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Monday, August 15, 2011

Weekend Stuff and a Winner....

How was your weekend?

Mine was good.
Well, Saturday was, anyway.

Went to the fabulous City-Wide Garage Sale
in Austin yesterday, which is not so much a garage sale,
as a really nifty collection of vintage sellers offering everything from
vintage clothing to architectural elements to advertising memorabilia
to the kitchen sink...literally!

It's also a great place to connect with old and new friends alike...

{ can't really tell here, but I recently had 8 inches cut off my hair!
I still have enough for the wee-est of ponytails! Oh, and I'm 5'8", people!!! }

I finally got to meet the The Vintage Laundress
herself, LeAnn Stephenson. What a fun gal! 
Phone numbers were exchanged,
with plans being made to wreak some Hill Country havoc soon. :-)

And it always feels like home when I reconnect with my sweet friend
Theresa Cano of Garden Antqs Vintage
We dished about anything and everything,
and I got the top secret 411 on the big blog party
she's planning next monthin Warrenton.
You bet I'll be there!
So yeah, Saturday was good.

The less said about that the better.
My facebook friends need only read my feed
and latest status updates
to catch up on the latest fence drama, as well as
my innermost thoughts about
our less than charming neighbors.

Suffice to say, we are once again in the position of'
having to cough up a grand or so to replace the last
of the existing fencing due to nasty neighbor dogs.

I would say more, but I feel that this blog is much more public 
than my somewhat private facebook settings, which are limited
to only friends reading my comments.

I realize that nothing posted on the internet is ever really private
{ well hello, Anthony Weiner! },
but as a rule, I prefer to hedge my bets and keep things a bit
more vague here on ye olde blog.

Two more things:

I have a long awaited, much needed doctor's appointment
this week, so I'd appreciate good thoughts and prayers.

And finally:

We have a winner!!!

The lucky winner of the  
Laurie at Heaven's Walk!

Send me your contact info and I'll pass it on to Lisa.

Have a happy week!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

bloggus interruptus

yo peeps,
winnie here.

mom just wanted me to remind you about the
way awesome giveaway she's sponsoring
for lisa at bilancia designs.

you can win

and this

and a $50 credit at her shop!

that's a whole lotta noms.

click HERE to enter.

peace out,
gotta go catch some zzzzzz's
on mom's way cool vintage grainsack.
when i do that.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Handmade Beauty


I have an extra special friend 
to re-introduce you to today,
and an extra, extra  special giveaway 
to announce, too.

Do you remember my beautiful friend
 Lisa of Bilancia Designs?

I posted about the lovely 
handmade gifts she sent me

and now it's my extreme pleasure
to introduce you to Lisa's 
brand new blog and online shop!

From her shop description...

"Inspired by her passion for calligraphy, 
Lisa knew she had a gift for beautiful handwriting… 
one that continually evolved after receiving a simple 
calligraphy set from her father at an early age.

A passion for collecting quotes and poems 
later developed into hand lettering books with 
hundreds of quotes she carefully penned in calligraphy.

Often asked to make handmade cards for friends 
and address envelopes for weddings, soon turned into designing 
customized wedding and party invitations.

After working as a floral designer for years, 
the two talents merged into a wonderful business: Bilancia Designs."

Lisa's shop is a delight for the senses...
romantic kissing balls
whimsically lovely rosebud letters
and some things 
you never knew you needed...

until you saw them this!

And wait until you get a load 
of Lisa's gorgeous home...

{house photos Lisa Moran}

how could you NOT 
create beauty in these digs???

To celebrate her new blog and shop,
Lisa is having a GIVEAWAY,
and I'm the lucky gal who gets to sponsor it!

Lisa is offering one lucky reader the following treasures...

 {photo Lisa Moran}

this darling 
Vintage Button Star

 {photo Lisa Moran}

 along with this lovely 
White Rose Kissing Ball

and get this...

she's also including a
$50 CREDIT to her online shop!

Pretty wonderful, right?
Here's how to win:

1. Head over to Lisa's shop HERE 
and have a look at all her gorgeous pretties.

2. Click on her "Join This Site" button and follow!  

3. Head back over here to me and leave me a comment on this post
letting me know you've paid Lisa a visit. 
Tell me which of her creations you love most!

4. Extra chances for grabbing the giveaway button, blogging,
tweeting or facebooking about this, too!
Just leave me a separate comment for each.

I will select a winner on Lisa's behalf
on Monday, August 15th.

Good Luck!

Monday, August 8, 2011

I'm "At The Picket Fence" Today!

Happy Monday!

My good friends Heather and Vanessa from
have a wonderful series going on called
"Behind the Blog", where they introduce all of us to
some of their favorite faces behind their favorite blogs.

It's a lot of fun learning more about these talented gals,
and I was super honored to be asked recently 
to be one of their featured bloggers!

I'm featured today, so head on over
to read my interview HERE!

And while you're out blog hopping,
make sure you pay a visit to my friend Jackie at
Bliss Farm Antiques, she's having a lovely giveaway
 packed with vintage French goodies.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Kitchen Pretties

In keeping with the theme of the latest issue
of Romantic Homes magazine
( page after page of AMAZING kitchens )
I thought I'd share some of my kitchen pretties...
some old, some new, all dear to my heart.

 My new hometown has some truly wonderful
thrift stores, I've scored some of the loveliest
china pieces these past few weeks.

 Is that those rose china cup not divine?
A whole set, thrifted for a song.

 And my darling tea towel, 
purchased from my sweet friend  

{ ahem...this white basin is NOT a urinal. If I had a dime for every person who has asked me if this is a urinal.  This is a lavabo. }

lavabo: a device used to provide water for the washing of hands.
In ecclesiastical usage it refers to both the basin in which the priest washes his hands and the ritual that surrounds this action in the Eucharist. In secular usage, it refers to a sink for washing hands.

Oddly enough, I was never a blue and white girl
until we moved here. The lovely existing kitchen tiles
sort of dictated the decor, and happily so.

One of these days,
I might actually get another room pulled together
and photo worthy, but for now....
get ready for more kitchen pics in the days ahead!


linking with

Monday, August 1, 2011

Calendar Girl

I had a nifty moment this afternoon,
right here in my kitchen.

 I was walking towards the back door,
when I realized it was August.
I'm sharp like that,
not much gets past me.

So I realized it was time 
to flip the calendar from July to August.

And there it was...
one of my photos!

I was lucky enough to have Sue of Vintage Rescue Squad
select five of my images for her wonderful
and the August pic just so happened to be one of the five.

Because we've been immersed in moving stuff
for the past year, I haven't paid much attention 
to decorating or hanging calendars and such,
so I hadn't really enjoyed this honor
as much as I could have.

Until today.
And it was nice.  :-)

Hello there August,
it's gonna be a swell month!


Design Challenge at Common Ground

Have an ugly room that needs help?

How about a corner that you just can't pull together?
{ me! me! me! waving arms frantically! }

A bathroom stuck in the 70s?

or a craft room in need of a Hoarders intervention?


Help is on the way,
courtesy of Debra at Common Ground! is Debra's idea...

"Anyone who is in need of some advice, help,
or just a fresh new idea,
can submit a few photos to me for a feature post.

You can do it anonymously, or not,
 whatever you're comfortable with.
Then I'll post them,
 and you all get to leave constructive comments
to help the blogger in need.

It could be a whole room, a wall, a vignette, a mantle...
suggestions for paint colors,
furniture placement,
anything about decor..."

 Don't you think this is a fantastic idea?
I sure do.

Be sure to send Debra all your decor and design
conundrums ( as well as pics! ), 
and let all of US in blogland
come to your rescue.
This should be FUN!

Happy Monday!

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