Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Mailman's Daughter

The time has come. All of our hammering and painting is over and we are ready to unveil the newest member of the Alice and Jay family. The Mailman's Daughter will have it's grand opening on Friday, October 26th. I can hardly wait and yet it will be a bittersweet day for me.

Meet the mailman. His name was Spence Hallman and he was the greatest daddy that a daughter could ever have.

He was the best "dada" that two granddaughters could ever have.

He was simply the best. He was kind and gentle. He never met a stranger. He was the definition of humility. He was a simple man who filled my childhood with magic and laughter and all things wondrous and wonderful.

I had to let my daddy go this year(though I know it is temporary and we will meet again). It is the hardest thing I have ever had to do.

Not long after, I had the opportunity to open a store in the post office where he worked for 45 years. How could I pass it up? It is in a very small town with very few stores but it felt right. It felt like a chance to honor my Father.

Now, after a small remodel job, we are ready to open our doors. It will be a learning experience for us. We hope to create a another quaint shop in another small town that is filled with giggles and smiles, Magic and marvels, and of course our signature flamingoes and flying carpets.

If you are traveling on hwy 84 near Boston,Ga. We hope you can stop by and say hello. Be sure and plan your stop around lunch time. The Boston Cafe has the best lunch specials around! We hope to see you soon!



Sunday, September 23, 2012

Calling all witches

It looks like The adventures of Alice and Jay have worn our "one fine dog" out! Well, WAKE up mr. DOoDie and put that remote away. It's witches night out this Thursday! gather all your favorite peeps and head to Sasser. We, cross our hearts, hope to die, stick a needle in your eye PROMiSE that it will be the most splendiferous Halloween party around. visit our Facebook for picture and details. We can't wait to see you!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

It's Time to dust off the broom

Halloween is just around the corner and we have been busy getting ready for our biggest party yet! Witches night out is coming soon! We have so many surprises this year. I promise that we will knock your socks off! Details coming tomorrow!

On another exciting note...all of that work at our new location is almost done. Keep checking here and on Facebook! Here is a little sneak peek. What do you think?

I know that my Daddy is telling everyone in heaven about this!



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pinterest pretending!

Does anybody else out there spend hours(way too many hours) on pinterest , pinning all of those wonderful uplifting quotes that mAke you feel so good about the person that you are. Look back at that board and think,"yep, I have got it going on." My pinterest house is spotless and my wardrobe is to die for. Cook? I am an awesome recipe collector ;just look at my scrumpdillyishus board. Oh, for those precious moments spent on an iPad, I am actually as good as mrs. Cleaver and Aunt Bea rolled into one...until my feet hit the dirty floor the next morning. Here is the way it went down today. We are still cleaning that cursed floor in our new building! We went to lowes to get trash bags cause we have got lots of trash! Got back and opened the sealed box of bags. Look at this!

Someone had opened the box from the bottom, taken the bags out and then stuffed it full of heavy cards and paper to make it weigh more. Then they hot glued the bottom back and returned it. Who in the Sam hill thought of this! What has happened to honesty and integrity? Did they actually feel good about doing this?

I did not feel like this...

Or this...

Nope. Instead I felt like this...


Yep! That's what I love about pinterest. You can wrap those boards up with pretty pink ribbons and the loveliest of thoughts but on those special days when the rubber hits the road...we all need a good bit**ing board.

Hit that pretty little red P tonight and join me in my favorite wonderland!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Letting go

My daughter introduced me to this lovely song. Listen to the lyrics if you have time today. They are beautiful. They sing sweet notes to my ears in this season of sadness.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Beautiful memories

In loving memory of my precious Daddy

Today he would have been 90

I miss you so much

I will love you forever

Saturday, August 4, 2012


I hope this beautiful video and music fills you with as much peace as it did me. Enjoy and relax. God gave us today to rest.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

When you can't find a clay pot

The garage has been one fun project after another here at Alice and Jay. We have had so much fun collecting unique finds to try and make it as quirky as Alice and Jay. Because the garage sits on a sea of asphalt and south Georgia averages daily summer temps around 100, cooling that hot pavement has been a real task. We need very large pots and since they don't make clay pots that large, we had to look beyond the ordinary. Remember my 1953 pink fiat?

It has really grown!

I hope she makes everyone who passes by her giggle.

Here is my newest baby. It's a 1943 Ford! Isn't he handsome!

I can't wait to get him planted up all fancy schmancy.

Come by this Saturday and see all of our new pretties. Bring a picnic and we can have lunch in my asphalt oasis!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

One tater, two tater

One tater, two tater, three tater, four... Did you ever play that game? How many hours of my childhood were spent poppin' our fist to see who was " out ". I think I may have always been the one out. I wonder if being the youngest had anything to do with that? It didn't matter. It was the stuff my dreams are made of! Summer afternoons were magical.

One time we(me, Josephine, and Beatrice) decided we would build us a swimming pool. Being that we lived on a farm, swimming pool building supplies were plentiful. We mapped out a good spot off to the side of our dirt road, grabbed up some lumber( which I don't think we had enough of so we decided to just "dam" it up like beavers) and in no time flat we was a swimmin' up a storm. It was more like 3 little channel catfish wallowing in a big puddle but I wouldn't have traded it for the world. I can still see and hear my tiny grandma telling us to "get out of that mud, you girls are gonna be eat up with the ringworms". Worms and snakes were a good way to make little farm girls behave in those days. But on this particular day, not even the threat of being covered in worms worried us one dab. Some days are so good , you can still feel it, smell it , and taste it! PS We didn't get worms and we had a fancy mud bath without even knowing that mud baths were fancy!

Then there was this other time...Beatrice was making tin foil masks for the three of see, you take a good sheet of tin foil, press it tightly around your face, and then trim around the foil to create a mask.. Now, if you are 8 and cutting around someone's face that is 2, you just might cut all of their bangs off.

Yep! This is me. My most famous photo ever shot. We lovingly call it "the chicken picture" in my family. When you have 6 girls in a farm family and the older three get to roll their long beautiful hair in orange juice cans every night, the younger three all get pixie cuts. The less hair there is, the less rat nests you have to comb out in the morning! Add a good tin foil mask cut and you get one heck of a hair doo!

Family and memories. I am so blessed to have the best of both. I love you all with every fiber of my being. And Beatrice, I would still let you cut me a tin foil mask any day.

Hmmm,I got a little off track( maybe WAY off ). I titled this blog one tater,two tater because I wanted you to see how big my tater vine has gotten.

It didn't really have anything to do with summertime memories but it sure was fun to remember! Take a moment today and savor a favorite memory or maybe go make a new one! Whatever you do, have a beautiful day, with love from AliCe and JaY!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Happy Day!

Happy birthday Ms. Barbara! I hope your day is as magical as you are!

What a blessing you are!

Swing from the clouds and hang stars in the sky ALL day long.

We love you to the moon and back!


(Photos are all from

Game on!

Any mess that you think you have...

I've got one bigger! ( Herbie, sorry about that plumber pants shot. )


With this much more to go. What are YOU doing today? I hope it is filled with a pink cupcake for me because I am having mud pies down here!

Monday, July 30, 2012


Why am I not rich! Now, I know that I am rich beyond measure in the things in life that matter the most BUT I believe(with all of my sweet little pea picking' heart) that I could handle monetary wealth. Look at my mess!

I know I could hire this work out while I sip mimosas in the pedicure chair!

Maybe all I need is a box of Calgon and a lotto ticket.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Peek a boo

Here we go again! We are back at work on our newest little secret.

Today, I pulled up carpet and found this.

Original tile floor -yay!

Black goo gunk -yuck!


The adhesive remover actually worked-woo hoo! Only 1000 square feet to go!

A peek around the corner. This wall was moldy Sheetrock Last week.

Around that corner and you find these steps. Old and worn and just perfect!

At the top of the stairs- the original loo. You have to sit carefully or you'll get splinters in your bum. Next...

And this is the icing on my cake. The sweetest room you could ever find to overlook the quaint streets below.

Can you feel the love yet?

Treasure of the day. I guess this fan pre-dates the paper church fans of my day. It is made from a palmetto leaf. Too cool!

Stay tuned. We can't wait to show you more.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

When walls talk

I keep trying to write and the words just never seem to work. I fail miserably at trying to separate my personal life and my "store life". They are so intertwined and I just cant untangle them. I have lost my biggest fan and I miss him so much. Please bear with me.

In the meantime, we have a new project going on at Alice and Jay.

We will keep it a secret for a little while but you can bet your bottom dollar that it's gonna be fun! New things around here always involve Jay on a ladder don't they!

While we were Working(I was working hard taking pictures) on peeling back layers of yuck, Jay caught a glimpse of something on our wall. Now, these old walls were constructed in the late 1800's and were home to a drug store, post office(where my precious Daddy worked for 45 years), and an antique shop. As each layer was removed, we could hear the voices from the past speak a little louder.



This voice must of come from one of my kindred spirits. The kind that does their bookkeeping on the wall, or back of your hand, or just anywhere you can write it so you don't forget it!

The more we peeled, the better it got. I was pretty excited when we found this chunk of the original wallpaper. Isn't it fabulous?

I have boxes and boxes of wonderful old ledger books and receipts and papers to dig through too. I wonder what they will tell me? The one from 1904 told me that Mr. Carson liked to buy cigars and candy and Christmas eve was a busy day at the drug store. Mostly candy and powders and perfumes were sold on that day. I'm going to search through them to see what my Grandaddy might have bought. I'll let you know what I find.

Simple things done by simple folks over 100 years earlier still Speak loud and clear today. It's kind of comforting, isn't it? Tune back in to see what else these wall say!

PS. Thank you to my sweet new friend from Tallahassee who stopped in to see me today. YOU inspired me to write today. Sometimes God works in wonderful and mysterious ways! Please come back to see me.

Thank you, Joanne. Sometimes it takes a visit from an angel to remind you how special life is. You are a rare and beautiful vessel of God's love! I love you.

Thank you, Barb. You are so special and we are so blessed to know you.