April 24, 2009

Here's something fun for Friday ... I found this list over at Tami's blog, The Mermaid's Tale.

Some items in this list brought back forgotten memories, while some made me think "Hey, I'd like to do that!"

The items in bold are the ones I've experienced ... I would love to see what your list looks like, if you'd like ... leave it in the comments section!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

April 21, 2009

Ok...so if you didn't notice, this is a somewhat older post....sorry girls...I guess I kinda cheated?...give the newbie a break, I just signed up yesterday, sheesh.

Anyhoo...I really, really wanted to participate, so I did...but these are the only "before" and "afters" I have at the moment. I am always so excited to get busy on the "after" I don't take the time to do the "before" round ... PATIENCE...not my middle name.

My latest junk creations have been The Gypsy Slip {I'm giving one away this weekend} and Jewelery at Sugar Sweet Rebellion.

I do love the whole process of taking some one's trash and creating it into "treasure" ... I'm off to check out all of your wonderful creations.

Thanks for looking!!

p.s. the revamped chest sold the following week at my yard sale to my next door neighbor for over $200. I can't disclose the amount I paid because she reads this blog ... let's just say "she" doesn't shop at Goodwill ... thank God ; )

Saturday yard sale finds and a quick afternoon "before and after" furniture project.

I only managed to hit one yard sale this weekend on my way to the grocery for milk. Took me 10 minutes to shop, make my pile,pay, load up the truck and be on my way ... I do love that! I find it frustrating to spend an entire morning driving around in circles with nothing to show for it! Patience is NOT one of my best qualities!!

So I was pleased as pie with my loot ... very industrial items, rusty metal, square edges, nothing very romantic today
{except for the vintage ice-cream scooper}

A small wood step ladder, perfect shade of weathered gray ...
will make a perfect display piece for linens.

Vintage ice-cream scoop with lime green handle, fun!

An orange, rusty, metal toolbox ... I see it's future covered with painted flowers ...

A shabby white tin wall cabinet with shelves ...more painted flowers perhaps?
or maybe "LAUNDRY" written on the front?
Would be a nice piece for a vintage inspired wash room to store away detergent, etc.

Old olive green wonderful patina metal file drawers.
I think this may be my favorite ... especially the hardware, just waiting for cute labels!

After I put away my loot I decide I needed to tackle one project for the day ... this antique cedar chest was a find from a local Goodwill store and has been residing on my back porch waiting for me to come to the rescue ... hold on Mama's comin'!

Before Shots

Lovely carved detail.

Two coats of paint and a little distressing ... Huge difference!
I almost stopped here.
I was going for a warmer rustic look .... this was still too white and soft.

A coat of stain rubbed on and then off.
Heavier distressing and I'm done!

After shot

I'm pleased with my results, so was The Man ... he thought we should
"keep this one".
I do love it, but I 'm going to part with it.
If I keep all the ones I like there won't be any room for more projects to keep me busy!

Speaking of keeping busy, we are getting ready for a town wide yard sale here on May 2nd,
I'll post more details later .... if you are anywhere in the Southern Jersey area, you do NOT want to miss this event!!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and found some time to treasure hunt!

April 19, 2009

Arizona Part one

What a change in scenery can do for mind and spirit .... the week before our trip to Arizona the weather here on the East coast was gray, cold, rainy and dismal. Matched my mood just fine, although some of that bad feeling may have had something to do with being sick for four days and not even sure if I was going to be able to board the
plane for a five hour ride with The Three Year Old.
But we made it! And was it ever worth it!!
This was my family's first trip to AZ ... we had a blast!

So that I don't bore you to death with picture overload, I'm going to break this into two post ... the first one being my shopping trips and second being dedicated to family.

Let's go!

I really thought I had myself prepared for tons of junking on this adventure, I had spent a few days doing research and gathering info on where I would find all the good flea markets and swap meets...and let me tell you, I found a lot! I even mapped them out from my hotel and printed out driving directions,etc.

Yup. You guessed it.
In my dash to the airport at 4am EVERYTHING pertaining to flea markets was left behind!

So ... my first stop at the very fancy hotel was a trip to the concierge desk to ask the very pretty blond, tan,trim,dressed to the nines, and well manicured from head to toe ... Miss. Concierge "Can you tell me where I may find a good flea market?"
blank stare ... silence ... more blank stare
Had she never been asked this question before?
Miss. Concierge finally replies, "There is a very nice shopping plaza off Tatum Street. I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for there. Would you like me to print out directions for you?"
blank stare ... silence ... more blank stare ...this time from me to her.
Does she not know the difference between an upscale "plaza" and a "flea market" ??
No, she doesn't, so I further explain what I'm looking for ... I want to rummage through boxes of someone else's junk, I want to try on someone else's old cowboy boots, I want someone's deceased Grandmother's old costume jewelry. Yeah, I thought she was going to faint, too. After she composed herself she was able to direct me to some yard sales "in a very nice section of neighborhood just up the road" ... I let her print out a map to the yard sales and continued to press for the true flea markets. FINALLY, she said "Well, there is a swap meet in downtown Phoenix, it's in a really bad area, you know pick pockets and all ...
{insert pause and she actually whispered this}
... it's d o w n and d i r t y ..."
I'm thinking YES! Now we are getting somewhere ... I gather my info, thank her, go back to my room to get The Man and The Three Year Old, and I'm off!

First stop Sunday yard sales ... we followed the big yellow signs ...

weaving our way through the nice neighborhood ...

and drove straight past the only sale in the entire development ... The Man did slow the car down enough to snap a picture out the window. Thanks, Hon.
This really wasn't going to be my day.

We found one sale a few developments over, they had toys ... very excited to find something to keep our son busy for the rest of the afternoon while we went in
search of the "d o w n and d i r t y" flea market. This sale also supplied us with fresh homemade lemonade, made with lemons from their very own tree in the backyard ... how cool! Wish I could have one of those!

Onto the highway ... 30 minutes to Phoenix.
At the cutest vintage truck that past us ... I think it was of the Volkswagon genre, must have been a repair truck for a washing machine company, still had the original ads handpainted on it.
Wish I had one of those, too!
Just managed to snap a picture as we were exiting for the "d o w n and d i r t y" flea!

We made it!
But I have to admit, I'm thinking this is
"d o w n and d i r t y"?
The market is fully under cover, each spot is clearly marked, there is an admission charge,the vendors were kind and polite, AND an amusement park for the kiddies! Oh, and not a pick pocketer in sight!
Miss. Concierge has obviously never been to a "d o w n and d i r t y" in Jersey!
{Love ya Jersey!!}

We start to walk ... I can feel my adrenaline pumping ... where's all the boxes to dig through? Where's Grandma's jewels? Where's the cowboy boots?

Nothing. Except rows and rows of power tools.
Ugh! Nothing looks uglier when you are searching for rhinestones ...

I can not believe my eyes .... I turn from rows of ugliness to witness this!
The Man has found HIS FAVORITE {note tee he's wearing} ... Steelers gear,
next to MORE tools ... this is so NOT fair.
Can we please leave now and go to the next swap meet in Mesa?

Forty five minutes later ... we're here!
This place is even nicer than the last one ... they sure do it up in Arizona!
This was the largest market I have ever been to, it was HUGE. I lost track of how many isles of vendors, I ALMOST couldn't do the whole thing ...

but I managed, I think I got my pep back after finding some treasures for me ...
like the jewelry below!
Hey, now that I'm taking a second look at these photos I spy a pin in the lower left corner that says "Mother". I totally missed that one ... would have definitely snagged it for a special piece of jewelry to be made. Darn.

YES! This is just what I've been waiting for ... rows and rows of leather Cowboy boots and broken in Levi's ... LOVE, LOVE, LOVE 'EM!

Looky, looky a pair that fits! A little negotiating and these babies are coming home with me!
The cost? Okay, it's too good not to share ... $15 buck-a-roos! Woo-hoo!!

Shopped the rest of the market with them on, I had myself convinced they were going to be my "lucky" boots and guide me towards treasure ... yeah with the price tag still on. Dork.

They did lead me to a few more small items. I thought this was pretty cool, A vintage rouge compact- Coty "Air Spun" rouge in {get this} "magnet red".

My thought is to ditch the makeup and make a cool locket out of the compact, it appears to be brass? Not sure ... but thought it would make a unique necklace. We'll see.

Here are my other finds for the day ... small treasures, but treasures just the same. Oh well, I guess I'm lucky I didn't have to worry how much it was going to cost to ship everything home. I could wear my boots and ALL of my other finds could fit in my pocket, I mean carry-on.

Now get this, talk about ironic ... after my slightly disappointing day of flea marketing while on vacation, the first thing I want to do the day after I get home is go to my local church thrift store that just happens to be open on Saturday.
I see a pretty pink rim of a plate with
gold fleur de lis buried in a small pile of dishes ... I remove the dishes on top and I kid you not this is the plate before me, I swear I closed my eyes for a moment and opened them again, yup a very pretty, vintage Arizona souvenir china plate.

I do believe in "signs" but, I haven't figured this one out yet ... what is the message here?
If I haven't lost you yet, stay with me ... this what I think my message/sign is:

I was feeling gray and depressed before my trip to Arizona and really went searching in the hope of finding some sort of peace, and I did. I brought that feeling home with me. But when I found this plate IMMEDIATELY upon my return, in the same church thrift store I last wrote
about ... was someone trying to tell me my peace was here at home all along, that I didn't need to travel so far to find it?

Who knows. Ironic though, don't ya think? I do.

To be continued ... part two: Fun and Family in the Desert Sun!

April 16, 2009

I can't resist ... my sugar indulgence!
These pictures are sweeter to me than any chocolate Easter bunny!

I know I promised Flea market fun from Arizona ... but I had to sneak this in, I'm such a proud Mama ... my little guy looked so handsome Easter day, I wanted to eat him up ... love the older/teenager/adult kids just as much, but let's be honest, at some point they lose that quality of wanting to eat them up - plus they don't want to be eaten anymore!
So, I'm taking all the nibbles I can get while I can ... YUM!

Hope your Holidays were full of sweet nibbles!
Now back to flea markets ...
I swear I can get through 4 markets faster than I can edit through photographs!

p.s. see the painted buffet in background? ... will soon be for sale, keep your eyes open etsy shoppers and yard salers!

April 11, 2009

Wishing all of you a happy and blessed Easter,
from our home to yours.

We will be enjoying time with family and good friends,
I hope you are able to do the same ...

We have a yummy menu planned and have
been cooking and baking most of the week!

My son is home from college, my daughter on her way
home from her Senior trip to Florida,
{I understand she's bringing home a pierced bellybutton as a souvenir}
and the little guy has been Mommy's helper!

I can't wait to share my next post with you,
I'm still going through hundreds of pictures!
We had a great time exploring Arizona last week,
I found a few flea markets,yard sales, and swap meets.
But it was the beautiful landscape
that stole my heart this time around!

Till then ... enjoy your weekend,
Happy Easter and Happy Spring!