Sunday, April 20, 2014


Friday, April 18, 2014

It’s Spring! Who wants a drink?



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A year or two ago, my mother gave me a little cabinet, which I turned into a liquor cabinet.

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But last summer, I found this cute little cart that I spray painted gold.  I kept it in the bedroom for awhile (with books and a phone and a box of scarves which the kitties subsequently learned to open) and it was a little too large for the space. so I thought “why not?”


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The liquor is right there in the foyer (which would be really convenient if I could use the front door, but it hasn't worked right since we moved in in 2006  my husband has it on his list of "things to do" so I expect it will be done this millennium  summer), where it's handy.
I don’t even have to squat and open the doors! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Walkabout Wednesday #2

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Do you know my friend Kerry over at HouseTalkN?  Well, despite the fact that her neighborhood is filled with amazing homes with storybook style, she still dreams about a colonial—one that’s big enough for her large family.  (And they are both large in number—4 children!  And dogs!  And they are also very tall people—like 6 feet tall or more.  ~except maybe for the dogs~)  So my walkabout this week was a mission to find Kerry her King-sized K Colonial.


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We’ve got a bunch of ‘em!
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This one has handy-dandy balcony-ish things for the kids to play “Tarzan” on!

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This one is more “Southern Colonial”  with a big front porch.  I find a big front porch to be a great place for “time out.”  Public shaming never goes out of style.


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This one (which isn’t really crooked…I just held the camera that way) is perfect!  (It’s also the the one pictured at the top.)  Not only is approximately a billion square feet, it also has a garage with some sort of room above.  I like to call that room “Mom’s Hidey-Hole.”  You could probably put a wine fridge up there and a big fluffy couch and a television that only has HGTV and Bravo.

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Welcome to the 'hood, Kerry!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What I found appealing!

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Part Two of Spring Break travels took me to Maryland, where I met with the lovely women above: Eclectic Kelly, Sarah The Thriftress, The Painted Home (Denise brought her Crafty Camper!) and the inimitable Cassie from Primitive & Proper.

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(How cute is this camper?  DL talked about it all the way home.  I told him NO MORE PROJECTS!!!)


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One of the reasons we head to Maryland for a long weekend (besides visiting with Cassie) is to stop in at Chartreuse, where they have great ideas for booth spaces.  (This is an antique crib similar to one we picked up at an estate sale last fall.)


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Some of the Sweet Clover family had a tent space at Chartreuse, too.

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It was a pretty day, but INCREDIBLY windy, and DL was the hero of the day when he took hold of a tent that was collapsing. 

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They ended up taking the whole thing down, after it had broken in the wind.

Meanwhile, I ran around, checking things out.  (I would have jumped in to help, but my right arm isn’t really moving.  Something has happened to my shoulder. They gave me drugs, but I am afraid to take them.)



What did you find appealing?

Friday, April 11, 2014

I Take it all Back!

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I had a little problem in the spot where I had my booth.  The guy who had the booth next to mine used to put his table in front of where folks walked into my booth. 


Part of the problem was my booth space—it wasn’t one of those nice open booth spaces, it was enclosed on three sides with a narrow entryway.

And the guy next to me used to push his little table in front of the doorway.  And the table was full of Waterford.
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Every time I tried to get into my booth, I was afraid.

So were the folks who wanted to get into my booth.  I told the owners that I needed a new space, or I would have to go somewhere else. (This was true…the space I had was pretty expensive for having no visibility.)
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So they found me a new space and I got ready to move over spring break.  I went into the shop, and the owner met me at the door with that “deer in headlights” look, and she said “There have been some changes.” 
I thought ‘oh crap.’


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And found that all my stuff had been moved to the new space!  The Waterford guy was moving into my old space, and he paid a helper to move all my stuff out and over to the new space!  (Bonus—he was all nice and apologetic.)
I’m sorry I dissed you, Waterford guy.  You are my new friend!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Walkabout Wednesday #1!

Because my friend Mare has inspired us to walk at least 10,000 steps a day…and now the weather is nice enough to do it…I’ve decided to take my camera with me.

This week on my sojourn, I saw this:


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and for just a moment, my breath caught in my throat.
But then I saw this,


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and it was okay, because I knew it was time!


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Happy spring, y’all!

Also...don't forget the book club with Our Fifth House, Primitive and Proper and yours truly!  I am a little late in letting y'all know that The Forgotten Garden is our book for April, but I'll jump right on the May title so you have plenty of time to read.

Monday, April 7, 2014

What I Found Appealing

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He’s thinking to himself, “Who is this woman?  She is OBVIOUSLY a tourist.”

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“And she isn’t very fancy,” says this glamorous Italian lady.


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“Frankly, I’m surprised she even knows what the Hudson River School IS!”

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“I’d slap her, but I don’t have any hands.”
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“Obviously she belongs in front of the wall o’ tchotchkes, and not with the FINE art!”

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“You KNOW how she feels about tchotchkes!”

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“Yep…she’s a farm girl, just like us.  We can spot one a mile away.”

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“Getting a little bit above herself, don’t you think?”

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“We’ll pray for her.”