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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thingy Thursday

I admit freely, easily, even, to anyone who asks: I'm a collector slash hoarder slash "if-you-don't-want-it-I'll-take-it" kinda chick.  If someone put it in a garage sale, I bought.  If someone trashed it, I dumpster dived it.  There is not a minimalist bone in my body.  I come by this green-recycler-obsessive-compulsive behavior, not because I abhor overflowing landfills (which I do,) but because I'm neurotic - and I'm only sorta kidding here.

So, to make myself feel better about all that, I've decided to add a new weekly post to the blog beginning in May.  It will be called "Thingy Thursday" and as the name suggests, it will serve as a vehicle to showcase collectors and the "thingies" they collect.  The plan is to begin with my own personal collections next Thursday, followed by Lynn Goldfinger-Abram of Paris Boutique Hotel, Stan Williams, author of The Find (aka The Elegant Thrifter) on the following Thursdays.  Others that have agreed to share their "thingys" are Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay, Diana Durkes of Fine Diving Chicago and Jessica Enig of Such Pretty Things.

If you would like to play and show off your "thingies", just email me and I can send you the profile questions. 

See you next Thursday!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Want It Wednesdays: Citizen Cane

Photos courtesy 1stdibs, The Antique and Artisan Center,, L.A. Goods, WorthPoint

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Olivia's Mad Hatter Half Birthday Tea Party

I'd like to begin this post with a story about my aunt, my mom and my daughter, Olivia.  Olivia has many fans, her great aunt and grandmother being two with the title of "The Biggest."  One is her NanNan, a 68-year-old connoisseur of all things luxurious with whom she shares a passion for haute couture, poetry and Rod Stewart.  The other is her Grandmommy, a 78-year-old giver of hugs and kisses with whom she shares the love of baking, good family stories and Gone With the Wind . . . . other than her brother, Liv would rather be with NanNan and Grandmommy more than pretty much any two people in the world, including me.

The result of this bond results in lots of wonderful gifts and experiences being given to both of my babies - the most recent of these being a "Mad Hatter Half Birthday Party" at the Tea Embassy here in Austin thrown by Olivia's NanNan and Grandmommy.  Along with our marvelous teas, we had delicious morsels to nosh on from Austin Catering.  And as you might expect, since I'm the Mommy, I reaped the benefits of their generosity and I would like to share some photos of our time - I hope you enjoy and get all inspired and junk! 

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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Laundry List

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Want It Wednesdays: Gilt (y) As Charged

Photos courtesy 1stdibs, Cupboards and Roses Swedish Antiques, One of a Kind Antiques, and Jones & Cole MJH Design Arts

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Our Man Stan Is At It Again

My house does not have an official mudroom.

You could, however, call the space just inside and to the left of my front door a muddy mess.  I am not sure when or why we appointed this little 3' x 3' space as the designated place to remove shoes, drop all belongings, and act as if we have a mudroom, but we did, and it is.  This area, our "muddy mess," is the bane of my existence.  But, as fate would have it, our man Stan, author of The Find, has come to save the day with a great piece he has produced about none other than, you guessed it, mudrooms for This Old House.  For more marvelous info and photos check it out here.

Photos courtesy This Old House and Helen Norman

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Want It Wednesdays: Just My Type

Photos courtesy The Old Cinema,, East Market Street Antiques Sandra Mackintosh, and The Old Cinema

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Monday, April 12, 2010

86,400 Seconds Times Two

There is this song by Kris Allen that has lyrics that suggest that since there are only 86,400 seconds in a day we should make every second count and live like we're dying.  Nobody is dying, I just have some family business that needs my attention.  

I'll be back with a Want It Wednesdays in 172,800 seconds.

See ya Wednesday!

Image courtesy Jeff Canham