Tuesday, July 26, 2011


When I closed my shop in 2008 I started having HOME SALES about once a quarter. I started out having them in the GARDEN COTTAGE but now I have them in my driveway because it's in close proximity to my trailer and I usually do the sales by myself. In the past I have kept this event to invitation only, using my email list from my shop. I have decided to post the sale here on my blog so that if you are in the central Florida area but are not on my email list you can attend. Contact me via email for the address.

I am having a 50% off sale on many vintage and antique items!! I hope you can attend!





Sorry I can't post my address here so please email me at


for the location of the sale.

Hope to see you!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Veganism... No food of animal origin. No meat. No dairy. No butter.

NO CHEESE... Oh, how I miss cheese...

How did I get here? It's a strongly personal choice.

I grew up in small town Indiana. Not exactly a mecca for those who shun all things of animal origin.

I ate meat... I ate gravy. I ate whatever we had for dinner that night.

Fast forward to my early twenties. I had two children under four. I became vegetarian. Not the same thing as vegan, just no meat. I shunned all white flour, all sugar. I ran 5 miles a day religiously. I taught aerobics at Elaine Powers. Remember Elaine Powers? The days of headbands and leg warmers.

Was my family vegetarian? No. Is my family vegan now?

NO. I am married to the ultimate meatatarian. He smokes, he grills. When I make a meal for my family, I make their food and I make mine. In no way similar. Is this easy? No. Will hubs occasionally eat vegan fare? Yes. Do I force my choice on them? Heck no.

I eat a vegan diet because I have never cared much for meat and so I don't miss it. I also eat a vegan diet because it is the single thing that has made the most significant impact on my health.

I don't run 5 miles a day anymore, but I do walk 3 miles a day 5 to 6 times a week. I am 52 and at 126 pounds I weigh less than I have in a long long time. I was at 143 a couple of years ago and at 5'3" I was looking a little chubby. I felt bloated and miserable. Once I cleaned up my way of eating I saw an unbelievable change in how I felt.

Don't get me wrong. Eating vegan is work. I read every label of every food I consider eating. You would be shocked at the things they put in food these days. Do I feel deprived? In no way.

Will I ever go back? No. I feel good about this decision and if any of you are curious I encourage you to check it out. Flirt with it a little.

I'd like to share two vegan blogs with you that I love. Both are sources for fabulous recipes and fresh viewpoints on ways to eat a little more healthy. You'll be so surprised at how much delicious food vegans can eat.



Here's to health and happiness!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Black sea fans were in abundance at the last LEFTOVER'S open house during SPRING ANTIQUES WEEK in Texas. I picked two gorgeous sea fans to incorporate into my decor...

 On the mantel...


Friday, July 8, 2011


I've been so wrapped up in the trial and the disappointing outcome that when my latest issue of ROMANTIC HOMES arrived and I ran across this...

I was pleasantly surprised to see a pic from my booth at the spring MARBURGER FARMS show! That's it under the MARBURGER FARM ANTIQUE SHOW header with all the bottles and vintage glass shakers. Wow RH, thanks so much for the nod!

The article is a fabulous review of the top ten romantic flea markets in the US.

And now to the cause... There is a petition for the passage of CAYLEE'S LAW to make it a crime punishable by law to not report a child missing.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE  go HERE to sign this important petition!

Let's keep this horrible tragedy from happening to another innocent child!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Caylee Marie Anthony

How did twelve jurors see this so differently than millions of the rest of us?

This baby is gone, in my opinion at the hands of her mother.

31 days, missing, and all the while the mother is out partying and getting a tattoo to celebrate her new life of freedom.

I cannot process this.

This unfolded less than 15 minutes from my home. I shop at the Target that Casey Anthony went on her illegal spending spree at.

My grandchildren have played at the playground that Caylee loved.

Don't get me wrong. This is in no way about me.

I'm just venting. Trying to get my head around this.

Don't think I ever will.

Rest in peace little Caylee. The world mourns you.

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