Monday, January 30, 2012

Lunchbox Memories!

One Bad Apple, Puppy Love, Go Away Little Girl...I loved the Osmonds!

Easy Come Easy Go, Julie Julie Julie, Seattle, Little Woman...and he always had that leather choker on!

I Think I Love You, Doesn't Somebody Want to be Wanted, I Can Feel Your Heart Beat, I Woke Up in Love This Morning...I was an official member of the Partridge Family Fan Club! 

Sugar, Sugar...I loved reading Archie comic books and watching the cartoon!

Disco was the anthem of my high school years.  Every school dance was flooded with polyester leisure suits and ended with Donna Summer singing Last Dance!

Stayin' Alive, How Deep is Your Love, Tragedy, Words, Jive Talkin'...I could keep typing a long list of songs here as they had so many hits.

And they even got three versions of their lunch box, one with each of their pictures on the back.  I bet Barry sold the most...don't you?
Several years ago, I came across my very first lunch box...the Mickey Mouse Club.  I remembered that as I got older, I had a Partridge Family lunch box and set out on eBay to find one.  I found it, but while I was there I saw so many cool lunchboxes that brought back so many wonderful memories...I of course wanted to have them all.  Over 50 lunchboxes later, I HAD TO STOP!  In my old house, I had a place to display them but have not found a place in my current home.  When I needed to clean out the closets for the new carpet, I had to get all the lunch boxes out and realized how much I missed them.  I have decided to have some shelves built in the game room and get them out to enjoy.  I thought I would share some with you guys and hope they provide fun memories for you like the did for me.  Today I am sharing the ones that have to do with music.  So many teen idols and so many truly bubble gum songs!  Stay tuned for some wonderful old television shows next week!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Flooring is FINALLY In!

This was the entry way before the new flooring!  I have lived in my house for almost 5 years and never liked this tile...and it was the first thing you saw when you walked in the house!

The dining room (right off the entry way) was carpeted.  The carpet is very light and just did not do much for the room.

This was the tile in the breakfast area and kitchen.  Just plain white tile squares (showed every speck of dirt).

You can see the white tile in the kitchen....blah!

The process of taking up tile is so very labor intensive and time consuming!

I felt sorry for the tile took them 6 days to tile 4 rooms!  It really was dirty, tedious work.

There was dust EVERYWHERE!  I thought I was being smart and putting stuff in the pantry to avoid the dust...forgetting they had to put tile in the pantry they took off the door and everything in there was covered with dust as well.

My new entry way!  I wanted a barn wood look and struggled with how to get it.  They told me not to do real wood in the kitchen as it would dent if you dropped on it.  They told me not to do laminate as it would bow up with water spills.

So I picked a tile that comes in planks and looks like real wood.  I had to pay extra for them to lay it in the zig-zag design...but I love it!

It just makes the house look so updated!

My next project is to paint the cabinets white and really finish out the farmhouse kitchen!

Oh, and I did get new carpet everywhere else.  As you can see from the previous picture, my old carpet was almost white.  I was really worried that this darker brown (cocoa) would make the rooms look smaller, but it did just the opposite.  Everyone comments on how much bigger the rooms look now.
 It was a very messy pain to have new tile and carpet installed...but 4 days past the promised date and several inches of dust later...I love it!  The house looks so updated and feels so clean (well, except the dust I am still trying to clean up).  It really is a huge task to get ready...but so worth the outcome!  I love it.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Some New Red....

After all the Christmas stuff came out of the "Red" booth, it looked pretty empty.  I just happened to have a stash of new red stuff waiting patiently in the garage...although this just about wipes me out.  I have to be on the lookout for more red!  I continue to think that one day, we will change this booth and do something different, but it keeps on red it is for a little while longer!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kitchen Remodel????

When I started thinking about a kitchen remodel, I had NO idea I would have such a tough time deciding what to do!  As I look over these pictures, I am more confused than EVER.  I love pieces of each, but don't know if a hodgepodge of these would be good.  One minute I want a soft farmhouse look, but then I see the cool pictures of a more retro colorful kitchen.  Those of you that know me well are probably laughing right now since the only thing I use a kitchen for it to keep my Diet Coke cold....but it still needs to look pretty!  Oh my...what to do, what to do!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Finally, The Front Booth Gets a Facelift!

I wish I had taken before and after shots of this buffet and cabinet.  I don't paint often and need proof when I do!

I had sold out of stacking vintage suitcases but came across some on a recent visit to Oklahoma.  I love old suitcases.

Of course, we have to have a vintage prom dress!

I love this old tattered chair with the springs hanging out of the bottom.

These lights were a PAIN to hang as I could not get the power drill to the holes.  Finally after some maneuvering and muffled censored words, I got them up.  Whew....

Wonderful old chair....

I had just stepped off the ladder from hanging these old mailboxes when a lady came up and asked for me to take two of them down.  They are so cute!

I LOVE this old floor heater...

I think these glasses and stand would be great on a front porch in the spring.

A great lampshade...I love the shape.

We hung these pieces all over the wall.  I am tempted to bring them home and do the same.

I have been a very bad dealer during the holidays!   Just had so much going on and no time to change up our booths.  They were really looking empty and it was WAY passed time for a sprucing.  So we loaded up the trailer and headed to the mall.  I had an old buffet that I had planned on painting for several months and to my amazement, the weather around the holidays participated and I got it done.  I always think these projects and good ideas when I buy them...then they sit in the garage for several months!  The booth took on a little more formal look than planned, but I still like it.  One booth down and two more to go!