Basil in a claw foot bathtub

Kim and Roger’s Back Yard

Last Saturday Daniel and I drove over to his parents house to get some pots and soil, which is only about 3 minutes down the road from us. We had to go to the back of the yard where the shed was to get the pots, and I was quickly reminded of how much I love their back yard. It is quite spacious, and has such a warm personality. It’s so silly how we forget about the simplest and sweetest of pleasures. I am looking forward to spending lots of summer days and evenings in their back yard, playing with Abram and enjoying my family.

This is my favorite accessory of their back yard. Kim had an old claw foot bathtub going to waste in her shed, so a few years ago she took it out and started planting basil in it. Now each year around this time, it is FULL of basil leaves. It’s so pretty.

This is also a favorite of mine. This tiny red car belongs to Daniel’s Uncle Jerry. He drives from Fort White to the house to get his lawn equipment, and parks this car here during the day. Then when he’s done, he leaves his truck and lawn equipment here and takes the more fuel efficient red car home.

This huge deck provides many hours of play time for Abram, and it’s also where we had our wedding reception. A beautiful venue, whether used for play or party.

So what about you? What places, sometimes forgotten, do you enjoy most?



No Commitments Stay-cation

No Commitments Stay-cation!

Starting on Monday, Daniel, Abram and I will be commencing our No Commitments Stay-cation week. It couldn’t come any sooner! Monday also happens to be Memorial Day, which means we can go to the beach and Daniel still gets paid! Hallelujah. We both still have to work next week, because we cannot afford take off. But outside of job requirements, we are free for 7 days!

No Commitments Stay-cation has rules:

1. We are not allowed to make any kind of commitments or plans, no matter how small during those 7 days (even if it is for the future)

2. Every single night will be family night (accept for a night set aside for some kind of date)

3. Relaxing is required

We don’t have money to take an out of town vacation, so we decided that if we had to take one at home, we would treat it as if we were going out of town. Our lives are often so busy, that family time doesn’t always get to happen. Before the crazy summer starts with youth camp, a trip to Miami, weddings, a new etsy collection, Guatemala fundraising and more responsibility at work, we wanted to have one solid week for just us three. It’s so important.

So with that being said, I will still be posting every day. I’ve been working extra hard this week to get blog posts done in advance. If you need to reach me just to talk and catch up, then don’t hesitate.

HOWEVER, if you need to ask me something that requires me making any kind of commitment or plan for the weeks following, sorry. You’ll have to wait until the 4th of June. I love you guys, but I need some fam time!


Thrifty Thursday: Jackpot

I wish I could justifiably describe in words how successful my thrift store trip was on Tuesday. For starters, Abram and Maggie had a wonderful time treasure hunting with me. They enjoyed holding and exploring each goodie that I would place in the cart, and neither of them insisted on getting down. We were probably in the House of Bargains for a solid hour, or maybe more, and they were just two happy little babes. Each room had so many treasures that I barely had to dig! In fact, there were many things I had to put back, like an antique Free-Westinghouse sewing machine and a gorgeous blue typewriter. Ok ok, enough… here’s what I found!

Yep. Those are tap shoes. And they were the perfect size. It’s one of those finds that you pick up and say to yourself, “I can’t NOT get these.” This is going to sound ridiculous, but I love a tap shoe. In fact, when I was 6 I took tap dance lessons, and was even in a production. Ever since then, the little girl in me has wanted to be a tap dancer. So maybe these shoes were a sign that the time has finally come. Or maybe not. But regardless, I have some cute tap shoes! That scarf was mad cute, and I remember my tap dance instructor always wearing a scarf on her ankle, so I bought this one. It will probably spend most of it’s time on my head.

I’m not a hundred percent sure what this piece of luggage is used for, but I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. I’ve needed something that matches a suitcase that I have that can hold all my toiletries. Now I don’t have to use a plastic zip lock!

I don’t feel I need to give a proper explanation for these other than I would never let these continue to sit in a thrift store upon seeing them. They were each a quarter and almost too good to be true. I actually gasped when I saw the deer.

Baggy, floral tube top! All of those words together sounds like the most hideous thing but it’s actually real cute.

Unfortunately we could not find the cookie tin that this lid belonged too but it was so pretty that I had to snag it. I will probably hang it over the coffee bar in our kitchen.

“….barfs from shock and excitement…” is what I almost did when I found this in a box that I technically wasn’t even supposed to go through. This is a First Edition Nancy Drew Mystery, and also one of my all time favorite books. Just typing that gets the hair on my arms standing up and my tear ducts ready for waterfall. When I was a child, I would disappear for days inside Nancy Drew’s world of detective work. One of my good friends, Sarah, also loved Nancy as much as myself and we would spend summer days pretending to solve mysteries just like her. This is so special to me.

Everything about Hawaii is awesome. The fact that Rosemary Clooney is on the Country Spectacular Record sold itself, and I will never pass up a Loretta Lynn gem.

This shirt is ugly, I can see that. But when I picked it up, I was able to look past what it is now and picture what it could be. I think I will take the width in and then sew it to a skirt to make a dress. I love the collar.

I thought this vintage pillow case was just me. I mean look at those colors.

I have no idea what brand this bowl is or when it was made. Doesn’t have any marks on it, and it could’ve been made last year. But judging by the color… well who cares. I wanted it. It’s my favorite color forever and always.

Hey there cute, vintage napkins. Wanna come home with me? Yes? Oh, well then lets go! What’s that? You want me to make you into some head scarfs? You read my mind!

Blogging about this thrifting experience was almost as fun as actually doing it!