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random thoughts on a snowy friday

1. We got a whopping amount of snow yesterday and last night.

2. You are probably tired of snow pics, but they are so pretty I can’t resist posting them. They are really for my mom (who loves the snow) and my southern peeps, so they can get a little “snow fix.”

3. Are you watching American Idol this season? I think it’s the most talented group they’ve ever had. I’m glad the hollywood shenanigans are over now, so we can get on to the good stuff.

4. I was praying for a snow day for my kids today. I love snow days.

5. I let my kids talk me into going to see “The Woman in Black” the other day. I do NOT enjoy scary movies. I do NOT like them, Sam I Am.

6. Pretty sure my screams were more entertaining than the movie itself. 🙂

7. My hubby’s been traveling all week and his flight home yesterday was cancelled. 😦

8. Speaking of traveling, Jake wants to go to Scotland for his graduation trip. We better get planning, considering it’s just three months away.

9. I used to get kind of annoyed when older moms would tell me to enjoy every second with my kids because the time would fly by. I just didn’t get it.

10. Now I do. When your kids are small, it feels like they’ll be small forever.

11. One day you are teaching them to ride their tiny little white and red bicycle with training wheels and the next you are watching them scrape the snow off of their car and drive away.

12. Now I’m the annoying older mom. And my advice to young moms who think they’ll be digging cheerios out of the carpet for the rest of their lives? Don’t blink. Soak it up. Hold tightly to those precious chubby hands.

13. On to cheerier thoughts…I snapped these photos around 6:45 this morning in my fuzzy pink polka dot robe and snow boots. I was a vision of loveliness. 😉 Reason #642 that I’m thankful that we don’t have neighbors.

14. Have I ever mentioned that my keyboard is Canadian? 🙂 We purchased this computer in Canada and so when I type words like favorite and neighbor, it auto corrects my spelling to add u’s after the o’s. It’s really annoying.

15. Speaking of spelling…I’m a really good speller. I came in second place in the fourth grade spelling bee. I lost on the word HELICOPTER to Pam Martin. As you can tell, I’ve never quite gotten over it. 😉

16. I pretty much want to re-decorate every room in my house right now. All at once. Maybe it’s because I’ve been cooped up too long and ready for spring? Or maybe I just need some Ritalin for my design ADD?

Well, that’s all the randomness I can muster up for now. If you are still awake, thanks for listening.

Have a happy weekend, everybody!

Ethel and Eunice gone wild!

This is a before, after and another after kind of post. Beware, it’ll get worse before it gets better.

I just styled the family room bookcases a few months ago. At the time I kind of liked them.

Now? I’m having one of those “what was I thinking” moments. Do you ever have those?

It wasn’t horrible. I did it back during my silhouette obsession of 2011.

I’m over it now.

pssttt…. Just in case you are in the midst of silhouette obsession 2012, this collection will be available next Wednesday! 🙂

On to the facelift. I found this beautiful black and white toile wallpaper that is very pricey at an exclusive boutique.

You know I’m just messin with ya, right? It’s contact paper from The Dollar Tree.

Whatchu talkin bout Willis? Yep. One dollar a roll. Under $5 bucks to do the whole thing. That’s how I roll. Get it, roll? Moving on…

Once it was finished, I freaked. Not in a good way.

Suh-weet Potato Fries…that is HIDEOUS! Looks like Ethel and Eunice got into the cooking sherry and had themselves a little Grannies Gone Wild party.

Time to assess what it is that is “off.”

The crisp, clean “wallpaper” makes all the silhouettes and old books look dirty.  Get outta town, brown!

So I took everything down and started again. This time with photos (of people I actually know and love!) and some of my favorite things… clocks, books, numbers, silver and baskets.

This is my all-time favorite photo of my children back when they were munchkins. It was our Christmas card photo about 8 years ago. Sniff.

And here’s the after…Eunice and Ethel were kind of ticked that I messed up their handiwork. 😉

And because I love side by side comparisons…

I’m still plugging away on the sleeping porch project. It’s slow going because the dang, crazy weather here is not cooperating with my plans. We are supposed to get 4-9 inches of snow later today. That room is cold and I’m a wimp, so not much progress will be made.

I hope you local gals will visit Tattered Tiques this week. They are stuffed to the gills with amazing vintage goodness.

Are you working on any fun projects? How’s your weather? Do you have any spring break plans?

Talk to me…

Linking up at these rockin parties!

{Primp}The Shabby Nest

Wednesday’s Wares


Lots of vintage goodness this week! Click on the image above for a closer look.

vintage globes…$18 each     antique wash basin stand…$95     vintage chenille blanket…$24     assorted vintage linens…$1-$10     vintage hemmers…$12 vintage measuring tapes…$4     wooden numbered cubbies…$75     antique shipping trunk…$225     patisserie sign…$24     44 Vintage hankies…$2 each or $80 for all.

These items will all be available at Tattered Tiques this week. Click the link for days and hours.

As always, if you aren’t local and see something you have to have…shoot me an email and I can ship to you. Sorry, but I can’t ship furniture or globes.

For your convenience (& mine) 😉 I’m now accepting payments through paypal.

Hang on…Friday’s just around the corner! 😉

p.s. M&M Facebook followers get the Wednesday’s Wares preview on Tuesdays. Just sayin. 🙂

the in-between

There’s nothing like a good before and after. But I also enjoy seeing the in-between…where progress has been made, but there is more to do. Hopefully, so do you. Because this sleeping porch project is not going to be my usual badda bing, badda boom, lickity-split makeover. It’s going to take some time.

So my boys did a fantastic job emptying out the sleeping porch on Friday. Since then, I’ve been painting and painting and painting and painting and painting and painting.

I decided to paint the beadboard walls and ceiling with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in “Pure White.”

I went through 2 quarts pretty quickly and I’m at a standstill until I get more!

That is only the first coat but I love the fresh white.

Boy, oh boy are these windows going to be fun to paint! There are nine of them in the main room and seven more in the little room off of the main room.

The little room is going to become my photo studio. A dedicated room where I can leave my tripod, lights and staging stuff and where I’ll photograph all of the vintage goodies I sell.

The light up here? fuggedaboutit…so pretty.

Remember this french bed that I found at Salvation Army in Canada last year (for $69.99)?

It’s been out in the barn. Now, in the original post I said I wouldn’t paint it. Not sure what that was about, but this baby food strained peas color is gross. So paint it, I did. (That sounded very YODA-ish, huh?) 😉

Here it is after one coat of AS “Old White.”  You wanna know the best thing about Annie Sloan chalk paint???

The SECOND coat! Cause after the first coat, you are kind of going….this is not looking so hot.

And then after the second coat dries, you are like BAM! Hello, gorgeous!

Don’t mind the side rails…they aren’t going to show so I didn’t want to waste paint with a second coat.

This pretty armoire was a  Craigslist find from a few months ago and has been out in the barn. The paint was pretty dinged up, so I gave it a fresh coat of Annie Sloan Old White and painted the inside with Annie Sloan Duck Egg. (after photos coming soon)

In case you are wondering why I’m using different whites on the walls and furniture…I don’t want the room to feel sterile, or Shutter-Islandish (as Jake calls it). So I plan to use varying shades of whites and creams to create depth.

I picked up this chippy  library table and wonderful iron sign last week at Steeplechase Antiques. I love the cool shade of blue that’s in the sign…I’m going to have hints of this color in the accessories.

Now I’m on the lookout for a large rug and a chandelier for the room.

A vintage tole chandelier is what I want…but they are hard to find reasonably priced.

Source: via Danielle on Pinterest

The closest rug I’ve found is this one from Dash & Albert. It’s the Swedish Cotton Stripe. I love the airiness of  it.

If you have any great sources for rugs or chandeliers, I’m all ears.

Things should come together pretty quickly once I get the painting finished. If I ever get the painting finished!

I’m going to enjoy having the kids home today…maybe we’ll get to the movies!

Enjoy your day, peeps. 🙂

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hot off the workbench

I found this wonderfully chippy old door with perfect patina, added a few cute hooks and just love how it turned out.

It’s available at Tattered Tiques. They are open today, tomorrow and Saturday from 10-3.

I was just there and trust me…the shop is bursting at the seams with ahhmazing vintage things this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, peeps!

Linking up here:


vintage hankies

Vintage hankies have been finding their way to me lately…

I think they are so pretty…just look at all those lovely colors.

Here are some of my favorites.

This monogrammed one is going to my new friend, Mary (the fabulous Urban Farmgirl).

What can you do with vintage hankies? Here are just a few inspiration photos that I found on Pinterest.

Source:  on Pinterest

Source: on Pinterest

Source:  on Pinterest

Have a beautiful day.

design boards, math tricks & dad

Design board, deshmign board. They are a very popular tool in the design world. For organized people. They are beautiful to look at and probably very helpful. For organized people. But I am not an organized people. 🙂

Now I know you are saying to yourself, wasn’t this chick just in Woman’s Day for her pantry organization project?

That, my friends, is irony at its finest. Under my photo in the mag, it should have said “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire.”  

So you wanna know my fly by the seat of my pants decorating process? Here goes…I find one inspiration piece and build on it. And pull things together until it looks good. That’s it.

We are going to visit my mom and dad in Alabama during March break. Last time we went there for March break, I re-did the living room. So it’s kind of our tradition. My mom is the world’s easiest client. Meaning, she lets me do whatever I want. 🙂

So the day after my mom arrived here in the Windy City burbs, we headed to Ikea and HomeGoods for some sho nuff INSPA-RA-SHON.

The one thing I knew going in, was the color palette. Yellows and greys. And before we knew it, our cart was full of incredible goodies many of which were CLEARANCE items. The only thing I love better than pretty accessories are CHEAP pretty accessories! Everything you see here totalled less than $200!!!

Hmmm….<less than<  Sidenote…wanna hear one of my favorite teaching techniques from back in the day for teaching little kids greater than and less than? The alligator’s mouth always opens up to the bigger number. The symbol looks like an alligator’s mouth. 2<4…see? The fact that I taught math? Another “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire” irony moment. Have no fear. It was only first and second grade math. It doesn’t start getting hard until like, 5th grade. 😉

Once we got home, I added in a few items from our purge session and voila…my “design board” consisted of a big heap of our scores from the day.

That kitchen’s not gonna know what hit it when I come rollin into town.

The only possible snag in the process? <Insert record needle scratching sound>  My dad.

See, he suffers from an affliction known as fear-a-change-a-phobia. 😉

It’s either gonna be a most excellent makeover, or the world’s shortest visit!

P.S. I’ve been so busy this week, that I won’t be posting any Wednesday’s Wares. I’ll have some goodies next week, though.

Happy Hump Day, people! 🙂

sleeping porch project

So we have this incredible sleeping porch over the screened porch. It is right off of my dressing room.

Can you see the potential???

I can.

The problem? The photos above were taken before we moved in last May. It was niiiiiice and empty.


Not so much. Up until now, I’ve been referring to this room as “the stockroom.”  I keep all of my overflow accessories in there.

Now before you get all judgemental 😉 and call TLC and tell them you have a prime candidate for an episode of Hoarders…let me plead my case.

I plead insanity…I’m crazy about decor! 😉 Just kidding.

We have moved 12 times in 20 years. TWELVE! That’s a lot of houses to decorate, people. We’d move in, live there anywhere from 6 months to four years (but on average 2 years) and then move to a different house with a completely different style, size, layout, feel, etc. Nuff said.

So today, my mom and I got in there and did some serious weeding out. Loads of things will be donated! My mom found some goodies that will work well in her house. The rest I will either keep (not much) or sell.

See that mack-daddy collection of vintage globes? They were all used in the library in our last house but I have no need for them here. Those will be coming up to Tattered Tiques very soon!

Everything is going to be relocated to the basement on Friday, because my kids are out of school and I certainly wouldn’t want them to be bored or anything.

We are gonna have a little Love Boat (one of my favorite childhood shows) reenactment. You betcha.

The role of “Julie McCoy, Cruise Director” will be played by moi. And the role of “Gopher” will be played by my three teenagers.

Our Port of Call will not be Puerto Vallarta but the little-known isle of stanky basement. There might even be souvenir t-shirts. 😉

I tell them not to think of it so much as work, as it is making memories.

And once the sleeping porch is back to square one…it’s gonna get a major facelift. Like Joan Rivers, major.

In its future??? Fresh paint, for starters. Then, a french bed, ruffly white linens, a chandy, an antique mirrored armoire, some gauzy white panels across all the windows. You feelin me?

It’s going to be heavenly.

lavender blue dilly dilly

Do you remember that song by Burl Ives? I remember it from when I was a little girl. He had the sweetest voice.

Anyway, I love lavender. The scent of it as well as the beauty of it.

While shopping at IKEA the other day, I spotted pots of lavender for $6.99.

Now, faux plants and flowers are tricky…most of them scream plasticky fake like Heidi Montag after a 10 procedure day at the ol’ surgeon.

And the ones that don’t are a bazillion dollars.

But not these. I think they are lurvely. 🙂

My mom is here visiting and cracking the whip. She flew up here to help me weed, organize and purge. But I’d rather play!

She’s doing a great job keeping me reigned in and focused. (Not an easy task…let me assure you).

So far, we’ve accumulated an entire room filled with donations that are being picked up on Thursday.

Man, stuff can really mentally weigh you down! Can I get an Amen?

But purging, tossing and donating can SET YOU FREE! Can I get another Amen?

Uh-oh…she’s cracking the whip again…gotta run!!!


25 things

I’m hopping on the 25 things party train!

Let’s see…I’m supposed to list 25 random things. Random? I can do random with my hands tied behind my back. Random is my middle name. Just kidding, it’s Aimee.

1. Speaking of my middle name, my mother wanted to name me Aimee Susan Snider. Then it occurred to her that my sweet southern monograms wouldn’t be so sweet with those initials. So she switched it to Susan Aimee. Initials: SAS. Much more fitting. At least I like to think so. 😉

2. I like this photo of Hannah and I because it is one of the few photos taken at precisely the right angle to hide my 27 chins.

3. Back at the beginning of January, I gave up Diet Coke. Cold Turkey. From 6-8 cans of fizzy goodness per day to zilch, nada, zip. Now it’s all water, all the time. My joints are thanking me.

4. Jake (who I call my baby, but he is the oldest) is graduating in June and will head off to college (probably Auburn) this fall. My heart will shatter into a million tiny pieces.

5. My husband and I met on a blind date. We were set up by a mutual guy friend who told me we were PERFECT for each other. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary next month. Alan, you couldn’t have been more right.

6. I love country music. But then again, there aren’t many types of music I don’t like.

7. If I could be anything, it would be a wildlife photographer.

8. We have lived in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Utah, Colorado, Connecticut, Canada, and Illinois. I have so many memories and friends from each and every place and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.

9. One of our greatest parenting accomplishments is that our kids have incredible manners. Yes ma’am, no ma’am, yes sir, no sir are the only acceptable responses. No yeps, yeahs, or uh-huh’s around here. Please, thank you and excuse me are used frequently. People ask me all the time how I got such polite children. The obvious answer is that we taught them to be polite from the time they could talk. But the REAL answer is one of my best parenting secrets EVER, bribery. When my kids were little and we’d go out in public, the rule was that if they got complimented on their manners/behavior by total strangers (waiters, cashiers, doctors, nurses, receptionists, etc.) they would get a surprise. Nothing big, some little toy from the dollar section but boy did it work. And all these years later, I still get comments about how polite my kids are. They rock.

10. I cannot wait till spring/summer. When the hockey rink thaws out we are going to turn that whole area into a garden. We’ve had tiny ones before, but this one is going to be awesome. If you have any tips/websites/resources on organic gardening…please comment!

11. I’m getting the new puppy itch. Riley needs a friend. A pal to run and galavant with. Muffin doesn’t run. Or galavant. She is a lazy lump of fur.

12. Garage sale season is right around the corner. Is it weird that I’m so excited about it?

13. I drive a pickup truck. It was originally my husband’s but I “borrowed” it constantly for my business. So he traded in my suv and got something else, so the truck is officially mine. I love it. Josh, my 13 year old? Not so much. He says it’s embarrassing to be picked up by his mom in a pickup.

14. Maybe the fact that it is usually filled with furniture and/or roadside rescues has something to do with it?

15. My hubby refers to me as Sanford (the junk dealer from Sanford and Son). My cellphone ringtone is the theme from Sanford and Son. It’s a catchy little tune and makes me smile every time it rings.

16. I will be 44 this summer. For me, the 40’s brought strength, confidence and freedom. I spent way too many years worrying about what other people think.

17. My degree is in elementary education. I taught in public and private schools for several years and then home schooled my own children for five years. I loved homeschooling my children but could probably never teach other people’s children again.

18. I think Gilmore Girls was the best show on television. Hands down. Hannah and I have the whole DVD set and can recite lines like nobody’s business.

19. My mom arrived yesterday for a visit. She is so much fun. Things that I’ve never heard come out of her mouth? No, I don’t feel like it…No, just go without me.  All I have to say is “Hey mom, do you want to…” And she’s reaching for her shoes and halfway out the door.

20. Urban Farmgirl (Mary) is now selling her ahhmazing vintage goods at Tattered Tiques. I had the pleasure of meeting her there yesterday. I got my first “pay check” and turned right around and basically handed it to Mary. You should see the goodies I bought from her! I have a feeling this will be a pattern!

21. I have lost about 10 pounds since January. Probably because the ginormous jar of peanut m&m’s in the kitchen has been dumped and refilled with almonds. And because of #3. And I’m eating healthy. Now if only I could be as passionate about exercise as I am about blogging. Newsflash…blogging doesn’t make your butt smaller.

22. Technically, it’s now probably only 23 chins.

23. My favorite shake-your-groove-thang song ever is Brick House by the Commodores. It is physically impossible to remain still while that song plays. Many spontaneous family dance parties have occurred in our kitchen to that song.

24. Super Freak, by Rick James is a close second.

25. Life is good. My heart is overflowing. I’m blessed beyond measure.

Linking up here at Shaunna’s 25 things party!

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