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10 posts from June 2011

June 30, 2011

Thrifting Detour (Part 3)

We decided to take our time driving home and stopped a few more places on the way. The first was a huge ranch style building. It was owned by the sweetest lady. She reminded me so much of my Grandma. She followed us around the store sharing her favorite items with us and insisting that even though not everything was for sale, if we saw something we liked we might be able to make a deal. So cute!

The space was filled with to the brim with mementos she'd been collecting over a lifetime. At some point in time she must have bought out a clothing manufacturing company. One room held an entire wall of fabric and notions along with a collection of at least 8 vintage industrial sewing machines each with it's own pull out cutting table and built in measuring guides.

Antique Industrial Sewing Machines

I almost died. They all needed some special attention and weren't at all practical for me, but UGH, they were so amazing! I left with a few tiny matryoshkas and a couple of milk glass vases  - only 75¢ each! I did not get the vintage barbie station wagon (in mint condition) below. *pats self on back*

Barbie Parking Lot

Or final stop was at a salvage yard. We almost missed it, the sign was just visible through the trees. It was quite the collection. Favorite pieces:

Tin Plated Letters

Headboard Graveyard

Antique Light Fixtures

Decorative Bricks

The best of the best:

BRAINS! - 25¢


June 28, 2011

Thrifting Detour (Part 2)

After we finished breakfast we wandered in and out of most of the antique and thrift shops on the street. We would have visited all of them but two of them were closed for lunch. Completely adorable. I instantly just picture Andy Griffith heading home for a sandwich and a slice of peach pie. (And now I'm hungry for peach pie - Thanks me!)

Here's a collection of some of the things we found:

Wooden Sailor

1. Wooden Sailor

Star Trek Mugs!

2. Star Trek Mugs

Wall of Buttons

3. A wall of vintage buttons - all sorted and labeled.

OCD Buttons

4. Did you catch that? They were all sorted and labeled. Then they were stored in a large collection of bottles and jars each wrapped with a small piece of red twine and then sealed with packing tape and another label. If my collecting ever reaches this level of OCD please, in the name of all that is good, get me out of the house! That being said - I bought two jars. You knew it was coming.


5. A large collection of National Enquirer magazines from the 60's and 70's. Jaclyn Smith's husband totally looked like Fred from Scooby Do. Somebody needed to say it.

Aside from the two jars of buttons I only bought one thing. I'm still working on reducing the number of things that I own so new items need to be really practical for me to even consider bringing them home. The other item that we got is a cushioned bench that we found to sit at the end of our bed. It could use some new upholstery, but it's solidly built and the dogs can use it as a ladder to get up on the bed. No more late night elevator service for drinks of water! I'll try to post a picture of it later. It was a good find, but the best is yet to come! Third installment coming soon...

June 27, 2011

Thrifting Detour (Part 1)

Remember when we went camping a few weeks ago? We stayed near a small town at the base of the Ozarks called Steelville. It is within a few miles of three different rivers so, while it may not draw huge crowds on it's own, it does get a lot of through traffic from people traveling to the rivers for float trips.


It's obvious that the main street through town has received some renovations in recent years, but thankfully not enough to steal from it's small town charm. We drove into town for breakfast one morning and were guided to a small restaurant not much larger than my living room filled with locals that the waitresses all knew by name. There were family rodeo photos lining the front of an antique pie case that looked like it hadn't held pie in at least 40 years.

Every cup of coffee was served in it's own unique mug collected over the years, no doubt, from a thrift store, garage sale or regular patron. I LOVE it when diners do this. It is so much fun to look around at all of the other tables to get a more complete view of the collection. All of the mugs were silently being guarded by an ancient taxidermy squirrel positioned on a shelf high on the wall above them. Somewhere in his past he must have lost the acorn he was holding in the presence of a well intentioned soul, as it is now roughly being held on by a gnarly length of floral wire. :/

I wanted so desperately to take pictures in this place, but it was so busy and sooo tiny that if I'd moved even slightly in my chair I would have either taken out a waitress or moved into someone else's personal space. Hopefully next time it's less crowded so I can snap a few pics. I couldn't stop staring at the squirrel. Seriously.


This is the bank located just down the street from the diner we were at. It's so cute! The rest of the street was lined with small locally owned shops ranging from a soda fountain to a bait shop and peppered throughout were antique shops. Awesome. I'll show you what we found in part 2!

Hope you're easing into the work week comfortably! - Kali

June 25, 2011

On the Road Again

Peanut Butter Cup Shake!

This was taken during our Memorial day road trip. Breakfast at a diner is my favorite!

Today we are driving south for a few days to wonder around, do a little antiquing and visit some friends. I'm looking forward to a break and maybe some pool time. Holy long week Batman!

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

June 22, 2011

Guys Night Out

My cousin Johnny got married a few weeks ago. I attended his bachelor party along with his two sisters and two additional female friends. The evening included dinner, a ball game, some bar hopping, a city tour in a stretch limo and a private hotel party. In an effort to blend in with the rest of the group we crafted some disguises. They worked perfectly.






It's hard to believe that my Snoopy collecting, Troll Village building, Barbie foot eating cousin is married now, but he is, and she is lovely. Best of wishes to them both! <3

June 16, 2011

Bento #17

Bento # 17

- Grilled Veggie Italian Sausage
- Grilled Peppers, Onions & Asparagus
- Grilled Mexican Corn
- Honey Corn Bread

We've been grilling out A LOT. I'm really not complaining. I've been adding chili seasoning to my corn after pulling it off the grill and it oozes mexican street corn flavor. Sooooo good! We grill the veggies alongside the meat and fake meat in a perforated grill pan that we bought specifically for them. Well worth the purchase. I'm pretty sure it was under $10.

The house purge has been keeping me busy but I'll have a progress report and some camping pics coming up shortly!

June 12, 2011

That's Awesome!

Top 5 things that currently amuse or inspire me:

Picture 14

1. Elysian Fields Wallpaper designed by Dan Funderburgh. Available for purchase through Flavor Paper. They have a truly unique collection of mostly hand screened wallpapers. Well worth a browse. They're kind of amazing.

2. The Todd Oldham/Charley Harper dish collection at Fishs Eddy. Love, Love, LOVE! Kind of want them all, narrowing it down to a few pieces will be difficult!

3. The art blog of Bill Carman. His work is a little dark and crazy fanciful. I also love that he devotes so many posts to his process. So often I will view an artists work and wonder how they made it. He posts a lot of progress shots as well as variations of the same piece. It's fascinating. I've spent an embarrassing amount of time clicking through his archives.

4. Haagen Dazs Sweet Chai Latte Ice Cream. It's a limited edition and that's good, because my swimsuit is screwed.

5. Hoarders streaming now on Netflix. I'm in the middle of a major apartment purge and this show is keeping me going. Eeps!

We went camping over the weekend. (One more goal checked off!) Since we got home we've been buzzing around catching up on house things: laundry, un-packing, groceries, tidying up and a little more work on the apartment purge. I'm starting to make visual progress. It's pretty exciting. What did you do this weekend?

June 08, 2011

What I wore 6.6.11

The temperature has been rising the past two weeks resulting in lots of breezy skirts and light weight dresses. I'm hoping for some rain soon. My garden looks pitiful.

What I wore 6.6.11

What I wore 6.6.11

What I wore 6.6.11

What I wore 6.6.11

Dress & Belt - Target

Tank - Old Navy

Shoes - b.o.c

I have transitions lenses hence the purple tint. I always forget until someone mentions it or I see photos. Oops.

June 05, 2011

May Giveaway Winner!

May Winner

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One of my cousins got married over the weekend so we were swept up in a whirlwind of parties, dinners, sight seeing, dancing and reminiscing. So much fun! The best part? We gained a crafter! I'll post more on this later, right now I'm catching up on laundry, lunches and resting. Hope you had an awesome weekend!

June 03, 2011

Bento #16

Thai Take Away Bento:

Bento #16


  • - Pad See Ew Tofu
  • - Broccoli with Chili Sauce
  • - Veggie Sausage

I am a Thai food addict. If I could I would probably eat Thai food multiple times a week. My favorite dish is Pad See Ew. It is composed of wide rice noodles stir fried with broccoli, egg and your choice of meat or tofu. The light sauce is sweetened with tamarind (another popular ingredient in mexican cooking). I LOVE how chewy the noodles are! Perfect for chopsticks.

The dish is generally very mild, but I like it with some heat so I usually dose it with chili sauce. The vinegar from the chili sauce paired with the sweetness of the tamarind is to die for. If you've not tried it before, I would highly recommend giving it a try! ? Do you have a favorite Thai dish? What is it?

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