27 February 2010

One...



...quartette of aunties....fresh from the farm....



My great great aunts showed up in their toasty warm coats and dapper hats...

...to celebrate something new...

one year ago...yesterday!

: )

Have a beautiful weekend...and a happy new year!

Julie M.

Pictured left to right, Lizzie, Mabel, Barthula, and Ida

25 February 2010

Earl Grey's Little Secret...


Hello?




I say, hello?





Ah, there you are....

I have a little secret.  A little something I need to get off of my chest....





Ahhh...that's much better.

Now, anyone for a cup of tea?

: )

Julie M.

ps Vintage Twinings Earl Grey Tea tin...courtesy of my daddy...



Please stop by The Shabby Nest for more Frugal Friday treats, A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words for Second Time Around,  It's So Very Creative, and Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday!


Thank you!





24 February 2010

Eastsiders...Flea Market Style!



I found it!

For all you guys and gals on the Eastside (That's the burbs east of Seattle...between Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains...just so ya' know.)









Yup!


I checked the Issaquah Barnes & Noble...no luck...not in the system at all....but I did get a yummy pumpkin spice latte...

Costco didn't have it either...but if anyone needs a paper towel...I am ready for ya'!

I was about to give up hope for today...and then I saw it.

Yeah!  Thank you, Target!  Third time's a charm....I now have my very own copy of Flea Market Style.  

Oooh...so many lovely ideas!  I'm already feeling inspired for tomorrow.


Thank you and goodnight! 


: )

Julie M.



22 February 2010

Sunshine!



Dear Laurie of Nana's House blessed me with a sweet surprise the other day!






Thank you, Laurie!  You made my day!  I'd like to encourage ya'll to visit Laurie at Nana's House.


And now, I'm supposed to list 12 of my favorite bloggers...but I'm going to break the rules a bit...and share this award with each and every one of the sweet folks who have left encouraging comments on my blog!  Or, in fact, with anyone who would like to leave a little comment now and let me know about the blogs that you really love to visit!  I'm looking forward to hearing about them!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!


: )

Julie M.


21 February 2010

What a Dump!!!



I don't know about you...


...but I think these puppies are pretty sweet.




Old washtubs courtesy of La Dump.

Mhmm...

That's right.

As I pulled into bay numero deux at the ol' solid waste venue, I noticed 3 things.

1

2 dudes hastily pitching TONS of old windows out of a trailer which was hitched to a truck. 


SHATTER!

SMASH!

BASH!


Break my heart...why don't you!


2

A third fella waiting beside the truck...whilst...(brace yourselves ladies )....whilst he held a rag to his bloody...ohhhhh, so bloodied...head.  

Ouch!

(disclaimer:  My mom is a nurse.  I am not.  I am a germ freak...so, I looked around for my handywipes...and didn't find em' for the hurtin' dude.  My mama would have run over to check him out.)

So,

3

I saw what I thought to be an old washtub turned upside down on the pile.

"Is that an old washtub?" I asked.

"Yes, there are actually two of them," said bloody dude's friend.

"May I please have them?" I asked.

"Sure."

I thanked him and then turned to bd and said, 

"I'm sorry about your head."

:o{

And they were on their way.  The third dude, a dump worker, headed for his hurkin' backhoe thingy as I headed for the back of the pile to rescue the tubs.

"You can only have the one," he said, "I can't let you dig."

"Mhmm....okay."

: )

Does lifting count?

I quickly recovered both washtubs and held them up for the dump dude to see.  He grinned, revved up his machine and headed toward the pile.

Oh, yeah!

What a dump!




As I was leaving, I asked the man at the scale if the injured guy's friend had inadvertently pitched a window at him as they were unloading the trailor.  "No," he replied, "he hit him with a 2x4."


Nice.


 Just click here to see a few more lovely things I've rescued whilst they were on their way to Landfillland!  Oh, and my mama...she's hooked now too.  A couple of years ago she returned from a trip to the dump with a Duncan Phyfe style table, a bunch of pine tongue and groove lumber, and one of the biggest grins I've ever seen.


I hope that you had a lovely weekend and are looking forward to an even more beautiful Wednesday!     

Have you rescued anything lately?


: )

Julie M.



15 February 2010

The Dog Days of Winter...



Hello, my name is Tonka.  I'm Julie's neighbor and I'm here to fill you in on the latest dirt.




Here it is...




The latest dirt....in front of the place where Julie's bungalow used to live.

Wanna come over and play in the snow?

: )

Tonka



The Grass is Always Greener....


...in my neighbor's yard...





A little black bunny sat perfectly still on the Italian war bride's perfectly coifed plaid lawn.



Are you ready for Spring?

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Happy Monday (and Wednesday)!


: )

Julie M.

 Please visit A Southern Daydreamer's 58th Outdoor Wednesday!

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ps  To see my followup to The Grass is Always Greener and its comments click here.

To see my late entry from last week, just click here.

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Thank you for visiting!  Your comments are truly appreciated!


12 February 2010

Vintage Valentines in White....





 First generation Swedish Americans, my paternal grandparents, Ray and Alice, were married on my grandpa's 23rd Birthday. 

Duluth, Minnesota ~ 1936


Have a beautiful Valentine Weekend with your sweeties!


: )

Julie M.




Sweet as a Candy ~ Petite Coterie Pillow Slip Giveaway!


In honor of Valentine's Day, the lovely Federica of Sweet as a Candy is hosting a giveaway.  One fortunate reader will receive this beautiful burlap pillow slip by,



To enter, simply leave Federica a comment on her Valentine Giveaway post at Sweet as a Candy.

You have until 8 pm ~ February the 18th ~ (Bologna, Italy time)


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Best wishes!

: )

Julie M.

10 February 2010

Deer Neighbors...last Fall



Just catching up a wee bit.  Here are a few moments captured last November whilst my mama and I were on our way back to our little town after meeting with the plan man...












































I hope you're having a beautiful week!  Please feel free to send us some of your snow!

: )

Julie M.





03 February 2010

Parking...





 ...for a short winter's nap.


: )

Julie M.



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