A couple of things I have vowed to do this year

Monday, February 6, 2017

1. I need to blog more. Not that people are on pins and needles waiting. It's just for me. I like to write (type) out my thoughts and look back on what we were doing here.

2. Cook more. We both have work schedules outside of the home which really make it difficult to have a normal dinner hour so we tend to eat out more than we would like. The other night I made Sweet pork barbacoa, Cilantro lime rice, pinto beans and cherry pie. We had all the fixins for burritos or taco bowls too. Blair said it was nice to finally be eating at home. ?? I was happily surprised by that. Jon got me an Instant Pot for Christmas. I kept saying that I needed a new slow cooker and had never heard of these pots. I use the pressure cooker option all the time. It's so fast, I love it.

3. Train regularly for my 5 Ks. I tend to think about prepping for a race about a week before I need to run and that's not good. I always feel so heavy during the race when I do that and I never break my time from before. I also want to do it because I'm not getting any younger and it's getting harder to stay/get in shape. :) Thanks forties.

4. Take more pictures. I tend to leave my camera on my desk and opt for my cell phone. I miss setting up a shot and just having a better quality photo. As for the photography biz, that's getting overhauled. More on that later!

5. Read more. I say this every year but then I cue up Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Showtime, see the problem here?? and then I get hooked on a show, like I currently am with Man in the High Castle or A Series of Unfortunate Events. And I'm also waiting for some of my series to start again so the books are put down and are rarely picked up again. Must stop that. One book on my list is Fire Shut up in My Bones by Charles Blow. He is a very insightful journalist and I am really interested in reading his memoir. 

I mentioned to a co-worker that I went to see The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and then yesterday she brought his book to work for me to read. Wasn't that so nice? So that's another must-read.

6. Take the business to a new level. My business partner are re-tooling our shop and want to expand a bit. We're taking to the road to hunt for more interesting pieces and decor in the Spring. We're also looking to do affordable interior decorating consultations.

And that's about all the changes I can handle at the moment. We'll see how I do in the next few months.

Have a great day!


In the blink of an eye they grow

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

When Charley was born the nurse said, "Look at all that dark hair" but after she cleaned her up and brought her to me, the nurse said, "She's not dark haired, she's a blonde!" and handed her to me.

I cradled her in my arms, thinking about how good it felt to be resting with her and reviewing the past few hours of our journey together and how quickly she came into the world. I studied her face, taking note of the little bruise on her nose, and how she had the same stork bite I did. Her big eyes were dark and alert and then I noticed the coloring of her face. I thought that it looked more like my skin tone and then thought, "Wait a minute" and pulled back her cap. I knew it. Smiling, I whispered to her, "You're a red head."

Happy 20th!

A New Year

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!

It was a whirlwind of a year and ended up being a short, jam packed holiday season. I wish it would've been for more fun things but really it's because our outside jobs were keeping us a little busier than usual.

I was able to squeeze in making the famous Hernandez family tamales though. It just wouldn't be Christmas without them in this casa.

I hope the season was good to you and the New Year brings much happiness! I've got some fun things lined up for the shop this year, including a buying trip with my business partner. We're looking forward to that. We'll sniff out flea markets and thrift shops from here to Memphis!

Be back soon!


Friday Finds - What I just can't pass up

Thursday, July 14, 2016

What's new in the world of thrift shopping?
Well here are just a few finds from last week. 

  This ceramic faux bois platter, I looove. It's originally from Crate & Barrel 
but I found it at the Goodwill for less than 3 bucks.  A Faux bois design that's ON a platter? It's pretty much my dream find. Of course I'll say that about the next thing but for today it is. 

Again with the candlesticks.
 I can't help it. Aged brass is my favorite 
and they come in so handy for all kinds of tablescapes and decorating.
Primarily they just sit in a smaller group
on the credenza though. (They number around 20 I think overall?)
I should pare them down but in due time. I can't be rushed into that process.
The large one on the left, I bought in Hot Springs, Ark last year for about $5.00.
But the other two are the most recent at $2.47 and $1.00

I like it when the candle melts and drips all over. It can always clean up. Nothing is that precious around here.

 I don't really need another vintage blue jar but the color is so great and I can't pass them up when I find them so inexpensively. If for nothing else I can use them as vases. A keystone jar has eluded me but I found one and since I live in the Keystone state...well it's kind of a keeper. The other one I found is an Atlas jar with a presto lid (on the far right) I love it when they keep their lids on ;)

I always wonder about their ages. If you do too, here's a handy tool found I on Minnestrista 
that gives the date and distinguishing features of the jars.

A handy guide, isn't it?

We'll see what I stumble upon this weekend. Happy hunting!

Linking to:
 Chic on A ShoestringI heart Naptime | 
Flourishing at Home | The Dedicated House

Intelligent Domestications

A few life lessons learned in Softball

Friday, July 1, 2016

We're finally done with baseball and softball. I loved the season but I'm ready for a little time away from having to get kids to practice, often at the same time and across town from each other. Blair really did a great job in softball. Her coach took me aside and told me how much they appreciated her being so teachable. I really appreciated hearing that and it got me thinking about the season and what our take-away was from it.

3 Things:

The first thing is what the coach said, being teachable. It's a valuable life lesson. Being able to take direction and learning how to work with others will translate in any setting whether it's in school, sports, careers or just being a decent human being.

Because it was her first try at softball, she was a little hesitant and a bit nervous. She felt that everyone was ahead of her in skills. While that may have been true, I encouraged her to get out there with a positive attitude and reminded her that practice was the only real difference. If she was consistent in her practice, she would improve quickly and her determination would catch the coaches' eye. I think we can all be like that. We're looking at the person next to us, thinking that their skills might be stronger than ours. Sometimes they are and that's ok but we all have areas of strength. The only difference is in the area but we're equal in strength.

And the most important thing gained on the field this year was her confidence. I liked seeing her get ready for her game with determination and making sure all of her equipment was in check. She hustled out to the field in such a way that we told her brother his team could learn a thing or two from watching the girls. She quickly became picked for an in-field position on 2nd base due to quick feet and quick thinking. Did she make some errors? Absolutely. But she started out afraid of the ball and in the end, ran up on it, trying to control the play rather than letting it control her. I love seeing that drive in girls! Those goals being accomplished over a short amount of time really boosts their confidence and they take what they learn and apply it to the next thing. And so it just continues and becomes stronger.

We love #42 around here - paying homage to the great Jackie Robinson.

Blair (right) running up on the ball to throw to 1st 

  Adjusting the visor

The last huddle

And they say redheads can't wear pink

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Spring 2016  

A walk through the forest trail


Dress: Marshall's
Blue beads, gold leaf necklace, arm cuff: thrifted

Friday Finds: Goodwill Outlet, the Hunger Games of thrift shopping

Friday, June 17, 2016

Do you have a Goodwill Outlet near you? It's the craziest thing I've seen and I am absolutely hooked.

It's a semi-large building with big blue containers of stuff that you just have to dig your way through. All of the bins are separated in basically two departments: one side for clothes and the other for everything else. You pay by the pound which is usually really low. Mine is .59 cents a pound for clothes and glass but I don't bother with clothes. I head straight for the other side, digging into the dishes and household bins. (Update* I went there today and the price is going up to $1.19 lb)

Let me just tell you that people are not careful about tossing dishes when they dig. I've had to duck a few times when people get a little feisty. Not kidding. When a new bin is brought out people run to it and the workers have to tell everyone to move out of the way. Some days it's hit or miss on the finds but this day was definitely a hit and not as busy as usual.

Now for the finds:

I had this Robinson Ransbottom canister in my cart and a woman came up to me and said she had the lid to it so she brought it to me. I found two pitchers at a yard sale once and put them in the shop so when I saw the canister I knew it was from the same collection. The company began in 1856 and merged to become Robinson Ransbottom in 1920. They closed in 2005 so it's a good time to hunt down the older pottery pieces. Interest in it is gaining. It's well made and the farmhouse utilitarian look is certainly in demand. Be on the lookout for it!

Another favorite was the vintage glass candlestick. I have a collection of candlesticks which I tend to pare down every now and then. I also got the silver one there as well.

I loved finding this vintage paperweight. Any type of ephemera is right up my alley.

Another silver pitcher? Why not? I put this one in the shop.

How about a vintage ironstone platter? I tend to collect those as well, along with cutting boards. The one I found (top) has more crazing and discoloration than the others but I never mind that. It's a heavy 16" platter in the Loop and Line pattern, with no chips or cracks.

J.F. stands for Jacob Furnival and Co. and he produced Earthenware and Ironstone from 1845-1870 in Cobridge, Staffordshire, England. I always love to see markings.

I also found a bunch of mismatched china, some old goblets and a small silver trophy cup. Another person handed me an item, a glass heart candy dish (not pictured) with a large hobnail rim. For the life of me I can't remember the pattern name. She told me that she was married in 1953 and got a 16 piece set (that the candy dish was a part of) as a wedding gift. Regrettably she got rid of it. I told her she should keep the dish but she insisted I have it. Nice, right?

And in all my total was $12.61. 

A quick snap of the outlet

Have a good day!


Linking to

French Country Cottage | Clairejustine

What about Co. |  Chic on a Shoestring

Tidy Mom |  Shabby Art Boutique

The Girl Creative | My Sweet Things