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estate sale fever

hey y’all!

please excuse my recent prolonged absence from the blogging world. the texas heat has all but suffocated any creativity or enthusiasm that i had for blogging. and it’s almost done the same for junking. lordy me, but it’s hot out there.

partner in crime and fellow FAG bonnie and i bravely (and stupidly) hit the pavement at the crack of 9:30 saturday morning. there were a few estate sales that i wanted to visit before the heat melted me into a puddle of pink sweat.

the first one we hit was the remains of a three-day sale. sad, v. sad. you junkers know what i mean. however, IF you should find something you like, it’s usually priced to GO because it’s the end of the sale. in this case, i did find a couple of things … a vintage piece of luggage which was marked $3, but everything was 1/2 off, so i got it for $1.50. i can dig it. also got an electric pencil sharpener (it worked, i plugged it in at the sale) for the same price.

the second sale was somewhat difficult for me since i knew the deceased and her children. in fact, i grew up right next door to this house. it was good to see the children (okay, they’re not children any longer … they’re MY age) but it was also sad because their mother passed away recently.

and that brings us to my subject title. am i the only one who feels sort of … well … out of sorts at an estate sale? i mean, even when i don’t know the people, which i usually don’t, it has a sadness and morbidity to it … almost like we’re vultures coming in to pick over the remains of the deceased person’s stuff.

honestly, walking through a stranger’s house, looking at their personal things, in their bedrooms, in their bathrooms, closets, kitchens, etc. … it’s v. disconcerting. or at least that’s how i feel.

now, having said all that, does my uncomfortableness keep me from going to these estate sales?! hell no. because i’m a treasure hunter looking for a bargain … just like the rest of you. but i will say this: when i’m at an estate sale, i do try to maintain a somber and respectful demeanor (don’t be so shocked. my mama taught me how to act like a lady) just in case any family members are in the house. after all, somebody they loved has died.

usually.

case in point. hubby and i went to an estate sale in round rock recently and as i was perusing the living room, i noticed this sweet little old lady sitting on a recliner, under a blanket. she was yapping on her cell phone and having a discussion with her daughter, who was running the sale.

after negotiating a price on something (i can’t say what it is because it’s an upcoming birthday gift for one of the FAGs) i was told that mama was moving in with daughter … and so they were selling off her stuff. yikes! can you imagine just having to sit there, while strangers roamed through your house, buying your junk?!

bonnie and i hit our third (and final) estate sale of the day at the veranda (an upscale retirement community comprised of duplex-type housing). we were greeted by a genteel lady who announced that “everything is half off” as soon as we walked in the door. she further explained, “except anything that has a red mark on the tag. if it has a red mark, then it’s priced as marked. NOT half off. or if it’s on that table (she pointed to said table), then it’s not half off.”

sheesh. don’tcha just love it when they have to EXPLAIN their pricing rules to you?!?! reminds me of steve martin in “the jerk” when he was a carny and had to tell the dupes (carnival goers) that they could win ANY prize in this case. but being honest to a fault, he added, “anything between here and here” (carefully pointing to one little section of a shelf, filled with sorry-ass prizes).

BUT. i digress. i did find an adorable pink vintage apron (like i needed another one!!). it was marked 25 cents. but behold! it was half off! can you say 12.5 cents?! also got a sweet pink rose tin with note cards for a few pennies and a roll of tulle (whoop!), a pfalsgraff bowl and sundry other trinkets. my total there: $2

after we left, bonnie said there was an old lady on the sofa who was crying. i am sooooo frickin’ glad i didn’t see her. would’ve felt horrible about buying her apron for 12 cents. sigh.

next time i junk, it’ll be in the fall … or somewhere up north where it’s slightly cooler and less humid than central texas. it’s been over 100 degrees for a week now. i’m taking craigslist off my favorites list and will NOT look at the classifieds until october. seriously, i mean it.

i just hope nobody dies until then. okay, that was a joke. haha

enjoy the pics. they’re estate sale goodies and some project re-dos i’ve been working on. inside.

love and hugs,
terry lee

the estate sale treasure collection

the estate sale treasure collection

vintage luggage piece for $1.50. are we seeing pink yet?!

vintage luggage piece for $1.50. are we seeing pink yet?!

goodies in a bowl ... love that old ice cream scooper!!

goodies in a bowl ... love that old ice cream scooper!!

precious, precious sweet bowl, one of my faves this weekend

precious, precious sweet bowl, one of my faves this weekend

a great old aluminum cake lid

a great old aluminum cake lid

crusty old bird bath, with sweet pink-highlighted bird!

crusty old bird bath, with a sweet chippy-pink painted bird!

duck!! this treasure (who's v. heavy) was in the yard next door to where i grew up. he'll now live in my garden and quietly remind me of childhood days gone by ...

this treasure (he's v. heavy) was in the yard next door to where i grew up. he's gonna live in my garden now and quietly quack about my childhood days gone by ...

trash-picked mirror. v. heavy! found it tossed to the curb on a busy street nearby. whaa?!?! hauled it home (with the help of the FAGs). gotta love FREE.

trash-picked mirror. v. heavy! found it tossed to the curb on a busy street nearby. whaa?!?! hauled it home (with the help of the FAGs). gotta love FREE.

the mirror, after. hanging in my living room. painted it country white and glued sweet green/rose fabric to the frame.

the mirror, after. hanging in my living room. painted it country white and glued sweet green/rose fabric to the frame.

close up of yummy fabric

close up of yummy fabric

here's the church bench i mentioned in an earlier blog. found a great place for it too. in my b'fast nook! covered the cushion with an old pink chenille spread, added some sweet pillows. makes a wonderful sitting or reading area (or you may pray if you wish)

here's the church bench i mentioned in an earlier blog. found a great place for it too. in my b'fast nook! covered the cushion with an old pink chenille spread, added some sweet pillows. makes a wonderful sitting or reading area (or you may pray if you wish ... haha) oh, and this bench was free, compliments of FBC killeen, of which my children are members. they gave away the old church pews when they moved into their bigger and better building recently. praise the lord.

this was the only pic i could find of my china cabinet before the redo. anyway, it was a pretty oak ... just not shabby like i wanted.

this was the only pic i could find of my china cabinet before the redo. anyway, it was a pretty oak ... just not shabby like i wanted.

yanked off the window doors and the middle post, painted it pink and added cuphooks ... rather sweet, eh?

yanked off the window doors and the middle post, painted it pink and added cuphooks ... rather sweet, eh?

close up of my mama's virginia rose plates and cups

close up of my mama's virginia rose plates and cups in my cabinet

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welcome to my garden

hey y’all,

lazy. i must be lazy. i thought it was the heat. even the humidity. possibly my blood pressure? my thyroid?? that’s always a likely culprit. OR … i could blame it on the cancer treatments (some might call that playing the “cancer card”).

but no, it’s laziness. i confess it to you, my dear readers. all 4 of you. i just can’t seem to get myself in gear lately. or perhaps i should say i’m stuck in one gear: neutral. or is that even a gear?

okay, enough whining! i just had my 3 month oncology checkup and all is well. yea! also, i’m about to reach another milestone in this journey of survival: at the end of may, it’ll be two years since my cancer diagnosis. YEA again! thanks to each one of you for your prayers, good thoughts, words of encouragment and support. i wouldn’t be here today without you and your faithfulness.

after every good 3 month checkup, it feels as if i’ve been given a gift. another three months! which isn’t a bad thing for someone who’s learning to live ONE DAY at a time. three months sounds like a LONG time to me.

speaking of living … and having faith in the future, this is the first time in over a decade that i’ve actually planted something. i call it a garden, but it’s just barely. a garden, that is.

if you’ve done your homework, you know that we recently filled in our backyard inground pool (if not, back up and read my blog about it). it was a nasty affair, the pool and filling it in, so it seemed apropos to use that area for The Garden.

at this point, it has a little straggly apple tree (shades of charlie brown’s cmas tree … but sweet and sentimental and represents the ONE life that ben and i are making together), 3 rose bushes (significant number, for the three children i bore … and bore … and bore), two crepe myrtles (one for me, one for my sweet hubby) and a GORGEOUS vintage arch/arbor thingy i found in lampasas a couple of weekends ago. what it represents i do not know. maybe the welcoming of family and friends into our life (garden). i fell in love with it as soon as i saw it at crazy nana’s.

lordy me. but this business of planting is a painful proposition. first there’s the shopping (which i do well, unless it’s walmart and/or a payday … arghh), then the lugging of the plants/trees/soil mix/tools/gloves/pots/watering can/plant food/rose food (see?! i told you i shop well!) TO the car, then OUT of the car, then TO the patio/backyard. already i’m pooped and ready for a nap.

THEN you have the actual PLANTING of the plants. gawd-help-us. now, being the OCD middle child that i am, i had all my ducks in a row, as it were. my plants and bushes were lined up on the patio, sorted by color and variety, alphabetized and ready to plant. okay, i’m kidding about the alphabetizing. but truly, i had a PLAN for my garden. okay, so it was only in my head, but it was there: this plant would go here, that plant would go there. so on and so forth. blah blah blah.

i knew that my dear sweet hubby wanted a couple of trees, which was great (because i wanted them too). but i thought we would choose them.

together.

one day, he came home dragging a big pot with a tall stick shooting out from it.

“what is that?” i asked.

“a TREE!” he replies, and continues to drag it through the house, out the back door, straight to the virgin garden area. he grabs the shovel and before i can even speak (and that’s pretty quick) he’s already shoved the shovel into the ground.

whaaa??? what about my plans? my layout for the garden?? is that where the tree is supposed to go?!?! he has absolutely NO concept of my master plan, nor does he seem to care. i quickly weigh my options. is it worth saying something? stopping him, mid-shovel? he was determined and intent on planting that sad little stick of an apple tree.

right there. in that spot.

in the end, i didn’t have it in me to argue. i’d work around that little tree. i took it as a sign that THIS little apple tree would be the beginning of our garden, and as corny and as cheesy as it sounds, it would be a new beginning … the first day of our future. and so i pulled the bag of miracle grow over to the hole and we planted that little tree together.

i hope it survives. we’re watering it, feeding it, loving it (and yes, i’m talking to it every day … i read somewhere that it’s good to talk to plants). maybe one day it’ll surprise us with grand-apples. haha

geez this is getting long. time to stop the insanity. my word count is already 729. i can’t help it. verbosity runs in my family. my mom could never tell the simplest of stories in under an hour. i guess it’s true the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. 🙂 more gardening stories to follow … for now, enjoy the pics. and remember, it’s still a WORK IN PROGRESS!

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
~Dorothy Frances Gurney, “Garden Thoughts”

Gardens are a form of autobiography.
~Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine, August/September 1993

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.
~English Nursery Rhyme

great rusty crusty arch for my garden. it's flanked by two crepe myrtles which are still in need of planting ...

great rusty crusty arch for my garden. it's flanked by two crepe myrtles which are still in need of planting ...

close up of arch design

close up of arch design

our little apple tree. bless its heart.

our little apple tree. bless its heart.

i call these my strawberry-banana roses ... pink and yellow

i call these my strawberry-banana roses ... pink and yellow

i think this is such a beautiful pink

i think this is such a beautiful pink

had to have yellow (rose of texas)

had to have yellow (rose of texas)

my three little rose bushes ... for alan, tara and matt

my three little rose bushes ... for alan, tara and matt

tara admires her work

tara admires her work

my patio table with new cushions and lovely pink begonias ... with a view of The Garden ... love that arch!

my patio table with new cushions and lovely pink begonias ... with a view of The Garden ... love that arch!

searched high and low for just the right cushions. didn't find them high, but found them at lowe's. haha

searched high and low for just the right cushions. didn't find them high, but found them at lowe's. haha

my patio makeover. it used to be verrrrry scary. now it's an outside room! very lovely and inviting. love it!

my patio makeover. it used to be verrrrry scary. now it's an outside room! very lovely and inviting. love it!

found these beads at the GW barn last week for 75c. they were a tangled mess that took hours to straighten out. but worth it!

found these beads at the GW barn last week for 75c. they were a tangled mess that took hours to straighten out. but worth it!

when the wind stirs the beads, it reminds me of raindrops. a perfect place for those silly 70s disco ball beads!

when the wind stirs the beads, it reminds me of raindrops. a perfect place for those silly 70s disco ball beads!

sort've the focal point of my patio ... an old metal shelf i picked up for a dollar. put some real sweeties on it (love my rose plates, saucers, cups, etc) and flanked it all with the two tall white shutters i got for a song at the lampasas city-wide

sort've the focal point of my patio ... an old metal shelf i picked up for a dollar. put some real sweeties on it (love my rose plates, saucers, cups, etc) and flanked it all with the two tall white shutters i got for a song at the lampasas city-wide

another view of my patio room ...

another view of my patio room ...

LOVE these pink hydrangeas! set them next to an old lawn chair covered in a vintage pink and white bedsheet, finished off with a pink pillow from big lots.

LOVE these pink hydrangeas! set them next to an old lawn chair covered in a vintage pink and white bedsheet, finished off with a pink pillow from big lots.

lace chandie i bought from sue a while back. added some color by putting pink roses on the ends

lace chandie i bought from sue a while back. added some color by putting pink roses on the ends

the little white wicker chair (from sue's) is perfect for my flowers!

the little white wicker chair (from sue's) is perfect for my flowers!

this is an old cracker barrel rocker that i found a few years back at an antique mall. painted it antique white and had been using it inside. i think it looks great on my patio. the mosaic piece next to it was marked way down at 'tuesday morning' because of a small chipped area. lucky me!

this is an old cracker barrel rocker that i found a few years back at an antique mall. painted it antique white and had been using it inside. i think it looks great on my patio. the mosaic piece next to it was marked way down at 'tuesday morning' because of a small chipped area. lucky me!

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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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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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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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