I was recently informed that I had won a MAJOR AWARD for an entry I had submitted in the "Snarky Signs" contest over at one of my favorite blogs, Chickens In The Basement. Husband and I were having lunch at the local Mexican fine dining establishment (that would be an example of a snarky description) and I mentioned to him that I'd won something but hadn't received it yet. He gave me one of those "hellooooo? stoopid?" looks and informed me that there was a box sitting right on the kitchen table that he had personally accepted from Miz Mailperson. "Well!" I sniffed. "You could have told me! Jeez." And not only did I get a darling sign with my winning entry emblazoned thereon, but also what we'uns down here just north of New Orleans call "lagniappe"--a little something extra that you weren't expecting.
I got: A pretty pink flowered pillowcase with a zipper and a tag on the outside that assures me that this is a Freedom Fast pillow, 100% cotton and MADE IN THE U.S.A. A notecard with a watercolor of the Nash County Court House by Billy Farmer. A darling Xmas elf. A deck of "Animal Rummy" playing cards. Vintage Xmas ornaments. A bracelet. A little glass bottle. A STICKPIN!
I wanted to share the note she'd written inside the Billy Farmer notecard. Anna is quite aware of my stickpin addiction.
The ornaments were the first thing hung on my new 4' pre-lit non-vintage Xmas tree.
I was so excited to actually be able to close the latch on this pretty bracelet that I managed to take a picture of it on my arm. Therefore, you also get to see one of my many tattoos.
Here is Petey, who now resides in a nice warm spot on the Xmas tree.
This is my new favorite stickpin--enameled lilies of the valley!
As you can see, I do sort of have a bottle collection. My newest acquisition is the little clear bottle in the front middle, sitting proudly between the large brown liquor bottle and the cloudy bottle to the right that used to hold Gouraud's New York Oriental Cream (a friend found this in New Orleans while renovating a cottage in the French Quarter).
This is my Tassimo single cup coffee maker as it usually looks on the kitchen counter. I love it, but it's pretty ugly and definitely not part of the mid-century kitchen look I'm aiming for.
And here it is with the vintage mixer cover (why quibble?) that was also in the Miz Chicken box.
It goes perfectly with the vintage "Tea 'n Toast" toaster cover I snagged from a junque swap.
Now if I can just find a cover for that blender, life would be complete (the ice crusher is vintage and stands on its own). Thank you so much for the sign and all the lagniappe, Anna sweetie. Or should I say, "Merci boucoup pour tout les GOODIES, ma amie!!"