Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happiness Is Just A Paint Color Away!

Hello DeluxeVille I missed you :) 

"It's your road, and yours alone.
Others may walk it with you,
but no one can walk it for you."
~Rumi

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I totally dig this metal mirrored tray I picked up last weekend with @kindamama for $1! 

Thumbs up for divorce!!!

~When one door closes,
sometimes you want to get a hammer and nails
to make sure that Bitch stays shut. 

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Expect nothing
Appreciate everything.

xoxo,
~MaryDeluxe

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tiki Gods, Veggies, & the Wall of Shame...

The Tiki Gods were smiling on me at auction last weekend and I got to come home with two very awesome wooden carved tikis. They look fab hanging out in the garden by the fish pond. I can't say I've ever run across wooden carved tikis at auction before, so this was quite the find. The son of the family said his Father spent a lot of time on vacation in Key West, so I'm guessing they might have come from there? Where ever they came from, I plan to enjoy them for a long while! 

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When she begins to rock...Honey, I begin to roll....

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My garden haul from my garden at my moms! 

The veggie gardens have been doing great and as you can see above, giving us lots of yummy colorful produce!  
 
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I still have not finished painting Deluxeville and it still remains a sea of boring beige.  As you can see, I did start removing plaster from the wall behind my stairs.  Removing plaster is a very messy pain in the butt.  My progress has been slow.  I refer to this eye sore as my wall of shame! What can I say, just like my life, my wall is also a work in progress.  But I am most certain that very shortly my wall will be finished and so will a certain chapter in my book of life!  I'm looking forward to finishing them both and getting some color back into my life!

XOXO,
MaryDeluxe


Monday, July 7, 2014

The Gatchellville Store Adventure Again!

If you live anywhere remotely close to The Gatchellville Store and haven't yet visited...well then, not much more for me to say other then you have no idea what you are missing!  Seriously!! Really!! I mean come on...do I need to rent a bus and go pick everyone up?  I can do that if you want but you're going to have to help me pay for the bus!

Now, if you have been a faithful DeluxeVille reader, you will remember my first visit to the store back in 2009...The Gatchellville Store Adventure, yeah I know my post titles are so original!  Well, I'm happy to report it's gotten even better!  I didn't think it was possible...they proved me wrong!

The Gatchelville Store! I'm going back... Like soon for more barkcloth! 

"With over 6000 square feet, The Gatchellville Store has a bit of something for everyone.
Created by husband and wife, Carroll Swam and Linda Sarubin, and combining their vastly different collecting tastes, ( his, country..and hers, city ), the store is the kind of place you can lose yourself in for hours at a time, just wandering among the thousands of interesting items.
Country furniture, vi...ntage musical instruments, old books, unusual ephemera, pottery, advertising...the town's old post office, circa 1900, is filled with Carroll's impressive collection of antiques tools. 

Linda's interests run towards jewelry, textiles, and a world class collection of thousands and thousands of vintage and antique buttons. Circa 1850 - 1950.
Two little dogs sit in thrones in the center of the store, ordering customers to pet them, while bluegrass-and blues-music plays throughout. 

By the way, The Gatchellville Store began its life around the time of the Civil War when a Union solider named Mathew McCall came home from the war to set up a mercantile and dry goods business in Gatchellville. He was only 19 years of age....and now almost 150 years later, Mr. McCall's Name is still on the stained glass transom above the front door. 

When Linda and Carroll bought the store in 2002, it had been closed since the 1940s. They are the 4th owners to operate the store since the Civil War.
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Went to the awesome Gatchelville Store today! 

So, what did MaryDeluxe find this time at Gatchellville?  I'm sure this is the question you are all pondering at this very moment...ok just humor me and pretend like it was!   Well kiddos, I went with this wonderful barkcloth fabric.  As a person who use to design fabric back in another one of my life times, I really like vintage textiles! A LOT!  I really like mixing them together too...textures, colors, and patterns...makes no difference to me.

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To continue with my theme of textile purchases, I also grabbed this old rainbow rag runner while I was there!  Love the colors and after cutting off the bad ends, was a perfect fit for my kitchen! 
Later that evening we christened the rug with popcorn treats and hairballs!  I had nothing to do with the hairball part of that equation!


Lol! Happy Caturday! 

In other fun news...if you want to follow me on IG you can find me as some of you already know under _MaryDeluxe_ !

Until next time!

XOXO,
MaryDeluxe

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hello Summer!!

June came around and brought with it my happiness!
Hello happy! 
It's so nice to see you again!
Thank you June :)


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I'm done grieving.
I survived!
Thank you all for your love!
XOXO,
~MaryDeluxe

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Make Your Own Happiness

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” ~Steve Maraboli

Amen, Mr. Steve!

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On December 7, 2013, I looked in the mirror, rubbed my tired, puffy red eyes and promised myself that no matter what I had to do, what ever journey I had to embark on, that I would be okay...that I deserved better....that I would love myself again no matter if someone else loved me or not.  That's how my journey started, I got tired of being afraid to do what I knew in my soul I should have done sooner.  When someone shows you who they really are, believe them.  Don't waste your precious time in life trying to persuade them to be otherwise or waiting for them to give you what you need when it's obvious that they can't.  No matter how painful, spread your wings and fly.  Pain has taught me to enjoy everyday, Pain has taught me that happiness can be as simple as a bowl of fresh strawberries.  Pain has taught me that no matter what, always be true to the person that you are. Pain has taught me  to look at life and people differently.  Acceptance is a wonderful gift and so is forgiveness.  Everyone has their own journeys in life to take, always stay true to yourself and accept that some times someone else's journey is not yours to take. 

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My plan is to spend my Summer in braids, vintage skirts, and aprons with dirty feet from digging in the dirt.  Now that makes this girl happy!  

My beast... Another long day at the vet hospital...not a very good prognosis...it's kinda a wait and see now...all I can say is love what you have while you have it, there are no guarantees with anything in life....he has been one of the best beasties to  
Don't ever be afraid to love.  Loss is just a part of life, don't let it stop you from loving...it's worth ever bit of pain it might bring into your life.  When you have love, enjoy every fucking second of it being in your life, love with no regrets.  Trust me, even when it goes badly, it's worth every wonderful moment.

It's my favorite time of year! It's strawberry pickin time! :)
Eat more strawberries...unless of course you're allergic...try blueberries instead!  The point is, enjoy the simple things...the calmness of a starry night as you lay on a blanket and ponder at how small we all really are and that in the grand scheme of every day life what's really, really important?  Yup, eat the strawberries!

XOXO,
MaryDeluxe

“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”
―Steve Maraboli

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hanging Out In The Waiting Room

“Someday you're gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You'll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing...”  ~Elizabeth Gilbert 

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Captn' Gus and I are always having such fun adventures.  This past week Gus developed a urinary tract block and had to spend a week in and out of the emergency vets and our regular vets. Urinary blocks in cats are life threatening and even though he's home and off the catheter, he's still not back to his old self yet.  The next two weeks will be cautious ones for Gus as there is still a high risk of him forming a block again.
 Gussie paws! Still in hospital... But is feeling better and he has no kidney damage! 
 
And so the painting begins here in DeluxeVille!

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Pyrex Pink Baby!  I've decided to bring some color back into my life and since I've always wanted a pink bathroom, I decided to start there!   I'll post some pictures when it's all said and done.

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I've also been doing some of this!  I love having my little truck "Ruby the Rocket" to drive around!   I should have gotten myself a little truck a long time ago!

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Still working on getting this back to what it was.  Rebuilding takes time and I'm trying to remind myself to enjoy the journey of rediscovering things about myself I had lost.

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” ~Barbara De Angelis

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Feast On Your Life

Love After Love by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.