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I watched some of the coverage of Whitney Houston’s funeral and was so moved by this song performed by Bebe and Carvin Winans of the famous Winans family.  I was touched by the fact that none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow.  Not getting preachy, but it touched my heart and inspired some art!

Bebe and Carvin Winans singing Tomorrow.


The phrase “Tomorrow is Today” kept running through my mind for the entire remainder of the day and the next until I decided to set it to paper.

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It is my reminder not to put things off, but to remember that I am not guaranteed a tomorrow.  Nor are any of us!

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This week’s random act of kindness was to leave a pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter hearts for the maid at the hotel I was staying at on Valentine’s Day. 

I left a note with them thanking her for taking such great care of me!  It is one of my fav candies so I hope she enjoyed them!



This weekend I found this neat set of salt and pepper shakers.  Aren’t they great?  It looks like a diner’s coffee maker. 

It is always neat to find a bit of history at the thrift shop!

I am away this week again training for my new job, so the posts will be short and sweet as I only have a day and a half at home before I head back.  Hotel living is nice, but not in large quantities!  It is nice, though, having someone to clean up after me and make my bed! 

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I am traveling this week training for my new job and will share my random act for this week on next weeks post. 

In the interim, read this comment from my friend Jo, about her random act.  I think it is an awesome idea and it never occurred to me! 

Have a great and kind week!

I talked before about a new thrift shop I found and about the owner’s lack of understanding of the treasures she has in her shop.  I went back again on Saturday and spied this treasure in her showcase. 

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I pointed and asked her if I could look at it.  As she was taking it out of the case she mentioned that she found it in a box of stuff she bought at an estate sale and it is from “some coronation.”  Some coronation?  Has she been under a rock???

It is from the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (the current Queen!!!!).  It is dated 1953 and is authentic and not a reproduction as the box it came in as well as the felt on the bottom will attest! 

I have been searching the internet for like pieces and cannot find a picture of one like it.  Perhaps it is one that someone made with a bit of the event?  The image is on some type of silk fabric and it is encased in a glass paperweight.  You can read the complete date, this pic obscures it a bit. 

I bought this treasure for $8! 

At this point, I feel like I am taking advantage of her.  She truly has no idea what she has! 

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This week’s random act of kindness was to create two surprise care packages for two friends who live far away.

Remember when you were little and loved to receive mail?  How excited you were to see a letter addressed to you?  I remember sending off the coupons in magazines for travel info just to receive the information in the mail.  If it was free, I mailed it just to see my name in the to section of a letter or envelope. 

I recently thrifted a set of vintage unused Ziggy Valentines.  I have a friend from high school that loved and still loves Ziggy.  I packaged them up, decorated an envelope with a Valentine motif and mailed them off to her to use.  They will get there a few days before so she will have them for last minute Valentines.  She loves to send cards for all holidays, birthdays, etc, so they will be used. 

The other random package was for a new friend I met through Etsy.  She was so remarkable with a custom order recently and took a lot of time and care to ensure that what I wanted was exactly as I needed.  I made her a pendant and mailed it to her.  I decorated the envelope and made a tag to go along with it. 

It took me a few minutes, but was truly a labor of love for both ladies.  How about I challenge each of you this week to put together a little bit of random mail love for someone?  Will you do it and then tell me about it? 

I think it was on Hee Haw that Roy Clark and Buck Owens would play their banjo medley and one would say they were a “pickin’” and the other would be a “grinnin.’”  I get that same feeling when I go to the Goodwill Outlet.  You never know what might be there, but you will be a pickin’ and when you check out comes the grinnin.’ 

I find a lot of the game pieces I used for my pendants there.  You pay by the pound and it is about 59 cents per pound (if I remember).  So you can get quite a haul for next to nothing.  And when they put out the new totes you get a show, too, as they push, shove and muscle themselves in.  One day I almost saw a prize fight as two men both grabbed a designer handbag and neither was going to let it go! 

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Inside a picture frame I saw this vintage fashion plate.  The best part about the outlet is that you can leave the frame (it is extra weight after all) and just take the part you want.  I took the plate only. 


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When I got home I realized that this lovely lady was on the back. After I scanned the image I realized the bottom was folded up over her shoes.  I will rescan it before I place it on Flickr. 



So I will be grinnin’ for a while over the umbrella plate.  Aren’t they sassy? 

I mentioned last week about my new stamps from Studio Mo on Etsy.  Over the weekend I played a bit with them and fashioned some pendants.

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DSC07043 (608x651)I stamped the images on a background of my favorite Basic Grey scrapbook papers and then added typewritten synonyms for home and house.  I downloaded a free typewriter font here

I love the bright and happy colors.  I also love the primitive feel of the stamps. 


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Beginning tomorrow, February 6, the Cinderella Dreams Project will be collecting new or slightly-used prom dresses, shoes, accessories and new make-up at all Puritan Cleaner locations and metro-Richmond YMCAs. Collection of dresses will continue through March 12th, 2012.

The project coordinator, Midlothian Junior Women’s Club, will make those items available in March to any teenage girls needing prom help.

The Cinderella Dreams dress shop will be open at The Village Marketplace Shopping Center at 13100 Midlothian Tnpk. in Midlothian on Friday, March 23rd from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 24th from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 31st from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Girls will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis. A donation of $5.00 is suggested.

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This week’s random act happened at my local post office.  I went to drop off some packages and saw an elderly gentleman staring at the automated postal center machine.  He was standing back the entire time staring at it.  After dropping my packages in the box, I asked him if he needed some help.  He said, “the post office people told me I can pay my box fees on this machine, but I don’t know how.”  I said, “Let’s find out.” 

I then touched the screen and it came alive with options, one of which was to pay your post office box fees.  I then asked him for his box number and we entered it.  Then it asked him to slide his credit card to pay the fees.  He was not so keen on that option! 

He said that the post office lady tried to show him one day, but she went so fast and he couldn’t see what to do.  We went through it again, up to the credit card part as he was not ready to do that.  He then told me how he has all of his bills set up to be automatically deducted from his account so he doesn’t have to worry about them. 

He then showed me an envelope with stamps, but no address.  It held his check for his box rent as he didn’t know the mailing address to send it to.  (Now I understood why he didn’t want to insert the credit card!)  He then thanked me for helping him and went to the window. 

It took all of five minutes, it made me feel great and I helped someone.  A good day indeed!  And at the post office no less! 

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