Friday, October 25, 2013

Fun Finds Friday - Vintage Jackpot!

Wow!  I really hit the vintage jackpot this weekend with my thrifting adventures!  Just look what I found!

Everything Vintage!
Dress form, old photographs, floral frogs, old craft books, vintage scale, vintage poloroid



I have been wanting an antique dress form for my sewing/guest room, but they have been so expensive.  I basically stole this from the lady that was selling this one.  Shh!  Don't tell anyone!






She is a little rusty on the top and it just makes her more beautiful.  She also has the figure I would like to have!







I have been collecting vintage floral frogs.  I have them in my craft room to display some of my hand-stamped cards and to use for taking pictures of them.  Plus, they are just cool-looking.  And look at the old Kismet cards from a vintage 1975 game.  They are going to become scrapbook and paper crafting ephemera in my etsy shop someday soon.




And speaking of ephemera.....these vintage Workbasket magazines are filled to the brim with really cool old ads and ephemera.  I'll do another post in the near future to show you the insides of some of these old beauties from the 50's and 60's.



Vintage photos are super hot right now and I hit pay dirt with these from an estate sale!  It's beyond me how family would want to get rid of their heritage, but I guess I won't complain since I am the beneficiary of part of this estate.  Many of these are the old kind that are mounted on a thick postcard style backing.  I haven't explored the dates on these yet, but they are all black and white, and I would guess that some of the older ones are from the late 1800's to very early 1900's.




These will be awesome in some paper crafting projects I have planned and will ensure that the pictures, if not the memories of these long ago loved people stay alive.






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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I'll be back - real soon!!

This has been a year where I have had to just hang on with all my might, but I promise I will be back and posting some Fun Friday Finds, amusing stories and great trash to treasure projects!


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Monday, July 22, 2013

Be the Difference - Stampin' Up! Style


This year's Stampin' Up! convention theme was "Be the Difference" and addressed how Stampin' Up! allows us to make a difference not only in our lives, but the lives of others we help along the way.  I have been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator/Creative Coach for 14 years.  I started because I had three young children at home and, well, I needed to get away from them and this provided the perfect excuse!  I could control my own schedule, make as little or as much additional income as I wanted and make new friends.  The majority of my best friends are a result of relationships built through Stampin' Up!

I thought it would be fun to share the "Be the Difference" Convention video.  If you look carefully, you will see me on the bus for our Headquarters tour.



If you have ever thought about becoming a Creative Coach just for fun, for money, or for relationships, now is a great time to do it!  We have special offerings to make it almost irresistible to join now!  Check out the special "Pick a Kit" offer for new Demonstrators.  It's only $99 to join and you receive a kit valued at over $190 (including business supplies) in addition to the Pick a Kit offer!  Click herehttp://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/thestampqueen/jointhefun to sign up!  Use "thestampqueen" for your password.






Dates: July 15-August 31, 2013
Kit Options:
The first three project kits are from the holiday catalog and the last option is from the annual catalog.
OptionKit DescriptionItemTotal Value
1
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
133507
132698
$29.90
2
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
133507
132697
$29.90
3
Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit
133463
$19.95
4
Tag a Bag Bundle AND
Tag a Box Bundle
131371
131372
$22.45



I look forward to having you on my Team!
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fun Finds Friday - Stamp Holder and other Awesome Vintageness!

It's been a long, long time since I have been able to go to garage and estate sales because of illness, death in the family, vacation and just being too busy overall.  I was SO glad to be able to go this week and I was able to get some great treasures!

Vintage Stamp Holder, Bone China Teacup, Frame, old rodeo brochure, vintage state flag brochure, 2 containers of lace, candlesticks, baby items, clock, luggage rack


I was so thrilled to find the stamp holder!


 I have been debating about getting one of the new ones for my craft room because I haven't found an old one, and this one came complete with several vintage stamps!  I have also been looking for a luggage rack for my guest room.  This is also a hard-to-find item, so I hit the lottery on Friday!


I have plans to repurpose the frame, candlesticks and clock.  Watch for it here.

And no thrifting is complete without fabulous toys for my sweet Brodee!

Hope you had a terrific thrifting week!

















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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pinned and Rated - The Pioneer Woman's Sour Cream Pancakes

The other day, for my birthday, my Managers took me out to the Pop Diner in Dallas for breakfast.  I had their Sour Cream Pancakes.  They were absolutely delicious.  Pancakes are not my favorite thing to eat, but I would definitely order them there again.

So, tonight when thinking about what to make for dinner, I decided to try sour cream pancakes.  When I Googled them, the recipe from Pioneer Woman came up first.

From "The Pioneer Woman" website




Mine actually looked exactly like hers, which is good!  I thought they were quite good.  The Cowboy didn't think they were anything special.  They were light, tasty and super easy to make.  I would probably rate them a 7 or 8 on a scale of 10.  The Cowboy would probably rate as a 5, so I will go with a rating of 7.  Final answer.

 There was another interesting looking recipe that differed quite a bit from The Pioneer Woman's.

Epicurious

If anyone has tried the above recipe or has one that they think would top the one I already tried, I would love to hear from you!


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Sunday, April 14, 2013

And Now....The Rest of the Story.....


From my Journal:  January 3

When I posted this story on my facebook page, all my friends and acquaintances bugged me for a few days to let them know how it ended.  I just realized, I never updated it here.

And now….the Rest of the Story….(from this post)

It’s Wednesday morn at crack of the dawn,
I roll out of bed and stifle my yawn.
I’m tired and cranky, not really sure why –
Until I remember last night, (with a sigh.)

There’s always something stealing my rest
While putting my patience and good humor to test!
I contemplate what the Cowboy has done
As I exit the front door, by which rests - a large gun.

I decide there and then that ignorance is bliss
Since knowing the answer could put my spirit amiss.
So, my friends, I can’t tell you how this story ends-
The interpretation thereof, on you, it depends.

All I can share is when at home I returned,
Out in the front yard a HUGE bonfire burned!

The End.
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

In Desperate Need of a "Do-Over" Day!


If cats are allowed to have nine lives, don’t you think it’s fair to give humans seven “do over” days in their lifetime?

I needed one last Saturday!  I had planned on getting things done around the house on Saturday and maybe do a little shopping. I started getting dressed for the day.  I planned on wearing this cute little outfit that consisted of a turquoise jacket, black shirt, turquoise, gray, black and white skirt, gray tights and the outfit would be finished off with gray boots and matching gray leather purse.  Cute, huh?  Maybe even an outfit for the Polyvore boards?

The Planned Outfit

During the process of getting dressed, I was interrupted and had to run outside.  I threw on a jacket and comfy clogs.  The Cowboy was outside getting ready to drive down to Temple, TX to pick up some Dall sheep.  I wasn’t going to go with him, but ended up feeling guilty.  He was running late and needed to leave immediately, so I hopped in the truck, and off we went!  We were on the road when I looked down and realized that I hadn’t finished dressing.  So, instead of wearing this:

Still the "Planned" Outfit
I ended up wearing this:

The Reality Outfit
Along the way, when we get out of the truck to get drinks and use the facilities, I feel very self-conscious about my appearance.  Did I also mention that I forgot to comb my hair?  The handsome Cowboy just saunters in everywhere we stop like he owns the place.  I notice he walks a little ahead of me, but is very solicitous to me.  I secretly think he is just trying to garner sympathy because he has such a pathetic, uncombed and unmatched wife.  What a martyr!

We meet up with our friend, load the sheep and head back home.  We are hungry and the Cowboy decides we should eat at Rudy’s Barbeque.  I don’t want to go anywhere we have to actually go in and attempt to convince him that eating and driving would be better since we need to get home and pick up the grandbaby for a night with us.  He has his mind set on Rudy’s, and in we go.  We both had to use the restroom first. 

The restaurant is laid out with long, family style tables.  You must walk past all the diners in order to get to the restroom.  Upon reaching about the middle of the dining room (and in the best spot for the most diners to see you), I feel something slither down my body!  I looked down and it was…….


My slip!! 



Around my ankles .........

(that are just above my brown shoes that don’t match my gray tights or my black, turquoise, white and gray skirt).  I am absolutely positive EVERYONE in the dining room witnessed my fiasco.  After all, they were staring at me already because of my get-up!



Normally, I’m a quick thinker, but that’s usually with a comeback that takes a dig at someone else.  I didn’t really know what to do, so I reached down, pulled the slip up over my skirt, held it around my waist and ran to the bathroom.  I am laughing at this point, but I’m not really sure if I’m laughing because I think it’s funny or I’m horrified!  I look at the Cowboy as we both enter our respective bathrooms, and he is grinning at me from ear to ear!  He obviously thinks it's hilarious.  


The Disaster

I run into the bathroom, throw the slip into the trash and lock myself in a stall.  I begin laughing hysterically and can’t stop while I’m doing my business.  During this time, two people walk into the restroom and they must think there is either a hyena or a crazy woman in there with them.  They quickly left.  When I finally left the “ladies” I was hiccupping from laughing and my eyes were still wet and watery.  People probably thought I was really upset.  The Cowboy was at the counter ordering, so I had to walk the aisle past all the diners alone.  I KNOW they were all staring at me.  And once again, they were all pitying the handsome Cowboy with the pathetic, uncombed, unmatched and now half undressed wife!


When we sit down to eat, the possibility of a new horror hits me and I lean into the Cowboy and ask, “When I pulled the slip up around my waist, did it bring my skirt with it?  OH NO!!!  Did I also moon the diners?”

The Cowboy, in his quiet way, just looked at me with a twinkle in his blue eyes, a soft, loving smile at his wife, and shrugged.

I’m currently making plans to move to Siberia where no one knows me.




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