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easter-terrylee-1964

hey y’all!

it’s easter weekend and this is the first time in almost 30 years that i haven’t made easter baskets for my children. i mean, does a package of reese’s peanut butter cup eggs count for anything? that and some other bags of candy i hastily bought at target last night. it’s not that i didn’t WANT to make baskets, it’s just the old “my spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” thing goin’ on.

don’t mean to sound sacrilegious, but for me, this wasn’t exactly a “holy” week. it was more like “holy hell” week. feel free to stand clear of me … wouldn’t want the lightning strike to hit you too. 😉

ANYway, in addition to all the humdrum daily routine business this week, i also spent HOURS and HOURS on the phone with incompetent service representatives (i won’t name names, but their initials are TXU) and with banks getting mortgage refinancing options. the latter being a fricking full-time job by itself.

ALSO, i had a crew tearing up my backyard most of the week. okay, actually they were filling in my old, useless, eyesore of a pool … a dream of mine that was a long time coming. i took pics of the fill-in progress and the finished product.

however, unless you saw the pool before (something only my inner circle of peeps have experienced … and you know who you are, OR you’re a nosy neighbor … and you know who YOU are), then you probably won’t or can’t fully appreciate the “after” pics.

still. i’m gonna share them with you. after all the crap i’ve been through this week from hell, this is my reward. i have grandiose plans of a lush garden retreat (think english country) with rose bushes, flowers that attract butterflies, a birdbath (a nod to the once-upon-a-time pool), vintage cement statues, a gazebo (after i win the lottery) and a lovely sitting area.

for now, i have “planted” a single pink metal flower smack in the center of the pool (i need to stop calling it that) as a promise, a hope of what is to come. what will be. and besides, it’s cute and makes me smile. 🙂

i hope you all have a blessed easter and find something to give you hope. and peace.

love and hugs,
terrylee

crew member in my pool, hacking holes for drainage (again, hate to name names but his rhymes with bus, as in, 'hop on the bus, g-s.')

crew member in my pool, hacking holes for drainage (again, hate to name names but his rhymes with bus, as in, 'hop on the bus, g_s.')

an ugly site, but you gotta crack some eggs if you want an omelette

an ugly site, but you gotta crack some eggs if you want an omelette

it's getting there!

it's getting there!

matt and tara horsing around on the heavy equipment ... when the crew's away, the mice will play!

matt and tara horsing around on the heavy equipment ... when the crew's away, the mice will play!

matt and me

matt and me

a princess and her ride

a princess and her ride

matt, master of his domain!

matt, master of his domain!

another view

another view

nosy neighbors ... you can't see it from here, but they probably have their binoculars on me at that very moment

nosy neighbors ... you can't see them from here, but they probably had their binoculars on me that very moment

the sun sets on another day of pool filling

the sun sets on another day of pool filling

next day, gus stops smoking long enough to pick up a shovel

next day, gus stops smoking long enough to pick up a shovel

little did they know we'd been playing with their toys last night

little did they know we'd been playing with their toys last night

the completed project!

the completed project!

matt, taking a "dive" into my future garden

matt, taking a 'dive' into my future garden

sweet pink metal flower from hobby lobby

sweet pink metal flower from hobby lobby

the pink promise of my future garden ...

the pink promise of my future garden ...

ps. if you ever find yourself in need of a “dirt crew”, i’d recommend Shed’s Construction in Belton, Texas. they were v. helpful, obliging and inexpensive (compared to other quotes i obtained).

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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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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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centerpiece

hey again,

so much for keeping my blog fresh. sigh … oh well.

have had such a difficult time shaking this illness. i feel semi-okay one day, the next like death. it’s been exactly FOUR weeks since i started this stuff. enough already, i say!

okay, anyhow, i did manage some junking on friday. matt (my son) and i went to the GW bargain barn in cove. lotsa fun and came home with a few treasures. pics below.

also including a couple of other pictures from around the house. i made a fantastico centerpiece using the infamous roadside white plates and some yummy turquoise-esque beads and feathers. i was pleased with its beauty and uniqueness. my son looked at it as if a space alien had just landed on the table. hmmph. that boy needs some culture.

enjoy the pics and pretend i said something clever here at the end. 🙂

love and hugs,
terry lee

my GW bargain barn treasures

my GW bargain barn treasures

sweet tin with vintage lady

sweet tin with vintage lady

belt buckle bought because of bling ... but you can't see it very well in this pic

belt buckle bought because of bling ... but you can't see it very well in this pic

old luggage. as IF i needed more baggage ...

old luggage. as IF i needed more baggage ...

but i never can seem to resist this old stuff

but i never can seem to resist this old stuff

these old wooden boxes just whimpered and whined until i picked them up. so dusty, so musty. will shabby them up with some pink paint and bling

these old wooden boxes just whimpered and whined until i picked them up. so dusty, so musty. will shabby them up with some pink paint and bling

my son liked the shape of this box with the attached lid, but NOT the flowers. he's taking it on as an art project ... will paint it red and use it for something, well, something.

my son liked the shape of this box with the attached lid, but NOT the flowers. he's taking it on as an art project ... will paint it red and use it for something, well, something.

an old mother's day cup ... couldn't resist the roses

an old mother's day cup ... couldn't resist the roses

lotsa, lotsa pink lacy curtain panels and valances

lotsa, lotsa pink lacy curtain panels and valances

50 cent victoria's secret purse ... love, love, love, just in time for valentine's!

50 cent victoria's secret purse ... love, love, love, just in time for valentine's!

what to do with a stack of 24 plain white plates your husband drags home for you? this!

what to do with a stack of 24 plain white plates your husband drags home for you? this!

am WILD about this color!

am WILD about this color!

stacked my freebie plates and used them as a pedestal for a beads and feathers table centerpiece

stacked my freebie plates and used them as a pedestal for a beads and feathers table centerpiece

yummy beads (thanks sue) in glass, on top of the stacked plates

yummy beads (thanks sue) in glass, on top of the stacked plates

love these turquoise feathers!!

love these turquoise feathers!!

NOT a goodwill find ... a sweet old mailbox painted, from sue's booth

NOT a goodwill find ... a sweet old mailbox painted, from sue's booth

pink feathers in the pink eiffel tower bottle ... just as sue suggested, it looks FAB!

pink feathers in the pink eiffel tower bottle ... just as sue suggested, it looks FAB!

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90-off

hey again!

trying to keep my blog afresh, ’cause i know people get tired of looking at the same old thing when/if they come to visit. you know how it is, house guests and fish and your blog … they all start to stink after 3 days. haha.

ANYways, went on a mini-FAG trip the other night. i LOVE those, btw. usually when we go FAGing, it’s an ordeal. in a good way. we load ourselves up in the FAGmobile and drive to some gawd-forsaken little texas hole in the wall … or maybe a not-so-little-hole. either way, we’re gone for the day and down for the count.

so earlier this week, we did a mini-FAG outing one evening. we had a very simple plan: big lots and then to el chico. or casa el chico as jannetta called it. she was just a little confused at which particular mexican restaurant we landed. had NOTHING to do with margaritas …

back to big lots. they had their christmas stuff marked 90% off. i was NOT in the mood to buy cmas decorations … i barely have everything cleared out of my house from the holidays. but when it hit me how MUCH 90% off really IS, well, i couldn’t resist. i mean, it was practically FREE. it would’ve been a SIN not to buy at those prices. a HUGE sin. and believe me, i know sin. i was raised on it.

so i found a buggy (shopping cart for you yankees) and started loading up. huge ornaments for 40 cents, packages of miniature ornaments for 20 cents, strands and strands and strands of gold beads for 20 cents. snowman boxes and tins … ohmygawd. i couldn’t stop. at 90% off … whatcha gonna do?!?!

okay, so my pics are below. also got a bag of lay’s bbq potato chips which is apropos to nothing. except they were on sale too. but not 90% off.

we did have a great time at casa el chico. haha. our server, cando (which being spanish-challenged, we thought was “can-do” … like he’s a “can-do!” sort of guy) was wonderful and spoke lovely spanish to us, though we didn’t understand a lick of it.

good friends, good food, good bargains, good times. good medicine for all of us, as always.

enjoy the pics. love and hugs to you all, mi amigas and amigos.

terry lee

my lot from big lots

my lot from big lots

strands and strands of beads, each 15' long! 40 cents each!

strands and strands of beads, each 15' long! 40 cents each! gonna play dress-up ... oh, and then do some crafting!

sweet boxes and tin and ornaments and ... and ... and

sweet boxes and tin and ornaments and ... and ... and

love these! sadly, i'll forget where i put them for next year ...

love these! sadly, i'll forget where i put them for next year ...

great colors! love the turquoise and pink

great colors! love the turquoise and pink

adorable miniature ornaments, different colors and clear ... just imagine the possibilities, esp at 20 cents per pkg!!

adorable miniature ornaments, different colors and clear ... just imagine the possibilities, esp at 20 cents per pkg!!

in case you can't telll, these are HUGE-GIGANTIC ornament balls. about the size of bowling balls, 40 cents each. may pull a vintage sue and paint them and the fire up the glue gun ...

in case you can't tell, these are HUGE-GIGANTIC ornament balls. about the size of bowling balls, 40 cents each. may pull a vintagesue and paint them and then fire up the glue gun ...

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salado-chapel

hey y’all!

hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving! we were very blessed: all three of ben’s sons were here, including mike and his wife burgandi and their little one, harrison. he’s the first grandbaby! tara and matt (my two youngest blessings) were here as well as ben and me. an almost full nest of baby birds (no matter how old they get, they’re still our babies)!

ben and i have fallen completely and madly in love with grandbaby harry. we seriously considered hiding him from his mommy and daddy so they might leave him behind. but in the end, we thought better of it. would’ve been a tad extreme, don’t you think?

on friday, burgandi and i went shopping in salado and left grandpa and daddy behind to babysit harry. had lunch at a quaint little tea room (very girly!) and found great deals on some very sweet things … but most of all, it was some serious “girl time” with my daughter in law.

the house is mighty quiet today … just matt and me. feeling kinda blue and missing baby harry. i’ve written it before, but i can’t help but wonder what a mama bird feels, if anything, when all her birds fly out of the nest. the older i get, the more sentimental (and sometimes downright depressed) i get during the holidays. especially when i don’t see all of my children … or if i get to see them and then they leave again (as they should!). sigh.

okay. enough wallowing! am including pics of the family, especially the grandbaby … and a few from salado. i found two VERY sweet little birds who are now at home in my collection (pics of that too). what IS it with me and birds, anyhow?! it’s a sickness i’m afraid. they are just toooo sweet.

enjoy. and hang in there. this time next month, it’ll all be over … for another year. whew!

love and hugs,
terry lee

grandmommy-and-harrison

he loves his elmo

he loves his elmo

thank you. thank you very much.

thank you. thank you very much.

grandmommy steals some sweet sugar

grandmommy steals some sweet sugar

grandpa gets some too

grandpa gets some too

historic salado chapel

historic salado chapel

inside of sweet chapel

inside of sweet chapel

love those angels!

love those angels!

would love to renew our vows here!

would love to renew our vows here!

burgandi admiring an adorable christmas tree in a salado shop

burgandi admiring an adorable christmas tree in a salado shop

this is my new baby bird from salado. fell in LOVE with him! too precious!!

this is my new baby bird from salado. fell in LOVE with him! too precious!!

meet my other new bird ... will add some sparkle to his wings ... too sweet

meet my other new bird ... will add some sparkle to his wings ... too sweet

old bird cage filled with birds and fluff ... love it!

old bird cage filled with birds and fluff ... love it!

bird cage with my two new birds from salado

my two new birds from salado, perched on their new home

a peek inside the birdie cage ...

a peek inside the birdie cage ...

found this birdie picture at the GW barn. painted the dark wood, added pink glitter, bling in the nest and some lace. now she looks great in my bird collection

found this birdie picture at the GW barn. with a little TLC ... painted the dark wood pink, added pink glitter, bling in the nest and some lace ... they look great with my bird collection

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