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Happy Anniversary … To Me!

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You registered on WordPress.com 3 years ago! Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!

It’s always nice to open up your snail mailbox and find a card or letter instead of the barge of bills or junk mail.  It’s also nice to open up your inbox and find an email from a friend you haven’t heard from in a while.  As nice as these little surprises are, they do not compare to opening up your blog and discovering that someone has remembered it is your blogging anniversary…Thank you WordPress for  all you do for the blogging community…Thank you for your tireless efforts to keep things fresh and exciting!  Thank you for creating exciting challenges and great looking blog templates.  And, thank you for remembering today is my 3 year blogging anniversary.

Let’s do this for another 3 years….just write!

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New Plans for the New Year….

My friend over at Emjayandthem’s Blog has posed a few questions concerning the new year…In response to those questions….

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In 2013 I would like to learn something new. I will definitely learn how to use my new camera and maybe learn to speak Creole French.  I would like to release the spirit living within me and become the person I was created to be; I want to be free to be ME…I want to go somewhere I have never been, Haiti or Nicaragua…I would like to change my schedule so it allows for more time investing in others and I would like to try reupholstering a couple of chairs that I picked up on one of my junking trips…

365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months, 1 year…2013!

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book.  Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley

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Writing Rules…

Writing Rules as found on Pinterest…

Sometimes you need to be reminded of the obvious.  Thanks for the reminder…Just Write!!!

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A passion for vintage Americana or the confessions of junkaholic…

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or the do it yourselfer…I have a little problem hobby.  I like to buy old junk  stuff treasures.  I like it dirty and rusty vintage.  I also really enjoy merchandising decorating telling a story by stacking and layering.  I have a passion for vintage Americana

The confessions of a junkaholic goes something like this…I stalk follow Facebook pages, Pinterest Boards and Blogs of diy-ers and junk lovers.  I covet admire their unique style.  I also steal am inspired to copy emulate what has given them success. 

In November I jumped in carefully weighed my options.  I purchased an e-book, Selling in an Antique Mall: A Beginner’s Guide that provided great helpful information for junkaholics collectors looking to get into the game.  I followed most some of the advice; chose a location and took up residence in an antique mall.  Thus far, I have covered my first 6 months rent and I am half way to covering the next 6 months. Not too shabby for 4 1/2 months…especially since January was almost a total bust.

My space is relatively small, 10×9 but it is on a high traffic aisle.  I do not have an obvious theme in my booth…I stock a wide range of junktiques Americana.  However, I would say that 95% of the items are “Made In America”.  There is the odd piece of English Transferware and Record Albums that were pressed in the UK, the rest is American Made.

If you buy junk and resell antiques, love rust and you have  an obsession for collecting other people’s discarded treasures please share a tip or two that helped you grow your vintage resale business. 

I would like to know:

  • How do you know what to buy?
  • How do you determine the re-sale price?
  • Where do you shop for your treasures?
  • How often do you change your product mix?
  • What’s the one thing you will always stock?
  • What’s the one thing you will never stock…no matter what?
  • What drives your purchasing decisions; price over product or vice versa?

One womans trash is her loss and this nolagirlatheart’s junk style treasure!

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Wordless Wednesday…Pinterest Inspired!

Wordless Wednesday…Pinterest Inspired!

Spring Centerpiece

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Color choice inspired by 2012 color trends…

I am linking up with Funky Junk Interiors and the Sat Nite Special Link Party #125…check out these crafty bloggers!

Wordless Wednesday Related Posts!

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Are You UP To It?

My friend Sheila shared this on her Facebook page and I thought it was worth sharing with you…Are you UP to it?
 
Most Phenomenal 2 letter word!!
 
This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is “UP”.
 
It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v]. It’s easy to understand UP … meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list.
 
But when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
 
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
 
Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
 
We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish Up the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
 
We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.
 
People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.
 
If you argue, you can kiss and make UP.
 
And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
 
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
 
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
 
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary.
 
In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page.
 
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a ist of the many ways UP is used.
 
It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP , you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
 
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.
 
When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP.
 
When it rains, the earth soaks it UP.
 
When it does not rain for a while, things dry UP .
 
One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP , for now . . . my time is UP ! :))

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You Inspired Me…To Read!

Not too long ago I was inspired by Gail at Moonlight Reflections …to compile my 2012 reading list.  I asked for personal recommendations that fit into a list of categories that I think make for a well-rounded reading list.  Of course I did not list every category you find scattered throughout the  local bookstore.  Which by the way is becoming harder and harder to find…with on line books and e-readers replacing the printed word.  The local brick and mortar bookstores are a dying breed and it saddens me.   I could spend an entire afternoon wandering the aisles of an over stuffed new or used bookstore.  Only allowing my eye to drift from the myriad of books in search of one of those comfy well-worn highly coveted chairs tucked here and there so I can spend an hour or two lost in a good read.  

I received some very thoughtful reply’s to my request. Which in turn sent me off to the local library in search of the literary recommendations.  We live in a small community with an even smaller library.  Although I have access to approximately 6 separate city libraries within our county, the selections are limited.  I have decided if the library has the book available…well then, we have a winner.  Somehow leaving my reading list to circumchance…

Of course the list is far from complete.  I am looking forward to recieving additional  recommendations throughout the year.  Which will be reason enough to plan an afternoon lost in the racks…

I would like to thank each of you for taking the time to read my post and thoughtfully consider your recommendations. The blogging community is just that a living thriving bustling interactive place where real people connect, inspire and encourage one another. 

You have inspired me…to read!!!  Watch out this girl has a library card and she is going to use it!

Delila at Be the Change leave the Cave recommended…

For children’s I can recommend The BFG, Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Abel’s Island.

For classics, Alice in Wonderland, Frankenstein, Jane Eyre.

An author you haven’t heard of: if you like romance you could try Sharon Sala (romantic suspense) Otherwise I, myself am about to start reading “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Not sure if you have heard of him, but I haven’t. I heard the book was very good (and the movie releases Friday).

Happy Reading!

JannaTwrites recommended…

My son is in 4th grade, and he likes Mary Downing Hahn (for children’s chapter books). He’s read Ghost of Crutchfield Hall and Closed for the Season. Based on the book jacket descriptions, her stories are suspense/mystery and my son likes the ghost aspect!

As for what I read….I really liked Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner. I also enjoyed her book Lady in Waiting.

Good luck compiling your list. I’ll be curious to see what you choose. (It might even help me find new books to read :) )

Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way recommended…

Some of my favorites ~ Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Gulliver’s Travels, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Moonstone

Biographies ~ Agatha Christie, Michaelangelo

For more ideas:
http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/100-books/

Tammy at Agrigirl’s Blog recommended…

A book of short stories – definitely a collection by Alice Munro
One of the Classics – I’m with Nancy on Pride and Prejudice
One non-fiction, possibly a memoir – Glass Castles
Something I would be embarrassed to admit I am reading – something by Anais Nin
A New York Times bestseller hot fiction book by an author I have never heard of – Spelling Bee
A children’s chapter book – The Phantom Tollbooth

Even Gail at Moonlight Reflections my original source of inspiration stopped by and left a few suggestions of her own…

Awwww….. Thanks! I’m glad I inspired you! I agree with all of Delila’s children’s book suggestions. I loved “The BFG”– a great little book! Another suggestion is “Trumpet of the Swan” by E.B. White.

Don’t know if you have read “The Help”. I’ve moved it way up my list as one of my all time favorite books! Also, a memoir a dear friend of mine recommended to me that she and her family really liked is “Heart in the Right Place” by Carolyn Jourdan.

Happy Reading!!!!

Jenny at Skiingmama left a link to her list of favorite books…

I am enjoying the comments and your post. I don’t know that I have any good recommendations for you. This is a post I did last March with lists of my favorite books.

http://skiingmama.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/my-favorite-books/

Happy reading!

And then Raj stopped by and left his recommendations…

For classics you may pick up “To The Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf. One of the most important modernist novels.

You said you’d like to read a non-fiction work, possibly a memoir, and I think Orhan Pamuk’s “Istanbul: Memories and the City” would be a great choice. Pamuk is one of the great living authors. Some of his novels I’ve read so far, and liked are My Name is Red, The Museum of Innocence, Snow and The Black Book. For the record, he won the Nobel Prize in 2006.

Then you said you’d like to read “Something I would be embarrassed to admit I am reading”, and I’d recommend Vladimir Nabokov’s classic novel “Lolita”. A very enjoyable read, with myriad of great literary devices.

Have a good reading time!

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