Friday, February 27, 2015

Our Sister Road Trip!

Have you ever had the chance to go to thrift stores all over a city you don’t live in and experience the high of rummaging through unconquered territory?? I have to say the feeling is quite remarkable. To put it into terms a Fashionista would understand (which is not me by a long shot)…it’s like getting the chance to rummage through your new friends closet and picking out what you want. Only it doesn’t stop at just one. You have a day of digging through multiple friends’ closets. You get to look at their scarves, shoes, shirts, skirts… and it’s all yours for the taking!! Have I peaked your mind yet???

Ok now pretend you have one day to do it and only a few hours to do it in. And not only that, you are looking for something specific and times running out. Boo… yeah it’s not quite the high you were hoping for and quite frankly it blows tissue puffs! (This is my new expression)

This is the scenario of what I did this past weekend. My sister Andrea and I moved our younger sister Olivia, to her new home of Austin Texas.

We got up early on Saturday morning and came back the same night, so we were limited in our “shopping around Austin” time. Once Liv gave us the list of items she still needed for her new place, we busted out my phone and mapped the top thrift stores in Austin. You KNOW I was on cloud nine when I heard about our venture. It was like someone poured coffee on me and it electrified every little tendon in my thrift store loving system. It was on!

BUT…..a few hours and over 10 thrift stores later…we found one single side chair. That’s it. Nothing more. And you have to know that we were like mad women in search of a treasure!! The hardest part was that we didn’t have time to really RUMMAGE through all the other goods the stores had to offer. We were on a time crunch after all ;(

It was pretty defeating not to have found what we were looking for, but it didn’t take long for us to realize that at the end of the day, it didn’t really matter all that much after all. Just spending the day together (like crazed women) in a new city was quite awesome! We laughed like crazy, talked about life, dreams, passions, kids, art, creativity, just about everything really. We learned a lot about each other on this little road trip even when we were delirious near the end. I found out that one sister is to espresso as I am to wine. We gave one sis a new nickname... Big Silky! We were inspired by all of what Austin has to offer (see photo below). Liv Facebooked my quote of the day “Either do what you  LOVE today or want to stab your eyes our tomorrow’ which was said to her when discussing following your dreams.

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           (Vintage awesomeness found in  Liv’s new home! Care of Austin Texas!!)

It was truly a great day regardless of the non-thrift store finds. What we found was more than any thrift store treasure had to offer. So here’s to road trips, sisters, espresso, old school music, and quotable quotes!

Love you girls!
Rita

Monday, February 16, 2015

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

I knew it would strike at some point or another.  My lack of blogging finally got the better of me and I had to come up with something, anything to paint and fill this before-and-after gap. So here it is --- Finally!

Last week I remembered I bought this chest of drawers which I picked up for twenty dollars at a yard sale to go in Ashley’s room. Since she’s off at college, we mainly keep the door closed to her room and I tend to forget what lurks behind it. I hadn’t really even decided on a color choice but since I love gray and she loves yellow, I married the two and came up with this.

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This was what it looked like before (Iphone pic) Yuk, right?!

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I’d actually tried to get new drawer pulls but didn’t find any that I loved. I had two in hand that were major possibilities but with a price tag of $60, I couldn’t see spending that much. I thought the rustic gray would look beautiful offset with the new yellow pulls I had in mind, but instead opted to buy a $2.50 tub of yellow paint and just DIY my own handles.

I think for a project that cost under $25, it came out pretty damn awesome!

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So, in the end I KNOW Ashley will love it, I love it, I got a chance to blog about it, and I didn’t break the bank in the process. It’s crazy what little make up will do for not only 40 year olds but furniture too, haha!

…now what to get my hands on next….

Rita ;)

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

41st Birthday

I’m turning 41 today and with that comes the outlook on a new year. Well for me anyway, it starts on my birthday rather than New Year’s Day. It’s also a time of reflection and seeing where my life has taken me, as well as where it will lead. joy in journey

As you can tell from the lack of posting, I’ve kept out of the blog life and pretty much to myself. I’ve learned a lot about myself this past year, grown spiritually, and even at the ripe old age of 41, am still finding my way in life.

If  you’re wondering what I’ve done with my painting, well as far as the ‘furniture’ life goes, it’s been VERY simple. I’ve only done small pieces here and there but don’t get me wrong, that love will never go away nor do I plan on stopping. As far as my blogging about it, well, that still remains to be seen., I just hope you don’t mind getting small glimpses here and there and maybe a few LIFE posts along the way. I actually contemplated taking down my blog all together but selfishly, I know I would miss it, and who doesn’t love getting comments that make you feel great about yourself, right?

Now lets talk about the “spiritual” topic a bit without getting all weird about it. Truth is I found a new church this past year and one of the things I absolutely love about it is a woman’s group I attend there. I mean if I wasn’t all for the ‘power of women’ before, I SO am now!

Ok, I have to break off a second here and tell you about a friend I met there. It’s funny I promise and so very me. Anyway, some of the groups are broken down into categories such as single moms, mixed families, mothers with toddlers, etc. Well since I didn’t really fit into any category, I tagged along with my sister to hers which was for single moms.  The first day I got there, my now friend Lacey who helps lead the group, was talking about having asthma (I promise we talk about God too), anyway, she mentioned coffee having something in it that helps asthma so when she found her way to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, more often then she should, she told herself it was for her health! It was keeping her alive!  At that moment, I just knew… we were soul mates. So I told her we were soul mates and were meant to be friends forever!!  The rest is history! Isn’t it funny how God works?! He just had to get someone to mention a PSL and He had me! There was no turning back!

Truthfully, we are real women, leading real lives with real issues, and more beauty then we give ourselves credit for. I love that I’m apart of these ladies and that I get to learn weekly how precious I really am as well!

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Lastly, before I end and who knows when you’ll get to read a piece of the inner workings of my mind,  I wanted to write a little bit more about my blog and the direction it may inevitably go.  The thing is, I asked Sammy for a journal for my birthday that is big enough to write in daily. I’m talking 365 entries. For some of you, this may be a daily thing and not much of a challenge as it would be for me. I actually did it once years ago and it was harder than I thought but I decided this was the year to do it again. I considered doing it here and it would be a DAILY BLOG FOR 365 DAYS. Wow, that is like crazy talk! In the end I decided doing it on paper rather than blasting it all over the internet. Especially if someone I may have an issue with reads my blog. That. is. not. good.  Still, there’s a part of  me where that thought still lingers. More than anything, it’s just knowing the feedback I would get, the lives I may or may not touch, friendships to be made, heck even if it is for a good laugh. You never know what part you will play in someone’s life until you put yourself out there. Hence… I’m keeping the blog up!  You’re probably thinking I’m Bi-polar since I mentioned taking the blog down and writing in it for 365 days all in one post. Don’t worry, I’m not. I’m just forewarning you that if I don’t get it all out in my daily journal, be prepared to read all about it here.

So thanks in advance for sticking with me as I explore being 41!change 

OH! A quick shout out to Sammy (my husband) who celebrated our 20 year anniversary this past December! Twenty years with this girl…you deserve a medal!

Love,
Rita