Thursday, June 28, 2012

Getting Started

I'm a bit of a procrastinator.  Why?  Because when I do things, I like them to be just so.  I'm a bit of a perfectionist, too, I guess.  So sometimes I find myself waiting to start something that I really want to do because I'm not quite sure how to do it.  Sometimes I find myself waiting because it just doesn't feel like the time is right.

Like this blogging thing.  I've been wanting to do this for over a year now.  But I had so many questions about it (what to name it, what it should look like, what I should share, yada yada).  And when I'd try to think about starting, it just didn't feel like it was the time.

But, here I am.  I'm finally STARTING! { That "finally" sounds negative.  I'm not fond of negatives.  So let me try, again.}

Yay!  I'M STARTING!!!  I'm actually taking the steps necessary to do this thing I've really been wanting to do!  Go me!  (There - that's a bit better, don't you think?)  And it feels good to get started!

So, if you're reading this - I'm glad you're here, witnessing me breaking free of procrastination and perfectionism!  Maybe there's something that you've been wanting to do, and maybe - just maybe - this will be the little *spark* you needed to get you going!

My name is Teresa.  I'm a busy wife and mom and I'm the proprietor of  I love all things cheery and bright!  I'm incredibly sentimental and it makes me sad to see items that were once loved be tossed aside.  So, I have a lot of collections...I guess the first thing that I collected was buttons, then dolls, then stamps (my dad is a retired letter carrier).  Now I collect vintage mixing bowls and pitchers, and frozen charlottes (or penny dolls) as they're sometimes called, and sea glass.

I love to roam through flea markets, estate sales and thrift shops finding items that need a little bit of love so that they can be valued, again.  Luckily, my incredible husband and my two grown children love to do this, too!

In fact, we just returned from our vacation which consisted of us caravanning over 1000 miles one way, with my trusty utility trailer in tow, stopping at any place we found interesting, and finding items to rescue.  I was amazed at some of the wonderful items we found!  Before we headed back, we spent several days on our favorite barrier island (which gave me a chance to collect some Sea Glass - yippee!).  It was the first time that we've had a family vacation where each of our children brought along their significant other.  We rented a great house, right on the beach, and everyone had a fabulous time!  We swam, and ate, and fished, and ate, and beach combed, and then we ate some more!  Why is it that food tastes so much better after a good swim in the sea?  The highlight of our trip was when our daughter's suitor proposed to her!  He had asked my husband for permission the night before.  He proposed by the historic House of Refuge, which is now a museum, but was once a refuge for shipwrecked sailors.  It was very sweet and romantic.  We are all very happy for them!  Below is a photo of the House of Refuge taken from the deck of the beach house where we stayed.

So, we have a wedding to plan!  I am going to make our daughter's wedding dress from a vintage pattern that I purchased from  I'm also going to make her bouquet using vintage brooches.  Some belonged to her grandmothers and others we've collected over the past few years.  I'll keep you posted as we go along.

I guess that's it!  For now, at least!  I'm a blogger.  I have blogged!  Yay, me!  And Yay to you for sharing it with me!

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