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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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chickie

hey y’all!

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

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

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

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

but before we get to the pics …

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

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

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

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

love and hugs,
terry lee

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

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

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

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

close up ... love those roses!!

close up ... love those roses!!

sweet little valance from the same sale

sweet little valance from the same sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

after! too sweet, eh?

after! too sweet, eh?

painted it an antique white and the old brass handles pink

painted it an antique white and the old brass handles pink

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

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

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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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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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Hey Y’all!

If you’re reading this, more than likely you’re familiar with my “VintageSue Fanaticism”. She’s one of the most creative, vibrant souls that I’ve ever met. She can take a piece of garbage (I’m talkin’ trash picked right from the curb) and turn it into something so amazing, so wonderful (yes, so yummy!) that you would be proud to display it in your home.

I call it her “magic”. I don’t know how she does it … but it continues to amaze me and thrill me each time I enter her booth of lovelies. It’s like a spell that washes over me. She calls it “craziness”, but whatever you call it, it is something very special.

Talent and creativity aside, what makes this lady even more special is her sweet, generous spirit. She has a “Pay it Forward” philosophy and I’m willing to bet that it has served her well.

Here then, are pictures of just some of the goodies that Sue has blessed me with … both given to me and some I bought from her. In my opinion, they are ALL gifts. So here’s to you, Sue!

Love and hugs to all!


framed vintage wallpaper

framed vintage wallpaper

love the roses, love the once upon a time!

love the roses, love the once upon a time!

fun 'vintage' sign

fun 'vintage' sign

adorable little white table!!

adorable little white table!!

old tin ... too sweet

old tin ... too sweet

another great little creation

another great little creation

sweet ladies in a frame

sweet ladies in a frame

heart with vintage cards

heart with vintage cards

wonderfully unique collage

wonderfully unique collage

piles of goodies from sue

piles of goodies from sue

i love every little piece!

i love every little piece!

love these oldies!!

love these oldies!!

sweet collage and crafting items

sweet collage and crafting items

more from sue

more from sue

i'm CRAZZZZY about this pillow!

i'm CRAZZZZY about this pillow!

this is a vintage hat, re-made by sue. what fun!

this is a vintage hat, re-made by sue. what fun!

oh.my.gawd. i absolutely LOVE this 'paris bag' filled with paris-themed lovelies! it's perfect, sue!!!

oh.my.gawd. i absolutely LOVE this 'paris bag' filled with paris-themed lovelies! it's perfect, sue!!!

killer vintage pink apron. sigh!!!

killer vintage pink apron. sigh!!!

Sweet pillowcase

Sweet pillowcase

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Hey there! I’m not sure the “world” is reading, but that’s the title I suppose everyone gets for their first blog.

A little about me … I’m a mother of three (Alan, 27, Tara, 25, Matt, 14), a school nurse (RN) by trade, and wife of my best friend, Ben.

IF I could make a living out of it, I’d love to open an antique/vintage junk shop! I adore shabby chic, vintage items and like to make my own creations from vintage treasures. Sometimes they turn out pretty cool … sometimes like crap. I never know!

We’ll see how this works out … I’d like to post wonderful pictures of my crafting/shabby chic/vintage projects in the future, but for now, I’ll just share with you some creations that I’ve purchased from a wonderfully talented lady named Sue (http://vintagesue.wordpress.com) and are now proudly displayed in my home.

Thanks for visiting!

Terry Lee

GREAT vintage luggage, altered. Thanks, Sue!

GREAT vintage luggage, altered. Thanks, Sue!

Awesome re-done dresser, all shabbied up! LOVE the pink rose knobs!!!

Awesome re-done dresser, all shabbied up! LOVE the pink rose knobs!!!

Belgium watering can on shabby little pink table. LOVE it!

Belgium watering can on shabby little pink table. LOVE it!

Great collage ... April in Paris!

Great collage ... April in Paris!

Top of altered file box ... so shabby, so chic. Gosh people!

Top of altered file box ... so shabby, so chic. Gosh people!

Hand-crafted pillow (I LOVE Sue\'s stuff!!!)

Hand-crafted pillow (I LOVE Sue's stuff!!!)

Paris Piano

Paris Piano

A little Paris on my piano! Ooh-la-la!

A little Paris on my piano! Ooh-la-la!

A VERY sweet old shabby pink table with a stack of pink boxes. Sigh!

A VERY sweet old shabby pink table with a stack of pink boxes. Sigh!

My sweet bottle collection

My sweet bottle collection

Cute silver tray adorned with lovelies! Sweet pink and blue crochet doily underneath made by my maternal grandma\'s hands

Cute silver tray adorned with lovelies! Sweet pink and blue crochet doily underneath made by my maternal grandma's hands

Sweet rose (5 cents!)

Sweet rose (5 cents!)

Adorable pink cherub!! (Sue\'s of course!)

Adorable pink cherub!! (Sue's of course!)

That’s all for now! It’s taken me two days to get this far … ha!! Maybe next time will be easier …

Till then! 🙂

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