Monday, July 19, 2010

It's official - Summer is here!

You know it's officially summer when the temp hits triple digit days. I don't really mind the heat but last week really tested my heat tolerance....How about a fresh glass of lemonade to cool off? I absolutely swear by the Barefoot Contessa's fresh squeeze lemonade recipe. Try is the BEST! 1 C fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1/2-3/4 superfine sugar to taste, 4 C water & 1 C crushed ice. The crushed ice is key! Stay cool and enjoy.

Summer Bummer…A couple of weeks ago, Ally and I headed out early morning to sell at Rosebowl. Since we leave so early in the morning, she usually sleeps all the way there and for a few hours before the crowds start to show up. This month when she got up at the show, she said her eye was really hurting. Yes, it was all pink so I figure it was either a general infection or pink eye. The next day I took her to the eye Dr. and boy was I shocked! He proceeded to tell me she had a corneal ulceration eye infection and it was quite serious. When he told me she could go blind in that eye, I began to realize how serious he was talking!

He said hers was pretty serious and we would have to bring her in every day so he could monitor whether it was getting better. We also had to put drops in every hour for 24 hours straight.

So poor Al, spent 5 days where she could barely even open her eye. Because the sunlight made it even worse all she could do was stay home and keep her eye shut as much as possible. She was sporting different sunglasses both inside and outside for 5 days. Not exactly the way a 12 yr. old wants to spend her summer.
She is now on the mend and while she can’t wear contacts for a while, she can at least now hang out with friends.

Congrats to Linda on the Urban Barn Grand Opening!

Here's Linda all dolled up for the Big Day...with her stunning daughter Whitney.

Here's my friend Aviva holding a bundle of our purchases.

On top of taking Ally to the eye Dr. all week, I gutted my space at the UB and redesigned, and restyled for the Grand Opening. Hope you like what you see

. The coral/pink color trash can was the inspiration for my booth. I tried to use a hint of that coral-pink along with a splash of grey in through out my vignettes.

Take note of my new pillow design...a crown in a crest...featured here on a white linen pillow.

This Paris paper map was the perfect match for my color scheme so I put it in an old frame and it sold first thing in the morning.

I picked up this wonderful ottoman a few weeks ago. It was already upholstered as you see, but I felt it needed something so I added my new design on it.

I sewed this grey slip cover lampshade to bring in more grey to my booth.

Also making one for Irvine in white linen.

A Room With A View...More treasures in my Urban Barn space.

Don't you love my little poodle tucked in the corner. His concrete little front and back paws are broken off so he has trouble standing up, but I think it gives him more character. He's really old. I don't care if I ever sell him. He makes me smile when I look at him.

With the triple digit temp, I made a point to shop at the outdoor vendors wanting to support their commitment to the Grand Opening. I picked up some treasures from Sweet Magnolias Farm , Rita with Mammabellarte, & Tricia with Vintage Bliss.

Here's Rita. I love her Farmers Market chalk talented.

Sweet Magnolias Farm always puts together displays that make you want to buy everything in site. I LOVE the blue they used and can't wait to show you the chest I bought from Sara and Abby for my daughters room.

Sweet Magnolias Farm

I loved this booth. She mixed the neutral junk palette that is currently the trend with a pop of color.

Look at the adorable house dress my friend bought from one of the vendors. She also bought a white cotton slip to wear under the dress. When I told my daughter about Aviva’s purchases, she asked “What’s a slip?”

Presenting the Urban Barn... Here are more photos from the day...

Somewhere over the Rainbow...
If you live in Orange County, then you probably experience our Hawaii weather last Wednesday. The rainstorm and light came on very quietly mid day in the height of a humid day. The after effects left us with a beautiful rainbow and incredible sunset. I could stare at this sky for hours…..
Thank you God for allowing me to see this beautiful sight and take it in.

"Genuine laughter is true eloquence and more effective than speech."

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Take Time To Smell The Hydrangeas

My hydrangeas are in full bloom and I just love them. This is the first season I've actually gotten the blue ones to bloom...

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. The Irvine Valley Flea Market was last Sunday, 4th of July. Fortunately, the BBQ’s we were invited to didn’t start until 5 pm, so I thought “Why not do the show?” Since there were a number of vacant vendor spots and the customers were far and few in the early morning, I thought "Hummm, maybe this wasn’t such a great idea after all."

But I love doing the flea markets and thought worst case scenario - I’ll just pack up early. Boy did things turn around! From 8:30 on, I had customers in my booth and it turned out to be an INCREDIBLE day! Sold lots of treasure and many of my favorite customers came by to wish me a Happy 4th….(Kate, Tara, Cheryl, Cathy, Mary….) (Also welcome Sheri Rathor to the Junk world.!) Making the day even better was that my daughter Chelsea, who almost always has soccer on Sundays was able to come & work the show with me. I love doing the shows with my daughters! They are so much help and I just love spending the time with them.

These photos from my booth look a little sparse because so much sold before I actually had time to snap photos. But here’s a few.

It was a great 4th with the day ending by going over to our friends the Ruths for a quick bit of 4th of July cheer, then on to our good friend the Estes’ for a BBQ and then to the lake for fireworks. We had the pleasure of having Art and his wife, Cathy, come down for the BBQ and fireworks. Many of you know Art, who is the dealer next to me at Irvine Valley Flea Market.

Thelma and Louise…

A.K.A. Rose & Cheryl

I need your help again. (Thanks to those of you who emailed me with the suggestion of white paint colors.)

My good friend Cheryl and I are planning a road trip. I get to be Thelma and have made her be Louise! (Hey,Louise gets Brad Pitt!) We’re headed to Northern California to do a little antiquing. We don’t have any real idea where to go. We just want to head out and are open to all suggestions….do you know of any small towns we should stop at, any great shops or any Saturday Flea Markets? If so, please leave me a comment on any towns we should try to incorporate into our trip.

Don’t forget…Urban Barn is having their official 3 day Grand Opening Friday, July 16- Sunday, July 18…. I hope you’ll be able to come by one of the days. My space at the Urban Barn is the corner space right in front the register area. I’m usually pretty easy to identify by my pillows. Hope to see you there.

Pomp and Circumstance

I promise this will be my last blog about graduation (at least until my next one graduates in 3 years).
Well, Riley’s graduation was quite a memorable day. Yes, Riley graduated with all the pomp and circumstance…but little did he know all the drama that was going on while he was preparing to walk the stadium. Here’s the cliff note version…my mother-in-law, who flew in from Florida, passed out while walking up the stadium to her seat. She had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. My husband, of course, had to go with her….HE MISSED THE ENTIRE GRADUATION. Yes, my mother-in-law is fine. After a battery of test, the Dr. believes she passed out due to a combination of some medication she was on, the heat and dehydration. While we were a little shaken and distracted during the graduation ceremony, it was still a day/event that I will always hold close to my heart.

Riley giving us the thumbs up!

Riley and his girlfriend Sara. Too cute! My kids never miss an opportunity to ham it up!

The official throwing of the hats!

Paul made it at the very very end of taking pictures so we were able to get one family shot.

I added 2 new blogs to my sidebar "I Heart These Blogs". is posted by my friend Kate. We decided we were meant to be friends since we met by chance when she was setting up her booth at Country Roads and just immediately clicked. She is truly one of the sweetest people you will meet. I'm jealous of her decorating talents..not to mention how incredibly pretty she is!!

Sheila at is another blog I've always enjoyed checking in with since I met her at one of Linda Carpenter's Barn Sale last year. She's also a sweetie.

Enjoy and remember, a Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted!