Sunday, October 13, 2013

Updates and MORE Updates!

 Hello my friends!  

One of the last things I posted about were a lot of the reasons regarding why I HAVEN'T posted much this past year...I hope you are interested in hearing about some updates which are GOOD!

  • My oldest brother is ill - NOT GOOD!
Update:   My brother has received a new liver and is doing very well indeed!  VERY, VERY GOOD!
  • Then our daughter Julia moved out - VERY MIXED FEELINGS ON THAT ONE ...
Update:  There has been resolution on that situation and it is VERY, VERY, VERY GOOD!

You can read about it here -  October Moon Herbals
  • Then I opened a booth in a Vintage Mall in Columbus - WHAT?  I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO DO?
Update: Of the 6 months I've been in the Mall, I've only not made my rent of $40.00 for 2 of those months.  One month I paid $1.41 and the other I paid $13.41.  So, I'm ahead  around $339.34,  which makes it worth my while to have it open.
  • Then Tamara and Mama Kitty moved to Mexico - THAT SHOULD BE EXCITING ... & GOOD!
Update:  Tamara and Mama Kitty are moving back this week, October 17 to be exact. VERY GOOD!
  • Then our son Patrick accepted a job offer that moved him to New York City - VERY GOOD!
 Update:  He's still really liking his job and living on the East Coast! And he's started making some sales on Craigslist!  Yea!
  • I've been listing books on Amazon, I now have over 2200 books listed, sales have sucked big time - WHAT'S UP WITH THAT AMAZON? 
Update:  I now have 2236 listed and had a really great August & September - Sold a combined total of 75 books for a gross of 1835.42!  How great is that?

Up-Update: To date in October I have made a total of TWO sales and had 1 return, for a gross of  $5.95....Seriously Amazon...WHAT IS UP WITH THIS?????
  • I've been dithering about opening a shop on Etsy - PROCRASTINATION...
Update: Uh, no....more procrastination...
  • I've also been dithering about opening a shop on eBay - MORE PROCRASTINATION!
Update:  Ah...well....MUCH MORE PROCRASTINATION!
  • We have been fostering Pat's 2 cats - Nandi & Fro since May - CAN YOU SPELL, I'M  ATTACHED?
Update:  Nandi and Fro moved out Labor Day weekend and now Lucien aka Fenie (Julia's cat) has been enjoying the hospitality of "Casa de Tomas" for some weeks now and the end is only going to be in sight when I return from my annual road trip to go see said brother (see above) in Nebraska...leaving on Wednesday, the 17th, aka mine and Noel's 26th Anniversary.  GOOD to go on a trip and I have a very patient and long-suffering husband who encourages me to do what I want to do and be exactly who I am...am I lucky or WHAT?
  • In 2 weeks Pat will be here so he and Noel can move his stuff and his cats up East - MIXED, MIXED, MIXED!
 Update:  All have adapted well to the new apartment in Bayonne, NJ and I'm looking forward to a trip to go see them sometime in the Spring of 2014!

Current News:  Tuesday, October 15 - will be my 63rd birthday!  I rewarded myself by starting a new blog!


Check it out and let me know what you think...who knows where it will all lead?

Till we meet again....

Friday, August 23, 2013

Inspired by Mad Maine!

I got inspired to go do some thrifting yesterday after I watched this You Tube video from Mad Maine where she had a $30.00 budget to spend. So go check it out, I know you'll be amazed at what treasures she found and why I decided to go see what I could dig up!

Now, I know I have plenty of inventory already but you know what?  We live out in the country, so I try to combine my outings with getting as much accomplished as I can. 

A few weeks ago, Noel and I decided it was time to get our eyes examined and I needed to get my new glasses adjusted. To make this a worthwhile 100 mile round-trip, I first  went to the thrift stores, three of them in fact.  After I finished thrifting,  I went to Walmart to get my glasses adjusted, did a little grocery shopping, and cruised on home ...It worked out great! 

First stop was a shop I had never been to before and I was excited!  Misplaced excitement as it turned out, but I found a few things and spent $4.00.


5 Needlepoint & Crafting pamphlets, a little 5 X 8 notebook,
 and a really pretty 
Lefton Holly China Christmas Tree relish dish.

I collect the dark green Lefton Holly Berry pieces like this one like this one I found here, so this dish is headed on over to the Texas Treasure Box Shop over at the Grand Oaks Antique Mall.

And if you are interested in making your very own 
Rodeo Drive Designer Denim Jacket, well, I've got just the thing for you!

Beverly Hills Denim ~
Fun for the whole family, circa 1990! Sweet!
Check it out here!

My next shop-stop was my favorite stop for the day!

25% off Senior Citizens Discount Day!

And I remembered to bring a donation, so I got a 15% off coupon for my next visit, and I remembered to bring my 2 discount cards to get them combined,
and now I only need to spend $25.00 more dollars to get $10.00 off my purchases... and believe me, 
speaking as a Senior, it's hard to remember to do all this stuff!  8-) 

I spent $14.98 here, less my 25% discount with tax = $12.46 total

 Sorry for the fuzzy iphone pics,BUT look at this stuff!
A pair of Anchor Hocking Boopie candlesticks, an un-signed Peter Zook
Abundance hex sign, a 10" Texas Ware confetti mixing bowl, an uncut completely adorable Sunrise Designs 1T to 4T Dress Up Pageant Dresses pattern!
Those vases in the back I'm going to use to corral all my wine corks till I get them packaged for resale.

AND I found 10 books to sell and one that would be fabulous for altered art, especially since somone already cut some pages out of the middle of it!

But I'll have to show you those another time because ...
 my super cheap thrift store is going
to open in an hour and I need to go get ready to shop!

See you next time!

Oh, before I go, as I said earlier I went to 3 thrift stores...this last one I found only one thing...ta da!

Right now these beautiful brass scallop shell bookends are residing in my Summer time Four Seasons bathroom...because I can't find my tote that is holding all the rest of my Summer time stuff!  Wah!

 Remember how fabulous it looked last Summer?

So, altogether I spent $20.46!

Yea!



Friday, August 16, 2013

Vintage Teak Dansk Peppermill

A small interlude ... 
For Your Viewing Pleasure!
A Vintage  Dansk Teak Pepper Mill.
A thrifting treasure found nearby...

So yes, I am coming  back from my blogging hiatus... 
There have been many changes around here...mostly good I think ...
AND it appears that anytime anything changes...I go into a funk! 
 There, I've admitted it...I've been in a funk for 10 months... 
What's up with that you ask?

Well, here are the bullet points...
  • Our son Patrick graduated from college - GOOD!
  • My oldest brother is ill - NOT GOOD!
  • My sister Tamara moved from Pleasanton, TX to Ft. Worth - I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA!
  • and took her cat, Mama Kitty (who lived with me for 9 months while she was in Pleasanton) with her - MIXED FEELINGS ON THAT ONE...
  • Then our daughter Julia moved out - VERY MIXED FEELINGS ON THAT ONE ...
  • Then I opened a booth in a Vintage Mall in Columbus - WHAT?  I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO DO?
  • Then Tamara and Mama Kitty moved to Mexico - THAT SHOULD BE EXCITING ... & GOOD!
  • Then our son Patrick accepted a job offer that moved him to New York City - VERY GOOD!
  • I've been listing books on Amazon, I now have over 2100 books listed, sales have sucked big time - WHAT'S UP WITH THAT AMAZON?
  • I've been dithering about opening a shop on Etsy - PROCRASTINATION...
  • I've also been dithering about opening a shop on eBay - MORE PROCRASTINATION!
  • We have been fostering Pat's 2 cats - Nandi & Fro since May - CAN YOU SPELL, I'M  ATTACHED?
  • In 2 weeks he will be here so he and Noel can move his stuff and his cats up East - MIXED, MIXED, MIXED!
 CAN YOU SEE WHY I'VE BEEN IN A FUNK???????

Or, maybe I should just realize how fortunate I really am?  IDK, what do you think?


 Here's my hero! Noel is building me a porch for my studio that I blogged about getting, oh, May of 2012!

 This isn't even all of the mugs I have!  Crikey!
 Racks and piles of clothing...oh, and more mugs and books!
 I  declare! Those books you see in the box are being donated, yes!
Running out of room....need to make some sales!
Believe it or not, this is looking good!
Pencil sketch!  What a neat application!
Ah!  It's great to be back!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Giveway Winners! Take it away Vanna (I mean, Julia)!

Today is the day I announce the lucky winners of my Giveaway!  

Two Winners for one copy each of the Antiques Weekend Show Daily!
29 entries - Thanks so much to everyone who entered!


I decided to enlist the help of my DD Julia and she most kindly obliged...


We used a beautiful vintage vinyl-clad ~  Mad Man ~ brown faux alligator &

 gold ice bucket by the iconic Georges Briard ...

Julia shook it up really well!

Ooh, the suspense is killing me!


Here's one ...
 And two! Oh, I'm so excited, I could just spit!

And the lucky winners are ...

Hourglass Suzie & 4 Bushel Farmgal!

Ladies, please send me your addresses so I can get your prizes into the mail before I leave on my Road Trip on Wednesday, okay?  Just use the "contact me" button at the top right of my blog.

Once again, thanks to everyone who Followed me and/or left a comment on my Warrenton blog entry!

This was so much fun for me, I'm going to have to make up some kind of event so that I can have another Giveaway!

This next time the prize is  going to be a copy of the quintessential 
Bible of the antique business,

"How To Be Successful In The Antique Business"
by Ronald S. Barlow

First published in 1980 and revised in 1985, 
this book is still relevant in many ways for today's 
online seller, antique mall booth seller and/or 
a brick & mortar Antique Store owner!


Peace, Love, & MARJOR Milestones...

Peace...

Love...
 And Guess What?

Oh, very well, I'll tell you!

Today is my 62nd birthday... and... I've retired!  How great is that?  

Well, retired from the regular "workin' for the man" workforce... 

because I'll never stop working... I'm just not made that way!  

But now, my work is also my play!

Oh, I'm a lucky girl!  Yes!

And guess what again?

Oh, very well, I'll tell you... again!

This Wednesday, the 17th, HH Noel and I will celebrate our 25th Anniversary! 

And how great is that?  Pretty great, I'm thinking!

And to celebrate, guess what I'm going to do?

Oh, very well, I'll tell you!  (Since I know you'll never guess this one.)

I'm going on a thrifting Road Trip with my youngest sister to go visit my oldest brother in Nebraska!

Now, how great is that?  I mean... really!

Noel is staying home to take care of our 5 cats, 2 dogs, and 10 chickens...

He really rocks!  

Because he knows what makes me happy!

And... besides that, we are going to Round Rock on Tuesday to eat at Chola, our favorite Indian restaurant!

(And I'll bet you thought I misspelled MAJOR didn't you?)

(Smirk)

Well, these beautiful limey green, salmon colored, goldenroddy, 
satin-covered, Paisley-patterned

Glove, Hosiery, & Hankie storage boxes from the 1960s were owned by none other than...


MARJ... (I wonder who she was?)

Here they are again in all their Flower-Power glory!

Peace Out!

Don't forget! Today is the drawing for my Giveaway!

Linking up with:
Selena of Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift-Share-Monday
Julia & Christopher of A Living Space for Nifty Thrifty 


Friday, October 5, 2012

POP! Autumnal Glory Redux! Thanks Lorraine!

Well, we've had a few changes since I first showed you the 
Fall Four Season Bathroom Redo here. 

A lot of the change is thanks to Lorraine who writes the very informative and entertaining blog called  
We are: clamco. The story of how she came up with the name is related on her blog, you should go check it out!

Anyway, she read about my shower curtain dilemma and suggested that I might like the Eddie Bauer curtain she had listed on eBay...well, I hustled right over and as you can see below...it's PERFECT!

Lorraine & Eddie Bauer, you have my undying gratitude!

 The colors and the pattern perfectly accent my little shelf that DH Noel made for me from painted iron shelf brackets that we picked up at Warrenton several years ago and left-over Corian pieces from a long-ago job he went on. 

Pear and apple decals adorn a  green wood box which is a double sided recipe box signed F. D. B. - 1971 - this is a find from years past at a sale in Fayetteville, TX in the old SPJST Hall...
sadly, no shows there anymore...

And just in case you're wondering...SPJST stands for:

Slovanska Podporujici Jednota Statu Texas
which is Czech for:
Slavonic Benevolent Order of the State of Texas

(Information courtesy of an article by Melissa Segrest & Will Holford
 on page 22 in the October 12 issue of the 
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Edition of
Texas Co-op Power)

 I'm just so HAPPY with this shower curtain!

It just brightens up and pulls the whole bathroom look together!
 
 I have a new tschotske...can you spot it?  Oh, very well, I'll just tell you what it is!  At the back of the shelf with the small flower note holder on top is a four-sided Seasons name board!  It is really too cute and I got it in Giddings, TX at the Rejuvenation Thrift Shop for half-price...fifty cents!  All righty then!

 Now you have a good view of the fluorescent lamp Noel spotted at Warrenton maybe 5 years ago.  It's newer than the original one to the right, which I do not have a photo of...maybe later.

For those of you who are new readers, the bathroom went from this...


 To this!  

I am seriously stoked!

PS - Don't forget about my giveaway!  Read about it here!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Antiques Weekend at Warrenton, TX AND a Giveaway!

This is the last weekend of the Warrenton - Round Top and all other points around and between - of the Antiques Weekend Extravaganza!

And only the second time HH Noel and I have been out there this time...let me tell you...it's been HOT!  

Anyhoo...we started the day by parking at The Little House on the Hill which is where I used to have a space probably 8 years ago.  I always start out by thinking that I'd really like to do the show again...it usually takes maybe 45 minutes before I'm thinkin' ~ what was I thinkin'!?!

 Anyhoo... we then instantly made our way to The Legal Tender Saloon
 for lunch...


whereupon we ordered ONE  (because they are so huge) Chicken Salad Sandwich on wheat.  Sorry, no picture because the sandwich was instantly consumed by us.  Along with Fritos, dill pickles and onions. Yum!

As you can see, they have a pretty extensive menu for the sort of wing-ding that Warrenton has become.  I'm happy to report that the owners have opened up a full time restaurant right outside of La Grange where hopefully I'll have a chance to eat something other than chicken or egg salad since that's all I ever eat there.

Anyhoo, it was delicious! Yum again!

A view from the back porch of The Legal Tender...

And another...

If you've never experienced an Antiques Weekend here in Central Texas, you might seriously want to put this twice yearly event on your bucket list...it's multiple towns and miles of good, and I mean, really good stuff! Plus some really really I don't know what, stuff...
Now, check out what I've got next for you!
 Metal!
 A concrete cement Rooster and Hen...I almost pulled the trigger on this one...$30.00!
  I may regret this pass!
  Gorgeous!
Junk jewelry...get 'er by the scoop-full!

 Royal Copley...maybe fifty bucks for all of them...so cute!  But, I resisted!
 Hull Little Red Riding Hood, the rare one because of the lacy floral border, so the proprietor of this shop said...Only $295.00, BUT he'll let me have it for only $150.00...nope! Doesn't match my pocketbook or decor!

The next pictures are from one of my favorite places!
 Yes, that's right!  Dead People's Stuff!  

Which a lot of it really is...I mean, right?

 I am a sucker for succulents...just sayin'...

 And conch shells...and succulents...

 And deer skulls...and succulents...

Dead People's Stuff...yeah!

Oh!  And remember what I said about a Giveaway?

And about putting the Warrenton-Round Top Antique Weekend on your bucket list?

Well, this Giveaway is going to have not one, but two winners because I acquired two copies of the October 2012 Show Daily!
 137 pages of everything there is to know, see, do, eat, stay....maps on where to go to have a blast here in Fayette County, Texas during the Antiques Weekend which is really 3 weekends of trash and treasure!





All you have to do is leave me a comment for one entry
 and Follow Me to receive another. 

The drawing will be held on October 15th

(which is my 62nd birthday!  Happy Birthday to me!)

This Giveaway is open to my present and future followers and I will ship Internationally should I have an International winner!

Well, thanks for getting this far and... let the Games begin!

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