook page.  Did you know Monday night The Sandtrap offers a Thai food special?!

I may have nearly worn thru my vintage heels during "Twist and Shout" !  Such fun!



  1. What a great post. I love your drawers that look fabulous. Thanks for sharing. You are an inspiration.

    1. Thanks Lan, I was pretty excited how it turned out!

  2. Wow, you've got gorgeous things! I envy you. Especially I love the desk. I like your dress, too :)