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A New Love

I scouted a couple of estate sales last Friday and fell in love with something I couldn’t have. He was beautiful: strong arms, lean lines, excellent condition. But alas, he was $65 and mama’s bank account just ain’t that deep. But I had a plan.

There are few things I have gone back to sales for on half-price day, and even fewer that were still there by the time I dragged my carcass out of bed. This time I was determined. I set my alarm for 7:30 (gasp) I know…but my little love usually wakes us up around 8 and I couldn’t take the risk. I threw on some clothes, pulled the hair up and took off for the sale.

Which started an hour later than I thought it did. Hmph…

So I went to another sale down the street and found my dear friends the church ladies. I’ve been to many of their sales. They go to a church down the street from our house and when they were running a sale two doors down I went a few (dozen) times and they fell in love with Liam. And we brought them cookies. Now they remember me. 😉

Still having 40 minutes til the sale started I decided to do the Rock Star a favor and bring donuts because little one had kept us up most of the night. That cheered him up.

Donut in hand, I headed back out to the sale. It was about a 10 minute drive.

When I pulled up there were about five other cars there. When I saw the sale company car pull into the driveway I hopped out and ended up being the fourth person in line. I’ve never waited in line for a sale to open, but I suppose that’s what you gotta do sometimes!

And it paid off. I busted through the door, ran down — I mean politely scooted around — some older ladies, and bolted down to the basement. Hooray! It was still there. I snatched it and trotted back up stairs to purchase my half-price treasure.

So what was it?

Isn’t he beautiful? He’s everything I dreamed he would be, and more. And I’m going to leave him just the way he is.

I love the way he sits in our living room. I would say don’t tell the Rock Star about my new found love, but he’s already in love, too.

What great treasures have you found lately? I’d love to see!


Valentine’s Giveaway Winner!

Hey friends!
It’s been quite a week. Things are moving along with the new magazine; great connections being made!

Now for the real business of the day: the winner from last week’s giveaway. This person receives $5 off any item in my Etsy shop.

And after drawing a name out of a bowl…

the winner is…


I know I talk about Amy from Buffalo Roam a lot, but to be fair, she did have three entries in the contest b/c she follows me here and on Facebook and also told me what she loves in my shop.

I’m excited and can’t wait to have one of my items in her home! Congrats Amy!

Sharing the Love Valentine’s Giveaway!

Happy V-Day friends! I hope you’re all madly in love this year. Here are a couple of my favorite items for sale right now:

This plate set is so retro fab with its polka dot design!

And this silver pot rest set, which I have not mentioned before, I scored at a thrift store for half price. I love how the one extends for larger pans! I’ve never seen anything like it.

I’ve been putting a lot of attention to the first-ever issue of VintageKC as of late. Boy it takes a lot of work to put together a magazine all on your lonesome. I’ll be glad when those days are over. 🙂 So projects have taken a back seat, and as luck would have it, the sales have not been close enough for me to get to either. Which means, today is your lucky day!

I’ve done one other giveaway over at Homemade Ginger, but this is my first-ever on my own blog. Here’s how it’s going to work…

You’ll receive one entry for each of these things:

1. Head on over to GGTs on Etsy, then come back here and tell me your favorite item via the comments section.

2. Follow GGTs via the button on the right side of the page and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3. Like GGTs on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did so. You’ll find a link for that on the right, too.

No cheating! I’ll send my dogs after anyone who deceives me. Oh who am I kidding, my rat terrier couldn’t even catch a mouse and my other dog is well … stupid.

I will literally put all of your names in a hat and draw the winner. That lucky person will receive $5 off any item for sale in my Etsy shop. Lucky for you there are many $5 items. And bonus if you live close, I’ll make arrangements to meet up and knock off the shipping, too! Make sure I have your email address to contact you.

Contest ends Wednesday night at midnight!

Good luck friends! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you feel loved today.

Home office inspiration

I’ve been dying for a more inspiring space to work lately. I mentioned last time that I’m undertaking a crazy, scary, exciting new venture and my current attic desk space just isn’t encouraging me. So here’s what I’m looking for. 🙂

Found here.

I love the colors in this space. I love all the storage shelves. Mostly I love the giant pinning board behind the desk! I love pinterest, but sometimes I need to pin inspiring things in real life. But I struggle with making a desk pretty because we have two computers, a work phone and tons of wires hanging down the back of the desk.

Found here

I want to hang this right in my face so I see it every day.

Found here.

I want a bright color and I want to stencil. In fact I’m dying to stencil!

Found here.

My inner diva wants this space, but let’s be realistic. Are those built-in speakers in the ceiling? Fabulous.

I’m also torn between dismantling my son’s nursery, putting him upstairs and using his room as my office vs. keeping all our office/estate finds/guitars upstairs out of view. We’re not in a hurry to have another kid at this point, but I’m not sure where we would put one if we did have one. 🙂 So maybe we hope for a new house before next baby comes and I focus on making the attic space an awesome working environment.

Anyone else have inspiring office pics? I’d love to see!

Life, in reality

I get caught up in this blog and the person and ideas that I want to portray, but at the end of the day, it’s just me and I pride myself on being real. I’ve gotten some new followers recently and I’m realizing you probably know very little about me and my real world. In reality my life revolves around balancing somewhere between three and four jobs, being a mom and a wife. And in reality, it’s not easy. Here’s a little more about me.

1. Pays the bills (most of them): I’m a senior associate editor for a national magazine, and no, unless you’re a radio engineer, you won’t have heard of it. Everyone I meet asks me what magazine I work for and it’s such a let down to tell them something they’ve never heard of. In reality, I have a great boss, I get to work from home and it’s laid back enough that I can pursue my dreams (see #3 and #4).
2. Pads the savings account (slightly): I write LivingSocial daily deals for Johnson County in Kansas. That’s in Kansas City for those who don’t know. So I get my wit on daily and hopefully people think I’m funny. I also write little blurbs about where the best bbq sauce and handmade bread are in KC.
3. What gets me through the work week: A year ago I discovered estate sales and I fell in love. The thrill of the hunt, the variety of goods, the amazingly low prices (on the right day)…I was hooked. I’ve always had a love of history (thanks Dad) and vintage items, but when I figured out I may be able to make a little extra spending money picking and selling vintage items online, my purpose in life started to sharpen. It’s strange when you feel like you’ve drifted (actually kicked, screamed, cried, worked really hard for nothing, felt disappointment, felt joy, felt alone, felt loved, etc.) for 30 years and then suddenly you run into something that you finally think, I could actually do this for the rest of my life. Consequently I started My Etsy shop and this blog thinking someone out there might actually like the things I find and what I can do with items people might otherwise throw away. Right now I’m trying to post twice a week.
4. My dream: This summer I will be launching a local vintage magazine via a new blog in Kansas City. I’ve been planning this for a while and the range of emotions has gone from thrilled to terrified. I’m scouting around for writers, contacting photographers, hunting for clothes for a photo shoot, planning the design, networking with local businesses, losing my mind…all while trying to hold down #1-3 above. Most nights I can’t sleep well because I’m picturing photo shoots in my head or thinking of feature ideas. Putting together a magazine is nothing new to me. I’ve been doing that for 6 years. It’s just the fact that it’s all becoming so real. And I hope people are into it. I hope it doesn’t fail. It’s hard to put your whole heart into something, make sacrifices in your life and sanity and realize something could not work out the way you think it might. So I’m tackling an office space makeover to encourage me every day. I’m thinking something that says Believe on the wall. I believe this is what I’m supposed to be doing, I believe I’m good at it, I believe it will work, that’s why I work so hard.

Thinking about everything I listed above makes my head spin and it would not be possible without the love and support of an amazing man. Well…two…

I indeed married a rock star. Check out Fullbloods. He’s the lead guitarist. He’s also my rock. We’ve been together for 13 years this summer. I was a senior in high school when we started dating. He picked me up in a beat-up old Dodge Omni, drove away with my heart and has cradled it ever since. I’m a tad stubborn, strong-willed, driven and ambitious. I’m also incredibly sensitive, love to watch movies on Friday nights and wish I had more time with those I love. He’s sensitive, quiet, cracks really bad jokes, but is incredibly talented and thankfully also enjoys Friday movie nights. I tend to take on too much (see #1-4 above) and he’s helped me learn how to sit and relax and be OK with it.

We’ve been together so many years already. I was 21 when we got married. We spend all day in a house together because he stays home during the day to care for our son, although I’m in a different room working a lot, and yet I always crave more and more time with him. We’ve been working on a few aspects of our marriage in the past few years and nothing makes me happier than saying I’m more in love now than I was as a smitten 21-year-old kitten. Marriage is a lot of work, but man is it worth it.

The cute stuff
A couple years ago we created this:

Which turned into this:

And now looks like this:

Someday I’ll tell you more about why this kid is so amazing and the obstacles he’s overcome. For now, I will simply say there is no greater joy in my life than being a mother. When our son was born I said there was no greater purpose for me, no job, no accolades, no fulfillment superior to seeing his face every day and knowing that I am his mama. It is a gross understatement to say I never knew I could love this much.

I’m really not sure what led to this brain dump today. It may be all the concentration business has been sapping from my brain, causing me to take a break, step back and just be real for a bit. Feel free to ask me anything you’d like to know about our life here in the good ole breadbasket. I’m an open book.

And out of curiosity, if you’ve got any advice on juggling life and managing to keep your sanity, I’d welcome it with open arms! Until next time friends…

Repurposing Old Shutters

Sorry for being a day late posting this week. I’ve been so out of it sick all week that I don’t know what day it really is. But enough of that…here is a project I’ve been dying to reveal for a while. I completed these before Christmas but couldn’t talk about them and ruin the surprise for my nieces. I have four nieces through marriage, ranging in age from 13 to 22 (I think…I’m bad with ages). The youngest was just a baby when I started dating the Rock Star, so yeah these girls mean a lot to me.

I love making them one-of-a-kind, personal gifts whenever I can and I had seen a lot of shutter transformations online. Seemed easy enough. Here goes nothing!

I bought four shutters at Habitat Restore for $2 each. Here are two of the shutters before. Can’t find the other two before shot, but image them taller and painted yellow…

I removed the hinges and pulls and puddied the holes. On the painted pair I sanded down the paint and knocked out a few broken slats.

Then I primed the short pair and used liquid sander on the painted pair before priming.

With a blank canvass, I decided what I wanted to do with each shutter. For the shorter ones I decided magnetic primer would be fun around the edges. Some tips about magnetic primer…the gritty magnetic stuff settles quickly. I had to go back to Home Depot twice to get it shaken and almost broke my arm stirring it the first time. And it takes a lot of coats.

Meanwhile I cut some basic plywood and sprayed them with chalkboard paint for the larger boards.

Then came the fun part…colors! I selected a color for each niece that suited them perfectly. Of course you want to move the slats around and paint from every angle.

For some reason I don’t have a picture of the pink one being painted. After painting, I attached picture hangers to the top (two of them needed wood extenders beneath them so they could hang evenly because of the slat bar that moves the slats up and down) and used wood glue to secure the slats in place.

I nailed the chalkboard pieces to the two taller boards with a brad nailer…ok so my father-in-law did mostly, but he let me use it twice. I’m still learning power tools. Then it was just a matter of presentation. I added magnets and clips to hold pictures or messages.

My two youngest nieces sent me pics of the boards all decked-out in their rooms. 🙂

So…an inexpensive, fun gift for anyone in your life with endless possibilities! I’d say it’s a winner. Have you tackled any handmade gifts recently? Let me know about it below.

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