Tuesday, May 31, 2011

taking the weenie

How can you purge pink bridesmaids, pigs, and ducks?
Boxes with plastic Pinocchio and a Woody Woodpecker that belonged to Warren(written on the back)
Jay says he can use the pennant and tell everyone that Harvard is his Alma Mater! And look closely at the tiny little Easter hats next to the sweet birds.
Magpies don't have anything on me! If it is shiny, It's mine!
This one takes the cake(oops! I meant weenie) . Cleaning out a box labeled, "Ooh, tropical fish", I stumbled across 3(not 1, not 2, but 3!!!) official green weenies. Green Weenies were made in 1966 and the directions tell me to; POINT at opposing player and give 'em the GREEN WEENIEeee Sound . Take caution though! You must only use the weenie when you are in deep trouble.
Ok....tell me HOW on earth I can throw these away! Purging is so painful!

Stella and Harvey

Meet Stella
and Harvey.
Isn't it amazing how 2 little critters can meow their way in to your heart quicker than you can say, "NO MORE KITTENS AND I MEAN IT." Yep, Alice and Jay are suckers. I guess there are worse things in life. So, in between the 2 hour feedings and 1 hour playtime, we are purging this week. Cleaning out the crapola. If it ain't cute, it ain't staying! Boxes and boxes and boxes are flying out the doors. HOW did I accumulate this much STUFF(albeit really cool stuff, totally useless stuff. I seem to have a knack for saving the old matchbook with the cute mexican man in a sombrero, the broken pink flamingo from the broken shell art, and the bluebird that broke off the side of an old planter. I rationalize that ONE day, when I least expect it, I will suddenly have a need for one of these. Ironically, tomorrow after it has gone to the auction, I will NEED a tiny plastic flamingo, a mexican man in a great sombrero, and a itty bitty bluebird.
Que sera sera . Gotta go, I hear Harvey calling me!

Monday, May 30, 2011

here we go again.....

For those of you who do not know, we already have two store cats that we rescued and had really hoped that our ALICE AND JAY family was complete! About 3 weeks ago, I heard a tiny little meow in our warehouse. I tried to tell myself it was a bird, "Ignore it, Alice! It has to be a branch sweeping against the tin, a mockingbird,...something...something besides a kitty." I called for Jay who immediately assured me that it was a bird or a branch sweeping against the tin. He was CERTAIN there were no kittens. Guess what I found? 2 itty bitty kitties. Good news though, they had a mommy. I ran to get food to make sure she had plenty to eat. All was well until this weekend. Sadly, the mom was hit by a car. After making a beeline to the Piggly Wiggly for Kitten Replacement Milk, we are feeding and bathing and loving 2 little kitties. Here we go again....

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

the last to know

We made it back to Sasser! After we rolled out the sidewalks and said hello to all of the gnats and skeeters, we crashed. The entire trip home I was bothered by the fact that I seemed to be the only one who didn't know of the Saturday Rapture. Now, I am a self professed Pippi Longstocking, Amelia Bedelia, Lucy Ricardo,blonde haired girl from a farm in South Georgia; but how in the Sam Hill am I the only one who didn't know of the upcoming(now defunct)Rapture! Perplexing over this for 16 hours left me ....well, it just left me. Until I saw these pictures from Luckett's. Look at that finger! I didn't even know that I had anything left on my body that I could get so straight. And even worse than the finger is the way all of that force has caused my sweater to politely ride up my innertube.

Next, as I am beating myself up for being the tyrant who is oblivious to the world around her because she is so busy being the queen bee, I come across this picture. This is the other side of me. Humming quietly as I fluff the redbug infested moss. 1000 things to unload and put out but I choose to fluff the moss! I sure wasn't worried about the upcoming Rapture! I am kinda glad that we are done with shows until the fall Marburger. I am going to loose that spare tire, get false fingernails and paint them pink so they will at least look good when I point like that, and remember to watch the news for upcoming important events.
Life is too important to be take seriously! Emerson

Sunday, May 22, 2011

800 bottles of beer on the wall....

So....we have repacked the trailer that we just packed 4 days ago and unpacked 2 days ago and have hit the highway with 800 bottles of beer left to go(Jay loves it when I sing those old car songs and it just so happens that the "bottles of beer" song is the only one that I know all of the words to). Once again, Luckett's was great. Thank you to everyone who came and a thank you a big hug to those who came and bought! It was a great show and a great weekend.
Yesterday I met the famous Miss Mustard Seed. Today, I met the fabulous Vintage Rescue Squad
If you haven't gotten on this train you need to hurry up and climb on! Somehow, I am always the last to know what everyone else seemed to know a really long time ago. She has the coolest finds and the sharpest sense of humor. Check out her etsy shop and blog. To sum her up: Conformity-proudly serving painfully boring people since time began.
We will be back in the gnat infested south tomorrow and back to the old grind. We DO have a few exciting things happening in our near future. Our online store should be ready in the next week or so. Woo Hoo! We are really excited and hope that everyone will take a peek. We will have Magnolia Pearl's scrumptious clothing line, Annie Sloan's wonderful chalk paint, and lots and lots of original oddities made especially by Alice and Jay!
It has been a long day and I have rambled long enough and this Hampton Inn bed feels way too comfy....so....goodnight to all

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wow, we are tired!

Just ignore my horrible hair(this was at the end of a very long day) and look who I met today. This is THE Miss Mustard Seed . She is famous in the world of gals who junk, paint, antique, and blog! She is so nice and she had her parents helping her today. It made me miss my parents. They usually come along to these shows but they are going to Ohio with us in a couple of weeks so they sat out this one out. Check out her blog and look at all of her wonderful ideas.
Rewind to 9:30 am and look at the line waiting to get in. This is just what you want to see after all of the work yesterday. The great folks at Luckett's do a super job making this a show you are willing to drive 800 miles to participate in.

We got up and out at 6 am but we were still hurrying to get things out by 10.

Some things you kind of just feel sad when you sell and this watermelon sign was one for me. I really liked it and it sold early.

These beautiful beds went to a happy new home but I really hated to see them go too.
Everything in this picture was also adopted. I like to think of my treasures as being moved from one happy loving home to another, perhaps they will live happily ever after in that same spot or maybe they will be loved for a while and then passed on to bring joy to someone else. Lots of times, I tell my customers that some things have to go home with me for me to "love on" for a while, then I will bring them back to pass the happiness on.

We had a fantastic day. The weather was perfect and it was definitely "time to sparkle" until about 4:30. All we wanted was a hot bath and a Hampton Inn bed, no more sparkling until tomorrow. Goodnight, my friends!

Friday, May 20, 2011

luckett's store

800 miles and a couple of weeks later....we are in Luckett's Virginia.

Their Spring Market starts tomorrow morning and we have a long way to go. If you have never participated in one of these antique shows, I just want you to know that they are HARD work!
You spend weeks building and buying followed by packing and packing and packing. We drove over 800 miles in one day to get to this show.

Once you find your "spot", you have to unpack all of those goodies that you so lovingly packed up.

We spent all day unpacking and still didn't get close to finishing. We will have to get up at the crack of dawn in order to be ready by 10.

Tomorrow will be filled with crab cakes and funnel cakes for lunch, but today was Fritos and pretzels. We were pooped by the time it came time to find our hotel. We were tired but Lindsey and I took a little walk around the fields before we left this afternoon. Enjoy a sneak peek.

I think I used to own these cowboy boots.

We actually have our own little Serro Scotty trailer just like this one! Maybe this will inspire me to get it all fancied up.

I love these pillowcases hanging in the window. Love, love ruffles!
These chairs are fancy shmancy and just yummy!

The Old Luckett's Store in Lucketts Virginia. Spring Market is Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5. Come see us if you are in the area.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

long time... no see

I can't believe that another week has passed me by. We have lots of exciting things going on at Alice and Jay these days. Our online store will be opening in a couple of weeks! We are SO excited about this. We are also going to The old Luckett's Store for their spring Market sale on May 21 and 22. If you ever pass through Leesburg, Va. , you MUST stop at this wonderful crossroads. The sweetest people and the coolest stuff! We have the best assortment of "junk" to take and we are ready!! I'll take pictures next week.
I have a new love. It is Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint and it is the BEST! I painted this little desk with it last week and it set off a turn of events that had me painting all week. If you enjoy DIY projects, this paint is fabulous. The colors are yummy, they mix great, and distressing is a breeze. Try it-you will LOVE it!

Words to live by! If I taught my children any lessons, I pray that I taught them this.

As another week comes to a close, I wish everyone a wonderful,magnificent, splendiferous Mother's Day. Cherish your Mother and enjoy every moment you have. Happy, Happy, Happy!