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paris roses

hey y’all!

wish i could stay on top of my junking trips and keep them all blogged up for you. seems i’m always running behind. almost wednesday and i’m just now getting to last weekend’s adventure.

the FAGs set off early saturday morning (8:30, that’s early for us). had a semi-agenda of which sales we’d hit and jannetta brought along her trusty GPS (that annoying, bossy, know-it-all woman who tells me where to go (!!) … “turn left then turn left then turn left.” geeeezzz!!)

but she (we call her the “GPS bitch” … or “miss thang” if we’re feeling charitable) did help us out a time or two. other times, she had us going in circles … over and over again. sheesh. you’d think three grown women would know better. “recalculating” she kept saying.

recalculate THIS, miss thang. arghhh.

anyhow, first stop (after the circling) was a little rummage sale put on by the east trimmier community center. normally, i don’t name names. however, i feel it is my duty to do so this time, in the manner of “yardsale bloodbath” (this blog is a HOOT. you should click over there … AFTER you read mine.)

it was a smallish affair, some furniture on the outside, a bbq grill smoking away with brisket (YUMMY) and a sweet old dog running around the grounds. inside there were several tables covered in your assorted yard sale crap. nothing spectacular. two or three women were roaming around, apparently running the show.

i quickly sorted out that i wouldn’t be buying anything, but since jannetta and bonnie were still looking, i tried to amuse myself with the junk. as it happens, jannetta found a little geegaw that she wanted; a wooden piece that she’d use in her laundry room. how much? 75 cents. sold! jannetta paid the lady and we took our leave.

we were seriously considering buying some of that yummy-smelling brisket, but as we were walking down the front steps to leave, one of the women inside came running after us.

“excuse me! did you PAY for that item?!” she yelled at jannetta.

oh. my. gawd. she did NOT just ask that question.

jannetta replied, “yes i did. i’m not a thief!”

by the time i processed the situation (my brain is often foggy and cob-webbed), it was over. but i turned around and said, “how insulting!”

geez. great comeback. of course, after the fact we thought of all manner of things we could have said. or done. but you know what they say about hindsight. 20/20 blahblahblah something.

so we didn’t get any brisket. but we did get an apology from a DIFFERENT lady. she was working the sale and told us she was sorry for how we were treated. she had overheard it all. it helped, but our feathers were pretty much ruffled by then. being accused of stealing (ANYthing, much less something at a yard sale for 75 cents) really is … well … insulting.

they obviously did not realize with whom they were dealing: the FAGs. yard sale aficionados, veterans of the junk wars. we have seen it all, bought it all, sold it all, lived it all. we have no desire or need to steal a 75 cent laundry sign.

having said that, i am happy to have shared our experience at the EAST TRIMMIER COMMUNITY CENTER in KILLEEN, TEXAS with all my blogland buddies.

don’t. mess. with. the. FAGs.

okay, on a positive note, as we were leaving said sale, we saw the funniest sight. my bad, my very bad for not having my camera in tow. just across the little country highway (a very small two-lane job) there were four cows, all lined up in a row, as if they were watching the sale. but they were smelling and watching the bbq grill, smoking away with the delicious smell of … their brother? cousin? friend?! yikes! it was sooo funny. a priceless picture. and i missed it. damn camera-less FAG that i am.

we made the yard sale rounds that morning … from east trimmier to belton lake to belton proper. met a few v. nice folks and found even more treasures/bargains. oddly enough, i didn’t buy all that much. usually my junk takes up most of the space in my trunk. this time bonnie and jannetta found more than i did.

whatever. it’s not the junk that counts. it’s the fun and fellowship of friends.

and getting even.

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

the yard sale pics are scarce so i added some random things around my house … enjoy!

sum total of my yard sale loot. $2.80

some of my yard sale loot. a giant quilted tote, a chenille sham, a retro turquoise compact, and a lovely white laced runner. $2.80

turn your head to the left. see the wire holly hobby figure. see the wooden handle. see the yellow ribbon. take a good look cause the next time you see it, it will be painted pink or white, sans yellow ribbon. LOVE this old piece i found at one of the yard sales. wouldja believe 15 cents?!?!?!

turn your head to the left. see the wire holly hobby figure. see the wooden handle. see the yellow ribbon. take a good look cause the next time you see it, it will be painted pink or white, sans yellow ribbon. LOVE this old piece i found at one of the yard sales. wouldja believe 15 cents?!?!?!

close up of the white runner with lovely lace. 10 cents.

close up of the white runner with lovely lace. 10 cents.

love the retro color of this sweet compact! has dual mirrors. 50 cents.

love the retro color of this sweet compact! has dual mirrors. 50 cents.

hold the phone. forgot about this little treasure! a little rose saucer. wanna guess? FIVE WHOLE CENTS!! my kinda sale!

hold the phone. forgot about this little treasure! a little rose saucer. wanna guess? FIVE WHOLE CENTS!! my kinda sale!

sweet pillow that i re-covered with an old piece of white chenille and wrapped up with some pink tulle

sweet pillow that i re-covered with an old piece of white chenille and wrapped up with some pink tulle

FANTASTIC retro turquoise salt and pepper shakers and hand mixer ... bday gifts from bonnie

FANTASTIC retro turquoise salt and pepper shakers and hand mixer ... bday gifts from bonnie

my foyer (entrance area) display

my foyer (entrance area) display

close up of one of the displays

close up of one of the displays

sweet cup with roses

sweet cup with roses

gorgeous white vintage candleabra, a birthday gift from jannetta

gorgeous white vintage candleabra, a birthday gift from jannetta

lovely hand with pearls

lovely hand with pearls

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trade days

hey y’all!

the FAGs have returned from fredericksburg’s trade days and i’m just guessing, but i bet frederick and his little burg will not soon forget the FAGs. when we hit a town, we HIT it HARD.

okay, sometimes harder than others. i’ll admit to some shananigans here and there across texas but i must say we (the FAGs) were rather docile this weekend. it might’ve been the rain on saturday. the cooler temps. the swampy, muddy muckiness that we had to traipse through to get to the vendors/barns. i don’t know. but in that true FAG spirit, we persevered. can’t keep US away from The Junk Hunt … nor rain or sleet or snow, blahblahdiddyblah blah.

it seems The Head FAG (moi) was the only one wearing sensible footwear (my skechers running shoes … not that i EVER run … with lots of arch and heel support) for that kind of slogging and slopping about.

FAG #2 (let’s call her Bonnie for laughs) wore FLIP FLOPS. cute. v. v. cute. pink, even!! and cute pink toenails to match!! on ANY other day, she would’ve been stylin’. well, she was stylin’ … but after smushing her way through the mucky field of ankle-deep muck, she wasn’t feeling so stylish after all. bless her heart.

FAG #3 (jannetta, by default) wore her funky (but stylish!) TOE sock shoe thingies. i don’t know what they’re called. but they’re not toe socks. they actually have a rubber sole on them. they just look like toe socks. she was pretty mucked up too, as it happens.

now, having said all that, we didn’t let footwear (or lack thereof) nor the rain, nor the v. cool, breezy weather keep us from FAGGing away at trade days.

the vendors were marking things down because of the rain. “rainy day specials!” some of them called it. i’d never been to trade days or anything like it and i was, well, slightly overwhelmed and overstimulated. 6 barns full of junk. acres more of outside vendors (they were rained out on saturday but up and running on sunday). oh my!

by mid-afternoon, my poor old bones (and muscles and joints and every other fiber in my tired old body) were creaking, aching, throbbing, SCREAMING at me and i had to raise the white flag. sorry FAGs. yes, i was the party pooper. ME.

we checked into our hotel and i rested while the others went on their merry way. good! y’all go on, little FAGs and have fun. after a hot shower and popping a pain pill, i crawled into bed and tried to sleep. TRIED being the operative word. seems as if we had some sort of motorcycle gang-like people next door and they were on the noisy side. arghh. do i complain NOW, or LATER?

please don’t misconstrue. i am NOT anti-motorcycle gangs. honestly. i don’t personally own a hog, or whatever the hell it is they call them, nor do i especially enjoy the *noise* that they make, or the black leather and chains and studs and bandanas that the riders wear, god bless them. it’s just not my cup of tea. however, i DO take issue with noisy people at hotels. even if they’re driving a mini-van … heck, especially if they’re driving a mini-van.

thankfully, as it happens, the motorcycle “gang” quieted down and we didn’t hear or see them until we left our room to check out. they were hanging out next to their cycles, preparing themselves (bandanas? check! mirror-reflective sunglasses? check! ciggies? check! tight-jeaned b!tch? check!) for the day’s adventure.

bonnie and i edged quietly past them, heads down, trying not to stare, while loading up the camry. when we got in the car, we felt safe enough to take a closer look at them. sheesh! they were about our age (grownup hippies) and were very subdued and civilized with their bottles of evian water (which they probably used to chase down their morning blood pressure pill and anti-depressant).

no WONDER they were so quiet last night! they were SLEEPING! so much for my “motorcycle gang” story having an exciting ending … haha.

it was a fun weekend, as it always is when FAGGing. even if we didn’t land in jail (haha) or have a tumble with a gang of hog-riders, we did get lots of treasures … some to take home in my camry, some to store in our hearts forever. wouldn’t trade THAT for anything.

enjoy the pics.

love and hugs,
terry lee

KILLER rug!! have been searching for the perfect colors/roses on a rug for my paris room. found her!! used and a bit scruffy, but oh-so-lovely. and it wasn't for sale. had to do a little pleading with the vendor ... but in the end, she sold it to me. for a SONG!

KILLER rug!! have been searching for the perfect colors/roses on a rug for my paris room. found her!! used and a bit scruffy, but oh-so-lovely. and it wasn't for sale. had to do a little pleading with the vendor ... but in the end, she sold it to me. for a SONG!

another view ... it is PERFECT in that room!

another view ... it is PERFECT in that room!

v. pretty retro ottoman ... love the color!!

v. pretty retro ottoman ... love the color!!

gorgeous pink chandie, i'm thinking it'll find its home in my bedroom

gorgeous pink chandie, i'm thinking it'll find its home in my bedroom

another view ... i LERVE it!!!

another view ... i LERVE it!!!

v. sweet little girl (that blonde ponytail and bangs is SOOO lil' terry lee!) with clock and cat. too sweet to pass up. her clock doesn't work, but when i got home and pulled her at of the bag, she was TICKING!!! and then she stopped. hmmmph.

v. sweet little girl (that blonde ponytail and bangs are SOOO lil' terry lee!) with clock and cat. too sweet to pass up. her clock doesn't work, but when i got home and pulled her out of the bag, she was TICKING!!! and then she stopped. hmmmph.

one of my fave pieces of the trip. had a NFS sticker on it. whaa?!?! when it finally (duh) occured to me what NFS meant, i KNEW i had to have it! she's too lovely. and PINK. little old lady vendor at an antique mall didn't wanna sell her, but as usual, my wicked wiles prevailed.

one of my fave pieces of the trip. had an NFS sticker on it. whaa?!?! when it finally (duh) occurred to me what NFS meant, i KNEW i had to have it! she's too lovely. and PINK. little old lady vendor at the antique mall didn't wanna sell her, but as usual, my wicked wiles prevailed.

another view ... so bel et féminin!

another view ... so bel et féminin!

woohoo! found a PINK lu-ray platter for a steal! will add her to my growing lu-ray collection that started with my mom's blue platter. love those pastels!!

woohoo! found a PINK lu-ray platter for a steal! will add her to my growing lu-ray collection that started with my mom's blue platter. love those pastels!!

lovely pink flowered platter. a gift from jannetta, thanks!

lovely pink flowered platter. a gift from jannetta, thanks!

sweet hand-crafted piece ... love the colors in this too! rainy day special: $3

sweet hand-crafted piece ... love the colors in this too! rainy day special: $3

another cutie by the same vendor. goes perfectly in my paris room! $1

another cutie by the same vendor. goes perfectly in my paris room! $1

ATTENTION!

ha! i bet you thought i had finally stopped talking. well, almost.

if you’re interested in a fantastic blog contest with a super-duper prize, check out my sister’s blog, Welcome to My World to read all about it!

okay, now i’m done. 🙂

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marked-down

hey y’all,

don’t know what came over me (laziness? apathy?? lethargy??? all of the above), but i just couldn’t get it together long enough to blog. IT being what, i do not know. maybe if i knew what IT was, i could find IT and use IT to write a blog.

hmmph.

anyhow, i’m here and going to do my best to stick with IT. sorry. i know how disappointed all my readers (hahahaha) get when they click over to read something clever and witty and funny and intelligent … and then they realize it’s MY blog they’ve clicked on. 😉

so i got sunburned this weekend but it was OH. SO. WORTH. IT. ohmygawd. there IT is! IT IT IT IT!!! i have found IT. it being JUNKING.

worth the sunburn, worth the crowdy areas (never knew the harker heights bank parking lot could hold so many people! and the little ol’ lampasas square … geez!), worth the near heart attack from getting stopped by one of lampasas’ finest for going 45 in a 35 (thank you, officer for giving me a warning and not a ticket … i shall not soon forget that lampasas is a sweet little speed trap), worth the elbows in my back (thank you very much, you crazy woman) from other bargain hunters, worth the hauling of junk around in the heat (and wild texas wind!) and cramming it all into my good ol’ trusty camry (thank GOD the backseat folds down!!), worth traipsing down a bazillion little county roads, farm-to-market roads, highways and byways of texas, chasing yard sale/estate sale signs that probably have blown 5 miles away from where they started …

SUCKING IN DEEP BREATH …

worth the gas money to find that PERFECT treasure, worth getting home at dark, worn out, bones creaking and aching, muscles throbbing from the walking and lifting, head pounding from the sunburn and wind (and having TOO much fun), worth having to haul all the junk OUT of the car and INTO the house or the patio or the backyard, worth having to figure out WTF you’re going to DO with all this crap you’ve dragged home. and most definitely worth IT when you finally rest your head on the pillow that night and dream of all the heavenly pieces you discovered that day … and how little you spent! or maybe to start justifying why you spent so much!

however you look at it, IT is worth it! if you’re reading my blog, you are a lover of junk. or me. haha. so you know what i’m talkin’ about. enjoy the pics. i’ll do my best to describe, explain or otherwise amuse you with the captions.

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

suh-weeeet rose plates from lampasas city-wide. first go around i was told $3 each. pal bonnie worked a deal and i got them all for $5!

suh-weeeet rose plates from lampasas city-wide. first go around i was told $3 each. pal bonnie worked a deal and i got them all for $5!

great little chair i plan to paint. 2 bucks. sigh! the little rose pillow 50cents!!

great little chair i plan to paint. 2 bucks. sigh! the little rose pillow 50cents!!

this is a compilation from several sales ... sweet vintage gloves, vintage scissors, old photo and a MARVELOUS vintage tote (purse) covered in roses. ohmygawd. LOVE these!

this is a compilation from several sales ... sweet vintage gloves, vintage scissors, old photo and a MARVELOUS vintage tote (purse) covered in roses. ohmygawd. LOVE these!

closer up, also in pic is a precious vintage crocheted doily

closer up, also in pic is a precious vintage crocheted doily

close up of vintage tote

close up of vintage tote

great old trellis for my new garden! thanks, bonnie!

great old trellis for my new garden! thanks, bonnie!

okay, THIS little lady is my favorite find of the weekend ... got her at nana's in lampasas. will use her somewhere, somehow out in my garden or on the patio. sooooo freakin' sweet!!!

okay, THIS little lady is my favorite find of the weekend ... got her at nana's in lampasas. will use her somewhere, somehow out in my garden or on the patio. sooooo freakin' sweet!!!

some pretties from my patio ... the little bench i found at the GW barn a few weeks ago. painted it out pink, attached some little plates and a birdie ... the little plants are from the lampasas sale, the rose vase is from the hh sale

some pretties from my patio ... the little bench i found at the GW barn a few weeks ago. painted it out pink, attached some little plates and a birdie ... the little plants are from the lampasas sale, the rose vase is from the hh sale

close up of my little patio/garden bench

close up of my little patio/garden bench

close up of one of the planters from lampasas ... an old horse planter. i'm not a horse fan, but i fell in love with this piece (and for 1.00, you would too!)

close up of one of the planters from lampasas ... an old horse planter. i'm not a horse fan, but i fell in love with this piece (and for 1.00, you would too!)

got two of these TALL shutters in lampasas (both for $5) ... the sweet plate on wood piece is sue's creation

got two of these TALL shutters in lampasas (both for $5) ... the sweet plate on wood piece is sue's creation

i stepped outside my pink comfort zone and bought this sweet yellow VINTAGE FIESTA pitcher ... was marked $48, but i got it for $2!!! yes, i know its lip is chipped. and it has a little red spot on it. so what? don't we all? haha

i stepped outside my pink comfort zone and bought this sweet yellow VINTAGE FIESTA pitcher ... was marked $48, but i got it for $2!!! yes, i know its lip is chipped. and it has a little red spot on it. so what? don't we all? haha

sweet little green shelf. i just put some cuties in there for the pic. will hang it somewhere on my patio

sweet little green shelf. i just put some cuties in there for the pic. will hang it somewhere on my patio

another sweet little piece ... a tiny bucket of pink roses from crafter's

another sweet little piece ... a tiny bucket of pink roses from crafter's

a PINK birdie, 66% off at hobby lobby. a PINK BIRD!! too wonderful.

a PINK birdie, 66% off at hobby lobby. a PINK BIRD!! too wonderful.

movie poster from the harker heights city-wide sale ... does it get any better than audrey hepburn?!

movie poster from the harker heights city-wide sale ... does it get any better than audrey hepburn?!

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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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le-bain


Yikes! It’s already March?! Where has the time gone?

Well, in my defense (as IF anybody really cares and is waiting with baited breath for my next blog …), life’s been crazier than usual lately. But anymore that seems the norm.

I have oodles of pics I want to share. But before I do, here’s just a little glimpse into my life of leisure (haha) recently … sort of a reality blog, if you will. Not a gosh-darn thing to do with junking, antiquing, shabby chic, etc. So consider yourself forewarned and just skip down to the pictures if you must. 🙂

Last Tuesday my 15 year old son was in the bathroom, like, forever. I kept telling him to hurry up but there was no getting him out. Don’t ask and I won’t tell.

After about 2 hours (!!) he finally emerges and yells, “Mom! Something’s wrong in the bathroom!”

OH. MY. GAWD.

NOT something a mom wants to hear. Seems as if when he stood up, his legs were numb (uh, yeah, 2 hours of sitting on the toilet will do that to you) and he fell backward. 200 plus pounds of Solid Man crashed onto the tank and it shattered, causing a great and mighty flood in my bathroom. At least 2-3 inches of standing water.

After another couple of hours and using most of the towels in the house, he had sopped and mopped up the mess (under my supervision). Geez, what a nightmare.

As it happens, he had been playing his DS while pooping (sorry all ye faint of heart) … which explains a lot. No, he wasn’t injured, but his back was a little sore … probably from the mopping more so than the fall.

Hubby and I decided we’d have to call The Man. We’re just not the DIY types. But the only plumber we knew was good ol’ Al The Plumber (henceforth to be called ATP) … which was fine except the last time we used him he was more Pepé le Pew than plumber, if you know what I mean.

However, hubby and I convinced ourselves that it’s better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. I was under the strictest orders not to be alone with ATP (perhaps I’ll get sued for writing this but I refuse to change the name to protect the guilty).

ATP came the next afternoon and said we needed a new tank AND toilet. The whole shebang. Because I wanted to pick it out myself, he (ATP) went on his merry way and said he couldn’t come back till the NEXT day.

So Tara and I schlepped down to Lowe’s and Home Depot looking for the perfect potty. Sheesh! What a chore. Not NEAR as fun as junking. And they display those damn toilets so high, I wrenched my neck just trying to look at them. Arghh.

But now we are the proud owners of a new Jacuzzi brand (crazy! I didn’t know Jacuzzi made toilets!!) potty. Woohoo. It comes with a “5 out of 5 stars” flush rating. Whatever the hell THAT is. Can you imagine? They have flush ratings! AND it says you can flush a “basket of golf balls” down this baby!

Yeah, but can it stand up to my 15 year old’s “business”?! THAT is the question.

So ATP showed up the next morning to do whatever it is that plumbers do in the bathroom. Last time (several years ago) he asked me to sit on his lap while he decided what he was going to charge me (true, true story). Oddly enough, he didn’t ask me that this time. Ha! Guess I just don’t have it anymore.

But what I DO have are two functional bathrooms again. Thank you Lord, thank you Lowe’s, thank you ATP. And speaking of Lowe’s, Tara and I saw the funniest thing in their parking lot. Naturally, I had to take a pic. Words can’t describe it … but the picture says it all.

reminds me of how the cobbler's children never have shoes ... or something like that. poor mr. fixit.

reminds me of how the cobbler's children never have shoes ... or something like that. poor mr. fixit.

And that concludes the pre-blog program. On with the show … just some shots around my home; all things old and pink and turquoise and lace and ivory and pearly and … well, enjoy!

Love and hugs to all,
TerryLee

sue's one-of-a-kind table. great work, sue! i LOVE it!

sue's one-of-a-kind table. great work, sue! i LOVE it!

it's right at home in my kitchen!

it's right at home in my kitchen!

love this look! vintage aprons as valances on my kitchen window

love this look! vintage aprons as valances on my kitchen window

b'fast table and vintage aprons as window t'ment

b'fast table and vintage aprons as window t'ment

how i incorporated that great wicker sofa and rocker (see previous blog) into my front living room

how i incorporated that great wicker sofa and rocker (see previous blog) into my front living room

vintage secretary with paris-themed items

vintage secretary with paris-themed items

dress form 'dollie' watches over things while i'm not around

dress form 'dollie' watches over things while i'm not around

close up ... sweet gloves and pearls

close up ... sweet gloves and pearls

vintage rocker from burnet

vintage rocker from burnet

sweet vintage rose cups and pink victorian shoe inside glass shade ... thanks for the ideas, sue!

sweet vintage rose cups and pink victorian shoe inside glass shade ... thanks for the ideas, sue!

VERY sweet southern belle table scarf from an angel up north miss merry mary! thanks again, mary.

VERY sweet southern belle table scarf from an angel up north miss merry mary! thanks again, mary.

a great old mccoy piece (thanks, sue!!!). love the turquoise w/pink birdie! inside an old shaker filled with buttons, an old doornob from GW barn

a great old mccoy piece (thanks, sue!!!). love the turquoise w/pink birdie! inside an old shaker filled with buttons, an old door knob from GW barn

loveseat with chenille covering in front room (where's the piano?!)

loveseat with chenille covering in front room (where's the piano?!)

oh yeah, i moved it to the other living area!

oh yeah, i moved it to the other living area!

grouping above piano ... old window and shutters with my parents' picure layered on it

grouping above piano ... old window and shutters with my parents' picure layered on it

sweet lil cherub from sue's booth

sweet lil cherub from sue's booth

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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.

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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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thankyouben

hey y’all!

am finally starting to feel like a human bean again. was yucky sick for over 2 weeks … but y’all don’t wanna hear about that.

missed out on a fantastic FAG trip this weekend. they went to fredricksburg for the trade days (sans their head FAG, moi). just wasn’t feeling up to that much shopping. my spirit was willing … flesh was weak.

however, i did make it out to belton for the city-wide garage sale. kinda crowdy, but worth it! SCORE!! a VERY sweet vintage white wicker sofa and rocker, an old screen door, painted pink and backed with an old white lacy tablecloth (adorable!!), a yum-yum-yummy vintage pink chenille bedspread (all from the same vendor … a kind and gentle couple from evant who gave me a steal-of-a-deal on the lot) … and four little vintage aprons, two pink/pink with roses and two turquoise lovelies from some dude with a middle-eastern accent. whatsup with that?! oh well, only in america.

quick “hubby” story before the pics. a couple of weekends ago, ben and i were on our way home from a restaurant. as we looped around a busy intersection, i noticed a box in the street. it was partially torn open and had what appeared to be plates falling out of it. naturally, i thought we’d turn around and check it out. naturally, i was wrong … because ben was driving. and he stops for nothing. not even for alleged roadside treasures.

was a little miffed, but also a little too sick to argue my case. got home, went to bed, forgot about it.

the next morning, my sweet hubby went to the pharmacy to get my medication. when he came home, he was lugging a heavy, torn-apart box and sporting a “look what i got, mommy!” expression on his face. he plopped it down on my dining table (yikes!) and immediately, i knew what it was … and what he’d done.

how SWEET is that?!! good job, benjamin! i love you for that. for endangering your life (!!) in that busy intersection to get those silly plates because it’d make me happy … for all the times you go out of your way to make me happy. you’re the best.

btw, the plates were obviously headed to the hotel/restaurant at that intersection. they were just plain, white, service-industry 5″ plates … 25 of them that weren’t broken. but i can use them for crafts. and if i can’t, i betcha i know who can (hi sue!).

okay, on to da pics! lots of ’em this time. and in order to expedite this process, not all of them will have captions. so i hope you did your homework and read every word of my blog. haha.

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

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old screen door, re-done ... sweet!

old screen door, re-done ... sweet!

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yummy pink chenille with floral

yummy pink chenille with floral

close up of chenille ... gawd i love this stuff!!

close up of chenille ... gawd i love this stuff!!

okay, i didn't mention this piece earlier ... it's an old window, adorned with french postcards front and back ... got it at the expo a couple of months ago ... gorgeous!

okay, i didn't mention this piece earlier ... it's an old window, adorned with french postcards front and back ... got it at the expo a couple of months ago ... gorgeous!

close up

close up

vintage aprons ... ohmygosh too sweet!

vintage aprons ... ohmygosh too sweet!

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gorgeous pink and turquoise feathers from hob-lob ... originally discovered by tara ... nice work, sweetie!

gorgeous pink and turquoise feathers from hob-lob ... discovered by tara ... she knew mama would NEED them! nice work, sweetie!

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