First up, I wanted to tell you about a wonderful e-book that Ranch Dressing friend Katie Mullaly has has written. It's called:
I took a copy of it to Ireland with me and could not stop laughing on the plane because it's so hilarious. In fact, it may be one of the few things that helped me survive that flight. And to make it even better, it's about something that most of us love: treasure hunting in thrifts, yard sales and junk shops. Mixed in with the hilarious stories and anecdotes, Katie also gives tips on how to make the big scores while out on the hunt and how to roll them into profit if you're not a hoarder like me. Here is the official description:
If you have ever found hidden treasure while digging through a yard sale, rummaging through an estate sale, or hanging right in front of you at a thrift store, then you are not alone. Fueled by her passion and prowess for finding hidden gems, author Katie Mullaly has turned her second-hand addiction into a gift for thrift. From bongs to burial urns, she has seen more than her fair share of ridiculousness and it is high time that she told the world! Through her compendium of personal experience, you will learn to navigate the murky waters of yard saling and emerge victorious. Using equal parts humor and good sense, Katie gives the uninitiated a crash-course in come-ups and the experienced thrifter a good laugh!
At this point, it's in the Kindle version and you can buy it here on Amazon for a paltry $2.99 and read it for yourself. You can check out Katie's website here. Oh, I forgot to mention that she's a really cool chick and also a paranormal investigator!
Next up, Holly Hall from over at Sweetheartville and her hubby Jeremy make up a great little musical and singing duo called Welcome Little Stranger and they recently put out a video that I just love. It's spooky beautiful with a real old timey twist.
I met Holly years ago through Flickr and she and her family are good people. She's got a really great eye for vintage too with a special interest in antique beauty supplies and implements, as you can probably tell from the props in the video.
Also, here are a couple of videos that I love for Pal's restaurant, a chain out of Tennessee and Virginia.
Next up, my sister girl Lisa who I used to mud wrestle with back in my hometown (yes, a dainty flower like me!) posted this beautiful story this morning. These tales about love and loss really get to me and this gentleman definitely loved his wife. Visit here to see the story about 96 year old Frank and the song that he wrote in remembrance of her.
And finally, a little self-promotion. I have a new post up today on "No Pattern Required" about fantastic faux themed Etsy finds. You can see it here.
I hope that you all are having a great week so far! We're still plugging away with only mere glimpses of sanity here at the ranch.
Until next time,
x's and o's,
I've heard about that book, I need to get it! Also, I don't know if it's on my end or not but your No Pattern Required link isn't working. :-(
I love the music video. Definitely going to check them out! And I wish that I had a Kindle. That book sounds really good! ~ Lauren
I'm sitting here boohooing about Fred and Lorraine. What a sweet story!
I LOVE PALS! My honey is from Kingsport where I believe the original Pal's is located (I could be wrong). His dad's shop is directly across the street so I have visited Pal's and love it. In fact the tables from the orginal pal's are in his folk's back yard! I love it because I can get A BUCKET of sweet tea for like next to nothing.
Also, that book looks excellent!
You are seriously killing me with the Fred and Lorraine story......such a beautiful couple.
Wow, PALS looks awesome! Their commercials are so hilarious! Wish there was one near me!
The hubs actually woke me up this morning with the story of Frank and sweet Lorraine! It was on some spin-off news station... I was crying over my bowl of mini shredded wheats for a good 5 minutes. So sweet! And that Lorraine was a knockout and a half back in the day!
That video was perfection! I loved the song and all of those sweet vintage touches (the glass she is drinking out of-- uh.muh.gawd!) I am totally getting that book, too. I wish I had thought to write it!
I need that book. Stat.
(Love the video-- soooo cool!)
I have never heard of Welcome Little Stranger, but I really liked that song (and the video), so I followed the link to their website and saw this:
"Holly and Jeremy Hall live in Oklahoma and write songs about death."
Well, I'm hooked-- fan for life!
I downloaded the book and read it last night...about a third of the way through, I was like, this girl's got to be from Arizona. And she is! Maybe the references to chorizo burritos and big box stores tipped me off...anyway, Phoenix is my hometown so I especially enjoyed this read. Thanks for the recommendation. Also, if you're hitting the sales today, Lynn Drive is not a bad idea. Just FYI.
If you are on instagram, look up #greatauntjoyce she is the smaller old lady in the Pal's commercial, her neice has shared wonderful pictures of her through time! Eartha (and anyone else) you will love it! (also in that commercial, in the barbershop, there is sweet wall panelling, and it is also in my house miles and miles and a country away. Cool!)
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