Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Monday was a Lazy Daisy Kinda Day!

We were fortunate to have the day off Monday, and all I needed was a little coaxing to go to Chester, Va and visit Cindy at the Lazy Daisy.

Cindy sent me a quick photo of a red sphere thingy and I wanted it for my kitchen.  Red is a hot color in my kitchen and that would be a perfect accent piece.....calling my name!  Some ladies have shoes that call their name....others have a new outfit...I have red sphere thingies call my name!

As we walked around the Lazy Daisy you find quickly that you need to make 2 trips around because there is just that much to see.  It's not your typical craft shop because they have vintage pieces, retro must-haves, gawwwgeous refinished furniture at the Forgotten Pearl (Cindy's creations!), antiques, jewelry and on and on and on.....
OK, to some of you this is a photo of some paper towels and what looks like a pantry.  Well it is!  Be patient with me for a minute....I'd just said I needed something to fill up the space in the bottom of my pantry.  It's a decent size pantry but the bottom is just lost space and before I found this lovely storage unit, equipped with essential drawers too......I was saving my bags inside of bags and yes, paper towels.  Isn't this much better?  I think so.  Cha-Ching!

After schlepping myself upstairs (lawd they are some steep stairs), back down again and started making my way to the register to pay for my red sphere thingy and my black wire storage for my pantry.....I almost ran right into it!

This lovely gem was tucked in a corner with a lamp on it.  I saw the words 'Farm Truck' and it caught my eye.  The little lamp was lovely, but I had to set it aside.  It's all metal and yes, the seat is crafted out of old license plates.  I had to sit on it and thank goodness, whomever welded those bad boys together did a good job, because it did not pinch!  That would surely have given the patrons of LD something to laugh about!

Cindy and I made eye contact and without saying a word, she knew!  She finally broke silence with her contagious laugh by saying, "When I saw that, I immediately thought of you!".....And I think I'm going to pick it up and take it home! 

It's the little things like this that make your house a home!  Am I intrigued by the magazine style homes...some of them.  They give me inspiration but I wouldn't want to copy one item for item.  What fun would that be?  You don't have to visit thrift stores or flea markets to make your home beautiful and unique, but make it unlike anyone elses and make sure it's a reflection of you and your family.  Even if it's a red sphere thingy.....Gitcha some!

Thank you Michelle for your hospitality and for sharing your vision of unique happiness with the rest of us!
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They are located right off Rt. 10 in Chester and you can find them on Facebook too with a sampling of what all the vendors bring in daily!  Like I said before.....Gitcha some!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Skating? Piece of Cake!

I remember the ONE time I went ice skating.  It was at the Hampton Coliseum with Dana, Jeff and Alan.  "I can roller skate, so ice skating should be a piece of cake!"  Ha - final last words!  I think we laughed from the time we set foot on the ice until we left.  No- ice skating and roller skating are NOT the same!

These girls found out just how difficult it is this past weekend at the skating rink in New Town.  Gma gave my nieces tickets for Christmas.  Two each, so they could bring a friend.  I don't know who had more fun because we sure laughed quite a bit while they were getting the hang of it.

We started the afternoon with a little lunch and..........milkshakes!

Lunch was delish and off to skate they went......Aunt Robin with camera in hand!  Gma mentioned we should have brought the video camera and the next hour proved she was right!

Somewhere they found some nerve sprinkled with a little bravery because they let go of the wall!  As you can see, they also found some laughter!

Oh no!  Don't do it!  They did it AND managed to stay on two feet.

Once you fall down, it's harder to stand back up than actually skating!  The peanut gallery laughed. Yes, we laughed!

They skated for about an hour and I think that was just about enough. Their hurting ankles and dodging the little kids floating around and trying to fall down, was just about all they could handle.  

One of the girls said, "Mom, you and Aunt Robin should put on skates and skate with us!" HAHA - Somebody has jokes!  Not only would I fall and bust my butt, but I'd look like Scooby Doo on an out of control fast treadmill with legs flying in all directions.  Negative on the ice skates!

According to G-ma......That was a money well spent!

Gwyn & Thelma's Skating Adventure!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Thrifting Adventure

On the coldest day of my vacation.......we decided to go 'thrifting'....that translates as going to as many thrift stores as we can in one day! 

No worries.....I doubled up on just about everything and off to Richmond I went to meet up with Cindy & Kathy (aka Melvina & Zomelda....shortened to Mel & Zo!).  The origin of those precious names will have to be another post - wink-wink!

I can't even recall everything we talked about and laughed over....but we did! was a blast!  Of course, whenever you go thrifting you always find something that makes you laugh....whether it's a double-knit polyester suit....a hand crocheted toilet seat cover....or a photo that represents the three of us....perfectly!
Agatha Bellmont-Melvina Rothchilds-Zomelda Dagoon
OK - I might as well give the scoop.....Kathy is my sister and Cindy is my first cousin and when we were younger....maybe 10-12 years old, we used to write to each other and with one of my notes, I decided to be funny and address it to a crazy name and see if she'd still get it.  She did!  Melvina Rothchilds did indeed get her letter via the US Mail.

And, on the flip side.....Agatha Bellmont (that's me!) also got her letter in the mail and thus was the start of the sisterhood names.  Ag & Mel quickly came up with a tag for our little sidekick and Zomelda Dagoon was born.

On with the thrifting adventure.....

It only took one stop to start filling up the back of Cindy's van and by the time we completed our last scan of the only remaining thrift store within sight.....the van was full!  And, our dogs were barkin'!

My mission was to find something to put on my dresser for my jewelry each night, a bread basket of sorts, unique Christmas album covers and whatever else I can't live without.  This is a sampling of what I came home with....
The perfect dish for my this!

And, if I ever want to change things up a little.....I have this beauty too!

I'm not sure what this basket came off of...but it's now my bread basket!  A basket full of treasures I cannot have!

75 cents for these three gems that will be transformed into a wearable piece of art!

Old metal cigar box and not quite sure what I'll do with it.  I saw on Pinterest where someone made bracelets out of old tins......might give it a shot but want to try on a dollar tree tin first.

I love books, especially old ones with great titles for display purposes.  This great book of wisdom is only about 4x3 and has a neat note inside stating, "Purchased at an estate sale off Westmoreland St. in 1996.  I have enjoyed this because it contains as much information on lessons of life and if we search in depth many answers to many of our problems - E.B." I love it!
Of course, that's not all I purchased.  I also found a few nutcrackers....NO!  I found THE nutcracker!  But, of course because it will be a Christmas gift for my son-in-law, I couldn't post a picture of it.  Yes, Tim your Christmas gifts were purchased at a thrift store and you WILL like them! (You really will!).

I also found a great little pitcher, a Tiffany's blue linen tablecloth that I'm going to remake into a bathroom curtain and a shiny silver Christmas tree in need of rescuing.  She'll find a new home too!

Mel & usual I thoroughly enjoyed our time together!  Lunch at the Demolition Cafe was delish and as I figured, Andrew was confused why I did not bring home any of the chocolate covered bacon! Ha!  I couldn't really blame it on my aching feet, because they weren't hurting at that point!  Next time.

Love my girls! 

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