Sunday, July 31, 2011

I love an Easy Summer dress

This post brought to you by Milann. All opinions are 100% mine.

Everyone has their wardrobe of choice in the summer. It is usually something light and comfortable.

I especially love to wear simple, casual dresses in the summertime. Just throw it on and go!


No bother to match any tops to shorts.

When it comes to going out on the town with my husband, maybe to Atlantic City, or even just dinner, I try to find a dress that is a little more elegant but still full of comfort. 

If you ever have the problem of figuring out what to wear, stock your closet with a few of these little darlings and you won't be disappointed.

There is a great online shop called that has the prettiest and most romantic dresses.

Just look at this killer black dress.

Little black number


Doesn't everyone need a little black dress? and they have so many more styles.

Little romantic  pink taffeta dresses.


They have the sweetest special occasion dresses at such reasonable prices.

And look at this pretty little white, sash party dress, I just love this one.



To celebrate their 3rd anniversary they offer free shipping on these special occasion dresses

These are all dresses to feel pretty and comfortable in. I feel prettier in a simple dress even if I'm just going to the supermarket. They are comfy.

Even though in the winter I am mostly a jeans and t shirt girl, I love a soft flowy summer dress, like this one


So my favorite place to shop for some super prices and great quality is  It may soon be your favorite place too!

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Friday, July 29, 2011

A Self portrait, Andy Warhol style

I really wanted to participate in the photography challenge over at A Step in the Journey blogspot
My problem being... no decent camera to use, not even a point and shoot, and i certainly don't think any of my iphone pictures is going to qualify.
So I came up with an idea I am hoping is acceptable to the challenge.
The first challenge is a self portrait.
I used photo booth on my mac to take this picture and to create the effects which is called Andy Warhol.
I did order a DSLR and should be getting it in a few days. I am eager to have fun with this new learning experience.
Join in the fun with us at the photo challenge for the next 20 weeks!
A Step in the Journey

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Free 411 calls and voice navigation caught my eye

Did you ever get frustrated having to call customer service because your cell phone isn't working? Only to find out your not eligible to have it fixed or get a new phone unless you sign in for another 2 years!!
And why would you want to sign in for 2 more years if your not happy with the service they are currently providing?
I think some carriers are finally catching on to the craziness of this idea.
I recently discovered something called Straight Talk,and I think that they get it!
I can't stop thinking about the money I will save, specifically on my kids phones. 
I just want good service at a reasonable price. They have some awesome features.
  • No contracts, no surprise bills!

  • Unlimited Monthly service is only $45, and includes calls, text, picture messaging, and web.
  • Straight Talk only uses trusted phone manufacturers like LG, Motorola, Kyocera, Nokia and Samsung.
  • No contracts
  • International Long Distance:
  • • Straight Talk International Long Distance Service is a flexible prepaid calling service that enables you to make international calls from your home, cell or office phone at low rates. 
  • call a friend

This part I love.
  • 411 calls are included at no extra charge.
I don't know about you but  my 411 calls have been costing me way too much. I love the idea of cutting my cell phone bill in half. This feature alone had me at "Hello"

This is an especially great plan for the kids, because mine go through phones like candy
• Reconditioned phones are available from $10.00 with camera, mp3 player, mobile web access, and blue-tooth capability. Great for young users!
And I really like this feature, a voice navigation system., check out how this works.
It certainly gives you food for thought, if you are having an issue with the steep rise of your cell phone costs.
One happy camper,who switched to Straight Talk ..…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vintage Collections

I have a few things I just couldn't stop myself from hunting down, buying or foraging for, so after a while I guess they do become a collection.
So I guess i'd say i have a few collections. Years ago I began an obsession with blue and white dishes.It started with just pitchers

 then my step mom gave me tiffany plates

 some blue onion

 I used my blue and white willow wear all the time and eventually gave it to my daughter. I recently renovated  my kitchen and packed all the blue and white away,

 and bought out all the old solid white and some newly thrifty white. some of that is later in this post.

But for now, the story of my  Hull pottery.
Usually I only buy in the Water lilly or Magnolia patterns.

 The one below is my favorite and the one that started my hunt for Hull.

The story behind it is so cute. Back in 1985,An old neighbor who was about 65 then, used to help us out fixing things, and I had gone down to his basement where he was searching for a special bolt, for me , and when I looked to see a few grimey old screwdrivers sitting inside this gorgeous piece of pottery on an old shelf, with a bunch of nuts and bolts, my jaw dropped. I asked him why he didn't just have them in an old coffee can, instead of this beauitful piece. He said, Oh that old thing, Someone gave it to us for a wedding present, it's older than dirt."  "You can have it if you like it." 

Like it....I loved it. But we better ask your bride!! She said Oh sure, I don't have any use for it.
They were married  when he was 20. So I guess it was about circa1940. I had no idea what it was at the time but had seen Roseville and thought it to be even prettier than any Roseville I'd come across.
On the bottom it said Hull USA

So i took it home with me and an affair with Hull was born!

oops I can't forget, I have a few vintage purses i adore. I just love to hang them around the house.
Against an old door
On my old clapboard porch front
On a table top or near the hutch
Or just dangling from an old cubbard

I also have collections of vintage tablecloths, which I have posted once before here.
Cottage Beach House: Vintage Tablecloth Love
and honestly, of course ... the seashells,

They are the most fun to collect because they are free and the whole family becomes involved, scouring the beach for goodies.

Never really thought about myself as a collector but yep, I have to admit I have enough white pitchers and pottery to be a collection, and vintage aqua bottles too!

I have fun with the things I "collect" I use them for flowers, and drinks, and setting out dinner.
 and holding fruit, and milk and sugar

I like to use these little white pitchers to stuff flowers in or mix a couple mojitos.

 It makes the yard sales, and thrift shops a fun jaunt to see if I can find the things that I like.
What things do you like to find when your out on a hunt?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Vintage Bottle for Dish Detergent

Here's a sweet and simple idea. I'm not claiming this to be my idea, because I first saw this concept with an old wine bottle on another bloggers site. I can not for the life of me remember who.
 An old bottle to hold your dish soap by the sink!
But in my mind it segued from old wine bottle to one of my vintage bottles laying around the house.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Mary's room Finally Complete

Well, I can finally say Mary's room is completely done!

Thanks so much for all your input. I enjoyed all your ideas and selections.

I painted the headboard white and
together my daughter and I painted one
 wall blue ( Behr sapphire berry) and 3 walls  green.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My little Tropical Backyard Hacienda room

I'm not completely finished Mary's room (only because she is taking some on line college courses ) and I can't keep disturbing her but it is almost complete! So by the end of the week it will be done and posted.
I hung the drapes, found the perfect bedspread, Painted the headboard, now I just have to attach it. and hang her pictures.
....But I have been busy with some other projects. It's one of my favorite rooms in the house.
But it's not really a room....It's the screened in area, out back, just outside my family room.
My son had bought me one of those screen gazebos, because he knew I wanted to make a little shady tropical spot in the yard. Our yard is usually all sun, all day.... A bit much.

A sweet spot to relax out of the sun, that I've been 
busy dressing up.

I've been looking for an outdoor rug  and finally, Look what I found

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mary's Room remodel Phase 4

Yippeee.. Mary's furniture came!!

The before of this same wall..

Re-do Phase 1, 2, 3 posted here
And we had some fun bonding time, picking out a throw rug for the bed area.
We found this one at home depot.
Just so her toes don't freeze the minute they hit the floor in the winter :)
She says she likes swirly stuff.. Say that five times. She sells sea shells by the seashore.

And I get to shop... yippee, I love shopping at Home Goods.
Look at all my choices. beachy stuff, swirly stuff. Help me out will ya?
Which ones would you recommend?

 The last one is bed bath and beyond
I like this bedspread at Bed Bath and Beyond.

I like this bedspread  at Home Goods

but I am thinking  a white bedspread

with swirly toss pillows.

What ya thinking?

Final reveal when I get all my shopping done, and curtains hung. Maybe end of this week.
See if I pick what you would pick.

Thanks for stopping by!
I'm off to join some parties.

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