School starts in a month. My eldest is entering junior high… what the eff. I feel so old, and yet I’m not… I hate that feeling. Her desk broke when we moved in March, so I started looking for a desk + hutch on craigslist. Found a very nice one for $75, had my husband go look at it after work one day. Told him if it looked good, buy it. So he did. That day it came home, as we were cleaning & arranging it, my husband asked her if she wanted the Twilight books (which I’ve read, but wouldn’t let her). She said yes, because of course she has wanted to read them, and she’s seen the first 2 movies. She asked me if that was ok, so I thought about it. Why did I have to think about it? Why did I never let her read them in the first place? Because they are technically “young adult” books. Key word being, “adult”. They explore feelings & emotions I was not ready for her to be exposed to, even though so many of her friends had read them. (Hello, Eclipse & Breaking Dawn?!)

So, taking all this into account, and the fact that she’s already heard age-inappropriate things at school, I decided I may as well bite the bullet. I told her to close the door. We had “the talk”. She covered her face in disgust. She cried. I was only a wee bit mortified. :p

On an entirely unrelated note, this lonely blog of mine turns 3 next week. Wow. Will I dream up a fancy way of celebrating? In a perfect world, I would. In other words, probably not. We shall see.


hutch + pompoms from our double birthday party

new desk


Vintage Sunday!

It’s so boring around this ol’ blog, I decided to spice things up. Everyone and their mother has a “Monday this”, or a “Wednesday that” category, so I figured why not me? Well, actually it’s the reverse, like “Wordless Wednesday”, or “Thoughtful Thursday”, but you get the gist. I decided something easy I can do, and fun, is to share anything vintage I have, or even like, but don’t have. Isn’t there tons of that out there for everyone? I think so. So here we go!

Starting simple, with a vintage postcard from Spain:


Do you see the incredible needlework there?

See the ribbon? Such detail, all for a postcard! They sure don’t make things like they used to.

Meet the newest member of our family!

In for a frame, out with a chair. Didn’t find a frame! But this chair was outside, and as I walked by, I had to double-back, to look at the price tag. $20! “Cute!”, I thought. I went inside to look for a frame, and a wooden embroidery hoop, but didn’t find either. I inquired about the chair’s legs, because they looked crooked, and was informed that they screw on, so apparently they weren’t screwed on all the way. The nice man walked outside with me, to demonstrate, and I said, “Well, I might come back”. As I was walking away, he said, “$10 is a good price”. I turned on my heels and said, “$10?! It says 20!”. He told me all white tags were 1/2 off today, and the discount days/tag color days just vary, picked randomly by the owner. Ughh, I only had around $6 on me. So I came home (it’s only a few blocks away), and asked my husband if he had any spare change. He had $10, so he gave it to me. I asked if he wanted to go look at a chair with me, but he was shirtless, and playing on the Wii with the kids, and everyone was bickering, so he said, “Just buy it”. Well, you don’t have to tell me twice! I had to hustle, because they were closing in 10 minutes. So here it is! I think it looks ’40’s, my husband says early ’70’s. Early ’70’s? I had to scoff at that. Anyway, if anyone reads this lonely blog of mine, please add your 2 cents… which era do you think it’s from?

I’m not crazy about the color – it’s kind of a muted sage/teal. So I plan to reupholster it someday. But it is very comfortable! I love it. We finally have an armchair, and it was only $10! Yippee!