Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Christmas Trees - Present and Past

Check out the trees at my house in recent past...

I am a creature of habit.
(Ooo la la. Red and green.)

I do not like change.
(Where'd the red and green go?)

I am a die hard Traditionalist.
(Look! The tree grew!)

Same. Same. Same. That's me!

Hmm...maybe not. I guess I use Christmas to express my creativity?! So, which is your favorite?

Do you do the same thing year after year? Or do you like to switch it up? I never know what I'm doing until I am doing it.

Happy Tuesday!


Sunday, November 28, 2010


Who ate too much? (me)

Who enjoyed family? (me)

Who shopped til they dropped? (not me)

I am currently avoiding decorating my home. How's that going for you? Anything new up your sleeve this year? The lights aren't all working on my tree and I think I need another egg nog. Who hates all the non-working lights? ME!

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Old School

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As President, on October 3, 1789, George Washington made the following proclamation and created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord.

To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789. (source)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


Monday, November 22, 2010

What's Happening

Sometimes, it's nice to slow down and have "us" time.

Between getting The Primitique up and running, and hunting season, and our real jobs, and all kinds of other time suckers, we played hooky from it all and ran away this past weekend. Good times! Do you ever do that?
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With the long weekend coming up, you know I'm scheming and planning already. Are you?
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Maybe I'll put up a Christmas tree at my house.
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Switch out the closets from summer clothes to not summer clothes.
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Clean house, maybe?
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This will be the first long Thanksgiving weekend that I have not been in Winnie & Tulula's. But, don't you forget to go visit all my friends who are still there! I'm sure everything will be beautiful!
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In regard to Black Friday shopping? I would like to encourage you to be a part of utter chaos in Royse City. This Friday: Come out to Royse City and visit The Primitique. Crowd the doors until they open, then (politely) run over other shoppers. Grab everything that you want and head to the checkout stand. Demand 15% off any ONE item.

Welllll, it would be a mighty entertaining Black Friday in Royse City if you did do all that! We will be open from 8 to 6.
And even if you are nice about selecting your goods, you will still get 15% off any one item.
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By the way, I just took these pictures at the store this morning. Maybe you see something you like? Come and get it! So, are ya coming?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pics of The P

Boyfriend extraordinaire, David, got his pictures up from our Christmas at The P event.

Click here and enjoy!

Hey! Do you shop on Black Friday? Just wonderin'...


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Brown Christmas Tree

Last year, I shared that I wanted a Brown Christmas Tree here
and here. Alas, I did not get one.

This year when I started verbalizing my Brown Tree desires again, my friend, Robelyn (who may or may not be tired of my search for a brown tree) sent me to Jill Ruth & Co's blog. Click here and be in awe of Jill's creativity! Go ahead. I'll wait...

She literally trimmed her tree! I love it!

Did you notice how Jill talked about how her trimming took almost 3 hours. Either her tree is smaller than mine, or I hate her for being so much better with scissors than I am.

Yup. David helped.
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The man is a saint.
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Long, hairy branches...
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...became svelt.
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What was green became brown. Yummy, chocolate, glossy brown.
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Ten hours later, after trimming the tree and spray painting it, my Uncle Bill's donated tree became my dreamy Brown Christmas Tree. You can click here to see all of the pictures I took.

Sure, I'll sell this one! I want to do a bigger one for me. Maybe I'll get it done in time for next Christmas. hmmmm...David? Whatcha doin' next weekend? And the next? And the next? And the next?

A BIG thanks to Jill for sharing her creation. I am thrilled with mine!

Happy Brown Christmas Day!

ps. To all of you "do'ers" out there, my hat is off to you. I admire the time and dedication you give to projects that I, normally, would never attempt.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fun at The P

Dadgummit, this new place is fun!
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We enjoyed Christmas at The P this past Saturday, and I can handle that kind of day over and over and over again. With lots of friends, family and customers stopping in, we had hugs and happiness all day long!
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In fact, Theresa came for a visit and posted about it on her new blog, Discarded and Forlorn. Thank you, Theresa for your kind words and great pictures! It's always nice to visit with you and your family.
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See the brown Christmas tree? I'll tell you all about it next time.

David took lots of pictures of our open house and will get those up soon.

A big thanks to everyone who came out! We hope you had fun, too!

Happy Day!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Invitation Time

Time change. Out of time. Where'd the time go? It's time.

Time for what?
Time to make sure you know that you are invited to Christmas at The P.

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Saturday, November 13 is the day. 10:00am is the time. What time can we expect you?
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Now it's time for me to tell you what you might see at The Primitique this Saturday.

Throw some vintage ornaments together with some rusty chains, with some bovine stockings, with some scrumptious soy candles, with a brown Christmas tree and well....you might get a vision of Holiday Happiness at The Primitique!

I am running out of time.

Soon, it will be time to see you, and I am pretty darned excited about that time!

Time to go!

These are for sure, Happy Times!


Monday, November 8, 2010

Organization Before/After

Friday, I shared that I intended to get organized this weekend. Ready for pics?

Here's my truck Friday.

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I know. It's a little better though, right?

Here's my take on the Husky organizer. It is oh, so good for tools. Not so good for smaller things, such as screws, nails, etc. The pockets are a little deep and not easy to peruse for short stuff.

So, I have this for the small stuff.

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Give me some time and I might eventually get a good game plan. If not, well, I guess Jerry Jones can fire me, too.

Happy Monday! ~Mindy

Friday, November 5, 2010

Weekend Plans

So, what are you doing this weekend?

Are ya headed to
HEAP in Tyler?

Are ya going to the Junior League Gift Market in Waco?

Will you shop The P in Royse City?

Me? Wanna know what I'm doing?
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I am going to clean out my truck. See that bag on the floorboard and that blue basket? They are full of supplies. You know. Price tags. Scissors. Tape. Hole puncher. Pens. Hammer. Can o' nails. Screws. Zip ties. Screwdrivers, Phillips and Flat head. Tools. Supplies. The stuff most dealers keep in a nice, orderly place, I guess.
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More tools of the trade

There's that bungee!

I'm not just going to clean out my truck. I am going to organize my bidness.

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I bought myself a Husky All Purpose Tote. I am quite certain this is the answer to all of my disorganization. Do you get all giddy inside, and feel butterflies when you see it?

I was walking along in Home Depot when the wheels on my buggy went Screeech to a sudden halt. (Even my buggy knew that my truck and my business needed some organization!)

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So, I bought myself this wonderful, heavy duty, kick booty piece of pockets and handles and straps. Oh my!

I am ditching the bag and the blue basket this weekend. Now, David will have somewhere to sit when we go shopping!

What about you? Do you keep all of your supplies in an organized fashion?

Happy Weekend!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Big Picture

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I picked this up today at a thrift store and put it in my buggy.

I liked the looks of it, but didn't get up close and personal like this.
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I accidently dropped it on the floor and nothing happened. No breakage. Nothing. I thought a twig would break or something.
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That's when I picked it up and looked real close. Do you see the wires and the pipes? It's some kind of copper tubing. Ready to see the big picture?
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Ooo laa laa!

Don't you love it? Talk about a great job of "re-purposing!"

I looked around for another dozen, but no such luck.

Happy Day!


Monday, November 1, 2010

The Primitique is Open!

We're Open! We're Open! We're OPEN!

The Primitique, that is. We're open!

You may or may not recall this post, where I shared some upcoming changes in my business. In June, Primitiques closed in Poetry. This past weekend, The Primitique opened in Royse City. We're Open!

Yes, the transition took a few months, but I enjoyed developing The Primitique, aka The P. I've shopped. And shopped. And ok. I've shopped. You know I love to shop, don't ya? (We're Open!)

When we were given the green light to start moving in, we got busy.

David, my sister Kelly, and Robelyn were a big help in getting everything in order.

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At 1am, the night before the Grand Opening, Kelly and Robelyn paused for a hug. Whew! We all needed hugs at that late (or would that be early?) hour!
The Primitique is excited to carry red.neck chic pocketbooks, hats, vintage hand dyed slips and Saddle Tramp western shirts, restyled by our own Robelyn of rnc. (We sold some already, cuz, you know, we're open!)
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Of course, we have our whites with some industrial pieces thrown in. (Some of this sold, too. Um. We're Open!)
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The P. Where the deer and the antelope play.
Long Table and then some
I do love to use horse apples.

And now, I must confess. The day of our Grand Opening, I never even picked up my camera. Happily, I was too busy talking to folks, writing tickets, wrapping goodies, and helping load to take any pictures! (Cuz, we're open!)

Robelyn was able to take a few pictures, so be sure to check her blog.

If you click here, you can see all of the pictures I did take, from the concrete pad to the building of the building, to the wonderfully fun task of decorating.

I'd like to thank my family, friends and old and new customers who came out Saturday to help us celebrate our Grand Opening. It would have been mighty lonely without all of y'all!

Also, a big thanks to all of you who blogged about my Grand Opening! I so much appreciate y'all!
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Our hours are Monday - Saturday 8am-6pm.
4757 Hwy 276 W.
Royse City, Texas 75189
We are located on Hwy 276 just .8 miles east of CR 1565
Please let me know when you are coming and perhaps I can meet up with you during your visit.

WE'RE OPEN! (tee hee hee!)

Happy Day!