Well after enduring the coldest winter in 30 years, I'm more than happy to Spring Forward a bit early this year. All the clocks in Haute Country have been re-set an hour forward, and Spring will officially arrive in a week. Just so you know, that lovely snow scene there almost never happens here, much less lasts for months on end with record snow falls. Booo. I'm seriously over it, lol.
Warmer temps & MORE sunshine is never a bad thing methinks :) The meanagers got to enjoy some outdoor sisterly camaraderie. A rather blissful change from my point of view. Of course texting knows no season, at least around here. lol.
Even the tiny little flowers seem to think it's about time for spring, even tho it's a bit late for them here, they've usually gone mad by now. The crocus are always the first to arrive, quickly followed by the buttercups/daffodils, and much later the tiger lillies.
It never ceases to amaze me, year after year. The leaves & little buds struggle up through surface of the ground, where they've hibernated all winter, to burst forth in reawakening.
Many, many apologies for all but abandoning the bloggy for the last several months!! Life kinda sorta got in the way & the desire to write about it muchly disappeared. However, at long last the prodigal son returned from afar, <<< YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!, the holidays were so happily peaceful & serene once again, and the sales fairies have been kind, so i'm inspired to share.
Picking up where I left off, the trip to Daytona Beach, FL (back in June, shameful I know) was simply DIVINE, and I'm rather looking forward to getting back there soon. Very, very soon.
Fantastical Halloween Non-sense, Courtesy of The Ex :D
Aaaaand, the last 2 months of 2009 to be continued...... I'm sooo out of time.
I'm going on vacation in a few days, a very few days. Despite this fact, and KNOWING I don't have time to deal with more vintage stuffage at the moment, I wander across the country side the other day, to check out the stock of a small vintage clothing shop going out of business. The drive was lovely, past rolling hills, lush valleys, with huge farms struggling desperately to survive in our modern world, through a smallish town that still has the civil war era court house on the square. Already overloaded with stuffage from previous estate sales, auctions, etc., I've accumulated literally weeks of yard work and household maintenance (due to WEEKS of non-stop rain, see previous post) & what feels like hundreds of minute details to attend to; I certainly should have stayed home!
Why the dresses call to me, I know not. But they do, refusing to be ignored, despite the fact that the vast majority not only won't fit me, but half the ones that do are all wrong (don't hang right, tooo damn short waisted, etc.) Perhaps the vintage fairy knows I'll do my damnedest to find them new homes, with fabulous new lives to live, being worn & loved yet again. So to make a long story short, the sweet lil shop with the purple door, which I'd never known was there (hidden behind a farmhouse turned trendy coffee shop), housed a total score! The back of my Ford was filled half-way to the top with stacks of dresses & lingerie. Now where am I going to put it all??? Much less find the time to list it, sigh.....
Okay, okay, so I'm behind on blogging. What else is new, LOL. I've got oodles of new goodies I've been listing in my shops, Siobhan at Blythe Hope's Vintage was bribed into doing some pictures of yummy vintage frocks for me (undying gratitude chica), and even took a mini road trip last weekend to enjoy the fickle Spring-like weather!
Mini Road Trip Pics from Leiper's Fork, Haute Country in Bon Aqua ;D, Nickajack Lake, Tennessee River, Chickamaugua Lake and Chattanooga Apartment With A View, all in Tennessee:
A while back I was browsing around online, looking for sew-ons for an upcyle project I had in mind. Well, I found tons of them, along with some of the most fabulously amazing cabs, beads, buttons & other assorted goodies. I had no idea what I was going to do with some of those pretties, particularly the cabs, I just knew I HAD to have some of them, LOL. Especially the Czech glass opals & Fleur de Lis!! After all but abandoning the original project (just saving it for later ;D I played around with different configurations & combinations until I was pleasantly surprised at what I came up with. What followed were assemblages of a sort, morphing into brooches, pendants & rings. Pretty much in that order, as I had some spare pin backs but had to order some supplies for the pendants & rings. The wait quite nearly drove me mad, LOL! Does anyone else find it excruciating waiting for shipments when you have ideas purely burning your brain??
As the additional supplies started to arrive, I found myself devoting more & more time to creating and insanely enough, shopping for more :) Truly, a new addiction! I can't seem to stop. Now I've got to learn how to let some of them go. Easier said than done! I listed 2 of them on Etsy & already sold the Favorite Fleur Ring. Packing it for shipment to it's new home was really rather difficult :( It was the first ring I made. But since I've filled a vintage jewelry box (and then some) with my new creations, and the evil kewpie threatens to swipe several at any second, I REALLY must find them new homes. Then I can get more supplies ;D
have over a 20 year history in retail & fashion. One of my very chic grandmothers wrote a fashion advice column for the NY Times way back when, and gave me an appreciation of well made classic attire. Along with this, my other very chic grandmother gave me a fascination with finding a bargian, at all levels. I've bee shopping in some of the most wonderful places since I can remember. One of my very first memories is of shopping the day after Christmas sales with my Mema. I love finding great deals, and I LOVE passing the savings on to my customers!!!