Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lazy Days of Summer

I hope you all are having a nice and relaxing summer. Maybe a little R & R? A nice cold glass of lemonade or ice tea by the lake, pool or ocean?

From my house to yours ~ Have a great and safe 4th of July Holiday!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Like Clowns in A Car

As I promised, I would like to share with you pics of what we packed into our SUV on our Kansas trip. While we were unloading I decided it was like trying to count the clowns getting out of the car at the circus. The stuff just kept coming and coming and coming.

A few of my favorites are the beautiful blue battery jars.

This was all in the car, except the card tables.

A couple of columns, a birdcage and I am a happy camper!

Clocks, collars and creams...

I found the best architectural pieces ever.

This window piece may end up on one my walls at home. We'll see...

With a little imagination, this old Model T part will become wall art.

I am going to use the child refrigerator and stove to display my magnets.

A few of these have already been spiffied up and are in the booth in McKinney.

I think My Dear Hubby deserves one of these trophys!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Will we win?

Last weekend My Dear Hubby and I traveled up to Kansas for the Mid America Flea Market.

The above photo is one I took as we were leaving. The photo below is one I took when we first arrived. The sun is not up a 5:30 in the morning...

The dealers are not able to set up in the building until 5:30. They all started showing up and began to quietly unload. It was intriguing to watch. Shoppers (me) were walking around asking prices before the items even hit the floor.

My dealer friend from McKinney and her husband have been going to this market for years. Carolyn and Kent met us there and showed us the ropes.

It was fun watching the "building" of this sale.
See the dirt area?
I will tell you about that in a couple of photos.

Tables seemed to just appear out of no where. We constantly had to walk around to see what newly arriving dealers had to offer.

Rows appeared along with more and more shoppers.

At 8: 30ish an announcement over the speaker brought even more dealers to the arena (dirt) area. I quickly made my way over to see what else I couldn't possibly pass up. I found two columns just as they came off a trailer. I also found some metal bread trays. I asked the dealer how much they were and she told me the price. I decided I wanted a few and was picking through them when a man walked up and asked the dealer how much they were and she told him the price. He said " I will take them all." Of all the nerve. I looked up at him and said I was buying some... I must have had some look on my face, because he backed up and said he would take what was left then. I had a good mind to buy them all. That is what the little devil on one of my shoulders told me to do. Thankfully the angel on the other shoulder won out and I was nice.

The crowd kept growing.

I started stacking a small part of what I bought over by the door.

MDH started loading the Tahoe. Now ,you have to realize we had been buying for several days before this sale started. Caroline and Kent said they would share a trailer with us. We agreed, but had no idea that we wouldn't' be able to find one to rent when we needed it. This left us with the one option of entering the contest ~
"How much can YOU cram into a Chevy Tahoe..???."

I looked around and there was way more stuff on the ground than would ever fit. I voiced this opinion out loud to my MDH. He didn't say anything. I knew he had his doubts too or he would have done that man thing of, " Oh no, it will fit, I can do anything..."
I just started handing him whatever item he thought would work in each strategic move.
At this point one would call this full. But, no we still had more.
( Two of the bread trays I bought are at the back.)

We couldn't leave this cool basket, cute child's chair or the neat stool behind,
could we?

Or this shabby shelf, plant holder and great cabinet?

How on earth would they ever fit?

He did it!! He WON!!!

Now, what about our luggage?

This was my view all the way home....

Stay tuned for more pics of everything unpacked.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Love Birds

My sister- n- law asked me to help her decorate for her oldest son's Wedding Rehearsal dinner. Well, I must tell you I was thrilled when she told me she wanted to do a BIRD theme. Music to my ears...
She came over and "shopped" at my house, picking only the bestest birdies for the occasion.
The church classroom became a lovebird sanctuary. A nest here, a birdcage there, here a bird, there a bird, everywhere a bird bird. Ole MacElla had a....
Sorry, I was getting carried away!

I found the tall candles at the Dollar Store and covered them with old sheet music paper. Then I found some more old paper and stamped words like love, forever, together and adore on them with my antique stamp set. We couldn't light the candles, so I bought battery flickering tealights and sat them in the top. Nobody knew we were practicing fire safety as we ate dinner. ( And a yummy meal we had. Catered food from Blue Mesa Grill , homemade guacamole by the Groom's parents,homemade cheesecake and Italian Creme Cake by the Groom's paternal grandmother and homemade salsa by the Groom's maternal grandparents.)
Now that was a great combo if my tummy has a vote!!

Brian and Aubrey make a fine pair of lovebirds, don't you think?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hello there.
Whew! What a whirlwind life can be... it is a busy time of year.
I finally have a little time to post about my Denver get away that My Dear Hubby and I took at the first of May.
He had business there, but we timed the trip so we could go to the monthly
Paris Street Market in Littleton.

I met up with Karen ( from my Jeane d' Arc Living post).
We had such a good time shopping and chatting.
Karen introduced me to Robin who is a very talented and creative decoupage artist.
I had admired her work last year when we visited the PSM in August.
Hop on over and visit her gorgeous website and her Etsy store.

Robin and Karen in front of some of Robin's beautiful work.

These grates were so pretty against the clear sky. Even though the day started at 32 degrees and I had not taken a warm enough jacket, the sun warmed me up as the day passed.

Birdcage stop...

I studied these shelves for a long time trying to figure out how I would get them back home.
The color was soooo delicious. I decided they wouldn't pass as a carry on.
Oh, well...

We left the PSM and headed over to downtown Littleton. We could have spent the rest of the day there just puttering around, but we hit a few highlights instead.
Our (mine anyway) favorite stop was at the Pink Attic. You get a pretty good hint from the outside what to expect when you walk through the door.

The sign in the window should say,
"Warning - Whimsy ahead!"

A few of these clock faces found their way home to Texas.

It is always good to see what is popular at home is even popular elsewhere.

There is some kind of unspoken bond there.

MDH had to spend a couple of days with business clients, so I spent that time over at the Park Meadows Mall. I meandered around and found the most wonderful store out in the Vista section. It was a beautiful day with a
" Mountain spring" running and the fresh air. Oh, I guess I forgot the gale force winds. Never mind the hair do... I should be accustomed to tossled hair being a
West Texas gal.
I always say that's why women in Texas have big hair!
Anyway, the name of the store is Cali and Mo.

A tasteful mix of old and new.

I spy a birdie!

I loved, loved, loved the huge wall hangings on the wall.

Alison said she was inspired to make the wall art after a trip to Las Vegas where she saw some type of similar hanging. I went to Vegas a couple of years ago and I don't remember seeing anything this cool there. Alison and I visited like we had known each other for years. I think we could have talked all day. I have said it before and I will say it again,
Friends are the best!