Saturday, April 30, 2011

Worth Getting Lost For

Two stores have been on my radar to check out, so  today I set aside the long to do list and struck out for some much needed thrift store goodness.  Because I just packed up my storage closet which was full of  similar items, I didn't buy a single thing but took lots of pictures, so get comfy.
If you love to make mixed media art like this:


Then grab your GPS (you're gonna need it!)  and head to Texas Art Asylum on Houston Avenue for supplies and inspiration.  A small warehouse in the shadow of downtown Houston, Texas Art Asylum is part warehouse/thrift store/antique shop/jewelry store.

Looks like your typical thrift store....look closer.....there's some good stuff.

I loved these water faucet knobs. They would make great drawer pulls.

My favorite. 

The other stop was Texas Junk Company located at 215 Welch in Houston,  which I have read about and blogged about, but have never been before today. Another fun place to dig around.

I thought this quiet corner of the shop was unintentionally beautiful.  

The store is well organized and full of surprises (box of giant animal bones, anyone?).  Let me know if you go, I would love to hear what you think!

Saturday, April 23, 2011


This particular Easter weekend things are discombobulated here. The house is messy while we are replacing the carpet. So we can sell this place.  And the kids are gone to their grandparent's for the weekend so we can get things back together.  If the boys were here, and things were "normal", I would have loved to try to dye eggs with natural dyes. I've seen some online and they are beautiful.  But they don't compare to the real deal:

This is Hazel, my husband's 93 year old Grandmother. Our boy's Great-Grandmother. Isn't she awesome?

Hazel has a real chicken yard at  her house and  I love it when she sends me some of her eggs. Some of them we eat and some are left out in a bowl because they are beautiful. Don't tell her we didn't eat them all. She'll get fussy, and  you don't want to make Hazel mad.

A trip to Hazel's always includes a walk around the chicken yard. Don't you love the little curtains she has for the chickens so they can have some privacy while they lay all those pretty eggs?  At 93, Hazel stays very busy and active. When Hazel was in her 70's she went on a motorcycle trip! Yes she did... she rode on the back of a motorcycle.
 If you hang with Hazel for the weekend, she will give you some of her old jewelry and thimbles from her collection, let you sit in her reclining massage chair,  tell you you're her favorite and if she wins the lottery she's gonna split it with you. Sometimes she says a good cuss word and that makes my day.  
She also quilts and just might give you one if  you're on good behavior. Or not.

Hazel lives in the country. Things are much quieter and simpler there than in our big city and I wish we could see her more often.
This is the old church near her home. Wouldn't it be lovely to attend Easter services here? 

Happy Easter! I hope you enjoy simple blessings and know the message of God's love.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


.......Are there trees near you,

and does your own soul need comforting?

Quick, then— open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song

may already be drifting away.

— Mary Oliver, "Such Singing in the Wild Branches"

(spring.  as seen from my back porch)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Glamping ?

I have never been camping. Ever.  Unless you count sleeping in a trailer at Canton First Monday. Which I don't.
Some good camping is on my bucket list, though. I tried to get my boys to go during Spring Break, even offered to rent a pop up trailer, but because they were afraid it would interfere with their paint ball birthday party, they were not willing to go.  Boys...didn't want to camp?  *shrug*
Now understand, I don't want to just pitch a tent and completely rough it. I do enjoy a few conveniences and comforts so that it doesn't become miserable.  I poked around the internets just for fun and read about Glamping, or "glamorous camping".  If you like the concept of camping but not the down and dirty reality of what it means to really be one with nature, then how about this:

Image: Sinya on Lone Man Creek

Beautiful and inspiring,  Sinya on Lone Man Creek is just 45 minutes from Austin in the Texas Hill Country. 
 A luxury safari style tent that offers all the conveniences and comforts of an eco-friendly resort.

A beautiful view, hiking, swimming in the creek, cleaning up in the century old claw-foot tub, A/C and Wi-Fi.. The layers of canvas and hardwood floors are so intriguing. I would love this! This seems to be geared more toward couples than a family getaway.

Quite the opposite are these darling images of  what roughing it looks like in my mind:

Country Living

Vintage Tent

Now back to the reality of painting, purging and getting our house ready to list.....the daydream was nice while it lasted.