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A Change of Pace

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Friends,
Life is good. As I’ve mentioned, the premiere issue of VintageKC was a huge success and as I build the next issue I can’t think of a more blessed place to be. I am truly living my dream.

But it comes at a small price. I will be closing Grandma Great’s Treasures’ Etsy shop for the time being and selling off the inventory locally sometime in the next couple of months.

When I started hunting and reselling, the purpose was to fund buying things for our own home – and support my habit. ;) But I’ve decided I just can’t keep up with it and I need to focus the money more on items and projects for our home.

Never fear, my blog is not going away, just reformatting. I’ll talk more about our lives, get personal, showcase projects around the house and so much more. The title of my new blog will be AmidShipps. I’m not sure if following will transfer, so if you need to find me again, try amidshipps.wordpress.com.

I look forward to continuing our journey together!

Dreams and Courage

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It’s been more than a month since my last post and just more than one week since the first printed issue of VintageKC hit the Kansas City scene.

Last week was the longest week of my life.

I’ve had such an overwhelming response to the premiere issue of VintageKC Magazine that I can hardly keep up with the loving readers, stores wanting copies and businesses wanting to advertise.

I did not expect this.

I knew this was a good idea. The vintage scene in Kansas City is growing, vibrant and so creative. But the extent of love and support from the community has been beyond my wildest dreams. They embraced VintageKC with open arms.

In one week I’ve lined up the next home tour and fashion photo shoot for the fall issue. That took me months to do before. And I’ve made so many wonderful connections with such inspirational, amazing people.

And I couldn’t be more grateful, humbled.

I’ve discovered a lot about myself in the last few months. And I’ve found that Matt Damon was right: All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage.

It’s taken a lot of courage, a lot of picking myself up and pushing forward.

And it was worth every second.

I’m fulfilling my dreams and I never thought that would happen. I’ve been in the magazine industry for 6.5 years and I know that each step I took was a step to get me to this very moment.

In GGTs news I have yet to unpack boxes of treasures and I’m honestly not sure how much I can keep up with at this time. But I’ll do my best! I do so love treasure hunting.

For those who live outside the KC area who would like a subscription, you can purchase one here. Copies are available around town for free.

Follow your dreams friends.

Until next time…

A small hiatus

Fear not friends, I’m still alive. I have so many wonderful treasures to share with you from the past couple of weeks, and alas, no time. The first issue of VintageKC is in full swing and I’m swimming up to my eyeballs in working three jobs.

I miss this space and I miss your faces.

Tomorrow I’ll be in sunny AZ visiting my mom for a much needed vacation from all this stress. I’m. so. excited!

I’ll be back soon with more treasure hunting and projects to blow your mind. Until then…stay safe and happy hunting!

Weekend Treasures

This afternoon I have my very first real-life, no really this magazine is a real thing, no more taking days off because you have about a month to finish this thing before the printer needs it, vintage home tour photo shoot. My local vintage magazine is starting to take shape and as always, it’s scary, exciting, surreal, weird, you name it.

I took a jaunt down to the West Bottoms last Saturday to check out the new Hickory Dickory, Bella Deux (upstairs at Bella Patina) and Good JuJu’s new location. You’ll see photos in the upcoming mag. But I met a few new people and they were all very excited, which is always encouraging and a welcome lift to my spirit! So as scared as I am to pretend I know what I’m doing in coordinating photo shoots and working with highly creative people, this week I’m determined to be the person I see in my future.

Oh and I saw Hunger Games. Loved it! Reading book 2 now.

On to the treasure hunting. This is from the last couple of weeks. Just odds and ends.

First is this little ditty I found at a backyard sale on Easter Sunday. Sacrilegious? Idk, but I also picked up some drawer organizers and two toys for Liam. This suitcase cost me $5. I tried to talk her down, but it didn’t belong to her, so oh well…

And then there’s this loot. Ya’ll know I love my yarn art, so this lovely number in the back with the probably too many roosters around the outside had to come home with me. $2.5o at half price. The teapot on the left compelled me to take it home because you know what? The 60s are coming back and mushrooms are all the rage. Ok, in my mind, but I swear they’re coming back. $1 at half price. The yellow planter has orange specks and is from a place in Missouri. I may have to keep it. $1 at half price. The vintage cards in the box were from an estate sale and something like $.10. The rooster coasters were $.92 for the four from the Salvation Army. Lastly, the how-can-you-have-a-bad-day-when-you-cook-with-happiness pot I found at an estate sale. $5 at half price. To be fair, the Rock Star spotted that one before I did and knew I’d have to have it. He knows me…

Some of these items will be up for sale soon on my Etsy. You can find the link on the upper right corner.

Happy Hunting! And may the odds be ever in your favor. ;)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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There are few better combos in the world than peanut butter and chocolate. (Please don’t lick your screen, that’s gross.) And since my love of baking compels me to make cupcakes for peoples’ birthdays, I decided to try these out for our friend Ross a couple weeks ago. He’s the lead singer/guitar player of my husband’s band Fullbloods, and he’s a wonderful person to know. We also call him Uncle Ross as we adopted him as Liam’s uncle whether he likes it or not. But we think he likes it.

I love making cupcakes because A. They’re really easy; and 2. They’re unbelievably impressive. Ever since I started making them for people they’ve gone nuts. These look so professional; they’re so delicious; I can’t believe you made these. Yadda…yadda…yadda. Which makes me giggle because out of all the things I love to bake, they’re surely the easiest. But I’ll take the compliments. ;)

For these cupcakes you can use any old chocolate cake recipe (or brownie cupcakes!) and top them with this super awesome fluffy peanut butter frosting recipe. Then add some contrast for decoration. I used chocolate covered peanuts and Hershey’s bars broken in half.

Then place the cupcakes in a box (I get mine at Hobby Lobby for less than $2) and tie a bow around it and everyone will think you’re the coolest person ever.

I made three kinds of cupcakes for my son’s birthday last year: Red velvet with vanilla cream cheese icing, topped with raspberries; a delicious lemon cream; and these fat free angel food. You can see my frosting skills have improved the fourth time around. ;)

I can’t believe his second birthday is coming up so quickly. I definitely need some new cupcake recipes to try out. Leave me a comment if you’ve got one you love!

One of my Favorite Thrift Stores

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Shortly after we moved into our home I discovered a nearby thrift store called Through Our Children’s Lives. It’s a small shop tucked in among other stores, but you can’t miss the big moving truck they have out front with their name on it. As thrift stores go, it’s good. If you dig, you’re bound to find some treasures.

But that’s not what I love about this store.

I’ve been going to this store since Liam was a baby and the sweet woman who runs it has always been so loving to him. I don’t know why this surprises me though, considering the name of her business.

The store’s proceeds go toward helping victims of domestic abuse. It’s a wonderful cause.

But it gets better.

Whenever you bring your child in with you, they let you pick out a free book. I love this. I strongly believe in the importance of reading to a child.

They also have donated bread you can choose from every time you make a donation or purchase.

Last week I strolled in to browse as I sometimes do and I walked out with this loot for $2.72.

And here’s the breakdown:
The shorts were originally $2.99, but because they also have awesome sales, that day clothing under a certain price was automatically $2.
The dinosaur must have been about $.50.
The car was free because the sweet owner rummaged through a bin and picked it out for my very grateful son. Who does that? Loving people do that.
The books were free. Technically you’re supposed to get one, but I think she likes us. It is one book and one coloring book.
The bread was free! Although I recommend using or freezing this bread right away because it is donated, I usually never have a problem eating bread. I used the asiago cheese round to make grilled cheese sandwiches to go with tomato soup and the Italian bread I cut to make meatball subs.

If you’re in the OP area, I definitely recommend stopping in to Through Our Children’s Lives. I have friends who have found great deals and you can’t beat the love you’ll receive. ;)

Liam’s MRI Results

First I had to show this picture of my son in the shorts I found at the Just Between Friends sale. They crack me up!

When we left the house at 7:30 in the morning, my dad in-tow, I had found peace with my son getting an MRI. By the end of the morning I was wondering why I had been so scared. But only because he handled it like a champ. He didn’t shed a single tear when they inserted his IV. Granted we did a lot to distract him, but add toughness to the list of things my son exudes.

After less time than they quoted us, we were back in the recovery room and Liam was pretty wide awake, though woosey! Let me tell you it was funny to take him home all drugged up and saying funny things. He was mentally so awake but his body couldn’t keep up. High-fives were more misses than hits. :)

We had to keep a close eye on Mr. Stumbly for the rest of the day. We snuggled on the couch, watched movies, and ate goldfish in three flavors (since he hadn’t had food since the night before). Then we all took a much-deserved nap. Mommy and daddy didn’t sleep too well the night before.

In the afternoon his pediatrician called with the scan results. What they found was a small area in the left center part of his brain that contained an old injury. It was caused by some stroke-type event that caused his brain to bleed. It’s only about 2x2x3cm (or maybe it was mm?) and is surrounded by healing tissue.

This is what we expected.

I’m happy they found what we were looking for. Sometimes injuries are so old they can’t see them anymore. And since we suspect Liam’s is about 18 months old, I’m glad it was still visible.

We’re still waiting to hear from his doctor at the hospital, but knowing this was probably a one-time thing and there’s no tumor or anything involved is relieving.

Last night my sweet step-sister dropped by and gave me the perfect gift. Evidently Pura Vida Bracelets are a big deal — guess I missed the boat. The bracelets are all hand-made in Costa Rica and 1% of the profits are given back to the Surfrider Foundation to clean up beaches worldwide.

What made this gift even more special to my heart is that they also have bracelets for awareness. Everything from autism, suicide prevention, Alzheimer’s, MS, CP, etc. Yep, she got me a bracelet that represents Cerebral Palsy awareness. I cried. The best part is they donate $1 out of the $5 to that specific organization.

The company believes in living life simply, enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune and not taking anything for granted. That’s something I can get behind.

So do it friends. Live simply and slowly and appreciate much. I have a lot to be thankful for in this new day.

And stay hydrated. ;)

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