Monday, September 23, 2013

Scoop Review

Random Images from the Scoop of Vintage Event on Sept. 7th. I need someone to create a folder file,,,,,,,,,We had a great Event!!! Going to turn all the images over to someone that knows what the heck they are doing! LOL,,,,,,Hope you enjoy the images. We had a GREAT show!! Love my Vendors and Customers, Hugs, Thanks Alll!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A life well lived, Love you Mary!!

 Early this morning, I lost my "Bestie." My dear Mary girl passed away from Cancer.  Ironically, I was reading this letter from her, that she'd sent several of us August of last year.  She'd already had a tumor removed from her spine, and one of her kidney's was also removed.

This is the beautiful Letter she sent to us,,,,,about her life.  

August, 2012.

"Hello to my dear friends and family-

For today my one true sentence is:  My life is good.  It is the truest thing I know at this moment.  Even when I walked in that black cloud, a part of me knew that this, too, would pass and somehow, sometime, I would feel human again.  Right now I know that I have had the best life can offer.  I also know that I have to keep that thought firmly with me.

I have to keep remembering that I had the best childhood, the best growing up years.  I have the best husband, and I have the best family and grandchildren for me.  I've had the best experiences in life and love.  I have traveled, although never far enough or long enough.  And I have experienced many things:

Being loved by Ross
Being touched by a hummingbird
Being Mom to Brodie and half the neighborhood kids
Being a partner in the best of marriages
Being a big sister
Being intelligent enough to learn from life's lessons
Being a lifelong friend to my dear five muscateers (you know who you are)
Being able to work
Being able to get up each morning
Being able to go anywhere I wish

My life is good because:

I know that I am truly loved
I know that my only child Brodie, my "best accomplishment"  loves me and chooses to be with me
I know that Brodie, Mary B, my grandchildren and family and friends love and support me
I know that my health can be fragile
I know that I am capable of dealing with whatever comes
I know that I have passed my hardest tests
I know that I am not alone
I know that I have finally learned the lessons that Ross tried to teach me

Thank you, Ross
Thank you, God"

-This was and IS my Mary Girl.  Can't believe she is gone. She will always be a part of me!!

I loved this woman, body and soul.  I'm going to miss her SO!!  If you've read this far, THANK YOU~ we're all going to get through this, because that is what SHE would want!!

Hugs, Love, Thanks!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Candid Scoop on the "Scoop" Event.

A photo from my Scoop of Vintage Event. Here my sweet talented friend Tonya Cartwright, of Backroads Vintage.

It was a Great, Fun Event. I think for the most part, Shoppers and Vendors had a GREAT show!! We were a "Bit" Soggy at Set up, A bit "Misty" the morning of my show,,,,but it didn't stop Junkers, Antiquer's  from turning out!!

I'll have an array of Photos by Saturday,,,,,,Can't wait to share!! I cannot begin to say how honored I was to have so many fabulous Vendors, So many Great Workers, and Volunteers. Fabulous Music, shopping, My friend Linda Jensen, that TRULY had my back, and made things happen.

All in all, it was a GREAT show, and we'll more than likely do it again NEXT year,,,,,and maybe have a Friday Eve of shopping as well.

I had No blood family support. As you all know my Sister in law is terminal. My son's both have their own agenda's. I'm not a part of that in either of their lives. Won't share those details now, but have to say,,,,,I LOVE my "non-family" family. I had great support, both as Vendors and as shoppers!!

We do WHAT we can everyday. We love who we love regardless, or in spite of. We find joy, inspiration, hope, direction where we can!

Thank you if you're reading this. We change, we grow, we try,,,,,,,and we love, regardless!!

Hugs, Love and an "Eventful Bus!!"

More pics of the event soon!!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I simply cannot believe it's been almost 2 MONTHS since I have blogged! Where does the time go??

As you can see from the image, I'm promoting my first Venue in 10 days!!  I have SUCH amazing Vendors, Volunteers, at the most Wonderful site,Snoqualmie Ice Cream.  We will be setting up in their mini-farm, 30 some fabulous Vendor (friends) are taking part in my first event.  They are coming from ALL over Western Washington, with various "visions" and goods!!  I am SO blessed to have them all coming to this first time event!

Top it off with a "Scoop" of Ice cream from a local business, a dear friend that told me, "Sure, No problem!" It's all fallen into place so beautifully, I'm a bit nervous!! "What if, Can we, Should we, ????"  All up to ME.

We are donating $2.00 of all Ticket Sales to Fred Hutch. That is to say, "Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center."

As I write this, I'll say, that I don't KNOW what is "going on" with my dear Sister in Law, Mary. I've left Phone messages with my Brother. Unanswered. I DO know she is on Hospice, and can no longer walk.  I truly don't KNOW whether HE is trying to protect me, protect HER, or just can't cope.

I will DO this Show. I will always KNOW as my Junking/Antiquing partner in crime, that She will be "There" for me. I will KNOW that she will smile and wish me the Best.

We cannot Chose a timeline for important events, or "Life." We can only move forward, and Know that we are surrounded by LOVE, Hope, Challenges,,,,,,,,,,,,and understanding!

Make Each Day, each moment Count!! Hugs, Love and a "Bus" (It's been Too long!)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July! Vintage images for your Use!

Wishing you ALL a wonderful 4th with Family and friends!!

I'll be having lunch with my "Daughter from another Mother," Kelly and staying in the neighborhood with my animals. IF things aren't too crazy, I'll wander down to the neighbors that have a "display" and live Music. If things ARE crazy I'll just hunker down with the drugged Black lab (Shadow) and my oblivious Golden Retriever! (Not sure WHAT my kitty Beau will do yet,,,,,,,this will be his 1st 4th!)

Here are some images from Vintage Postcards from postcards given to me by my sweet Mary girl. Yep,,,,she gave me a stack for almost every Holiday, because she knows I love them!! ( I love the fun/old messages on the back sometimes almost as much as I love the images.

I don't have a scanner hooked up,,,,,,,so sorry, they are just pictures, of the images. But feel FREE to download/print and use THIS bunch in whatever way you would like!!

Have a lovely 4th!! Hugs Love and a Patriotic "Bus" on the Cheek!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Losing the Cancer Battle,,,,,Stuff

If you've known me for a while, followed me here or on FB, you know that my Sister in Law Mary has been battling Cancer. And, the Cancer is winning.  During a visit yesterday my brother hugged me as I arrived, and after saying a word that I've never heard cross his lips, said, "She's dying." 

NO!! I cannot imagine my life without her. She's been in my life since I was 7. I'm not taking this well, to put it lightly. She is my life long confidant, my Junking/decorating friend, my Joker, my inspiration, my grounding, my heart.

I was blessed to have two friends with me yesterday when we journeyed for several hours to get to see her for 45 minutes or so. We didn't talk "sick", we didn't talk Cancer and we most assuredly didn't talk death. 

Since Mary has been sick, she's starting giving me Antique and Vintage stuff. When I filled my car with the first "Load" about a year ago, I was worried. Then boxes of things started coming in the months to follow. Her Antique Postcards. A Box FULL of Vintage Rhinestone jewelry. Books she knew I would love,,,,,,and yesterday she tucked a few things under my arms and gave me a heavy shoe box ,,,,which she said was full of "Buttons!"

When my friend Debi Burton and I were in the Ferry line to go home,,,,,,,I was already a mess. She's got nerve damage in her hand. (Which I held and massaged while we visited). The tumor is back on her spine and no chemo or experimental drugs have helped. And my brothers words kept ringing in my ears. "She's dying."

After boxes and cars full of glorious treasures,,,,,,some of which she and I found together and I KNOW how much she loved them,,,,,,(And I knew how much she knew I would love them) I sat there with Debi in the Ferry line with this box on my lap. A French Pillow case on top. (No, she never got to go.) And underneath that,,,,,,,a single postcard.

And I lost it all over again!! She'd already sent me near 100 Antique postcards,,,,,,,for every season, for every reason,,,,,,,and this one tucked amongst the contents broke my heart!!!

Oh Sweet Sweet Mary,,,,,,,I will Always remember you!! And HOW are we going to live without you???

If you're read this far, thank you. Yeah.....I'm a mess. And I'm glad I got a visit yesterday. And I am SO thankful that I had friends with me to help hold me together!

Debi Burton and her Sister Peggy. 

Pretty "Stuff" is great. But family and friends are the "glue of life!" We need to stick together when things start falling apart.

We move on,,,,,,one Day, one Week, one Month at a time. Some days? One Breath, one memory, ond moment at a time.

Keep us in your prayers if you will. We are broken.

Hugs, Love and a "remembered" Bus,

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hats off to Summer!

Happy Summer!!

Been busy making hats for a couple of Cupcake stores,,,,,,,,,,

Hope you have a great weekend! Off to Joyworks soon!

Hugs and Love,

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I have been a BAD Blogger!! So sorry, I have been SO busy the last couple of weeks!  Getting all the wheels turning and Vendors thinking and lining up friends to help for my FIRST ever Show!!

I am Super excited and feel SO blessed! Everything has fallen into place for this Event in September. As many of you know, I take part in a Couple of Shows a year. And I attend several. So, when the location and business (Snoqualmie Ice Cream located in Malty, Washington-9 miles out of Snohomish) kind of landed in my lap, it just felt RIGHT!!

And I talked with the Marketing Director extensively and she said it sounded Good!

And then I started talking with Vendor friends,,,,,,,and it just ALL kind of fell in to place.

So,,,,,,,I have a GREAT line up of Vendor Friends, I couldn't be happier! I'll settle down a bit in the days ahead and those of you that don't live locally will go "Huh?" When I post some of the Vendors taking part,,,but I'll share links to their Stores/Sites/Bios soon. But for just bare with me,,,,,,,,,the line up is Fantastic:

Ormolulu-Deb and Jim do gorgeous Antiques and Specialty lighting fixtures, they have spaces in some of the BEST Antique Malls in the Pacific NW and do shows at "Remnants of the Past"  in CA.
Whimsical Whites-These sisters have the most GORGEOUS Store in Kent, WA and am so honored to have them!They take road trips around the Country and find the most wonderful treasures for their Shop and Shows!
My Dear and Talented friends John and Bob, of "JohnBob's Cool Junk"- who win awards, praise and applause for their merchandise and displays in Antique Malls and Washington Shows........
And the list goes ON and ON-

I'll share links and photos for ALL both on my Blog and Facebook in the days to come!! If you are reading this and haven't yet "Liked" Scoop of Vintage on FB, I hope you will! So I can share all the photos and folks involved in my upcoming show!

Promise to post more often in the days to come! Tomorrow, I am working with my helper Natalie on some lace headbands!! We'll take some photos!!

I hope that YOU and Yours are healthy, safe and happy. These have been difficult days for many!
Find and Go to your "Happy Place!" Whether it is a book, a song, a recipe or a Pet or Hug!

Love, Hugs and a "Busy but Caring" Bus on the Cheek!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spring Island Chicks Show in Anacortes!

Just home from Working at Joyworks today (Sunday) and finally gearing down after the "Island Chicks" Show in Anacortes yesterday!

We had a Great Show! I think everyone had a good time! Here are a few photos from my little booth...

Mostly neutrals, aqua and "old Lady Pink."

Had a stack of Vintage Suitcases,,,,,with a vignette in the top one.............

some headbands/fabric rosette's and Vintage jewelry.............

Fabulous Show!! I had SO much fun, on So many levels and went home with a LOT less than you see here!!

Perhaps I should have waited to post when I was a bit LESS tired,,,,,,,,but have a busy week ahead around HOME and working on my Fall Event, " A Scoop of Vintage!" Can't wait to share more with you all!!!

Before I end this post, I have to say that MOST of what made this event SO amazing, were the people!! The best Promoters for the show! (Jo and Jackie), the Amazing Vendors that worked SO hard, the Food that was Fabulous for US and the shoppers (Gere-a Deli) The great Friends that stopped by, shopped and Supported us All!! And for me, most of all, my dear friend Linda Jensen, who "had my back," made me laugh, thought of things that I'd forgotten, took charge at times AND helped me with anything I needed help with!! I am Blessed to call her "Friend!"

(On our way home, in the Skagit Valley, Linda, My "Rock Star" friend!!)

Happy Trails...........hope you are all well!!
Hugs, Love and a "Chickie" Bus!!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Getting Ready for Spring Island Chicks Show!

Getting ready for the Island Chicks Show on Saturday, April 27th! Hope to see you locals there!! Always love doing this show, but this time, I fear, it will be a bit sad/hard because I won't have my "Mary Girl" there. She is undergoing Chemo, each week again. And her spirit is Good! But the tumor cannot be removed.....apparently just held in "Check". So I hold my breath,,,,,,,,and each day, each conversation, each moment is a GIFT!

I know personally that this is how we all need to live our lives. In light of recent tragedies and disasters, that is the ONLY true way we can live.

On that note, I'll just say that I wish you the Best in every moment, every encounter,,,,,for we never know. But I DO know that these adversities and challenges bring out the best in so many. And for that I thank God. There ARE smiles/hope and kindnesses in our lives in these hard times.......I think it is important to focus on THAT!!

Hugs, love and a "Bus" on the Cheek of Gratitude for the Good in life!

Friday, April 12, 2013

My first Event!! So excited!!

I will be Hosting my first Vintage Event on September 7th, at "Snoqualmie Ice Cream." 25+ Vendors and an "Ice Cream Social."

More info to follow, but I'm so honored and pleased to have an event on site of one the Premier hand made Ice cream sites on their adjacent "Mini-farm!"

I'll have my own Graphics shortly, but in the meantime, love this fun image!! Will keep you all posted!!

Hugs, love and a "Sweet Bus!"

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Fave,,,,,,,,

Hi all! Hope you are having a great start to Spring and had  a lovely Easter!! I'm behind on posting,,,,,,and hope to get more active again in the days to follow. It's been a busy time of year,,,and I will finally have some time for Crafts/Postings/Junk shares, etc.

Yesterday, I made a family fave,,just me and my youngest for Easter Brunch, but we had a great time,,,,and I made these.....I posted several years ago, but thought you might like the recipe, especially NOW, if you have left over HAM,,,,or Turkey Ham!!

 You will need:

Ham OR Turkey Ham
Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Asparagas
Swiss Cheese,,,,,,,Sliced
 Fresh French Bread

Pre-Cook Asparagas
Mix Diced Ham (or Turkey Ham) with Mayo,,,,,,,,,,about the consistency you would make Tuna
Add Fresh Grated Parmesan

Butter ONE side of sliced French Bread 
Broil those sides until lightly browned. 

Turn bread slices over and dollop generously  with Ham mixture.
Add pre-cooked asparagas (2-3 stems each)
Add a slice or two of Swiss Cheese.

Place Baking Sheet of sandwiches under the Broiler and Brown until Cheese melts. 


Will catch up soon!

Hugs and love

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Card holders......Vintage postcards

I have loved Vintage postcards longer than I can remember. And so does/has my Mary girl. She recently sent me an envelope full of the most AMAZING "Souvenir" Postcards. They are from the 1900's and generally left a space for people to write on the image, "Souvenir from".....and the sender would fill the Place they were in the blank.

A couple of months ago, with my love for vintage wooden thread spools, I found that if I wrapped a wire and stuck it in a thread spool, it made a fun holder for Vintage postcards, Photos, etc,

Take a STURDY piece of wire and wrap it around a pencil to create 3 loops. Cut and insert into a Vintage thread spool.  That's it! You don't have to glue,etc. And it will hold paper images.

You can stack the wooden spools for Height. ..............

I've always loved these Vintage Postcards, including the message on the backside! ("The wheat is in." We have a new cow. The weather is getting better, etc.)

Feel free to use this "Card Holder idea." But I'd love it if you share either images OR Messages your read on the back!!

I got about 30 of these from my Mary girl. It was both with Joy and Sadness. Joy because she KNOWS how much I would enjoy them, and sadness that she is parting with them. I will share other images here and on Pinterest  (Under Shell's Favorites). 

I hope your week is going well. Truly I am taking it one day at a time right now. These last couple of days have been a gift. Sun, rest and comfort. 

May you find Joy and comfort in the little things!

Hugs, love and a "Bus!"

Monday, March 18, 2013

Looking forward to doing this show again next month!! If you are local, Mark your Calendars!!

I know we are ALL looking forward to Spring! It's just Days away, even if we have to wait a bit for the Sun, the Flowers and the HOPE of new beginnings!!

Hugs and Love and a "Bloomin' Bus!"