Thursday, May 14, 2015

Little Lost Blog

What's my deal? I joined Instagram! That's what happened! It's been just like everyone warned me it would be. It's so addicting! I really need to cut down on it, and get back to my blog. I'm sorry that I've neglected it so badly.
Estate Sale and Garage Sale season are in full swing! So I've been finding lots of fun things. Here are some of them.
 I've added some quilts and table cloths to my collections!
I found this adorable vintage candy tin with a wienee on it!
I scored some vintage decals that I have some projects in mind for!
The enamel floral pins were at the thrift, and I gave them to Tammy and Deb when we got together at Deb's house the other day!
 I found an entire bag of frozen charlottes at Goodwill! What???
*most are now sold
 I've found a new thrift that is quite good to me! Love this old bird tin and rug!
And I couldn't believe when I scored these two the home and garden section! They're about a foot tall, and heavy as heck!
And this little deer and blue bird mug was found at an estate sale last weekend!
OK, I have to admit to trying my hand at holding an Instagram Sale. It was NOT my cup of tea!
For one thing, you have to be able to text really fast for a couple hours. This is not a good mix when you have Rheumatoid Arthritis! By the time I went to bed, I couldn't even move my fingers. I won't be doing it again. It made me so appreciative (not that I wasn't before) that I've always been able to sell things on Etsy and straight off of my blog, with my Market Mondays.
 I want to get back to doing that!
I have a couple quilts and throws that I need to sell. It's so hard to pass them by when they're so beautiful! I'll post again real soon (promise), and see if any of you are interested in them.
Hope you're all doing real well! We're having a garage sale on Saturday! I've got tons of work to do in the next two days!
Thanks Friends!
Erica :)

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 :)