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Monthly Archives: April 2012

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. 😉