Running Medal Display Plaques

Putting the Hard-Earned Medals on Display!

After running in three 5Ks, a 10K, two 15Ks, and two half marathons, it was time to make a display for all of our race paraphernalia. I checked out Pinterest and Etsy for precedents, and finally made these two boards for us. The total cost was pretty cheap! We bought the two wood plaques at our local craft supply store ($2.99 each), two 6″ clipboard clips from Amazon ($2.99 each), a bag of fifty silver eye-hooks also from Amazon (eye-hook diameter: .24′, length: .87″, $2.09), and used some white spray paint that I had on hand to quickly paint them white. I pre-drilled 25 holes for the eye-hooks on each plaque, hand screwed the hooks, and mounted the clipboard clips. There are definitely fancier versions of this out there, but this definitely suits our purposes. (And yes, Rob did get the number 69 at our last 5K, lol.)

Rainbow Lamp

Rewired Vintage Rainbow Lamp

I finally got around to rewiring a vintage lamp I bought from etsy. I love the white rainbow.

I was tired of the brass lamp kits available locally at Home Depot/Lowe’s, so I bought this Jandorf Make a Lamp Kit (60139) in a pewter finish on Amazon.

Here’s another (very dark) picture of the lamp in the hallway.
Hallway Lamp

Cake Carrier

My Grandmother’s Cake Carrier

For my first five years of elementary school, I went to school about two miles from my grandparent’s home at the same school where my mother also taught. Often in the afternoon on the way home from school, we would stop by their home to chat, visit, pick something up, or drop something off. The first names that I used to call my maternal grandparents were, “Ma,” and, “Dada.” However, around the age of 9 or 10, I grew self-conscious of those names because to my ears they sounded like baby talk compared to the other names kids called their grandparents. I started using, “Grandma,” and, “Grandpa.” In retrospect, my self-consciousness probably stemmed from reading so many books where grandparents had bland grandparent names. It’s funny what kids do.

Any time that we stopped by my grandparent’s house, I would begin a treasure hunt. Grandma had all kinds of food in her kitchen that wasn’t at home: White Bread with Butter, Sleeves of Ritz Crackers, Left-over Fried Chicken or Pork Chops from the day’s lunch meal (their biggest meal of their day), or Biscos Sugar Wafers. (To this day, when I get sick, I send my husband to the grocery store after Biscos Sugar Wafers because that’s what Grandma or Mama gave me when I stayed home from school sick. I am not interested in any other brands, only Biscos are light and sweet and creamy in the exact curative proportions.)

The biggest treasure hunt score was always when I noticed Grandma’s orange cake carrier out on the counter. Cake! Usually, I would excitedly open the carrier to find pound cake; always awesome, but not the ultimate prize. The best days were the days when the big reveal exposed Grandma’s Sticky Chocolate Cake (if you click the link, it will take you to the recipe for this amazing treat). I was in heaven with a can of Diet Coke (or Tab before that) and a huge paper plate of chocolate cake.

Many years later after my grandmother died, when my Mom and Aunts were cleaning my grandparent’s house, my Mom asked me if there was anything from Grandma’s that I wanted. The only I could think of was Grandma’s orange cake carrier. It now has a treasured place on our dining room hutch, though I wish I baked a lot more, so I could leave it on the counter with cake inside. Maybe if Rob and I have children one day, I will be able to share with them the anticipation of seeing the orange cake carrier on the counter and slowly lifting the top to reveal their heart’s desire.

Other Cake Carriers
My grandma’s cake carrier was a “LookLift” Cake Carrier. From time to time, one can still be found on etsy or eBay (like the examples above).

My Sour Cream Glasses

Martha Stewart is ruining eBay for me. Every weekend, I take a moment to relax and execute two searches: 1) Sour Cream Glass and 2) Sour Cream Glasses. (For some strange reason, these searches don’t yield the same results.) These glasses are generally vintage glasses that sour cream manufacturers used to package their sour cream in as a freebie gift, like jelly jars. They come in pint and half-pint sizes; I’m definitely partial to the half-pint glasses. Over the years, I’ve found some great buys on these gorgeous little glasses that we use in our home everyday. They’re perfect for wine, juice, or a quick glass of water. I never worried about breaking these glasses because they were so ubiquitous. Sometimes, I even found the glasses at thrift stores priced at $.50 or $1.00. I fear this will never again be the case. My Sour Cream Glasses

Martha Stewart’s magazine recently featured sour cream glasses in its, “Our Finds,” section. (PS they have a new section of the same name on their website.) Martha Stewart's Sour Cream GlassesSuffice it to say, the prices for sour cream glasses are skyrocketing on eBay. I’m thinking maybe I should start selling my collection, but I’m too in love with all the patterns. Oh well, maybe this trend will die down soon, and I can go back to scoring them for a reasonable price (or at least less than $10.00 per glass)!

Saturday Thrifted Finds: 11/20

This past Saturday morning thrift shopping took me to Calabash, Ocean Isle, and Shallotte, North Carolina. I found some cute things, although I’m not sure how I’ll use all of them!
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Fabric Striped Pillows

When my best friend got married, my mom wanted to get her something special. One day while wandering through Anthropologie, mama saw some fabric striped pillows that were very expensive! Mama ended up making pillows inspired by the anthro ones; hers were skillfully crafted, as opposed to the rough finish the anthro pillows were going for.

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Habitat Lamp

Thrifty Find

Here’s the cool lamp I got at the Habitat Thrift Store in Ocean Isle, NC this weekend (for a pricey $10.00). It needs a new shade, but I’m totally in love with this one. Now–just have to find a place to put it.

Now Collecting…Franciscan Radiance

I love going thrifting on a Saturday morning. Junk stores, thrift shops, yard sales, and flea markets hold the promise of treasure, and most of the fun is had during the hunt. Up until now, my main collections have been owls and tacky landscapes. Alas, my apartment is full of both of these items, and until Rob and I actually get house for a home (with more than 3 rooms), these collections have been put on temporary non-expansion orders. Now I’m going to collect a set of dishes.

China 1


These dishes are from Franciscan’s family china collection; the pattern is called Radiance, and it was produced from 1958-1961. I’m shooting for an eight piece set, and so far, my favorite piece is the crescent-shaped salad plate (see above). My current inventory includes: 6 bread & butter plates, 1 creamer, 1 sugar bowl, 1 salad plate, 1 relish tray, 6 small bowls, and 2 cups with saucers. I have a lot to collect! And if you’re ever out thrifting & see a relatively inexpensive piece of this china, buy it for me! I will reimburse you!

Wedding China

As some of you may know, I’m getting married on April 19th. Well, I’m really excited right now. Some of our wedding gifts have started rolling in, and I would like to rave about my china–Taika by iitala. I just picked it out because I really liked the graphics, but I hadn’t seen it in person. Mom and Dad have given me and Rob a few place settings, and here are the pictures. It’s really gorgeous stuff! The colors are beautiful, the graphics are fun, the heft of each dish is good.

I can’t wait to start using this stuff!

First Christmas Tree

My First Big Christmas Tree

I’ve put up my first ever full-size Christmas tree. It’s a retro aluminum tree with a color wheel light. It’s so pretty (even if I do say so myself)! Look for the sputnik tree topper competition later on Julepstyle.

Mr. Owl

I have a “thing” for owls. They’re solitary, nocturnal hunters; they’re associated with the Greek goddess Athena and therefor now symbolize wisdom. The mournful and/or screeching call of an owl is also associated with death & misfortune. At any rate, I like to keep them on my side, symbolically & otherwise.

At the 2007 North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day festival, there was a vendor selling lovely wood-carved things. I bought Mr. Owl.

The Vendor
The Vendor

Mr. Owl
Mr. Owl

Mr. Owl & his friends
Mr. Owl and his friends

To contact the vendor to get your very own cool handcarved item: Joel & Irene Deguzman, Easley, Sc, irenenjoel @

Basalt Ring

Icelandic Jewelry

In Iceland, everything is expensive. If you’re going to visit, it really helps to get a room with a kitchen, so you can save some money on food by cooking for yourself. I got a room with a kitchen when I visited, that enabled me to buy some pretty jewelry. I brought back a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind piece (I met the artist!) made from silver and basalt (Iceland itself).

I discovered the shop in downtown Reykajavik; you can see a lot more of her beautiful jewelry here – Gullsmiðja Hansínu Jens. On the home page of the shop’s website, there is even a picture of the model wearing my ring:
Model with Ring

I love my gorgeous lava (basalt) ring!

Valentine's Ring

Happy Valentine’s to Me!

Due to the extremely busy nature of my schedule last week; Rob and I were forced to postpone our Valentine’s celebration to Friday night. He gave me such a gorgeous right-hand ring, it was well worth the wait.

Designed and handmade by Down to the Wire Designs on Etsy, Rob did a wonderful job picking out a piece of jewelry that I would truly love. Thanks so much Rob! View the Etsy listing here.

Earth Day Swap #1

Thanks TayLynn for the gorgeous hand-crocheted dishclothes. I love them!

Crocheted Dishcloths