Thursday, November 5, 2009

Once Upon a Time...

...I started a blog and forgot to update it.  

"Forgot" isn't exactly how it went...but I don't see any need to elaborate on how unwilling yet coerced into "busy" i have become. *sigh. 

Anyway, I'll spare you the excuses and offer my apologies, along with some pretty fantastic new shop offerings! 
(are we friends again?!)
Check the store now for the chairs...or wait 'til tonight to see everything pictured above!


Sunday, October 25, 2009

what we ate for dinner

*warning: this will make you super supper jealous!*


Check out the dinner party featuring local foods as part of FoodBuzz 24, 24, 24 thrown by the ex-roommate Emily (and way awesome blogger behind the health nut) and her internship friend (and chef!) Dan that the husband and I were invited to Saturday night!


(Oh, and Etsy updates are coming...there are plenty of fun things to post, just not enough time!)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shop Update!

The SHOP has been updated....with a few things.  There should be a lot more on by tonight....so click away, or wait--it's up to you! 

Thrifted Thursdays...

...are BACK!

Today's featured fave thrifted (or garage-saled) find: VINTAGE LINENS!

Like this lovely peacock chenille rug that goes perfectly in my new bathroom....

and this adorable, adorable pillow case (does anyone know what this kind of stitching is called...the little "'bubbles" of fabric sewn onto fabric?  They're like miniature pillows sewn on to make flowers here...)
whatever it is, I think I'm going to try to make something like this!

Have any of you found amazing vintage linens at thrift stores/garage sales?  Or are you one of those (weird) people who is grossed out by this and doesn't believe in the power of a little soap and water?! :)

My Dog Refuses to Stop Being Cute

Exhibit 1:  (the prince and the pea)

Exhibit 2: (shiny and clean b/c the husband gave him a bath!)

Bathroom, Finally

Here ya go...Sorry for the crap photos...but I gave up on waiting for the sun to hit that window like ever this week :





Husband likes the shelf in the window...but I think it still may go...

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Check It! (or, Rather, Check Them!)

See those fun things on the right there? ----->
(okay, maybe down just a little bit)

(yeah, i know, if you're reading on Google Reader this doesn't apply to you.)

Those are my friends with blogs!!! I know I'm missing a ton of you, so I'll get to the adding...eventually...along with all the blogs I follow even though I'm not BFF with their authors. Anyway, for now you should check them out!

p.s. next time I blog I promise to have pictures of a completed bathroom, recent garage sale finds (the spoils of another fantastic treasure hunting saturday with the ex-roommate), and soon to be listed shop stuffs!

Shop Update!

New stuff went in the shop two nights ago...(YAY!)



And more will make it in this AM if I hustle my bustle before going to work...if not, these treasures should be there by tonight!...(and, yes, i did just say "hustle my bustle" :) )

Oh, and the husband and I might just try to finish the bathroom painting endeavor tonight...so hopefully pics of that soon...til then, enjoy this one (from the Purina Farms Incredible Dog Competition that the husband and I serendipitously stumbled upon last Saturday!):

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Better or Worse? Better...or Worse?

Before:
After:

So, the top of the bookshelf isn't quite so gross anymore.  But it still needs work.  Suggestions?

p.s. this is one of the two Haeger birds I found at an antique store (having a 20% off sale for all of October!)  They seem to be identical...and not like a Left and  Right....so I thought about splitting them up...one for me, one for the store...but do you think that's a good idea?  I looked EVERYWHERE on the internet (okay, not everywhere) for them and couldn't find so much as a mention...let alone a picture of another one.  Is there a rule about splitting up pairs of treasures?!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bathroom: In Progress





Well, just try to imagine a dark grass-ish, kelly-ish green (def. NOT jade/bluegreen...see the paint chip in the last pic on the right?) on the bottom half of the walls, the shower curtain gone (Chro, do you want it?)...replaced by white eyelette, the wall behind the school chairs actually painted and not outlined because i was too lazy to take them off the wall, and the mini-blind/ladder/shelf clutter/tape gone, oh, and the top color not looking so seafoam-puke-ish in the daylight...imagine all that, and you'll be picturing my bathroom (hopefully) 3 days from now!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Disaster Area:

My Bathroom.

So the institutional green-ing of my bathroom did commence this weekend, but due to really stupid decisions on my part (ie. buying the cheapest rollers at walmart...what was i thinking?! i know you don't buy the cheapest rollers...but at least if you do so from Lowes, it's a lot less trouble than if you do from walmart) it's not done. I'll post some "in progress" shots in a bit...but unless you want to see zillions of roller fuzzies on my wall or the really hot look of those walls after i wiped them all off with paper towel before i got a good roller to use to go back over it, you won't see the current state of the bathroom. Ah well, live and learn, and forget, and relearn.

But in good news, in the sunlight, i no longer hate/love/hate the colors like i did last night in the lightbulb-light.

I thought I might have to paint over it...has anyone actually painted over a room directly after finishing a paint job? There's a chance I may still want to before this thing is done!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

st. louis, we have a problem...

I keep finding things for the store...that will probably never make it to the store because i fall in love with them! oh help!

If at least one white Haeger pottery bird doesn't show up in the store in the next week or so, somebody yell at me!

it's my day "off"

not going into the office because, well, because they said 15 hours a week and i'm already at 22 and working friday. not that i don't need the hours...but there's a house to clean and a baby to sit this afternoon!

so, i'm going to do the dishes before i get to etsy, but thought i'd share this fun-o find that will make it to the shop soon! (p.s. chro, hide your eyes if you don't want to see a christmas present!!)


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

*sigh

It's still not on sale yet...anybody at Anthro wanna just pull some strings?!

In other news:  
*I forgot about Thrifted Thursdays (twice), so i'll try to make up for that sometime this week.

*I thought life couldn't get any busier than my summer. ha.

*We have a confirmed sighting of one mouse.  He had better as heck be the last one. 

*It's feeling like fall around here.  Raise your hand if you're excited! *me* 

*I'm taking suggestions for how to have more energy.  I have some free time, just no energy to accomplish anything, so please, suggest away.  Coffee doesn't count--already doing that.

*Because of the above reason, I still have two quarts of green paint sitting on my bathroom cart--instead of gracing the walls.  Gonna try to work on that this weekend, photos to follow if all goes well!

*I like this picture.  And I like the husband.  Which, as it turns out, works out pretty well in a marriage!

*Well, that does it for this super boring post...and I'm off to buy S'mores supplies for a bonfire tonight!!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Garage Sales are in My Blood

Fave find of the day (well, fave find that i actually bought....actual fave find is the teal barrister bookcase i left behind because i'm poor (say it like you're oliver twist...puoh-hr))

Fabulous Frankoma#219 
             

I bought it as though it was for the shop.  yeah, not so sure it iwll make it there!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Awesome Amazingness (and Something Cute, but Sorta Wrong)

Some pictures: (fabulous canister set you can find in the shop tomorrow!)


(and what the husband does to our dog when he (the husband, not the dog) is supposed to be working on a sermon. the sad thing is, as much as i wanted him to, Laz really didn't seem to mind!)





Thursday, September 24, 2009

not lions or tigers or bears...but MICE!

yeah, still dealing with the mouses. not so thrilled about it.  the one i saw run down the microwave cord along the side of the fride (the micro is on top of the fridge) failed to see the appeal in the 4 cheese-baited snap traps and 3 poison boxes we left out for him. ugh.  oh, and they ate the little new shoots off of my parsley and completely demolished my cilantro.  did i mention how much i hate them?!

in other news...lots of items are photographed (hurray for the sunlight!) and ready for the shop (maybe tonight?!). 'til then, here's a sample:
                              
carnival glass, fun wooden boxes, and shoe forms, oh my!


other apartmenthouse going-ons:  i finally found the time (and de-moused my kitchen (okay, i'm done talking about the mice now) ) to make this corn chowder, recipe courtesy of the wonderful kim no-longer-mack! (check out her blog, it's fun!)  The farmer's market was out of spinach last time i was there, so i threw 1 1/2 c. of zucc into my food processor just before the "add half of soup to food processor" bit.  I also added a little crushed red pepper and increased the potato, corn, and milk amounts a smidge.   All in all, the husband and i think it was quite a success!  Thanks for sharing, kim!

also, as promised, one of the fab-o finds from this past weekend's garagesaling: 

                                                   
her name is Kathy.  i'm sad about the little corner (lower left) that is messed up, but still, she's great!  I'm thinking about painting the frame.  thoughts?

She'll probably go above the "green monster."  I need to COMPLETELY re-do all that jazz up there.  Some of it was just put there during the moving process and never left.  It looks like cah-rap, i know, so don't tell me.  Anyway,  What items do you think i should *keep* along with Kathy?  (anyone else have Ben Folds in their head now?!)
                                    

Monday, September 21, 2009

I'm a liar.

I did NOT "pick up the pace" this weekend as promised in the previous post. I'm blaming the mice that have been terrorizing my kitchen, the unreasonable amount of poop they left in my stove and everywhere else that took forever to clean, the migraine that kept my husband in bed for a loooong time (and gave me tired germs as well), and a very unpleasant burn on my hand from steam as i attempted to cook some corn for corn chowder--but mostly, exceedingly, and rather pissed about it, i blame the mice. On the bright side, however, we went to bed last night listening to the sounds of traps snapping and mice making really sick horrible dying sounds. And we are SO doing that tonight, mice, so if any of you are left, be very freakin' scared!

I know photo-accompanied blog posts are *always* better, but i decided that there is an exception: mangled mice in trap photos, even ones of my husband being my knight-in-shining-armor and removing them from my kitchen before breakfast would probably not help out the readership at this point. Sorry if you feel otherwise...

So, although nothing new made it into the shop, I did find some AMAZING things this weekend which will hopefully be photographed tomorrow (please let there be sun when i get home from work!)

Okay, so that's it. If you're reading this blog AND you are the person who make the shop's SECOND (!!!!) sale, your item shipped today! Watch for that blue vinyl package!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Shop Update!


a new (and really awesome) bag added to the shop:
(hopefully more items on by tonight!)

but MORE IMPORTANTLY......

Happy-Go-Vintage Shop made its FIRST SALE!!!!

...and someone should be getting a package (with a bonus surprise) in 2-3 business days!

Thanks for checking in...I'm off to dinner with the husband, but promise to pick up the pace this weekend!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Garage Sales are Grrreat!


What 2 bucks'llbuyya:

2 awesome pictures!!!!





i mean, 2 awesome picture FRAMES! (if you can't tell, they're sizable! see how tiny the door hinge and wall outlet are in the top picture, for perspective)


i felt super, super guilty after paying the lady...because i didn't want her to know i planned to ditch the pictures and was just buying her pictures for the frames. I left really fast, and then when I came back by her sale later with husband and friends and friends' baby, i felt horrible, like she *knew* i bought her pictures just for the frames.

usually i feel awesome when i score things for next-to-nuthin' but why does it lately have to be from cute little old ladies?!

Even more annoying that feeling like i ripped off someone's grandma: when someone whines so much about how sad they are to be selling something--going on and on about the history of the item--that you start to feel guilty for buying it from them...but not really, because it's her own blasted fault for deciding to sell it. Case in point:

Two awesome vintage Le Creuset pots...with HEART handles! (pics to be added later). The lady saw me paying her husband for them and told me it about "broke her heart" to part with them (okay, and *who* decided to put them on the table in her front yard?) and she told me she'd made many a roux in those (did you stop making roux?) and she told me how much she paid for them thirty years ago (several times more than i was handing over to her husband...i hope she didn't let herself think about inflation on top of it all!), so after assuring her--amid her rambling on about Julia Child and France and quality cookware--that i would take good care of them (and throwing in an unnecessary detail about my sister being a french major who wanted to go to culinary school to make it seem a bit more legit), i left to her calling out after me, "be sure to enjoy those!" oh trust me, lady...i will!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

That's It and That's All


Well, the dining room wall finally went from this:

to this:


to this:
YAY! I still need to replace some of the horizontal pics w/ vertical ones, print some wedding and fam pics for the empty frames, and get the mats/glass back in a couple of these puppies, but it's much better than the blue vinyl look the room was rockin' for several days, and cleaned up *some* of the clutter in the room (15 frames take up a lot of table/windowsill space!). (Confession: I waited so long to actually use my blue vinyl templates that some of them actually started peeling/falling off of the wall in the heat...the pics I shot to document the whole process helped keep all that work from being a waste!)

I like them a lot, but the more I hang things up--and the more husband kindly pokes fun at my affinity for nailing/stapling/gluing/screwing/bolting anything and everything to the wall (short of the dog)--the more I wonder if I'm taking it too far. Thoughts? Here I like the look of a clean buffet (with space to fill with FOOD, which is the purpose), as opposed to a buffet covered with propped up photo frames...but are there times that it's better to leave a blank(ish) wall with a more easily-changed-out table arrangement below? Examples, anyone? (I'll try to get on that too...)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thrifted Thursdays

I nearly forgot to do a "Thrifted" post today. So, while it's still called today...here ya go! (sorry for the realllly crappy picture...)

Vintage "Happy Birthday" wrapping paper! A HUGE roll of it! So far, my sister is the only one I've remembered to use it for, but no worries...YOU *could* be next!

(I think the point is to share where the item came from to show where cool stuff is to be found...but I kind of forget at this point. Wait, no...it was from a barn sale outside of Norwalk, Ohio! Ya just never know what you'll find in a barn!)