22 May 2010

workin' at the new house






starting work on the propery





i bought these last week at the flea




they are vintage bf goodrich, steel toes.....
   and oh so stylish.....
arent they??



brand new in the box....

5 bucks !!
cant beat that !!



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18 May 2010

i am a member of the creative class

an article worth the read.

i love this point of view........perhaps you will too


wanted............silver bella travel buddy

i am looking for someone to attend the silver bella event with me.............

someone from pittsburgh area to travel with...........

anyone??

http://www.paperbellastudio.com/pages/silverbella.htm

12 May 2010

the big reveal

i guess it's time to reveal my new project !

some of you have heard i am moving....

i am not....well...not anytime soon ..

here's the story...

a few weeks back..
i went to an auction..
i wanted to win this couch....

isnt it cool???

the sides fold down..
you can fold down one..making it a chaise..
or you can fold down both to sleep on it...

i thought it was so cool..
and it would go well with my vintage chairs.......

anyway...i digress...

the auction was mostly a tool auction

lots lots lots of men....
(not a good thing...funky, dirty men..looking for cheap tools)

and the auction took all day...noone cared about this little sofa that i wanted so bad.

well...as we walked the property waiting and waiting...
someone mentioned that they were going to auction off the house....

hmmmmmmmmmm not interested........

but as the auction went longer and longer........
the house looked cuter and cuter.......



a little back story...

i am a single mother,
i have raised 3 boys......
i live in a house i purchased years ago for the sole reason
that it was on a cul-du-sac..so they could play in the street

and it was across the street from the grade school
and junior high......
so they could walk to school for years

i have always said that when my last one graduated
that i would be selling this house and moving to a much smaller..less maintenance home..
perhaps even an apartment.....
well..last year...my last one graduated......so...

ok...so back to the story......
the longer we were there, the more i liked this little house...

it's called a 'betsy ross' style house...
2 small rooms over 2 small rooms

just perfect for moi.........



so .....when the time came........i bid........and
i won !@!!

maybe i lost my mind for an afternoon.....
maybe i didnt...but either way i made a life changing decision.
and what a great project it's going to be !!

my plan is to spend the next year fixing the house up.......


(maybe starting here with this lovely wallpaper)


and the next 10 years working on the property........


(click for a better view)

cant you see it..........look real hard........
a new roof, new siding..........come on...you can see it.........


i cant wait !!!...
oh..and i got the couch too...........

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click on the pic for a look at the property:



11 May 2010

lots of balls in the air

i seem to have a lot of balls in the air right now



09 May 2010

silver sunday.......mother's day post

my grandma died when i was a little girl....and i still miss her terribly......



she taught me how to knit.......a wonderful skill that i still have today.





recently my mother was going through my grandma's things and found her wedding ring....



none of sisters are much in to antique type things......but me....so she asked me if i wanted it !

natch i said YES !!  i wear it all the time and sometimes i just feel her presence......it's awesome. !!

happy mothers day !!!



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05 May 2010

we did it again

i am a born and bred (pitts)'burgh girl.

although i have considered moving south for warmer weather
(and the beach),
 in all my travels
i have not found anywhere
i'd rather live 

proud to say........

Forbes Magazine has named Pittsburgh its "Most Livable City" in its annual report that looks at unemployment, crime, income growth, arts and leisure, and cost of living.



"Pittsburgh's art scene, job prospects, safety and affordability make it the most livable city in the country, according to measures studied," the article states. "The city has rebounded from its manufacturing past. Disused steel mills have been repurposed into multimedia art centers, and amid a struggling national economy, Google Pittsburgh, a test site for the company's new high-speed broadband network, has expanded its offices to accommodate more hires. Pittsburgh's strong university presence--the city has over a dozen colleges or campuses--helps bolster its livability."  -pittsburgh city paper

read the entire forbes article here


so anyone looking to move.......
give us a consider......
we'd love to have you





"Have I gone mad?"

"I'm afraid so. But I'll tell you a secret, all the best people are."




French Cupboard is giving away 10, yes, I said ten,! There will be 10 winners of 10 different Alice goodies ......all created by French Cupboard members honoring our girl Alice!

head on over to the French Cupboard
for the Simply Mad about Alice
Blog Party

02 May 2010

loving my job

flea marketing........finally !!

we have had nothing but rain every weekend
and i have been itchin' to get out there and shop !

finally, this weekend...well...friday and saturday...were beautiful !
(it's pouring today)

we did a road trip to ohio..rogers...then hit
the old country store..
(a crazy place......could spend hours there)

then a few antique stores...
then picked up a typewriter i bought on ebay

then saturday..hit our local flea and
an estate sale.....

ended up with 4 typewriters.....yeah !!


and much much more....


the flowered material are 2 shoe holders that go on your closet door
way retro cool !

turquoise HUGE tablecloth...may keep to display at shows

2 little pink juice glasses
i just cant resist pink pastel


silverware...always

new girlie...
just cause i was in a turquoise mood
and she had a different shape

misc...keys, rulers, scrabble, hangers for display

a gazillion of these....
thinking some sort of Christmas decoration???


apron i just kinda liked and lampshades for displays

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cute old.old.old hassock
i see it with a white massively gathered slip cover

chair from the same house...
again..i see with white slipcover

retro floor tiles.......already have a plan for these.....


and last but not least by far:

a big bag of old.old.old   girdles and bra type garments !
they are sooo very cool

cant you just see these as cute summer tops??

i am old, but apparently not old enough...does anyone know what on earth you hooked
to those hooks at the bottom??

too weird for me...........

and this last pic of the item that has
risen to the top of my list of
weirdest things seen at a flea market
(click to supersize)
gross.gross.gross
appear to be actual squirrels...oooooohh


we think he is the preacher...........and they are the bride and groom..........
again..........oooohh



well on that note............back to the title of my post......
'loving my job'

i have to keep reminding myself that this is a job !
i think i am so very blessed to have the opportunity to
make a living at what i love to do !

friday ...as we walked in the sun (my fav) at a huge flea (my fav)...
surrounded by all things old....(my fav)....
with just loads of wacky people to watch....(my fav)
i realized that this would be my heaven !!

so how lucky am i that this is my job  ???



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