Friday, December 9, 2011
Earlier this month the colder/ freezing weather abruptly descended upon us here in Tucson. I am aware that most of you probably stereotype Arizona as a "tropical warm paradise" (which it is!), but nonetheless, it is a desert! Deserts are harsh to say the least. They can be warm and sunny during the day, but in the evening the mercury can take a dive swinging 30- 40 degrees. So, my question is this: " If you were homeless, where would you go and what would you do to survive?" Does anyone really truly know the answer to this question? Do we want to know the answer? It is some what like when we were children and asked the proverbial question, "Where do the butterflies go when it rains?" Now, as adults, I direct your inquiries toward a more serious topic of human life/ survival.
Thankfully, the Salvation Army has a program appropriately dubbed, "Operation Deep Freeze". Here, they provide shelter, meals and lavatory facilities for many men, women and children on nights that it is 34 degrees or below. Of course, if you are like me, someone had to bring this serious topic to my attention and that person would be Ruth! She said for several years she has helped these men and provided them with snacks, scarfs, gloves, hats etc., essentially anything to warm their heart, mind and soul! Well, if her humanitarian/ superwoman efforts do not tug at the old heart strings, wouldn't you know, on night two of our joint operation what do we literally stumble upon, but Alan and his service dog Prince!
We walked right past these two snugglers without an inkling that there was even a dog underneath those covers! Fortunately, as we were wrapping up inside the main hall with our distribution of sandwiches, gloves, hats, cheese, bananas and scarves, Ruth tapped my shoulder and said for me to come see something. Low and behold she had uncovered Alan and his dog! Ruth had spoken fondly of Alan and Prince from her previous years experiences, but we had no clue he was right under our cold wet nose!
Prince and Alan were so "zonked out" they did not even know we were there! Quietly, we left a PILE of sandwiches next to their bed along with a slew of other goodies. Naturally, after about a million and one questions to the staff later, carefully they woke the two sleeping beauties and we asked him if there was anything else he or the dog needed. As Alan stared up at Ruth (picture her tall slender celestial silhouette with light blonde halo of hair!) he simply inquired "Do you by chance have a dog sweater!" Can you get the picture!? I mean I'll learn to knit tonight darn it if we cannot buy one! So, what do you think these two (Ruth and I that is) did? Answer: a mission to 24hr Wal-Mart of course!
Off we went into the night to our favorite Wal-Mart we so affectionately dub, "Scary Wal-Mart". Come, come now, do you honestly think we simply purchased just a sweater? No! Long story/ trip short we covered the bare necessities: a Martha Stewart green cable knit, XL sweater (No doubt modeled after one of Martha's prize winning Chow dogs), a bag of dog food, an ultra plush bed, a Christmas toy monkey and my dogs favorite, a "road kill" squeakee toy! Yes, we pondered on outfitting Prince with a new collar, but in the end passed. Yep, that about did it! Back to the shelter we flew laden with gifts. Again, we softly awoke Alan to tell him we were leaving a few things for Prince. Immediately and profusely he thanked us. Alan was so excited to have the warm sweater for the dog because he said he had been shaking on these past cold winter nights. He also said it had been three years since he had provided a Christmas for Prince and that he was so excited and happy to have these toys and things to give to him. He even saved the toys to give to him later because he did not want to spoil Christmas! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH and as if that is not touching enough, the real kicker is when he tells us that he doesn't know how many more Christmases he will have with Prince, since he is 14 yrs old!!!!! Okay, I know this is story is about on par with "Terms of Endearment"! Truly, his genuine and heartfelt appreciation made all our efforts justifiable! So, I guess if you are out and about in Tucson, AZ and see a homeless gentleman and his faithful sidekick outfitted in a stunning green Martha sweater, you will know the lovely story about the man and his dog!
Friday, September 9, 2011
I do not personally know this man that has this totally fabulous booth, but WOW! These are all real preserved butterflies! The color is simply electric! and the mounting with the simple wood frame and glass background...Stunning!
I would die for that itty bitty wheelbarrow! Is it not precious!?
Could you not just see it on a kitchen island filled with veggies? or in the fall loaded with tiny pumpkins!? AHHHHH, I want it all!
Please stop by for a visit at Copper Country! You will be glad that you did!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
My new home storefront is located at Copper Country Antique Mall here in Tucson. Upon first glance at the store's appearance from the outside it is quite shall we say, "kitschy"? But, it is great fun inside and a world of treasures!
My Before shot of the booth I have adopted........
Phew, gone is all that clutter and I started with a revamp of the space, new paint and I added 8" tall molding. Everyone laughed as I added molding but I simply could not move forward until this stage was set properly. Now, off to fill the space. I will post a better "After" upon completion. Oh how good it feels to be back in the swing of things. Loving every minute of it!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
and Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter) harnessed it's secret powers....
then, how could I go wrong?
It is no secret that ever since I knew of my plans to relocate to the Southwest, the quest for the holy grail of turquoise cuff bracelets was afoot! I was not quite sure what I was looking for, or what exactly the cost $$$ would be, nor did I know how to identify authenticity, but I know what I like!
Yes, I am now the proud owner of this uber spectacular, chunky monkey of a cuff bracelet! I literally stumbled upon it at the local Sunday Antiques Fair here in Tucson. Wouldn't you know, I have always had a cuff such as this on my radar, but I had no intentions of finding one this day. I guess it is like finding love, you hunt for it day in and day out, sometimes you are so desperate you are exhausted, and just when you allow your guard to drop...Boom!....Poof! it is right under your nose. Hello beautiful, where have you been all my life?
Friday, April 22, 2011
daily I recycle,
turn the faucet "off" when I brush my teeth,
attempt to conserve energy (currently living with the thermostat @78degrees!),
and now that I live in Arizona I respect my surroundings and the wildlife...ALL of it!
Especially this little(?) fella! Say Hello to my little friend the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake!
Late yesterday afternoon, I walked into my office to discover this rattlesnake taking a stroll down my driveway. He was just cruising along at a snail's pace and paused just long enough to sun himself by the midday sun. First, I must admit I could not believe my virgin Texas (part North Carolina) eyes! I screamed so loud for my Mother I gave myself a headache for the remainder of the day.
If I were to guess, I would approximate his size to be 3'-0" to 3'-6". Thank goodness for my handy dandy camera lens that enabled me to take these almost up close photos, not to mention I was hanging over the side of the bed of the pickup truck.
I cannot lie, the cursory thought of eliminating him (i.e. taking his life) did pass through my mind. I think it is only instinctive for humans to want to defend themselves against a threat, but that is simply a bit of an irrational, selfish thought. So, as quickly as he appeared for his photo shoot, he disappeared into the evening setting sun. I guess you could say I have traded my furry little squirrel friend from NC for a cold blooded, slithering reptile of the Southwest.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Today, I thought I would invite and stimulate your senses over to a fabulous blog I recently stumbled upon dubbed: The Decorated Tree.blogspot.com The genius creator behind this beautiful blog is Darryl Moland. Darryl's blog is not simply about decorating your old tired traditional Christmas/ holiday tree, but rather he embraces and enhances the beauty within each tree and uniquely expresses that inner beauty throughout the seasons.
Whether it is an entire evergreen tree, tinsel tree, even the silhouette of a tree or simply a limb, Darryl carefully morphs each one into a one-of-a-kind signature creation. It is amazing how just the smallest tweak of a limb or positioning of an ornament changes your whole perception of "tree decorating".
Even in the heat of the summer, when all you think of the purpose of trees is to seek refuge from the sun, Darryl has used a tree for a picnic! Should I send out the invites now for my 4th of July party so I can do the very same thing?!
How about this spring flight of fancy with a tree laden with monarch butterflies. I believe somewhere in my repertoire of various tree hoarding goodies I do have a similar tree with a few less branches...Hmmmmm.
New Year Glitz Tree
Monday, March 7, 2011
It was a no brainer when the lady running the sale remarked that today was the second day, so everything would be half off! SOLD!
As I was cleaning up my new found treasure, I wondered what I should slip inside...a photograph? A drawing? Words of wisdom? And it came to me. Lately in my paper craft explorations I have been obsessed with silhouettes. Silhouettes of children, places, animals, scenes, backdrops, seasons, couples, you name it, there is a black and white image of it out there! So, why not your pets! Here is the simplest way to do this you will need the following materials: a frame, an image of your silhouette, black card stock, scissors and your choice of a decorative paper for the background.
2) Print out an image off your computer of what it is you would like to trace. I chose my dog Vergel. You can print an image of your children or grandchildren, Easter bunnies (after all it is just around the corner), do an anniversary card with two people kissing, use a picture of your home, pets, anything will do. No, do not panic. You do not have to print the image out on your computer. If you have a picture in your hands of what it is you want, go make a quick copy of it at the local grocery store or print shop.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Well, this past weekend, as I was estate saleing it about the town with my mother-in-law, I met someone! Yes! She is real, live and under the age of 60! (No offense to my 60 - 80 yr. old friends, Love Ya!) I was beginning to believe such people did not exits! While I was sitting, rationally and somewhat irrationally justifying my purchases at the estate sale, next to me was the cutest young gal. She asked me if I ..........and before she could complete the question, I knew my immediate response was going to be..."No, I am not from here", or "No, we have never met before", but to my surprise she asked me if I had been in a local vintage/ resale shop, Razzel Dazzle, the day before. Oh, my goodness! YES I exclaimed with delight! That was me! Was that you!?!? who helped me in the store?!?!?! It was?! .......I mean is?! As she introduced herself and handed me her card, suddenly, I felt like a new student on the first day of school. This card was as if this little girl had just asked me if I would like half of her peanut butter and jelly sandwich! What an offering!
Her name is Sydney Ballesteros and she is adorable! If you do not believe me checkout her Blog site!! http://goldengirlofthewest.blogspot.com/ !
I would love to interject a spectacular photo from her blog here, but she does most (if not all) of her own imagery and I would not like to infringe upon any copyright laws. If I had to describe her she closely resembles the singer, Lisa Loeb. You must check her out! She is as cute as a button! Among her many talents are: wardrobe stylist, creative director, vintage model-hair & makeup artist, mom, wife and just an all around true vintage gal! Too cute! I LOVE her vintage flair! I must admit, I adore her whole look and envy the way she embraces and incorporates vintage into her lifestyle! You go Syd! You have now inspired me to fearlessly wear my vintage eye glasses outside of the house! Now, which pair should I start off with?