Healthy Snacks and cheap thrills

 

I’ve been grabbing fruit from Costco lately, cuting it up and making delicious bowls of fruit. I cut all the fruit up in one night and then package for eating throughout the week. It’s pretty delicious and healthy 🙂

I found these great ribbons at St Vinney’s this weekend. They are pretty large spools and it was under $5 for all of them. I love great vintage ribbon finds!

I’ve got some new Pyrex and Fenton up in my Etsy. You should check it out because they are lovely 🙂

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Terribly busy

Apologies for my absense lately. It’s been pretty crazy lately. Mostly because I wrapped up my big Tea Party I was organizing for my women’s group. We had 95 people in attendance and it was a huge success. More on that later. Secondly, I have a ton more responsibility at work. It’s a little ridiculous honestly, and I’ve been working a ton, but it’s all good. I’m appreciative that I have a job.

So let’s see what I’ve been up to…

1. Check out my nail polish inventory… I obviously have a thing for purples/pinks. I can honestly say that I didn’t realize I had this much nail polish (35 different bottles). I bought three more yesterday 🙂 (Shut your face!)

2. Tea Party extroidinaire. This was my beautiful table. Posting more pics over at Smug Mug of the whole event. It was honestly a huge success and I can’t wait for next years. It was super fun, a lot of work and I’ve definitely learned some great things for next year, like deligating better.

3. Saturday Steals: This wonderful vintage linen piece for the table. It’s super cute for a $1.50!!

4. My peonies are getting ready to burst! I’m pretty excited about them. I just LOVE peonies. They are so fluffly and lush and lovely. I just like the look of them, likea big fluffy persian cat to cuddle into. They just invite you to shove your face in them!

This plant, a Euphorbia, is a little weird. It’s more than trippled in size in the last couple years. It gros so well, I cut it back every year, and then it comes back bushier than ever. Supposedly, if I dig a hole in the ground and plant one of the stalks into it, it will turn into a plant. I’m not sure about that, but I think I’ll give it a try.

My snapdragons grew back awesome, even with the bitter cold winters. They are ready to pop open too 🙂

My day lilies on the other hand, are not shooting up their buds yet. It worries me, but I haven’t seen others in the neighborhood yet, so I’m sure they’ll eventually come.

5. One of my favorite scrapbook stores up in Lynnwood, Lasting Memories is closing it’s doors. It makes me sad. That’s two really good stores in the past year that have shut their doors. Where am I supposed to go for supplies now? There is a place in Issaquah and Shoreline, so those will have to do. Luckily, the Shoreline one isn’t that far away. I swung by Lasting Memories last night and picked up some discounted stuff and asked about paper trays. We’ll see what happens, but I would love some. I’m on a waiting list.

6. My kitties are adorable. Wicket is huge, and it makes Yoji seem tiny. Both so sweet though.

7. We bought a blue ray player, because my DVD player broke. WTF? AND, why doesn’t the Wii play DVD’s? That seems dumb. Way to miss out on a piece of the market Nintendo.

8. This morning I made fancey pancakes. Check out my robot and golf club and mini Mickey. There were flowers too, but I ate them.

9. Check out me using my awesome lettuce that I grew myself! Delicious.

10. We swung by Pike Place Market today, and it was fabulous. We bought raspberry’s and strawberries. Delicious.

Thee End…

Happy

I had a pretty good weekend an hope you did too! It was actually pretty successful, if I do say so myself. On Saturday morning, I helped with some gardening at church, and just decided to make a day of it. So, after that I went over to a nursery that I had a coupon for and stocked up on some plants, replanted all my planters, and planted some stuff down in the flower bed too. It’s pretty swell, I must say. AND…I’m super stoked to have fuschia’s in all my pots on my balcony! I know it seems silly that I get excited over this dumb stuff, but come May, it will be gorgeous on my deck 🙂 I can’t wait to hang out there and read under my super cool umbrella. The last thing I have to do is get an adequate pot for my herbs. I’m having a little trouble with that, but hope to find a solution soon. It might have to be two smaller pots, so that I don’t have to move this gargantuan one.

On my way to said nursery, I happened to swing by a Rummage Sale at a church! What luck! I picked up a couple of doilies and 2 pairs of earrings for $3.50. Total steal. Then when I got to said nursery, I noticed that it’s practically across the street from one of my frequent thrifting shops, so I swung by there too, and totally scored on some awesome placemats, and a couple aprons. Believe it or not, I totally didn’t intend to do any thrifting this Saturday, but apparently, it was fate that I should! So, check out these sweet steals:

My favorite purchase of the whole day: These super sweet $3 white loafers. Super comfy.

Awesome apron for a friend: total stead, I’ve been steadily growing my gingham apron collection. It is so much more fun to bake and clean with an apron, seriously.

These super cool placemats and table topper. Crocheted in the most perfect colors for spring/Easter! Available in my shop, click the photo!

This red Pyrex casserole is most likely from the Friendship pattern, but doesn’t have the lid. However, it doesn’t even look like it’s ever been used, super sweet!

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at embroidery lately. I don’t know how to, I have never done it, but I know it can’t be that hard. So, I might try that soon.

We made so much progress cleaning this weekend, and picked up more boxes at storage, so, it’s gonna be a mess again. AND, I won’t have any time to deal with it until at least Wednesday evening. Totally, lame, but whatever, things are happening, and for that I’m grateful! Plus, hubs set up the DVD player in the room again, total score!

Approaching Milestones

I think milestones are a funny thing. They are supposed to be significant achievements or moments in time that capture something big or progress to something big. As I approach a couple milestones, I’ll share them with you when they hit. I was just thinking about some of them nearing and it’s exciting! (No, I’m not pregnant, nor attempting, so stop trying to fan that flame!)

I was thinking aloud about my friends with Adam the other day. They’ve all done some amazing things, gone some amazing places and met some interesting people. Sometimes I take a look at their lives and say, “do I wish I had that?”. Would I want to travel to random places with nothing but a bag? Would I want to go on crazy hiking expeditions? Would I want to date, or learn to make bikes, or sign up for new things and meet entirely new people? It’s one of those sins you know, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors goods. I don’t want for any of these things. Even though my amazing friends have done some amazing things that I have not done, I have done my own amazing things. I’ve lived in a foreign country for multiple years, I’m the only one with mixed parents, I’ve bought a place to live, I’ve bought multiple cars, I’m married and I have ambition. I love the life I’ve created. Part of the reasons we are good at being friends is because we are different. I think regrets are silly. To me, things happen for reasons. I acknowlege and move on. It doesn’t mean that I wouldnt’ do some things differently if I had to all over again. It just means that I recognize my blessings and am happy with them.

On with the fun more interesting stuff!

Check out this ratty stool I picked up for $5 thrifting…

Throw in $7 worth of plasticky table clothy stuff and $6 of spray paint…VOILA! An uber beautiful $18 hit!!

Remember the library file? Well, the drawers were sticky/tacky, from lack of ever being cared for! Got the thing for free, spent about $10 on supplies to clean him up and SHIZAMM!! He’s neat. I still need to do some work and make some dividers for some drawers…but we’ll see if we actually get there. It’s pretty sweet. Some drawers have solid bottoms and some have one line down the middle where the “track” runs. I’ve already started a list of labels for the drawers. I was thinking I’d use the typewriter, but I might actually stamp them. We’ll see. I need to find the most perfect paper…

Saturday Steals

We went to the NW Flower & Garden Show last night, then finished off the evening with Blue C Sushi. It was a great night if you ask me 😉 Driving toward the waterfront at sunset was beautiful. I really do love this Emerald City.

I’m thinking of a new segment called Saturday Steals to post here for you guys. Wherever my travels bring me on a Saturday, I’ll share the steals here 🙂

Vintage Pink and Gray Polaroid

Vintage Pink Shoe Trees / Stretchers (I also have yello)

Wonderful Bee Sugar Jar for my office, only cost $1!!

Can I just say that I love how indifferent he appears to be about the photos I’m taking around him.

Alphabetical Files for crafting

Vintage Blue Apron with embroidered hearts...so cute!

Vintage Crocheted Apron

Amazing Steals

One of the most important qualities for a thrifter to be successful is persistance and lack of disappointment.

It’s important to keep going even if you don’t find anything in one place after ten visits. Every once in awhile, that ten second stop will come in handy.

Yesterday I decided to stop by a semi-out of the way thrift store on my way home and found 23 pieces of Noritake “Carolyn” for my mother in law. It was her china pattern, and in amazing condition! It was in better condition than hers are! Get this, it was an amazing $35, what a steal! I also picked up a glass boot, and a little owl statue at the same place. Needless to say, I was excited.

After that, I felt on a role and went by another place that happened to be on my way home. I picked up two spaghetti forks. How ridiculous are these things? I think they are pretty funny, so I couldn’t resist. At the same place, I found four little owls. It’s my new thing. I love cute little owls.

Tuesday I stopped by this smaller thrift store on the way home, and almost left after going through the small housewares and office section, but decided that I mine as well take a tour over to the furniture section. Good thing I did, because I picked up the most beautiful little Smith-Corona Silent Super typewriter. Little did I know what a gem I had snagged until I got home and did a little research on this pretty puppy. It’s so cute, but I’m not keeping it, because it’s really not that functional as far as a useful craft item. I’m sure this sweet puppy will make someone a very happy home=-eoi It’s in amazing condition too. No dust bunnies, or knicks. I’m truely amazed by it. When this puppy sells, it might be my biggest income earner. The biggest return so far was $55 on some Pink Gooseberry Pyrex bowls and refrigerator set, so I think I stand to make a little more on this item.

In other news:

This is day three of my weight loss competition and I think it’s good so far. I don’t feel overly deprived and I’ve exercised Monday and Tuesday. I’ll exercise again today after work, when Adam gets home. Tuesday I did my first full P90X program. I did the Kenpo X which I quite enjoyed. So, I think successful so far. It will only getter from here.