Friday, May 22, 2009

Birds of a feather, flock together

In some ways, people who shop the flea markets really are like birds of the same feather. We might all be looking for something different, but once you've been bitten by the flea market bug, there is no turning back! There is this unwritten treasure hunt bond that connects us all together. Everyone at the flea markets seems to have the same look in their eye --"what goody will I find at this show!"

So I hope to see you this Sunday at the Old Town Tustin show. It's a small show but you won't be disappointed. And speaking of birds....

My bird's nest collection...I never planned to collect real bird's nest, but over the years, it seems like I just kinda came across old ones. We found one of them when we were clearing out a "jungle" of an area at our old house that the previous owners had let go wild with brush. My dad found one on some land that my parents own in Liberty, Texas and the tiny one on the stick is one I found on the ground when I was walking my daughter home from school years ago. I was told it was a hummingbird's nest. The bird stick nest is one is one from my sister's home in Texas. They live in a farm area and she said they have them every year in all their trees on their land. PS....I would never take a bird's nest if I thought it was still being used.

Thanks to all of you who have been buying my burlap pillows. I know you have lots of choices to buy your pillows and I really appreciate your business. I also especially appreciate when I hear back from you after you rec'd your order telling me how much you love them. It means a great deal for me to hear this! Here is a link to many of the pillows I currently have in stock!

You do not have to have a shutterfly account to see them. Just click on View Album and then click on Detail View at the top of the page. Feel free to contact me at any time at

Look for my two new French statement and bird pillows to be out in the next two weeks!
la joie de la view and famille heureuse

MEMORIAL DAY.... Please Remember...

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers. Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave.

Lets REALLY take a moment this Memorial Day to say a prayer for all of the men and women who have fallen while serving our country. Let's also extend those prayers to their FAMILIES who must miss them so much. We owe those men and women so much!

Trying to Get Some Work Done...

Every time I sit down at my computer this is what I get to look at. It never fails that when I try to start some work, my cat, Brinkley, decides it is the perfect time for us to do some bonding. She sits right in front of the monitor, not only making sure it's difficult for me to actually do any work, but more importantly, making sure I see her! I got Brinkely last October from the animal shelter, after I had to put down my 17 year old cat. I was devasted by the loss of my cat. Now, Brinkley follows me around the house all day and definitely acts like she rules the house. I always say to her, "Brinkley, you always act like you did ME the favor by letting me select you as the cat we brought home from the shelter!" (As oppose to maybe showing a little gratitude for me saving her life.) But you know what, she really did do me the favor. She makes me smile every day.

A Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted.....Have A Great Week and Enjoy your Memorial Day.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Shop Til You Drop

Have you read any of the Shopaholic books? I absolutely loved the books and literally found myself laughing out loud while reading them. If you haven't read any of them, treat yourself to some simple carefree reading. Who among us hasn't experienced the angst of opening your Visa bill, then been stunned by the amount, convinced that someone else has charged on your account! And only after reviewing the items purchased, you begin to recall that they were all must haves at the time!

And speaking of shopping....

While I know we're all watching our pennies, there are two shows that you should try to get out to this weekend. The first annual "Glitterfest" is being held this Saturday. It promises to spotlight unique vendors who handmade all of the goods being sold. (I had hoped to participate selling my pillows, but my kids have several activities that conflicted.) With a name like "Glitterfest", you can bet there will be lots of irresistible shinny and glittery items that you won't be able to resist!

is being presented by Diane White of Whimzy.
Saturday, May 16, 2009 9 am - 2 pm

On the Second Floor of the Knights of Pythias Historical Building
397 El Camino Real Old Town Tustin

There is also a show on Sunday, May 17th called Patchwork.

It is being billed as an Indie Arts & Crafts Festival 11 am - 5 pm

2202 1/2 North Main Street, Santa Ana

Good Luck to my friend Gloria who is selling at this show.


I hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day. I admit I always work Rosebowl on Mother's Day and it's always a good shopping/selling day. This Mother's Day as I approached the front door to leave to go the Rosebowl at 5 am in the morning, my daughter Chelsea had taped a Happy Mother's Day note on the front door. Since I had stayed up really late sewing, it meant she had gotten up in the middle of night after I went to sleep and taped the note to the front door so I would be sure to see it as I walked out to go to the show! A great way to start my Mother's Day. I love, love, love, when my kids still make me handmade cards and signs. So much better than any store bought one.

I'm fortunate that my mom is still alive and was able to call her and wish her a Happy Mother's Day. I think my mom is still as beautiful today as she was when I was born. (Above photo)

I'm one of those people who falls into the fortunate circle of believing "I Have The Best Mom". She is so very generous and has always put everyone else before herself. While I could go on and on with my stories of her love, I think this one stands out the most.

When I was going to college at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogodoches, Texas (about 3 hours from our home in Houston), I experienced my first real migraine headache. I had never had one before and all I knew was that it felt like my head was going to explode. I called my mom crying. She said,take an aspirin, turn off the lights and go to sleep. That is exactly what I did. Only to be awaken several hours later to a knock at my dorm door. I opened the door and there stood my mom! She wanted to make sure I was OK. I remember she stopped at a roadside stand and bought me some fresh blackberries. Yes, I truly have been blessed with an incredible mom who loved my brother, sister and I unconditionally. My kids are just as lucky to have her as their grandmother.

And speaking of my to Texas at the end of this month. Can't wait to see my mom and dad and oh yes, can't wait to hit the flea markets.

BLOG EXTREME MAKEOVER Exciting blog will finally be getting a Blog Extreme Makeover. Stay tuned...hopefully will have a new look in the next few weeks!

"A Day Without Laughter is a Day Wasted"....have a great week.