Monday, May 10, 2010

The Hunt for the Giant Toad

I have found my giant toad, my little immigrant is on her way from Mexico as we speak. I so wanted to buy a locally made one, but I'll have to settle for handmade. My dad actually stumbled upon a woman who transports these immigrants to Nebraska and sells them for her family in Mexico.
Notice her size compared to the man she sits next to!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ode to Yo' Momma

"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Pr22:6)

Just a few things that remind me of my mom.

Long Leg Panty Girdle from Stelma Designs

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mother's Day

My husband said "Go buy what you want for Mother's Day". Okay, not words of appreciation, but I'll take it and I won't be upset that he didn't painstakingly shop for something, anything that could represent his undying appreciation for me birthing his 3 children and washing his stinky socks-he has been working 14 hr days for the last 2 weeks.

But then my trouble begins. I do the bills, so I know what is in the account to spend. I know I want a corner tv stand and a new computer desk, but I'd also like a pink tool set-ala Tom Boy tools- I figure if they are pink my husband won't steal them!

But since I am mom and will do what is extremely too practical-but will save me a lot of worry and headache-I am getting......a new baby gate. Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Don't Judge Me

I am super stoked. I finally got the go ahead to open a DaisyToad's Vintage store in my garage. As a work at home mom, I definitely wanted to do this on my own turf. Why? Well first reason of course is no rent, second my kids can still play in their own yard, third I can still choose my hours-well maybe not choosing my own hours-but kind of.

Confused? Of course I will have hours of operation, but I will also be able to be open by appointment and the occasional drive by-or travelers who just spent too much time thrifting and all the vintage and antique stores in town are closed...but they need just one last rush. Am I the only one who's been there?

If you've ever seen my house, you know it will need some sprucing up. This is were the don't judge me comes into play. I am prepared to show you the before pictures so you can appreciate the after pictures even more!

Our house is set backwards on its lot, so this is our backdoor, but first thing you see when you pull up. I want to paint our house yellow, but my husband says it fades too fast, so I'm thinking about blue.....
Also in this picture, my vintage glider awaiting a new coat of paint, my dead asparagus, and a bunch of other stuff that has collected on the deck over the winter-oh yeah and my crooked pine tree!

Oh wait, no this is the first thing you see when you pull up, my husbands retired race car (I'm guessing since I get my store I won't have much say if he wants to race again) I'm not sure what the tractor attachment is for, my new lamps for the garage and mulch for the landscaping-doesn't look like much of an inviting store does it?
This is the shed I get to convert to our tool shed, it needs walls. I'm not sure how to do that, but I'll figure it out somehow! (or hire someone to do it for me then take the credit!)
This is the front of our garage, where my store will be, I don't think I will get the house and garage painted in time for the opening, but I promise it will look better...any suggestions?? The basketball hoops must stay no matter what-as you see I have a future NBA star...And this is the inside of the garage. No that is not how I store my inventory! This is all garage sale stuff, that will be gone in 2 weeks! As you can see we had painted the walls white when we moved in, it will be staying pretty rustic and being updated as money shows up (anyone care to donate?) : )
The door to the garage is on the side, in between the house and the garage, I will be putting cement here and have a nice sitting area.

I have so much to do and so little time to do it, it will be a busy busy summer! I hope to be open November 1st with a Grand Opening the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Any ideas, suggestions or comments?? Don't forget to leave them here!