Monday, August 31, 2009

CRAZY BUSY!

Sorry it's been so long since my last post, it's just I've been crazy busy since then!

I discovered vacationing at the beach is exhausting! The sun, sand and surf can really wipe you out, so I needed a week to recover from that!

But alas, the kids went back to school (Boo, hiss!) and I've been busy getting back into the swing of things with that.

Not to mention the fact I had my monthly barn sale at Chartreuse and Co. and I'm now preparing for my other barn show's sale which is the first weekend in October.

But the best news is that I'm getting a new blog design! I just started the process and I can't wait to see how it all turns out!

The Kramer Angle.

New and Improved.

I can't wait!


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Beach Bound



THE BEACH
+
Family
+
Friends
+
Kids
+
Boogie boards
+
A tote full of decorating magazines
+
Great food
+
Frozen drinks
=
BLISS

We leave in the morning.....

(Photo courtesy of Yarnie Spinner - Flickr)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Going Once, Going Twice........


There's nothing I like more than a really great auction.


(Well, okay, the beach is pretty good too!)
And then there's Diet Coke, Chipotle, and decorating magazines....
But, anyway,

There's a weekly auction on the eastern shore of Maryland that I try to go to every week. It's really a lot of fun because you just never know what you're going to find.

A couple of weeks ago my new friend,
LouLou and I met up and spent the day bidding on all kinds of vintage finds! We won some and lost some but had a great time in the process!

Last week, I took my kids with me because my youngest, almost 11, was hoping to find one of these:


He hit the jackpot and had three to choose from!
He was the high bidder ($40) and chose the handsome (in a former life) specimen in the middle! (Don't even get me started about the eyes!)
It's freaky weird!
He was thrilled, my oldest son was appalled and I was happy because he was happy!
(As a side note, we're not a hunting family, so the only way he was ever going to get a trophy deer was to buy one! It's now hanging in the boys' room, and his brother is now begging for his own room!)

Mostly I buy things to sell at one of my two barn sales
Chartreuse and Co., and The Barn Show
but
something usually ends up staying at my house for awhile. I couldn't resist this vintage dress form that's now in my living room:


So if you've never been to an auction before, track one down in your part of the world, go check it out. Or join LouLou and I here in Maryland, we'll teach you the ropes and who knows, maybe you'll end up with treasures like these:





Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Waning Days of Summer

For several days last week none of my family members were in the same state. My oldest was at Boy Scout camp in Pennsylvania, my other son went to Ohio for a few days to visit my side of the family and I don't even remember where my husband (the airline pilot) was on his three day trip.

I know where I was though. Home. Right here, waiting for everyone to get back. It felt strange to be so scattered. A glimpse of the future though, I guess, when my kids will be off to college, my husband will still be flying all over the world, and I'll be here. Keeping things constant, status quo, so home is where everyone wants to return.

Before summer ends I'm going to enjoy the time we have together before things get too hectic. Although it's already starting! My oldest started playing football this week and his team practices five nights a week! But before summer truly fades the kids will sneak in some more pool time, we'll head to the Outer Banks for our annual beach vacation with three other families, and we'll try, as best we can, to enjoy the waning days of summer!

(Image Courtesy of Flickr)