Flea Market Finds December 28, 2010 The Friday before Christmas I hit my favorite antique spot in downtown Dallas. Set the tone for what’s been an awesome vacation so far. Here are all of the goodies I picked up and I was beyond excited to get the “Queen Mother” cabinet card for $5.00! I love these taxidermy animals and can see why the Victorians had so much stuff collected around the house. An era I can definitely get behind. A cabinet I’d love to try and make room for but unless The Doctor, preferably this doctor, (a la Doctor Who) comes to share his Tardis technology I’m outta luck. Favorite shopping spot is Country Garden Antiques and I think I may need to check in again before this vacation is over! Merry Christmas! December 25, 2010 I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Santa brought all the goodies on your list! Festive Decorating December 24, 2010 Tree in the kitchen. Vintage tree in the dining room. All the ornaments except church, tree topper and magenta flowers are all yummy vintage ornaments. Bird tree in the bedroom Snowmen in the hallway bookcases Some favorite ornaments on the big tree in living room Sugar/glitter houses in the dining room Studio tree Another studio tree Glowing Santa from my friend Bo the girl. Large view of Christmas tree in the living room. New Camera Goodness December 20, 2010 I have been coveting a Lecia for a few years but it’s totally out of my price range. A friend suggested this one as a great affordable option. Hubby found a super awesome deal so for $100 bucks it’s mine. I couldn’t resist pictures right away so this is the view out my desk window. One of my favorite things about Dallas is the neon Pegasus that lights up downtown and luckily, it’s my view when I’m sitting at my desk (which is almost never) but there you go. Some days I get super lucky and get to see the morning and evening glowy goodness! The buildings with red roofs off in the distance are the Dallas Farmer’s Market barns. Close enough I can easily check it out at lunch. Time, Time, Time… December 13, 2010 I have a two week vacation coming up and I’m giddy with the possibilities for what I can do with that time. Unfortunately, I’m also terrific about the over booking and over committing leaving myself with little vacation. Here are a few of the things I really want to get done. 1. Reorganize my studio space and garage workshop2. Play with all my new goodies from Sublime Stitching3. Start some of the bread recipes from the Tartine Bread book4. Look at next year’s calendar for art events, workshops, shows, etc I’d like to sell at or just attend. This year was supposed to be the year of art and that didn’t go so well. I’m just moving it on to next year since it’s still a priority. I’ve already started by booking this class5. Create more pieces based on my Stephanie Lee’s online class6. I’ve also got some plans to hang out with some friends I don’t see very often: Suzanne, Yuri, Bo the girl (although we do get in a fair amount of girl time 🙂 ) and even Bo the Boy and the old True gang if they’re around. Holidays are challenging for schedule synching.7. Read about a million books I’ve been collecting: Urban Fantasy, Travel, Cookbooks, and at least my weight in magazines.8. Go to the day time yoga classes I haven’t had time to check out9. Visit the DMA (Dallas Museum of Art whose website seems to be on the fritz)10. Sleep in past 6 am! Any terrific holiday plans you are super excited about? Unintentional Hiatus December 4, 2010 So I definitely didn’t meant to take such a long blogging break but sometimes life gets a away from us. November flew by and I can’t believe it’s already Christmas time! Luckily, we’re on top of it with the trees and outside lights. Most of the shopping is done and I’ve got two cookie doughs in the freezer with butter thawing. This holiday will be wrangled whether it wants to or not! Here’s a quick update on some of what’s been going on. We went back home to Missouri which looks like this in the fall. I love this picture looking down into the valley. I always forget how beautiful it is back home and then when I visit I want to stay! We also saw Rolland’s family, and Anita makes friends wherever she goes! The main reason for our visit was my nephew, Hudson’s first birthday, here are us kids with my Mom at his party. He was super cute and seemed to have a blast. He is adorable and just such a happy kid. It’s awesome, my brother and sis-in-law are definitely aces in the parenting. Next post, pics of the trees and holiday decorations! Now, I’m off to shower post gym and head into Big D to hang out with my friend Bo (the girl). I haven’t seen her for a few weeks and can’t wait to catch up! Also, I see a cheeseburger in the near future. 🙂 I hope you guys are having a fun filled Saturday!