Saturday, October 31, 2009

Blog Busy-ness

hey y'all,

just wanted to take care of a little blog business before i post again about my most recent treasure hunts.

first up, i want to announce ... that ... ahem ... i ... well ... i WON my very first BLOG AWARD! it is from betty over at blossoms and lace! thank you SO much betty for thinking of me and especially for thinking that i would even deserve such an award! i am honored and touched ... thanks again, betty.

The Splash Award is given to "Alluring ... Amusing ... Inspiring ... Bewitching and Impressive" Blogs

secondly, i want to share some more exciting news with you. if you've been reading my blog for awhile (and if you haven't, catch up!!), you know how wild i am about the creative magic of my dear friend sue, aka vintagesue. she used to have a booth at crafter's corner over in the cave. okay i mean cove. but she recently moved to maryland and so i (and many other texas vintagesue fanatics) have been suffering from the dreaded sue withdrawals. it's awful and v. damn painful, let me tell you. yes, i was/am addicted to her loot. i admit it. i'm sick and weak and need her stuff.

okay, so where's the good news in THAT?! i'll tell you if you'll stop interrupting. heh heh. vintagesue, bless her heart, is now selling "lot boxes" of her loot and shipping to anywhere in the country. that would be THIS country, which is, of course, the not-so-united states. of. america. which includes texas, i might add.

i'd like to invite you to visit her website for a preview of some of the yummy items you could receive in one of her lot boxes. you'll see all manner of lovelies such as vintage plates, gorgeous vintage linens and fabric, vintage cards, buttons, notions, lace, jewelry, baubles and on and on. check it out. you'll love yourself for it! click on the vintagesue icon to the right!

and that, my dearies, concludes my blog business. any new business? yes! i went FAGGING today and oh dear lord, did we get into some serious junking/treasures/bargains! think frank sinatra, dean martin and other oldies crooning from a vintage hi-fi. but all that'll have to wait till next time. :-)

love and hugs,
terry lee

the following were taken recently on my sabbatical up north somewhere. enjoy! :-)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Birds of a Feather ...

hey y'all!

my self-imposed hiatus is over. i'm back and hopefully a little less stressed than my last post. thanks to those of you who were concerned about my absence and checked in with me. i'm v. touched to know that so many of you in blogland care about me!

i did take a little trip, of which i shall not speak. i could tell you all about it, but then i'd have to kill you. heh heh. nah, seriously folks, it's just that it was part of my emotional sabbatical and so therefore i'll just tuck it away in my heart for safe keeping.

i will say this. it was beautiful, in a land far away from texas, where A. they have a plethora of trees and B. the leaves of those trees magically morph into the most magnificent of autumn colors. if i didn't see them peak, i was only a few days off. quite an experience for a native texan who's never been to that neck of the woods before.

i got mighty busy with the business of reality (puke ... gag ... an ugly, ugly word) as soon as i got home.

first up: baby bird #2 is in flight. she's leaving the nest. and as a good mama bird, i flew with her to help build and feather her new nest. it's taking a few trips back and forth for her to complete the transition to her new nest, but it's happening. and i'm proud of her. fly, baby bird. i know you can do it! fly now! please fly!

go ahead. watch it. it's worth it. and i'll wait rightchere. :-)

two down. one baby bird to go. this poor mama is one tired, old bird.


second: FAGGing!!! we took flight of our problems this weekend and found a few estate and yard sales to shake down. i know y'all are as tired of reading it as i am of writing it, but i swear to gosh, i can NOT go to an estate sale in this area without knowing the dang folks. bless their hearts.

these were some old church people that i'd known all my life. i knew the matriarch had recently passed away. she taught me sunday school and sunbeams and GAs (if you're baptist or know a baptist, you know what i'm talkin' about) when i was a little girl and so the things that i bought there will hold special meaning.

see? i didn't even complain about having to chat them up! either the sabbatical or the xanax is doing the trick. heh heh

okay, on with the show. if you look closely, you might catch a glimpse of some non-texan trees! :-)

love and hugs,
terry lee

fell in love with this little creature at the estate sale. she's a june bride/angel. so she's missing one of her wings. aren't we all?

vintage boxes with old scented shelf liners inside. on top, two sweet creamers i couldn't resist. aren't they sweet?

can't believe no one grabbed these before i got there (is there something wrong with me?!?!). vintage card boxes ... with the cards still inside! they're precious!!!

this little box is esp old. inside are little stickers to customize the occasion for the cards. v. damn sweet!

found a mess of vintage linens at various estate sales. love these old heart-shaped doilies!!

a better look at the pretties on the linens

okay, i have totally lost my mind here, i realize. ms. anti-smoking advocate that i am, it's hard to believe that i actually bought an ash tray. but ohmygawd, look at this old thing!! it's sooooo cool!!!! and it was only a buck. that would be "eight bits" according to the little old lady who sold it to me. a vintage ash tray on a stand ... hmmm ... i could paint it pink! put baubles in it (as shown) or any number of crazy ass ideas! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

what does an old tin bait can with fishing bobbers have to do with my sense of style? not. a. thing. i bought this little beauty simply because it reminded me of my daddy and how he taught me to be a fisherlady. i could bait my own hook but i never could master the art of taking the dang fish off after i caught him. ewwww!!!!

the FAGs found a nifty fifty's style diner smack in the middle of killeen! who woulda thunk it? "how long have you been in business," i asked. "8 years," the waitress replied. i have never been so gobsmacked in my life. and it's just down the street from my house!

adorable inside and grrrrreat hamburgers!!!

my baby bird #2, in front of her new digs.

inside her nest. she's lovin' it. until it's time to pay rent and bills ... heh heh

a gorgeous tree doin' its october thing

beautiful farmhouse where i would live if i could.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


hey y'all,

the thing about living in the town in which you grew up, is that you tend to see people you know almost every where you go. and if you're like me, that isn't always a grand thing.

i mean, don't get me wrong. i don't always mind seeing people i've known in the past, but as i've said before, when i'm junking i really want to stay focused on The Hunt, ya know?

last friday, i noticed a craigslist listing for an estate sale not too far from home. i figured i'd nip over there, quickly, and take a look-see. when i drove up to the house, my junk radar starting blipping off the charts when i spotted a vintage white wicker chair out on the driveway.

since the sale lady was watching me, i eased out of my car and nonchalantly walked over to the chair (note: never appear too anxious to get to an item). the price tag read $10. wow. a beauty and a bargain! after i told the lady i wanted it, i asked if she'd take less. she agreed to $7, so i was fairly proud of myself before i even got into the house.

in hindsight, i should've just taken my wicker (or hickory, as matt says) chair, paid my 7 bucks and got in my car. but nooo, curious george had to investigate the house. not much going on inside, but the woman in there struck up a conversation with me and lo and behold (!!!) we knew each other.

the upshot is she chatted me up for much longer than i would've liked. i did find a sweet pinkish peachy table cloth with white roses on it for a buck, but i could've lived without it had i known it would've cost me half an hour.

on saturday, bonnie and i made the yard sale rounds in lometa, lampasas and cove. lometa had a community center thing happening with a "bonus" sale across the street run by the eastern stars.

not one for bypassing a sale, after we visited the community center (where we did find a few things including breakfast burritos and yummy cupcakes!), we crossed the street like good little chickens to see what the ES ladies were up to.

it was D.E.A.D. i can't believe they had the gall to even call it a sale. they had almost nothing in the room. however, it was in an old building with hardwood floors that creaked (that alone made it worth crossing the street). when we were leaving, the ladies thanked us for coming by. on a foolish whim, i decided to inform one of the old ladies that my father had been a mason.

she just gave me a blank stare (which lasted much longer than truly necessary) and a slight nod then turned away from me.


i guess i thought it would please them to know such a thing. you know, masons, eastern stars and the like. i thought they had some kind of secret code or something and might appreciate knowing this information.


obviously not. or maybe she was just too old (or tired) to care. i can relate.

moving on. when we drove through lampasas we stopped at a sale that was advertised as "seized property" in a warehouse. we were fine until we walked in. both of us sensed bad karma immediately. it was crowded with cranky people and crying kids. ugh.

still. we trudged through it until i found two jewelry cases filled with goodies, just waiting on me. bon joined me in a bit and we took over the area, sorting and sifting through the bling.

happy we were, in our little space. until this woman approached me on my left and reached over me to pluck a beaded bracelet from the stash. whaa?! we were here first!!! tick tock the game was LOCKED. sheesh. some people do NOT have any sense of junk sale propriety.

she could tell i was irked so i guess that's why she moved to the other side of bonnie. unbeknownst to me, the woman asked her, "can i see this case?"

bonnie replied, "when we're finished."

the woman persisted, "well, could you move?"

bonnie said, "when i'm ready." (you GO girl!)

i didn't know about this exchange until after we left or i would've kicked her skinny jeaned arse into next week (like i know how to fight. heh heh).

what is WRONG with people?!?!?!

my hubby says i need to control my anger. but i say, why is it MY fault that other people are so stupid and irritating?!?!

{closing my eyes and thinking positive thoughts}




i think i need a sabbatical. if you don't hear from me for a while, don't be alarmed. i might have to crawl into a cave somewhere and hermitize myself. until the next estate sale, that is. :-)

love and hugs to y'all,
terry lee

here's my $7 white wicker chair from the estate sale. love it!

this was the only thing going for the eastern stars and their pitiful little sale. a cool old sewing pattern (a girdle?!) for a dime

and for those of you who missed it the first time around, let's take a closer look: it includes a crotch piece!! as opposed to not having a crotch piece?! whaaa?

sweet southern belle linen

one of my fave pieces ... a pretty pink necklace. i think it was 50cents.

blue! bling! v. sweet flower earrings

found this old shaker at the catholic church jumble on saturday. like i needed another shaker.

got this sad little pink bird at the same sale. she needed rescuing from the catholics. heh heh (just kidding all you dear catholic folks out there!)

now this is my very favorite piece of the weekend treasures. got it at a different church sale, in lampasas. a vintage lady's jacket. i would say it's a bed jacket except for the furry cuffs. but isn't it lovely?

close up of tag on jacket

furry cuff ... wonder if it's wabbit? it sure shed a lot of hare on me. heh heh

darling set of cameo earrings!

a precious laura ashley scarf/linen with gorgeous roses. gorgeous. it would've been a dime, but the lady didn't have change for my quarter, so she gave it to me. even better.

love, love, love the colors, roses, fabric, lace!!