Friday, December 31, 2010

I've decided that my grandkids can call me Birdie...

No, wait, not that I am wishing for any for about 10 years, but wouldn't that be cute?  

This space that I ventured into with much more heart and time this year has returned so many sweet friends, inspiration, and kindness. 
Thank you! So you can call me Birdie too. 

Since a fresh start is just a few hours away, I'm making a few changes to my blog to go with please check back soon!

The picture in the header and the one above are some I took of hummingbirds feeding at a retreat this summer.  There were lots of them swarming; they are such tiny things and they move so fast.  Sometimes I wish I could fly like these magical little birdies.   Don't you?

About Christmas...Part I

What a wonderful one we had.  I am just going to let the pictures tell the story.  This first set is my side of the family...
I am thankful that even though we are such a  large group (with two new little ones this year!), that we are so loving, and so willing to all work hard to make time for a few days out of the year to spend together.  
It was merry and bright!

 My grandpa read the christmas story 
to all of us.  Very special and sweet.

Up next...Curran Family Christmas!

Converse Christmas!

Mr. Miata and I love Converse tennis shoes.  He has the entire rainbow minus purple (darn if I didn't hunt high and low for those a few weeks ago) on his side of the closet, with a few neutral colors and funky cord ones thrown in for good measure.  I have cupcakes, ladybugs, and black velvet...but Santa must have thought I was a good girl, because look what he brought me: 
 Teacher appropriate Converse (little owls with glasses on).  Won't they be cute with a GAP cardigan sweater, khakis, and a t-shirt for school?  I think so.
And something sparkly to wear New Year's Eve.  So, yes, I'm taking my shoes out tonight.  
What are your plans?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Here I am!

Hello again, dear ones! Wow...I have been so unbelievably busy, cleaning out, organizing, painting, moving furniture, eating, working on the garage door (ha! yes, I tried to be Tim the Toolman, and it didn't work out so well), and cooking, playing, visiting, shopping, eating some more, and reading.  But, I'm back, and I have tons to share.  

Here's what's coming:

1.  What's on your 2011 Thrift List?

2.  Obligatory Holiday Wrap-Up

3.  Converse Christmas 

4.  The Great (Vintage) Dress Giveaway!  Yes!  I can't wait to tell you about this one.  So much fun for somebody who wins!

5.  Craft space makeover, take two!  Oh, this makes me feel so inspired to create, it's just that pretty.  

For today, I am sharing with you the inaugural estate finds of the new year (but just a few days early).  Estates pretty much cease around here for a few weeks around the holidays, but one digger's fantasy was open today through the weekend, and it was packed.  I came home with pretty vintage sheets (why, oh, why can't I cut them up and make something out of them?  Do you know? But I love seeing them folded into pretty stacks or on my pillows in my big granny chairs), a neat soup pot (does anyone know what the pattern/maker/decade is of this pot?), a BHG cookbook (collection is growing rapidly) and a very unique carved wood flower to hang on the wall. And this time, I got to take my mom with me! Yay!  Take a look at the loot:

Have you been out thrifting lately?  
What did you find?  And has it snowed at your place?  I love snow.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Be back soon!

Busy busy over here...
but I have love coming for you!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  I am so thankful for all of you and how my little blog has grown with so much friendship this past few months.  It's so nice to read your comments and know that the sincerity of your thoughts and wishes are genuine and that you are true friends! I hope your holidays are the warmest, happiest, ever, and I will see you in the nest in a few days! 
Love, Trina

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My girl and me...

Katie and I spent the whole day together and it was a super fun, magical, all girls' stuff kind of day.  It's in the plans to have many more of these...everyone should have a little girl to go and do like this.  Sister, niece, daughter, mom....go put on your best (or your sweats because girls don't mind)...pick them up...and head out the door with nothing to worry about except reapplying lip gloss....or lipstick (more on that later). 

We started out deciding that Kate needed a haircut, but who wants to pay a fortune for a straight cut (unless scissors and hair cause nightmares for you) when you know for sure you are quite capable?  So I cut it myself.  We took off about three inches, and oh, the cuteness that we got out of that.  Here's the picture we sent to daddy as soon as we hit the road with her new 'do. 

Then we stopped at her preschool and left some holiday cheer for her teachers, in the form of the Chrysi pin, via Living with Punks.  Yep, we have made lots of pretty and so easy!
Aren't they so cute?  
The teachers loved them.  

Stop 2: we went to hang out with more girlfriends (and two boyfriends) for lunch, at one of our favorite places to eat, Joe's Italian Bistro.  Yum.  Mannicotti, spaghetti, Joe's Tortellini, pizza, garlic yeast rolls, and salad.  And the best kind of girl time there is...all wrapped up with a precious new little one!  
 He has the softest snuggles there are. And look at that little girl on my shoulder...*sigh*
 And here we all are, all with kids now (little one is hidden under blankets), and the greatest friendship.  

Now, I know that you noticed that I have NO makeup on in these pictures.  It's not that I wear a lot anyway. I went without this morning because I had plans for another little outing with Miss Kate (she's at the age that makeup is oh, so fun to play in).  I had heard about a new Clinique product that might help me with those rosy cheeks of mine, even though now is the season to have rosy cheeks.  I don't love them.  So, off Katie and I go to the Clinique counter in Dillard's for a makeover.  Believe it or not, that was my first one ever at a department store.  And here we are after.  What do you think?  (Other than my gray hair needs a new color too...haha!)
I think I like it...and I think after Christmas I will go back for a set...  It sure did get rid of the extra red in my skin.  Nice. 

Finally, we topped off the day with toppings...on frozen yogurt at another favorite sweet spot.  Yum.  Egg nog with pomegranate seeds and chocolate chips on mine, and Cookies n Cream with Gummi Bears, Fruity Pebbles, nuts, marshmallows, and M&Ms on Kate's.  
She ate it, too. No kidding.
 Want to come with us next time? 

OK...I said I wasn't blogging this week, but I am finding that it's a necessity to visit with my buddies.  Yay!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Scenic Glory

Scenic Glory. Have you been to see her yet? She has one of the friendliest, outgoing, optimistic personalities in the blog world...and I am sure in real life...and I found that I had to share her next endeavor with you.  It's nothing short of a thought provoking, spectacular, mind-changing (or life-changing) long as you play along.  That's it.  You just play along.  And I bet you see some scenic glory.  I bet you do.  Go here, and accept her encouragement...her gentle push for thoughts...and reap the rewards.  Awesome, Lindsey. And a journal too? Ah...I can't wait.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Just a little break!

I'm blogging from my phone...on the go...trying to get things all wrapped up! Shopping is done but for one gift. Tree was moved and redecorated (I guess the kitties thought it needed a redo), and I made something(s) cute today...the Chrysi pin from Living With Punks.

Won't the girls love them to finish their scarves or coats? This one is two shades of gray...for me. We had three completed in about 30 minutes if you are looking for a very pretty last minute gift.
I have a new feature planned for the first of the year, and I tried to make some plans today for a sneak...but I think I'll leave you hanging instead. If I don't see you this week, come back next week for holiday updates and plans for a bright, shiny new year! (oh, and has my camera had the biggest workout ever these last few days...) I'll leave you with Katie's version of a family photo (can you tell she heard more than one person this weekend fuss at the other 50 to get in their spots to take the picture already? Haha!)

Merry Christmas, sweet readers!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Sometimes I want to stay up all night in anticipation of the fresh ground coffee that will brew the next morning.  Don't you?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

How to decorate with Hershey's Kiss Mr. Miata

*Before I tell this story, I must let you know, so that I don't end up in the dog house (yea, right, like the mom can be in the dog house), that Mr. Miata did help get decorations out of the attic, hung the lights on the house in the dark...yes, in the dark...and fixed my little snowman outside so he was strategically placed with Mr. Claus.  But, here is how he REALLY decorates for Christmas.  *wink*
(I'll save the picture for last)

He loves Hershey's Kisses.  The milk chocolate ones...  We always have them on hand and we always get the holiday wrapped ones for every special season (that's probably not a good idea).  So only once in a while do we have just the plain silver wrappers (this is important for decorating schemes, people). 
I get out my pretty milk glass dishes that my sweet mom-in-law handed down, and fill them with kisses and leave them in his arm's reach (that's probably not a good idea either).
But they look so pretty in there!
After dinner, they are usually his dessert, and then the wrappers start piling up.  But they don't just pile.  He wraps them up in tiny little foil balls.  And is the most important part...he places them in a little row by the candy dish.  See?  Like this:

Oh, but he also makes sure to place them in their color, green, silver... but if he wants to get really festive, he places them one by one in one red, then one green, then one silver.  Then he leaves them there.  Because what would his wife do without these little trails of love, other than smile and sweep them into her hand, and toss them in the trash...and wait for the next holiday line-up? 
He's a true interior decorator, 
that man of mine. And I really do love him. That's why I give him "kisses."

Thursday, December 9, 2010


I forgot to show you these! 

 I found these little felt creations at an estate a few years ago.  I love the choir children.  They hang above my kitchen window.  And then I happened upon this little train that wasn't quite finished, but I still think it makes for a very merry decoration in the living room.  
 I have to hang it this weekend when I find the perfect spot.  This summer, I found this wreath that was tons of work, I am sure!  
 I love it...and it welcomes our 
guests at the front door.  
The most exciting little find this past weekend was a bag of ornaments at the thrift shop for 99 cents.  
And look what was in them.  

 Two Snoopy porcelain ornaments.  Marked Japan.  Copyright 1958.  eeek!  I'm in love. 

 And, finally, our $3 vintage Santa and Frosty that sit in the front flowerbed.  I wish my hipsta app would take a better night photo.  I'll get a better one for you soon. 
I think that little run I took through the neighborhood Christmas lights gave me extra blogging powers tonight.  I have one more post I am working on...see you in a bit!

Happy Owlidays!

Here they are!  These cute little guys went together in a snap.  They are punched from vintage Christmas cards and then mixed and matched so that all of their parts would show.  Then I decided I needed to stitch a little ribbon tree for them to light on when I introduced them.   The little guy on the normal...the ones in the tree...not so much.  Can you tell? I have had one of those weeks where my tail feathers are dragging, and I put their beaks on upside down!  Oh, gosh!  I also made a big stack of the little dudes last night, but I can't quite put my finger on where I put that stack.  These four I made tonight. So....I am off to go run away some stress and see the lights in the neighborhood.  It's chilly outside, and I bet we smell some fireplaces...and see lots of pretty yard scenes.  Won't that be nice?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I have not shown you those cute little owls I mentioned yet, have I?  Well, they aren't done.  I got them put together tonight except for the eyes; but, oh, the tiny eyes!  (I think it's time for a Sharpie makeover). They might just do me in.  Anyway, since you have to wait another day or two, here are some cuties to tie you over...Target has my heart, still.  

And then there are these cute owl place cards that were featured on Bump Smitten today...via Courtney at Flush Designs.
I know...I squealed too!  
You gotta love blog hopping, don't you?

Monday, December 6, 2010


 I'm upcycling some of those vintage Christmas cards I've been hoarding.  Aren't these little guys going to be cute?  I'll show you them tomorrow.  Nite nite!

I love snow...

 (my little ice cream chair covered last year)
...don't you?  I have a friend near Rochester, NY, that can already hear the snow plow.  I would pack bags and drive north for the winter instead of south, like most birdies do.  We get little bits of Heaven every once in a while...this winter is predicted to be wet but warmer than usual, so I hope that means Texas will be covered in white if only for a day or so, and maybe a few times.  Really, it's not so much for a snow day at school, but for pictures 
like these that 
make the mess so worth it.  

And little red noses on little girl faces that are so happy they got to build a snow kitty. 
 Whole families go outside and throw snowballs and chase and fall and get back up covered and cold and wet, but that's ok, 
let's play some more.
The owls come out to play on my parent's place, and we get pictures like this one mom was able to sneak last year. This was a rare treat...they are beautiful birds. You've seen them on my blog header. And they still live there!  I will keep mom on standby for more pictures for you.
Here is one of my favorite 
winter wishing songs...

Maybe if I play it enough it 
will hurry the snow in?

One last little thing...a warm and snuggly welcome to my new readers!  I'm so glad you are here.  Have a cozy day!

How Feed the Birdies flew in....

Once upon a time two little boys ate Happy Meals in the middle seat of a Ford minivan. Not quite willing to eat the last few fries, they launched them out the door screaming, "feed the birdies!!" And so my journal of a road through motherhood and wifedom, with a little bit of crafting on the side...where everybirdy gets a french fry. And we're all happy about it.