Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Awesome Giveaway!!

Peeps I am SOOOO very excited to tell you about this amazing giveaway.  It is one you WILL NOT want to miss out on.  Terri of Dimples and Dragonflies is not only an amazingly talented artist, but also a very, very dear friend of mine and she is offering one of her masterpieces to celebrate her 100th Follower!!!  Terri also recently started offering the most gorgeous bottle creations, the likes of which I am sure you have never seen anywhere, on her Etsy store.

Go visit Terri's blog for a chance to win and be sure to tell her that her old pal Kim sent you there!  Terri is one of the absolute sweetest most genuine people I have ever met, not just in blogland, but in life itself and I am truly blessed to call her my friend.  I'm sure you will find her as endearing as I do.

I don't want to reveal too much of her though, because in the coming days I will be doing a personal interview with Terri where she will share with you how she got started in art as well as what inspires her.

Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The True Essence Of Chic

You may already follow this amazing blog, but if not, please do yourself a huge favor and go check out this post at Chic Little House.  Here's a peek:

This house oozes style!  I love everything about it.

Now go to her blog for more eye candy!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tar-jay Love

I haven't been to Target in such a long time, but had to go the other day so Amy could spend the gift card she got for winning a poetry contest at school.

Wowzers!  There's so much great stuff for every room in the house.  I was good and just came home with this lovely tray for $10.

I added this.

And this (that's me in the picture, talking)

And this.

to get this.

Me likey.


My Baby's Moving On!

As promised, here are some pictures of the past few week's festivities.  Around here, a lot of people make a big deal over 8th Grade Graduation.  Personally, I don't think of it as a huge milestone as you have no choice but to go on to High School.  Having said that, I am super-proud of my daughter Mallory and all of her accomplishments thus far.

At a special ceremony for 8th graders last week, she received 3 awards, including the President's Award for making the Honor Roll every marking period.

Pictures before the 8th Grade Dance.

Me & My Girl.   We are both almost 6 feet tall!

The Gang.  These kids are from the neighborhood and have been friends since Kindergarten.  

Mal on her big day!

Now that all of the hoopla is over, we are ready to relax here and enjoy the Summer.  Hope you are enjoying yours!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Un-Baker's Rack

Baker's Racks - not just for the Kitchen anymore.

Craig's List: $30

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Shed Envy

Happy Thursday!  We are over the hump and well on our way to the weekend!  Yippeee!!
This morning I am SO excited because my oldest daughter Mallory's guidance counselor called me last week to say that she is receiving a special award today at a special ceremony in school and invited Rich and I to be there to surprise her.  She doesn't know about the award or the ceremony.  And we don't know what the award is for, but you can bet I'll be posting about it later!

This morning I came across a blog with some serious eye candy for the outdoor enthusiast.  A garden shed for girls.  Only girls - no boys allowed!

I spy with my little eye a chandy!
LOVE that sign!!!

So run, don't walk, over to Three Pixie Lane, a fabulous blog by the sweet Christie, and take a peek at this amazing creation by her husband.  You WON'T be disappointed!!!!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Craig's List Weekly Series #7

For those of you who are new to this series, for the last several weeks I've been sharing Craig's List finds from my area, South Jersey/Philadelphia.  Even if you don't live in this area, and most of you don't, I thought it would be fun to show you some interesting and unique pieces and what they are worth.  If you are in the market for rare antiques or just trying to gain a knowledge for what pieces are worth, I strongly suggest you visit Craig's List and scour the antique category.

Most sellers will try to give as much information about a piece as possible.  So as a regular visitor to CL, I've gained a knowledge of terminology and time-period, as well as an understanding of which pieces are rare as opposed to those that are a dime a dozen.  For this series, I'm showing you the ones I think are either rare, very interesting, or an extremely good value.

LOTS to share today peeps.  I almost ran out of paper jotting down notes for this week's installment of Craig's List goodies.  Let's get started!

I always like to mention that I did NOT purchase these items myself.  I did make a CL purchase this week, and I will share a pic of that at the end of this post.

First up, an antique swivel 2-drawer chest on wheels.  I just mentioned in one of my last posts that anything on wheels is valuable.  This chest also has beautiful crystal knobs.  It's listed for $90.

The bottom has striking detail.

A Mother-of-Pearl Inlay Edwardian Settee for $245.

Close-up of the detail.

Loved this accent table for only $30 - round with leather top and gold embossed grates.

A hand-woven oriental rug, 8 x 5, for only $50.

Gorgeous colors.

Maple hutch, $50 or best offer (music to mine ears!)

I  apologize for the kink in your neck....

How 'bout this??  An enameled Magic Chef stove for only $75~

I can see this in Rue's house, from P,B, & J Cottage.

And this adorable rooster shelf would be right at home in Kim's kitchen, over at Savvy Southern Style, don't ya think??

Sorry for the grainy pic - it wasn't my camera! Ha!

And I couldn't help but think of Deb over at DebbieDoos when I spotted this antique fire extinguisher, or as the ad referred to it, "A Vintage Fire Putter Outer" for $50, a very good price!

I would have loved to scoop up this brown storage ottoman for only $25, but it would be breaking my new rule that I always break.  Never buy anything unless I have a place to put it.....yeah right.

But Sweetie, it has storage!  

This piece had me at hello and it's actually a good deal for only $220. A French-carved Satinwood Highboy.

How bout it?  You can wipe the drool off you keyboard now.  I always keep a napkin handy for this sort of thing.

This wrought iron dinette is an excellent deal for only $45.  Even if it's not perfect, it's nothing a can of black spraypaint can't fix!

It looks alot like the one in my kitchen that I paid $75 for last year at auction.  And I thought THAT was a good deal!

A lovely Pine cupboard for only $30.  A STEAL!

Another steal is this antique cabinet with marble top for only $25~ I was Sooooooo tempted to break my silly stupid rule for this one.  But it was gone in a flash.  Gone Baby Gone!

This biscuit box was speakin' my language.  But it was a little over my thrifty budget at $80.

I also fell in love with this Mahogany serving cart with lift-top needlepoint tray for $155.

And to be filed under the "Truly Bizarre" category is this wasp nest for $20.  You see, you really CAN sell anything on Craig's List people.

This came straight from the ad.....
"Has been sprayed with shellac.  It's been hanging in the garage for about 4 years now"...................

Where do I start?  

I know,

4 YEARS???!!!!! HUH??!

And finally, this series would not be complete without....

Do you know what's coming?

Think back......

Keep thinking......

I'll give you a hint.  It's creepy.


Folks, yours for the taking 

The Principles And Practice Of Embalming Handy-Dandy Textbook!!!
Filled with pages of not-so-useful for the Average Joe literature.

And even less-useful but certainly gory, pictures!!!

Truly a bargain at $25.

Included with this deal is the 1948 Funeral Directors Association of Philadelphia Yearbook.  

I see dead people...

I'm assuming the same guy listed this Vintage Mortician Embalming Make-up Kit for $80.  Unless there's some other weirdo out there who thinks there's actually a market for this creepy stuff.  Just sayin'.

Just cause I know you wanna see more.

One more.

You just never know when it might come in handy.  

Just to be clear, that is NOT what I bought.  No, as tempted as I was, I decided my money would be better spent on this.

A chiminea for $50.  It will get lots of use this Summer and I'm pretty sure it was a good buy.

So thanks for stickin' with me.  Enjoy your Hump Day and I'll catch ya next time!