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chickie

hey y’all!

okay, so it’s taken me a while to get around to posting my recent treasure finds. but here we are.

it’s friday night and let me start with this: SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!!!!! (okay, you have to imagine me playing an air guitar and screaming, ala alice cooper).

i know, i know. i’m not school nursing right now and my son matt is home-schooled … BUT, my hubby is still serving time in the public schools, and he is VERY happy to see this particular year END. WOOHOO!! i know it was a tough year, babe … but you made it! congrats on the taks scores, in spite of all the challenges! you’re the BEST 4th grade teacher ever!

alright, alright. enough hubby praises. on with the show. instead of blathering on and on, i’ll let my pics do the talking (i just want you to know how painful that is for me. not talking.).

but before we get to the pics …

last weekend i went solo to a few sales in the ‘hood. some a bust, some a blast. this weekend started TODAY with a couple of yard sales in belton … one of which was sue’s friend cindy’s. got some cute things there (thanks for the sweet deals cindy!), pics are below.

and one final note. i recently redid an old cedar chest. well, not sure how old it is, probably about 25 years, which really isn’t that old as far as the vintage world is concerned. but old enough. it was dark, very dark. and the seat was upholstered in colors and a pattern that didn’t suit me.

it sat on my patio for a couple of months before i finally started the project (THIS is why i could never have a booth … i can’t produce fast enough). and then it took me several days to complete the re-make. but i must admit, it looks pretty good. am v. pleased with the results. pics below.

okay, now i’m truly done talking. for now. hope y’all find just what you’re looking for this weekend.

love and hugs,
terry lee

sweet, sweet yellow and rose fabric ... TONS of it from the GW bins

sweet, sweet yellow and rose fabric ... TONS of it from the GW bins

THE simply shabby chic. yummy curtains from last weekend's yard saling

THE simply shabby chic. yummy curtains from last weekend's yard saling

close up ... love those roses!!

close up ... love those roses!!

sweet little valance from the same sale

sweet little valance from the same sale

i think all of these lovelies are from the same sale (note the precious miniature lamp on the tin ... it has roses on it)

i think all of these lovelies are from the same sale (note the precious miniature lamp on the tin ... it has roses on it)

these guys are adorable! bunnies made from chenille. in great condition too

these guys are adorable! bunnies made from chenille. in great condition too

ohmygawd sweet chickies, on a linen and a little planter or votive holder (??). VERY precious! from cindy's

ohmygawd sweet chickies, one on a linen and one a little planter or votive holder (??). VERY precious! from cindy's

another thingy from cindy. what it is, i am not sure. but it's pink and crusty and rusty and i think she said i could put a cup and saucer on it and hang it.

another thingy from cindy. what it is, i am not sure. but it's pink and crusty and rusty and i think she said i could put a cup and saucer on it and hang it.

collection of little saucers and a sweet cup from cindy's sale

collection of little saucers and a sweet cup from cindy's sale

HUGE (the pic does NOT do the size justice) terra cotta pot from cindy's sale. yes, cindy ... i crammed my hanging fern into it for the pic

HUGE (the pic does NOT do the size justice) terra cotta pot from cindy's sale. yes, cindy ... i crammed my fern into it for the pic

okay, these lovelies are from the other yard sale in belton ... sugar bowl and creamer with rooooossseeessss!!!!

okay, these lovelies are from the other yard sale in belton ... sugar bowl and creamer with rooooossseeessss!!!!

also from that sale, two little cups and saucers. v. dainty and feminine

also from that sale, two little cups and saucers. v. dainty and feminine

a group picture. note the plate also in back. sweet. got the lot and a candle to boot (see next pic) for $5.

a group picture. note the plate also in back. sweet. got the lot and a candle to boot (see next pic) for $5.

and finally, from the same sale, a (damn) yankee candle ... sweet honeysuckle. smells SOOO divine. and yes, it appears to have been lit a time or two (who among us hasn't been?!) but it's still almost new. and for free, who's complaining?

a (damn) yankee candle ... sweet honeysuckle. smells SOOO divine. and yes, it appears to have been lit a time or two (who among us hasn't been?!) but it's still almost new. and for free, who's complaining?

cedar chest, before. the sander's hand belongs to matt. i gave him the hard work!

and here's the cedar chest, before. the sander's hand belongs to matt. i gave him the hard work!

after! too sweet, eh?

after! too sweet, eh?

painted it an antique white and the old brass handles pink

painted it an antique white and the old brass handles pink

and for the seat, i recovered it with a yummy vintage pink chenille bedspread cutter.

and for the seat, i re-covered it with a yummy vintage pink chenille bedspread cutter.

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gracie2

hey again y’all,

hate to keep complaining (some of you who know me well, may beg to differ, haha), but this unseasonably warm and muggy weather lately is really putting a damper on my energy levels and enthusiasm to do ANYthing short of taking naps in my dark, air conditioned bedroom.

so last weekend one of my FAGs and i hit the road (the other one went awol on us … okay, she was doing something honorable and noble like walking to raise money for the hope pregnancy center … while the other two of us went schlepping across central texas in search of that PERFECT treasure at all the garage sales, estate sales, church rummage sales, etc.). very selfish, the two of us. out there chasing our dreams and scheming of future jaunts like next weekend’s fredericksburg’s trade days.

but what a BLAST we had. my poor camry hasn’t been that packed in a long time. reminds me of the good old days when FAGGing was in full gear. oh, if you don’t know what FAGGing is and if you’re curious, you can click The Journey is Everything to read all about it. it was our “outting” blog. haha

first stop was an estate sale. i cleaned out an entire bedroom. well, almost. it had the most beautiful PINK ROSE comforter set with matching curtains. for an extra little amount, she threw in the fantastic vintage window w/mirror that was hanging above the bed.

our second stop was a sweet little yard sale run by some v. nice ladies who actually allowed jannetta (the FAG in question) to use their restroom AND write a check for her goods. ohmy. AND their prices were like THE BEST you could hope for.

“oh, 25 cents for this. 10 cents for that.”

that kinda thing. you junkers know what music that is to your ears. i must say, i’d never ever let a yard sale customer use my bathroom. call me not nice, call me anything you want, but i just wouldn’t. nor would i accept a check from someone i didn’t know. very well. but these ladies were better women than i am and they restored (somewhat) some lost faith in womankind.

we hit lots more sales, including the salado flea market thingy where we actually saw belly dancers perform (whaa?!), a church rummage sale where nothing was priced … they only accepted donations at YOUR discretion (not my cup of meat, i prefer to be told what it costs … otherwise i feel guilty because i’m a neurotic middle child) and many other yard sales. we were soooooo hot and tired and sweaty by lunch time.

and speaking of LUNCH, we backtracked a bit in order to eat in salado. jannetta wanted me to try out a quaint little place called adelea’s (i thought it was pronounced “uh-deal-yuhs”. but NO. wrong again, princess smart-ass. you say it “add-uh-leez”. emPHAsis on the first syLLAble.)

her younger cousin michael is the chef there and so we made a big to-do about knowing the chef and asking for him. he recently graduated from a wonderful culinary school in austin. he was v. kind and gracious and even gave me a sample of his chicken and dumplings (my all time fave comfort food). i loved them, but it was so dang hot i just didn’t have the stomach to eat something warm.

but the deli sandwich was delish and the home made pecan pie with chocolate drizzled over it was TO. DIE. FOR. honestly. i thought i’d died and gone to pecan heaven. michael said they get their pecans from a local vendor in salado. locally grown, locally baked, locally eaten, by local FAGs. us. yum.

okay, i have digressed waaaaay more than usual. what i WANTED to write about was a sweet little girl named gracie. she was the daughter of the yard sale lady who had the great prices and let jannetta use her restroom. while i was perusing her mama’s merchandise, she decided to follow me from table to table. she’d hide under something, then spring up and surprise me with a “Boo!”

this went on the entire time we were there. what a darling. probably about 5 years old. not sure why she latched onto me … must be my pied piper charms. haha. when we were loading up the car, she walked over and handed me a little flower. okay, honestly, it was a weed. picked from her front yard. but to me it was the most beautiful flower in the world. after i thanked her demonstratively (my mama didn’t raise no ingrate), i asked what her name was. she said, “gracie.”

“well of course it is. what else would it be?” i said to her. and i meant it. her mom and aunt were v. gracious to us and little gracie was nothing but a sweetheart, providing me with joy and amusement during our entire visit. you can’t put a price on that.

lord almighty. my word count is now officially 860. sheesh. and i didn’t even get to HALF of what i wanted to share with you. maybe the pics will fill in some of the blanks. enjoy!

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

yummy pink rose comforter and curtains and sheets

yummy pink rose comforter and curtains and sheets

close up

close up

old window frame w/mirror. gonna yank off that swag that came with it and use something else. will be part of my bedroom makeover

old window frame w/mirror. gonna yank off that swag that came with it and use something else. will be part of my bedroom makeover

great little turquoise train case. i lerve it!

great little turquoise train case. i lerve it!

find o' the day! a precious blue vintage lu-ray bowl ... got it with a bunch of other goodies at the church rummage sale. gave them $4 for the lot. and i have the matching platter that was my mom's!

find o' the day! a precious blue vintage lu-ray bowl ... got it with a bunch of other goodies at the church rummage sale. gave them $4 for the lot. and i have the matching platter that was my mom's!

with my mom's lu-ray platter in background

with my mom's lu-ray platter in background

this beauty speaks for itself. got it for prolly 25c. hard to tell since i bought so much with it.

this beauty speaks for itself. got it for prolly 25c. hard to tell since i bought so much with it.

like these precious vintage cups and saucers

like these precious vintage cups and saucers

pair of vintage serving utensils and a grrreat pink melmac-ish bowl and platter

pair of vintage serving utensils and a grrreat pink melmac-ish bowl and platter

vintage avon bottle called garden girl (pink!) and sweet little white bird (another vintage avon)

vintage avon bottle called garden girl (pink!) and sweet little white bird (another vintage avon)

another view ... so precious!

another view ... so precious!

great little tins from the church rummage sale. esp love the french girl

great little tins from the church rummage sale. esp love the french girl

oh-so-lovely rose cup, again from the church rummage sale (part of my very well spent 4 bucks)

oh-so-lovely rose cup, again from the church rummage sale (part of my very well spent 4 bucks)

you can't tell by the pic, but this little beauty is VERY tiny. about 1 1/2 inches tall. love its pinkness and rose designs

you can't tell by the pic, but this little beauty is VERY tiny. about 1 1/2 inches tall. love its pinkness and rose designs

a PILE of vintage crocheted doilies for 25c. wow.

a PILE of vintage crocheted doilies for 25c. wow.

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newborn-terry-lee

hey y’all!

i love april! not only are the bluebonnets in full bloom, but it’s my birth month and spring is all around us. and probably best of all, yard sales sprout up EVERYwhere! churches, non-profits, individuals, multi-families, estate sales. where to start?? so many treasures to discover, so little time!!!!

anyhow, back at the ranch, i’m doing odd things like painting bowling pins. whatup wit dat?! well, many years ago, i came across a couple of old, very used, discarded bowling pins. i can’t even remember where i found them. they were such an oddity, i couldn’t resist buying them.

i gave them to my kids to put in their rooms (i’m talkin’ about my 26 and 28 year olds, when they were young!). if nothing else, they were a conversation piece. as if kids need conversation pieces … geez.

over the years, i guess they got buried with all the other crap in their closets. the other day when tara was cleaning out her closet (in anticipation of her upcoming leaving o’ the nest), she found her bowling pin and offered it back to me.

well! you can pretty much guess what i did with it. yes, you are correct. i painted that baby a soft pink, dressed her up with a necklace and a vintage hat … and she’s on proud display in my foyer (that’s what i call it, it’s more of a hallway/entryway). i think she’s lovely.

april foolishness, yes, joke, no. pics before and after below.

won’t drivel on today. lots to do. other pics of this and that. mostly of that.

happy april y’all. love and hugs.

terrylee

old, old, scratchy bowling pin

old, old, scratchy bowling pin

other side

other side

now it's a vintage hat stand!

now it's a vintage hat stand!

after! now i need to really work on my vintage hat collection

another after. now i really need to work on my vintage hat collection

lovely

lovely

handmade necklace ala sue

handmade necklace ala sue

april foolishness, indeed

april foolishness, indeed

awwww ... puppy time! we're dog-sitting our dog for my sister (long story)

awwww ... puppy time! we're dog-sitting our dog for my sister (long story)

a boy and his dog ... goin' for a walk 'round the 'hood

a boy and his dog ... goin' for a walk 'round the 'hood

Suuuh-weeeet easter kitchen towel from my dear pal bonnie

Suuuh-weeeet easter kitchen towel from my dear pal bonnie

and the matching one on the right ... they look great with my new batter bowl and southern belle runner on the b'fast table (thanks again bon and mary)

and the matching one on the right ... they look great with my new batter bowl and southern belle runner on the b'fast table (thanks again bon and mary)

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windmill

happy weekend y’all,

geez, this central texas wind is something lately! hate to complain (haha … i’m the queen of whining), but it really makes life difficult when you’re trying to paint (especially spray paint!) on your back patio. oh well, at least the sun, it shineth today. hooray.

i got some painting done earlier in the week. not a lot … just a little pink madness here and there.

yesterday, matt and i hit an estate sale. apparently not early enough though. missed out on a wonderful vintage desk (JUST the kind i’ve been searching for!). there it was, just sitting there, pretty as you please. for all of $10.00. i nearly puked when i saw the big ol’ SOLD sign on it. arghhhhhhhh.

naturally, i tried to use my wicked wiles (they don’t work so well on women) to talk the lady into “re-selling” it to me … for a higher price. i know. i’m evil. i’m bad. hell in a handbasket and all that jazz.

no dice. she was nice about it and offered to give the buyer my phone number if she chose to negotiate with me. i won’t be holding my breath (breathe, breathe … it’s not the end of the world). that was a GREAT vintage desk in primo condition … and for $10. well! i wouldn’t re-sell it. okay, maybe for $200.

so i must move on and stop thinking about it. stop thinking about it. stop thinking about it.

somebody needs a xanax …

seriously though. i did find some other treasures there. and the sweet thing about it was that it was just one street over from the house i grew up in. my old stomping grounds. and the lady running the sale knew everyone i knew. small world. for all the damn good it did me getting that desk.

hmmph.

i LOVE vintage sheet music (i’m a pianist, but not so’s anyone could notice) and they had lots of old, old awesome vintage sheet music in this house. bought most of it. matt asked if i planned to play all those songs on the piano. oddly enough, it hadn’t occured to me. told him i would probably just display them or use them in crafting.

he seemed slightly irritated with me and said, “well, i think you should at least play them before you cut them up into pieces for crafts!”

my, my. an opinionated child. imagine that. that apple didn’t fall far from the tree …

anyways, my other treasures from the ES (estate sale) : a vintage picture frame, a great old tole tray and small silver platter AND a huge beautiful vintage original painting. my grand total: $6. not bad, eh? pics below.

we moved on to some yard sales and then the GW bargain barn. all a bust. but that’s okay. i was more than pleased with my ES treasures.

before we left cove, i had to zip in to sue’s booth. it’d been a long time (too long!) since i’d visited. ohmygawd. lovelies galore!! sue, i bought the “lace” chandie (LOVE IT!), two of your precious garden stakes with rose plates attached (who woulda thunk it?! … only sue!), a most beautiful mini wreath with roses and green lace and the pink heart with buttons. ahhhhhhhhh!!! pics pics pics below. thanks for being so crafty, sue. you’re the best.

and it’s only saturday morning! lotsa sales out there today … if the wind doesn’t blow them away. have fun y’all!

love and hugs,
terry lee

estate sale treasures

estate sale treasures

love this tray

love this tray

vintage sheet music ... most from the 30s and 40s

vintage sheet music ... mostly from the 30s and 40s

isn't it lovely?

isn't it lovely?

and you can see how big it is. finding a home for it will be a challenge ...

and you can see how big it is. finding a home for it will be a challenge ...

lace chandie from sue's booth

lace chandie from sue's booth

garden stakes with plates

garden stakes with plates

sweet flowers from sue also

sweet flowers from sue also

sweet heart with buttons

sweet heart with buttons

hanging on my lamp

hanging on my lamp

this is one of the sweetest little wreaths i've ever seen

this is one of the sweetest little wreaths i've ever seen

just lovely

just lovely

here's a GW find from last week ... painted it, threw a strand of pink 'pearls' on it, added the tealight candles ... cute!

here's a GW find from last week ... painted it, threw a strand of pink 'pearls' on it, added the tealight candles ... cute!

very lovely when lit, too

very lovely when lit, too

here are those two angels from the GW, painted pink

here are those two angels from the GW, painted pink

time to check in on my 'birdies'! i must be insane to have a an old rusty birdcage IN my house, filled with fake birds ... but at least they don't poop or stink or make noise.

time to check in on my 'birdies'! i must be insane to have an old rusty birdcage IN my house, filled with fake birds ... but at least they don't poop or stink or make noise.

sweet little blue birdie and his friends! they have a fun time in there ... or so my demented mind likes to think.

sweet little blue birdie and his friends! they have a fun time in there ... or so my demented mind likes to think.

awww, these two little ones have made friends

awww, these two little ones have made friends ... please do NOT call the men in white coats. they may not allow internet access where they take me!

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spring-break-2009

happy spring, y’all!

i don’t feel as inspired as i should feel, writing this blog. i guess i’ve got the blahs. which is insane because the bluebonnets are out and every weekend there are yard sales galore. two things i adore.

anyhow, enough about my blues. i have a plethora of pics to share. matt and i went to see my sister (and our family chihuahua domino!) in fort worth for spring break. she’s such a great hostess (my sister, not domino). took us out to dinner (on the border) then to garden ridge for a little browsing. next day we hit the museum of modern art.

we briefly considered driving over to dallas for the king tut exhibit. looked it up online and read about the wait, the crowds, the artifacts (y-a-w-n). NO sarcophagus. what the hell? we opted to stay in fort worth and quietly admire the modern art. more my kind of fun.

at the gift shop (of course we had to check it out!!) i found the most fantastic PINK “batter bowl”. what it has to do with modern art, i do not know. i’m sans art degree. but it called my name so i bought it. pics below.

on the way home, matt and i detoured to downtown hillsboro for a stretch break. okay, and a little shopping. i found a sweet pink CLUB skillet w/lid, an adorable little lady figurine and some pink lacy doilies. lovely.

while we were in fort worth, living the good life, my poor hubby was home with strep throat. i didn’t leave him knowing that … he went to the doc while we were gone. he seems to have survived the bacteria with the help of some penicillin. bless his heart.

am also including pics of my treasure finds at the GW barn this morning. not much, but fun nevertheless.

i managed some painting this week … mostly old things i’ve had for a long time and have been collecting dust. they needed a good dusting of pink spray paint. 🙂

if you’re reading this in texas, get your arse out of the house and GO SEE THE BLUEBONNETS!! they’re beautiful. we saw lots between killeen and fort worth, but i still plan to make my annual bluebonnet trek out to the gorgeous hill country where the bluebonnets are at their best.

if you’re not reading this in texas, stay tuned. i’ll be posting my bluebonnet pics in the future.

okay, enough of my gobshite (can you tell i’ve been reading british authors a lot lately?!). enjoy the show.

love and hugs,
terrylee

this is art?! okay. at least it has a pink blob on it. oh, and me standing in front of it.

this is art?! okay. at least it has a pink blob on it. oh, and me standing in front of it.

lovely reflection pool at the MoMA, view from the cafe

lovely reflection pool at the MoMA, view from the cafe

sisters, sisters (my glasses make me look smart and cultured ... or perhaps just dorky)

sisters, sisters (my glasses make me look smart and cultured ... or perhaps just dorky)

that's my baby at the end of this 'art' exhibit ... nothing but green cellophane-wrapped candies on the floor. art. modern, that is.

that's my baby at the end of this 'art' exhibit ... nothing but green cellophane-wrapped candies on the floor. art. modern, that is.

a pup and his boy

a pup and his boy

your moment of zen ... loved these wooden windchimes and flowers in my sister's backyard!

your moment of zen ... loved these wooden windchimes and flowers in my sister's backyard!

my pink club skillet from hillsboro

my pink club skillet from hillsboro

sweet little lady figurine

sweet little lady figurine

my two fave colors ... eggs that tara bought for me. aren't they sweet and springy?!

my two fave colors ... eggs that tara bought for me. aren't they sweet and springy?!

a late valentine gift i made for my sister ... she loves bluebonnets too!

a late valentine gift i made for my sister ... she loves bluebonnets too!

my goodies from the GW barn this morning

my goodies from the GW barn this morning

ohmygosh, this little saucer is TOO sweet. can't believe it was still there on a saturday!

ohmygosh, this little saucer is TOO sweet. can't believe it was still there on a saturday!

love old childrens' books!

love old childrens' books!

will paint the musical tealight candle thingy and this pair o' angels

will paint the musical tealight candle thingy and this pair o' angels

here's my pride and joy from the MoMA gift shop ... sweet pink batter bowl. i filled it with old stuff and am using it as a centerpiece for my b'fast table

here's my pride and joy from the MoMA gift shop ... sweet pink batter bowl. i filled it with old stuff and am using it as a centerpiece for my b'fast table

see? it holds treasures. love it!

see? it holds treasures. love it!

this was a lagniappe from my sister ... an old table she acquired while living in rochester, ny many years ago. it had dark legs with a marble top. yes, yes, i did. i painted it ALL pink. hubby says, 'even the marble top?!' yes, dear, even the marble top.

this was a lagniappe from my sister ... an old table she acquired while living in rochester, ny many years ago. it had dark legs with a marble top. yes, yes, i did. i painted it ALL pink. hubby says, 'even the marble top?!' yes, dear, even the marble top.

this was an UGLY, nasty candlestick bought at a yard sale recently. a dip of pink paint and she's lovely. esp with a sweet tea cup and saucer on top!

this was an UGLY, nasty candlestick bought at a yard sale recently. a dip of pink paint and she's lovely. esp with a sweet tea cup and saucer on top!

cute little wicker chair i've had for ages ... finally painted.

cute little wicker chair i've had for ages ... finally painted.

'member the dark, dark candlestick i bought from an estate sale in previous blog? okay, never mind. but in case you DO remember, here it is, painted pink.

'member the dark, dark candlestick i bought from an estate sale in previous blog? okay, never mind. but in case you DO remember, here it is, painted pink.

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wake-me-up-in-october

hey sleepy heads!

rise and shine! no excuses about losing a silly ol’ hour of sleep!

okay, honestly. i’m not a “rise and shiner”. ask my hubby. it takes 2 cups of caffeine and about as many hours before i can even begin to function in the mornings. so you can pretty much imagine how i feel about “springing forward”.

UGH.

very damn confusing this morning too. usually my cell phone changes time automatically. it didn’t. someone (the clock fairy?!) changed a couple of the clocks in the house, but not all of them. so with my usual foggy-headedness in the mornings, i was completely clueless about what time it was when i woke up.

my computer clock said something different than the wall clock above it. arghh. what to do? check the internet of course! tap, tap, tap. a few keystrokes and i’m on the “us official time clock” website. what the hell? it gave me the message, “site too busy”. ha! good to know i’m not the only one …

even with losing an hour this weekend, i found the time to hit a few yard/garage/estate sales. went to two on friday with my son and several with the FAGs on saturday. i brought home quality over quantity … and didn’t $pend very much! always a good thing!

enjoy the pics. and i don’t know about y’all, but i’m taking a nap this afternoon.

love and hugs,
terrylee

great vintage pillow (thanks, bonnie!)

great vintage pillow (thanks, bonnie!)

love this precious old quilt (thanks again, bon!)

love this precious old quilt (thanks again, bon!)

awww ... see that sweet little bluebird on top? (thanks jannetta!)

awww ... see that sweet little bluebird on top? (thanks jannetta!)

lovely little swag from garage sale (25cents!)

lovely little swag from garage sale (25cents!)

probably one of my fave pieces from the sales this weekend ... a turquoise wig box from the 1950s

probably one of my fave pieces from the sales this weekend ... a turquoise wig box from the 1950s

and it's in excellent shape! love it! isn't that a fantastic color?!

and it's in excellent shape! love it! isn't that a fantastic color?!

sweet little doily thingies from the same sale

sweet little doily thingies from the same sale

wonderful huge candlestick ... will paint it pink or antique white. umm, can you see that tall dark thing in the center of pic? that's what i'm talkin' about.

wonderful huge candlestick ... will paint it pink or antique white. umm, can you see that tall dark thing in the center of pic? that's what i'm talkin' about.

ohmygosh, i LOVE these sweet things. won't keep them in the basket (that's the way i bought them) ... the colors aren't exactly true in the pic ... they're more ivory/off white

ohmygosh, i LOVE these sweet things. won't keep them in the basket (that's the way i bought them) ... the colors aren't exactly true in the pic ... they're more ivory/off white

old crocheted doily ... i think it was free. the kind lady 'threw' it in with the basket of notions above. LOVE estate sales!!

old crocheted doily ... i think it was free. the kind lady 'threw' it in with the basket of notions above. LOVE estate sales!!

also got this box of whatchacallits at the estate sale. see that pink ribbon? i was eyeing that and she said she'd sell me the whole box for $1.00. okaaaaaay. but i'm not really into fall/halloween-type deco. still, the box itself is wonderful and beautiful.

also got this box of whatchacallits at the estate sale. see that pink ribbon? i was eyeing that and she said she'd sell me the whole box for $1.00. okaaaaaay. but i'm not really into fall/halloween-type deco. still, the box itself is wonderful and beautiful.

a rusty, crusty vintage planter/stand. 50 cents at our last garage sale stop

a rusty, crusty vintage planter/stand. 50 cents at our last garage sale stop

different view. precious!

different view. precious!

okay, i couldn't resist this rose vase with pink roses from the estate sale. very pretty!

okay, i couldn't resist this rose vase with pink roses from the estate sale. very pretty!

AND there was an adorable little cherub hiding in it too!

AND there was an adorable little cherub hiding in it too!

a girl can NEVER have too much pink around her!

a girl can NEVER have too much pink around her!

here's a VERY precious christian dior lingerie piece from a friday yard sale. just too sweet and feminine to pass up. a steal at 75 cents!

here's a VERY precious christian dior lingerie piece from a friday yard sale. just too sweet and feminine to pass up. a steal at 75 cents!

closer up

closer up

closer up of swwweeeet pink rosebud on lace

closer up of swwweeeet pink rosebud on lace

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lady-with-rose

hey y’all!

hope this finds everyone all “loved up” after valentine’s day. don’t get me wrong, i believe in love and all, but something about v-day just seems so contrived, materialistic … it’s retail-craziness.

i was in wal-mart the other day (i know, it was against my better judgment … but i pre-medicated myself … thank god for valium and the like … haha!). anyway, i kept passing the dreaded “valentine aisle”. everytime i’d go by, i could feel my heart (the dreaded PVCs for you fellow medical-types) fluttering and my respiratory rate would increase (aka hyperventilation).

let’s be clear about this. it wasn’t because i was excited by the lovely walmart merchandise … it had something to do with the overwhelming commercialism of it all. and possibly all the other last minute shoppers crowding the aisle.

anyway, i managed ONE pass through the aisle. not that i was planning to buy much. i was (blatantly proud) MAKING valentines this year. but how the hell do you make chocolate?!

anyway, by the time i made it to the end of the aisle, i truly was hyperventilating and had broken out in a complete flop sweat. i was drenched. i think i had hives. so much for pre-medication. no amount of valium or ativan could touch my wal-mart-itis. none.

okay, i’ve digressed. here we go. i grabbed some bags of chocolate and made straight for the checkout. but before i did, a fellow disgruntled shopper made a comment to no one in particular. “this is all a bunch of sh*t.”

yikes! what a comment! but i couldn’t have agreed more. i was in a bit of a mood, so i replied, “i know. i agree. i just want to shove all this candy off the shelves and pull down that damn valentine sign.” (the one advertising LOVE/candy/valentine teddy bears and the like, hanging from the ceiling).

i think i scared her off.

but back to handmade valentines. that’s what i wanted to share with you. i did decide to make valentines this year. one for the love of my life, ben (dear, long-suffering, enduring husband o’ mine), one for my precious beautiful daughter tara, and then one for each of the beloved FAGs (if you don’t know who they are, then you haven’t been paying attention! see previous blogs).

i think they all turned out well. i’m not that crafty … i call myself a craft impersonator. but they all seemed to like them (or at least they had the good grace to pretend they did).

i’m also including some pics from a recent trip to burnet. was supposed to be a FAG trip, but only 2/3 of us were able to make it. but on we went. found some really terrific treasures. read captions for more info.

enjoy the show.

stay loved, stay well.

terry lee

a dozen 'i love yous' from my valentine ben

a dozen 'i love yous' from my valentine ben

valentine to myself ... french amor collage. used an old silver platter, vintage photo and bling.

valentine to myself ... french amour collage. used an old silver platter, vintage photo, vintage lace and bling.

close up

close up

closer still!

closer still!

handmade valentine gift for a dear friend and co-FAG

handmade valentine gift for a dear friend and co-FAG

a closer look

a closer look

another handmade valentine for the other co-FAG.

handmade valentine for the other co-FAG and dear friend

closer look

closer look

together ... i think they liked them. we three girls RULE!

together ... i think they liked them. we three girls RULE!

valentine i made for my dear hubby

valentine i made for my dear hubby

inside, with poem i wrote for him ...

inside, with poem i wrote for him ...

aww ....

aww ....

was making this for my daughter, but decided to keep her for myself! i'm a horrible mom!

was making this for my daughter, but decided to keep her for myself! i'm a horrible mom!

another french-themed collage ... love that lady in pink!

it's another french-themed collage ... love that lady in pink!

vintage bling and lace

vintage bling and lace

valentine i made for my daughter tara

made this for my daughter tara

she loved it!

she loved it!

inside of tara's valentine card

inside of tara's valentine card

she loves pink roses ... that's my girl!

she loves pink roses ... that's my girl!

okay, the rest of the pics are from a recent jaunt to burnet with bonnie (2/3 of the FAGs … jannetta couldn’t make it). most of the treasures are from the knothole. some killer stuff!

have never seen anything like this before ... it's a vintage nightlight ... how cool is that?!

have never seen anything like this before ... it's a vintage nightlight ... how cool is that?!

another view. this little lady is too beautiful!

another view. this little lady is too beautiful!

precious, precious vintage s&p shakers with pink roses

precious, precious vintage s&p shakers with pink roses

another 'set' of vintage shakers. they don't match, but who bloody cares? they're fabulous!

another 'set' of vintage shakers. they don't match, but who bloody cares? they're fabulous!

ohmygawd. i could NOT walk away from this beauty. it's a vintage pink cosmetic jar with a gorgeous vintage lady on the lid. how wonderful is that?!

ohmygawd. i could NOT walk away from this beauty. it's a vintage pink cosmetic jar with a gorgeous vintage lady on the lid. how wonderful is that?!

okay. this little lady was just standing there and when i walked by, she whispered my name then begged me to take her home. naturally i did because she's teal (turquoise!) with pink roses. what a sweet face, too!

okay. this little lady was just standing there and when i walked by, she whispered my name, then begged me to take her home. naturally i did because A. she's teal (turquoise!) and B. she has pink roses. nevermind C. a sweet face, too!

sweet little pink tin piece with heart mirror and dangly bling

sweet little pink tin piece with heart mirror and dangly bling

and now the piece de resistance of my treasures: a circa 1915 satellite adjustable table co. typing table!

here's the vintage typing table from burnet

vintage typing table from burnet

what a find!

what a find!

cast iron body and legs

cast iron body and legs

close up of label on body

close up of label on body

it's home. and it's happy. so am i.

it's home. it's happy. so am i.

researched my new treasure on the 'net and found this great vintage advert for MY table! love it! circa 1915.

researched my new treasure on the 'net and found this great vintage advert for MY table! love it! circa 1915.

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