Tuesday, August 30, 2011

maybe vintage, definitely cool

When I was at the Red Shed this past weekend for their Saturday sale,
I stumbled across these jars.
They were selling them filled with old vintage buttons.

I like the size, shape and design of them.
They are square with fluting and have
that little flared flange at the bottom.

I think they are interesting.  The buttons are cool too.
Do you want to know why they really caught my eye?

Look closely.  Do you see the etched writing on the bottom?

That's a family name. 
My great-grandmother was Mamie Woods.
My grandmother was Myrtle Lou Liza Woods (before she was married).
I know you all will want to write down that unique name 
for any future little girls you may have :)
I'll probably keep one of these jars and give one to my cousin for Christmas.
The lids on the jars are new.  I don't know much about the jars but 
it doesn't matter to me.  They look vintage and bear a family name.
That makes them especially cool in my book.

I think I've finally decided on a blog name.
I'm kind of excited about it.
I'll probably share it this weekend.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

nice little shout out

I picked up my copy of the new Flea Market Style magazine
at the Red Shed this weekend.
I've already read it cover to cover and it's great.
I saw some of my favorite blogs spotlighted;

I was also excited to see a little shout out
about our own Lonestar Antique Mall
where my pal Jennie and I have our booth.

That's so cool.  It is a great place
and deserves to be mentioned.

If you are ever in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area,
hope you have time to stop by and visit.
You can visit our booth, Secondary,
along with a couple of hundred other booths like 
The Shabby Y
and so many more.

Let's take a moment and note that this 
is my second post in one day; yep, two posts in one day.
Since I'm more of a once-a-week type blogger,
that's pretty huge for me.
If you missed the first post, click here because
I need a little help from you all.

That didn't last long

Did you like the new blog title, Red No. 3?
I was becoming quite fond of it.
However, it didn't stick.
(I don't know if that is a Texas expression or not; if it is, 
 it means it didn't work out.)
Like a cherry popsicle in this ridiculous Texas heat,
it didn't last long.

Before I grew attached to it, I decided to see if there was
already a blog out there with that title.
There is...since 2003.
It's a blog about being fat or something.
Although I certainly could belong to that club,
I don't want this cute little blog confused with it.
So, out with that title I guess.

My blog is titleless now.  
I may have to go back to 3 Ring Cottage.
I would like a fresh new name.

Any suggestions?
Can anyone help me out?
I would like to have "3" in the title somewhere.
I would like to have "red" in the title but it's not necessary
because it could be written in red.
I want something I love because I don't want to change
my blog title every year.

So, how about Vintage Red?
Nope, that's taken too.

Red Vintage?

No. 3 Red?
Not taken...but it sounds goofy.

The Red 3?
Not taken but not sure about that one.

Vintage 3?
Not taken but I don't know.  It could be written in red.

Maybe we should just go with "Untitled"
Seriously, it's already taken...by several.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

evolving, changes and news

When I started this blog, I thought I knew my style.
I preferred cottage style 
with some fresh country farmhouse 
and a bit of shabby chic added in to the mix.
Throw in some antiques and some junk and I was happy.

It's been a year and a half since I started blogging
and I've noticed lately that my style is changing.
I still like cottage and farmhouse with a bit of shabby
but I've been drawn to other things in the last few months.

Take a look.  Do you see what I mean?

Did you see it?  Yep, vintage industrial.
I find myself drawn to metal, wheels, rusted, heavy
old industrial stuff.  I have a lot of it from my family
but I kept it mostly in the garage and didn't use it.
Now, I find myself bringing that stuff in and 
looking for more when I'm shopping.

Now, don't get me wrong.  I still like antiques
and cottage and farmhouse and shabby and french and 
whatever else has a story.  There will always be some 
of that in my home but it will be mixed in
with all of my wonderful vintage industrial finds.
Thank goodness it all works together.

So, my style and my blog are evolving.
As most of my long time followers know, 
my family has a lucky number, "3".  
You've also figured out that I love the color red.
Not just any red (no pinky red, orangey red, purple red) 
but good ol' country red, USA red, farmhouse red, a true red.
Love it.

It only makes sense to me to change my blog header and title
to better fit me and the style of my blog.
So, I think I'm going with "Red No. 3".  
Let's see how I like that for awhile.
I'm not changing my address, it will still be under "3 ring cottage"
but my blog title, header and whatever else will change.
I hope you all will know that it's still me when you see it.

Up until now my blog has been mostly about decorating and my finds.
I have thrown a little bit of "real life" in there along with the rare recipe.
I think I may begin throwing some more "real life" into my blog.
With my son starting high school, I may need the support, who knows.
I know I enjoy glimpses into the lives of the blogs I follow.  
It makes me feel like I'm getting to know you better.
So, it's only fair that I let you get to know me a bit better.
Did you realize you've never seen a picture of me or my family?
I had my guard up when I started this blog since I didn't know what to 
expect from blogging and I wanted privacy maintained at all costs.
I think I'll let my guard down just a little bit...baby steps.

So, please have patience with me and my blog as we grow and change.
What do you think?
Do you like where this is going?

Amy at Whisperwood Cottage has an ongoing blog series
about authentic style.  It kind of prompted me to go ahead
and make all of these changes that I had been thinking about for awhile.

 So, here we go!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

lightning speed

Indulge me for a moment please while I depart from my usual
junking, decorating, cottage, farmhouse kind of posts.

My only child begins high school this week.  High School!  9th Grade!
That means only 4 more years before college.
Any clue how to slow down this train down?
It's all going by way too fast.

100 seat lecture hall...at his high school!


cafeteria; although it's more like a food court at a mall

Four previous photos from VLK Architects
Last evening, he was invited with a group of friends to
go to a restaurant and have dinner to celebrate the start of high school...
alone...with out us...with boys and girls...
with out any parents....with out any adults...with out supervision.
It was another first for us.  
I'm not ready for this.

I may get to blog more often I guess since he
seems to be needing me less and less.
I like that he's becoming independent and
turning into a great young man.
I just miss the little boy.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

just right

I've been on a hunt lately for just the right container to hold jars 
for kitchen organization and storage.
I've seen wonderful ideas in blogland for using jars and 
jar carriers for a variety of uses and I wanted one.
The Virginia House

I've found some on Etsy and other places but none so far
have been just right for me.
They have all been either too expensive, too simple,
lacking character, too small or just not me. 

Then, I found this:
This old wooden and metal tote was it!

Four jars fit in it perfectly.

Love all the rustic detail.  There are little holders I guess for
screwdrivers or whatever that would hold pens if I decide 
to use it for something else.

I put my jars in and sat it on my little "tableisland".

I added the forks, knives and spoons.

On the other side, there is room for paper plates and plasticware.

It holds it all perfectly, makes everything convenient and easy to get to
and frees up a whole drawer in the kitchen to use for something else.

My little kitchen tableisland is a one stop shop for whatever we need.

I love this little unique tool tote. I could use it for so many things.
I'm still on the lookout for just the right milk bottle carrier.
I still want one but for now, this tote is just right.

I've been noticing a change in my style over the last few months.
Have you noticed it too?  
I think it's evolving into something unexpected for me.
I'm working on a post to explain it all.  
It may mean some little changes are in store for this little blog.
Stay tuned.

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