Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Auction Queen

After this weekend, I declare myself the Queen of Auctions.
LOL! What do you think?

My finds included books...

And more books...

Boxes, totes and a chair...

Surprise! Beautiful handpainted teacups in those boxes...

Instant tabletop arrangement for the season...

Fun bottles...

Collectible bottles...

Crafting bottles...

Holiday boxes...


This birdhouse and bird (and many more)...

Shiny and old combined...

This is just a sampling of it all. With Tool Man's help, I had two carloads, a truckload, and a trailer filled with auction finds. I shopped for myself, for resale, and for Christmas presents for family. And did I mention the fantabulous prices? It was the best auction ever. So can I be queen?

Now join Suzanne of Vintage Thingies Thursday and Leigh of Thrifty Thursdays to see what fun everyone else is having!

Remember my October 1 Give Away. The deadline is noon and all you have to do is become a follower. Good luck everyone!

Living it up at Lakewood,


October is Coming!

"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." - Nathaniel Hawthorne


September Update

Well, another month has gone by and it feels like the holidays are sneaking upon us already! Stores are putting up their Christmas decorations (big sigh), the weather has gone from the 70's-80's to the 40's-60's, and it is getting too dark too early in the evenings for me. I love the beauty of fall, but have to make a real adjustment to the cold and not enough daylight hours. 
Let's move onto my top ten priorities...

1. Gardening - I just posted that it is time to clean it all up. It looks so sad at the end of the season. I will also be expanding it for next year by prepping it now. That involves tilling, putting newspaper down,  and piling leaves on top. I hope we have a couple of nice, sunny days so it will be more of a pleasant experience. Do you have your garden planned for next year?

2. Turning Trash into Treasures - I've been stockpiling this summer. Nothing is more fun than taking a piece and saying what can I do with this! I've changed some rooms around the house so I can have the room to work on these special projects. I've been inspired by many bloggers and their projects.

3. Saving Energy & Becoming Earth Friendly - I do my part by picking up curbside finds. LOL! It is a shame that people just throw everything to the curb without thinking about it. Read this post about previous thoughts on this subject.

4. Experimenting in the Kitchen - Time for the oven to start working its magic. I opened up a favorite cookbook (among many) yesterday to glance over cakes and cookies. The Land O Lakes Treasury of Country Recipes cookbook has uncomplicated recipes that produce fantabulous results. Check it out on the right under 'My Favorite Picks'. This will be fun to immerse myself into the experience of trying new recipes. No negatives except maybe a few extra pounds and I do have the habit of burning myself. :)

5. Making Our House a Home & a Haven - Okay, this makes me laugh. When you're redoing your house to make it nicer, it has to go through the 'what the heck happened here?!?' stage. We tore out the wall between the kitchen and a tiny, unused bedroom. It has such possibilities, but what a sight it is right now. Tool Man works many, long hours and does not have as much time to work on the house. I do my part, but am no good at wiring, closing in the archway, etc. It will get there.

6. Connecting & Playing with Nature - I enjoy capturing nature through photography. I am no expert, but enjoy trying to capture the perfect moment whether it is a beautiful sunset, a busy bee, or an interesting plant. The color of the fall season will bring new possibilities.

7. Creating & Crafting - Crafting, for me, is not a priority during the summer. I'm outdoors soaking up every bit of nice weather that I can. The colder weather allows plenty of time for the comfort of creating and crafting. I now have a crafting room waiting patiently for me.

8. Becoming Self-Reliant - I do need to work on a few things for possible winter storms. We were not completely prepared last winter when the ice storm took us out of the loop for a week and a half. The main priority is to have emergency heating. I don't like to be cold!
9. Family Fun - Believe it or not, the whole family is looking at schedules so we can fit each other in this coming season. It takes some time to figure out how our side, my side, and his side can spend time together. Like most families, we are spread out (KY, OH, PA, FL). It will probably take us November, December, and January to fit everyone in.

10. Educating Myself & Others - I have learned so much from all the other bloggers with whom I've connected. Thank you all. Blogland has many creative and caring people. I will be making an announcement tomorrow on another way for us to connect. It will be an experiment to see if it is a fit for bloggers. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? we come!

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." - Elizabeth Lawrence

Living it up at Lakewood,


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Give Away Update

Have you signed up to become a follower and I have not returned the favor? It is not intentional. Some bloggers do not realize that their settings keep them a secret. When you are kind enough to comment on someone's blog, make sure your settings allow the possibility of them coming to visit your blog, leaving a comment, and/or becoming a follower. A link to your blog must be visible within your profile.

What about my give away? If your name is drawn and I cannot find you...see where I'm going with this? The give away is this Wednesday, October 1. If you want to enter, you must become a follower. That is it. One simple step. I want to wish everyone good luck. I wish you all could win!

I would like to thank all the bloggers who took the time to post my give away button on their own blog. I have received new visitors and friends because of your generosity. Bloggers are the best!

Living it up at Lakewood,


Cold Hands Syndrome

It's cold here! No is! I don't do well when I'm chilled to the bone. I start piling clothes on and still have the cold hands syndrome'. It took me by surprise actually. I know. Fall is upon us. It is bound to happen, but I live in KY. I like the warmer climate here compared to my former residence in northern Ohio. Family in Ohio says they didn't even get a real summer this year. Guess the weather has been crazy all over.

I grabbed a sweater to go out and evaluate the garden. It is time. Time to clean it up and out. It makes me sad to do so. No more going out to see what is ripe and ready. No more determining what's for supper based on what just came out of the garden. And no more fresh, can't get that taste anywhere else except from one's own, garden produce. And what really stinks is that my grocery bill will now go up. Putting in a little work equals many advantages that cannot be ignored. In fact, a bigger and better garden is planned and will be prepared for next spring's arrival. I can't wait! Now where did I put those gloves... 

Living it up at Lakewood,


Monday, September 28, 2009

What's Your Design Style?

HomeGoods has a quiz to determine your design style. I went to their website after discovering this offering from another blogger (sorry, can't remember who and where).

I think I'm complicated. After all, I can't even determine my own style. How can a website do any better? I know what I like when I see it and I can't always put it into words. I was intrigued by this and decided it might be fun. I took the short quiz and my design style is Elegant Classic. At first I thought, no, can't be. But when I read the following description, I believe it to be correct. This is the result...

Elegant Classic:

You have a refined sensibility with an appreciation for history and tradition in your furniture and your rooms. You value beauty, things that are well crafted, and family heirlooms. You are visually sensitive and understand how symmetry and a formal layout give order to a room, and hence your home is refined and calming. You are not taken in by the trends of the moment. You go for things with a timeless appeal, and appreciate old-fashioned virtues like manners and handwritten notes and making a home that is welcoming for others.

You value serenity. While there are probably a lot of interesting things in your home, they are joined by your taste or a certain palette that keeps them in harmony. You appreciate the beauty in simple forms. Whether fancy or plain, you appreciate things that are well made and function as well as they look. You also have a strong respect for the environment and craftsmanship. You care about how things are made, and how they are used.

So I'm an Elegant Classic in a goofy, comfy, down-to-earth sort of way!  :)

Living it up at Lakewood,


Auction Shopping

Saturday was an auction day and I had quite a dilemma. I had a choice of six auctions to go to. And on top of that, it was raining. Quick...make a decision. The auction with the fancy mansion looked interesting. The antique shop that was closing appeared hopeful. Nope, too much competition! Let's get dressed for the rain, go to an auction in a neighboring community and hope for the best.

My neighbor, Denny, is a Realtor and he had this house listed that was up on the auction block along with the personal belongings. He appreciated that I was there to support him on a rainy day and I was happy to be there. It was one of the best shopping trips I've ever taken. I walked away with things for me, stuff for Tool Man, Christmas presents for the family, and items to resale.

I would truly love to post more, but I have not even had time to open all the boxes to see my special treasures. It's like having a birthday! I love shopping at auctions!

Living it up at Lakewood,


Friday, September 25, 2009

Color Palette

See these colors? Aren't they perfect? Are they speaking to you? They speak to me!

And you know what is interesting about this picture? Every item was purchased at an auction this summer including the material. All of them, that is, except for the little striped tea towel the bird is sitting on. I discovered the towel at the grocery store this morning. It tied all my colors into one palette. So I am letting you take a peek at my new color scheme for redecorating.

You may not be able to see the little chocolate brown stripe in the towel, but it's there. I'm addicted to chocolate so why not combine it into my surroundings full-time.

All the blues, greens, creams, and browns...oh my! So what do you think of my new color palette? Do you like it?

Living it up at Lakewood,


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thrifty is Nifty

Time to celebrate fall with my October 1 Give Away!!! Click on my button on the right to get details and grab my button to share with others. No hoops or steps to qualify. Just become a follower and I'll do the same for you!

It's time to share vintage and thrifty finds with Suzanne at Colorado Lady and Leigh at Bloggeritaville. Kudos to both these ladies for being great hostesses. Go check out everyone's fun finds!

I'm fond of birds. Heck, I'm fond of a lot of critters and nature in general. Today I had seven birds by the front porch screeching at Kit Kat sitting inside at the window watching their every move. So it made me think of one of my recent coffee/tea set. I love it. I acquired it at an auction with  a variety of other teapots and sets. No one wanted teapots that day so I got a great deal. I think I spent about $10 for all of them. I sold all the sets except this one. I had to keep it with the little nests on one side and see below for the closeup of the other side. Ever see this pattern before? 

The tarnished silver cake stand (I like it that way) is from another auction that Tool Man went to. Bless his heart! He bought a box because it had a pillow with a garden theme on it that he thought I would like. The pillow was old and smelly. Um, oh, well...thank you??? So I asked what else was in the box. He didn't know. That's when I pulled the silver cake stand out from the bottom. Whoo-hoo!

Here is another cake stand/dish that I use all the time. It has a pretty etched design which is impossible to capture with the camera. My Grandma S gave this green vintage piece to me many years ago. It makes a great display for a variety of dishes and desserts. And Grandma S was known for her cooking and baking so this glassware always makes me think of her.

That's it for now. Thanks for stopping by and sitting for a spell!

Living it up at Lakewood,



Did you catch the September issue of Southern Living? They featured  my part of the state right here in Kentucky. I'm surrounded by rolling hills of bluegrass, thoroughbreds and the races, bourbon country, and just plain old southern tradition.'s a good place to be!

Living it up at Lakewood,


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Give Away!!!

This is it!!! I will be doing a give away on October 1. See these fantabulous goodies? 

(This mailbox stands 15" high)
You just need to become a follower and you're in the drawing. I will return the favor and will follow your blog.

(This little guy is just waiting to be part of your fall display)
If you are already a follower, then you are set to go. If I have not returned the favor, it is because I cannot find you or you do not have a blog. Please be careful of your settings and adjust them accordingly so I can find you.

(Such a cute little basket)

My crazy goal is to have 100 posts and 100 followers by Oct. 1. Well I will have 100 posts, but I need your help to boost my followers. If you help me spread the word, I'd greatly appreciate it.

(You also get the book 'With a Cup of Tea)
In fact, you can grab my button on the right side here to share the love. Tell you what...if I get 100 followers by October 1, I'll do a second drawing. Why not?!? The second winner will receive a winter themed surprise!

Along with the drawing on October 1, will be the big announcement. Stayed tuned, it's coming soon.

Living it up at Lakewood,


60's Review

Some of you asked if I took the time to watch Oprah's retro show of the 60's. Well, I was working very hard yesterday on all my piles. And fortunately, some of the mess was in the living room so I could sort in front of the tv.

I loved that the audience dressed appropriately for the show. There were quite a few Jackie Kennedy look alikes. My fave was the lady in the front row with her blue dress, little white sweater, and gloves. Very cute. And the hats! What happened ladies? We no longer wear hats. I have a passion for hats and wear them. I enjoy hats more in cooler weather and have recently acquired a vintage burgundy hat that will keep me warm this winter. Wear a hat and make a statement!

Oprah's staff hit it on the head with their format. I felt I was watching a show from the 60's from the set up right up to the announcer. They compared prices, showed popular products, and who can forget the commercials with slogans we can still remember.

I did not realize that the doll, Chatty Cathy, had a price tag of $16.00. Wow, that was expensive for those times. The other thing that took me by surprise was that mascara came out in a tube in the 60's. What? I was not at the age to wear makeup until the 70's. So what did mascara come in before a tube. Was there mascara? Anyone know?

Music from the 60's makes me move to the beat. It was just plain fun back then. I wish Oprah's show would have showcased original artists. That was a big negative for me. Still, certain dances did come to mind...the jerk, the swim, the pony, and the freddie to name a few.

So overall, it was fun to relive the 60's for an hour. Do I really want to go back? Not really, but it is fun to visit for a little while. 

Living it up at Lakewood,


Monday, September 21, 2009

Here I Am

I am just now getting around to posting on my blog today. As you can tell by the picture, I have been busy with other things. I am going through all my boxes of auction finds. I'm sorting, organizing, and cleaning. And sometimes when I do that, everything looks more of a mess. I look around and see piles. A pile for future projects, a pile to trash, a pile for flea market sales, and a pile for my future online shop. Now time to push the piles into their proper place. Till tomorrow...

Living it up at Lakewood,


Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Sunday Stroll

Today, my Sunday stroll reveals...

A pumpkin in my patch ready to be picked and be displayed for fall.

A dark sky and still a pretty day.

Boats at rest.

Kit Kat at play.

And fall flowers adding beauty.

Living it up at Lakewood,


Remember The 60's?

If you are old enough to remember and to experience the 60's, you may want to watch Oprah this Monday, September 21. She is going back in time to celebrate the 60's. Before I continue, I am not an Oprah fan. I could care less one way or another. There...I've been honest. But I'm mentioning all of this because this little retro show of hers might be fun. Apparently, she will have the cast of Mad Men on and I have never seen this show or even care to. As you can tell, I'm not really into tv and all its little celebrities. 

But I am fascinated on how history affects and shapes our culture's attitude towards fashion, values, trends, etc.  So I will be watching this 60's show to experience again the cool threads, far-out gadgets, unforgettable marketing slogans, pop music, and our all time favorite products.

Now I must get ready for the event. I haven't decided if I will iron my hair or just use juice cans to help straighten it and give it some bounce (yes, I used to use juice cans). And where did I put my mini-skirt and boots (I even had fishnet stockings)? I need to pull out my Beatles albums (I still have them), whoops...don't have a record player anymore. Well, I can still fix a snack of Jiffy Pop! Anyone up for a quick game of Twister?

So stay 'cool' and have a 'blast' reliving the 60's!

*Reminder! Become a follower to enter my give away and I'll hop on over to visit and follow you, too! Thanks!

Living it up at Lakewood,


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Southern Living

Have you heard? They say Southern Living magazine is getting a makeover. Everyone is getting a makeover these days! The October issue, which is to hit the stands on September 29, is to be more modern. Hmmm...I thought the term southern living represents the old traditional ways (of the south). So what are we here? Modern or traditional?

According to The Washington Post, Eleanor Griffin who is the editor in chief of Southern Living, stated that readers say they don't have time for all the traditions that their moms had. Really! I guess we can only wait and see what the definition of modern is according to a traditional magazine.

*Remember to become a follower and you will automatically be entered into the October 1 give away. Photos of the goodies will be revealed this coming week. Go for it...

Living it up at Lakewood,


Friday, September 18, 2009


Everyone knows I am very cheap thrifty. So when it comes to paint, oh please, ya know I am going to be digging in the oops bin!

So let's talk paint. I cannot make a decision because there are too many choices. It is like going into the grocery store to pick up a box of cereal and realize they may have to come and rescue me after I get lost in the sea of choices. One whole isle of cereal. How many boxes do we need? Same goes for paint color.

At Lowe's, I stand in front of all the little paint cards and become dizzy. If I hold onto the nearest counter to steady myself then I can read the names of all the pretty colors. Colors with names such as Morning Breeze, Romantic Isle, and Coastal Mist. Hang on, I'm getting dizzy again just with the names. The names alone can pull you in.

What is a gal to do? Well this gal is not giving up on painting. My solution is to look at the oops paint. And what have I discovered? It narrows my choices, yet I walk away with what I want and need. And all for $5.00.

This morning, though, Lowe's had all their oops paint for $10. Hmm...let's go to Home Depot. Yes, two gallons at $5.00 each. And I didn't get dizzy!

Living it up at Lakewood,


Vintage Rocks!

Don't mess with vintage. It rocks! At least that is the consensus after my post yesterday. I believe I made some readers cringe and others question my sanity. But I did make the value of vintage stand up and be noticed.

I happened to showcase two sets of my vintage canisters along with the question of what to do with them now that I'm changing the color scheme in my kitchen. I casually asked if I should paint them. I think that is when I heard gasps in blogland.

Truth is, I really thought I'd use them as storage in my crafting area if they no longer were appropriate for the kitchen. So I have decided the green ones will find a new home in the craft area. The yellow ones will remain in the kitchen. They do not have to try to defend themselves. They have value as is. They are vintage.

What is that I am hearing now? Oh...sighs of relief in blogland. LOL! Thank you!

Living it up at Lakewood,

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