Last week, while looking out the window onto the back patio, I noticed a little grey and black figure. At first, I thought it was a rock, then I thought it was a frog. But it turned out to be a tiny baby bird. The hubs & I had been watching the mother bird for weeks - never moving from the perch on her nest up in the tree hoovering over our patio... so I guessed this must have been one of her little ones. Because of the myth of "don't touch a fallen bird or the mother won't take care of it", I left it in its spot. Occasionally thoughout the rest of the afternoon, I'd take a peak to check and see if mama came to care for her young... but she didn't.

When the Jeff got home, he wedged our hurricane shutter ladder into the tree, to put the bird back into its nest. But when he got up there, he said it not only was completely flat, but there was another little bird sitting in the nest. Now I had seen the nest from the upstairs window, but (SMH) never saw mama bird come back to the nest to care for this one either. Fearing the bird would only fall out again, I made a little nest - from a tee shirt, dried leaves grass, and sticks, and placed it in a Nike shoe box. Jeff had drilled some holes into the box for air, and I was going to bring the bird in the morning to the Wildlife Rescue Center. Later that same evening, the other bird fell out too. SO I placed it in the boxed nest. The two slept together in our office overnight.

In the morning, we lifted the cover to reveal that the first one didn't make it. After a little cry, Jeff took him across the street and buried it along side of a buried neighborhood cat (had been struck by a car from some A-hole in the neighborhood). I brought the box back to the patio, sat it on a chair under the tree, and had hoped mama would come back to care for it. In the meantime, I took down from the attic, some of the nests from the Easter table. I widened it a little, added some dried leaves and grass, and secured it with wire.

The hubs placed the nest on top of the existing nest, an then carried up the little guy. We thought he'd be more secure with this nest because it actually had sides to it... but he fell out again - this time landing in a planter. I placed him back into the boxed nest and Jeff (on his way into work) brought him into the Wildlife Rescue Center. They rushed the bird to the back to care for him quickly (because he was so tiny). They gave Jeff a card with a patient number to call back in a few days to check on our patient. 

So sad to say... he too didn't make it...
But we tried :...(

RIP lil' Twitter...


Wow! Where has this year been flying off to? Even though the first day of summer begins  in twenty-two days, today is the day (most) people traditionally kick off summer! American flags flying high, parades to honor our veterans, family picnics, cookouts & cupcakes, kids splashing around in pools, and all those classic outdoor games like kick ball, wiffle ball and badminton - will all be a welcomed break from winter, and even some cooler spring time hibernation. And for some, like the hubs, he'll be at work, and I'll be down south working on a project I've been involved in lately.

Sorry for my blogging absence last week. It was a crazy week from sourcing and thrifting for a homeowners bedroom makeover, re-nesting a little birdie who fell out of a tree, and even consulting and sourcing for a new client on a home makeover - we'll be starting in the living room. A part of me missed blogging. My hand was happy to have gotten a rest from the keyboard, but now my back is begging for one lol. It's all good. I'm busy, I'm happy, and I'm helping homeowners get happy too. Pictures and details to be posted shortly, so stay tuned!

In the meantime - wherever you are - get outside and ENJOY your day!

Blessings today to all the wonderful service men & women who helped serve and protect our United States of America!

Happy Memorial Day!


I don't know about you, but I miss the concepts of the old design programs HGTV use to air. I'm SOOO over House Hunters - especially with the way the market is these days. I enjoy seeing creativity at its height, and to me sometimes that means making something out of nothing or turning trash to treasure. Two shows out there doing just that are American Pickers on The History Channel and Dresscue Me on TLC's Planet Green.

I posted this place & info on their site - If they ever come to Florida, they will LOVE StoneAge Antiques - They've been collecting signs and South Florida treasures for over 45 years.

It's funny the hubs actually came across this show and brought it to my attention a while back, and recently a friend on Facebook commented they could see me doing that. I've seen the show every now and then, but didn't get that into it - until now. I think it was because a few times when picker Mike Wolfe would ask, "Well, how much do you want for it?" I've actually guessed right! (and a few pretty darn close!) which I thought was pretty cool. I'd like to see the shop they resell all their finds in, which Mike is opening in Nashville, TN in June 2011, called Antique Archeology. A show similar to this concept aired on HGTV earlier this year (on Saturday nights) but they moved it and it's been hard to catch; it's called Cash & Cari. She's spotted some amazing finds (like a hobnail collection) as well as had her specialist (and dad) repair and refinish pieces to sell in her shop. BTW: If you'd like an item appraised by Cari, you can upload your pics at HGTV on Cari's Page.

Over the weekend, while flipping through OnDemand searching for something interesting to watch, I came across a program on TLC called Dresscue Me - and I'm HOOKED! The leading lady of the show isn't the nicest person on earth, but she's got a really good eye. She salvages old and discarded garments from Goodwill and the like - often times buying clothes by the pound, to resell in her shop she owns in LA. She's very informative of the style & design history behind the clothes - even if it's a knock-off - and she restyles them for today. She took a 80's / Crystal Carrington red ruched long sleeve w/shoulder pads dress, and removed the shoulder pads and sleeves - added a curved band of bling to the outside of the ruched waist - and wah-lah! A dress designed for today, at an affordable price (only $68), upcycled, salvaged and saved from filling another landfill - I LOVE IT! She also has a shop in Soho, NYC - but it has no sign out front - just a single red dress hanging from the fire escape (ok- that's gotta change - leave the dress but come on - add a sign!) It's on TLC on Thursday evenings. It just started airing in April, so you can easily catch-up on OnDemand.

Shareen Mitchell - host and founder of Shareen Vintage...

goes through this...
(she really does)

and with the help of her team...
(although she can be short on patience at times - she's just a woman who KNOWS what she wants and has HIGH expectation levels for her staff to have as much passion and attention to detail as she.)

Together, they recreate & reinvent that pile headed to a landfill
into the clothing for her shop...
(which is also located in NYC, in Soho. I think Stan, the Elegant Thrifter needs to swing by and take us on  a tour!!)

Shareen also helps people...
Both everyday women and Hollywood Super Stars
to style their vintage vibe...
While I'm loving those shows... another show I caught up with (and want to choke these people) is Extreme Couponing. I thought they would have an abundance of shopping tips... And they do have abundance - just of WAY TOO MUCH crap stored in every nook and cranny in their house! And it isn't even all healthy!! Liters and cans of soda stock piled in your kids closet?? Are you kidding me? And tons of bags of chips and cheap hot dogs??? In stead of trying to save money, why not rethink trying to save your frickin' arteries!! And even the health conscious over do it with 100 cups of yogurt! That shit will go bad before anyone could eat it all and then what? You've created waste for a landfill. Not to mention all the TIME these people waste. Now some do have a good system of filing, but some are even out of control with the amount of coupons they have - $2 million dollars worth of savings? Tell me - what are you saving by buying crap - like 50 bags of cat treats - and LAUGHINGLY saying you DON'T HAVE A CAT??? Then donate it to the Humane Society.

I believe both Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil need to do an EXTREME intervention on this new breed of hoarders - birthed from our country's recession. I mean seriously, these people are going to get Diabetes or have a stroke or heart attck while getting their adrenaline rush and fix in line... and it will probably been truly caused by: clogged arteries from the chips, cakes, breads - PROCESSED food they're filling themselves up with - just because they have a coupon? I'd love to see these people step into Dr. Oz's truth tube. For the record - I am by NO MEANS a tree-hugging, vegetarian health nut - but come on! Exercise SOME control people!!! There are so many other productive tasks that could be done in the time they are clipping coupons - ride a bike, take a walk, learn a new skill, help a friend, volunteer to help strangers or even volunteer to help animals at a shelter. Hell - write a blog to HELP people save money!

Guess she's ready for the post-poned rapture?

This is RI-frickin-DIC-ulous...
And IF you have THIS MANY coupons, then invest your savings into some file cabinets to line along the wall or all your savings are going to go to Dr. bills when you pull your back out lifting them!!

Another missed opportunity to invest those savings:

The ONE great task I did see from one of the couponers was that he not only stocked up on food (and a RIDICULOUS amount of toothpaste!) for his family, but he planned and executed putting together packages to donate to the troops overseas. With so much homelessness happening right here in our own backyard, these hoarders - extreme couponers need to pay forward their so called good fortune - you know, "Love thy neighbor." And that's what a lot of it is - their perseverance has given them the good fortune to save. IT IS NOT A TALENT as they often claim to have. Picasso has talent. A carpenter has a skill. Extreme couponers have got issues unresolved for they are forever and feverishly trying to fill a void with all their STUFF. One even said, when she gets it all put away and organized, she likes to sit back and look at it.(SMH)

Do you REALLY "need" all those
frickin' croutons with your frickn' coupons??

And by no means am I bashing couponers. Even while I was watching the show, I was doing my regular Sunday paper clippings, and creating my shopping list from them. The most I've saved on a shopping trip (at Thanksgiving thankfully) was $83 and I was proud - but I didn't sit back and look at my pile. Or collect milk crates full of coupons and have to cut a hole in the wall under the stairs to make a space to store them. And I didn't have to spend 5 hours in a grocery store and even have to CALL people to come to the store because a coupon was limited to one coupon per household for some item purchase of a quantity of 20. I can see a new mom buying 20 packages of diapers to stock up on if they were a good deal - (SMH) but not food or medication. Those things will expire (even bottled water expires!) and then what? You've created waste.

It's kind of ironic.. with all the salvaging from landfills and repurposing Cari, Shareen and the Pickers do, it looks like the extreme couponers are creating MORE WASTE for landfills with all the TRASH they are accumulating. Instead of accumulating, why not try donating?

But, just like we watch the shows we love, I guess we also must see the train wrecks happening too.
Have you seen these shows? What do you think?


Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I took a break from project working and spent some time with the hubs for our anniversary. To save on the expense of going away (like we usually do for our anniversary) we did a staycation. Although we were home, we did get out to two nearby areas, which made it feel like we were away. Rather than do an expensive dinner in a crowded resturant Friday night, we did a delicious late lunch at a cool hotel resturant in Ft. Lauderdale called Steak954. We both did light fish dishes: I had an amazing Mahi-Mahi fish sandwich, which wasn't at all what I was expecting - from presentation to taste! It was cut into thirds, and served with freshly made potato chips, seasoned with sea salt. Jeff had two fish tacos, and we shared a well chilled Caesar salad with an amazing dressing and fresh parm shavings. We toasted our anniversary date with refreshing margaritas served in stemless glasses - they too were dee-lish - and so was the view...

Steak954 is located right on the beach at the sleek & modern W Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. After our meal, we took a little tour of the hotel...

I think Lady Gaga would really like these chairs!

Jellyfish wall featured at the inside dining area...

Lounge upstairs, just next to the lobby area.
That overhang suspended over the bar was made of all chain links...

In the Lobby...

Outside lounge area featured cool blue stripes...
a modern take on the ocean view, just around the corner.

Then we took a stroll down the Ft. Lauderdale Strip. We stopped at a place for more margaritas that were served in these HUGE glasses... so huge, we probably could have shared one...


For our walk back up to the car, we walked along the shore. I don't know if it was the salty sea air or the Caribbean blues of the ocean, but before heading home, we pulled into an OLD movie theatre to see Pirates of the Caribbean. We're both Pirates fans, but not too much a fan of this version - we missed the rest of the cast.

Jeff doing his thing at the table...
 For the "rapture" on Saturday evening, we spent it at the Hollywood Hardrock Hotel & Casino where Jeff got to hit the tables (to try and win us our millions ya know) and we laughed ourselves silly from the comedy performance of Lewis Black.  When they dimmed the lights, the announcer said (in a deep voice) "Welcome to the Rapture!!"

Not wanting to go home right after the show, we walked around the Hardrock shops, pubs and clubs, sat at an outside bar, had a drink and did some people watching. Oh the sites we saw - including many girls wearing thi-high mini's or winter boots (and we're going into Summer??), while others seemed to scream "Yup. I'm a tourist!"

 Sunday we just did some grilling & chillaxing - Jeff read the paper, & napped, while I was clipping & organizing coupons - but to NO EXTREME! lol We also watched some on-demand shows, like Extreme Couponing, Dresscue Me, What Not To Wear and American Pickers... but that's a whole other post...

So even though we didn't pack-up and go to any destination, we made the best of what was around us and each other ;-)


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