Monday, March 31, 2008

It was meant to be...

There's a little story behind this box... I went to the flea last month, and saw this display case sitting in the bed of the seller's truck. My heart fluttered, but I had the feeling it was already sold. :( So with a long face , I made my way down up and down each row. I could not stop thinking about that case! I'm sure many of you can relate. I was kicking myself for not getting there just 15 minutes earlier. On my way out, I went back to the seller just one more time...maybe the buyer forgot to pick it up? Wishful thinking but no was gone. Later that morning, I phoned a friend whom I had seen earlier that morning, and asked her if she had seen that case. Actually, I wasn't too surprised when I found out she was the lucky new owner of the piece I was drooling over. So I asked her to give me first dibs if she ever decided to sell it. Well, I never dreamed she would call, but 2 days ago, I received an email from her. I could not wait to go pick it up, and I cradled it like a baby all the way to the car! hahaha... Sometimes I look over at it and still can't believe it's here with me..after all that fuss.

The glass door opens in the most unique way! There is a latch on either side and the doors lays forward instead of swinging open like a door. I thought this was a clock case, but I'm beginning to think otherwise.

Okay now I need to hear your opinions. It has a slot for glass shelf about mid way. Do I have a piece of glass cut for this, or should I leave it as is and display a taller piece? I would love to display a few old clocks in it, but they seem to get lost on the bottom shelf. I also love the bust displayed in it, but she might be a bit too large for it.. your thoughts?

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Getting organized

I decided to get organized yesterday, and spent the biggest part of my afternoon going through endless files of paperwork in my old 1980's oak file cabinet. I had 1980's tax returns in there! I've looked at that thing long enough next to my's been sent to the garage! I wanted to simplify, so I purchased some cute fabric boxes, and brought in my favorite old pink iron stand that's been in storage since last July. Sooo much better than an 80's oak file cabinet. The boxes are from Michaels and were 40% off.I had a hard time deciding on color..they came in pink, aqua and taupe. They were all so pretty..and I think I'll go back for 2 more!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tuesday Thrifting!

Oh boy..Ms. Jenn and I found some goodies today! Take a peek at these lovelies that look brand new. I'll have to agree with my girl when she said "I hate people with small feet!" She really wanted them for herself until she realized they were a size too small and waaay too narrow for her.

And then there's this 5 piece set, which I believe to be a manicure set. Let me know what you think...the long shaped dish had me stumped, but I think it's to soak your tootsies in. It's stamped Made In Canada on the back and the first one I've ever seen! We found this one in pink and gold and another in aqua and gold. I'll be adding this one to the shop , but may keep the other...we'll see.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Do I really need 8 Punch Cups?

No...but how could I resist them at yesterday's tag sale?

I was the first one to arrive so I snatched up everything I could, including these 8 charming old plated cups. I had no idea what I was going to do with them...I just had to have them! Sadly, the matching punch bowl was not for sale She was going to keep it for use as an ice bucket. sniff sniff.....I would have loved to have had it, but I can't complain too much. I bought a ton of stuff...some of which I will keep, and some will go on the website.! It's finally happening girls, so check it out this weekend!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Strawberry Fields Forever....

I wish!!! Unfortunately, it's only open from March until May. Each year, I anxiously await the opening of this local strawberry stand, just a mile down the road. Cars stop throughout the day, but if you don't get there by 3:30, you are out of luck my friend!.I missed them twice this week already, so today I decided to get their ON TIME.I wanted my berries!!!

You can purchase a 3 basket for $8 or a large flat for $16 from this friendly gal.

And what could be better than freshly picked strawberries?

A fresh homemade cheesecake, of course!

Cheesecake by Jenna...let me know if you want the recipe!
Here's the recipe :

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine, softened

3 packages (8-ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a small bowl stir together crust ingredients. Press firmly onto bottom and halfway up sides of a 9-inch spring form pan.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 1/4 cups sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating at low speed until blended. Add sour cream and vanilla, beating at low speed until well combined. Pour mixture into crust.

Bake in a preheated 300 degree F oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Cheesecake is done when it springs back when lightly touched in the center (cheesecake will shake slightly when moved). Remove the cake from the oven and run a knife around the inside edge of pan.

Cool cheesecake on wire rack at room temperature for 1 hour. Cover pan with foil, then chill overnight.

Jenna changed one thing :
Baked the crust at 350 for 9 minutes before pouring the batter in...
then I baked it at 300 for an hour.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

An eBay present...

If you've never won an auction from Berkeleygirl, then you are missing out on a treat. Katie not only lists the wonderful and unique, she packages each item like a present...her presentation is like no other. It's such a treat to open a box with an item that isn't wrapped with newspaper and smelling like a cigarette! :( Do you feel me ladies?
I thought I would share a Berkeleygirl experience with you, so you can see for yourself! I won this darling little puffy heart last could I resist?
It had my name engraved on it and an "A" ! Thanks Katie!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Make yourself at home, Ivan

Hey, I was here first!

This basket was made for ONE.

I know...but you make a great pillow.!!!

Ahhh...comfy at last.

Sophie says...I give up.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

20 years ago....

...when we were just dating, he gave me some flowers that he had picked in the garden. He placed them inside a plastic Slurpee cup, and left them on my car at work. No note...but I knew who they were from. And tonight he walked in with another cup, loaded with Sweet Peas. He still knows how to put a smile on my face. I was going to transfer them to a favorite old vase, but I think I'll leave them just as they are.