Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Our Thanksgiving Table

Not being at home with family around the holidays is a little depressing every once in a while but then I start to think about a house full of family and realize being on the other side of the country is not so bad.  I am not fighting over the creamed corn, the last piece of cake, and the last  of the ice.

This year our friends Ginger and Chef, Jeremiah, hosted Thanksgiving at their new home.  We had an amazing spread and table scape.  Ginger claimed that she doesn't use her China enough and it was a perfect opportunity to dust it off.  Honestly, I have never used mine for a dinner party.  Chad and I will have an occasional night with it on the bar stools in the kitchen.  That's about as partied up as we get around our house. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Have you tried a YOLO board yet?  My brother bought a couple boards that Chad and I took out for a spin when we were home on vacation a few weeks ago.  It was mega easy and really relaxing.  I wish I lived somewhere I could run out and do this every morning.

If you get a chance rent a set. 

That leads me to ask... if you could do one thing today what would you do?  Help someone? Go somewhere?  Selfishly, I would probably take a month off of work and travel through Europe.  Could Quincy go?

YOLO (You only live once...)
Draper Lake@ Old Florida Beach, Florida

Old Florida Beach, Florida

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Old Glory Antiques Fair Littleton, CO 2013

Deep breath.  It's really hard to control yourself when everything that you love is within a few hundred square feet of you.When I pulled up to The Old Glory Antiques Fair in Littleton yesterday my eyes kind of glazed over and my heart started beat faster, faster, and faster.  There was so much there to take in.  It was like a candy store that was full of Turtles, Cadberry eggs, Swedish Fish, and Pink Jelly beans.  All there for me.  I could pick anything that I wanted... as long as it was within my budget. 

 Kari from Babs rode along with.  Its great to know someone that has the same appreciation for junk treasures as I do.  She tells me that I am certainly not a hoarder just a serious collector.

We had a cupcake from GiGis and found some really great things IE a trunk that I am going to put all of my hand me down quilts in for... wait for it... $50?!?!?!??!?! 

She didn't buy this.  I promise.

What was my biggest takeaway from this show?  There are so many amazing items out in the world that people are throwing away.  I think about some of my favorite stores  Restoration Hardware, Anthropologie, and Pottery Barn. They have been collecting "trash" for years and people pay ridiculous amount of money for it.  I can take a Saturday to attend fairs and shows like this and come home with great items that would probably retail for 5 or 10x times more than what I pay for them. 

It's totally worth the hunt and time spent.

Check out the Old Glory Antique Fair site and get it on your calendar.  You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ana Whites Simple Potting Bench

I am slacking on my posts lately...
1.  I need a new computer
2. I donated my printer and it was the only way that I could upload photos to my computer.  It was old. Yuck.
3. I sold my computer chair at my yard sale and haven't replaced it...

What was I thinking...

I know I promised a backyard oasis a couple months ago but the HOA took so long to approve our plans we spent our money on a new TV.  Ha.  We have started saving again and are thinking it might be a better purchase for the fall anyway.  Stores trying to get rid of inventory at the end of the season.

 In the meantime I am making due with what I have.  I had piles of pots and various gardening items on the porch and didn't have room in our garage to store these things...  We actually park our cars in our garage.  Who does that?? 

Ana White has an awesome website that has plans for anything that you could ever think of building.  I started checking out potting benches on Pinterest and then found a link to her site.  We have used it before for other projects and knew this was something that I could handle.

 The great thing about her site is she tells you the boards that you are going to need and then the order that you should have them cut in... Here is what I took to Lowes with me...

They cut it for me.  Right there. I just had to go home and put it together.  It's just like Ikea... only more a bit more sturdy.

I used my handheld mouse sander thingamajig to smooth out my boards because I used the cheapest boards that I could buy... small budget.

 I had a small towel rack from Ikea that I had not used yet and put that on the front of it in case we needed a towel one night while we were grilling... you never know!  It will be an awesome serving table and we can put drinks in my metal bin on the bottom shelf.  Multi purpose people.  Multi.

I used Olympic Antiqued Grey Stain... 1 quart did the trick.

Click here to get the plans that I used. 

I can't wait for my next project! Now excuse me while I go and pick the splinters our of my hands.  

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Paris Street Market in Boulder 6/9/13

Obviously I have a thing for getting up early on Saturday morning and starting my day.  Boulder on the other hand does not.  I got up at my normal time of 6:30 yesterday and headed to Boulder for the Paris Street Market.  I didn't think twice about what time it was to start because the sister market in Littleton begins at 8 if not a little earlier.  I arrived at 7:45 only to realize the dumb thing didn't start until 9. 

I sat patiently on a brick wall for what felt like 4 hours,  My phone finally showed 8:57.  I started walking around.  Now that I was a bit irritated and I became a little vulnerable. I came across a few things that I really didn't need but told myself if I didn't buy them that I would regret it later...  I still have nightmares about the couch Chad talked me out of buying at the Pottery Barn Outlet 7 1/2 years ago.  Ahhh gives me chills.  Who leaves a $250 down couch just sitting in a store?  Chad does... and apparently I do too.

I was done by 9:24 and spent more than I intended.

I brought this iron home.

Will I be returning to the market in Boulder?  Probably not.  It was small.  The vendors were really irritated that they all had to pay cash tax after the show was over, none of them took credit, and none were willing to negotiate.  One lady got mad that I offered her $3 less than my total for 5 itmes that I wanted.  She told me her things were priced to sell.  Sell them to someone else and put it all back. I'm not going to be buying from you.

I understand that it's a "higher end" show but seriously... it's a market.  I know a little better than to pay $55 for a locker basket.  That's cray.

 Let's all wake up a little earlier, drink a little more coffee, and negotiate next time.  

I did top my morning off with this.  I enjoyed it.  Lots.

Check back tomorrow to see my new potting bench that I made!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Paris Street Market Littleon, CO

A Paris Street Market kicked off in Littleton yesterday.  Finally!  That means summer is here...

Pyrex... couldn't leave it there for anyone else.
A chicken feeder for my lipstick to stand in
A metal basket that is now in my basement housing all of my rolls of wrapping paper

Some of my favorite items and booths...

Monday, April 15, 2013

Screen Door to the Basement

Going to the basement used to be annoying.  Who would design a house and put 7 doors in a tiny tiny tiny hallway?  I don't have the answer but if you do please share.

We thought it would be easy to find an old screen door to replace door numero uno.  Everyone has those fancy storm doors these days so there is a surplus of screen doors somewhere.  We looked after work last Friday at some junk/thrift shops and didn't find one door under $75.  One booth had a cool black door that had redone but was being used a message center.  She tried to sell it to us but thought we were cray when we said we were going to use it as an actual door.  *Astonishing* Using a door for a door.  That's crazy talk.

I got on Craigslist and found one for $20 and arranged to pick it up. We cut it to size Saturday afternoon.  Painted it and sanded Sunday. The project wasn't easy and it's still not 100% but close enough that I can show you.  Enjoy!  

Here is our tight space before...
 Without the door... not bad but we don't want Q running up and down the stairs all night.

Attempt numero uno on cutting the door to the correct size.  Forget that... it took forever and alot of sanding.  I still need to sand more off the sides this weekend. My arm hurts thinking about it.

 Painting attempt 1 Saturday evening... then it started to get really windy and I had to finish inside on Sunday.
Today we got 6 or 7 inches of snow so I was able to clean it up and take photos.  Like?

It fulfilled our need.  We now have air circulating between the floors, you don't have to guess what's behind door number 1, and it's not wide open for Quincy to roam free.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

House Portraits

My mom is an avid painter and has been working on some commissioned paintings of peoples homes the past few months.  I have been beggggggging for one of our house.  Wouldn't it be cool to have a painting of every house that you have lived in all on a wall together?  Need.

I came home from work to find a crazy shaped package on the front porch a couple weeks ago.  Chad got to the package first so he was the one who got to open it. It is always a race to see who can get the mail or the packages that are left first... Everyone likes a prezzie.

Some others...

I am working on a wall in our bedroom to hang it on.  I am sure it will be a few weeks before I show you as much time as it has been taking me to finish anything lately.  The  weather has been forcing me to spend as much time as possible outside in between snow storms.

Stay warm.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My Yellow Thrift Store Lamp

I am ok admitting that the lamp I bought a while back was a bit shabby.  

And now I am ok admitting that the lamp I bought a while back is AWESOME.  Last weekend during my Saturday romp around Target I noticed a clearance on some early spring Threshold items.  Like a full moon with shooting stars, a chocolate Easter bunny on Easter morning, a full stocking of Swedish Fish at Christmas the perfect lamp shade was on clearance.  Just for me. No one else.   $14 later it was in my car on it's way home to meet its new base.

Suddenly my $4 yellow lamp turned into a $40 yellow lamp.

Happy Wednesday!!!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

My birthday mantle.

Have I told you about my birthday party that I am throwing for myself?  I rented a 56 passenger bus and we are going to a surprise location for an evening.  Yeahhhhhhhh buddy.  Get on tha' bus.  I'll post photos of the shinnagans later but for now you get to see my birthday mantle that is in the makings...

I love vintage photos.  I have a few tucked all around our house.  Last weekend I came across a bookstore that sells them.  They aren't cheap.  I sat on the floor for about an hour and dug through boxes of them. I picked out ones I wanted.  Pick out ones I might want later.  Then I  picked out a couple that were really random for Ole' Chadwick.  I made a cash offer to the owner and he took it.  Surprised me.  He didn't seem like the negotiating type.

So here they sit.  Waiting.  Waiting on my birthday cards to come in the mail and to have company on the mantle.  Soon boys... soon.

Do you see a birthday coupon from Anthropologie?  You betcha.
All of my friends going on my bus ride.
Birthday cake bakers
A happy baby.

Sweet girl
Route 2.  Best address ever.
Does he have the best tights known to man on???