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hey y’all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

i think i scared her off.

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

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

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

enjoy the show.

stay loved, stay well.

terry lee

a dozen 'i love yous' from my valentine ben

a dozen 'i love yous' from my valentine ben

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

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

close up

close up

closer still!

closer still!

handmade valentine gift for a dear friend and co-FAG

handmade valentine gift for a dear friend and co-FAG

a closer look

a closer look

another handmade valentine for the other co-FAG.

handmade valentine for the other co-FAG and dear friend

closer look

closer look

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

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

valentine i made for my dear hubby

valentine i made for my dear hubby

inside, with poem i wrote for him ...

inside, with poem i wrote for him ...

aww ....

aww ....

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

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

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

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

vintage bling and lace

vintage bling and lace

valentine i made for my daughter tara

made this for my daughter tara

she loved it!

she loved it!

inside of tara's valentine card

inside of tara's valentine card

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

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

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

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

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

another view. this little lady is too beautiful!

another view. this little lady is too beautiful!

precious, precious vintage s&p shakers with pink roses

precious, precious vintage s&p shakers with pink roses

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

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

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

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

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

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

sweet little pink tin piece with heart mirror and dangly bling

sweet little pink tin piece with heart mirror and dangly bling

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

here's the vintage typing table from burnet

vintage typing table from burnet

what a find!

what a find!

cast iron body and legs

cast iron body and legs

close up of label on body

close up of label on body

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

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

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

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

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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 again!

I know it’s hot as hades right now (at least it is in the armpit … I mean … HEART of Texas). Who wants to think about snuggling up with a cozy afghan next to the fireplace?

With my hot flashes, not me. But I’ve been wanting to share this special treasure with y’all since I started this blog. I’ve had so much else going on (what with husband-bashing and all) that this is the first chance I’ve had.

Back in February, I believe (memory’s a bitch since chemo and anesthesia!), I was visting my sister in Fort Worth (hi Belinda!). She took me to an AWESOME antique mall with a very quaint little tea room called The Secret Garden.

After having our own little “sister tea party” of quiche and fruit and tiny muffins (and of course, tea!), we started browsing the aisles and aisles (and aisles!) of treasures. Oh my. I was in heaven. Too bad I didn’t take any pictures that day … sorry.

However, I did find the most gorgeous afghan in the world. The WHOLE wide world. I was walking by this booth, and something pink caught my eye (as always). It was tucked waaaay under something else and all I could manage to see was a single pink crocheted rose.

By this time, my spider senses were tingling. I gently (or maybe not-so-gently, now that I think about it) removed the crap on top of my buried treasure … and oh.my.gawd. There it was. The most beautiful creature I’d ever seen … other than my three children. 🙂 I won’t even try to describe the afghan … because the pictures pretty much do it justice.

I knew it was mine before I ever saw the price tag. I was thrilled to discover it was only $25!!! But then something made the entire experience even better. My sister walked up and took it from me.

“Let me buy this as your birthday present.”

So, being the good little sister that I am, I let her. 🙂 My birthday wasn’t until April, but I got to take it home with me and start enjoying it immediately. Thanks, Belinda!

Where did I put the lovely? I draped it over my bed’s headboard. And no, hubby didn’t like it. Kept bumping his pillows on it, which caused it to fall over on his head in the middle of the night. Did I mention that this afghan is unusually heavy? It is. So far, no concussions or asphyxiations.

I suppose I could go on and on (verbosity runs in my family … my mother’s side), but I’ll spare you anymore pain. Enjoy the pics!!!

To DIE for vintage crocheted afghan ... it has 70 pink roses on it. count 'em! my sister bought it for my birthday in april (but i picked it out!)

To DIE for vintage crocheted afghan ... it has 70 pink roses on it. count 'em! my sister bought it for my birthday in april (but i picked it out!)


Beautiful!!!!

Beautiful!!!!

closer up

closer up

even closer! love these pink roses!!

even closer! love these pink roses!!

how lovely is that?!

how lovely is that?!

it\'s perfect for my bed!

it's perfect for my bed!

Thanks for stopping by. Till next time! 🙂

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Lovelies from Sue ... thank you!!!

Lovelies from Sue ... thank you!!!

Happy Friday!

First, I’d like to say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Sue! She left a little goodie bag at Crafter’s for me, which I picked up today. I couldn’t wait to get home and open it up. Lots and lots of sweet, adorable notions that I will one day use in my projects.

I was soooo excited about everything and wanted to share Sue’s sweet “pay it forward” spirit with you. So I arranged everything on my table and took a picture (see above)! What fun! Thanks Sue. Great to see you at the barn today, too!

Speaking of the barn, I usually try to “barnstorm” (that’s what I call swooping into the GW bargain barn) every weekend. I didn’t get anything today because I had with me:

A. My 14 year old son, who was complaining of the heat (okay, so it’s like 130 degrees inside the barn)

B. My husband … who after rifling through the books for 10 minutes, was sitting in the car waiting not-so-patiently for me to “FINISH UP IN THERE ALREADY.”

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about junk/antique/vintage/(insert your fave kind of stuff here) shopping, it’s this: Do not, under any circumstances, take your husband or children with you. That is, if you want to have any fun whatsoever.

Okay, I realize it’s sometimes necessary to have smaller kids in tow (hi Sue!). It’s just that life is ever so much easier, sans children and husbands, when you’re doing serious junking.

Even though I didn’t pick up anything at the barn, I did find some darling treasures at Sue’s booth today. Oh.My.Gawd. I got several of her creations and I am so excited to have them! Haven’t taken pics yet … but I will tomorrow and promise to post them immediately. Stay tuned!

For now, here are yet some more random pics from my home collection.

My new chair cushions for the breakfast nook ... I absolutely LOVE that color, right after PINK! Great retro color, huh?

My new chair cushions for the breakfast nook ... I absolutely LOVE that color, right after PINK! Great retro color, huh?

My sooo-gawdy pink lampshade, perched on a gold cherub lamp w/prisms. LOOOOOOOVE it!!!

My sooo-gawdy pink lampshade, perched on a gold cherub lamp w/prisms. LOOOOOOOVE it!!!

Rose Cottage ... a nod to my mom, Alice ROSE ... sitting atop my mom's vintage mirror, which hung over our piano during my childhood. Whew!

Rose Cottage ... a nod to my mom, Alice ROSE ... sitting atop my mom's vintage mirror, which hung over our piano during my childhood. Whew!

My first-ever vintage chandelier. Found it at Ross Antique Mall outside Waco, pre-hysterectomy. Sweet hubby installed it for me ... and it works!!

My first-ever vintage chandelier. Found it at Ross Antique Mall outside Waco, pre-hysterectomy. Sweet hubby installed it for me ... and it works!!

Love this little piece ... Sue-crafted heart with all kinds of lovelies on it!

Love this little piece ... Sue-crafted heart with all kinds of lovelies on it!

Key w/pink ribbon. How sweet!!

Key w/pink ribbon. How sweet!!

I absolutely LOVE this antique room divider. Got it at the antique show at the Expo in Belton a couple of years ago. It has sweet pink and blue Victorian ladies on the panels. Ohmygosh!!

I absolutely LOVE this antique room divider. Got it at the antique show at the Expo in Belton a couple of years ago. It has sweet pink and blue Victorian ladies on the panels. Ohmygosh!!

Close up of screen

Close up of screen

What a day! Have a great weekend … and happy junking/’tiquing!

Till next time! 🙂

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