Sunday, March 3, 2013


I'm addicted! I bought the retro (blue) smashbook last year, and have been adding to it here & there. For me, the first page was the hardest to do. I like it so much better than regular scrapbooking. I also bought the 365 book, & will get started on that one soon.

I'm mostly using it for all our ballpark trips, but there's some random & girlie goodness in there too.

Here's my cover & some of my pages.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A brown themed post.

Hi all,

I just wanted to share my latest finds. 2 Johnson Brothers Olde English Countryside dinner plates. I love them, I hope I can find more pieces. I took a pic of one on one of the faux rustic wood placemats that I picked up at HomeGoods.

The yard has been hopping lately. I was out there refilling the feeders, & was joined by 2 female downy woodpeckers...along with the regulars. I snapped a few shots:



Cardinal & a sparrow

Occasionally I will see a hairy woodpecker back there. They're skittish compared to the downy, so I let them eat & will watch from the window. As soon as I went inside, a male hairy came into the yard.

Of course there's always a cooper's hawk lurking & waiting for lunch. I was passing by the window, & saw him on the fence. The pic is blurry & taken through a window, but I laughed when I saw the shot I snapped. Looking right at me, he's got my number!

I am linking up with: FMFPTY

Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Finds & a planned trip

I visited an antique mall recently, and most of the Pyrex was way overpriced. I did find this incomplete set of turquoise Butterprint cinderella bowls for $22. Not dirt cheap, but better than what I've seen. They're in great shape. I've wanted a set for so long, & haven't had any luck w/thrift stores. I'm sure I'll come across another 441 eventually (I have 1 with my all turquoise on white set):

I also finally found a pink daisy open baker:

Added some more pieces to my Family Flair Sea Isle collection:

For some reason I cannot pass up platters (or carafes):

This carafe that matches the "Eyes" bowl:

I recently bought these too, they're not vintage, but I think they are great looking luncheon plates. The stickers on them read Ralph Lauren: Haswell Map and sold for $27.00 each. I got them for a steal! 

Hubby & I have booked a trip to BOSTON! I'm excited! I've never been there, and have always wanted to visit.  I'm looking forward to good seafood & beer, visiting another Hard Rock Cafe, and...



And this:

(above Boston photos courtesy of wikimedia commons)

Thursday, January 10, 2013


I have a hard time keeping up with my blogs! I was trying to do 2, one for the house/dishes etc...& 1 for the yard/birds. I have not updated either for months! So, now I will just keep it to 1, & let it ride...

I've been feeding the birds in the yard for about 5 years now, & this cute little Red Breasted Nuthatch is a new visitor.

I need to take pics of some of the Pyrex (& other goodies) that I've picked up over the last few months. Everything gets packed up, because we are *still* working on the kitchen. It's hard to stay motivated when we have opposite work schedules. We are doing the work ourselves, which has been "fun" lol. I've made a few changes here & there, so it's better to work slowly (I guess). It's a small room compared to most standards, and I'm trying to create a cozy, vintage, & functional space. New walls, windows, restoring the maple floor covered by linoleum, adding cabinets/shelves etc. I did splurge, I ordered a light fixture from Schoolhouse Electric.

The only two things that I am leaving alone are: 1. The original to the house sink. It looks exactly like this one: farmhouse sink. 2. Our (also original to the house) step in pantry. it's smaller than a walk in, but bigger than a reach in. lots of shelf space, a countertop area with 3 big drawers, a window off the sunroom (left side), which allows for natural light, a homemade shelf unit below that, room for a small portable kitchen cart... & still room to stand.

I found a nice pie safe which I plan on fixing up! Will post before & after pics.

Hope there will be more progress soon, I feel like we've been working on it forever.

Happy New Year!