Monday, June 29, 2009

Sit and Enjoy

This bloggy friend inspired me...

Recently Israel has been asking me to "sit and enjoy." When we go to Wal-Mart or somewhere else with outdoor swings and seating he often asks me to "sit and enjoy" - meaning we just wants me to take a minute to sit down with him and swing or talk about the plants or other things around us.

I think God might be trying to tell me something though. The post I have linked up there is one that I had open on my screen for about a week now. I kept meaning to sit down and really spend some time reading and reflecting on it. I've been so busy though. How ironic, right? I have a weakness, I volunteer to do a lot of stuff and whenever someone asks me to do something for them, I say yes. And I enjoy doing these things. I've been given so much in my life and I know there are going to be more times when I need the kindness of others so, I like to "pay it forward" - and pay it in advance too. (Don't think I'm totally self-sacrificing, I do plenty of selfish things too.) But it's been distracting me from family - from my precious boys who are growing up too fast. I made the decision to start saying "no" more often and not feeling guilty about it (and telling myself "no" too)! I wanted to be "just a mom." So far it's been going well. I'm remembering to "sit and enjoy" these moments with my boys. Israel loves it when I sit and color with him. He just talks and talks and tells me all sorts of fun things. Elijah seems to be the happiest when we're just looking at each other. He has started touching everything. He points his little pointer finger and pokes my nose over and over again. He points to and pokes my hands and fingers, my ears and my mouth and then will just start laughing. How can anything be more important than that? It's nice to be reminded to "sit and enjoy."

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Was It Worth It Weekend: Farmhouse Vintage

This weekend I only went to two garage sales and one was right around the corner. It was pretty good though. The woman is an antique book dealer so she had some fun stuff. I got some (almost) antique music and a book and a really cool antique "Scrap Book" filled with vintage magazine and newspaper headlines. It's really cool. I also got some really interesting and pretty tins. But I just realized I didn't take any pictures of that stuff and I'm too tired to go do it right now.

The main point of my adventure this weekend was to go to Farmhouse Vintage. She's a vintage, antique, and primitives dealer that sets up shop in her old farmhouse a few times a year. I'd never been before I just saw the ad in the classified section of the paper. It was... I cannot think of a word worthy enough. A picture is worth a thousand words though...
I had to drive down another dirt road. It was only about half a mile though. I really loved her house. It was so cute. And on an actual farm. In fact, while I was there her husband came in and was asking for someone to move their car so he could get some big farm equipment by. I love living here. This is only about a mile outside of town.
This sweet little pink and cream quilted bear was only a dollar!
This crazy quilt was kind of expensive. It's the most I've spent on a quilt since I've been here anyway, but I just couldn't resist! I love all the embroidery and the rich colors. It was $22. I know!! The prices at this sale were so good! I can't wait until her next one in August. There is also one in October. (For my mom: October 10th - I think that's when you guys should come!)
A date? I don't know. I'm not a super smart fabric person, but I think that some of the fabric is polyester, so I don't think it could be this old. I could be mistaking wool for polyester though. I really need someone who is more knowledgeable than me to look at it. Doesn't really matter though. I love it!
Some rustic stars. I've decided that I am going to make one of the walls in my basement a place to display a collection of stars. So I've been keeping my eye out for interesting stars.
I also got this pieced blanket. It's tied, not quilted. But woman standing near me in line said it was made from old flour bags. I think. Again, I'm not a textiles person. I think I need to do some research. Anyhow. It was only $5. Not 50 cents like my last pieced blanket, but still. I love the Persian Pickle fabric and the rooster fabric and the purple and teal fabric. It's just so pretty!!!
Finally, this "stained tea towel." It has a bit of yellow discoloration in the middle of it, so it was just a quarter. I love it.

I love it all. I need to have a garage sale so I can get rid of stuff around here now and make room for all my lovely treasures!
Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fried Green Tomatoes

Well green tomatoes anyway...
I'm so excited!!! I love tomatoes fresh from the garden!
Look - I'm going to have at least 6 just on this plant! Hooray!
All of my plants are getting so big! I've never seen tomato plants this big. I'm serious.
Here's one of my squash plants. I love my garden!
And look, now my pepper plants have blossoms too.
Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Friday, June 26, 2009

A Dose of Elijah

I love it when babies start to stand on their own. I think they look like little teddy bears. This stage begins my favorite part of babies!
Another cute thing Elijah has been doing - throwing his back and smiling real big. It's so funny and you get to see all the little fuzzies that get caught in his neck rolls. hehehehe. So cute!

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


This afternoon, Israel RAN upstairs SCREAMING. He was seriously freaking out. So I asked him what was going on. What follows is our conversation:

Israel: "There's a running thing downstairs!"

Me: "You mean a bug?"

Israel: "No, it was a running thing that went [insert boy noises while doing a running wiggling dance like motion]!"

Me: "Was a it a mouse?" (Please don't let it be a mouse!)

Israel: "No it was a wizard bug."

Me: "You mean a lizard bug?"

Israel: [in hushed tones] "No, it was a wizard bug."

A bug with super powers.
Just think of the night terrors I will have tonight. Have I mentioned how much I hate bugs? If not, this pretty much sums it up: A couple of times a year I have nightmares that are scary enough that I cry out in my sleep, or I just cry, or I scream, or I whimper, or I writhe, I have even jumped to the end of my bed before. Do I dream of people killing me or the ones I love? No. Do I dream of ghost or aliens or clowns? No. I dream of bugs. Any kind - including spiders and water bugs (crabs, lobsters, shrimp, etc.). Just writing this and thinking about it making my skin crawl.
And now I can add bugs with super powers.

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

And The Winner Is...


You deserve it my friend! Email me your address and I will send out this treasure right away! ( And by the way, you aren't reading this girl's blog, you should be! I'm pretty sure I would love to be her next door neighbor. It would be so fun!

And because only 3 others entered (ironically all of which are family members), I'm going to send you each a little something pretty.

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Another Was It Worth It Weekend

My "Was It Worth It?" question involves driving 18 miles to go to a small flea market on a farm in the middle of corn fields and then driving 30 miles back to town and past it to go to a couple of thrift stores. The flea market was at a beautiful location but were the finds worth the drives?
These are some of the flea market finds. A black wooden bowl on a pedestal...
a vintage recipe box FILLED with recipes! It was a only a dollar and is quite possibly my favorite find of the day. Some recipes are handwritten (just a couple have names on them), some are cut out from newspapers and magazine - like Woman's Day. Lot's of fun stuff!!
I love these pretty little spoons. I bought them just for that one on top.
I've decided I am going to start gathering vintage Pyrex refrigerator glass - and I'm actually going to use it!
These antique door plates are copper and iron (I think). I'm going to get some pretty doorknobs and make some coat hangers for the wall by my front door.
This quilt was found at a garage sale that I stopped at on my way to the flea market. It's not quilted, just tied. But I love the worn edges and bright colors. And at 50 cents - let me repeat that, 50 CENTS! - it was a super find!
This cake plate, cut milk glass bowl, and tea cup and saucer were found at thrift stores in Boone, IA. Has anyone else noticed that The Salvation Army is always priced better than Goodwill? I'ts pretty consistent around here. I have to say I miss Savers and Deseret Industries in Phoenix though. Anyway, back on topic...
I also found these collapsible baskets at the thrift stores. I think they are probably for collecting eggs (having never actually collected eggs I can't be sure), but I'm going to use them to collect veggies from my garden this summer!

So, was the 40+ miles of driving worth it? (I think so!)

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Instead of Blogging, I've Been...

Cutting out around 520 of these (give or take a couple) from cereal, frozen pizza, and cracker boxes.
Bending about 50 of these forks.
Going to the hills and woods of central Iowa.
And teaching the Young Women and leaders of my Stake...
How to make these. It was a success!! And it's done!!!

I've also been doing other stuff. Like today...
I traveled down this road 2 miles to get to a small flea market held on a farm. Come back tomorrow to see some of the fun things I got.

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Was It Worth It Weekend (Giveaway!!)

My "Was It Worth It" weekend began on Thursday this week. Crazy, right? But I found this one garage sale that had all these brilliant, antique and vintage things!
For example, this Smith and Corona typewriter from the 20's. 1926 I think. Not sure though. Notice there's no '1' key? Yeah, I asked someone about it, apparently you used 'l' instead. Funny. Love this thing though! I need to clean off some space on my bookshelves so I can display it properly!
And a 1964 globe and stand (found at a different garage sale for just $1!!!) and this Tom Thumb toy cash register. After cleaning it off, I noticed some paper hiding in the bottom of it. So I shook it around a little and discovered some original Tom Thumb play money!! How cute!
"Familiar Trees" a 100+ year old book in GREAT condition! There are lot's of magnificent little illustrations in it. And this sweet little hankie. Both for just $1!
And my super find... These so chic tin trays. I found these at The Salvation Army though. There were probably 20 of them or so for 99 cents each. I bought 5. Then later that night I decided I would go back the next day and buy the rest, but of course, they were gone. Bummer. But I still have 5 of them!! One of them is in my coffee table (glass top with display drawer). I've got big plans for the other ones...
One of which I want to share with you!! Let me tell you, had I gotten them all, I would have given them away to the first dozen or so people who asked, but alas, it was not meant to be! I really love these trays. I think they are just so pretty and I am sure that there is someone else out there who loves them as much as I do, so I want to share...

SO.... I'm giving away one of them randomly to one of my readers. For this giveaway, just link back to this post on your blog, twitter, Facebook, whatever. Then come back and leave a comment with the link. That's it. Comments will close this time next Sunday. I'll pick a winner and announce it on Monday (or Tuesday at the latest!). Good luck!

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ames Surprises

So while I was driving around this morning, I noticed some fun things at the park and the Farmer's Market. So, I went home and got Israel.
Then we headed to the Farmer's Market where the Gilbert Tractor Club had set up shop. I love the lines and textures and colors of farm equipment!
While I was taking these pictures, a woman came up to me and asked me what I do with these pictures. I told her I just LOVE them! I love the world around me and I love my life and I love being able to capture some of the beauty I see around me! I think she thought it was weird seeing me get down on the ground to take pictures while pushing Elijah's stroller off to the side and bribing Israel to stay out of the shot. She said something like, "You don't see that everyday, a mom walking around with a stroller and a big camera, taking pictures." I wonder what she really thought? Now I feel a little insecure. Oh well. I really love the pictures though.

After the farmer's market, we headed to the park. The hospital was hosting a small fair. I think they were calling it Mary Greeley Days. (The hospital is Mary Greeley Hospital.)
There were a lot of booths and fun things to do. The fire department had brought out the trucks and the ambulance. The library brought the book mobile and there were even big bouncy toys for the kiddos!
This slide was huge! Israel really loved going down it over and over and over and over. And it was Cars themed. I'm pretty sure Israel will be asking to go the the Cars park for a month now.
There were a bunch of different performers too. When we got there a hypnotist was having fun with the crowd. And the final performers were this drum line. It made me think of my dad. He loves drums.

So yeah, Ames surprised me today. Lot's of fun things going on that I didn't even know about! Yet another reason for garage sale-ing on Saturday mornings. How else would I have found out about the fair? I guess I could have read the paper.

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

PS - Come back tomorrow night for a Was It Worth It Weekend Giveaway (plus all my Was It Worth It finds!).