Friday, February 17, 2012

Infested antiques! EWWWW!

This is going to be a strange post and if you're eating you may want to come back later...



*Notice that I did not re size this pic to "x-large". You're Welcome.
Have you guys seen that new show on Animal Planet "Infested"? I am strangely addicted and the show is actually changing the way I see antiques a little bit.

First of all, I STERILIZE my kitchen after every viewing of hoarders or infested. Watching these creepy shows does help me do my chores, which is good. Last night after "Infested" I did my kitchen scrub-down and hubby walked in. He's been very sick with a cold and sleeping all day. He wanted me to make him some soup. "After I finish this!" I snapped, scrubbing an old antique produce scale that I keep on my counter. He gave me a hard time about that "That old scale can wait...you've had it sitting there forever! I'm so hungry!". Hmph...obviously he didn't realize that our house was one grimy antique away from attracting every pest in Texas.

Anyways...

I don't know that I'll ever be able to buy a large chest of drawers or an upholstered piece again. I'm picturing cockroach eggs and bedbugs now when I go to Goodwill. Am I being ridiculous? Have these thoughts ever crossed your mind? You don't know where this stuff came from! Ever seen Hoarders??? They take moldy trash and dead rats off of furniture and then turn around and sell it or donate it. Now an old metal watering can or some ironstone...I can sanitize that kind of stuff of course. But things with lots of natural material where things can nest...bluuuruew...I just gagged saying the word "nest" in that context.

I, I, I'm just having second thoughts about what I allow into my house. And don't judge me if you've never seen these shows. They are EYE OPENING and very interesting! Some of them feature million dollar homes too. They point out that an infestation is not always about cleanliness. Sometimes just introducing the pest into your home is all it takes for them to flourish in your warm, welcoming environment.

Can I submerge an entire chair in bleach?




Thursday, February 16, 2012

Make it easier for me to comment on your blog!


You might get more comments on your blog if you make this simple change. Disable the "capcha" type feature which forces visitors to type in a jumbled up code word before they can comment. I know that I have abandoned commenting on many blogs because the code is so hard to read and not worth the time.

You'll find that spam isn't an issue really, at least I never get any. Another wise blogger did a similar post to this when I started blogging and I was very thankful for the simple little tip.

Thanks for listening to my rant.
♥Linsey


Monday, February 13, 2012

Cowgirl Up! Linky Party #2




 Welcome to Week 2 of 

 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs
 

Wow!!  It's Anita here, and can I say that all of us at Team Cowgirl Up! were blown away by the response last week?  First off, week #1 kicked off with over 180 links, and the quality of projects was stellar.  Let me just say, YOU ROCK!!  I know there are lots of parties out there, and we are so excited you have taken the time to join us.     


It was very difficult to select just a few projects to feature, but here's some that I really loved.   


Head over Heels shared lots of wonderful ideas for her Texas country wedding.  (I do love a wedding!)  

Coastal Colors showed off her side table redo with this great French graphic. 




Coastal Charm saved mega-bucks with her thrifty new DIY $240 floor!




Craft Berry Bush shares how she made this wonderful winter wreath in a white frame. 





French Country Cottage repurposed a garden table, making a new table top.  (I love a woman who can use power tools.)




A Few Pennies used odds and ends to create some new va-voom.




Savvy Southern Style showed gave us a tour of her dreamy, serene bedroom.

There were tons more projects I wanted to highlight, but for the sake of space, I'll stop there for this week.  If you were featured here, grab a Featured button.  Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post favorites there too. If you got featured on Facebook, then feel free to grab a featured button also.





Now about the party...

you link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs.  Cool, huh?  More exposure, less time.  Sounds good to me!

We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories.  Anything that you are proud to show off.

Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.  Doesn't get any easier than that!

What blogs will your link appear on?  Check us out below!


Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls

The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up!  You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:

(Please read the guidelines before participating)
*  When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different    blogs.  Awesome!
*  Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC and the new linky follow.
*  You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
*  You may link as many links as you want.
Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post
*  Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Please LIKE your favorite links! 
Several projects will be featured each week!




Helloooo Thrift Store! You were good to me today! Also, LINKY PARTY REMINDER!

Let me start by saying that I really do have plans for these items. I'll tell you about that someday soon.
Okay, the loot...

First of all I DUG under a pile of old linens because I saw the corner of this old framed photo peeking out. I actually saw the back first, you know how old pics have that dark crumpled timeworn look to the back? I saw that and knew it might be something good. Digging paid off!



Look at this old Ball jar. I dated it to between 1930-1960 using this neat website. You can date your Ball jars by looking at how the script is written. Check it out! source: Dating Ball Jars






Here's the back of the neat ironstone-ish platter I found. This was another item that was buried under some knick knacky junk. I noticed the edge of it while walking up to the cashier area. I fell in love the crazing and patina.





The big bowl is the bottom to a two piece wash set I'm sure. It was sitting outside covered in dirt for $3. I can fill this with a billion things! Old book bundles this time, but I'm thinking magazines on my crusty white coffee table. And there's that little REAL old English ironstone pitcher I found at this same thrift store last week. I paid a good chunk for it, by thrift store standards, but she completed my collection on the mantle.






Lastly I found this giant old jar with the rusty white lid and thick wavy glass. Yet another item that I will have no problem putting to good use.








Please don't forget to join the 4 blog linky party, Cowgirl Up! tonight!!! It was a roaring success last week.




Remember, you link up one post and it shows up on FOUR BLOGS! Yee-haw to that right? : D




♥Linsey

Saturday, February 11, 2012

♥Cath Kidston Inspired Girls Room♥

I've really been digging Cath Kidston stuff this week. If you follow me on pinterest just take a look at my "color" board. Cath designs fabrics and all sorts of other colorful patterned items that are just plain fun. The cheery retro look combined with pinky red rosettes on an aqua polka dotted background lend themselves to little girls room decor. I'm ready for some color in my life! Not just any colors...bold and vibrant. I think a kids room is a great place to start.

 I want to share some "before" pics of my daughter's room and some Cath Kidston examples. I plan on doing a window treatment, some throw pillows and possibly sheets, a chandelier (which I already have in the attic), something unexpected on the walls, and a wall display shelf in a bright color.

Before





Before...ho hum....





Before






Cath Kidston inspiration...

source:pinterest









It's exciting to have a game plan! And it will be so fun to scout out items in these new fun colors that are totally different from my "norm". I think her room lends itself to this look don't you?

♥Linsey

Party time!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

What is it? What's it worth?

My favorite part of Country Living magazine is the "What is it? What's it worth?" column in each issue.

I think I'd like to start doing a similar weekly post. I know that so many of you are experts or collectors of antiques. I think it's so fun to find out the history of something, especially when it was passed off as junk and turns out to have a little value! I might even have y'all send in pics of stuff for me to post so we can have a sampling of items...hmmm.

I got this bowl for a dollar at a thrift store. I use it all the time, mainly to hold fruit on the counter. It's not amazing by any means, but for a dollar why not get it? It *seems* fairly old. It is stamped Germany on the bottom. Can any of you tell me anything about this bowl?

p.s. The weekly "What is it?" post is strictly for FUN. I value your feedback...even guesses!

p.s.s...Did you notice my new Burl Ives music? hahaha. Reminds me of watching Summer Magic and all of the other Hailey Mills movies with my mom when I was a kid.♥♥♥



♥Linsey








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Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

White Wednesday Living Room Pics

I don't have any exciting stories to share today. Just a few pics of the living room. It was a gorgeous day today. Yesterday was stressful. I won't get too long winded but let's just say a good chunk of it involved a long wait at the vet with an antsy toddler and dog. In the end she (our lab) was found to be totally healthy thank goodness. Anyways, my point is that I decided to treat myself to some retail therapy today to recover. I only spent a few bucks I swear...

Today was all about driving to my favorite cottage antique stores. Places where I park under a big oak tree. Away from traffic and the hustle and bustle of city. Places where I have the place almost to myself, and I know the owners, and consider them friends. The shops feel homey. They have a unique "grandma's house" smell. My daughter plays with the cat laying in a patch of sunshine on an old chair while I stroll from room to room. I miss my mom because I feel like she should be standing right behind me so I can turn around and show her this neat old postcard I found.

Can't you just feel the blood pressure dropping as you read this?

Ahhhh. I walk on to the kitchen in the cottage.


And then I see that ironstone pitcher I've always wanted! And the blood pressure shoots back up! In a good way. : )

*sidenote..sofa cushions upturned to keep said lab off.



Today was a great day.





Linsey







Monday, February 6, 2012

Cowgirl Up! Linky Party starts NOW!!!


 Welcome to the Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .


where we encourage a "can-do", pioneer spirit!



Here is the deal . . . you link up on my blog and your link shows up on three other blogs.  Cool, huh?  More exposure, less time.  Sounds good to me!

We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories.  Anything that you are proud to show off.

Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.  Doesn't get any easier than that!

What blogs will your link appear on?  Check us out below!






Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch



Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls



The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up!  You just need that "can-do", pioneer spirit!

Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:


(Please read the guidelines before participating)


*  When you link

with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different

blogs.  Awesome!


*  Please follow your host blog before linking up.


*  You may link up

decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that

you feel related to the listed categories.

*  You may link as

many links as you want.

*  Please include the

Cowgirl Up! Button somewhere on your blog!  Preferably at the bottom of your post.

*  Be courteous and

visit the two links before yours.  Please

LIKE your favorite links!  Several

projects will be featured each week!




Sunday, February 5, 2012

Will you join my family?

Google is discontinuing Google Friend Connect March 1 for all platforms except Blogger. There is a rumor that they will also cancel GFC for Blogger in the near future.

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Coastal Charm







I've added the new linky followers to my sidebar over there. From what I understand the google friends followers gadget that most of us use will be disappearing soon.





My grandmother "Toppy". Isn't she beautiful?


Please follow me and I'll follow you, leave a comment so I can easily find you and follow you. I don't want to lose any of my bloggy family!

♥Linsey


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