Happy New (Vintage) Year!

Happy 2016, sweet friends! I’m going to whisper a date in your ear and you tell me if it sounds as if it is from the future, full of science fiction promise and terror: JANUARY 7, 2016.

It’s straight out of Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov, is it not???

Time just marches on, no matter how many times I ask it to stop. The kids are five now, and for the first time, I am mourning their growing older. I was never the kind of mom who wished they would go back to being babies — my abilities as a parent did not hold any particular promise from ages 1-4 (in fact I’m still waiting for that age when my talents DO hold promise) and I did not LOVE the infant/baby/toddler stages at all; in fact, I found them very challenging. But seeing their faces go from baby and chubby to angular and kid-like has recently started getting harder. It’s just weird, how fast human beings age at the start of their life. In five years, they went from four pounds and not able to do anything by themselves to forty pounds and basically in charge of EVERYTHING (as far as they are concerned).

But this is really fodder for the family blog so I will hush up now.

How has your New Year started out? We are gloomy here, with a recent rainstorm having moved through and a chill in the air. It’s been unseasonably warm, for the most part — 50s and 60s! Crazy! — but has recently started getting colder, which makes us all cranky because we have to stay in the house more. I haven’t been to a good sale in FOREVER — I can’t remember the last time I bought something great and old, and the booth is getting empty and echo-y. I have a few big pieces of furniture in there, but just got word yesterday that one of the dressers sold — opening up a huge hole that I have no way to fill! I am fully into the doldrums of winter booth-ing. It’s a tough road from January to April or so, but I’ll make it somehow. (I have actually fantasized about putting a fake wall in the back of my booth to cut it in half for the winter months so it doesn’t look so empty!) Justin has a business trip to Amarillo next week and I ALMOST said the kids and I would go with him just so I could try thrift shopping in a different town…but then I looked at a map and Amarillo, as it turns out, is rather out in the middle of nothing and I don’t think would offer three days worth of thrift store shopping so I decided not to. I would love to do that, though — just get out of town and try some fresh shopping.

As should be clear to you by now, I have nothing of worth to share with you, but I am trying not to let so much time go by in between posts…so I am now going to attempt to entertain you with some photos from around the house.

Two of my absolutely favorite things in the world: these tiny, three-inch dolls given to me by my friend Carrie. Their little feet are metal. Their eyes and noses are just dots — how do they manage to look so expressive? And don’t even get me started on that AWESOME striped dress.

My little pink girl has found her place among the pink pottery and she couldn’t look happier about it.

Shara gave me this ADORABLE spunky gal after I went on and on about her when she posted it on Instagram. I SWEAR I WAS NOT HINTING TO BE GIVEN HER but nor am I sorry I was. I think she’s Annie Oakley — she’s holding a little pistol in her tough little hand!

Here is my tiny print (purchased from a fellow vendor — I can’t remember who, now! — at Daisies and Olives), my tiny dollhouse bench, found at a yard sale (it’s a fancy brand that I can’t remember the name of now, but I sold a few other pieces on eBay and would have sold this one too but it has a bit of a bum leg), and my tiny little bride and groom. I suppose they are, like, a 25- or 50-year anniversary pair? I just liked the way all of the gold tones looked together.

Good vs. Evil on a bookshelf.

Hello, my beloved matte white pottery.

This particular shelf’s theme is Asia and dust.

Show me a bird. I will buy it. Every time. These are housed under the neat cloche-and-industrial-base pair I bought from Paula’s booth, Emma’s Back Porch.

The only other thing going on right now is some print design for Valentine’s day…

(BTW: I saw the movie. Very nostalgic. I teared up a few times when the strains of the old themes came through.)

Jane Austen, all pretty and pink.

That pie makes me HUNGRY. I am trying to drop some lbs and even cartoon pies look good to me.

Oh! And! Have some bonus links! These sites have been open in tabs in Chrome for months now, waiting for me to do a link love post, but I’ll just add them here since they’re perfect for the new year.  This one has some great, doable suggestions for making life more simple.  As an overly-anxious person, this one really spoke to me. And this link, supposedly, will take you to the only 12 exercises you’ll ever need. Hyperbole aside, they are exercises that can easily be done inside, at any time, without equipment, so they might be worth pinning. I realized recently that I am officially of the age (past it, really) when I need to consider eating healthy and exercising not to lose weight but to, you know, LIVE LONGER.

Are you all well? Happy and healthy? I hope so. If not, I hope brighter days are on their way. Let’s talk soon!

January 8, 2016 - 12:03 pm

Kathy Epley Happy New Year to you and your family!! Your children are 5?! Time does fly, I am sure of it! So glad to see and enjoy a new post…so here are my thoughts about the photos you have shared with us: the tiny dolls…give that one wearing the pants a microphone, please! They look like they’re rockin’! I’m assuming the little lady is a small vase. My grandma had a few of those and I liked the dangle-y pearl earrings when I was little. She looks nice amongst your pottery. The girl on her horse…what a sweet friend Shara is!! And that book collection behind is awesome….let me say again…and that book collection behind is awesome!! haha Your bride and groom look like they are for a 50th celebration – love them, and about your little figurines on the shelf…I first thought you had ‘good and evil’ together…haha! A nun and Satan…please tell me that’s an elf or sprite. Love the white matte pottery – beautiful! I have a ‘dust’ theme goin’ here, too, at times…perfection is highly overrated, and dust is simply reality. I love birds, too, and wouldn’t pass them up, either. I have a chair like the one your prints are on, and about that pie, Lara…go out with a friend and have a slice of your favorite kind, and enjoy every bite! Just one slice… We had a wonderful Christmas, and 2 days later, our son Sam was married to his bride, Jess, in a beautiful LIBRARY !! This library was built and completed just a few years ago, after the ’08 flood in Cedar Rapids. We had a very busy week, as our youngest son and his band performed on New Year’s Eve at our church (early in the evening), and came home to chili and cornbread muffins, and then his friends came over to play video games to see the new year in! Have a great year, Lara! I have enjoyed your posts this past year, and look forward to more!

January 9, 2016 - 1:20 pm

Shara I noticed that pie print in the booth yesterday and wondered ho I had missed it. Glad it’s new and I’m not going senile. Well, I probably am a little. I am happy that you still love Annie Oakley. Truth is – when I saw it on here I thought, “Oh that’s cute!” then I read that I gave it to you. Doh! Senility strikes it’s angry head once again. I do remember it, I just forgot I gave it to you. That little Asian guy on the left is hysterical. His face! So – I must admit – I do not know which movie “I love you” “I know” is from – do you still love me anyway?

January 9, 2016 - 1:22 pm

Shara Ok, I googled it. I was thinking Star Wars, but now I remember you had a print with Hans and Leia on it. That is all. 🙂

January 10, 2016 - 7:29 am

Erica Why does good junk have to be so hard to find during these months? It’s around, I’m sure, but I feel like we just have to work harder to find it. Well thats no fun! I went to my first estate sale of the year the other day and every single player in town was there! Guess that’s what happens when nothing else is going on. I’m headed out to the first flea of the year this morning. Fingers crossed it’s worth getting up early on a Sunday!

Love Annie Oakley! I’ve never seen anything quite like her before!


January 13, 2016 - 12:12 am

Marci Good to hear from you Lara! Those twins are growing up fast (they tend to do that) Mine just turned 20! Ive had teenagers in my house for 13 years so its weird that all my kids are in their 20’s, talk about feeling old. Love your around the house snapshots. What would be even better is if you showed a shot of the whole room. I love your decorating style and would love to see more!

January 17, 2016 - 12:04 pm

Lara Jo Awww, thank you, Marci! Hopefully I will get to the point where I feel confident enough to show the whole room. I just found a headboard and footboard on Craigslist for the master bedroom that I need to paint and put up…baby steps! Hope you and all of those grown-up children are doing well so far in 2016!

January 17, 2016 - 12:28 pm

Lara Jo Oooooooh, Erica, I hope you found something GOOD at the flea market. We don’t even have a flea market nearby to shop when times are tough like this! When I lived in Chicago, there were still estate sales through the winter and, of course, a plethora of thrift stores to shop at…but the pickings are pretty slim around here. Hope you’re having more luck than I am! I just keep thinking about how Spring is right around the corner, RIGHT?

January 17, 2016 - 12:29 pm

Lara Jo Shara, I was just telling Justin that I used to be able to tell you every single place I got everything in my house — be it yard sale, estate sale, or thrift store — along with how much I paid for it. Not anymore. Growing old SUCKS!!!!

January 17, 2016 - 12:32 pm

Lara Jo HEY, KATHY! Great to hear from you! Yes, the pink lady is a tiny vase, so cute. You are right, I paired good and evil together…kind of makes me smile! Although that little devil looks far too sweet to be REALLY evil. That chair that the print is on was made by my Grandpa — he made them long before I was born (they were in my mom’s house when she was in a kid) but how I wish he was still with us so I could talk to him about how he made the iron backs. I am BEYOND envious of a marriage in a library — how wonderful! And how wonderful for your son and the new member of your family. CONGRATULATIONS! SO exciting. But I bet you have been awfully busy for a while now. Hope 2016 is treating you and the family well!!! Talk to you soon!