Tuesday, February 14

Busy girl...

I took some of my recent projects down to the store today.  Let me empasize the word "some". I have about half dozen in the works projects going...one of which is vintage antique full size bed! 

Vintage chairs turned planter chairs.  Lovely on a front porch in a garden area.


Vintage frame Magnet Memo Board.  Vintage frame painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint, distressed and then waxed and buffed.  Burlap sack over sheet metal makes for the "magnetic" center.


Small Pedastool base occasion table with brass footed claw feet.  Painted a tan tone, distressed and waxed.  Hard to see in picture but dark wax really adds to all areas of the wood really accenting the piece.

And that is it for today...off to a 3rd grade Valentines party.

Wednesday, February 8

We are doing really well...

We have been " in business" just sbout 3 weeks now and sales have been better than i could imagine. I love hearing from other dealers how well we are doing, that we are rockstars! Our shelves are full...and thats our plan. The More product on the shelves...the more product going out the doors, and I mean that in more ways than one. Both Jennifer (my friend and business partner) have both had to deal with loss...product loss. I guess thats part of the gig sadly. We have noticed stolen items and items sold but price tags being switched to our loss. It happens. We have both been so busy creating things from old to new...our newest items are vintage frames turned burlap covered magnet boards and corkboards. Dry erase boards with old frames and fabric and keeping up on the demand with my mason jar soap pumps. We are having so much fun!

On the home front, we are good. Kids got guinea pigs this past weekend, first pets for them. They are cute I admit, but the shaved bedding being tracked everywhere is driving me insane. New to 4-H this year, we thought it would be best to start off small...and the kids just adore them. We also got chickens, this weekend as well, 7 of them. Will be pretty cool in a few months to have fresh eggs all the time.

Thursday, January 26

Imagine

Our antique store venture is going well so far...course it has only been 11 days so I guess to soon to tell.  Tomorrow I work my one day a month required shift from open to close. I laugh as I type, because I have not pulled an 8 hr work day out of the home in over 10 yrs!  Should be interesting!  Far from my former career as an OB nurse and it has been 20 years or more since I "worked" in any type of retail setting.  However, I don't consider it a "job", I don't get paid to go, and...it gets me out of the house and around other grown-ups. Away from the laundry pile, and the dirty dishes and it revolves around products that I love, other peoples junk, other peoples history and memories...so fun!  Speaking of history...I have a stack of old black and white photos and negatives from the 1930's I purchased at several estate sales.  Sorting thru the pictures a few nights ago I wondered...I have no idea who these people are, or have never been to the places in the pictures but I wondered about them.  Who they were, what they were like, what the world was like in the time they took those pictures.  A simpler time I imagine, with some of the same worries we all share such as finances and health but yes, I imagine a simpler time.  I think I would have liked to grown up then...in the 30's and 40's, even the 50's.  Sure, there was still war, there were much bigger issues with race (in my opinion) but I think morals and family values, time spent with family, the way children respected elders, I think it may have been a much better time for not only people but for our planet.  Sure we know so much more now...in technologically, in medicine, environmentally but sometimes all these advancements doesn't mean we are better.

So Matt, my husband was looking thru the pictures as well, he made the comment we should try and track some of these people down.  I  then replied with something like "honey, the pictures are 70 yrs old or so and I bought them at an estate sale, chances are they are dead".  Not to sound harsh, but that's the reality.  How sad is it that old photos of lives once lived are now in the hands of someone who knew nothing of them..seems in a way wrong, but maybe it could be right?  Right in the sense that I look at them and imagine and wonder...make up stories in my head as I look at the pictures of them on the beach and I imagine what that day could have been like.  I picture the couple holding hands and the little kids running amuck, the laughter, the events that may have taken place before or after. So in some sort of odd way they are being remembered only the story may have changed but the faces have not.  Does that make sense?

Sunday, January 15

Friday Morning Finds

If you have followed my blog at all, then you will you know that I love antiques, aka other people's junk and... I can be pretty creative. So...I put the two passions together and I have been a busy girl. A week or more ago, I mentioned I had something in the works that I couldn't yet talk about. Well, I can now! Several months ago my friend Jennifer and I were all set to open a space in a local antique store and then it looked as tho, it would not happen. Well it did. We got the call right after I blogged the last time and we have been busy pricing tagging creating, painting, researching items, the list goes on. We were busy all this past weekend " moving in" and I am happy to report we are open for business. Our space, inside a local antique store is 10 1/2 ft by 12 ft and we used every inch of it, I am not kidding.



For the last few months I have been upcyling vintage furniture by painting and distressing, with of course the best paint out there, Annie Sloan chalk paint. We have been creating items out of vintage things such as fabulous soap and lotion pumps out of old mason jars. Making jewelry out of old buttons and keys and magnets from vintage silverware. I have a ton of old barnwood in the backyard so what better way to recycle than to make signs from it, I am hoping those are gonna be a hit! Hitting estate sales is something I love to do and try to do it weekly. Usually on Fridays when the kids are in school...hence the name, Friday Morning Finds.



So, if your in the Napa Valley, head on downtown and check us out at Antiques on Second Street. Our little section is all the way in the back of the store to your left. If you find the area that screams shabby, full of Fenton glassware and fun colored furniture, pretty linens and adorable vintage finds, then you have found us.




Our section, as your enter.





Our "linen closet"




Tuesday, January 3

Back for 2012

Hold on to your hats...Lisa is blogging! I cannot believe it has been nearly five months since I posted, it is now a new season, and a new year. I just lost my interest in it for awhile is all...but I feel ready to get back into it, and to share again. So much has happened obviously in the last several months. Nothing, thankfully earth shattering, just life. Where do I begin?
Let's see is I can catch up in 100 words or less.

August I had another Birthday, 42! Gosh, to look at that in print is scary. I recall my mom being 42, how can I possibly be that old? Kids started back to school, Carson is now in 3rd grade and my "baby" Ella is in the 2nd grade. And in reference to my previous sentence, "how can they be that old"?

Let's see...usual camping trips, working at the school, nothing to exciting, and the days and months pass.

The new year will bring a new adventure, I have partnered up with a friend. Not going to spill the beans yet as to not jinx it. The date we had for this venture was January 6th, and then it moved to second week of January and now we have no idea really. We are ready for "when" it happens, and hoping and praying it's not an "if" it happens. I can tell you tho, my kids need their playroom back and I have taken it over. So, think good thoughts please.

That is it for now....if your still following, I appreciate it. I have so many things to show you, but that goes along with the paragraph above this one...so stay tuned.

Monday, August 1

Many New Scrapbooking Layouts this Weekend

I was a busy girl!  This past weekend I made lots of new premade scrapbooking layouts for sale in my Etsy store Friday Morning Finds.  I pay "great attention to detail" and there are a ton of details in each and everyone for sure.  I inked, I glittered, I pondered...walked away, came back, was inspired and uninspired at times.  I machine stitched on I think every one and spent probably to much time on them, but cannot list until I am happy with the end result.  In all toll, I made 10 layouts, one of which was a 2 page spread and I made about 10 cards.

So..now you know how I spent my last few days, did you create this weekend? 

Here is just a small sampling of what I have been working on.
(for a larger shot with more details, click on each picture. These collage pics do not fit well within the blog column parameters).




Wednesday, July 27

Mama Bird

Sometime last week I walked out our front door, which we rarely use, to walk down to my garden. When I opened the door to step out a bird flew away which caught my attention, and then I saw this...

a bird had built a nest in the floral wreath we have on the door.

So every couple of days I have been checking in on it.


It got a little bit bigger...and every once in a while I will pull back the curtain from inside and see the Mama bird sitting a spell.


And then two days ago...


I peeked in a saw an egg! 


 A tiny little blue egg. 


 I texted my husband and told him all about it and then I told him not to tell the kids...I don't want them to disturb the nest.  I was very excited...and my husband thought it was pretty cool too.  He said he wished we could film it and then time lapse it so we could watch the progress.

And then today...



two little tiny blue eggs!

  I locked the front door to deter the kids from using it.

And then of course my 6 year old did and slammed the door...I cringed.

But...everything is intact, no harm done this time, I checked.

I did a little research and read that the Mama Bird will lay one egg each day for up to 5 days.  The incubation period is approximately 12-14 days in order in which they were laid.  The baby birds then take up to 2 weeks to leave the nest.  This should be an interesting cycle to watch, and I will be sure to update as it progresses.








Saturday, July 23

ADHD Follow Up and a Thank You

First I would like to thank all of those who commented on my last post Life with an Angry ADHD Child.  Some of you were anonymous,  others I tried to reply to but could not.  I read each comment, sometimes twice and I thank you for your stories, each one made me cry, we are in this together.  So a huge "Thank You" for sharing with me.

I had planned on making it a series, not so sure now, we will see.  It is easier to post into the "Internet unknown" then to try and talk about it with people whom are close to me.  As much as they think they understand...they don't.  It is definitely one of those situations where you have to walk a mile in someone else's shoes.

We had his med review a few weeks ago.  His diagnosis was confirmed and he does have a mild defiance disorder.  Well...mild according to the doctor, again...walk a mile in my shoes.  They/we, decided to keep him on his Concerta at the moment and we added Tenex for the impulse control and outburst. It has only been a couple of weeks since we added that and he spent the last week at his grandparents. My Mother said "he was not the same kid", she said he seemed "spacey",  he has been back a few days now and I am not seeing that.  I do know the Tenex has made him tired on several occasions, has not helped with his sleep issues, but...I do think it has helped with his anger, my husband says the jury is still out.

We are having the typical issues at bedtime this week.  The crying, the "I can't sleep", the never ending it seems battle at bedtime.  We have been up at all  hours of the night dealing with this and are physically and mentally exhausted.  I do have to say he is not getting so worked up that he is going into a fit of rage like he used to.  Sure he says a few of the hateful things but nothing like he used to, I hope I did not just jinx that.  He is crying, but it is more crying than screaming and no physical outburst (yet) no throwing things, no slamming doors no getting into such a place we cannot get him out of.  So for that I think the Tenex maybe working.

I do think he is manipulating us...big time!  So is this his ADHD or just normal kid behaviour?  How do you tell?  When he was at  his grandparents he went to bed every night, fell right to sleep and slept all night, every night without incidence.  Great for them!  So...why is it the first night he is back we were back to the same old thing and every night since, this drives me insane!  If I ask him if he could sleep in our room would he be able to sleep and he says yes.  So..I know he is playing us, because he wants to sleep in our room.  Foot down, he is not, enough is enough.  He cries he is "scared".  Is he really?  Or again...just a game to get what he wants.  He has this fear of someone breaking in, and stealing him, we have heard this over and over.  As a parent how do you know when a fear is just that or when they are taking it above and beyond to again...manipulate to get what he wants.  My husband made him some sort of deal about walking around the house and checking things out at bedtime...if this works..great!  We are desperate.

Our daughter is now visiting the grandparents, I am so glad she is gone while we "try" and work on this.  When he is awake ...we are all awake, so I am glad she is away for a few days.  I am trying to cut down on the yelling and getting mad at bedtime.  I know it does not help anyone, but it is so hard when it is 1 or 2 or even 3 am and your tired to keep it "all in check". 

School starts in a few weeks, I am nervous about that...but that is another story for another time.

Tuesday, July 19

Scrapbooking Disney Mini Albums

I have been busy busy the last few days...and not busy doing housework!  Wanting to add some "handmade" items to my Etsy Store I decided to get out my Disney box loaded with stuff and get to work...and work I did.  I have not scrapped in FOREVER!  A good 9 months maybe and once I got into , I remembered how much I enjoyed it!  It took me 3 days to make 4 mini albums and my dining room was a DISASTER!  OH...how I miss my craft room at our previous home.  I set up a kids table and chair next to me and my 6 year old daughter Ella sat next to me as we "created".  She is so cute...she made her own creations "to sell" and even put prices on them.  She asked me yesterday if anyone had "bought"her stuff yet?  I think I will put them away and tell them someone did and give her the money...she will be so excited!

Each album took me about 8 hours to make.  I would set pages aside to "dry" and move onto the next.  When each page was dry I would then continue to work on it until I felt it was complete.  It may have taken longer than I usually take, but I pay attention to detail and there are tons of detail in these.  Here are a few snaps of them.  Two are acrylic, in the shape of Mickey's head, one is a smaller chipboard tiered Winnie the Pooh themed and the last I made is a larger one with an acrylic cover and lots of chipboard pages. I got so carried away in fact making pages I forgot to leave one side plain for the back cover so I had to make another page.  Luckily I had a box made from chipboard material so I got out my exacto knife and cut away...funny girl!

All of these designs are mine and are original so please do not copy for resell. But please do bookmark for idea's...I get so much inspiration and idea's from others and would enjoy you getting the same from little ole me.  Warning...lots of pictures to follow and of course they look so much better in real life.

Album One 



Album Two


Album Three


Last one!

(couldn't get this one to fit so click on picture and you see the full view)


Wednesday, July 13

Ruffle Foot for Sewing Machine ...Let Us See Your Creations

time for a quick catch up.  I have been listing things at my Etsy store, keeping busy with the kiddo's and just living the dream....LOL!  Today...it is in my plans to buy a ruffle foot for my sewing machine.I have been wanting one for oh...maybe 6 or more months.   I have so so many ideas swirling in my head, a ton of vintage sheets I want to use and now to find the time.  So...I am asking you, if you have a project you would love to share using your ruffle foot ...please do!  I would LOVE to see them and I am sure others would too.  Leave the link in the comments section or email me the info and pictures and I will feature it here...

Looking forward to any submissions!

Monday, July 11

Great Giveaway for the Cardmaker or Scrapbooker

It has been a week or so since I have posted...4th of July events, shopping and loading items into my Etsy store, church activities for kids, canning jams...the list goes on and on.  But I did want to quickly share with a great giveaway over at Going Buggy.  3 prizes up for grabs, all great!
The first:
Promarker Set
(I have personally never tried a pro-marker but would love too!) I have heard they are amazing and if you don't believe me wait till you see Prize #3 that Enfy colored with them.
Prize #2  Cricut Cartridge-Elegant Edges
(can I be honest here...I have not purchased a new cartridge in 2 years or more, so I would love to get my hands on this one!)

And Prize #3
Handmade card by Enfy (Going Buggy) herself.

Amazing work she does.

So if your interested in throwing your name in the running for some new crafty things, head on over.

Will update more about moi at a later time.
xoxo

Thursday, June 30

4th of July Patriotic Paper Starburst Decoration

My girlfriend April over at Funky Vintage Lovely did a tutorial on this fab decoration she did for memorial day.  I have been wanting to make one and since we are having a few people over this weekend for the 4th of July festivities I thought I had better get it done now.  I do love how it turned out however...I was not fully prepared for how long it would take to make it! Not a quick project so make sure if you decide to do one to set at least an hour or more aside to complete.  I am sure if I could have found my exacto knife rather than using a big bulky box cutter it may have gone smoother.  Or...if I had my glue dots handy rather than having to dig for them in the bottom of a cedar chest in our bedroom...it may have gone smoother.  Or...if the 2 staplers I found were not broken with the springs all pulled out (thanks kids!) or if I could have found my tiny Tim Holtz stapler which of course I did have the staples for...it would have gone smoother.  But...it is done and it looks so good on our front porch.  Our house has vinyl siding so I could not "nail" it up anywhere but I did run to the hardware store and picked up some of those handy stick on hooks that worked perfectly.

The tutorial is here:



And while I am sharing July 4th creations I also made some of these...going to put them in mason jars filled with rice for table decor on our buffet table. The pattern and tutorial are here : (note: these are for decoration only and do not spin.  I did use large brads in the center verses the circle cut out on pattern).


 
And lastly I got the free printable for these jars here:  They were meant for tin cans but I changed it up a bit and shortened to fit mason jars.  Made the flowers on front from the coordinating paper pattern and used these free printable for the center (also used these circles for cupcake toppers). These will be used for the plastic knives, forks and spoons... I have a ton more little decorations planned as well as amazing recipes I have found on Pinterest (addicted to that site).  Will post more on that later.






Tuesday, June 28

6 Months of Printables from Anna & Blue Paperie

I won!  yea me!  6 months of printables from Anna and Blue Paperie.  I love the name of her blog (I have a very unactive blog and Etsy site called Paperie Pretties). Go check out her blog...she has the cutest printable and party ideas, some serious cuteness!  Here is an example she posted on her giveaway post.

(photo from Anna and Blue Paperie)

The funny thing is...we were away camping for the last 5 days (will post about that later, winning was much more exciting) and we had no cell service but we had wi fi (hit and miss).  So I was outside kicking it in my lounge chair reading my facebook and read her giveaway post.  Knowing I really wanted to put my name in the hat I ran inside the trailer and checked to see if I could get connection just long enough to enter...which I obviously did.

Thanks so much to Stefanie for offering this giveaway!


Friday, June 24

We Interrupt this Camping Trip to...

BLOG!  We are currently camping at Albion River Campground for the next 5 days and whoo hoo, we have WiFi! No cell phone service, but I can blog!  Albion is located on the coast of Northern California, near Fort Bragg.  The sun is shining, but...it is darn windy and COLD!  Therefor , I slipped away to go inside the trailer and warm up my toesies and get a chance to clown around on the "puter".  So glad I brought it!  We have camped here before, but always with a different group of friends.  This go round we are with a group of my husbands co-workers.  I don't really know any of them, don't know the wives, and the site they booked us is not real close to them...so needless to say I am a little bored, and COLD! 
The guys may go abalone diving in the morning, better them than me!  The kids are off riding bikes somewhere...is it bad I don't know where they are at the moment?  Did I already mention ...it is COLD? 

Well...guess I will go clown around on Pinterest for awhile...but before I do, thought I would share a few pictures of us in all morning camping glory.

Ella, all smiles at 7am.

AHHHH....morning coffee!

The husband not feeling to "chipper" after one to many cocktails last night.
Carson goofing around.
Good Morning!

Tuesday, June 14

Friday Morning Finds Logo

Well...not only do I have inventory in the shop,  but my banner and logo are up and running too!
A huge thanks to

where I purchased my business set.  Pre-made business kits full of  graphics for a great price.  Perfect starter kit for someone like myself.  Files are sent to you via zip file for repeated use over and over again.
For one set price it included:
FOR SHOP:

1 Main Banner

1 Vacation Banner

1 Sale Banner

1 Main Avatar

1 Away Avatar

1 Sale Avatar

1 Custom Order Graphic

1 Feedback Graphic

1 Web Ad

FOR PRINT:

1 Business Card 3.5 x 2"

1 Thank you Card 2 x 2"

1 Product Tag or Sticker 2 x 2"

1 Product Tag 2 x 1"

1 Address Label 2 x 1"

1 Round Sticker or Button 2"

1 Display Card (Earring or Barrete)

A few examples of my business materials
Well my timer just went off, making yet again more pepper jelly.  Just couldn't wait to share...my new pretties.

Grab a button (top right of my blog) if you like,
I would love it if you did!








Saturday, June 11

Friday Morning Finds

Friday Morning Finds...the name of my new Etsy store.  I have been away from blogging most of this week as I have been super busy sorting through items, photographing them, uploading the, editing them,  you get the picture.  I am happy to announce I actually do have some items in the store now.  I have ordered my Etsy banner and Logo and all of that, going the cheap route at the moment with a pre-made kit but...it is really cute!  So here are a few items I actually have in the store at the present time with a lot more going in the next week.

Garage Trinkets & Attic Treasures



Monday, June 6

Ouch!

Last night we took the kids to the movies, they had a great time.  On the way out of the theater, I oh so gracefully missed stepping off the curb and took a big fall, big fall!  Landed right on my knee, all my weight (which is unfortunately more than I am gonna say), boy did it hurt.  The pain was so bad I felt as though I was going to vomit.  So here I sit, unable to get an appointment this morning with my doctor, for a phone call hoping they can squeeze me in.  My opposite ankle is a bit sore this morning as well, must have twisted it when I went down...so embarrassing.

To give you an idea on what I am dealing with, this was a photo of my knee about 4 hours after the fall and after lots of ice!
Yes it was as swollen as it looks and yes it still is the following morning. 

Just call me "grace"!

Saturday, June 4

Life with an Angry ADHD Child

I have not in the past, shared really intimate details about my life, my kids, but tonight I am lost and felt as tho writing might help.  It is 12:20 am, and I am awake waiting for my 8 year old ADHD child to fall asleep.  To finally settle down enough after one of the most terrible episode's as of late, so he can fall asleep.  Aside from the learning difficulties an ADHD child faces, there are also feelings of anxiety, depression and anger...we are dealing with the anger.  Tonight in a rage, my sweet little 8 year old boy called me a "F'ing B word" and no he used no abbreviations in doing so.  He told us he hated us, he wished he was adopted, that he would always hate us and then he proceeded to scream uncontrollably at the top of his lungs.  Same story, same words, just a different night. I am tired.  I am tired of the fight, the constant fight. The feeling as though I am totally screwing this kid up with bad parenting, that one day he will really hate his life and do something that can not be undone.  I fear all this, and he 8.

Our 8 year old ADHD child gets into such a place of anger that you cannot pull him out if, a place he has to slowly pull himself out of, and while he is doing this, I get to hear the name calling,.  The words that break my heart, "I hate you" among other nasty hurtful words.

I have taken the class recently on parenting an ADHD child. I am really trying to use some of the techniques to help my child, to help him deal with some of the fears, anxieties and low self esteem issues he has related to his disability.  You may not think it as a disability but it is and is more and more recognized as one.

He has started therapy.  Today was his second session, apparently we need more work after tonight I would say.  He has another appointment soon, I wish they could just "fix" it.

As quoted by an article on About.com, There are a number of factors that may contribute to children’s angry reactions. Kids with ADHD often have a difficult time managing their emotions. They tend to feel things very deeply and can have a hard time modulating these feelings. Both children and adults with ADHD have greater emotional liability issues than those without ADHD. This means that moods can change very quickly and emotional reactions can easily be provoked.

This nails our son on the head, word for word.  Another excerpt from the article reads:A child with ADHD may also be very impulsive, reacting without thought. Impulsivity may even lead an ADHD child to respond in anger with aggression. The energy and restlessness that comes along with ADHD may be too much to handle at times until it finally bubbles over into angry words or physical reactions.

I have mixed emotions, as he seems to reserve all these issues for "at home".  He has no episodes at school, no defiance issues with teachers, no outburst or foul and or hateful language.  My sweet little boy waits till he gets home to unleash his wrath on those of us home.  I am grateful that there are no issues at school but it frustrates me that he behaves this way around those of whom love him the most. A high percentage of ADHD children can also have other disorders associated with it one of which is ODD or  Oppositional Defiant Disorder . However since he is not having issues at school the psychologist believes it is to early to tell if my son also has this disorder and if he does at this stage it is to mild to actually diagnose. It may be perhaps that while he is at school he is medicated, and when he is at home they have worn off, I don't know.  Today I made an appointment to have his medications reviewed, if it is at all a contributing factor that he is reacting I want them changed.


Even knowing that he may not mean what he is saying at the time and that he may not be able to control his aggression, it is so hard as a mother to not take it personally and to feel as if I am failing him. Everyday is a roll of the dice as to when and or if we are going to have issues.  On the flip side he can be the most loving, thoughtful, giving child you would ever want to meet. 

Being a parent is hard, there are days when I just want to scream "this is not what I signed up for"!  I never knew how hard this kid was until I had an easy one, thank you Lord for an easy one.  I wonder if she feels neglected because so much of our time is spent on our son.  She, 2 years younger is very aware of what is going on, I wonder how this is really affecting her.  Tonight it is affecting her because we are all awake, typical a few times a week when he is told he cannot sleep in our room, this is how the nighttime issues start.  But as a mother I have to think about how this affects her in the long run as well. 

I could go on and on and on about all the little issues or incidents we have around here, maybe I will share more another day.  It is quiet now,  I am afraid to check and see if he is asleep for fear he is not.  I thought at almost 9  years old the staying awake with your child at all hours of the night would have ceased...we are not that lucky.

Whomever reads this, I thank you for listening to me vent.  I thought it might help to put it into words rather than cry in the dark on my couch (again).

Be right back...


all is asleep, that is my cue to do the same.

Lisa

Friday, June 3

Movie Themed Cupcakes

I had to share!
  A fellow mom (Jeanette) at school made these "adorable" cupcakes for her son's movie themed birthday party. 
 Seriously, how amazing are these?


Photo's courtesy of Jeannette

She said they were super easy to make, which is always a bonus.  In case your wondering how she got the mini marshmallows yellow, she said she used yellow spray frosting. I am going to have to find out where one might find that, for sure.
Super creative, super fun, I imagine the kids just "loved" them.



Blogger commenting issues...

anyone else having issues commenting?  I type my comment, hit send, it takes me to the sign in page, I sign in, it takes me back to the comment page, I enter the verification and hit send, it takes me back to the sign in page....UGH!  I am unable to post any comments and I have tried on MANY blogs. 
So very frustrating!

Thursday, June 2

Help me name...

my upcoming Etsy store please.  Estate sale's are my newest passion, love them! The funny part is I have been addicted for quite some time and my husband used to complain.  His motto, for every one item you bring home, you have to get rid of one thing.  Well...Mr. Smarty pants has joined the bandwagon and is not only tagging along but telling me about them.   I have been accumulating quite the stash for a store and am in a quandary about the name.  This is what we have it narrowed down to..

Friday Morning Finds
or
Garage Trinkets & Attic Treasures

What do you think?
 Do you have a name you would like to put in the running? 

Wednesday, June 1

Blog Etiquette Question??

So I am wondering what the "proper" blog etiquette is when somebody leaves you a comment and you want to reply back.  Do you comment on your own post and hope they come back to read it? Or do you run over to their blog and comment on a post completely unrelated to what you want to say but know if you do, they will get it? Often I want to thank someone for a great idea, or just comment on what they had to say, have a little chat perhaps but I never quite know how to go about it. Can someone help a girl out? 
Thanks!

Tuesday, May 31

Bakery Outlet = HUGE Savings!

Do you have a Bakery Outlet near you?

  Do you even know what a a bakery outlet is?

  If your looking to save some money on your grocery bill, and your not sure if you have one near, you should really look into it, it could save you quite a bundle.  Our nearest outlet is about 20 minutes away so each time I hit the mall, which is not real often I make sure that I can fit a visit into the bakery outlet nearby.  Our outlet is a Oroweat/Entenmann's outlet which
 not only offers those two brands but also Francisco, Thomas', Sahara, Old country as well as many others including not only bread products but cookies, pastries, fruit snacks, tortilla's and more.  Each visit you get your "punch card" punched for free items off future purchases. Check with your local store to see if they offer additional punches for being "green" and bringing in your own bags.  Our outlet will punch an additional $5 off your card for doing so. Each day they have "manager" specials, for example today with a $7 purchase you got to chose a loaf  of bread for FREE.  These outlets are great especially if you plan to buy a lot and freeze, which is what I do.  Most items are days within the suggested "best buy"date,  for example today I purchased 5 loaves of  bread for $1 each (normally about $3.79 each retail in stores) because the "best buy" date was today. 

Using my completed punch card I got 2 FREE items, a FREE item  for spending over the $7 and a array of great deals.
Total bill today was $22 for
ALL OF THIS!