Saturday, May 23, 2009

Earthly Treasures

Once again Friday I was faced with the dreaded "Estate Sale Dilemma." Both sales started at 9:00 am and sounded like they had great stuff. Do you pick the one closest...the farthest....the one with the most items listed in the add? But this beautiful Friday morning I picked the WINNER!

I found this darling, vintage, singing, camping, cowboy wall art. (I know, a few too many adjectives but I don't know what else to call it) This was especially fun to find because it will go nicely with the cowboy headboard that will be for sale in our booth at The Farm Chicks Show.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this beautiful handmade quilt front. Someone went to a lot of work and never finished it. This was one of those sales that causes you to gasp every time you enter a new room or open a closet. I found a sweet tablecloth hanging in the bedroom closet that was covered in pink roses but when I got home, surprise...there were actually three tablecloths!

I also found some nice bling and a few pairs of great earrings to take apart and turn into magnets. But, the best thing I found was this scripture stuck in the bottom of the red floral waste basket. Thanks for reminding me Lord that you are preparing a place for me! I hope it is filled with junk! Sweet Holy junk of course, because I'm sure there will be no junk in heaven.

The pile of sparkly jewelry also reminded me that I need to make sure that I am storing up for myself treasures in heaven. That while going to estate sales and finding earthly treasures is fun, my real treasure is Jesus Christ himself. Matthew 6:19-21

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Show Time

Here's a sneak peek at our Happy Endings space at The Farm Chick's Show.

Vintage lamps and hankies and a large set of pink toile dishes!

Amanda recovered this darling kid's table with red polka-dot oilcloth.

This is a set of four iron patio chairs with the seats covered in vintage fabric. Love the velvet pillow!

Silver, dishes, linens, and some very old jelly jars with lids.

Old silver place settings.

Kid's stuff

A cute child's red chair

And lots more!! We are so looking forward to seeing you all there June 6th and 7th.

The show will be a feast for your eyes and will inspire you for months to come. We hope that everything will find just the right home and have a Happy Ending. Blessings!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom!!

I'm playing hooky (not an uncommon attribute of mine) to spend the morning with her on her big day. I'll be making huckleberry heart-shaped waffles for her in our waffle schmoosher that, for some reason, makes the noise of a psychotic, dying bird to let me know that it's done. Then we're off to get mani's and go shopping at our favorite thrift stores!!!
I have always loved this Polaroid of her and my Aunt Catherine (my mom is on the left). I enjoy finding old pictures of her. And I can't help to wonder so many things about what she was like at my age. It reminds me most, though, of how thankful I am to have her as my Mom.

Monday, May 18, 2009

It's Toenail Polish Season!

One of the things I absolutely love about summer is that I don't have to wear socks! I really hate socks. They make my feet feel trapped, confined and hot. In fact, I don't really even like winter shoes. I have a hard time shopping for shoes in the winter because I would rather be wearing sandles. So, I am thrilled that it is finally here, toenail polish season, or summer, as some call it!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Since she mentioned it....

I thought I would show you my milk glass myself... This is what I've been collecting for at least five years now, and will continue to collect my whole life, I'm sure. I know I could buy them new, or find amazingly unique pieces on Ebay and Etsy, but that would defeat the whole purpose. The thrill is in the unexpected find. Each one I have stumbled upon, or rather they have stumbled upon me. Each piece was rescued from an unloving garage sale. Or was abonded at an Estate Sale. Or given away to be sold at Value Village. Now they are loved and cherished, and can have a Happy Ending.

I am much like my mother. I can't resist a yard sale sign. I get happy when I walk into our house and realize it smells a little Vintage. If I can't sleep at night, I come up with ways to rearrange furniture and think of new decorating ideas..... However.... She likes her stuff, and she likes it displayed everywhere. (to clarify: It is beautiful, but I have to have purpose and simplicity).I cannot handle that amount of things without a purpose. I don't display my milk glass as pictured above. A few of it is displayed together, but most is used around my room and bathroom with a purpose. Such as these two pictures. Using one to hold my favorite PrismaColor colored pencils and the other as an organizational tool in my bathroom. (YAY for organization and multi-purpose collections!!!) I used a vintage green glass cake plate and put the milk glass on top (along with soaps and everyday things) One is filled with cotton pads, another with Q-Tips and another for holding my headbands.

I'm all about having beautiful things and having collections, but even better is to make the beautiful things in my life also useful.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Yard Sale!

Did I train this girl well or what? Amanda brought this little pile of vintage fabric scraps home from a yard sale and gave them to me knowing that they would make me very happy. Actually, she has a great eye for vintage items. She should; I have been dragging her around to estate/yard sales for years. I mean how many 14 year olds do you know that start a collection of milk glass? She is almost 19 now and is still adding to that collection and is just as thrilled today to find a new piece as she was back then.

Because the scraps were so small I thought I would cover some buttons with them

Now I am looking for the perfect sweater to put the buttons on...maybe red!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Cute Little Project

Can you even believe this is the same little dresser? I really hesitated buying this at a yard sale last summer but am really glad I did. I know, some of you yellow fans probably think, what was wrong with it in the first place? An my answer was yellow! I haven't put the hardware back on yet but I think this was a very successful transformation!

Red and white, always a good choice at my house!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Senior Prom was a smashing success!! What a fun group of kids. Many of these kids have been friends for years. What a great way to celebrate their upcoming graduation with a great evening all dressed up and having fun. It was fun to watch the whole process from mannies, peddies, and car washing in the morning to hair, makeup, and photos in the afternoon. Even the after prom party was a huge success with a movie projected on a huge white sheet in the upper level of the barn with Christmas lights twinkling in the background. Great memories and the photos to prove it.

The whole gang!

Amanda and her guy!

Look at those colors!


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Planting Choices

I adore petunias. They are dependable, hardy, and last all summer. I purchase several flats every year and plant them the week after Mother's Day. Every summer though, it's a surprise to see where the wind has decided to plant the seeds from the previous year's blossoms. I always plant petunias in this pot on the front porch but maybe..........

I should plant one of these instead!

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Perfect Vacation

When people think of their perfect vacation, some dream of big places with lots of action and plenty of people around to share in the fun. Not me! Yesterday I was looking for vacation rentals online and found my perfect place on A quiet, cute house away from it all.

I could swim whenever I wanted.

And enjoy the view.

I could relax and read.

And dream happy dreams.

And do a whole lot of this!!!

Probably not even remotely affordable but a girl can dream!