Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Spring Victory Garden


I finally got my Spring veggie garden planted today! These last three days have really warmed up around here and I was able to till the ground on Friday and add new organic top soil! Today I planted half the garden with Spring veggies such lettuce, spring lettuce mix, peas, beets,spinach, radishes, and kale. I still have carrots, parsley, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage to add later this week.  This is the earliest that I've gotten our Spring garden in.  For the last two years, we hadn't gotten a real Spring planting in until late April.  When I lived at DeluxeVille I never bothered with a Spring garden, I only ever planted a Summer one.  It's nice to be on schedule this year with the veggie garden!  

Even when I had my tiny back garden, I always planted veggies. It was small but perfect for a single gal of one! I would have one of each plant...pepper, tomato, zucchini, egg plant, cucumber, a row of beans, and a bunch of herbs! It didn't take up much room and it kept me well supplied! Of course now, I have tons of room and Sgt and I try to add on to our garden each year. I think everyone should have the satisfaction of growing their own food at least once in their lives. No matter how big or small your property is, there are lots of ideas out there on how you can utilize it to grow food! When I was a renter, I would always grow fresh herbs in planters on my balcony. I always thought growing herbs was a great way to start into balcony gardening and herbs were always fun and convenient to use when I was cooking!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

April Showers Bring...

Awesome overshoes from 1957!







Rain, rain, rain...but thankfully, we missed the snow storm that other parts of the country was hit with.  We just received some chilly rain, perfect galoshes weather!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dancing Queens

One of the things you might have noticed about me over the last few years is that I don't attend as many auctions as I use to.  There are a number of reasons for this....
  1. I've really been trying to free myself of "stuff".  Having a shop has really helped me with the freeing part and I force myself to ask the question, "do I need this or do I want this?"  I allow myself to have some wants every now and again, but it's not like it use to be! 
  2. When I relocated I left my teaching job, so I don't have a lot of extra play money any more.  It's funny because I don't really feel deprived by this at all.  I'm not in any way living in poverty.  I have savings in the bank, a roof over my head, and food in my belly.  I've just become really picky about parting with my money.   Don't get me wrong, I've always been thrifty with my money, but now I've moved up a notch and I'm even more tight fisted! 
  3. Auctions where I moved to are hard to find.  Yup, it's tough out here.  When you do find them, the bidding can be intense and back stabbing!  Give me a good ol' Amish country auction any day over some of these uptight, rude, "I'm gonna sell this to a New Yorker and make a killing" dealers.  Okay, they don't really say this, but it's what I think they could be saying as they stare me down over a farmhouse fresh bench we both are bidding on.  

One of the cool things about not attending as many auctions as I use to is, when I do get to one now, it's always like having a birthday!  It thrills me to no end!  The colors are brighter, the sun is sunnier, and the birds are always singing.  Sometimes I even see rainbows and unicorns!  Oh My!  Can you feel the love here people?!

One of the bad things about going to auctions now...the debate I have with myself about whether to put a newly acquired item in the shop or allow myself to keep it.  Ooooo, I hate having to make that decision.  Before I just kept everything...mine, mine, all mine.  Can't make money that way!  Boo!


The recent items I am debating about are these amazingly, awesome set of large (16x20) 1950's paint by number ballerinas!  I don't think I've ever seen a set of paint by numbers look so elegant.  It's the fab frames from Belgium that does it for these well done ballerinas.  Someone obviously took great pride in their handy work of staying in the lines!  Such elegant kitsch!


I really can't see myself being able to part with them.  So, since I'll be keeping these lovely ladies for myself, I'll tell you the auction price I paid for them....$12 or $6 a piece.  I hope this helps explain why I see rainbows and unicorns when I go to auction!

Happy Spring Y'all!


Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Sunday

Another day another classroom! 

After spending the last few weeks subbing at the school SGT works at, I have developed quite a nasty cold. Thanks kids! Between  my subbing jobs, bead design job, and our antique booth, I'm quite the busy bee!  It's no wonder my immune system decided to take a vacation.  


Nothing beats spending a day in bed with all the cats,  hot tea, a bunch of magazines, lots of fluffy pillows and old quilts, and watching some film-noir movies!


Today's movie, a classic from 1950....D.O.A.

And because I'm one of those people who have a hard time just plain doing nothing, about every hour or so, I'm gonna get up and stretch and throw in a load of laundry!

Happy Sunday!