September 19, 2014

Homecoming sneak peeks...

We'll be kicking off Friday night with the homecoming football game and watching Emma's marching band perform at halftime.
They have new band uniforms this year. Aren't they spiffy?
Saturday is the big dance and Emma did a quick modeling of her dress in our backyard.
I have to brag. She found this dress on clearance for $10 at the mall. Her father and I appreciate her thrifty ways!   I'm sure I'll have lots more pictures to share, especially fancy homecoming hair and makeup.
Have a great weekend. When we aren't busy with homecoming duties, I'm going to pull out more Halloween decorations.  Can't wait!

September 17, 2014

Vintage Christmas in a former butcher shop...

On Friday, my husband noticed an estate sale in a neighborhood that boarders my downtown university campus.  I'm not gonna lie.  The neighborhood is a tad bit scary.  However, the estate sale company running the event, is one of our favorites and so I got brave during lunch and found a fairly safe to park the van.
After talking to the estate sale employees, I found out the building had housed multiple retails, including a butcher shop. The most recent owner loved to decorate for holidays and had saved all kinds of wonderful things.

Most items were priced at .25 or .50 cents.

I was happy to see so many Christmas seals in one box.  The entire filled box was marked for $2.
I also picked up a few rolls of vintage wrapping paper.

Mrs. Claus looks a tad bit crazy, but I'm looking forward to repurposing the deer and Mr. Claus.
The Peanuts puzzle box was super dusty, but it hadn't been opened and so Josie got busy putting it together Friday night.  She's such a little genius with puzzles.  I think she had it done in less than 10 minutes.

The blow mold was also .50 cents and was a welcome addition to my ever-growing collection!

The deer and trees were in a box that my husband brought home after he passed through this same sale on his way home from work.

   He also picked up this lovely item!

It is the tackiest thing I've ever seen and I've already pulled apart all the lovely decorations to use on future Christmas crafting projects.  Another fun sale in estate sale land!    

September 14, 2014

My 2014 Halloween Tree Reveal!

With the next few weekends packed with homecoming, varsity football and marching band competitions, I decided to make the most of a nearly empty Saturday and start unpacking a few of my orange Halloween storage tubs. 
I spent most of Saturday decorating my Halloween  tree. 
 Handmade ornaments mixed with lots of vintage Halloween picks and special treasures, fill the branches. 
 For those of you who have followed me as long as I've been blogging, you know that our family {loves} Halloween! 
 NOT the icky, scary, gross-kind of Halloween, but the fun, vintage, Orange and Black Halloween!
This year, marks our 23rd annual Halloween party. 
 As you can see, my Halloween tree is extra full this year. Boy, I love it so!!  "Early" Halloween hugs!

September 11, 2014

H is for Harvest Moon, Halloween and Heart Jeans!

H is for Harvest Moon
Did you see the full moon this week?   This shot was taken Monday night from our back deck. 
 Normally, I get into Josie's classroom to share a lesson on the mid-autumn festival but it's been too busy to get away from work.  I've promised her I'll make it up to her classmates at Chinese New Year.
H is for Halloween
I still haven't had a chance to photograph all my Christmas estate sale goodies from a few weeks ago, but I did pull out a few of recent Halloween acquisitions.   
The ceramic owls got slight makeovers.  Hats make everything better.  
H is for heart jeans
After seeing Josie's new jeans, I've decided I want to be eight years old and have heart patches on my knees too!!
Have a fabulous weekend.  No visits to the a-frame cottage for us (too many High School Marching Band obligations) but I'm hoping to start pulling out my twenty+ tubs to begin decorating my Halloween tree!!

September 9, 2014

Moment of weakness...

On the way to work Monday morning, literally less than two minutes from my house, was an estate sale.
Yes.  Another 1940s  Rich plantation-style dollhouse happened to find its way into my van. 

 It definitely needs some gentle cleaning. 
Good thing I have a whole box of furniture just waiting for this home.
I need another dollhouse, like I need a hole in my head!  I'm weak I tell ya!  My name is Kim and I'm addicted to vintage dollhouses!