Saturday, February 27, 2010

Plaid Love...

A day in the life of plaid...

I've always had a love for plaid. Not much of a plaid shirt wearer, more like a plaid suitcase collector. I do however have a red and white vintage plaid western shirt that I absolutely love. I don't go out searching for plaid items, I just all of sudden take a look around my home and notice that I really own a lot of things plaid.

Red and Yellow picnic basket marked $35., on sale for $12.
at a local antique shop.

About a month ago I went out thrifting and scouting antique shop sales and every single item I bought just happened to be plaid. 
This reversable cape originally $28. marked down to $8.
at the same antique store.

Next I went to a local thrift store and found this blue purse for $1.00 which is all I carry around now. I also got this big blue and white bag for .25 I carry it around to go thrifting so I don't have a lot of different grocery bags in my car. It holds sooo much and is amazingly strong. Now I know the hat isn't vintage and I didn't get the same day I got of these, but I love it and thought it deserved to spot in here....I wear it almost everyday now that I'm growing out my hair. Oh and I bought my daughter matching earmuffs they're sooo cute!


I once had a great collection of plaid thermos' but someone (me) washed them (dishwasher) and all of the paint peeled off. That someone should have known better.

Now I'm on the search for plaid skirts, shoes, tights, socks, dresses and tops with puffy shoulders and ruffles... I've completely found a new love of plaid!

So this next week I'm emptying out our storage unit and helping my mother in law pack her things to take to her new house. We have about 2 more weeks and I can really start fixing up my new home. I can't wait to set up my daughters room. She's been using our sunroom as her bedroom and it's just too small. I got her a 1940's bedroom set which included  a double bed, a vanity with a round mirror and a matching dresser. Once  her room is set up I'll take pictures.

Happy Thrifting!!


Friday, February 26, 2010

A bit about me

Short story long....

So I've lived in Prescott since I was 8. I used to have a love/hate relationship with this town. There was never enough to do when I was younger, there's too many old people, you can walk arcoss town in a matter of 5 on and so on.  I always told myself that I would get back to California one day and never live in Prescott again. I became a mom at a young age and it just wasn't that easy to move somewhere new and still be able to support the two of us. I did move to Santa Barbara for 4 months when I was 24 thinking that I could just get a job and a small apartment, enroll my son in school and everything would be just great....didn't exactly happen that way. It costs just wayyyy to money to live in a coastal town. (So unfair) Well I came back to Prescott, years past, had a daughter, got married and bought a house. Only at the time the house prices were sky high and we ended up buying a house in Prescott Valley (an even smaller town). I really did love it though because our house was sort of cottage looking with a cute little front porch and a huge Weeping Willow in the front yard. What I didn't like was living 25-45 min drive (depending on the time of day) to Prescott every day. I owned a clothing store (sold it 3 years ago) and an antique store in downtown Prescott so I was driving a lot. Growing up, My mom and I lived in her victorian house just 1 block from down town. I'm used to getting almost everwhere on foot.

Well of corse the economy crashed, house prices died and we were stuck in a house that was worth half of what we owed on it. Oh and did I mention that I had to close my antique store due to the bad economy? Bummer. Anyway, my mother in law has owned a cute little house here in Prescott since the early '90's. She was trying to sell it in order not to go into forclosure (tough times) but it never sold. So the day before she was going to stop making her house payments, I asked her if my husband (her son) and I could take over her house, we would go into forclosure on our house instead of hers. It would save her credit and we would be in a house back in Prescott. So short story long, We left our house about 5 months ago and have been living with my mother in law. Um yeah.  Well she ended buying a little house in Prescott Valley and she'll be moving in to it in about 2 weeks. My husband is remodeling it for her first but he's almot done.

I have come to really love Prescott. I love that it's small and I love that you can walk almost anywhere. The last few years Prescott has made some major shifts. There is more to do now, sometimes you really have to look for it but it's there. There seems to be a new scene here that I don't remember being here 10 years ago. There's a lot of artists and crafters, knitters, funky clothes makers ect. Since I've lived here, Prescott seems to have always been ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to all natural products and organic foods, shopping local, protecting the earth ect. When I moved here at 8 there was a natural food store called Allens Nu Way, it eventually became Prescott Natural Foods and sadly closed about 3 years ago. There's also great hiking and biking trails here, lakes to picnic at or rent a canoe, skate park for the kids, alternative schools, a great assortment of local coffee shops and so much more. I think I also like Prescott more now because I'm just not a kid anymore. I'm officially in my late 30's and I can't tell you how happy I am to be out of my 20's!!!

So, I no longer want out. I want to stay right here, in our cute little house, with my wonderful husband, my sweet kids and our crazy dog Lucy aka Lucyfer.

So for the next few weeks I'll have some pictures of small areas of our new home, but since we're just starting to move our things in, there will be very few. Well that was a little bit of what I'm up to up to. If you stop by please say hi. I know I'm new but I've got some great finds to show you! Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Thrifting!!