Goodbye Sweet Charlie...

Saturday, February 6, 2016

1998 ~ 2016

My heart is broken. 
I will write a tribute to my sweet boy soon.  
Right now I just need to grieve. 

Love to you all,

Simplify #4

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I am finally feeling a bit better, but this cold just does not want to completely go away.   I spent several days this past week taking my Mom places and dropping off supplies for Sara and family as they had a stomach virus.  A pretty busy week so what else did I get done?
This pile of items was finally taken to the thrift store!  Yay.  
So of course I started another pile!
This weeks goal was to start on these two bookcases
A mish mash of cookbooks, novels and junk! 
I love cookbooks as does my Mom.  When we moved her I took several of her cookbooks to add to my own collection.  This will be the 3rd time I've downsized it.
Some vintage cookbooks and Pillsbury bake off pamphlets.  I just have so many and I don't look at them and I really don't cook much either.
This is where I keep Charlie's canned food and that won't change, but this red basket is a catchall so I went through it and this is how it looks now
I keep appliance manuals here and cloth napkins.  The cowboy one is Tiger's.  I'm sure things will be dropped in here again, but the plan is to keep it neater.
Down to one shelf of cookbooks.  
There are some I just can't part with. 

The other bookcase holds books on my TBR pile and well, JUNK!
I went through all the books and decided to donate all the one's I probably won't read.  I still have my Nancy Drew books to decide about.
That's better and with an empty shelf I can figure out what to store there.  The top is still a work in progress.  Might be a good spot to do seasonal vignettes. 

 I'm hoping to work on editing more books from my shelves and working on the top shelves of both bookcases this coming week.

I am planning to continue this Simplify post each week to keep myself accountable.  Maybe you will join me?

Wishing you JOY,


Simplify #3

Monday, January 25, 2016

Not much 'simplifying' happening this week.  This nasty head cold knocked me for a loop. So there has been more reading, TV/Movie watching and sneezing then going through my stuff.
This is the thrift store pile waiting by the door for me to feel like loading it up taking to the store.  I will be glad when it is gone.

I did start going through boxes of paperwork, sorting and recycling.  Paperwork can pile up so fast its always a big job.  Maybe I can start doing it monthly so things don't pile up so much.

I have a few new items I've bought to spruce up my living room space.  I showed you this chair in my car, but here it is in my home!
I found this great chair at the thrift store and it is exactly what I've been looking for.  Small scale, nice neutral fabric, in great shape and it rocks and swivels!  It is in great shape, clean and only $35!
My blog friend Marigene saw this pillow on a website and sent me the link.  I knew I wanted it but pillows can be pretty pricey.  I found it on Amazon and it is a pillow cover and under $7.  How cute is that!! 
This one by the same company is perfect on my couch.  I have a love of Flamingo's and Dragonflies!  Amazon had lots of pillow covers at really low prices so it's now my go to place for them!  You can store covers so much easier then the complete pillow and just change them out for seasons or a new look!

This is my bedside table with my new diffuser.  It has helped with my cold so much.  Sara uses essential oils and brought me some to use and it has really helped my cold.  I am a believer for sure.

 Charlie is doing well.  He is eating a little better now but still super thin.  He is really enjoying laying on his towel in front of the window in the sun!  Warms those old bones I think.

Scout turned 9 mos old and is really starting to 'talk'.  She says Mama, Da, Tig and Gma!  She is such a sweet and happy little girl. 
Tiger is growing so fast!  He is going to be a tall kid for sure.  He really enjoys using his Lego's to create fun games! 

Not much else to share.
I am looking forward to getting well and getting out of the house soon! 

Wishing you JOY,


Pottery Finds!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My pottery collection is one of my favorites and back in the Fall I had some fun finds on Ebay!
This vase is so interesting!  I love the grey vase with the burgundy bird.  This McCoy piece was priced low and I was thrilled to add it to my collection! 

I've long wished for these next two items.  My friend and enabler Claudia (Mockingbird Hill Cottage) has a few of these on her piano and I always find my eye going to them.  Well I found two at separate times on Ebay and won them at low prices...happy dance!
The singing birds are just so sweet!
I love how these bookcase shelves turned out.

Claudia also has started sharing some of her Roseville pottery collection.  I thought the glazes were so pretty and that if I found a piece at a good price I might add it to my pottery collection.
While in Texas and waiting for someone to meet me at my brother's apartment, I saw a little antique store and stopped in.  These pretty Roseville candlesticks caught me eye and the price was $16 for the pair.  I believe it's the Apple Blossom pattern.
This piece was found on Ebay and no one else bid on it and so it came home to me.  I love the blue so much.  
This pattern is Water Lily, gorgeous!
Displayed together in the new secretary desk.

Pottery and Ebay can be addictive!  
I used some Christmas money to buy this beautiful piece.
This large console bowl in the Magnolia pattern.  Again an Ebay find that no one else bid on and I got for a great price (even with shipping).  I saw it listed for twice what I paid for it several times on Ebay.  (You all know I'm a bargain hunter right??)

So where am I putting all this new pottery?  
In the Secretary of course.
This is a work in progress.  Trying things out to see if I like how they are displayed and continuing to play with arrangements.  I love having another place to display my pottery.
With the doors closed
Pottery has long been a favorite collection and it's fun to see it growing with really special pieces.

Wishing you JOY,


Simplify #2

Monday, January 18, 2016

I got serious in the dish closet this week! 
This is how it looked at the beginning of the week
I got busy and it is now like this!
This still looks like a lot of dishes but lots of spaces are now empty and dishes that were elsewhere are now on the shelves
This really makes me happy!

I was able to find homes for some of my stuff
All of this is going to a friend who has a vintage booth. 
All of this was free for pick up and many of my friends took things. 
This bin full of dishes and other glass items is going to the thrift shop this week!  I would call that a successful week!
I still have this shelf to go through.  The three teapots are for sale, but so far no takers. 

I can't tell you how good this feels!  I'm trying to work one room at a time, but wanted to make a big dent in the dish closet this week...and I did! 
Now I'm working on the shelves in the living room and the dish hutch in there.  Lots of glassware has already been donated but I want to do another round of purging. 

One of the hardest things to edit are my 'collections'
Birds and Egg cups!
I started downsizing my egg cups.  I had even more then in this photo and I realized I didn't Love them all and they were crowded and not being enjoyed.  I gifted a few to friends and came down to these in the cubbies.
I mixed it with a few pieces of pottery that I love and now it's perfect.  I have a few more egg cups in the Paris cubbie and some blue and white on another shelf.  This way I can really enjoy them more.  The birds will be edited soon! 

So that is my week 2 of project Simplify! 
How did you do?

Wishing you JOY,