Thursday, September 15, 2011

I finally just got this little cutie put together. I got the gum ball machine at the same Empty Nest estate sale as a couple of posts ago when I got the precious porcelain bird and the toy accordian. Wouldn't you run for this?

Just a fun little addition...

When I post on Facebook that Empty Nest is having an estate sale, if you can, RUN. They have the greatest sales. And a bonus is that most folks haven't passed away, they are just downsizing-no creepy feelings though, I don't have a problem with that. It's recycling at it's finest. In this vignette, at the top is the antique auto headlight I bought at Round Top in Texas, then a cool crown hanger from Luckett's, and at the bottom is a camera I got from and Empty Nest sale. In between I found in my own garage. Buried in one of the many boxes we still have leftover from cleaning Uncle Robbie's apartment was this great, old school class photo from 1940. This location seems to continually change as I find "new" things that seem to fit together.

I finally changed my underwear.

One of my besties, Mellie, has accused me of painting things more often than changing my underwear. That used to be pretty much the truth but not in the last couple of years. I've been motivationally-challenged of late so, this summer, I vowed I would do nothing else before I painted Matt's over-needed room. It used to be nothing for me to wake up one morning, decide to paint a room, get the paint, and finish it in a day. Hummm, wonder where that energy went? Meno...what? they can't even let us have our own term of a life changing time without men being involved? Believe me, they don't want to be involved. This is backwards, but, after painting Matt's room and remembering that the hard part is the prep, I pulled the trigger on a new color for our front door. TWO WHOLE YEARS since I had painted it-unpresidented. I hummed and hoed about the color, there were wanted awnings that didn't appear, which were factoring in. In the end, I simplified things, matched the color of the siding on the color wheel, went two shades darker, and voila! Not thrilling but my thrilling is expensive; this was cheap. And attractive-kakhi.
In keeping with the backwards theme, here is Matt's room after. We went with "urban chic". He loves NYC and I have no doubt that he will live there someday. Black and white of the Chrysler Building above the dresser.
The huge, vintage print of Manhattan's landscape from Ikea had been sitting around a while waiting for me to get to it. What a great find it was; $100. It may seem like a lot but it's about 5'x3' and makes the room.
This is the blackmail color. When Justin moved out and the smaller bedroom was freed up, I bribed Matt into moving from a larger room to this one so I could have the big one for my "studio". I told him he could pick any color he wanted and could decorated it any way he wanted-shameless. For three years we could live with it. It got dirty and scratched and junky in there. He needed more room, furniture needed to be replaced for space.
So what am I doing with all this free time now? Putting together several reunions in hometown Texas for the beginning October. Yeehaw!