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Archive for November, 2010

Santa Groupie

I know it’s not quite Christmas yet….buuuuuuuuut…..

On my most current trip to the St. Charles Antique Mall, I took some iPhone pictures of Santas that were being sold. I wanted to scoop up most of them, but am on a strict, strict budget these days. I did walk away with two cool plates for the low price of $3 total.

I’m a huge Santa fan – or groupie – or believer. I even collect the cutest Santas ever! He is a strong presence in our house during the holidays 🙂 Even though my kids are almost 9 and 11, I think they pretend to believe so as not to burst my bubble. Oh sweet children.

Here are my recent finds:

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In the beginning…

There was a poem called Silver-Outlined Window.

I wrote it when I was 14, a freshman in high school. I believe it was the first poem I ever wrote. I still have the original – among the rest of my poems, stories, ideas….

Oh memories 🙂

Silver-Outlined Window

The rain spills on the silver-outlined window
The air is cool and musty
Melancholy clouds hang over in a condemning gloom
And the tree branches droop with every drop
Falling from the darkened ocean above
The water follows the path of strategically place spouts
Mother Nature stretches her open arms
Receiving a drink from the heavens
A cool air blows through
Bringing goosebumps to the flesh
Droplets slow on the transparent glass
And in short time the steady beat breaks
Now, only an occasional tapping
On the silver-outlined window


This is where I started as a creative person – maybe one day it will be worth a lot of money 😉

Hats off,


Old is New Again

As I get older…

I find that I appreciate older things more and more. I’ve always had an affinity for antiques and bygone eras. I was obsessed with Shirley Temple growing up – I suppose she and her movies reminded me of the optimism of being a small, extremely talented child. I’ve always felt that if past lives were indeed a magical reality, I was surely directly from the 1850-ish time and then 1930/40-ish time. Which if you do the math, I didn’t really have a very long life before entering my current one. Hmmmm….

Well, despite my early demise past life, in this one, I love trolling St. Charles Antique Mall. It’s huge! When I do get a chance to go, I spend more time than I should admit – usually 2-4 hours 🙂 But I love getting lost, finding unique items, wondering about the history of pieces, smelling the time and love that has been spent with each item. I collect old books especially (which are sometimes strategically hidden amongst other treasures) and am currently hoping to do some redecorating via vintage and antique furniture and what-nots. Here are some of my personal possessions thus far…

Antique, painted, ribbons tied to pulls - St. Charles Antique Mall

Vintage, painted white, purple painted hardware - St. Charles Antique Mall

Vintage - possibly borrowed from a girl named Piper many years ago

Vintage/Antique Brooches - St. Charles Antique Mall, Ring - my late Aunt Shirley



Here is a PHENOMENAL picture of my beloved old (antique/vintage/interesting) books (and my sweet sweet wedding shoes) by the lovely and talented

Emilie Graul


Now some items for my WISHLIST

Cute kitchen buffet - St. Charles Antique Mall

Pine Secretary with storage hutch - St. Charles Antique Mall

Adorable kitchen canisters - in French - St. Charles Antique Mall


Shabby white table - St. Charles Antique Mall

Chair Lust 🙂 - St. Charles Antique Mall

Chair-gasm - St. Charles Antique Mall

Hats off,


Skinny on a Curvy

I took the plunge.

SQIN jeans - H&M

I purchased a pair of skinny jeans. While in NY I grew a pair of fashion you-know-whats and made it a goal to exchange money for my very first pair of skinny jeans. I have been a fan of this fashion venture for some time – but not right from the beginning, and certainly not for everyone. My fear – as is most women’s I imagine – is looking like Humpty Dumpty in them. Children or no children – I’ve always had an issue with being wide, curvy, pear-shaped, junk in the trunk (and not in a cute bubbly Kim K. way) I even have thick calves, making boot shopping a task that leaves me feeling less than enthused with my choices of boots-made-for-walking-but-only-if-you-have pencil-legs.

Moving on…. since it’s fall (my fave) I was feeling adventurous – plus the cooler weather means knit dresses, layers, boots (the ones that fit my elephantiasis calves) and the cute asymmetrical covers, wraps and sweaters currently in style that would help balance out my shape whilst donning the scary skinny jeans.

Gaby (of the awesome Paperplanes and Maryjanes – I may be bordering on single white female – jk – I hope) took me on a journey through 59th St. and Lexington Ave. – making out way to our last stop, before her graphic design class, at H&M.

What a freaking awesome place! The style, the choices, the PRICES! Of course I nabbed a few things – but certainly I finally tried on a pair of skinny jeans. Before that, Gaby had to tutor me on the sizes – I don’t get out much.

I pulled them on – they were skinny but actually fit really well in my butt and waist. No muffin top, gathering, or gaping. Jean heaven. Great fit – and INSANELY great price….

Gray slouch boots - Gordmans

I gladly handed over my $9.99 +tax (yep, you read correctly) for these not quite so offensive, SQIN, skinny jeans. After all, I don’t want someone scoffing and laughing with her friends about how I shouldn’t paint on my jeans or that it looks like I just fell of my wall and all the king’s horses and men couldn’t put me back together again.

So, verdict – I think I don’t look so bad in them. And I have a great pair of boots, with a little slouch, that help balance out the meddlesome middle.

Hats off,




Recently, I visited my brother in NYC – as he was going to run in the NYC Marathon for Team for Kids.

It was awesome!! Not only am I brimming with pride that my brother finished his FIRST Marathon (in 3:05:58) but also the energy and diversity that New York City has to offer left me filled with inspiration.

First there is my brother’s amazing girlfriend, Gaby. She is beautiful, intelligent, fashionable, caring, helpful – I mean really, the list truly goes on and on and on. She is also the mastermind behind paperplanesandmaryjanes.blogspot.com. She and I had a girl date one day, not only did she show me some amazing stores but she took me to my long anticipated visit to Serendipity. I was ready to geek out!! I have been head-over-heels-in-love with that movie from the first moment I laid my eyes on it – and now- FINALLY to step foot in that little cafe – I was overwhelmed with pure geek joy! Topped off with a Frozen Mint Hot Chocolate (and 2 brain freezes)

I got to see so many things on my 6 day trip to the Big Apple. It was phenomenal and only reiterates how I feel deep down in the depths… I am meant to be a city girl. But, alas, I will have to be only a visitor to these things. Because my kiddos are more important than the depths of my ego. But, still, I enjoyed it immensely and have taken it upon myself to try to bring a little New York flavor to my Midwestern existence.

Hats off,


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