Saturday, January 30, 2010

Silver Sunday and Homecoming '10

For Silver Sunday,
hosted by The Gypsy Fish,
I'd like to share something very dear to us,
my children's silver baby cups.

The precious cups were given to them on their first Christmas,
by their Grandaddy Bill,
who passed away four years ago, this February.

Ashley's is the first one below.
They are both sterling, one by Towle and the other by Wallace, and are inscribed with a message from their Grandaddy on the bottom of the cups.

The silver rattle was a gift to Ashley from her Grandma Frances.
Ashley's features a beautiful handle, while David's is plain and more masculine.

The children's initials are engraved on the fronts.

Seems like only yesterday that Ashley received this beautiful baby cup.
Times passes much too quickly!

And now,
16 years later.... She celebrated Homecoming at her school Friday Night,
and was a member of the Homecoming Court.

For the third consecutive year,
she was escorted by Josh.
Next year, as a senior, she will be escorted by her Dad, a school tradition.

Josh turned 19, a few weeks ago.
Looking at them on the court, I realized just how much the two of them have matured and grown.
...I cried! :)
I'm not taking this "growing up thing well!"

Below, is Ashley and her dad.

Kevin with the kids...

Ashley, Kevin, and his mom and step-dad.

The kids with Grandma and Papa.

The Junior Class Court

We were very blessed to have friends and family,
that came to support Ashley...

and brought beautiful flowers!

Below, is a video clip of the Homecoming Floor Cheers and Dance the Cheer leading Squad performed. Ashley is the captain, and with the help of another girl, choreographed the routine.
The Dance is second on the video, and Ashley starts the video on the far left, and is on the far right during the dance.
If you have a moment, take a look!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
...and staying warm, Rhonda :)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Help a {blogging} Sister Out!

Took a few days off to set-up my Etsy Shop,
and now,
I am stumped!!!
Having a blogging block as to what to post!
So, I thought I would open the floor to all my blogging buddies.
Are there questions you've always wanted to ask me,
or something you'd like to know?
Or just give me ideas, what do you like to read about on my blog?
Come on,
"Help a {blogging} sister out!"
Put on your THINKING CAPS,
and ask away!
~Rhonda :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Junkin' Just Got Better

Remember when I wrote that the last few months had been the pits, as far as junkin' goes?
Just nothing much out there?
Well, as of last Friday,
Junkin' just got a whole lot better!

I had to go to Murrells Inlet, for Kevin, and decided to bypass Myrtle Beach, and take the scenic route, ...back roads of SC.
Smart move!
The weather was beautiful, and the yard sales and outdoor flea markets started just a few miles outside of town. Thrift stores nestled in little strip malls from here to Murrells Inlet were open, and their merchandise bountiful. Since most were out of the way shops, the prices were great!
"Oh Happy Day!!!"

The first two pictures are of items I picked up to add to my milkglass collection. Each piece was a dollar or two. I've seen the back urn pictured, in etsy shops and on ebay for $30-$40 dollars.

The following items, I can't reveal what I paid for them, because I am very excited to announce,
I'm opening an Etsy Shop....Bello Market.
I've listed just a few items, and have lots more to add.

Take a look at my finds...
All will be listed within the next few days in my shop.

Love the details of the hobnail milkglass.

The larger pieces were found a thrift store and the little urn at a yard sale.

The white Corningware tea/coffee pot and pyrex cups were found at a Salvation Army Thrift Store. Don't get to those often, but there are two on the way to Murrells Inlet/Myrtle Beach.

The Indiana Green Compote came from a little thrift store and the cow creamer was found an outdoor flea market in Loris, SC.

The set of 8 cups and saucers were also found at the Salvation Army in Conway. Very unique, made in Spain, Block Bidasoa China.

Would be a great addition to a black and white tablescape.

The African wood animal napkin rings were found at a yard sale. The man said that his mother lived in Africa for 8 months in the 50's, and brought these back with her. They are hand carved and very unusual.

The brass tray underneath them, came from the flea market.

The glass dish below, will be a keeper for me, as well.
I have been looking for a crystal piece like this, to put flatware in when I entertain. {usually buffet style} It is the perfect size and was a dollar at a yard sale.

I will say, that if anyone is in the Myrtle Beach area, the Goodwill on 544 was top notch. It smelled wonderful and the staff was very friendly! The shop was well and abundantly stocked. Unfortunately, the manager at our GW in Wilmington is rude and difficult, even to her staff in front of customers. Her actions affect the feel of the entire store. Going to the store on 544 was refreshing and delightful!

That concludes the tour of my Friday outing and finds.
It's days like this one, that keep the Junkin' Fever Hot! :)
Halfway between Loris and Conway, they were filming an Extreme Makeover of a local home. I could have gone to the site as a spectator, but junk awaited!

I'll be taking a few days off from blogging to stock my shop and to take care of a few things around home. I'm still behind from responding to comments on my last two posts. But please know that your comments really mean a lot to me and I appreciate them! I'll be by to visit soon! ~ Rhonda :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

"He was calling my Name!"

You know those pieces!
You fall in love with them,
but just can't make up your mind
whether to take them home or not.
Maybe the price isn't right, which was the problem with the rabbit below.
Or maybe you aren't quite sure you have somewhere to put them.
So you walk away....
But each time you go back, that piece is there,
calling your name!
"Take me home....Take me home!"
Such was the case.
The little rabbit was $10.00 at a local consignment shop,
which I thought was a bit much!
He sat patiently on the shelf for months, and was passed over by many a shopper.
Never marked down, which would have expedited his adoption I'm sure.
And then after Christmas,
with my home looking so bare and bleak,
I decided he would add some much needed color, even if only subtlety.
So home he came.
To sit on the foyer table,
and greet those that visit.
And to bring a smile to me,
as I come and go.
'Cause he certainly is a handsome little fellow,
isn't he? :)
Linking post to
Blue Monday, at Smiling Sally's,
Second Time Around, at A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words,
& Tabletop Tuesdays, at Grits and Glamour.
Rhonda :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pretty & Functional Silver

To say Silver is shiny, pretty,
even glamorous,
is an understatement,
but it can be quite functional as well!
After many months of admiring these Tin Woodsmen pewter measuring spoons, made famous by Paula Deen, I splurged and bought a set for myself several Christmases ago.
...Actually after they arrived, I opened them and proudly showed my husband "what he bought me for Christmas!"
Isn't he a sweetie! :)
One purchase I have yet to regret! Love them!
For the dining room, to catch those little stray crumbs after dinner,
an aluminum silent butler.
Handy, indeed!
Found at a local antique store.

For more silver beauty, visit the host of Silver Sunday, The Gypsy Fish Journal!

~Blessings to you, Rhonda~

Friday, January 15, 2010

You're Kidding Me, Right???

That thought entered my mind as I opened the frozen food box below!
Was this a portion for an adult or child?
Surely, the baby food jars my kids once ate from held more than all these small compartments combined.

Like so many others,
my foremost goal for 2010 is to lose weight.
Not so much for vain reasons, although that would be a definite "pro."
But primarily, to be healthier!
I'm getting to the age to really start worrying about such, you know. I bought several "diet" frozen meals for my lunches.
After opening the boxes, I realized,
is it any wonder you can lose weight on these...
the portions are SO TINY!

{Note: Objects are much smaller than they appear in the picture!}

But "baby steps," here, please, I didn't intend on starving....or to go cold turkey from eating, just cut back.

I thought by putting the contents on a small salad plate, it would appear I had more food. And by eating very slowly, with a salad fork, I would think I was full and satisfied. No such luck.

The meals themselves are actually very tasty. And if I had about three boxes of each entree to combine, it would all be good! :)
For dessert, I lit a candle, a Christmas gift from my SIL.

Chocolateness Legacy Candle, by Root. The smell is heavenly. The fragrance alone will satisfy your senses, without the calories, of course. For your "chocolate fix," this is the perfect solution! :)


The recipe below, is one that I have used before when watching my carbs. It is easy and delicious. I intended on fixing it last night for supper, and taking pictures, but had forgotten it has to simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Didn't have time.

Sour Cream Pork Chops

*Boneless pork chops, *onion sliced into rings (optional), *1-8 oz. sliced mushrooms,drained, *1 cup beef broth, *1 tbs. chopped parsley, *1 tsp. prepared mustard, *1/2 tsp. salt and pepper each, *1 cup sour cream

Brown chops, 2 minutes on each side. Place onion over chops, spreading mushrooms over onion. In a small bowl, combine broth, parsley, paprika, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour broth mixture over chops. Cover, reduce heat to med-low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Stir in sour cream, and cook an additional 3-4 minutes. Do not let boil.

If you are not watching carbs, the pork chops are wonderful over rice. ~Enjoy!


Linking recipe to Foodie Friday, at Designs by Gollum!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Monkeys & Greenery

Where has all the good junk gone???
Contrary to this time last year, my thrifting expeditions haven't been very productive!

I did manage to snag a couple of things in the last few weeks, like the monkey planter below. It was found at a local thrift store for a couple of dollars. I decided to use it as a soap dish in our guest half bath. But before I unloaded it from the car, it succumbed to a little accident.One of the monkeys lost an arm,
and was repaired with the glue gun.

Are those blue flowers I see? {Just for Sally :)}

Behind that flash in the mirror,
is ME! :)

"Metamorphosis of my Festive Home To Just Plain Winter"

With the temperatures being so cold and as the Christmas decorations come down, my house suddenly looks so bland and lifeless. I've been adding greenery everywhere, mostly little live plants. Interjecting some life and adding some warmth into my home.
Ivy in the fish bowl...
Ivy in a second-hand urn on the piano.
The shorter candlesticks were a Christmas gift from my MIL, found at an antique store in Wilmington. Love them!

The little bromeliad below was on clearance at Lowe's for $3.00.
Linking this post to
Blue Monday, at Smiling Sally's {Sally}
Metamorphosis Monday, at Between Naps on the Porch {Susan}
Second Time Around, at A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words {Diane}
I couldn't think of a good catchy name for today's post, so there you have it, 3 posts in one, ...Monkeys and Greenery! :)
Post Edited to add a link to a
Blog Premiere Event ~ Tabletop Tuesday
Hosted by Barb
Be sure to check it out!