Monday, November 29, 2010

...home again, home again

This past Wednesday we took off for the Ocean... the COLD, NE OCEAN!!! A November first for me!!!!

Definitely NOT easy to seaglass pick with gloves on! I managed though! Another 'first'... seaglass hunting on Thanksgiving morning 8-) (knowing that Mom & Dad were home feasting with grandkids and Great grandkids put my mind at ease!).

Seaglass 'GEMS' included a 'full' coke bottom that reads ATLANTIC CITY NJ (ultimate souvenir!) and
On my birthday (Saturday) DH spotted this RUBY RED 'RECO' (boat light??/boob??) that the sea gods offered up.

The main reason for the trip was the 'LEGENDS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT' which Syracuse University was playing in, though I will COMPLETELY deny and say it was ALL ABOUT ME & MY BIRTHDAY!! (for the record, SU did win the tournie for 'ME' on MY BIRTHDAY!) The tournament was held in Boardwalk Hall, which is where the Miss America Pageant used to be held. It was fun to wander around inside and check it out - neat, OLD building on the Boardwalk!
The casino's were done up for Christmas, though not as much as I would have expected... (this is Caesar's)
...and Tiffany's in the mall across the street was very 'tastefully' decorated!

While on our journey, I wore one of my recent 'creations', and got lot's of 'validation' (ie: compliments) - that, and the fact that it 'held-up'/'survived' made me feel good 8-), so now I will show my "blog audience" the first of my SKELETON KEY SERIES...
I have lots of other ideas, that include soldering and seaglass, floating around in my head - but I'm making them stay there until after the Holidays!!!!
What Birthday / Holiday would be complete without......
((drumroll please))

Haeger 2010 #38 & #39

SweaterClips 2010 #19 & #20
(custom designed even! and on a custom card!!)
Enough 'froggin' around, time to swing into Christmas Full-On NOW!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

...looking for some new reads??

Imagine my surprise while scanning blogs this morning, I came across TOP 50 BLOGS FOR YARDSALE AFICIONADOS and who do I see included on the list?!!

Now, I'm off to prep for the next Holiday...

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Trailblazer knows the way...

This past week has been a BUSY! BUSY! BUSY! one at the store where I work. The next couple of weekends in the little hometown village are filled with Holiday Bazaars ~ which means extra traffic for the store ((hopefully))~ which means trying to have the storefront windows and everything inside 'spiffed', 'shined', 'sparkly' and Holiday ready PRIOR!! My faithful Red TrailBlazer did detour a couple of mornings on our way to work, all of her own doing, when RUMMAGE signs were spotted!! Guess she decided I needed a little break, or else she was tired of the same old route. No major finds, just a few little baubles and some bling that caught my eye. I do have some questions for anyone out there that may be so inclined to offer up some info...
Picked up some URSULA DODGE side plates, just because they were fun. Anybody know anything about her??

This cool STERLING Hatpin was a no-brainer at .10¢!! I am Really intrigued by the design on it - WHAT is it? Mexican? Southwest? ANYBODY???

So... No HAEGER (I DID GOOD - didn't I?!!), not really much of anything... oh, well. Then, I got home from work one night... dead on my feet... and found a little envelope from the West Coast awaiting me.... What do you think was inside?

VERA 2010 #31



sandwiched between...

VERA 2010 #32
Can you believe how WONDERFUL fellow bloggers can be out of the clear blue sky? I had known this wonderful gal (YSP) for a short while and then she had stepped away from blogging. During her absence she had found these items and thought of 'ME' - now, a YEAR LATER she is back into blogland, still had these beauties in her posession to pass-along...
Here's hoping everyone's favorite 'wheeled' buddy KNOW's THE WAY to LEAD THEM ASTRAY from time to time!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

...there's NO denying it!


Sunday, November 7, 2010


To our friend in Maine who lost his fight 11-5-10

"Did you just say that you had too much stuff?????"

This comment on my last post really left me with some food for thought... Had those words inadvertently come out of MY mouth? Was that what I was saying? - that I had too much stuff? Hmmm... A while back I had put myself into a self-imposed 'de-stuff', right-brain period. I'm still working at it... I waiver... The 'projects' have slowed a bit, but they are still in 'the works' as I sit in front of TV evenings. I am progressing steadily with the 'de-stuffing' ~ sending stuff to two different consignment shops, donations, ETSY and EBAY... LOTS yet to do, but hey, anything going 'OUT' is progress!! DON'T get me wrong, I'm not trying to work my way out of a 'Hoarder' situation or anything (isn't that just THE. NASTIEST. SHOW. EVER. ?!!). I guess just the thought of ever getting to a point even remotely near that scares the bejeezus out of me!!!!!
I guess I'm just anal or maybe a bit OCD and like to know 'exactly' where everything is, and everything needs to have a home. When there gets to be 'too much' - it get's to be 'too much' for me and it is time to PURGE! Guess that partially explains why I SO ADORE the Avery Label gun that I picked up last Summer at a sale and was thrilled this week when I picked up a bag FULL of various colored rolls of DYMO refills that fit it for $1.00 !! Those 'picnic baskets' & 'train cases' are so much more user friendly when their contents are labelled!!

Still, my home needs to be 'me'. I wouldn't be happy in a sterile 'ultra-modern' minimalist environment. If that is 'YOU', that is fine!- it's Take this peacock I found the other day in one of my regular haunts - she stole my heart, and HAD to come home with me - not for the XMAS season - she will be out year-round as a quirky surprise, tucked in amongst a plant. As with just about everything around our house- it is there for either comfort or enjoyment - nothing precious or to be worried about. When friends are over and we've been doing shots of tequila, it's not unusual for everyone to end up wearing the vintage black hats that I have adorning the wall on the stairs!! Now you are asking "What about all of that Haeger?" That's why we don't pay big bucks for it - so we don't have to worry about it! I don't ever want our 'stuff' to own us! I don't ever want our friends to feel uncomfortable in our home, or to worry about their kids in our home - and if/when it gets to that point... then THERE IS TOO MUCH STUFF!

Until then, I shall continue to purge, so that I can continue an occassional 'splurge' 8-) !!

All of my trips A-rummaging aren't COMPLETELY frivalous though...- look what I grabbed for $5 on Friday... (and then went back and grabbed two more for Christmas gifts!!)

Of course, there are always a 'few' frivolous purchases!

(VERA 2010 #30)

Now, I must go study up and re-learn how to place a call (gr.....) - have I mentioned how much I hate change?? DH is the techno-guru in our house, and he has recently insisted we update my phone.... Let me introduce 'Lady Solstice', here's hoping we have a long happy co-existence!! so-long 'Holiday Flash', you served me well...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

...ENOUGH!! (for a while...)

Mom & Dad came for a short visit on Tuesday. We live about 100 miles apart, so these 'visits' are not a common accurance, though I would love them to be! Along with them, they brought a Belated Anniversary Box for DH & I to open! What do you think was in it??

A sweet little yellow HAEGER pitcher that will be part of our Thanksgiving Table vignette (2010 #35)

The 'mini' (I put that in quotes because it is still 12" tall!) version of a series of 19" ROYAL HAEGER pitchers that we already have in various colors. It does look right at home nestled in amongst a couple of them! (2010 #36)

last, but NOT least...

the ROYAL HAEGER tight mauve agate ruffled low bowl which now holds our Fish! (2010 #37).

Yes, I love and adore and enjoy all of our HAEGER pieces but right now after the last couple of months I'm on SERIOUS OVERLOAD!!!! I have found homes for all/almost all of them... BUT!! Time for a breather folks... Oh, I'm scared - My Birthday and Christmas are coming... I don't want to sound ungrateful!! Is it just me, or does anyone else ever get to this point from time to time???