Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What Made You Smile Today?

For me.....

My Dad...aka...Superman

My heart was smiling all morning after my mom called and 
said my dad came out of surgery with flying colors. 
There is still that nasty radiation to come in the next few months, but in my eyes and heart, he is Superman and will show that cancer just who its messing with!

 This watercolor is one of my favorite paintings that my dad has painted for me.
He is an amazing artist.
This painting makes me smile every time I look at it.

Vintage Purse
Who couldn't smile at the site of this vintage spring purse. Cheryl picked up this little gift for me at a garage sale last weekend! Look at the colors in the designs..coral ( currently featured in every magazine as the "it" color for spring/summer), ice blue and soft cream.  Smiles.

Easter Bunnies
My Easter decorations make me smile. 
 Look at my little bunnies...ready to hop out of the box and bring smiles to our home.

Spring flowers = Smiles

My little mix of lavender, shamrocks and poppies

My Easter lilies are coming into bloom in my backyard.

So, what made you smile today?

I look forward to seeing your smiling faces this Sunday. I will be at my normal spot for the The Groves show, better known as the Irvine Valley College show.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A little piece of vintage though rose colored glasses...

It was a weekend full of changes....

As you can see, my obvious change is my new blog design.  Yea...so happy to have it completed.  ME LIKEY! Worked all weekend with the designer to select pictures, color, script and of course design.  OK, it's official.  I'm obsessed with the Tiffany blue color.  I just love it!  All the photos on my new banner are pictures I have taken at my shows over the years.  It was so hard to decide on which ones to select. As you can see I added the new tag line...a little piece of vintage through rose colored glasses..Hope you like my new look.

It was also a day of change on Friday at Urban Barn.  I spent all day there replenishing and mixing things up a bit.  A few photos....

I love this urn and am currently only using it for display. 

I took lots of new pillows to the UB....I can't wait to bring more spring designs in!

We of course, saw extreme weather changes this weekend.  Having not purchased a ticket to the Long Beach show this month, my flea market side kick, Cheryl, and I had decided to just go shop.  The pouring rain didn't stop us.  We put on our best rain ponchos and shopped.  Boy are we glad we did.  We got great items at great rainy day prices! 

Have a great weekend and remember...
A Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

March 17 Means Sweet 16

Happy Happy Birthday to my real life Four Leaf Clover.
Chelsea Victoria Carey turns 16 today!

It seems like yesterday when you were just learning to crawl...

And look at you now....

It's hard to believe this is the same girl who never wanted to
wear pink, called herself a "tomgirl" and thought barbies were a bore!

A gift from God...you are a treasure.

On of my favorites memories will always be our Mother Daughter trip

to NYC for your 13th b-day!

True to your father's heritage you give new meaning to
the motto "The Fighting Irish"

Your passion for life is seen in everything you do...whether you are snowboarding,

playing sports

or just being the clown you love to be.

And while your birthday color will always be green...

this year I thought you needed a little blue to celebrate your 16th birthday.

Happy Birthday, sweet girl.

The Green Machine

From Ally's vintage iron bedframe to...
.Her green bedroom accents...

To my office accents....

And yes, to even my iron....the green machine is alive and well in the Carey household.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Every Chair Has A Story...

My old red ticking wingback chair has been sitting in my garage for several years. I bought it years ago from Bungalow in Laguna Beach. I recently had it slipcovered. I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it. Just keep recovering as needed.

It reminds me of when Julie and I first started doing the Flea Market shows. We’d get so excited over our new finds. Wonderful memories.
This is my favorite chair at the moment…it’s my desk chair in my bedroom. A thrift store find. I lovvve it. It’s a crushed teal blue velvet with a jacquard swirl design. This blue is the accent in my bedroom which is light gray and white.

OK…Green apple Directors chair? This is in my office. I really wanted to think outside the box when I was redoing this room (that room will be another blog story to come…). So I used Apple Green as the accent color in my office. (It doesn't look quite so apple green in this pic.)

I just picked up this lovely shabby chic chair. No story other than I still lovvvve Rachel’s original shabby fabric. I’m selling it at the Flea Markets. Maybe no one will buy it and I get to keep it! Be careful what you wish for.

See Spot Run. Run Spot Run!

Two weeks ago, I felt like Spot…run, run, run…the week leading up to the weekend of Feb.25-27 was so crazy, you could only laugh about it.

I have been working on an event since last November and it was finally happening on Sunday,February 27. No sweat right. I've only had 4 months to plan every detail of it. Well, we all know what happens when we think we’re in charge of life….when setting the date for the event, I didn't realize the Saturday night before was Winter Formal for Chelsea.
If you have or have had a teenage daughter, then you know the weeks before are all about hitting every store possible to find the PERFECT dress (and of course one, that no one else has!), shoes, deciding on how to wear your hair and do your make-up. And then the day of the formal, there is the pre-gathering at someone’s home, then pictures, then waiting for the limo bus to arrive, then worrying all night that they are safe, then there’s the after party at someone’s home (yes, we always call and speak to the parents if we don’t know them), and then a sleepover at someone’s home! Just a few little extra details to add to the weekend of my event. But wait it gets better!

Our son Riley called me mid February asking me if 14 of his Fraternity brothers , from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, could stay at our house that same weekend. There was a national event happening for his Fraternity in San Juan Capistrano and we were the family that lived closest to San Juan. And yes, of course, we will host breakfast on Saturday morning.
Honestly, I couldn’t make this up if I tried….Believe it or not, I really wasn’t that stressed as it was all happening. My friend Christielynn calls her blog, “House of Blessings”. I love that and that is exactly how I felt that weekend. My life and home are blessed with a wonderful family and some incredible friends.
In the end, Riley’s frat brothers all arrived safely and didn’t seem to mind our blow-up motel.

Chelsea looked beautiful and had a wonderful time at SM’s Winter Formal. The dress looked perfect on her 5"9.5 height frame....Cute date!

Ally went to her good friend Claire’s bday party and Claire loved her vintage mannequin that Ally gave her for her bday. (Forgot to take a photo of how cute the mannequin came out after we tea stained it)

And me…. well, my event went great with almost 200 people in attendance. Here are Terry and Karen, who held my hand every step of the way for the event. I love you gals!

Yes, life is good, God is great!