Friday, April 30, 2010

Sometimes I wish I were a crenoline...

One of my favorite searches* on eBay is for vintage party dresses.

I could spend hours looking at these gorgeous works of art and their ladylike splendor... and sometimes I do. Aren't they just the dreamiest? I imagine them on dress-forms all over my house.

Here are a few eBay sellers who always seem to have wonderful selections of fabulous vintage party dresses.

Jen at Calendar Girl...

You may also visit Jen's Calendar Girl page on Facebook here.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Linking to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

**Search: dress (40s, 50s, vintage) (party, prom, wedding) (tulle, taffeta, lace)

A Texas Longhorn in Wyoming...

Cowboy fell in love with this little Texas Longhorn calf at an auction last summer.

So, he bought him and his mom and brought them home.

I call him "Punch" because it looks like he's been drinking Koolaid.

Not only is he cute, he's got the funniest personality.

His antics were hysterical when he lived in the corral. He would sneak under the fence to terrorize the horses.

He's a big boy now and lives with the other yearling calves.

Linking to

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Come on, ya'll... VISUALIZE...!!!

This is the Old House kitchen now...

This is the Old House kitchen in 6 months...

Photo borrowed from Ticking and Toile

Just close your eyes and picture it. Together, maybe we can think it into existence.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Perfect for the Old House porch...

Ya'll know I hate to run a blog post in the ground but I still can't get this red furniture out of my head. Can you believe I go to Kmart every now and then just to sit in them?

So, please forgive the duplicate post but I'm obsessed and I just can't help myself.

Sooooo.... I was in Kmart last week buying a 12-pack of diet Coke when I spotted this adorable, red bistro set. Yes, I actually gasped! I have fought off the urge to go back and get the chairs every day since. Then there's the matching bench...

Wouldn't this look so cute on the Old House porch? Unfortunately, I don't have room for them in Wyoming. Should I really consider buying them for a vacant house?

In case you don't have a Kmart, they are also available at Sears.

Linking to Rednesday

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I discovered this artist at the mall...

When I was at the mall last weekend (YES! I drove 2:45 to the mall), I spotted this print by artist Jerry Gadamus.

I'm crazy about it because expressions are so realistic. This is exactly how calves look out in the pasture. We have about 200 new calves running around right now so I don't know why I want to bring them in and hang them on the wall too.

Every year, I get so excited when the first Hereford calf is born.

Jerry Gadamus also has lovely wildlife prints, and they are lovely, but I'm not really "into" those.

You can buy these at

Monday, April 26, 2010

Heirloom jewelry in a refinished shadow box...

I don't remember where I got this old shadow box. It may have belonged to a long-lost family member in Texas. But I may have found it in the basement of an old house I bought in Virginia. Then again, it could have been purchased from a thrift store. I honestly cannot remember.

POST UPDATE: My brother says this definitely came from the Old House. He thinks my grandfather made it.


I do remember that it was in sad shape when I got it. So, I refinished the wood and lined the inside with black velvet.

Most of the pieces in the box came from either my grandmother's or great aunt's jewelry boxes. Two of the rings were Grandmother's first wedding set. I wore them until one broke.

There is a charm bracelet I received for Christmas as a child. It's real gold and Grandmother wound up hiding it from me. The horse bracelet came from an old boyfriend.

The combs were Aunt Necel's. She wore combs in her hair every day... such a little lady.

The pink brooch was Grandmother's and I got the orange bird charm from a girlfriend at a birthday party when I was a little girl.

The long, dangling earrings were thrift-store finds. And, yes, I used to wear them in the 80s. The cowboy angel charm is James Avery and was a going-away-present from my co-workers when I moved away from Texas in 1992.

I hope you have enjoyed this tour of my shadow box.

Linking to Make it for Monday
Metamorphasis Monday
Motivate Me Monday
Make Your Monday

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fabulous necklaces and one of my favorite quotes of all time...

The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize. - Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias

I went to a wedding yesterday. (Hard to believe, I know, but I actually went somewhere besides work). I wore my flashy new necklace. I felt so fancy.

I'm just hog-wild over the MixIt necklaces from JCPenney.

They are already affordable but right now most of them are on sale for up to 50% off.

These are all in the $11.99 - $16.99 range.

This one nearly came home with me.
Next time you're in Penney's, be sure to check them out.

Or better yet, go online and buy yourself some right now. There's free shipping, ya'll.