Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Farm House Dress & The Roadside Find

Two awesome things happened into my life this week, an old blue chest of drawers I found along side the road for free and a cute 40's handmade cotton farm house dress. 


I can't begin to tell you how much I love a well worn cotton dress.  This is the softest most comfortable dress ever.  I absolutely love it!  You can also never go wrong with plaid.  I'm excited at all the different ways I can wear this dress.  It will definitely become a staple in my wardrobe!



And how about this old blue chest of drawers!  Not such a bad roadside freebie!  Fits great under my steps and is helping to keep my sewing things organized.  Geee can I just tell ya how much I love driving a little truck!! 

I picked up these two cute vintage purses this Summer too!  I can never say no to barkcloth and a nice tooled leather purse is a must have in any vintage girl's wardrobe.


Until next time!

Friday, August 14, 2015

St. Charles Kitchen the Beginning

Found...One complete set of St. Charles cabinets!



Why would I need a complete set of St. Charles metal kitchen cabinets??  Well, if you want to live in the country house bungalow someday, you're gonna need to put in a kitchen!  I know that my boyfriend wanted to do a vintage kitchen in the bungalow and when I ran across this set on craigslist, he was on it!  Not only did the seller have this kitchen but also two other St. Charles kitchens.  So like any smart person out there, he bought ALL the kitchen cabinets!

st charles old ad

 I can't tell you how in love I am with those glass front cabinets!   When you collect vintage things, you need to have lots of display options that are safe from furry paws.  The set also has the mixer stand cabinet depicted in the St. Charles ad above.  I will have to say the hardest part was not the lay out of the bottom kitchen cabinets but the top ones!

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We mixed and matched cabinets from a few sets.  As you can see the bungalow is pretty much a blank canvas.  Which is actually really nice because some doors and windows will be getting moved and walls will be coming down and it doesn't matter.  This is the best kinda house to play with!  This little 1930's bungalow is quite the diamond in the rough....but I expect to see it shining again in the near future!


My boyfriend happens to enjoy mid-century vintage as much as I do and he is also beyond handy, so we work really well on projects.  I have big ideas after all, and he figures out how to make them work.  He picked up an awesome Roper gas stove years ago and has been holding onto it ever since waiting to use it in the bungalow kitchen.

I think the hardest part might be deciding what color to repaint the St. Charles cabinets.  We are leaning towards some shade of turquoise.  We both like color so, go big or go home!

 Lots of work to come!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hanging with the Goons NJ Style

I tripped back to New Jersey recently, with my fella in his roadster, to hangout at the Hot Rod Hustle with a bunch of goons.  Got to meet a bunch of great people, listen to some good music, and see some awesome cars and bikes.  


Car shows are great, but my favorite part is always cruising around on back road adventures.



  No worries if you missed the NJ Goons show, you can always catch the PA Goons Hot Rod Bash in September!


There's still lots of Summer left for fun adventures!

See ya soon!!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

What I Got For $51

I LOVE checking out a good estate auction.  I especially LOVE a good box lot auction!  Some of my most favorite vintage things have come out of the bottom of a cardboard box.  Some times I even find a treasure in my box that will pay for my whole auction bill and then some! 

I went to an auction recently that had 350 miscellaneously stuffed boxes!  I usually give myself a budget to stay in and once I hit it, I stop bidding.  Giving myself a budget really helps me focus only on bidding on things I really want and not just ALL the cool vintage stuff!  My budget this time was $50 and as you have read by my title, I overspent by $1!  But I'll forgive myself for that dollar because I brought my own water and snack to the auction!  So lets see what I got for $51!

I bought one box full of old games for $2.   I really, really wanted the Simon Game!  When I was a kid I wanted one of these games sooooo bad (I think I was attracted to the colors!) but never got one, until now! It's never to late people!

old games


I spent $12 on a box full of all kinds of stuff!  I bought it for the small patio umbrellas with the clamps on them.  There were three total.  It also had a picnic jug, window screens, artwork of cats with big eyes, a Griswold grinder, Victorian utensils, 5 Mattel children records, a box of nails and a plant hanger! 


The umbrella that made me buy a $12 box lot!  Love those colors! I so think that $12 was worth it for that fabulous umbrella.


I bought a box of glass and china things for $1.  It had the Anchor Hocking striped pitcher in it.  I found the new old stock Anchor Hocking drinking glasses in the house on a table to be sold individually.   The glasses were my big spend of the day.  I really wanted to keep the set together so, I bought the glasses for $35....ouch there goes my budget!


And the last thing I bought was a box of textiles for $1!  It also had towels in it that I plan on donating to a local animal shelter. 


If you've been paying attention, you might be wondering what I bought with my other $1 in the $51 I spent.  Well the first thing I bought was a 1950's portable grille that I don't have a picture of!  So there ya go, everything I bought for $51. 

There was a few things there that I wish I would have had the money or the need to buy, but I just couldn't justify the purchase at this point in my life.  One of them was this very cool western child's toy box/hassock. Sweet huh?!


Yeeehaw!  Oh well, easy come, easy go!!

See ya soon,

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Just Minty


What's a girl to do when she comes for a weekend visit to the country cottage to find her fabulous boyfriend has painted the garage doors atomic minty green???

betsy jumping

Well if you're MaryDeluxe, you do a jump for joy!  Yay for atomic minty green and a fella who loves a bit of color in his life! Now that I'm looking at this picture, I'm so not impressed with how high I was able to jump...I swear in my head I was 6 feet off the ground but apparently reality is a cruel bitch because I'm more like 6 inches off the ground!  Actually, I'm not jumping at all...I'm levitating!


I also spent some time Sunday helping the Fab-Fella lay out the walking path.   Yes boys and girls, MaryDeluxe got stoned! Don't judge!

betsy sitting on safari

Atomic minty green doors and a turquoise 1955 Pontiac Safari is a great back drop for a silly girl to do some silly posing!   What, me silly? PPPlease silly is my middle name. 


The Fab-Fella also added some rebar  legs to "Pinky" the vintage cement lawn flamingo we found at auction.  It's rare to find vintage lawn ornaments that haven't gotten broken over the years and with their original paint too!  Sorry bun wearing hipster guy, it just wasn't your vintage cement lawn flamingo day.  Sorry not sorry!


Here I am showing off my awesome summertime farmer tan.  Perhaps the  Fab-Fella and I can put some projects aside for one weekend and spend some time down at the sea shore?  A girl can dream can't she!


P.S. Messy hair don't care!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Summertime and the Livin is Easy....

If you've been a long time reader, you are already very aware of how much I love Summertime!  LOVE IT!!!! I garden...that's what I do.  I've been spending lots of my free time at my fella's place in the country that I playfully refer to as "my place in the country"!  I get tired of being in the "big city" all the time and I often escape to my place in the country!  LOVE IT!  He usually just smiles and looks at me adoringly.  What can I say, I'm a bit sassy and he loves it! 


~Homegrown Blueberry and Zucchini Muffins~
These were so good that I ate to many of em and made myself sick...after being so good with the Whole30 my system was like WTF did you just do.  Lesson learned.

~Vintage Fruit Salad Cotton Sundress~
I've had this dress for like ever and thanks to my healthy new lifestyle over the last 6 months, I'm wearing it again with room to spare.  Just in time for Summer!

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I have high hopes for this 1957 Liberty trailer.  But for now the front porch is a shady spot to lounge when I'm at my country home on the weekends.  I see a Trailer Tramps Clubhouse in my future.  Anyone wanna be in my Trailer Tramps Gang? 


What can I say....I love color and vintage Ray-Ban sunnies! 


A vintage hammock score made by my honey.  I lounged, he worked! Perfect!


The vintage bungalow front porch got spiffy this Summer.  I found the glider and chair at an auction this Spring and just had to have it for the country house!  


On the other side of the front porch you can find the 1930's porch swing I picked up on a junkyard outing I went on with the fella.  He was looking for car parts, I wasn't even looking but I can spot good junk anywhere....I said hello front porch and he said awesome!  He picked out the paint color, I painted it and he hung it up.  The perfect team!

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The country house cottage got new cedar shingles this Summer and new flower beds!


I also scored big at my favorite local greenhouse's parking lot sale!


~Country house succulents~


Lots of good music has been listened to this Summer when I visit the cottage!  I have now added looking for old records at flea markets and thrift shops to my list of things I keep an eye out for.

Lots more Summer fun yet to come!
See ya soon!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Life is Good....

I'm still here and life is good...
I'm back to being me!  Actually I'm the new improved version of me.  I'm like the bionic woman of sorts....stronger, wiser, happier, healthier...ya know just better!  
 I'm not going to question how the universe works.  It gives bad things and it gives truly amazing things.  I have learned a valuable lesson: do not allow crappy people into your life, ever.  Damaged people cause damage!!! Avoid them at all costs!


 This fella here is quite amazing.  Thank you universe for allowing our paths to cross again after so many years of our paths not crossing.  Pretty cool stuff here universe. 



We also have a new of many projects!  Her name is Cookie..she will live again, I have no doubt about it.   Beep Beep!  One of the many fine qualities my fella has...he likes projects and just like me, he likes to save old stuff..because old stuff, has always been way cooler than new stuff. 


Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Back at the end of February, I decided to give myself a food detox and did a round of the Whole30!  My eating was not so great in some ways and I really wanted to see if changing what I consumed would really help with regulating my hormones and thyroid.  I wasn't sure how well I was going to do but I actually surprised myself and made it 30 days and then some! I'm taking a bit of a break right now...and by break I mean I'm using honey in my tea, ate a sandwich roll the other Friday, and had some pasta a couple weeks ago! For the most part I'm still sticking to a whole foods diet. No premade packaged foods, no diet soda or diet green tea, no baked goods, no sweets, no beans, no alcohol, no rice, no dairy and no artificial sweeteners.  And yes, eating clean does regulate hormones!  Added bonus, I lost 6 pounds without counting calories and I'm back down into a weight range I'm happier at!  Plus my butt fits back into my smaller sized vintage clothes I haven't been able to wear in four years...just in time for Spring!

I've discovered the awesomeness that is cauliflower rice !

Eating loads of salads all kinds of different ways!


Eating lots of eggs!  I look forward to having my own chickens again some day...Spring of 2016 would be my prediction!


My Whole30 experience was a very positive one for me!  I definitely lost my craving to have sweets and carbs all the time.  I also feel great.  I never experienced "tiger blood" or "headaches" while doing the Whole30, so I'm not sure what those claims are about? But I do recommend giving it a go if you're looking to make some changes in the foods you're eating and how those foods make your body feel.  I think you'll be kinda amazed at what you discover from doing this 30 day food project!  I know I was and plan on doing another Whole30 again soon!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Vintage Inspired m.adonia Purses

YEEHAWW cowgirls!!
 I just received my vintage inspired  "Round Up" kiss lock purse from m.adonia this week and I absolutely LOVE it! 


I'm a lover of vintage kiss lock purses and these vintage inspired ones by m.andonia don't disappoint.  They are just as cute on the inside as they are on the outside!



I'm happily in love with the rest of their vintage inspired western line too!!



I'm not even going to write about their classic vintage collection!  You'll just have to go visit and take a look for yourselves!

Happy Trails!!