Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Junk’in Life Lately



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Hello Everyone!

I am so happy you decided to stop by for a visit.

A Junk’in Life Lately!

Yep, that pretty much describes it.

Whether it has been clearing out junk from this house or going to yard sales, a Junk search has pretty much taken over my life.

My booth is doing pretty good.

Actually, I am going to be opening another booth the beginning of July.

I decided against going to St. Mary’s, for now.

It is too far away for all the stuff I am wanting to clear out.

Since my booth down the street is doing so well, I decided to open a second one in there.

I am making quite a bit of progress on clearing out the house.

The hardest part, of course, is deciding what to keep and what to get rid of.

No, the house isn’t sold yet, but I know eventually it will, so I am trying to get as much cleared out as I can.

I walk through the house asking myself, Do you love it? or Is it just there to be there?

Sometimes it takes 3 or 4 times of asking myself that to make a decision. :)

So far I am happy with the progress I am making.


This has been a fabulous year for YS so far.

I have really gotten a lot of great finds at actual yard sale prices.


Below are some random photos of the haul I have pulled in lately.

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See, I told you!

This has been an awesome year for junkin’!

All of this found in one weekend.


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At an estate yard sale I found these wonderful old bubble glass frames.

They do have some damage to the frame, but for the price I had to bring them home with me.

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I cleaned them up, made a make-do backing for them, painted them and now they are for sale in my booth.

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The photos aren’t the best, they were taken with my phone.

But in person, I am pleased with how they turned out.

Another find, and this one I had to keep for myself.

A wonderful old handmade grater. 

The woman’s whose estate this was, her father made the grater and it is signed as such on back.

I love getting to know a little history on the items, don’t you?


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I also found a little bit of time yesterday to do some sewing.

I admit it, my mojo for sewing has been null and void lately.

I have three teddy bears cut out, waiting and waiting to be sewn and given life.

Hopefully soon!

Instead I made a couple of pillows.

The first one is a large burlap pillow.

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I absolutely loved the design on the bag.

I completely rag stuffed it, to give it more of an old look and feel.

Plus, I fully lined the burlap, so the stuffing doesn't show.

*Yes, lazy IPhone photos again! I apologize.


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The other pillow I made was from an antique quilt piece.

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Don’t you just love the colors and early fabrics in this quilt piece?

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I was so tempted to keep it for myself. 

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I do have more things to share, but this post is getting longer than I expected.

So, I will sign off for now but I will be back soon.

Take Care and Talk Soon,


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Well, Hello Beautiful!!

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I hope you all are enjoying your week.  Mine is still as hectic as ever!

I will try to get back soon with some fun changes around here and other news.

Until then, I wanted to pop on and share one special thing.

Last week, Kelsey had her 1st sonogram and I was lucky enough to go in.

Such an active little one!!

It was jumping around the entire time.

No Kelsey can’t feel it yet, the little one is only approx. 6” long.

So amazing!!

Oh, my beautiful little alien baby!! Heehee!

Even though I joke, I know to all of you that is probably what you see when you look at the photo.

But all I see is the most beautiful, wonderful, perfect baby!!

That I can not wait to hold, kiss, and Spoil Rotten!!


Gammy Tammy signing off for the night! :)

I’m getting ready to head off to bed, (Yawn) I am exhausted.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.

Take Care and Talk Soon,


Saturday, June 8, 2013

More News And Big Lots Finds

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Happy Saturday Everyone!

Thank you so much for stopping by and spending a little of your day with me.

As I was saying in my previous post, so many things going on in my life right now and so many changes.

It is exhilarating  and exhausting all at the same time!

Kortney got her first job.

She took a part time job at the bank with Kelsey.

Through the Summer she will be working more hours but once college starts up she will only be working a 4 hours a day.

Which is more than enough with being a full time student.

She likes the idea of having her own money, but she sure has been worn out lately.

Mitchell is taking a Coal Mining course at the local college.

I am not sure how I feel about him being a coal miner because it is a dangerous job, but like I told him,

“Coal Mining is in your blood.”

Both Brett and I had  Great-Grandpa’s, Grandpa’s, and Fathers that were Coal Miners.

Not to mention our Uncles and even Brett’s Mom was one.

So yes, it definitely is in Mitch’s blood-line.

Brett did a Summer internship at the mines when he was in college and hated it.

But I told Mitchell, you might not.  You might love it.

“If you want to do it, Go For It.  You will never know until you try.”

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I have opened an antique booth at a New local Antique Mall.


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Rosebud Antique Mall

4451 Herrin Road,

Carterville, Illinois 62918


It is located on the Herrin-Colp road.

Past the Herrin Elementary.

On the corner as you turn toward Colp.

*The old feed store building.

If you are in the area be sure to pop in.

It is a Very Nice Place.

Clean, Bright, Organized and Spacious!

One of the nicest antique malls around.

I am Booth 12.

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If interested, I believe there are some booth still available.

Very Reasonable monthly rent!

Half of what I was paying at the previous place, for the same size booth.


With working on trying to clear out the house, I am planning on opening another booth soon.

Maybe somewhere different to spread out.

I am thinking St. Mary’s MO., but I cant decide if I want to drive that far.

The one above is less than 5 minutes from my house, I love that.


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Did you notice the header photo?

The adorable canisters and pitcher can be found at Big Lots!

$7 each.

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The metal basket came from there also.

I believe it was $6.00.

I love the fact that the enamel was made to look old with little worn spots here and there.

I have these in the corner on my kitchen cabinets.

They aren't very tall so I sat them on top an old wooden box.

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Recently I found these flower frogs at a local antique mall.

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Not really sure what I am going to do with them yet but for the price, they had to come home with me.

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I have done a little changing to the dining room.

I took the folk art print wallpaper down off of one wall and replaced it with the bead board wall paper.

Then I painted it the same shade as the wall.

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I like it.

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I thought about doing the same to the wall with the window, but with the house situation I don't think I’m going to start it.

Plus it took Forever to get the previous wall paper off.

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What house situation??

Well, we might have it sold.

The lady really wants it, she is just trying to work out the financial stuff with the bank.

We’ll see, I guess.

Right now, I’m all for living one day at time and letting tomorrow take care of itself!

I guess that is all from me, for now.

Thanks again for stopping by and visiting with me.

Have a wonderful and peaceful weekend.

Take Care and Talk Soon,


Friday, June 7, 2013

Life Is A Highway…

And The Days Go Zoom Zooming By!!!

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WOW! I cant believe it has been over three weeks since my last post.

So much going on in my life right now, so many changes.

I swear I don’t know where the days go and lately I seem to have very little, to no, free time.

Let’s see, where to start…

Well, I guess the biggest changes are that Hubby and I aren't driving any more.


I hated that job!

Well, it wasn't too bad on nice weather days and with the other company’s we drove for, But…

About a month or so ago the pharmacy we drove for, signed with a new delivery company, let me tell you, and this is No Joke.

The new company was the most Unprofessional, Dishonest place I have ever worked for!!


Any who, Hubby and I are now done.

And for the first time in 26 years, Hubby is only working One Job!


Now you have to understand who Hubs is, well, the truth is, He’s a workaholic!

No kidding, he would never ever admit it, but truth is truth and he is.

He cant stand just doing nothing, which was okay when we were in our 20’s even 30’s, but now were are getting close to our mid-40’s and I am, and have been for awhile, so ready for him to go to one job, come home and just hang out.

Plus we have our grandbaby coming in December, I don't want him to miss out on enjoying the wee-one.

No more coming home from one job and going to another!


Speaking of my Grandbaby, I went with Kelsey a few days ago to her Dr. apt. and got to hear the baby’s heart beat for the 1st time.

Yes, I admit it, my eyes did tear up.

I already love this little one so much.

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I had my yard sale and it went over really well.

Felt good to purge so many things, plus it gave me some spending money for our weekend get-away.

I am making progress on trying to clear out the house somewhat.

I had a slight backslide when we went to the Gypsy Caravan in St. Louis a couple of weeks ago.

Hubby and I went up to St. Louis on Sunday Morning and hit some stores near the city.

We stayed the night and met Mom, Dad and Kortney and headed into the Gypsy Caravan Monday to meet up with my Sister and family.

It is an annual thing we have been doing for years.

We had a good time, but it seemed more crowded this year for some reason.

Maybe I was just tired from the busy day before, who knows.

I really didn't buy much at the actual Caravan, just a few items.

I did most my buying the day before.

Above are some of my new finds.

Above: I purchased the measuring spoons and the huge jar at World Market.

This was our first time there (WM) and we went a little Nuts.

Brett loved the store as much as I did, so that always makes shopping more enjoyable.

*I think I’m getting a little ahead of myself.


Here are photos of some of the goodies I came home with, just stacked on the counter before I decided where they should go.

Items found at The Gypsy Caravan, Goodwill, The World Market, The Old Time Pottery Shop, and Target.

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Now back to what can be found at the World Market…

Found this awesome blue jar there. ($19.99)

It is a drink dispenser, but I have it turned around for the display.

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It is sitting on top of my fridge with this wonderful batter bowl I found at The Olde Time Pottery shop. ($7)

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These blue towels came from World Market. (I cant remember the price, I think around $3)

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They are hanging from my stove and in the below photos you can see the big white bowl ($4) found at OTPS and the giant vintage shoo fly cover ($8) one of my few purchases from the GC.

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This wonderful glass dryer rack came from WM. ($15)

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I want one of those giant old ones, but for now this will do just fine.

I have my new vintage white cups found O’ Fallon’s Goodwill displayed on it.

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I love this old ironstone bowl that I bought at the Caravan.

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Little by little, my cupboard is getting fuller. :)

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In my mud room you will see another glass jar, smaller, but still a good find from the OTPS.

Second shelf, glass jar with tin lid. ($7)

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On the top shelf, RHS, is an old blue jar purchased from the GC ($5) and a small repro jar from WM ($1.50).

Next to them are two adorable white ceramic bowls with blue dots, found at Target in there Dollar Section.

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Oh, did you notice the shutter shelf above the cabinet??

* I know, I’m jumping all over the place in this post!!

Bare with me.

I wanted to share this before I forget, a simple little shelf I made from one of the shutters I won from Sherry @ Thrift My House.

Now, I didn't go elaborate on it at all.

All I did was attach a small board to the bottom.

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Painted it all in a white paint and drilled two holes in the corners for hanging.

Poof, little what-not shelf.

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Soon I will share the little table bench I made from the other shutter.

Thank you again, Sherry for the fabulous blog win!


Below is one of my favorite finds.

It did come from the Gypsy Caravan…

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I love this old child's high chair with its worn and chippy mustard yellow paint.

And Hubby just LOVED carrying it around all day! :)

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My last purchase from the Gypsy Caravan was a vintage wood shutter.

Now, I admit it…

I didn't think it out too much before hanging.

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I decided to hang it above my fireplace.

Which I thought looked okay, until Hubby pointed out that it looks like a giant vent up there.

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Oh, Shoot!  I hate it when he’s right.


Now I have to take it down and find somewhere else to put it.

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~ I do have so much more to share about what all has been going on around here, but it is going to have to wait until my next post.

This one is getting a lot longer than I expected.

I will be back soon with more News and More Inexpensive Goodies you can find near you!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Have a fabulous Friday!