New Project

New Project

Remember this beauty that I found last summer? Working on this French settee was my first attempt at reupholstering anything.  It was a beast of a project. But, after all of the labor, it turned out like this It found a new home in a little girl’s French-themed...
Estate Sale Shopping 101

Estate Sale Shopping 101

Estate sales are where I do a lot of my shopping these days.  I used to go to more garage sales because estate sales, for some reason, seemed . . . intimidating! But, after a year or so now I’ve learned that estate sale shopping gives me so much more bang for my...
Kid’s Room Makeover

Kid’s Room Makeover

I wrote in my last post about my battle with cedar allergies . . . unfortunately about 10 hours after that post published I woke up with fever, aches, and my dinner from the night before showing back up (if you know what I mean!) Yep, now I have the flu.  They keep...
Changing it Up

Changing it Up

I am at battle with the Mountain Cedar trees of Central Texas, at least that is what the news tells me.  This past week has been one long, continuous sneeze, and I have heard that it’s a result of strong winds blowing the cedar pollen into our Dallas area....
Top Posts 2013

Top Posts 2013

The new year is almost here, it’s always fun to see what were the highlights of the year that’s ending.  I started this blog in February, and here is a quick peek at the top 5 posts from then until now. 1. Hand-Painted Gray Chest This was my first attempt...
Running vs. Painting

Running vs. Painting

We are in between cold spells here in N. Texas.  Two weekends ago we were iced in for 4 days, but since then the temperature has been steadily rising to the peak today of a pleasant 70 degrees.  The cold and rain is supposed to return this weekend though, so...
Two Trees

Two Trees

Decorating a Christmas tree is one of my most favorite things.  I love them so much, I wish I could keep it up year round.  Creating a beautiful tree takes a little bit of practice, but doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars in designer ornaments or...
My Style of Black Friday

My Style of Black Friday

What is your Black Friday tradition?  Are you one of those people who camp out in line in the wee hours of the morning to score the best deal? Or do you just watch the news footage of those people from the couch in your jammies?  Well, I spent my Black Friday at one...
In the hopper . . .

In the hopper . . .

Here in Texas, we don’t have basements, or real attics for that matter. All we have is the garage, and mine isn’t a particularly large one.  The garage is where just about all of my furniture finds and projects end up. I work real hard to get it cleared...
Artissimo Sideboard

Artissimo Sideboard

My husband is finally back from his looooong international trip, so we are all celebrating here! I had one major project I wanted to do while he was gone, and with my mother-in-law’s babysitting help I was able to knock it out last weekend.  I found this great...
A good problem to have

A good problem to have

It’s been a challenging week here in our TX household.  Last week, my hubby left the country for a trip that would take him to a remote place on other side of the world for 12 days.  Our ability to communicate would be spotty, and totally dependent upon when he...
Dining Table #2 Reveal

Dining Table #2 Reveal

A month ago, I accidentally bought an antique dining table and 4 chair set.  I say accidentally because I made someone on a Facebook garage sale site a really low offer, never thinking they would accept it, and they did! Whoops. I broke the news in a car ride to the...
Finishing and Trade Days Round-up

Finishing and Trade Days Round-up

I finished my race!  This past Sunday, October 13th was the Tyler Rose Marathon and I was one of the 179 runners to finish the race.  Man, it was . . . tough.  Tougher than I had expected.  The weather was warm and muggy, and those East Texas hills did me in.  I...
Interior Decorating Tips| Insider Tip #1

Interior Decorating Tips| Insider Tip #1

I have never been officially educated in the art of decorating.  I am not a trained professional interior designer.  But, like I mention in my bio, I learned alot about putting together a home from my mother.  She really does have an eye for decorative design and she...
Cubbies & Chairs

Cubbies & Chairs

A few weeks ago I shared this photo on my Facebook page of this great cubby shelf I found at the Canton First Monday market last month (when it was 104 degrees!).     After getting it back home from Canton, it had to spend a few weeks hanging out on my back...
What I Found at McKinney Trade Days

What I Found at McKinney Trade Days

This past weekend was the local flea market in my area, McKinney Trade Days. The pickin’s have been a little slim there the past few months, and it’s been HOT! But, this weekend the weather was really quite pleasant, and I found lots of wonderful things,...
New Season and New Find

New Season and New Find

Even though its still averaging in the high 90’s every day here, it was time to move my fall merchandise into my space at the mall.  I try to keep it fresh and do a complete re-do of my space every 3-4 months.  I love the fall and the warm colors that come with...
Dining Table Reveal

Dining Table Reveal

I finally finished the last of my four major summer furniture projects! Yay!  This French Provincial dining room table set was the last thing on my list. I bought it from a lady on a Facebook garage sale site who was selling it for her elderly mother.  It had the...
An Adventure in Upholstery

An Adventure in Upholstery

About a month ago I was hurting for something to do on a Friday afternoon, so I decided to throw all 3 boys in the car and head out to this country estate sale in Pilot Point, Texas, about an hour from my house. By the time I got there most of the best stuff was gone,...
Vacation, Housework, & Aubusson Blue

Vacation, Housework, & Aubusson Blue

Summertime means traveling season, and we have been in and out since the beginning of July.  I love to travel, but it’s always a lot of work getting back into the swing of things when you get home. Last week my husband and I had the chance to escape kid free to...
Memphis and a Makeover

Memphis and a Makeover

Summertime is  here! About 10 days ago my oldest had his last day of Kindergarten and then the long, hot days of Texas summer officially arrived.  We spent one weekend at home and then hopped into our van to head on our first family trip of the summer to Tennessee.  I...
Computers, Internet, Marathons, and a Dog!

Computers, Internet, Marathons, and a Dog!

It’s been a crazy 10 days around here, with lots of things coming and going. It started last week when our laptop died.  It was a 4 year old PC with a few other problems, so we decided to let it rest in peace rather than trying to fix it. Plus, it gave my husband a...
Vintage Childrens Room Decor

Vintage Childrens Room Decor

I’ve posted before about how I love to decorate with old books. I have a special place in my heart though for old children’s books especially.  I love the bright, but muted with time, colors and old-timey pictures. Over the weekend I stopped in at an...
Duck Egg Dressers

Duck Egg Dressers

I finished a MAJOR project!  Yay! Two weeks ago I saw these beautiful antique “His” and “Hers” dressers for sale on Craigslist.  They looked stunning in the pictures, and seemed to be in great shape for their age. Turned out they were being...
More Green!

More Green!

One of the tricks to running a successful antique booth is to make sure your inventory rotates often. I’ve had an antique washstand hanging out in my space up at Antique Company Mall for a month or two, which is longer than I would like. So, I decided it was...
Yard Sale Round-up

Yard Sale Round-up

I took some time last Friday and Saturday making my way around the yard and estate sale circuit. I’m starting to go to more and more estate sales, they just seem to offer more bang for my buck.  Although, I’m also learning that waiting until the end...
McKinney Trade Days Round-up

McKinney Trade Days Round-up

The town just north of me hosts a monthly flea market the weekend before the 3rd Monday of each month. Why the 3rd Monday, I have no idea . . . but I try to hit this sale every month to stock up on great finds for my space at the antique mall. Many of you may have...

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