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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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thanks-santa

hey y’all,

i really goofed with my last blog. shortly after it hit the press, my dear, sweet hubby informed me that i had failed to mention the absolutely WONDERFUL christmas gift that he gave me … a way cool printer/scanner/copier/fly me to the moon machine … which is HOW i am now able to scan and upload those great vintage family photos that i shared with y’all.

how could i have been so remiss?! old age. chemo-brain. teenager-induced ssstresss. people in wal-mart. any number of excuses. i’m SOOO sorry, sweetie pie. i LOVE my new toy. but i love you more. how’s that? 😉

anyways, on to the pics … some of my other christmas presents (not everything, so stay tuned), some of this and that.

happy weekend!

love and hugs,
terry lee

my friend bonnie got me these vintage turquoise pyrex pieces. we both cried because without realizing it, she had bought me the SAME set that my mother used to have ... i only had one piece left of hers.

my friend bonnie got me these vintage turquoise pyrex pieces. we both cried because without realizing it, she had bought me the SAME set that my mother used to have ... i only had one piece left of my mom's.

love it!

love it!

LOVE this heart-shaped lovely from my friend jannetta. it's a sue creation ... how precious!

LOVE this heart-shaped lovely from my friend jannetta. it's a sue creation ... how precious! uh, what exactly happened to the man's face?!

dear, sweet, mary (she's such a valentine!) made this collage for me for cmas. it's soooo perfect!!! i love it, mary!

dear, sweet, mary (she's such a valentine!) made this collage for me for cmas. it's soooo perfect!!! i love it, mary!

can't tell you the story behind this sign because it could possibly incriminate my sister and  me. let's just say that i saw it, wanted it ... and now i have it. PINK letters!

can't tell you the story behind this sign because it might incriminate my sister and me. let's just say that i saw it, wanted it ... and now i have it. PINK letters!

sue, i got the DIVA suitcase after all! jannetta bought it for me ... and that sweet little white angel basket next to it. looks sweet perched on my cabinet.

sue, i got the DIVAS suitcase after all! jannetta bought it for me ... and that sweet little white angel basket next to it. looks great perched on my cabinet.

heavy old clock i found at the GW barn a long time ago. it worked, but didn't like that it was all goldtone. FINALLY painted the floral part, numbers and hands pink, glued an old fork and spoon on it (it's in the kitchen) and a castoff earring at the bottom.

heavy old clock i found at the GW barn a long time ago. it worked, but i didn't like all that goldtone. FINALLY painted the floral part, numbers and hands pink, glued an old fork and spoon on it (it's a kitchen clock) and a castoff earring at the bottom. perfectly gawdy (gaudy for you english majors) and over-the-top, eh?

close up of my 'new' kitchen clock

close up of my 'new' kitchen clock

an irresistable little piece i bought for myself, from sue's booth. sweet plate adorned with buttons.

an irresistable little piece i bought for myself, from sue's booth. sweet plate adorned with buttons.

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happy new year y’all!

i don’t know how y’all do it … blogging during the holidays. i had to completely give mine up. mind you, i kept READING others’, but that’s a helluva lot different than writing your own. and posting the pics, etc. i love doing it, but it’s mighty time-consuming. so my vintage estate-sale hat is OFF to youse guys. 🙂

for some strange, gawd-awful reason, the christmas song, “we need a little christmas” keeps buzzing through my brain. and i didn’t even watch “mame” this season. nor do i recall ever hearing it on the radio during the holidays.

it might have something to do with the song’s sentiment, more than actually WANTING christmas to last longer. or come back soon. i mean, there’s NO ONE in texas who’s happier to see the holidays go bye-bye than moi.

ANYways, so many things i want to write about. so many pics i want to post! where do i begin?! bigger question: where do i END?!

firstly, i recently found a box of OLD black and white original prints that were from my parents’ house. thank the Lord my mama and daddy loved their camera and USED it. oh.my.gawd. what a wonderful gift they have passed down to us.

pics of me as a baby, my sister and me as little girls, lots of christmases past (talk about true vintage pics and 1960s aluminum cmas trees with pink ball ornaments … lord how i wish i had those treasures now!). i will post a few of the pics now and more in blogs to come.

speaking of the old pics, i made a scrapbook for my sister’s christmas present. she LOVED it. i made a slideshow of it for my own sake … but here’s the link to it, should you find yourself wanting a looksee.
Sister Scrapbook

secondly, hubby and i went to abilene this past weekend for our grandbaby’s first birthday. it was SO much fun spending time with him. he’s getting big fast. pics of him forthcoming as well.

thirdly, on the way home, we stopped in brownwood at one of my favorite antique haunts. it took some conniving on my part since hubby doesn’t like to stop while traveling … but stop we did.

found some super-dilly-icious, yummy retro/vintage treasures there including a little turquoise-cushioned stool thingy from the 50’s or 60s, a gorgeous crusty, rusty white plant holder piece with wheels, beee-autiful little plates/saucers/cups with roses, of course, an old PINK plastic canister set, a pink set of salt/pepper shakers, a great vintage pink AVON bottle … and a few other odds and ends (sorry, my adjectives are constipated this afternoon … the pics will serve as much better descriptions).

the more i think about it, the more i’m thinking that this business of junking/antiquing/finding that perfect vintage treasure is a little like christmas to me. it’s that FEELING of happiness (dare i say euphoria?!) i get when i step into a musty, dusty, crusty antique store and it’s like christmas morning, as a child, all over again.

yes! we DO need a little christmas, right this very minute!

we need a little christmas,
right this very minute …
for I’ve grown a little leaner (not!)
grown a little colder
grown a little sadder,
grown a little older
and I need a little angel
sitting on my shoulder
we need a little christmas now!

for we need a little music,
need a little laughter,
need a little singing
ringing through the rafter
and we need a little snappy,
happy ever after
we need a little christmas now!

lotsa love and hugs to y’all,
terry lee

harry and me, his first birthday

harry and me, his first birthday

harry and grandpa, eating birthday cupcake (ohmygosh adorable!)

harry and grandpa, eating birthday cupcake (ohmygosh adorable!)

my vintage dress form, all dressed up for the holidays ... note her pink ornament ball necklace!

my vintage dress form, all dressed up for the holidays ... note her pink ornament ball necklace!

my sister and me, cmas 1963

my sister and me (and mama's legs/houseshoes), cmas 1963 ... my first piano ... looks like i'm crooning too! ohmygawd, look at those bangs of mine. and you wonder why i have issues with my bangs at 47!

baby me, my sister belinda cmas 1961

baby me, my sister belinda cmas 1961

my second cmas, 1962 ... check out those legs!

my second cmas, 1962 ... check out those legs!

sisters with their new appliances. cardboard! and we loved them! cmas 1962

sisters with their new appliances. cardboard! and we loved them! cmas 1962

belinda and terry lee, cmas 1963 ... where's that darn cmas tree now?!

belinda and terry lee, cmas 1963 ... where's that darn cmas tree now?!

hello? hi baby girl. it's me. your future. tell mommy to save that tree for you. you'll want it when you're 40-something!

hello? hi baby girl. it's me. your future. tell mommy to save that tree for you. you'll want it when you're 40-something!

terry lee's first cmas, 1961

terry lee's first cmas, 1961

i love, i love, i love my little calendar girl! 1962 was a VERY good year!

i love, i love, i love my little calendar girl! 1962 was a VERY good year!

sisters, sisters! there were never such devoted sisters! belinda holding baby terry lee. awww!!!

sisters, sisters! there were never such devoted sisters! belinda holding baby terry lee. awww!!!

yes, virginia ... i mean vintage sue, there IS snow in texas. sometimes. like in 1963! sisters in the texas snow ... love my coat and hat (i'm the shorter one)!

yes, virginia ... i mean vintage sue, there IS snow in texas. sometimes. like in 1963! sisters in the texas snow ... love my coat and hat (i'm the shorter one)!

okay, this is taking too long. i still haven’t gotten to the antique treasures. i’m going to post the pics without captions. you’ll be able to sort it out. enjoy!

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