Thursday, July 24, 2014

Garage Sale Finds Last Week

This post is about two of my favorite things.

Old items that were functional and useful in their day,
and products that do what the advertisement says
they will do...

I couldn't pass up these old wash basins and
water pitcher at a garage sale recently.

Less than $10 for all three!

Love the dents and bangs...

I soaked them in "extra power" Dawn detergent
overnight, but there's still a ring. 

I think the wash tubs were used as planters,
the dirt is that caked on.

I should be able to get the stains out at least
a little better with Magic Eraser.

I used up my last one cleaning our stainless
steel sink. Yes, your stainless sink will
shine with this little guy!
Unfortunately, I'm not reimbursed for this
gushing admiration of their product.

I just truly love these things.

Pots, pans, sinks...anything caked on.
The stains disappear like magic!

Yeah, that pun was intended.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

What I Bought At 3 French Hens

This aged-down tray was one of
the things I bought at

Three French Hens Antiques

I filled it with tarnished silverware:

I have a few things made from the same
tin material that I would like to age
down and put lettering on, so I bought
this to use as an example...

Pretty simple right, but I'm getting old
and I thought it might slip my mind
how it looked so buying one seemed
like a good idea.
Besides I love the shape of it too.

I'm getting ready to move quite a bit of
stuff around in the kitchen.

My goal is to get out the Fall stuff
this week (yes it's mid-July) and start
decorating for the next season.

What??? Too early you say?

I'm not a fan of Summer.

I'd rather have faux pumpkins in the
house and pretend they're growing
...think of it as a "farm-y" look if you
don't like the idea of Fall already.

Believe me, it will be October before
I'm close to being done anyway.

I tend to get distracted with on-going
projects getting in the way...

I think I have:
Attention Deficit Decorating Disorder

You probably have it too if you're
always moving things around.

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I appreciate the visit.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

A Stop At Three French Hens Wildwood MO

We made a stop at a beautiful shop in
Wildwood Missouri a few weeks back.

No photos allowed in the shop, but here's
some from their Facebook site and a link below
so you can look (shop) to your heart's content.


While there, I discovered a new love...
It's called COLOR!!!

This shop was so vibrant with color.

It made me re-think the direction I have been
headed with all my painting the furniture white.

I should have bought one or two of these...
but I guess that will be another trip.

The staff was wonderful.
The shop's owner was so kind. I loved the way
her walls were done so she took a picture for me
and emailed it to me on the spot!

Hope you'll get a chance to stop by their shop.

They're a little West of St Louis and you can
also buy by phone. 

Click on Facebook link.

Thanks for dropping by. I'll be back soon
to show you what I bought at the shop.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sad I Know, But I Grew Them

I love hydrangeas, blue ones especially.

I heard hydrangeas are easy to grow, so two
Summers ago I bought a plant with blue flowers.

Miraculously the plant has survived two winters.
But, after the first winter, the flowers came
back pink.

I bought a product that said it would turn them
back to blue, but that didn't work out...

I've decided to embrace the pink.

But I'm going to buy another plant
with blue flowers and see if I can keep
them blue.

If you have any tips on keeping them
blue, I would love to hear them!

 Meanwhile, I'm really proud of these
sad little shaggy blooms.

I put them in an old blue Mason jar and set
them on my coffee table that's a work in progress.

Here's a peek at my $12 Goodwill coffee table.
I bought it 3 years ago and have been torturing
it every since.

It's only halfway through it's makeover at this
point. I'll be sharing it as soon as I get done.

Thanks for dropping by and be sure to leave me
any tips you have for keeping hydrangeas blue!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Adriatic Village In McKinney Texas

One of my favorite housing areas in Texas
is called Adriatic Village.

 It's a master-planned community with a
European flair.
 There are townhouses, apartments...
 with lovely landscaping...
a small lake for your boat, or just to
improve your view... 
 and very, very large houses...
 Stone walls with quaint entrance-ways...
 and businesses interwoven into the the
residential areas...

 Even a tower...
 and, tall trees...

I love the idea of master-planned communities,
where shopping, schools and businesses are
within walking distance.

Adriatic Village, McKinney Texas.

If I hit the lottery, you'll find me there!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

A Winner And A Loser

Monday is Seniors Day, all day, all movies are $5.50
for seniors at our local Cinemark.

Tuesday is Discount Day, all day, all movies are $5.00
for everyone.

We took advantage of Seniors day today and saw
the new Tom Cruise movie,

Edge of Tomorrow

I've never been much of a Tom Cruise fan until today.
Seriously. His best movie, ever!

Go before you hear anything about it.
Go before you read any reviews.
Just go.
You'll be glad you did.

On the other hand...

Last week we saw another movie,

A Million Ways To Die In The West

About half way through the movie, I was wishing
I could die to get out of seeing the rest of it.

For this particular movie, I recommend you
don't even waste money on a video rental.
It was that bad.

Thanks for dropping by today.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It Takes A Worried Dog...

Little Henry William
was born on June 3rd.

Maybe I shouldn't say "little" as our new
member of the tribe made his appearance at
9 pounds 3.6 oz

This picture was taken at about 10 days of age,
at a coming out party.

If you recognize the fellow in the left hand corner,
yes it is Wrigley. He's trying to keep an eye on
anyone who dares hold his new baby.

 They say it takes a village to raise a child,
but sometimes it just takes a worried dog.

Wrigley seldom let Henry's older sister, Lily, out
of his sight and now it's the same with Henry.

Here's Wrigley 5 years ago with baby Lily and
Uncle Mike. Same dog, same stance, different baby.
So the future looks bright for Henry.
He'll never lack for companionship,
Wrigley will see to that.
But Henry will have to share his toys.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tarnished And Old, Perfection

The pig in the kitchen has some company now.

I added the new little transferware
dish to the top of the island.
It sits on a new (old) scale under a big cloche.
I have a thing for tarnished silverware
in case you haven't noticed.

I read recently you can use ketchup to
clean the tarnish off silver and copper.

Yeah, like I'm going to do that!
I'm starting to really like blue again.
I bought two pillow shams at a yard
sale recently.
Back around 1990, I started painting every
room country blue --And everything else too.
I even bought a plaid country blue couch.
Even painted the kitchen country blue!
When I look at pictures of that kitchen,
I just shake my head.

I didn't realize how depressed I was until
I got into a wreck and totaled my car.

I could see the crash coming and, literally,
my life flashed by in those few seconds and
all I could think was if I had another chance
I would change my life completely.

The car was totaled, but we were all OK.

I set about changing my life the very next 
day, and I painted everything forest
green after that. Seriously.
It's been 24 years since my "blue" period.
I think I'm ready to let that poor color
 out of jail!

Regarding Grand-Baby Watch:
This little one is 5 years old now, and she's
going to be a great sister if only her little
brother would decide to come out.

He must be like a fine wine...
I hope he's half as cute as big sister.

Thanks for stopping by!

I'll be over here this week:

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Crazy Horse And Other Thoughts

Believe it when they say time goes by faster
in the second half of your life.

Wild Bill and I often talk about the great road
trip we took last year to Deadwood SD.

Then I looked at these pictures of the
Crazy Horse monument in progress and 
the date of our trip was 2012 not 2013
like we were thinking.

We took the picture from the road.
It wasn't hard to miss.

The South Dakota lakes were lovely too.

We're on 'Baby Watch' around here, which
has slowed down time considerably.

The youngest daughter and her husband were
due to have their baby 2 days ago. As you
can imagine, she is not a happy camper.

For some reason our family runs late
in birthing our babies.

My three girls were 15, 11 and 14 days late!

It's no fun passing the 9th month
and still being very pregnant.

It's a little like being ready to be released
from prison and then being told it will take
a few weeks before you can actually go...
It's a lot like that!

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Finds From McKinney

Here are two of my favorite finds from
when I was down in McKinney Texas
a few weeks ago.

The porcelain jar advertises my favorite
tea - English Breakfast. It's a reproduction,
but that's ok with me. It was just $12.

The jar is functional as tea should be kept
in a dark place to maintain the flavor.

I have been avoiding buying any transfer
ware because there's a fine line between
collecting and hoarding, and I think I
cross it too easily.

I was sure if I started buying transferware,
I would get obsessed with it.

But, this little rooster handle got to me so
I promised myself just this one. And at
just $14 it wasn't much of a risk.

Now the dreaded first dish has slipped in.

If you're like me, you know what I'm

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