Friday, August 27, 2010

Chicks and The Chair

Life has been throwing sour grapes at me lately and this morning I decided to take the bull by the horns.

I took a drive. In my 19 and 95 Ford pickup. Down the country roads. Windows down. Music up. After getting some nutrition (cheetos and Dr. Pepper), I hit the back roads for some garage saling.

I found this chick pretty early on.

She and her chick sisters made me smile out loud. They happen to dance in the wind, dodging sour grapes as they boogie.

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And then? I found it. The chair. Ahhhhh, this chair. Listen here. I let the chicks sit in it for a picture, but they had to shove me off the throne first. I am loving this chair!
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I have a thing for stuffing. It's just a sign of life, to me. Life that's been here. Life that has lived on and around this seat of mystery. Life with sour grapes and all.

One of my girlfriends asked me to give a story about the chair. But, y'all are creative! Y'all make up a story about the life and times of this chair and leave it in the comments, k? Oh! I'll give you the known, and you go from there. This is going to be fun!

Per the nice man at the garage sale, this chair came from a 90+ year old house in Greenville, Texas. He and his wife are real estate flippers and they rescued the chair from one of the upstairs rooms of the old house.

Ok. Go.

Happy Weekend and Happy Now, my friends!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Shopping The Primitique

I just don't think I can ask you to come celebrate a grand opening when the new place looks something like this:
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Where, oh where will the mirrors hang?

If you have a hankerin' for shopping The Primitique, you best high tail it to Winnie & Tulula's in Athens. (This would be a good place to put a picture of W&T's, but I'll be darned if I don't have any current photos. Ooops!)

Or, you might plan a visit (see pictures) to Zapp Hall during the Warrenton/Round Top shows September 24 through October 2.

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I'll be there with our favorite redneck, Miss Robelyn, of red.neck chic fame. You will not believe what we have planned for you and your home! Bring a trailer, I tell ya! David will be there, too. And you know you love him!

In the meantime, back in Royse City, we have got no walls! There is no roof. Wouldn't electricity, lights and HVAC be primo?

I can't begin to give you a pencil date for The Primitique opening at this point. I imagine when we get back from Zapp, I'll be able to give you an ink date for a Very Grand Opening. Stay tuned! Quirky vintage goodness is coming to Royse City!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Places to go, People to see!

Here's the scoop. I know of at least 3 different shopping destinations that you really should visit this Saturday, August 28.

For instance, you could start your shopping spree in Grapevine at
The Red Shed. David and I hit this golden opportunity of buying in June. Wanna see the pics I took? Click Here. Valarie and Michele can put a smile on your face, for sure!
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You really need to swing by Canton for a visit at LaurieAnna's. Our pal Laurie is celebrating the opening of a brand spankin' new location this Saturday. From what I've seen, the girl has got it goin' on! Click here to see pictures I took at her store last December.
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And, without question, my dear friends, you need to go to Kilgore this Saturday. Judy Hill, aka J Hill Designs, is hosting a shopping extravaganza:



Click here to view pictures that David took at Judy's Spring 2009 show.
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You really can't say there is nothing to do this weekend! There are lots of opportunities to celebrate Saturday, shopping and adoring these talented folks!

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mystery Find

What is it 2?
It's heavy. Metal. Thick. Not flexible. No markings.
What is it?
I found it at an estate sale and when I inquired, the kids said "Dad had it hanging on the wall."

I'm clueless. Do you know or have any theories as to what its original purpose was?

And if you don't know what it was meant for, tell me. What would you do with it?

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I Love Love!

I haven't gotten mushy in awhile. Indulge me.

Nah, I wouldn't call the cat and the chicken sharing space "love" exactly, but it warms my heart to see Opie-the-cat and Opah-the-hen sharing space. Isn't that sweet? (ignore the leaves in the screen porch)
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This time next month, David and I will be celebrating 3 years of dating. Indeed, it is Our Turn at happiness in love! I sure do love the man and I am blessed beyond measure that he loves me back!
Speaking of love. My parents set one heck of an example of just how it all works. Mom and Dad celebrate 47 years of marriage this week. Forty seven. Wowsers!
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Ok. So, their celebration included a tiny little trip to the hospital. Thus, the pretty bracelets and the cool ride Mom is sitting in. Ignore all that. Hippa prevents me from talking about all that. But, would you look at the love? They have got it!

Three kids & 2 grandkids. Education & careers. Worshipping, leading and following. Singing, laughing and dancing. Cherishing the moments. Making memories. Holding what they could and letting go of what they couldn't. Indeed. 47 years later, they are still holding hands and fighting to sit next to each other at the dinner table.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! Thank you for loving each other and leading by example. I've been watching you for 43 years. The lessons you continue to give are not going unnoticed by child #3.

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Don't you just love love???

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Otherwise Occupied and a Focus Group

David tells me to stop going to the store to see if there are walls up yet. Something about watched pots and boiling water. I haven't driven by since Friday. I sure do wonder what's going on up there. But, the effort to be otherwise occupied isn't too difficult considering everything that needs to be accomplished before the grand opening.
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I have a group of friends that have been designated as my "focus group". They are pretty quick about giving input and I just love 'em for it! However, I feel like I am slighting you the opportunity to give a little input. Wanna be in a focus group regarding my new store? If you are anything like me, you are chomping at the bit to share your ideas!
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Most of you know I love me a good mason jar. David confesses that he can't drink out of one. Something about a dribble factor. (Bless his heart.) Do tell. (Here's your part.) Besides as a fine eggnog container, what uses are there for a mason jar?

I look forward to seeing just how creative y'all are! (In the meantime, maybe I could just drive down to the store and see if it has walls yet) (don't tell David!)

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 13, 2010


You've seen the new banner with the new store name, but have you seen the shortened version of The Primitique? We decided that sometimes, we might just need a shorter version of ourselves. Short is good! (says the 5'0" lady)

See it on the right sidebar? If you click on it, you will go straight to...wait for it...the official website of The Primitique! Wow! And, might I mention, I am the webmaster. I designed it and mastered it and, umm, well, you know, webmastered it All By My Self! (Look for improvements after I give David the password.)

Wanna know what is inspiring me to design new logos and create a website for the new store?

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Steel beams, baby! Yup! You are looking at the skeleton of the future home of The Primitique. (It is perfectly acceptable to throw your hat in the air upon seeing this progress. I did.)

As with all new builds, one never can hang their hat on a "ready" date until things are more, shall we say, "ready?" We want to open Labor Day weekend. It's possible that we'll open Labor Day weekend. Might I suggest that when you write it in your calendar, you use a pencil. When the ink date gets closer, I'll let you know. My heart beats fast for a big ole, fun grand opening!

In the meantime, I am going garage saling in the morning. I am so very inspired to shop! (cuz, I've had problems with that in the past)

Happy Weekend! ~Mindy

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Magic of Macro

Do you ever play with the settings on your camera? That tulip one is a macro setting. I don't know the fancy explanation of it, nor do I intend to copy and paste it from anywhere. But, what it does, is let you get real close up and see things in a different way.
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This past weekend, I got to do a little shopping for The Primitique. Since we are still aiming for a Labor Day weekend Grand Opening, I figure I better stock up now! While I won't let you see the big picture, or buy anything just yet, I thought I'd give you a little teaser of things to come at the new store!
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You can pull that. Or you can push this.2010August9_sneak peek 001
Or, you can push these.
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For you locals who are antsy to do some buying, I do have a space that is open and selling in Athens, Texas. Winnie & Tulula's is proud to celebrate the opening of The Sweet Pea Bistro this Wednesday, August 11. Exciting times! Come see what is happening at 119 E. Tyler St, Athens, Texas. Open Wednesday - Saturday 10am-5pm.

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Logo Happiness

Here it is!

The artwork for our new logo.

We're still aiming for a Labor Day weekend Grand Opening.

More details as the time draws nigh.

Can't type much more. Gotta go shopping!

Happy Weekend! ~Mindy


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Grand Opening Scoop

It's official.

My buying freeze is over.

The Primitique is aiming for a Labor Day Weekend Grand Opening!

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More details to come.

But, I get to start shopping for you again.

How exciting!

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Any special requests?

Happy Tuesday! ~Mindy

Monday, August 2, 2010


There was a lot to celebrate this weekend. Starting off with, well, The Weekend! Don't you love those two days?

We also celebrated Dad's birthday. Check out those candles and see if you can figure out how many years he is celebrating.

Additionally, we celebrated The Pioneer Woman. I am fully aware that most of you are familiar with The Pioneer Woman - Ree Drummond. I, personally, am just now jumping on the PW band wagon. Raise your hand if you have never heard of her. There is no shame. I promise. We can celebrate our discovery together!

I'm a sucker for a good writer. And that, my dear friends, she is. She has been blogging for years. Where have I been? hmmm

As I shared her with other friends, they knowingly nodded their heads and began to tell me about Pioneer Woman Recipes. I know that not all of you will remember my trials in the kitchen; you can click HERE to read about the Cheese Crisp Fiasco. I am not a natural. Never have tried very hard. But, when I have, it hasn't always been a celebration.

For his birthday dinner Dad chose Brisket, au Gratin Potatoes, Pinto Beans (we call them red beans), Cornbread and Chocolate Trifle.

After reading The Pioneer Woman's recipes, I volunteered to make the brisket, potatoes and beans. Wasn't I brave?

I printed PW's recipes, went to the store with David (he scratched his head with me as we called Mom to ask what "heavy cream" was), and headed to the kitchen for some marinating. On Sunday, David was right by my side, wondering where this domestic goddess has been in the almost 3 years we've been dating. I must have been channeling Ree Drummond. It was easy!

Believe it or not, we were so busy celebrating this domestic blossoming that we forgot to pick up a camera during the process! Check out this Au Gratin potato dish after we'd dug in. Delish!
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The brisket? Holy cow, it was amazing. Moist. Falling apart. And HA! I made it! Wow!

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David and my family are happy Ree Drummond was born, and they are happy that I discovered her. We may never be the same after all this celebrating!

Do you cook Pioneer Woman recipes? What is your favorite?

Happy Monday! ~Mindy