Sassy and Shabby

For the love of all things Vintage

Sunday, May 24, 2015


I almost ALWAYS have an armfulla's an occupational hazard! 

This arm swag was inspired by the golden tank you can see in the background and a cream cotton canvas jacket

Going L to R:
Gold Bangle - Chico's
Circle Mother of Pearl Bangles - Chico's (during a recent trip to Wal-mart I saw that they have something VERY similar)
Silver Bangle in between - Burlington Coat Factory
Gold Hammered Bangle - Local (grocery) store. Yep I procure my jewels from all over!!

What was your ARM swag like this week?!??!


A day late BUT it's a holiday weekend SO all bets off right?!?!? Here are a few snapshots of my week via my iphone....
(do YOU ever have those moments when you wish you had snapped a pic of something neat or fun or a future project?!??! I usually don't BUT sometimes I get too busy and just wanna finish the task at hand {like making the decorations for my son's birthday} and other times it may be embarrassing because you have to stop smack dab in the middle of a restaurant to take a pic of their GORG birdcage chandalier {as seen below} I DID carpe diem!!!} )

Interesting cloud striation 

Vended at the Pec Thing (COME AND SEE ME IN SEPT!!! I'll be back E-13)

My day off started with a morning cuppa coffee!! 

And after the coffee (and errands) I tackled this mess...couldn't even WALK in there....
(still can't walk thru BUT I imagine AFTER garbage day next week when I put the bags and boxes I cleaned out on the curb it should be better ). Some of that is treasures I picked up from various sales around town and others are things to be refurbished for Sept's Pec Thing!!

At the garage sales last week I got the fab metal flower sculpture and the guitara!!! I know the guitar doesn't quite fit with the theme BUT I think it would make FAB yard art or even cute inside....I just haven't decided where yet (I actually think i need a bigger house for all my stuff!!)

Finally got to try Greenfire in ROckford....I've heard FAB things about this place and it did NOT disappoint!!! Rustic chic decor in the birch privacy screen....

 and a FAB gorg birdcage chandalier (that they had JUST gotten in the previous week)
and the food! DELISH!!! American Bistro cuisine is how it's advertised...the Chicken tortellini Alfredo with bacon - TO DIE FOR.

What have YOU been up to this week?!??!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Y'all I am SO HAPPY the school year is winding down to an end....SO MUCH running and activities have left this family divided the past week (I KNOW it's the normal evolution of things as the kids get older but momma's not ready for that yet!!). I  only have a few pictures because my photog's schedule and mine don't match up!!!
FRIDAY was GARAGE SALE / Flea Market Set Up Day
 Vintage Glam T-Shirt - Gifted
Capri's - Hydraulic

SATURDAY - Flea Market Day
(started rainy BUT turned into a gorgeous day!!)
 What I'm wearing:
Hoodie - Target
Cross Necklace - theSassyPearl
Tank - Chico's
Leggings - Cute lil boutique in Wisconsin
Leopard Rain Boots - Aldi
** I did have a cute lil headband on too...that you could see ONCE I was able to take my hood down

What I'm wearing:
Jacket - Chico's
Necklace - Chico's
Shirt - Fam Dolla (they LITERALLY have some AWESOME stuff there sometimes)
Pants - Chico's
Booties - Target

Linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy and Shanna at Because Shanna Said So

Monday, May 11, 2015


It's THAT time of year for us midwesterners!!! FLEA MARKET SEASON!!! WOOP WOOP!!! I love walking around gathering inspiration BUT I love more the hustle of selling there!!! This past weekend was the first flea of the season for me....#3frenchhensmarket in #morris Illinois. I spent a few weeks preparing ALL I have hunted and gathered....

My garage looked like THIS
(and that's one of the major reasons I hopped on the flea market train this season - I dodn't do one market last year)

Several layers of paint....

Mock display set-up (PERFECT day because it was windy)

 THIS is what my garage looks like during prep time!!!

Decisions, decisions....which color?!?!? 

I work best under pressure....bustin out things that have been on my to-do list for MONTHS

One day was "production day" and I was uber pleased with how everything came out!! 
L to R: Lace insert shutter (perfect to hang earrings), Heart of Rock N Roll Scrappy Flag and Gold glitter peace pillow covers

First step of the journey of a thousand miles....

We prayed HARD for no rain....God answered our prayers

The dog food canister and dishes (I went with the gold dishes - after I put them in there I kinda wanted to keep it for myself!!) sold within 15 minutes of opening

Silly poses are a must!!!

The princess and her empire....

Kickin back relaxing....

BECAUSE I know that the packing up is the hardest part!! 
My face says it all!! 

And I'm gearing up to do it again THIS weekend!!! 

Friday, May 8, 2015

FOODIE FRIDAY....Feeding A family on a budget

The cost of everyday living continues to go up...sometimes pay rates commiserate with the increase and sometimes not....I LOVE being thrifty and saving money whenever I can (it feels AWESOME to get a great deal and that way I can spend money in other areas of life). The last few months each time I go to the grocery store I can't believe how EXPENSIVE everything is (at least the healthy items). I once joked with the cashier that NOW is the time to become a vegetarian because meat is so costly. I am ALWAYS on the hunt for a good deal...My mom is always shocked that I get such amazing prices BUT that's because I buy off season, I'm always on the look out and I USED to have the bad habit of buying for "some-day" use (which has come in HANDY a lot BUT I have a TON of things and I do only buy IF I have a purpose now). You're probably saying "Ok, what's all this got to do with feeding your fam on a budget?!??!". When I go to the grocery store I always check the meat for the reduced labels (typically the grocer has to sell the meat within a couple of days so WE still have time to cook it or freeze it before it is past the sell date). Case in point...

I got almost 3lbs of EXTRA LEAN ground beef for $2.99/lb or $8.70 for the package (THIS IS A GREAT DEAL because I went to the store yesterday and got about a pound and a half of 85% lean for $8.25 - a lesser lean meat, less weight and almost the SAME price). When shopping it helps to e aware of current market prices so you KNOW when you're getting a deal. I took this meat and split it into 3 packages....enough for chili or burgers....and I got 3 meals.

Another day I was at the SAME store and there was reduced produce...THIS is good if you are going to cook or bake with it...There was a package of 9 roma tomatoes for .99. They were too soft to slice and eat BUT PERFECT for my homemade spaghetti sauce....featured in the pic on the right.
Here is the first stages of my sauce (the stuff in the back of the pan is the insides of tomatoes...when I make pico de gallo or guacamole I REMOVE the tomato insides and save them in a freezer bag for my sauce). 

I lightly fried up 1 italian sausage (mostly for flavoring) in garlic cloves....added the tomato guts and the roma tomatoes I got on sale and cooked down to a puree....once this was done I let cool and refrigerated overnight. The next day I poured the mixture (MINUS the sausage) into the magic bullet and blended....then I strain into a container (to omit the seeds). My kids made an INTERSTING sauce is an orange-y daughter said "yes, because it's not preservative red". SMART girl!!! Not only am I saving money BUT I feel good about the food I am serving my family and I know EXACTLY what went into the sauce I have prepared. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015


SPRING has FINALLY SPRUNG which means we spend lotsa time outdoors! I have a deck BUT the front porch/yard seems to be the gathering spot when friends and fam are over....THIS is how it was styled fall last year....

It's cozy and cute BUT the scale of the furniture is too large for this space....SO these will be for sale at the flea market next weekend....

AFTER a year in the elements the front mat had seen better days (it held up incredibly well considering the duct tape border trim was from #dollartree and the mat was a remnant that came with the house)

HOLLA the mat's freshened up and ready for the season

 I gathered things I had lying around to create a vignette (the mermaid bucket is new and was posted last week on my THRIFTY TUESDAY finds - target $1.50, the packaged item is the cute lil garden flag you'll see below - that was $3.00 and the planter I found on the curb - and the pink bottom is intentional {my daughter asked if I only meant to paint it} once I get some pink petunias in the top it will all tie together!!)

Ta-da!! After a good scrubbing and sweeping and getting the pieces's my new for the season  front stoop (April Showers brings may flowers umbrella door hanging)

And NOW that's it's May - the Cinco de Mayo wreath hit the front door....

I am the girl who HATED pink....looks like I've had a change of heart!!! I've had a few neighbors comment on the ever-changing decor (in a positive way...IN FACT one person said "your house looks happy"....I LOVED that!!). Live is short - LIVE IN COLOR!!! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


It's WEDNESDAY so that means it's time to link up with Shanna and Lindsey for WHAT I WORE....I like to do a re-cap of the past weeks outfits (IF if my junior photog is available OR I haven't hit the gym before I get home).  Does anyone else watch the RHONY??? Kristin Taekman mentioned last night that she writes a fashion blog (Last Night's Look) I haven't checked it out yet BUT last night on the RHONY they were showing her changing in the streets of NYC to take her blog pics - I was dying!! And on-lookers were taking pics (kinda CREEPY) but maybe I need an intern to be my photog!! Kristin said a few times "can you take a pic for the blog" I am ALWAYS saying that to my daughter!! Ok, on with WIWW

Not sure if I posted this pic last here it is again - just in case I didn't....
 Necklace - Vintage
Scarf - #dollartree
Chambray Button Down - Chico's
Sandals - Macy's
Jeggings - Chico's
***You CAN DO denim on denim as long as your denims are DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE or else you will be wearing a "denim tuxedo"

 What I'm wearing:
Necklace - Gordmans
Denim jacket - Walmart - O L D like 2000 old
Black Tank - Chico's
Belt - Chico's
"Skirt" - Gifted (which is actually a maxi dress)

 What I'm wearing:
Kimono - Chico's
Necklace - Vintage
Tank - Chico's
Jeans - Chico's
Sandals - Macy's
*** Can we talk about the toe nail polish for a minute?!?!? THIS is the exact flourescent yellow I wanted for Florida (I found it literally the day after I got back) BUT I am realizing it doesn't really go with a whole lot...the PERFECT beach vacay color BUT I didn't enjoy it for everyday ***

 What I'm wearing:
Statement Necklace - Walmart
Leopard Shirt - Thrifted
Belt - Chico's
Crops - Chico's
Shoes - Sperry @ Macy's

**** I was on a LEOPARD print kick **** do YOU ever do that?!?! Wear the same  color family? Print, etc?
What I'm wearing:
Jacket - Express via the thrift
Necklace - Chico's
Shirt - JcPenny
Cargo Crops - Chico's
Sandals - Macy's

Off to see what YOU wore and check out Kristin's blog! Ciao for now!