Monday, Monday.

Blech. That’s all I have to say. I woke up this morning in a funk and can’t seem to get anything worthwhile done so I am going to procrastinate by writing a short note to you guys! Yay! Housework be damned! Laundry be damned! Quality time with toddlers be…damn. I am a terrible mother.

I am just feeling so unmotivated lately! Part of it is that I am in the midst of the biggest junking block I’ve ever had (it’s like writer’s block, only instead of not being able to come up with ideas to write about, I can’t find junk to buy). I haven’t had a real find for quite a while now, and my booth is showing it. When I went in to stock on Friday, the booth was as empty as it has ever been in the two years I’ve been at Daisies and Olives — it was downright echo-y in there. The biggest issue is that furniture is virtually impossible to find around here. I so miss the Chicago days, when little bedside tables, dressers, and buffets were a dime a dozen at yard sales and thrift stores. You should see our Craiglist ads around there — they ask exorbitant prices for furniture, and I guess they’re getting what they’re asking because it’s so hard to find. I have been refreshing CL like a maniac lately, trying to find a bargain, and if you watch it like a hawk and jump on a deal when you see it, you can occasionally still find something worthwhile. I am just having such a problem paying over $50 for anything I’m going to resell, which is ridiculous, because if I can pay $100 and sell it for $300 that’s a dadgum good profit. Parting with $100, though! It’s so hard! There’s a curio that just went on today for $145. I THINK I could paint it and resell for over $300 but it just makes me so nervous to risk it.

This weekend, I did manage to find two things that I think were pretty good deals. The first is this dresser:

Super nice size, not too big, not too small. I paid under $50 for this, so I got a steal. I won’t have to do a thing with it, just transport it to the booth. She had about 15 responses right on the tail of mine so contacting her quickly was the key to getting this.

The second thing I got this weekend was a table, bench, and two chairs set — in hard rock maple. Really beautiful finish and solid as a rock as far as condition is concerned. The table has a watermark on it, so it would at least have to be refinished if I were to keep the wood finish…plus, wood just doesn’t sell. All that’s selling right now is painted furniture. I’ve never felt bad about painting something before but I think I’m going to feel pretty bad about this. It’s just so early American, though, without painting it.

You can’t see the set very well because I’m too lazy to drag it out to take a better picture. The table has two hinged leaves on it and when they’re up, it’s huge. I think I’ll price these pieces separately — I’ve been scouring the archives of Vintage Show Off, a blog about flea market booths, and she suggested doing that. Of course, first I have to paint it. Thank the heavens I got that paint sprayer. I’ve got a post in my head about painting furniture — I’ve been using so many different kinds of paint lately — I just need to sit down and write it.

The other exciting thing I got this weekend that I didn’t take a picture of was five old windows for fifty cents each. Fifty cents! Have you ever?! They’re not selling that well lately but for that price I can price them way low and surely will sell them then. OR, I might work on some Christmas wreaths to display on them, similar to these that I’ve been seeing on Pinterest. Ugh, I’ve got so much Christmas work to do and I want to get all of that in the booth by the end of the first week in November! Thinking about that makes me want to curl up and take a nap.

In house decorating news: I finally ordered some curtains for the twins’ room. I have been looking for fabric for a year now, pinning samples, visiting fabric stores, hemming and hawing around, but I finally decided to just order some ready-made. The biggest problem was getting the right yellow since the beds are a yellow-goldy color; these aren’t perfect, but they’re GOOD ENOUGH. Lord have mercy, enough brain energy has been given to this momentous-but-not-really decision.

That little design on them is supposed to be white, but instead is some weird, bluish-grey color. It makes them look a little dingy to me, but I’m trying to let them grow on me since I’m so sick of thinking about curtains. So with the purchase of the curtains, their little room is done! Which does not mean that I will not continue tweaking it. Of course I will, because there’s so much cute vintage kids’ stuff out there. When I was pregnant, I bought SO MUCH vintage baby stuff for their nursery that I’m still finding it tucked away in cabinets and boxes. I would have had to install floor to ceiling shelves on every one of their nursery walls to display everything I collected. It’s just irresistible to me.

Here’s a look at their room.

About a year and a half ago or so, I pinned this link to a girls’ room. I knew I was using it as inspiration but it wasn’t until I looked it up to give credit to Ginny Phillips on Instagram that I realized HOW MUCH inspiration I was garnering. The walls are the same color, the beds are the same color…and I didn’t do any of that on purpose! I think it’s just an example of how much influence an image can have over you when you love it. The beds were actually supposed to be white, but I didn’t have enough white spray paint the day I wanted to paint them and I was too lazy to load the kids up to buy some more. And the walls in their nursery were this same blue — I feel like painting the walls blue gives me permission to be a little more girly and still have the bedroom reflect that both a girl and a boy sleep here. Buuuuuuut…it’s pretty girly, all the same. Jack doesn’t seem to mind too much.

This is the little benediction we recite every night before bedtime. Hoping it eventually sinks in to my reprobate children’s brains.

I got this in a Chicago thrift store before the kids were born for about two dollars. I had nowhere to hang it so it lived in a closet until I was decorating their nursery, then it seemed like a natural fit.

The bird print is an anomaly in my decorating scheme: it was purchased new, not used (gasp!) and was SIXTY DOLLARS (double gasp!!). I couldn’t believe I was paying that but I just loved the way it looked and its sentiment.

I ADORE their quilts. I have been on the lookout for something a bit more boyish for Jack’s bed but in the meantime, he gets my all-time favorite quilt EVER. The colors are so perfect on this one and it’s in SUCH great shape. I got it in Bentonville, a town about forty minutes away from me, on a Saturday when I was having no yard sale luck at all so decided to strike out for parts unknown. It was about 2 pm, and this little yard sale had this quilt and two others (that I’ve since sold) sitting on a table. I figured they were charging WAY too much if they were still available but I asked anyway and was quoted $8 apiece. OMG I wish someone had been videotaping me. I can’t imagine what my face looked like. I have no idea how on earth those quilts were still there but I’m awfully glad they were.

Emme’s quilt came from the yard sale of an older lady who had it market $60. I looked at it long enough to see the price, then moved on. She said “I thought I was going to be able to get a lot of money for that but I guess not. You can have it for $20.” For me, $20 is a lot to spend at a yard sale, but not for a quilt, I guess…and it was predominantly pink, which I was looking for for Emme’s bed. So I bought it. The End. What a thrilling story. Take a moment to calm yourselves before going on to the next picture.

This mirror is one of my most favorite finds EVER — $2! What a steal!

This hutch is where all of my vintage doodads for their room ends up. It’s pretty crowded right now and I keep trying to edit it but I love everything on it! That carousel was hand made by my Grandpa and those apes up there, holding Jack and Emme’s names, are from my dear friend Shara. My Mom hand-embroidered the little doll on that same shelf and the bunny is from my brother and SIL.

I just can’t stop buying vintage baby knick knacks.

I love these guys so very much. $4 at a the flea market where I had my first booth.

I bought this print from my friend Paula (Emma’s Back Porch at Daisies and Olives) and framed it in a $1 garage sale frame. I love it SO MUCH. It looks so much like Jack and Emme. It makes me smile every time I look at it.

The book ledges were actually Ikea frame ledges that I got for a buck a piece at a yard sale — they work perfectly for the books. The Solar System print came from In Retrospect, a flea market here in Fayetteville, and was $20, which was a lot for me, but I wanted something vaguely educational to fill up that wall above the books and this fit the bill.

I got that polka-dot lampshade at a thrift store for $5 to go in their nursery; the blue didn’t quite match then, and it still doesn’t match, but I just love polka dots so much that I don’t care. The lamp base was a $2 yard sale find. The little bust on the chair came from In Retrospect too. Can’t remember where I got that blue chair from. I swear, I used to be able to tell you where and for how much I got every single item in my house; now I’m lucky if I can remember where I got something last weekend.

Whew. That was a lot of pictures. Sorry to dump that all on you, but I’m pretty proud of this room. At the beginning, I briefly flirted with the idea of making it a calm, soothing space, sparsely decorated with neutrals, but then I thought, screw it. It should reflect their personality. So it’s bright and loud and (usually) cheerful. I also love that I found most things cheaply with which to decorate it, as you can probably tell by my insistence on listing how much I paid for each item. 🙂 Also, in the interest of full disclosure, it’s clean for approximately 5 minutes, three days a week.

All right, I’m off to have lunch and try to shake my funk. Hope you’re week is off to a cheerful, happy start!

October 27, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage This room looks like it belongs on the pages of a magazine. Seriously. It is so bright and such a happy space. It looks like a room filled with good memories and love. 🙂

And also, those curtains make me crave Hostess cupcakes. BAD.

PS that dresser was, indeed, a STEAL. And that table set will look 1000% cuter painted! I betcha that bench will sell fast once you get it painted up.

October 27, 2014 - 10:03 pm

laurie magpie ethel That room turned out adorable. So happy and bright and so many goodies to look at. You should be proud..you did a great job. (I like the curtains too)

October 28, 2014 - 6:12 am

Chanelle Seriously this is magazine quality, beautiful and happy room. Thank God you qualified that it was only clean a couple of times a week. I was getting a complex. Sorry you are suffering through junking block, we all go through it and it always stinks. I love waking up to a blog to drink my coffee to. Hopefully today is a motivated one for you.

October 28, 2014 - 11:13 am

Laurie so much cute!!! I love the yellow on the beds, so I am glad you ran out of white. I wonder if you could lay those curtains out in the sun for a couple of days to fade them a little? I don’t think they clash with the beds, but that would whiten up that curly cue maybe, and the faded yellow would fit with the old quilts. Or maybe wash with some bleach, but I’m skeert of the stuff myself… 🙂

October 28, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Shara That.room. Is divine! It should be in At Home Arkansas! I remember when you bought that blue chair because I was super jelly, but then I found a little yellow one not long after. Which would coincidentally look great in that yellow room…..

I swear I saw that dresser when I was yard saling, but most likely not. It is really sweet and I am glad you aren’t going to paint it.

That Ferris wheel is GREAT! Love it that your Grandpa made it.

October 28, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Shara I forgot to say that you could put those old windows up above your booth on that wall with lights and some greenery for the holidays. It would be uber festive.

October 28, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Anne Holcomb I always love your style and finds. My home is the same way when it comes to decorating it and I love to find vintage pieces at awesome prices as you do. The room has such a happy look. Love it!

October 28, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Pam @ House of Hawthornes Your kids room is amazing! Love it all. Want those quilts, but then the kids might get cold and I’d feel guilty and I don’t want to feel guilty! Thanks for mentioning the Vintage Show Off blog. I just spent 20 minutes checking it out!

October 28, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Marci Wow, that first picture of your kids adorable room literally made my jaw drop! What a fun and fantastic room! My twins had Jenny Lind baby beds when they were little so it also made me a little sentimental :). Thanks for a great post, I enjoyed all those pics very much! Oh, and that little dresser is darling! I predict that sells in a heartbeat!

October 29, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Kathy Epley Lara Jo, I think your children’s room is amazing!! It is fun to look at each wall and it’s happy and cheerful and wonderful! Your picture wall is beautiful, and I love the painting of the boy and girl on the swing. Just wanted to let you know that when I was little and started ‘writing’, my writing looked just like the ‘eeees’ on your new curtains…really…my mom saved some of my earliest attempts! Those curtains just made me smile! Great job, Mom!!

October 29, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Kathy Epley Lara%20Jo%2C%20%20I%20think%20your%20children’s%20room%20is%20amazing!!%20%20It%20is%20fun%20to%20look%20at%20each%20wall%20and%20it’s%20happy%20and%20cheerful%20and%20wonderful!%20%20Your%20picture%20wall%20is%20beautiful%2C%20and%20I%20love%20the%20painting%20of%20the%20boy%20and%20girl%20on%20the%20swing.%20%20Just%20wanted%20to%20let%20you%20know%20that%20when%20I%20was%20little%20and%20started%20’writing’%2C%20my%20writing%20looked%20just%20like%20the%20’eeees’%20on%20your%20new%20curtains…really…my%20mom%20saved%20some%20of%20my%20earliest%20attempts!%20Those%20curtains%20just%20made%20me%20smile!%20%20Great%20job%2C%20Mom!!

October 29, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Kathy Epley Ok, don’t know what that was all about….. it’s difficult to understand %20 language…..just sayin’….=(

October 29, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Ellen Lara! You are amazing! Your kids’ room is SO NICE! I love your writing, too. You have a great “voice”. Great blog!

October 31, 2014 - 11:37 am

Into Vintage Your twins room is perfection (thank you Chandler Bing)… I love all the details you brought together from so many different sources. And so inexpensively too. Those quilts were a major score!
I’ve spent just about every waking hour this week on Christmas for the store with much more to go and oddly enough, all I want to do is curl up and take a nap as well. Shiny Brite stupor…

November 2, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Shannon Love their room! Love your style! When I have kids, you are coming out to Chicago and decorating for me! 🙂 Totally should be in a magazine!

November 5, 2014 - 9:43 am

Leilani Warden Oh my goodness, so much cuteness without the cheap cookie cutter look that it seems like every other child’s room has. Your children’s room has such a great vibrant fun vintage bright personality. I love it. Have you ever considered decorating for others? You did a great job! Some of my favorite things were the print of the boy/girl on swing – adorable! – and the bust on the chair – wow, lovely! That bed color is perfect, so glad you didn’t have the white paint enough to cover them – that bright yellow is amazing. Beautiful job!!!

January 3, 2015 - 12:53 pm

Lara Jo Oh, thank you Leilani. I had a lot of inspiration from the link I put in the post. I don’t think I would be very good decorating for others because I always need someone else’s ideas for inspiration. I love that bust, too — I got it at a flea market for $10! I meant to paint her but ended up kind of liking her gilded look so I left her alone. Thanks so much for all of your lovely comments and for taking the time to write! Happy New Year!

January 3, 2015 - 12:53 pm

Lara Jo Shannon! Now I need to come out to Chicago and start helping to plan your WEDDING! So excited!!!

January 3, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Lara Jo Amy — thank you so much for the compliment — speaking of Chandler Bing, I just tore through the first eight episodes of Friends on Netflix last night and am jonesing to sit down and watch some more — I am a Friends FREAK. Hope your Christmas went well. I visited the booth yesterday and took great glee in ridding it of all of its holiday influences. I am ready for spring-like items! Even though spring is months away. Sigh. Happy New Year!

January 3, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Lara Jo Thank you, Miss Ellen, so happy to have reconnected with you this year!

January 3, 2015 - 12:57 pm

Lara Jo Kathy, it’s so great to hear from you. Thanks for the compliments, I really appreciate it. Your comments about the “e’s” made me laugh because we are trying to teach the kids how to make letters right now, but certainly not cursive…I can’t imagine how difficult it is to teach cursive writing. Luckily, I will not be responsible for that as they will be in school at that point. 🙂 Hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start!

January 3, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Lara Jo Hey, Marci! Thanks for the comments! My kids had Jenny Lind cribs as well! Something about that style is just so perfect for baby/kids, isn’t it? Thanks for writing. Hope you are having a wonderful New Year!

January 3, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Lara Jo Hey, Pam! That blog is good, right? I have taken the entry about the “money wall” to heart and have been working really hard at making that wall in my booth the most interesting. I love that she has so many practical suggestions for the booth biz. Hope all is well with your family in the New Year!

January 3, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Lara Jo Thank you, Anne! Thanks for commenting! Love your new booth — was out at D and O yesterday and loved seeing it! It looks great!

January 3, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Lara Jo Shara, that would have been cool. If I weren’t SO LAZY.

January 3, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Lara Jo Shara, Maybe she tried to sell it at a yard sale for a lot more money and then just wanted to get rid of it? I know that when I went to pick it up she was a little sorry she hadn’t asked for more, since she had gotten so many responses — she knew it was a super-low price at that point. It was nice to buy something that didn’t need any kind of work, that could just go straight into the booth. I need more finds like that! Thanks for your sweet comments about the room!

January 3, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Lara Jo Those are great suggestions, Laurie. I wonder if we will EVER see the sun again?? I’m actually getting kind of used to them as-is.

January 3, 2015 - 1:06 pm

Lara Jo Thank you, Chanelle, I appreciate that! I am still suffering from junker’s block. I need to get better at checking Craigslist. Would really like to take a junking road trip but it’s kind of difficult with these children of mine!

January 3, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Lara Jo Thank you, Laurie! The curtains are growing on me. I guess I’m just getting used to them. Happy New Year!

January 3, 2015 - 1:08 pm

Lara Jo You are too sweet, Heidi, thank you. I hope the kids feel the same way. And the Hostess cupcake comment is hilarious — you are so right, that’s exactly what it looks like! The table, bench, and one of the chairs have all sold. They did look pretty darn cute painted, I have to say. That table will be really practical, because the sides fold down and make it really narrow. I should have kept it for myself!

August 26, 2015 - 2:46 pm

Amy I love the print of your nightly benediction. Do you have the print or digital file for sale anywhere?

October 5, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Lara Jo Hey, Amy! Thanks so much! I appreciate that. I haven’t ever made a print of that, just made the one for their room. Sorry about that! Thanks so much for reading!

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