Good will hunting trip – for my sister

My sister Ginger is always on the hunt for the perfect little dress.  A few years back, my client tossed a bag of clothing and in it was a lovely, easy dress that Ginger snagged.

Since then…….she has been on the hunt for another like it.

This year, I was featured in a new book called “Thriftstyle”

Here is the link  –

I am proud to say that the authors, Allison Engel, Reise Moore, and Margaret Engel (friends call her Peggy) did an AH-Mazing job pulling together tons and tons of information for everyone.  They did not miss a trick!

So, I have decided I need to get out there and start thrifting.  I am going to be faithful to my blog twice a month at a minimum.  I want to show my followers  (well, my 5 friends and my family…..well, not all of my family but still! ) that it is really possible to shop for FREE once you find the one “needle in the haystack” or “diamond in the rough”.

I quickly found 3 perfect little beachy dresses to run around town in.  Each dress was labeled at $2.99.

But ALL CLOTHING …….. was 50% OFF ……TODAY ONLY!!!! Score!









So for $4.50, my sister filled a gap in her wardrobe.

I didn’t stop there. Always on the hunt for Vintage finds, I stumbled on this Camel Promotional vest that I love, love, love. A perfect fit and I can wear it to go fishing with my bff, or walking the dog. Lot’s of pockets and it is super soft cotton that feels like silk! I can also use on my Hunting for treasures.  Add tape measure, readers, wet ones, rubber gloves, (for the real dumpster diving) and cash!








Next up, I needed a few tops. Everyday in Florida you wear shorts, flip flops and tank tops. These few pieces will work as layers for restaurants (always air conditioned  ….brrrr, I know, I know….boo hoo).

Here are some perfect items to replace the ones I am tired of.







You can see that these two all cotton (soft!) zip jackets were $5.99…..making them 2 for the price of 1!!!



Finally, the score of the day, which will pay for this and my next Hunting trip….20171227_143150


That’s right! A never worn, NWOT (new without tags) Hanro oversized sleepshirt.

$1.50 At 50% off…..Priceless!



Here is the list price on the Hanro website.

HANRO Cotton Deluxe Short Sleeve Bigshirt
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Style: 77953
Modern 100% cotton women’s bigshirt nightgown; stylish and contemporary
Detailed with subtle woven voile trim at the scoop neck, chest pocket and short sleeves
Wear for sleep or as soft and stylish sleepwear
Falls to the knee on most.

That’s it for this Good Will Hunting trip!  See you again soon.  Get out there and send me your finds!  I will post them here for you!

Estate sale of all estate sales…..First look!

Mark your calendar for a spectacular Estate Sale that we be held in Nokomis Florida on December 1, 2, and 3 – 2017

Prices will be marked the day of the sale, but you have an exclusive offer now, to get in on early bidding and can even reserve the item with an accepted offer!

Room by room are photos of every item that will be for sale.  These items are unavailable in stores, were custom styled or designed, so now is your chance to get in on this ah-mazing offer!

Feast your eyes, make your selections, and text or call me at 312-315-1735. I will happily provide exact dimensions etc. for interested clients. Don’t let it get away!

Entrance Items- include drapes, lamps, accessories, area rug and marble credenzas featured by windows. 

20171102_135207 20171102_13524120171102_151952Seating area / Entrance


20171102_13393020171102_13401220171102_134047Dining Room / Ralph Lauren complete with 8 regular and 4 side chairs / tables with mirrors / floral / rug / draperies20171102_133820


Kitchen seating area / Antique china cabinet / Lion antique server / Vintage wood seating with cushion / 4 leather swivel bar stool


Power up your morning!

This is an awesome, inspirational blog on how to RE-SET your thinking, in order to start your day with a productive BANG! Enjoy……….Laura Gaskill makes it all look so easy!


Lakehouse, Hoosiers, Wood and metal……….


My friend Michelle and I, have known each other about 20 years or so.  I guess it is true for most of us, that our closest friends are usually the people we worked with.  They are the ones that knew you when…….. We have remained friends through the years, even though we are not geographically close.  A few weeks ago……..I got in the car and drove 9 hours to be with her in Angola, Indiana.  That is where her lake house is.  Right on the water!


Michelle is married to Andy. They are a happy, loving couple.  They work hard……..and they play hard.  They are young, in my book.  Early 40’s.

Michelle’s mom is my age.  She and Michelle visited me for an overnight last winter, in Florida.  Love her, and love her daughter.  We spent that time together thrifting for fabulous finds. Michelle snagged a few.  All of these items, she somehow managed to fit into her suitcase, to take to her lake house in Indiana.

Look closely, as you will see that she had a vision for these items, that no one else wanted. She has an amazing eye for design!


Michelle loves all things metal and wood.

20160708_094711But I think someone should tell her, it’s a lake house!  When I stepped in for my first visit…..I thought I was in a designer’s showcase……….. a model home, if you will.


Everything was perfectly placed.  This was a little weekend getaway?  A place where they jet ski, and go tubing?  Drink beer, and party?  Where?????






Michelle loves muted grays, bronze, rustic wood, and metal.  Fish, and a mix of textures, and……well…… and luxurious.  Everything has a place…….at least that is what it seemed to me!  How does she do it?

I even snooped in the drawers and cabinets.  OMG!

Have you ever? Was I at a fancy resort somewhere?

Is Angola really a swanky place, that is 20160708_094726Indiana’s best kept secret?

I was beginning to think so.

Everywhere I looked, things were perfectly placed!

Do you fold towels like this?  These were guest towels!

Yup, I was definitely going to enjoy my weekend retreat!





………strategically placed wine crate just as you enter!


Is the duck a decoy?





20160708_092855Michelle got me hooked on these old wood and metal crates.  Some rules apply.  If you can get them under $20?  Not even close!!!



See the sculpture?  You also saw it in Michelle’s grip in a photo above.  She found it at Funky Thrifty in Englewood Florida for like $3.

Notice the crest below?  She scored that for under $10!20160708_092736








Michelle bought the table from an Estate sale that I hosted, in Highland Park, IL.

She knew exactly where she wanted it!20160708_092831


Love the way these two plates work with the beautiful wood table.



How about this dining room?

20160708_093027OK…………time for a boat ride with Andy!  20160709_124348

Just like old times.  So much fun!

I was amazed, at how gorgeous, this sleepy little lake town was!

You hear of Michigan, even Wisconsin for summer fun.

Those that know of Indiana? Well……they like to keep it to themselves!

This is just a sampling of what you can find in Angola.  Lots of money……but nothing showy at all.


There is a saying in Michelle’s kitchen, and I think it is all that needs to be said for this adorable, loving couple……….


A little goes a long way, with a lot of TLC!

A year ago this time, my sister Ginger told me that she just didn’t think retirement was in her future.  A couple of setbacks, some second thoughts……and walking away from your weekly paycheck can be scary.

Yet, just a few months later, she and Ed left their jobs behind, and threw caution to the wind!  Determined not to spend another winter in Illinois.

toes in the sand

“Find us a house,” they said.  We trust you!! Eesh!  You and Mark know what we like.

Just be sure it’s 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a 2 car garage. Well, 2 out 3 wasn’t bad.

So, with my realtor (BFF), and my husband, (BFF) we set out to find the perfect home that Ginger and Ed could make their own. I did a lot of on line shopping, before I finally narrowed it down to 3 possibilities.

By the end of the first day, we found their diamond in the rough.  A little TLC would bring this home back to the showroom model it once was in 1962.

By the end of 2015, they were closing on their Fixer Upper!

Mark and I were now Chip and Joanna Gaines!  If only……….lol!  We watch them 24/7!


We got to work immediately.  While Ginger and Ed were hiring movers, and packing in Lombard, IL………Mark and I were ripping out carpets, and adding a little personality on a dime.

They finally arrived after 2 days in 2 separate vehicles, with their cat Wilson in tow.  Tired and anxious, they pulled up and Mark and I were waiting!!!!!

“Ginger and Ed?????………..Are you ready to see your fixer upper???”

Gingers house


So much fun, walking them through the house, and knowing that they were filled with excitement…………………and maybe just slightly horrifed, at the same time.

There were a few things that Ginger and Ed immediately jumped on.

First up?  Get those Terrazzo floors back to their original condition!  Done!!!

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Window treatments, the master bedroom wall blow out, entire house re-paint! Pull wallpaper off in the bathrooms, etc. etc. etc.

Ginger loves deep, saturated colors. That’s a good thing, because as you can see…….the house was really boring.  In fact, most of it was just the original primer from 1962.


The house did not seem like anyone ever opened the windows, and it was like new……but from the past.

Ed, he headed outside.  He met all of his favorite bugs out there.  They absolutuely loved him.  Fire ants were his favorite! NOT!  When these guys bite you, you know it!Image result for florida fire ants

One thing that Ginger really wants, is a new 4

But $30,000 is not falling from the sky.  So, I offered to paint her cabinets for her. I had done mine in Wisconsin, and knew what to do……...and what not to do.  She was hesitant for awhile.  Needed to warm up to the idea.  Worried that it might not be doable.

A few months in, I showed up at her front door and declared it was time!

Ed seized the moment (he’s no dummy!) and started taking off all of the cabinet doors. We started at the bottom first.  Ginger had selected a paint color, I picked up the primer and we were good to go.


house 5


Time to make a mess!





Mark punched out the ugly back board over the stove, and later removed the random looking exhaust fan.







What a difference!  It really opened up the room.




Time to set up the workshop in the garage.  Ginger got to work sanding all of the cabinet doors as I set them up and began priming.  The key to a perfect paint job is…….patience and then primer.

Even with todays paints that are paint and primer in one?  I don’t believe them and will always do primer first, then the paint application.

 In between the primer and the paint……….you must wait 24 hours!



Then before putting back up, you have to wait another 24 hours.










Ta Daaaaa!!!! The finished product was smooth and glowing!  A nice blue gray, inspired from a gorgeous Highland Park condo.

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kitchen 2kitchenGinger’s and Ed’s bedroom………

Before     house 8

After        2016032695171002



Guest bedroom……… 7

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Living room………

Before  house 3


20160717_160436Front veranda……….


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As you can see, a little $$$$, a lot of hard work, and patience, (maybe a little wine), will get you the finished results you really want to see!

And……….they both lived Happily Ever After!


Hope you enjoyed Ginger and Eds fixer upper!  Till next time…………Joyce

Who needs Paris?


20160625_110741I love a good porch. Surrounded by windows, or open air.  Doesn’t matter to me what kind of porch it is, but it is a must have, if you can swing it.

It doesn’t need to be fancy.  Think of Paris in the springtime.  Shabby chic, but simple and elegant.

If you can fit a day bed……..even better.   I hit the jackpot on my recent visit to Winona, Minnesota.

I discovered a diamond in the rough……so to speak.

The story goes like this…………..

This past year while Mark and I were in Florida for the winter,……not one, but 2 grand nephews were born.  Matthew, and then Johnathan.  I met Matthew a few weeks back. What a little cutie pie!   A few days later, I left to work a job back in Florida.

My mind was on the newest nephew…….I wanted to meet him while he still was in diapers!

There he is!!! So adorable.  A smiley, happy baby!


When I returned from Florida, my first order of business was to lend an extra set of hands to my niece Becky, and her 4, yes count them…………4 kids!

Since the trip was 2 hours away, I decided to stay a few days, and get some nibbles from the other 3 rascals, Alex, Evelyn and Will.


Hey!!! ……why not have a pajama party on the couch, along with my blow up traveling twin size bed?   Alex was all over that idea. Evelyn followed, and of course Will came along for the ride!20160622_195332

We had a blast!  Some slept better than others.  Stories were told the next morning, of things that went thump in the night!

While lying in my bed that evening, I wondered what was behind the two window pane doors.  They were each covered with just a sheer.  I tried to snoop, but no luck opening. I am sure when I visited in the past, I must have seen that room……but I was clueless.


When my niece (the mom of 4) came down in the morning, I asked her what was in there.  She yanked on the door and to my surprise…….it was a gorgeous sun porch, filled with items that were placed in there for later use. Not sure what later meant, so………NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT to jump on this project!





20160623_091511I asked both Becky, and Mike (the dad of 4), if there was anything I could do for them while I was staying for the 2 nights.  I had a really hard time finding something that I could do for them.  Becky is an amazing mom and really runs a tight ship. The house is very organized and tidy.  Hard to imagine how she manages………but she surely does.  Don’t listen to her if she says otherwise.  She is her own worst critic!

Mike said that Becky would love to get the place cleared of items that needed to be donated.  So, why not start there?

We removed all of the items that needed to go. Mostly toys, and kids clothing.  There were some upstairs, some in the laundry, some by the front door already lined up, along with the items that were in the sun porch. We got rid of 3 chairs from the old IKEA set, but Becky opted to keep the table for the downstairs laundry. Great idea!

Mike decided it was time to donate the coffee table with the wicker baskets.  And with this gorgeous room of windows, a headboard won’t be necessary either.  Out they go!

Mike filled up his van and I filled my SUV. Off to Goodwill.

Then we pulled everything out of the porch, and cleaned the entire space.  While Mike mopped the floor, I cleaned the windows.

20160623_100537Clean as a whistle!………what does that mean anyway? *


The sheers were in the wash and when finished, they were hung wet to stay wrinkle, and static free.  That was easy.  We started just after 10am, and we were finished by noon.

The french bistro set, and the bed were in the room along with the velvet couch.  Also, the cool bedspread, Becky found at a thrift store for $5.  It was very Parisian.  In fact, after I found the two pillows in the downstairs basement area, I was thrilled as this room was like a small studio in Paris.  Complete with a small gas fireplace, a place to cozy up with a good book, or enjoy a morning cup of coffee (before the kids wake up?)20160623_154936


I found the lamp at Goodwill while dropping donations. They gave a 25% off coupon and I scored it for $3.99.  The shade is linen and not a speck of dirt on it!

Nothing like some candles, and a soft lit lamp, to give a room some character.

Becky had these amazing nesting tables that we used next to the couch.  Gorgeous!


As for the winter time?  Well……’s Minnesota…….not quite as far up there as Fargo, but damn close!  Time to shut the doors again…….sigh……until the first thaw, and the signs of springtime return once again to the sweet little town of Winona!

* Answer: What is the Origin of the Phrase “Clean as a Whistle?


“One possibility is that the old simile describes the whistling sound of a sword as it swishes through the air to decapitate someone, and an early 19th century quotation does suggest this connection: ‘A first rate shot.(his) head taken off as clean as a whistle.’ The expression is proverbial, at least since the 18th century, when Robert Burns used a variation on it. More likely the basic idea suggests the clear, pure sound a whistle makes, or the slippery smooth surface of a willow stick debarked to make a whistle. But there is also a chance that the phrase may have originally been ‘as clean as a whittle,’ referring to a piece of smooth wood after it is whittled.”
(From the “Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins” by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997.)


Outdoor oasis

For the past few years, I have dreamed of an outdoor shower.

Anyone who lives in Florida knows, the humidity can be obnoxious.

The upside? NO SNOW!  I pinned the photo below, and added it to Mark’s screensaver a few years ago.

Although this design would be cute and rustic for the cabin in Wisconsin,  Mark wanted to build a solid cedar shower to last for our lifetime in Florida.  He also improved on the design.  It allows air flow, while keeping you covered!

Something like this would be great to have at the property. Need to figure out a water platform/collection since there is no running water there.:

Most days, showering is in the picture, to start my day.

Getting dressed for me?

A pair of sneakers, shorts, a baseball cap and t-shirt.  I wear this same combo to my jobs, except on the first consultation.  Then, it’s a Crisp White Shirt, and a pair of black cropped pants.

cotton-stretch pullover tunic Wearever Smooth-Fit slim ankle pants

J.Jill is my new go to shop for dressing it up a bit.

$89.00 for the top, $79 for the pants, now 25% off.  Easy care, and not a wrinkled mess after a few hours.  Collar up, ballet flats, nice necklace……so easy.

Getting ready in the morning, before my outdoor shower?

Hot, steamy, humid…… makeup was melting off before I headed out the door.  The bathroom was impossible…..blow dry?  Don’t even try it!

I was a soaked mess, before I even got dressed!

Getting ready now……..after my outdoor shower?

Priceless.  Cool as a cucumber!

Here are some before, and after photos of our outdoor oasis we have created together these past few years.  From no landscaping, to no patio, to a lush back morning go to place for relaxing, coffee, visiting with guests, or lying out for a few rays…….Sunscreen always!

This is the first winter we came down in 2012. There was much to do outside, once the inside had been completed the years leading up to our retirement.











Mark and Tom, our next door neighbor, also our gardener!

The little palms in the yard were planted in February of 2013.

Below,  just 3 years later….We added a cement fountain.  The store was clearing them out, and bringing in resin.  We liked the real deal at 75% off and FREE delivery.

20151212_134738We added a stamped concrete patio, a patio set (thanks Mom!) some lounge chairs and a string of lights from Target (Nancy’s score!).










Notice on the right of the photo, where the plumbing stood alone without a cover.




But now……..where there once was just the pipes from my fathers hose back in the 80’s, there is a beautiful Shower, that I have used every day since it went up.  Weather need not permit, here in Florida.  Heavenly!













20160215_11503820160215_115012There will never be another reason to steam up my bathroom inside.  Thanks honey, you are the absolute best at making all of my dreams come true!

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Just turn it over!

Life is a roller coaster. Like in the movie “Parenthood”, when Steve Martin was watching his kids at a school play, not following the program!  Sometimes it is scary, sometimes thrilling and exciting.  But it’s called a ride, for a reason.  Watch how things can go really bad if you let it…………to a great memory, if you welcome it.


I can’t believe it’s been more than 3 years since I retired.

Anyhoo………A lot has happened since. Talk about a roller coaster ride.

Fast forward to today…….

I have a nice little business of my own.

The Closet Consult LLC

My sister has moved down just a few miles away, and joined me in my business!



I am busier than ever.

I am not retired.

I go to yoga.

I go to the beach (well, sometimes I do)

I go fishing (well, once this year)

Life is good.


Last week, through my website, I was contacted by a mom, named Christy.  She has two active boys, and a husband who is a collector of all things related to games, comic books, and cards, and more.

Christy’s family is coping with building their lives back, after sadness struck a few years back, knocking the wind out of them. The family moved to Florida two years ago, and before they even had time to unpack, and set up, life began again.  Old stuff, new stuff……..just stuff!

During the same time as I received the email from Christy, I was finishing up a job in Venice Florida. I hired a local mover to take some mattresses, and a few small items to my client’s new condo.

Dan and Jenny, owners of Venice Moving Service arrived, and got right to work. I immediately liked them. Young couple, working together for the same common goal. Four kids, and a busy lifestyle.

Jenny saw my Business magnets on my car, and quickly said to me…….”I would love to do what you are doing!” I think I would be good at it.  (That was an understatement!)

I thought…..why not give her a try? So I called her and asked if she might like to jump in with me on my new client, and give them a hand. She was all over it!

So we arranged to meet at 9am at the client’s apartment, in Sarasota.

Here are some before and after photo’s of the job. This transformation took 5.5 hours.  The first 20 minutes we walked through and chatted about the layout.

We decided to start in the laundry room which was under-utilized and in need of some freshening.



We cleaned the top of the cabinets shown below, and then were able to store all of the water bottles, and paper products so that it was up out of sight until needed.

We cleared out the cabinet space, and maximized storage of camping food containers, batteries, light bulbs and to the right was all of the cleaning supplies, right above the washer.


20160315_093609Can you say water bottles?  



The Laundry room was loaded with empty bottles, tools in every cabinet, food in various areas. But it had plenty of possibilities. Jenni moved the water tank over to the kitchen door entry, makes sense right? This then opened up an area for a broom, and mop.

We set up a snack area for the kids to make lunches, or grab snacks after school.

Christy will soon add a nice little colorful rug, and get a used vacuum at the thrift. and they will be all set with cleaning accessories. A used shark or even a new one, priceless!

The money shot of the day was the entrance.  The idea was to create an entrance area for the boys to sit, and put away their shoes, jackets (not so much in the sunshine state) and backpacks.  We also saved Christy a few hooks for handbags.



As you can see, there were a lot of bags.  Stuff in each one and then under the bags were bins filled to the top with an assortment of Legos, art work and science projects.  Also an occasional sock was found in the most peculiar places.

The boys have a frog collection.  They feed them Crickets.  I don’t like crickets.  I do like frogs.

What can we use for a bench?  Where should we move the frogs?

Jenni wanted to move the gorgeous mirror there too!

At the top of the stairs around the corner of this cluster of bags, was a very tall shoe storage cabinet.  Over 6 feet tall for sure.  I thought, why is this cabinet here, and what can we do with it?  It is sooooo tall!!!!!

JUST TURN IT OVER JOYCE!!!‘…….turn it over on it’s side and let’s make a storage bench out of that!!   Who said that????? What???  Well why didn’t I think of that!

I must say, that idea was clever, and so Jenni!!!!  She is a true creative genius!




The frogs now have a home right by the door.  That is not a hint Glenn!  No worries.

Jenni took the mirror off the wall in like…..3 seconds, added an anchor to the hallway wall, and popped the mirror there.  It really opened up the entire area!

The bag, and scanner by the door,are on the way to the Thrift store.  Suncoast Humane society thrift!  Throughout the apartment……there is art everywhere! Their son Glenn, painted the mushrooms which we place over the frogs.  Priceless!

Christy has passed her creative gene on to the kids. She knits, makes and sells jewelry on Etsy, paints with passion, plays the piano, and guitar…..and I am sure that I missed something.  She is a peaceful, bohemian gal with an amazing style and grace.


Well, I could not let Jenni totally show me up! I had a few smooth moves myself ya’ know!?

BEFORE……..a cluttered storage area, with a variety pack of ?????????


AFTER………a lovely little storage area for the boys (including Pops!) for all the games, and more games, and a few more games.  Oh, and lots of comic books!

20160315_144230We even put a little piano bench in there, and to the left and right are hats and light jackets!

BEFORE…..there was a nice fold down coffee table hiding under these bins.  Also a big chest filled with books. I loved the woven shade and drapes with the swag lights, but the sun was shining outside. Let’s bring some of that in, for Christy and the boys!






We spent an hour or so just getting stuff off of the floor, and sorting by category. Christy spent the day on her area only, which was perfect, as she needed to put the oxygen mask on herself, before taking care of the others.

Jenni and I took care of Dad Mark, and the boys. Good thing Jenni came along.  I didn’t know what was what, when it came to the games, toys and costumes. Lot’s of turtles, Lego’s and eessshhh!

We moved things around a few times, but each time Christy was beyond thrilled and said that we inspired her.  This was music to our ears.  She had a smile on her face most of the day.

There was also time for reflection as she sorted photos, and beloved drawings from the boys.  Right by the lanai we were able to create an art workspace for Christy.   You can see we made good use of the coffee table below. The big metal case with books in the above photo is shown in the lower left of below photo.  We put a favorite quilt on it, to warm up the room. 20160315_144105

We brought a comfy chair over by the windows, next to the desk.  I can see all of them spending time together on projects, in this cozy space.20160315_144111

We took the piano bench, but I like the way the chairs match here.  I see leopard print, covered chair pads in their future!!!!

Stay tuned for Part II of ……….Just turn it over!

Many thanks to Christy and the ah-mazing Jenni, for a fun and productive day.

Under Cover!

A few years back I bought some Pottery Barn Wild Bird bedding, and decided to paint my guest room.

Mark and I ordered custom ottomans, and paid more than we should have.  We had a vision for them in the living room, but that vision just didn’t work out the way we thought it would.

So……… Why not add them to the guest room for suitcases, etc?

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Now, I really had a situation!  I pretended for a few years that they were absolutely perfect in the guest room. Mark was happy that we didn’t throw his pension check out the window that month, and all was right with the world.

But now……….well, SEW GINGER is living right here in Englewood!.  She is the master at covering anything with fabric, bringing some of the ugliest items to life.  Finally I could get them covered with something a bit less busy.  Off I went to shop for fabric.

A week later, I still wasn’t sure what I wanted.  So I decided, maybe it is the birds that are making me tired.  After all, I’ve had them for 8 years down here.  Hmmmmm!

So I headed out the next morning just to take a peek at some new bedding.  Not in the budget, but why not?  I had some Gift coupons from a local department store in my town (not Bloomie’s….gasp!).  I got two coverlets and two shams for $60.


Still, all you could see were these brown ottomans.  Dial up SEW GINGER NOW!

I set out to find a white quilt that would be cushy, and comfy, and look like something that belonged in a bedroom.  $38.99 ……….score!  An old sky blue linen tablecloth from a thrift store (Pottery Barn) was perfect for the trim work.  SEW GINGER always finishes with piping.

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AHHHHHH!  Now that’s what I was going for! Total cost of the project?  Just under $100. SEW GINGER and I trade services!

but……..oh no……….looks like it is time for new carpeting!!!!

Shoot, just got it 3 years ago……..damn Martha Stewart!  Need a sand-y beach-y color.

Hope you love my ottoman covers!  Ginger will make them for you!  Just go to and let her know what you are looking for.  She is the master!~

Next week………..Mark’s new outdoor shower transformation.  Priceless.

Sequins, Sparkle, and Shine!

Sequins! What an amazing discovery in fashion.  Countless closets are just waiting to break out that one, fabulous, just had to have it sequined top, dress, pants, or you name it item!

I happen to like the LGD (little gold dress) below here.  I find as I get older, gold has been a bit friendlier to my face.  Maybe softer, not as harsh and crisp as silver.  Have you tried it?

This dress would be my pick for the right girl!  Young and old, if the figure is there…to wear………so be it! sequin dress

I’m attending a New Years Eve party tonight, and can’t help wonder what to wear??

I have sequins, but I just don’t see wearing them here in SW Florida in the 80+ weather.

I know, I know……cry me a river.

I found one that could be cute, well, maybe just the jacket for me.

florida sequins

It’s a disco theme…..I’ve had the Bee Gee’s song “Night Fever” in my head all morning!

I have a few other choices shown below, but just can’t decide.  I think I would go with the first outfit on the left.   I love the black and white with keyhole opening!  But I would need a headband. That’s easy!


Here are some of Vogues fabulous sequined looks of all time, mixed in with a few of my budget friendly looks. Just a little inspiration for you tonight, if you feel like breaking out the sparkle and shine! sequin 4sequin 5








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The looks shown below, if you just want to throw on a pair of jeans, or your leather pants from 1977, are perfect and just under $20 each.  Both are great go to pieces for any time of the year.

Sequin handm

shoes modcloth

sequin paris



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I love this idea, preppy meets glamour girl. She manages to pull it off easily and without effort.

I might have added a light rinse boyfriend jeans.  Otherwise good to go!


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Here is a photo that could very well be my niece, Samantha…….She speaks Japanese, and loves all things gorgeous……but I had no idea she went to Japan.

Boshi o aishi Sam!      帽子を愛し

samanthaI have another little buddy that would look great in this Mermaid dress. (She actually thinks she is a mermaid.)




This is a recent picture of her…….mermaid 1Well, Happy New Year to all!

Here’s to 2016!  What are you wishing for?

What are your resolutions?

What are your dreams?


Whatever they are, wherever you are,……..for tonight,……..REMEMBER TO DANCE!

Hit play and enjoy!



Just don’t fall down for Pete’s sake!!!!

dont drink too much