Thursday, April 17, 2014

Clover (Maybe I'll Get Some Luck?)

I ran by Loft the other day to return an online purchase and ends dup walking out with something. Isn;t it interesting how that happens? In any case, I had been eyeing this Clover Cardigan for months.  I thought to myself, self, you can pick it up when it is on super sale. 40% wash;t good enough for me, oh no. But at the store it was $39.50 (less than online) pus another 40% off so I took the proverbial plunge. It is the perfect weight for cooled AC buildings and evenings out on the patio before the sun's "broil" setting really starts to heat up the Old Pueblo.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Taking the etsy Plunge

Since I love to thrift so much I have amassed quite a bit of random stuff. I only look for vintage items at great prices. My intent had been to open a booth inside an antique mall but after trying my hand at doing a booth at an antique fair I decided that was not the route I wanted to take.

As stuff continued to pile up I made some decisions. First I inventoried what I had. Then I traded some of my items with other people on various Facebook groups for items I did want. Then I posted items for sale on Facebook and had some good success there. But still, I had stuff. So, I then consigned some items or sold directly to resale shops. Still, I had stuff.

So I decided to take the easy (?) way out and open an etsy store. It's was super easy and the pace is not as frenetic as eBay. I am an experienced eBay seller but their fee structure is really high compared to etsy.

I decided to name my shop My Third Hand Vintage. By the time I find that unique vintage item and pass it on it will have changed hands at least three times. I brainstormed names for a number of days and this one just stuck.

My shop is Pyrex heavy right now since old glassware is so in demand. I'll be adding more things as time goes on. I am keeping my fingers crossed for some success. I know it won't be easy but it will hopefully be fun!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Craving...S'Mores Brownies

I love s'mores, I love brownies, so faced with a craving for both I decided to mingle.

It was really easy to do. I got an 8x8 pan and coated the bottom with cooking spray, then lined with foil  with an overhang, and sprayed the foil liner. I turned on the oven to the temperature called for on the box of brownie mix I planned to use.

First I made the graham cracker crust. I got a packet of honey grahams, crumbled them (you could do it in a food processor, but I was not wanting a ton of sites so I pummeled them in a ziploc bag), and mixed with half a stick of melted butter until they were moist. I placed the crumbs into the pan and distributed and pressed them evenly, then baked for about 20 minutes.

Next, I got a box go Ghirardeli brownie mix; and yes, sometimes I cheat and use a box mix. I made the brownies according to the directions and when the graham cracker crust was out often oven I poured in the pan and then baked according to the box directions.

As soon as the brownies were done I pulled them out and turned the oven to broil. I pureed a layer of mini marshmallows on top and stuck the pan in the oven until the marshmallows started to char. While the marshmallows were charring I crumbled up a couple more graham crackers, not too fine, but in bigger pieces.

Once the marshmallows were done I pulled the pan out of the oven and distributed the grahams on top, kind of pressing them into the melted mallows. I sprinkled some chocolate chips on top (I was out of chocolate bars) and pressed those in as well.

I allowed it all to cool a bit and get firmed up, then pulled the brownies from the pan and cut as needed.

Voila! Deliciousness!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Another Loft Dress

Loft just keeps cranking out iterations of one of my favorite dresses. First it was this eyelet dress which I picked up when it was half off, now it's a sleeveless version of the dress in a pale bluish grey. It's currently winging its way to me since Loft can't be bothered to carry tall sizes in store (yet they carry petites).  This one is more of a sundress and is cut lower in the front and back though it has the same basic shape as the earlier dress.

I also added this eyelet dress to my bag as I thought it was cute and doing so put me over the threshold for free shipping. Gotta love that.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


It's been a while, I know. I have been consumed with volunteer activities, exercise, and just life in general. I can't say life is much more exciting than that. But it's a good life nonetheless.

Until I can gather some stray thoughts here's some pretty pictures of vintage Pyrex I have scattered around my house...

One of my favorite stacks, some extra 501s and 503s. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Elephant Parade

Elephant print shorts are back at Banana Republic. Yep, I ordered both colors. My Milly pair from last year is one of my favorites! This year's version are not as obvious in the print, and I think I prefer the more subtle print.

I have a Luxe card so I was able to get them at a discount. Sometimes Sunday shopping is good to me. 


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