Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Nice Estate Saul Haul & A Contest Win

I had a pretty good day today. I dropped little miss off at school as usual and was heading over to the gym and my daily punishment work-out session when, like a bird swooping in on its prey, I spotted from the corner of my eye an estate sale sign.

I love estate sales.

Alas this one was run by a professional company who brought all the goods into its retail store. Still, I had to take a look. I am glad I did (and yes, that is the back of ye olde Sorento, I was that excited).

I'm sure you were expecting me to post about Pyrex, right?????

Yes, there was Pyrex at this sale but nothing I want, need, or could easily flip. The patterns were not desirable though I just might cruise by tomorrow and see if it's still there at half-offf. That would make it worth my cash. What I did come away with was Le Crueset. It was a steal, I felt kind of bad (but not really); I'm talking maybe a quarter of the retail on-sale price. 

Jake is the Le Crueset fiend in this house so he was pretty happy when I finally made it home later that morning and was greeted with this. The frying pan is like new. The small pot didn't have the lid but is still very function able. The big yellow pot is just that...pretty darn big. 

My day was bookended by a really fun delivery. I won a contest over at Pyrex Collective III and got an amazing gift basket as a result. You can see the details here

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Well, Hello There

I haven't posted in almost two weeks...bad blogger! Truthfully though it is so hot and now humid, too that it is hard to get motivated for much of anything. My daughter started school and that took some prep time and now we are starting to get back to a routine. Hopefully this hot weather will break soon.

In anticipation of our upcoming move I've started packing and organizing....slowly but surely. Given we are not moving until after the new year it seems silly to start now but I am here to testify stuff really piles up. I am trying to list at least one thing for sale each day (via a FB local buy, sell, trade page) and/or clean out a small section of house.

And I've been dreaming of a fall vacation. I kind of promised little miss we would go to the American Girl store over her fall break. We never went on a vacation this summer, time just got away from us, so I have made the commitment we will go.

There's a lot going on right now, a fair amount of flux, but it's good to have goals and actually be working to meet them. More to come!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Ceramic Christmas Trees FTW

I may or may not have an addiction to old ceramic Christmas know, the kind made in craft studios back on the 70s. I have a whole forest of them yet I still keep bringing more in the house. Like these two recent acquisitions...

The new one pictured on the left is blue, yes, blue. It has some delightful "pearls" string around it; I think they are supposed to represent garland. Also very random are some fabric flowers at the base of some bulbs. I picked this up at a thrift store for $2.50. The one on the right was an estate sale find. It was painted with an iridescent paint id it glows. It's tacky and awesome all at the same time.

I have a whole Pinterest board of my ceramic trees; you can find it here

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Two Boden Fall Reviews

Yep, fall reviews! It's hard to believe. I ordered a couple items from Boden waaaay back in May (I think?) and completely forgot about them. And now they are here.

Well, sort of. These Mary Jane Heels are already on their way back. I ordered size 41.5; I wear a US 10. They were too long but snug across the top of my foot; the edging dug in a bit. And of course, the strap was far too short. One could punch an extra hole but there wouldn't be much strap left to go through the buckle. The height was not an issue for me; the heel felt sturdy. They were super shiny. The navy edging is cute. Note: These are on the website but strangely listed as Not Available (though they are available on the UK site).

Autumn Trench in Khaki Bird Print: Bird prints, I love them. I ordered this in a 14. I figured the weight would be perfect for our very mild winters. I have a heavy girly coat now that rarely gets use; though I will admit I do look longingly on the awesome vintage looking wool coats Boden has (I'm looking at you, Eliza Coat in pink). It's heavier than I thought it would be and much more grayish brown than just brown. My issues with it is the sizing---it was large throughout my body (husband said I was swimming in it) but so tight through my arms/chest/shoulders. To be fair I am a tall person and fairly broad; still, it was disappointing to not even be able to cross my arms. Knowing this fit I am not sure if I would order another coat.

Did you get anything fun and worthy of keeping from the Boden Fall rollout? 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pyrex Bakeware Love

Regular readers know I have an affinity for vintage Pyrex. I thought I'd share a picture of some of my bakeware. As an individual who is also a baking aficionada it should not come as a shock that my bakeware is my favorite part of my collection.

You can see more of my collection on Pinterest, though admittedly I am very bad about taking pictures as my collection changes. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Booted: Naturalizer Jersey (Wide Calf)

It's the time of year when retailers start rolling out fall lines. I have a hard time with this as it is well over 100 here lately, and I won't be able to wear any fall items until at least the end of October...unless we go on a trip somewhere much, much cooler than Tucson.

Nevertheless I soldier on, dutifully looking at the pretty items. I spotted a cute short sleeve sweater at Banana Republic yesterday but couldn't even bring myself to try it on as I knew I would just have to shelve it for a number of months. Sigh. But one thing I do search for each year is boots. Specifically, tall leather boots with a wider shaft.

I've had the same two pairs of tall boots for a number of years. Both are cute but they have absolutely no padding; they are a lower-end brand and the support and workmanship is minimal. Though they are leather they are not aging well, despite me treating the. The zipper part keeps getting stuck in the lining and once I even had to cut that lining from above to get my foot out of the boot (it got caught just above the ankle, so I couldn't just wriggle it off). All this to say I decided this is the year I am getting new boots. I love to wear them with jeans tucked in, I feel put together and somewhat fashionable.

Finding wide calf boots can be a challenge but I secured some from Nordstrom: Naturalizer Jersey.

Yes, I ordered both colors. I was so excited when they showed up. We were gone when they were dropped off, and as we pulled into the driveway I told my husband, "This is the first time I have had a shoe delivery in a loooooong time." And yes, it is. I can't remember the last time I purchased shoes that were not for running/exercise. 

I ordered a 10W, wide calf. There is definitely padding, as one would expect with Naturalizer. They zip up fine until the last inch or so, then I have to work it a bit. For whatever reason the last bit seems tighter. I can still get them zipped over a pair of jeans, and I know they will stretch over time. There is some bagging in the ankle area, it's not as snug as I wish it could be. These seem to go up higher than my other boots, and I'm tall. They are a bit loose in the foot area, however I am not sure a regular width would fit over the bridge of my foot. 

All in all these seem to be winners. Hopefully I will be able to wear them before Christmas. 


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