- Write Daily: Whether it is fiction, journaling, blogging, or whatever else I can come up with.
- Read 100 Books: This one I try every year, and one day I will make it!
- Make all my gifts in 2015: I would like to use this as an opportunity to use all these craft supplies I let accumulate and learn to sew all while creating thoughtful gifts.
- Learn two foreign languages: I hope to do this by learning ten words in Spanish and Croatian every week.
This summer, my dear friend Linda got married in her new hometown of Russellville, Arkansas. After a eight hour road trip with my dad, I found a cute little town right outside the Ozarks. There are great little shops all around. There were two businesses that were treasure trove for the vintage and antique enthusiast. First a store in the walkable downtown area called Funky Junky Antiques. Further down South Arkansas Avenue is an affiliate store called Funky Town Mall which has both handmade as well as vintage wares. They were both so fun, even my dad enjoyed looking around! I have meant to take a bit of time to share some of the goodies I had a chance to admire in June.
And at Funky Town Mall….
I know it has been awhile since my last post. After I left for my trip this summer life has just taken over and swept me away. All of a sudden I am waking up on Thanksgiving morning realizing I have not posted in over five months! The holidays always put me in a reflective mood, even one as overlooked as Thanksgiving. A note on my personal history, it was this week five years ago that Edward and I moved into our house, and he proposed! This is also the time Leah and I start harassing each other about goals unmet, and create new ones for the upcoming year.
So here are a few things that I have been up to since my last posts in June….
We did some traveling:
I mentioned our upcoming adventures abroad, but I also took a road trip with my dad to Russellville, Arkansas for a dear friends wedding. A week later, I boarded a plane for a five week European tour. (There is that number five again! Must be at theme…) I also took a few weekend trips this Fall one with Edward for a kayak fishing tournament in Pensacola, Florida and a trip with Leah to Lafayette over this break. It is great to get out and go! I hope to feature some of my trips in some Throwback Thursday posts.
|Ed and I with Big Ben|
It was my extreme pleasure to be selected as Blogger of the Month for October at Mississippi Women Bloggers! It is awesome to be apart of this wonderful community of ladies. I highly suggest joining in the fun if you are a fellow blogger in Mississippi. Here are a link to some of my guest posts this year with them.
The Art of Loving Where Your From
How to Travel with a Carry On
Fall the Ultimate Guilty Pleasure
New Listings on Etsy:
Some great vintage finds are now appearing on my Etsy shop by the same name The Sassy Starfish. They are mostly collections of vintage decorative book sets. However, I also have listed collectible cookbooks, children’s books, and other fun finds. I hope to expand the shop into other fun items in the upcoming months.
Had some legendary thrift store hauls:
I have been in need of new clothes for awhile. Especially clothes to wear to work. I am the ultimate cheapskate, and always feel guilty paying too much money for clothes. More recently, I have begun to go to thrift stores several time a week to look for clothes especially. It has been fruitful! I have found both name brands, cute vintage pieces, and stylish items as well. It has really helped bolster my confidence as well as my savings. It is nice to have nice clothes that fit correctly.
Added a new member to the household:
Most recently, Edward and I added a new little member to our house. I got a sweet little hedgehog as a pet. I originally wanted a bunny, but had always admired cute hedgehogs on Instagram. A breeder I was following posted little hoglets (baby hedgehogs), and I had to have them. So Prickles has been adjusting to her home, and my company while I watch Netflix every night.
I look forward to getting back in the swing of blogging. Please join me for holiday posts!
|A little summer fun from my trip to Oregon last year.|
I am baffled that it is already June! Where did our spring go? The weather has begun to heat up, and it has rained every day for the past four days on the Gulf Coast. Early in May, my best friend graduated from USM with her masters. Since she shares my love for vintage goodies, I decided the best place to find a graduation gift was the Centuries Antique Mall in D’Iberville. Even though it is huge on Automall Parkway. I always forget to check it out!
So after work I cruised down there, and was not disappointed! I was able to find a cute clutch and necklace for my friends as well as some great finds.
- Miss Cora’s Spanish Gumbo
- South Georgia Ice Box Rolls
- Boston Pumpkin Pie
- Snow Balls (Merengue Dessert)
|Samsonite Silhouette Carry On|
|Vintage Anchor Tea Cups
(I wanted the whole set!)
|Great if you had the punch bowl pattern!|
|Silver Platted Coffee Pots|
|With a pineapple on the lid.|
Here are a few of my favorite Sassy Starfish Posts of 2013.
- Sharing my grandmother’s Ooey-Gooey Bars recipe.
- Continuing our Halloween Tradition with Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves is October.
- Our wood burning stove remodel.
- Fun finds in Independence, Oregon while visiting my graduate school buddies.
- Best genealogy advice I can give about what to do when you are stuck on your genealogy research.
- A brief history of the southern staple chicory coffee found in the deep south.