Maverick Doctors and Ice Packs

Well my baby is 19 today. That is hard to imagine! But believe me it’s real.  She is quite the sweet pea!!

19 and 54

In other news, bridges are important, on roads and in life.  I saw the doctor yesterday about my arm.  He was just a baby.  I remember back when I was younger than all my doctors.  He toddled in wearing tight black pants and a purple shirt.  The doctors of yore were rolling in their graves, especially as he said “got it,” every time I said half a sentence.  I am to continue on with ice packs and ibuprofen.  Got it!

On the road to Virginia.
You don’t mind if I eat breakfast here, do you?

Enjoy this extra-wonderful day!
Lynn

Sigrid Olsen Studio

I fell in love with this Sigrid Olsen Studio dress I found while shopping in Virginia. I will see how it holds up to washing and wearing.

#tshirtdress
#carolinablue
#thepriceofgas

By the way, I filled up before leaving Virginia.

Local NC prices are about 25 cents more a gallon.

Just a couple more things…

Granddaughter.
I came home from work to some sweet white roses from my dear sweetheart.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Life Keeps On Changing

Ohhhh, Eeeeee, Ewwwwww, can it really be this long again since I posted!!? No intentional breaks here, folks, just up to my eyeballs in busy-ness! I have been working out of town a lot lately, and that really adds to my work day each day. I am gearing up for opening the shop this coming Saturday as one of my last big SALES before the doors close forever. I am really looking forward to it!  I am trying to fit in some practicing for an upcoming wedding.  (Not my own!)  Jason and I were asked to sing and play at one.  Perhaps I can get some kind of audio clip for you!  I have also traveled to Virginia recently to see my dear sweet sister.  Life has just been busy!  GASP!

The goldfish pond at work.
I love this quote! It’s a good one. How I hate being misquoted, and I sure have been before. Some people like to twist words and tell you, “you said this,” when you know that is not what you said. Yep, some people just need silence. 😉
Love. I could sit by this pond all day.
The Roma tomatoes at Lynnwood.
The little Zen garden at Lynnwood.
Some are starting to turn red. They will be awesome in my juicer! In salads! Cooked! YUM!

Life is so busy, from this point, I am going to do my very best to update regularly (daily!), even if it is just one photo!

Enjoy this day,
Lynn

Closing Up Shop at Sidetracked Vintage

Well, my shop will continue in other forms, but I have decided for sure to not renew my lease on the little red caboose that housed my vintage shop. Can you believe I have been a shop owner for almost two years!? It will be two years in September when my lease is up. I figured it would be very wise to go ahead and begin now to wrap my mind around shutting the doors for good. This gives me three months.

I have a private studio/workshop that has been offered to me to turn into a magical recreation of the shop. I am so excited about this! It will just take some time, hard work, and paint, to make the transition! <3

Phase I: remove the items from that shop that I know I want to keep for myself or for my private studio

Phase II: plan and advertise one or two large sales at the shop to cut down on what has to be moved and to say goodbye to my customers (for now)

Phase III: Empty out what is left, clean up, turn the keys in

HA HA — it is that simple!

Meanwhile, here are some recent pictures of my very pretty HAPPY PLACE. I have developed a following of customers. I am currently compiling a list of local folks (emails, phone numbers) who want to be on my mailing list for inventory updates and private sales and workshops.

There is always something new in the shop.
Looking into the shop from the front door. You can see back to the gypsy-esque curtain that closes to make a dressing room.
Twinkly lights. A handmade sign that says VINTAGE
Looking towards the front door from the back of the shop.

There are always plenty of vintage hats and purses.

Scarves galore — old and new.

Original artwork.
Mirror in the dressing room area.
I will miss sitting in my little “mouse hole” — a tiny office space with my coffee pot, my Pandora, and my antique cash drawer. My personal photos of me and Jason and my children. Snacks. My iPad. I have loved every minute of it.
This little wall unit kept the caboose unbelievably comfortable! It heats and cools. My HAPPY PLACE was always cozy. And it always smelled like lavender and lemon essential oil from where I regularly cleaned and wiped things down. And then I brewed coffee while working. Customers often said they loved the way it smelled.
Clothes fit for a night out, stage, theater, or just a casual outfit.

Books! Mostly vintage readers, primers, French this-and-that, a bit of the macabre, unusual garden books.

Old suitcases full of vintage linens.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Gardening In A Pine Woods

As far as I can tell, you have to work with what you’ve got. I am still refining my little fenced-in garden on the edge of a grove of pine trees. My mind was made up as soon as I started a new garden: I am not fighting Mother Nature. I will enjoy the deer. Maybe even feed them. 😉 I will work with native plants as far as what goes in the woods. I will make myself fences to have a few things I love, and some food. I will feed the birds and let nature do her thing!

Here are some recent garden photos.

Once inside the fence, this is a very sweet little spot. Butterflies are beginning to visit. I want a very zen ceramic seat to put in here, and a small solar-powered water feature.
A new addition: metal containers and pebbles from the Scrap Exchange for my sedum garden.
Old metal potato chip container. Pebbles from a customer at the shop. Sedum from Home Depot.
Cleome.
This bed is filling in beautifully!
Finally. The perfect place for this antique iron birdbath/planter.

Still hard to believe this “geranium” (Pelargonium) was nearly dead when I purchased it from the clearance shelf.
I think our sun plaque is looking up to see if there will be anymore camellia blooms to fall in his face.

Perhaps I can get a few minutes in my garden this evening. I have green tomatoes! Stay tuned for photos.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn