Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Things: On My Mind and Around My House

hey y'all!

much, much too much on my mind today. and yet i feel the need to bloggity blog. so here i go.

i never really plan what i'm going to write ... it's usually just a stream of consciousness, if and until i get to some sort of point.

but there are a couple of things i want to write about before they fly out of my head and are gone. with. the. wind.

1. my dear friend sue at vintagesue recently held a blog give-away (drawing) ... and **I** won!!!! couldn't believe it! she had lots of entries and since i'm not known for my good luck (gloom, despair and agony on me), i never dreamed i'd be chosen. but i WAS! woohoo!!! what'd i win? don't know! but if it's coming from vintagesue, it'll be lovely vintage yumminess. i'll keep you posted!

2. my dear friend dana of dana's chicken scoop recently asked me to post some pictures of different vignettes around my house. honestly, i'm afraid she might be a tad delusional in thinking that A. i even have "vignettes" in my house ... and B. they're worthy of sharing with others. but since dana is such a sweetie pie with a heart of frickin' gold (oh, and she named one of her blonde chicks after me!) i am obliging her. thus the random photos throughout the post.

my mantel ... the white lights stay up year-round. one of my favorite things to look at

3. oh, and back to my dear friend sue. she also recently tagged me to post a list of "7 things you don't know about me". due to sheer laziness, post-holiday recovery and low hemoglobin, i've yet to make my list. until now! check it out below.

4. the girls and i went junkin' last weekend and hit an estate sale in temple, the goodwill bargain barn and the "garage sale" at the bell county expo. it was a cold, rainy, dreary day. but those two and all the junking brought lots and lots of sunshine and happiness my way. thanks for a great day!

terrific treasure pick, this vintage dresser was $28 and in dire need of a make-over. i spruced her up with a greenish color and topped her off with a killer vintage painting of luscious roses, salvaged from the goodwill barn for $2. gotta love junkin'!

laughter is great medicine. i take it as often as possible in large doses. love this sign as part of my bird vignette

5. i have totally forgotten to announce the winner of my v. own blog give-away contest from before the holidays! i asked for ideas for the acronym of LIFE. my sister (no nepotism was involved in this decision!!) belinda was the winner. her entry was: Literacy Is For Everyone. she's a librarian. huh. congrats, belinda! you won a delicious smelling candle which i've already given you! :)

6. all right. i guess that was more than a "couple" of things, but i hate to waste good blog space on just two things.

love and hugs,

7 things about me (which i'm sure will thrill and excite you!)

1. i was born and have lived in the same central texas town for all of my almost 50 years.

2. i was named after my mother's "terri lee" doll, which was a popular brand of dolls in the 40s and 50s. oddly enough, the correct spelling of the doll didn't translate to my birth certificate.

3. i sang in the school choirs and took piano lessons from age 7 through high school. i really couldn't sing a lick, but because of my piano training, i was a fine musician and sight-reader.

4. i started college with the intent of becoming a teacher. after my first two babies were born, i decided to pursue nursing. i've been an RN for over 25 years.

5. i make the best darn cornbread dressing in the 48 contiguous states. actually, in all 50 states, but i just wanted to use the word contiguous.

6. whew. didn't imagine it'd be this difficult to think of 7 things about me. oh! i'm addicted to blistex ointment. but that's cheating because i've blogged about that before.

7. okay, i'll admit it. i suffer from the dreaded scarlett o'hara syndrome, and the middle child syndrome, which i believe are related. if i have to explain either of those, it'd only make my symptoms worse. so google it for yourself if you're really that curious. ;)

(and thus ends The List. thanks a LOT, sue. haha!)

sentimental old mirror, which hung over my childhood piano. i sat staring into it for hours as i hacked out scales and sonatas that'd make beethoven cringe ... if he could hear me (heh heh)

pretty as a picture. lamp is captured by a vintage frame ... one of my favorite corners.

ask not for whom the bell tolls ...

we all need to daydream more ...

vintage loveliness. i so wish i had the figure for this and the one below ... i'd wear vintage fru-fru poufiness all the time

vintage pink fru-fru to die for.

another favorite corner. can you have too many vintage rose paintings?!

fun and adorable. i'm the proud mama of this baby, which i picked for $5 at a yard sale. painted her pink and filled her head with baubles and beauties

my precious parents adorn the mirror above my piano now, along with vintage sheet music and assorted treasured pieces

sweet vintage gloves and vanity hand mirrors

i've always had a love/hate relationship with these shelves, which are next to my mantle and the back door. no matter what i put on them, it never felt right. a few years ago, i painted them pink. it helped ... but still i wasn't happy. this is the first time in my almost 20 year affair with these shelves that i am finally happy. i love the collections (old tins, old boxes, etc.)


Anonymous said...

Hey, Little Sis!

I really didn't know you'd initially wanted to be a teacher. (See #4 above.) I do know that after the birth of your first, you wanted to become a nurse. And so you are!

Great post, Terry! HAR-larious, as usual. "Contiguous", indeed! I remember your piano-playing as a younster and you were quite good. (Count any bricks lately...hmmm?)

Having just been at your house in December, I must say it is gorgeous with all of your vintage things. Love the Paris stuff since I have recently arrived from the continent. (I always wanted to say THAT!)

Along those lines (vintage lines, that is), I found my "Bride Doll" that Mom gave me years ago. She's probably around 40 years old. Do you want the old gal? She's in great shape, better than I am!

Am loving the candle I won in your contest. And everyone please remember:

The person who does not read is no better off than the person who cannot read.


Now go forth and live life!

From your favorite sister,

Jamie said...

Love the peeks around your place! The 7 things were nice to read too, I knew a couple of them just from chatting with you and reading. ;)
Hope you have a great week!

vintagesue said...

terry lee!!!!!!! i love this post. you make me laugh...addicted to blistex!!! haha. you are. that is right!! you and zoey!!!! but alas....you have very pretty lips!! not crusty, dry, cracked, thin, wrinkled and covered with sores like mine!!! wow...i am taking the comment block to a new level!!! hahahaha.
can i link this post to my blog? i love the lil corners of your home!!! i think it would be a treat to have you as a guest blogger for this post? no pressure, but i i'm loving the pics and your list of 7 things made me almost pee my pants....best cornbread ever!! i believe it!!!
okay...blah, blah, blah. i have your things for you, but today was another snow day....so i will ship tomorrow or the next day!!!
take it easy!!!!!

cindy said...

First of all, the shelves next to the fireplace look fabulous. Don't know what they looked like the other 20 years that you hated them but now they look FAB!
Second of all it is not saying much at all that you can make the best corn bread stuffing since REAL stuffing is not made with cornbread! (My sis who transplanted to TX many years ago recently shared with me that her sis in law is DISGUSTED that the "yankee dressing" sits on their thanksgiving table every year. Hey, no body makes her eat it or even look at it!--and thus started my dislike of the cornbread thing of the south)
Third: what are you doing winning Sue's blog when clearly it was meant for me!
And fianlly, next time you gals come my way to shop PLEASE pick me up too. I have no junking friends here and no one gives two shakes what goodies I find.... plus there are always a ton of goodies in my garage for you to see/covet/buy!!! But really I would love to go with ya'll some Saturday.

Dana said...

Terry Lee! I really really enjoyed looking at your vignettes!! Thank you for posting them! I hope Sue puts em on her blog too! That would be awesome! There are so many things to love at your house. You know how we've discussed how it felt to go to Sue's booth?? Your house is so much like it! So many favorites--the hat next to the "daydream" sign, the dresses, the rose pictures-so many pretties! If I EVER see a gumball machine, I'm gonna copy your idea, ok? I love the picture of your mom and dad--what a sweet looking couple. I would love to have some of your dressing--yum! Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog! I'm off to see what "contingous" means!

Found Around said...

My first time to your blog by way of sue. Quite amusing! I will return. Susan

Tara said...

Hi Terry Lee,just popped over from Vintage Sues and love your blog..We are like minded souls..I'm now happily following along..xx

VildesVerden said...

Your house looks so pretty!

Sarsaparilla said...

Vintge Sue sent me in your direction - and I'm so glad. Wonderful blog! How fun that your mother named you after the Terry Lee doll...

MOLLYE said...

Hey Sister, I can't even decide which I covet most!!!!Maybe the um gumball mach. Nope the pink screened door frame, or was it the mirror that used to be over your piano? OK plain and simple I loved everything. You're still a hoot girl.