Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just a Little Creativity

Just a Little Creativity

Wanted to introduce you to Molly ,a wife, mother of five, daughter, sister, friend. totally random and organized at the same time. thinker, processor, quiet, serious, moody, sarcastic& funny. Visit her blog to find found awesome projects and fun things for kids.   

Easy Distressed Paint Technique Vintage Chair Make Over
Modern Art Thumbprint Tree

Monday, January 23, 2012

Grandma Lupes Authentic Tamales-Indio Tamale Festival 2011

Grandma Lupe with Aunt Vickie & Aunt Leonora


 Indio, CA may be most famous for hosting the Coachella Music and Arts Festival every year, but it is quickly becoming the Tamale capital of the world. Roughly 100,000 people attended this year's Indio Tamale Festival, including Blue Ribbon Hunter's Allison Fishman.  The festival was buzzing with Mexican folk dancing, a lively tamale eating competition, and of course an array of eclectic flavored tamales that one could only dream of. Strawberry tamale anyone?

(Pictured here with her daughter,Mary, my mother in law & yard sale partner ).

The real star of the festival is Tito's 80 year-old Grandmother known by everyone in town as "Grandma Lupe". Maria Guadalupe Nuñez Calsada, emigrated to the United States from Mexico along with her husband in 1954 and recalls that then many people in this country didn’t know what a tamale was and they had to be taught that to eat one you had to remove the cornshucks

If you ever make it out to Indio,CA the first weekend of December,it is a must see and taste!
 A Total Tamale Treat!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


This would have to be the best deal of all time in my yard sale adventures. Initially I didn't pay attention when the seller said the following:

Oh,my room mate isn't here yet she won't take less than $50! It was a gift and she didn't like the patent leather. "Yet,no one is looking at it so I will sell it for $15." I said are you sure? She said, yeah ,no problem. I saw the name "Jack George" which didn't flag any name brands in my,at times,fashion deprived mind. I loved how it rolled, the roomy feel and the clean look. I pondered for a second and shouted, I'll take it! Plus,the wheels were scratch free telling me it was never really used. I was happy to get such a bargain for something I could really use. To this day, it's my shadow. Instead of walking a dog, I walk my laptop wheeler. It's simply perfect for me.  
Putting my research in the back burner for several months, I just looked up my brief case.

 This is what I found:

The Patent Leather Collection from Jack Georges offers sleek and chic designs that will add modern day flair to any fashionista's wardrobe. Ever try to pull a wheeled laptop case through the aisle of an airplane’s cabin? Finally, with the Vertical Laptop Compatible Wheeler, you can carry your laptop, with up to a 15.4” screen, and fly with convenience and style!


  • Available in Black
  • Hand crafted from the finest Italian Patent Leather
  • Jack Georges signature lining
  • Nickel hardware
  • Our Easy Access Organizer
  • Large front pocket with a second organizer
  • Zippered inside pocket
  • Accordion divider
  • Open back pocket for papers or travel documents
  • Overall Dimensions: 15.5" H x 14" W x 6.5" D
            $389.00   !!!!!!


Never let your room mate sell your stuff at a yard sale.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Simple Collage Ideas

Found  a few random pictures of myself dating from 1979 to 1984. Instead of putting them in frames, I placed them on memo boards creating a simple collage "change" in my work room...  

Vintage Hats

 Estate Sale Vintage Hats for Megan (click here to learn about Megan)

Love the big button


Monday, January 9, 2012

Praying Mantis Hitches Ride on Steamer Trunk

 Had to share my new Blogger Buddie ,KJ of Junk Yard Gypsies recent post of a 
Praying Mantis Hitches Ride on Steamer Trunk


Click here to read the post of the  Praying Mantis

 Click here to visit Junk Yard Gypsies  Eclectic Emporium of Vintage Collectibles and Clothing  store.                                                                          

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Saving Tips for Kids -Stuff the Pig

The Thrifty Groove
Julia and I play a game called " Stuff the Pig" ...
We"Feed" the pig as many coins as we can. It may take,weeks or months.Once the pig is full and stuffed to the brim, we have to guess how much money is actually in the pig. Then the money goes in an her savings account. It's simple,fun, money saving and challenging. I didn't realize how competitive Julia and I are!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sunny Simple Life

A special Giveaway
From ........Drum roll ppplleeassse ....

From Elaine:
Happy New Year! To celebrate I am having a giveaway. Who couldn't use a fresh new something for the kitchen. I picked up from one of my favorite stores, William Sonoma, a bright red pot holder and oven mitt and just because I love roosters, I included a cute little tea bag holder.
To enter all you have to do is comment on this post and become a follower. If you want to mention it on your blog let me know in a seperate comment for a second entry.
I will choose a winner on Jan. 22nd.
This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.
Good luck and thanks to all of you who bring such happiness to me everyday with all your sweet comments.

The giveaway .....another drummm roll please......

Click here to visit Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life                                                  

Free Vintage Digi Stamps

This caught my eye!

FREE Digital Art Stamps!
FREE Printables!
All Vintage! All FREE!

Free Vintage Digi Stamps

Digital art and printables available daily! Most images are available in JPG and/or PNG format (with a transparent background).

Digital Art or Digi Stamps (and printables) are images you download/save/re-size and print from your computer printer to use in craft or collage projects, handmade cards, or DIY creations for personal use.
Unlike traditional stamping, where an ink pad and a stamp are needed, digi stamps are less messy and take up less craft storage. Digital stamps can be colored or adorned with wonderful craft embellishments.

It's ok to use the images for projects that you plan to resell (like handmade cards, vintage boxes, decoupage, etc). The images are not available for resale or making tangible stamps.

Feel free to use as many images as you like, please be sure to credit {or tell everyone} that you found them here on this site ......
 To check out many more free images, go to
Free Vintage Digi Stamps

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Yard Sale Adventure

Here are some random pictures of last weekends yard sale. With it being New Years Eve there was only 3 which meant better deals,less traffic.

From "Lucy" who was moving to Hawaii to  Dick and his family from La Mesa clearing out some closets,there was something for everybody.

This crystal bear went home with a little girl. She was thrilled.

Up for a yard sale ? Go for it!