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The latest collection…

January 24, 2012

Hi.  My name is Trisha…and I am a junkaholic.  Whew!  I feel better already.  Now, I can share that my latest obsession de jour…vintage Reader’s Digests (not for reading but for admiring from afar, of course).  Man, these things are awesome.  See for yourself!

Reader's Digests from the '60's

These books are so beautiful and each one is a work of art.  No, I will not reveal how many of these I have!  A lady never tells.  Let’s just say a lot .  I have quite the stash (translation: I don’t know how many I have) and I have no idea what I am going to do with them.   I recently ordered an awesome new day planner from The Fancy Lamb on etsy made from upcycled Reader’s Digests.

SALE .. 2012 Day Planner .. Bamboo

Awesome idea and so unique.  I imagine, next year I’ll just get refill pages for my existing planner because I love it so much.

When I look at these books, I am blown away by how original each cover is.  They don’t seem at all mass produced (though I know they were)!  Here is the grandma in me: “They just don’t make things like they used to!” (Picture a little old lady pointing her cane at you).

So pretty!





Brass Menagerie

January 22, 2012

It’s funny how people change.  I know there are many out there who think people never/can’t change, but I’m way too optimistic to agree with them.  I mean, look at me!  I used to detest brass.  I was all kinds of white-washed and more shabby than chic.  And now, well, I am obsessed with all kinds of brass, greedily snatching it up whenever I find it.  Observe my brass animal collection as exhibit A:

It's a zoo around here.

What? Why? I have no excuse.  I adore them.  Blame Emily Henderson. Or my glam friend, Sam.  These things just sneak up on you and BOOM…you suddenly like something you never thought you would.  I also blame my new Mid-century dream house that is way cooler than I am.  My old stuff just didn’t fit and I didn’t want it to.  Change is good. (Like moving from Dallas to Amarillo.) Starting over is awesome.  Things can be better than you imagined they could be.  Like brass.  And West Texas.

So, of course, I have named my pets (as any sane person would do).  My enormous elephant is Wallace.  Well, Wally really.  He’s awesome and huge and shiny and heavy.  I hug him often.


And the snail is Gary.  Phoebe wouldn’t have it any other way.  Snails are gross.  But brass snails are spectacular and unique.


I haven’t decided where these  guys are going to live yet.  They like being together, but it’s a bit much, don’t you think?  I might let some live in Phoebe’s room to make up for not getting her a hamster for Christmas.  As soon as I find a brass hamster, I’ll be all set.

Deck the Halls

December 1, 2011

Sweaters into stockings!

I felt like I was in high school again when I was scouring Good Will for cool old sweaters…and my sweet mom about had a heart-attack when I came home with three HUGE bags full.  (She did NOT like my thrift store phase…”Trisha, I will buy you NEW clothes!)  I was tempted to try on some of my awesome finds, but, alas, they were not for wearing but for my new…… stocking project!

It all began when I saw one of my dad’s cool Argyle sweaters draped over a chair and I immediately thought it would make a really great stocking…and that inspiration led to my sweater shopping spree.  I have always wanted to make my own stockings, but have been lacking the inspiration to actually get the job done.  My mom made our stockings growing up from a felt and sequin kit of some kind and I have always loved them.  I tend to go a bit overboard with projects like this and Christmas is always such a chaotic time of year, but these sweater stockings are super easy and look so freaking fabulous without any embellishments at all!

Sweater stocking close-up

So here’s how you make them…1.) Cut the sweater apart at the seams.  2.) Draw your stocking pattern on some fusable interfacing (to stiffen and hold the fibers together).  3.) Cut out the stocking shape on the interfacing and make a mirror-image duplicate. 4.) Iron the interfacing onto the sweater.  5.) Before cutting out your stocking from the sweater, sew around your pattern. 6.) Now, cut out your stocking and sew the two pieces together.  Voila! You have a stocking.  I used spare zippers and collars from the sweaters to make loops to hang them and it worked wonderfully.  (FYI: These do require some basic sewing skills.  If you need more detailed instructions, I’m happy to oblige!)

The nearly 30 stockings that my mom and I made (in one day!) are decorating my awesomely huge window at the Village Antique Mall.  I hadn’t really planned on selling them, but they turned out so cool, I think I might.  Besides, I can always make more.  The creating is the fun part!

Stockings and ornament/twine garland in the window

If you are going to brave the frigid and wintry weather tomorrow or Saturday, be sure to check out the Village Antique Mall Holiday Open House.  It is sure to be warm, fuzzy, and festive!  Oh, and there are some great discounts and special Holiday treasures to be found!



A New Project…

November 29, 2011

Front Porch

Well, here she is, folks.  A rundown, neglected gem of a house in Amarillo, Texas.  It was love at first sight!  I saw past the very overgrown yard, the peeling exterior paint, the hideous navy carpet and linoleum tile.  Not to mention the h-o-r-r-i-b-l-e kitchen!  P-free thought I had finally gone (completely) off of the deep end…and he was right, I’m sure, because I somehow convinced him to buy it and move to the ‘Rilla with me.  This little project (me: “We’ll only have to put down new floors before we move in…”) took so much longer than I anticipated and has truly been a labor of love for my entire family.

Before: Living Room

I am so grateful for my wonderful family.  Every one of them spent the dry, windy & freaking hot summer working on my house.  Patrick & I could not have done this without my Dad, so thank goodness he loves this house as much as I do!

Before: Dining Room

This house is my dream house.  It is sprawling, yet intimate.  It is light-filled and airy, yet private.  There are so many places for all of us to be alone and be together.  I never realized how difficult it was to entertain in my 100-year old Foursquare until we had people over to this 50-year old modern Ranch.

Before: Kitchen

Here are some members of my work crew in the old kitchen.  Oh, how far it has come!

So this is my crazy life.  A huge move. A little project. Starting kindergarten. Big girl bed. Potty-training. Starting Amuse Home: Amarillo. Missing old friends like crazy. Meeting great new friends. Spending time with family.  It is absolutely wonderful!

The “after” pics are coming soon…

Not your Granny’s milk glass…

December 7, 2010

Milk glass lidded jar

…well, actually it is.  But isn’t it just so freakin’ fabulous?  Milk glass is just so crisp, white and modern and at the same time very vintage.

small milk glass canisters

I don’t collect milk glass at home really (just my salt and pepper shakers and a compote), but I always have a lot of it in my booth.  There are so many different shapes and sizes available…something for everyone!

milk glass cup

This was probably someone’s grandma’s candy dish at some point, but what a great dish to put jewelry in on a bedside table or in a bathroom.

Milk glass spice jars

milk glass salt and pepper shakers

milk glass footed bowl

And this bowl would look great as a centerpiece or on a mantle…or anywhere!


Christmas Goodness!

December 6, 2010

Faux-bamboo chandelier

This is the chandelier that I am giving away on style/SWOON!   This is a unique chandelier because in addition to the arms, there is also a downward-pointing light.  This fixture could really go with any style of decor from shabby cottage to mid-century modern and I can’t wait to see who wins!  (I had it rewired so it is good to go.)  I am not sure which day Sam is going to feature it so you will have to check every weekday from now until Christmas!  Good luck friends!

Good to be back…

November 30, 2010

folded old paperback on a mirror

Well, I have been crazy busy.  That is all I can say as to why I haven’t posted in so long.  I put together the White Elephant Antiquing after Dark event and it went swimmingly and then I needed some major recovery time.  I am super stubborn and I refuse to believe that just because I stay home with my two small children that I can’t do everything that I want to do.  I am right for the most part, but sometimes I am just knocked on my butt.  So I had a little break and now it is back to business as usual and…..Christmas!  Yea!

I spent a while at White Elephant today trying to spruce things up a bit and I took my red markdown pen to just about everything.  I am just tired of looking at some things and I thought that the holiday season was a good time to mark my treasures down…out with the old and in with the new (well new old things!).  This is also the perfect time to shop for friends and family.  Most people don’t even think of getting gifts at an antique mall, but White Elephant is always my first stop.  These great vintage finds are particularly great for those loved ones “who have everything” because you can easily find the rare and unique.

vintage clock and glass dome

How about a vintage clock for your mom?

apothecary jar full of vintage bulbs

This jar of bulbs is a perfect gift for your really unique friend or sister.

old books with finial bookends

These books would make the perfect gift for a dad or smarty-arty uncle who loves to read.


I absolutely love the lamp in this photo.  I think it looks like a super cool Anthropologie lamp, only with more character because it is one of a kind and vintage.  Wouldn’t it make a perfect gift for you?  I am the queen of putting things on hold and sending my husband back to get them later.  I guess I could just buy them for myself, but that takes the fun out of it.

Also, in the spirit of the holiday season, I am giving away a vintage, white, faux-bamboo chandelier on style/SWOON in my be-fri, Sam’s 16 days of Christmas!  Check it out!

Happy shopping, friends!