Friday, April 17, 2015

A House Full Of Stuff: My Vintage Christmas Haul

 Hi Pals! Hope you're all happy and well! :)
This post is about something that happened to me last December, on my birthday of all days! Angie (who's birthday it was also, hee hee) came with me to this fabulous old house. The owners are friends with my uncle, and my uncle asked if I'd be willing to help them go through their old things. They're getting the house ready to sell, and all these things belonged to their parents, who have passed away. *Isn't this vintage wallpaper beautiful?
So my job was to start digging through piles like this, and separate the things that I think are worthy of going into an estate sale, and say what they might be worth.  I really didn't have any intentions of buying anything, or asking to keep things for myself. But you know. lol 
*There ended up being some great things in this dusty pile.

I look absolutely crazy eyed in this pic, and I needed my roots done so bad!!!! But there was this little crawlspace in one of the bedrooms upstairs, and the owner says "Oh, that's just Christmas stuff in there". Say what????

So the owner went back downstairs and had a sandwich, while Angie and I went through the Christmas boxes. When I was done, I offered her a dollar amount that I considered to be the same as any other estate sale I'd go to. But I'm going back over to the house to help her some more, and pay off my debt instead. How's that for a deal?
OK, here's what I came away with!
*lots of pictures, and NOT very good ones. Lighting is just terrible at our house.
 He's my new favorite Santa! Love his blue eyes!
 These mugs were in that pile under the stairs!
 Those are little Christmas carol booklets!
 This guy is big. And I can't wait to finish him with beads and sequins, and put him on a pillow!
 Because I totally needed more vintage ribbon and tinsel. lol
 Apparently if it was sparkly, I took it!
 No words, just love!
 Also under the stairs...unopened Gurleys! And I can cross that little plastic ornament (or is it a gumdrop?) tree off of my "must find list! Also, I love the lavender/turquoise combo in this x-mas corsage!
 My first figural light bulb!
 And I know Laurie (aka Magpie Ethel) finds these all the time, but I never have. So I was thrilled to find a whole card of these foil and glass bead tie-ons!
And more vintage seals...because I was running low. Ha!
So that's that. Now, I can honestly say that if 2015 doesn't bring any vintage Christmas stuff my way, that's just fine by me. I have way more than one girl needs!
I'm going back to help with the house again though! Gotta pay off my debt.
 I'll let you know how that goes. :)
Angie, thank you for going with me to dig through a dusty, old, house on our birthday! I know it was the last thing that you wanted to do, but you did it because it was the first thing that I wanted to do.
Love you- Me


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Did You Think I Never Came Back? :)

Hi Friends! I'm sorry it's been so long. Our trip to Mexico was sooooo wonderful!
This resort was actually in Akumal, not Tulum, like I had thought.
It had the absolute best beach I've ever been to! The water was so clear and warm.
Lots of vegetation and palm trees at this place!
The pool was gorgeous and the drinks were so good!

 The pool and the beach were just steps away from each other, so we could easily switch it up through out the day.  
One day we took a catamaran out to do some snorkeling.
That was my favorite day! The boat ride was so pretty and relaxing.
 Around the pool there were these little, curtain enclosed, private, cushions to just take a little nap in, or read your book.
 Here's me on day one, after I've discovered these little cabanas. Not quite sure how many tropical drinks I'd had at this point, but I know that I was thinking that this was the best place on earth!
 Inside my cozy little reading place.
For some reason the cocktail waitress kept bringing me two at a time. Who was I to turn them away?
 The walkway to the pool.
 We really loved that this place was so green and jungle-like.
 These guys were all over the place.
My sister Angie, and her "Mango-Tango"!  :)
My Aunt Judy, and Mom Holly. So cute is their little swim cover-ups!
 Coconut ice cream and pretty little cakes.
 Cappuccino with cinnamon every morning!
 This was kind of a neat dessert. That's ice cream in the dish, and inside that banana leaf bundle was a hot chocolate cake.
Another shot of the huge pool. This resort is actually adults in "no kids allowed".  I'd never been to a place that didn't allow kids before, but I have to say, it made for a totally different atmosphere. A quiet and calm one!
Every day the house keeping ladies would leave a different animal (made of towels) on your bed. This is the rabbit version I guess.
With the exception of one or two days, we stayed at the resort the entire time! This trip wasn't about getting out there and site seeing. It was all about soaking up the sun, and we did it! Though, I did smothered myself in SPF 70 the whole time! :)
The past several weeks I just felt like I needed a break from all the computer stuff. Not a break from you guys of course! But a break from blogging and pinning and can all be a bit much sometimes. Mostly because I'm not very good at setting limits for myself. Three hours wasted on pinning? Suuure, why not?? lol
I want to get back to selling in my Etsy shop! And I've also joined IG. I need to set up a link on my blog still, but if you want to find me, I'm @ericabryan on IG.
I look forward to catching up with all of you, and I appreciate that you're still here!
Erica :)
p.s.  a traditional post featuring vintage stuff is up next!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

All My Bags Are Packed!

 Well...technically they aren't. I'm such a procrastinator. But they will be very soon, because we are leaving for Tulum,Mexico late tomorrow night!
I'm sorry that I haven't been a good blogger friend lately. I haven't been keeping up with everyone like I usually do. It's been a rough winter. This vacation will be good for "mind and body" I'm hoping! My joints could really use the warmth, and my mind could really use the sunshine!
 It'll be my Mom, Aunt Judy, my sister Angie, and Me!
A full week of laying on the beach, drinking fruity drinks, and reading good books!
Plus some massages, snorkeling, and shopping thrown in!
*I still have to run to Barnes and Noble tomorrow. So if anyone has any book recommendations, I'd really appreciate it! 
 And then there are these "cenotes" to swim in. Has anyone done this? I guess they're like underground lakes or caves. I want to do it! I don't think the rest of the crew wants to join me though.
 I guess it does look kind of creepy. So I'll let you know how that works out! lol
We're staying at an all inclusive resort. But I found this restaurant on Pinterest called "Hartwood", and it's supposed to be amazing! So we will be going there too.
OK Friends, I also wanted to thank you for your comments and support about Max. Sometimes it can be so sad and frustrating, seeing dogs that have been mistreated. It helps to be able to talk about it on my blog, and to get a "thumbs up" from people I know feel the same way.
See You When I Get Back From Tulum!
Erica :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Case Of The Free Dog: Max

 A few weeks ago, I came across an ad on Craig's List for a "Free Dog". This is sad, but it's also very dangerous for the dog. Of course, if someone is offering their dog for free, they don't care about the dog, and where he could end up. There are some very bad people that search Craig's List looking for "Free" dogs. At the top of the list are dog fighters, looking for free bait dogs.
 So Angie and I drove a couple hours south to get him. He was such a good boy, considering that he didn't know what the heck was happening. And truthfully, I didn't know what the heck was happening either. I didn't have a plan. Whenever we rescue a dog, I do a lot of praying that God will help me get the dog to where he's meant to be. HE has always come through. :)
 The ad said he was 9 years old, and he'd been with the same owners his whole life. It also said that he had an old injury to his paw, but that it wasn't a problem now. The woman wouldn't answer any of my questions when we met her in a restaurant parking lot to pick him up. I said "Why are you getting rid of him?" and "Do you have any other dogs"?
She just said she's been feeling bad because he's been having to live in the garage. That was it!
Living in the garage during a Minnesota winter would be torture!
 Isn't he sweet? He's holding his left paw up in this pic, the paw that is supposed to be "just fine". 
On the way home I Googled "English Springer Rescue", thinking it was a long shot.
But there were a few to choose from! So I randomly chose one, and left a message.
By the time we got home, the rescue called me back...and this part was truly God helping me out, I believe. I told the woman that I just picked up a free Springer Spaniel, and I'm looking for some help.
She immediately said "Oh, is it Max with the bad leg?"
(This pic shows how bad his leg really is)
 Here this rescue group had been trying to rescue him for weeks! The owner didn't want him to go to a rescue though. I said well, I've got him, so the joke's on her!
Can you believe that the owner told the rescue group that they bought a brand new Rottweiler puppy, and Max didn't like Max had to go!
Here's the other thing, Max has been living is extreme pain all his life. The kids broke is leg when he was just a couple months old, and the owners never took him to the vet! His leg healed at a very weird angle, and he developed severe arthritis because of it. It's no wonder he didn't like the Rottweiler puppy. Max has become defensive because of his injury. I saw this when he stayed with me. But overall, he was so sweet, and he just wanted love!
He stayed with me for a week, while a long term foster could be found. I brought him to get neutered, and then he was transferred to his new foster home in Ohio.
Now, this AMAZING rescue group, English Springer Rescue America, is on a mission to help him!
Max is their newest "Special Needs Springer", and they have a fundraiser set up to raise money for his surgery!
I couldn't believe it when I saw that there were people from all over the country sending money to help him out. And NO, this post is not meant to ask you to contribute! I hope you know that! I just wanted you to see what happened. He was a free dog, who's owners didn't love him, and now he's got a whole list of people trying to help him. It confirmed for me that sometimes having faith is enough.
Click HERE to read about his injury, and to see his fundraiser page.
Go HERE to scroll through many available Springer Spaniels. Max,in Cincinnati, is towards the end.
Thank you for reading my long post!
Hugs- Erica :)