Road Tune

I really wasn’t planning to post today, but I was traveling down the road (getting off the grind) and this came on the radio…and next thing I know.. I’m bopping my head, tapping my feet turning the volume up to listen to this song and loving this tune.  Now you know how much I love music and the old Motown classics are so fantastic.. the beat, the lyrics, the sound all makes for good listening music.  I’d not heard this and said to myself “WOW”.. I really like this .. and just wanted to share.

So while I’m cruising and enjoying this tune, thoughts of the sixties popped in my head.  The style of fashion, home decor and how life in the 60’s was like.  After posting about the whimsical beautiful Enid Collins bags, I’m kinda wanting another one, but I want to catch one at an estate sale rather than online.. and you know that’ll be just like trying to find “A Needle In a Haystack” lol.. I’m on the hunt for either of these two..  (because you know how much I love flowers)

and you know how slow I can be with things… heeeheeeheeee

Ok, so… , I’m just going to share a few sixties images that caught my eye for your perusing pleasure as you’re sitting there reading this, tapping your feet and bopping to the music. I’ve always loved the Supremes style of dressing – they were such a “class act”

Home decor back then had clean straight angles..  A classic mod-style and do you see the price of this entire set….Oh my goodness!!!! WOW!!! (and this style has made a great comeback – thanks to Madmen)

Here’s another cheerful living room that is absolutely mod-fab (I could definitely see me living here.. do you see those lamps and chairs!!)

Notice how this design style has made a comeback (the polka-dot walls)



So can you imagine, listening to this song, wearing your mod outfit, headed to your glamorously decorated 1960’s ranch style home, riding down the highway in this..

with the top down  ..

We caught this guy riding in his car (the same day we were stepping out with our Enid Collins bag) and he was so nice to let us photograph his car.  Shouting out a big  “Thank you” to the nice gentlemen :-)

I hope you enjoyed my “Throwback to the Sixties” moment.. Until next time Lovies… smooches.!


In the Bag

You ever see someone with something and you wish you had bought it too?  Well that’s what happened when my sis came with her Enid Collins bag. It was the perfect tote bag for her tablet, cellphone, mp3 and cords (her electronics carryall vacation bag).  She bought the bag from a man who came by the I2I 49-Mile Yard Sale we had back in June. He had a bunch of vintage purses his grandmother owned and he wanted to sell them.. She and I zeroed in on the same bag, but I told her to go ahead – especially since she saw him first.  Well I forgot all about it and when she walked in with this bag.. I said “boy is that a nice bag”.  This is her Enid Collins bag.. it’s from her Garden Theme collection.   These bags are handcrafted and made in America in Texas and each bag has its own personality.  You can read more about Enid Collins and her bags here.

Could you believe she scooped this beauty for $20.00  ..  in absolutely great condition.

At this point I knew what I wanted to buy with my gift card I won two weeks ago from Elle at Splendid Habitat.  After searching for about 2 hours on Ebay and Etsy and wanting buy about 20 of them.. I narrowed down my purchase.. I’ll call it my Enid Coach bag :-)  .. But seriously its from her Carriage Collection.

I love the stage coach look (kinda like Cinderella’s carriage)

These bags are so darling.  We love how they are painted and then jeweled to capture the details of the designs.  These bags have very sturdy bottoms made of wood.

Of course they’re not your everday use bag.. but they sure are excellent for that occassional use..and when you want to look a bit fancy.. and if you’re toting modern day electronics in these gorgeous beauties, it really makes a vintage fashion statement.

We are very happy with our new bags.. It’s definitely a “Twinsation” going on here..


Don’t we look happy!!


What’s your take on these bags… or  do any of you have an Enid Collins bag?  If so .. do share your picture with me.. I’d love to see it..

I created a Pinterest board of a few favorites I found.. click here to see

Until next time.. Smooches!



It Went Fast

Time sure flies when you’re having fun!!  Here’s the gang, boarded and headed to the ship..It seems like I just said my Bon Voyages to you… geeez –did vacation go fast-LOL!!  Our family reunion was a major hit and everyone had the most enjoyable time.  As a member of the planning committee – we try to make sure everyone has a good time (although sometimes its not an easy task) but this time we did it!  Yayyy  :-)..  See all the happy  We boarded, we ate, we partied, we sun-bathed, we partied, relaxed, we partied, rested and partied some more.  They say it’s better in the Bahamas.. and Yea.. I kinda agree.. cause we had a ball.  Just thought I’d share a few memorable photos of our good time..

Here are my sons, ready for action with their aunt and cousin

That’s moi.. with Amir (my youngest)

These are the men in my life.. Clowning around – trying to look hip… chuckles.

Look at that water..  they’re ready to hit the waves!

Can’t leave Gma out.. these boys know they love her

Cousins showin’ love.. heeeheee (these four ..hung tough)

One of our intentions was to get up early to watch the sun rise.. do some meditation, while thanking God for his many blessings… while we did thank him..but getting up was the hardest part, but thankfully some of the younger folks took care of it the best way.. they stayed up all night to watch it come up and caught the shot..  and what beautiful pictures they took.

Ahhhhhh…….. can you feel the relaxation and tranquility….  :-)  ….  That sums up our wonderful time, and now it’s back to the RiseNGrind.. but some of the items we had in the gift bags were these lovely coasters we had ordered from Sonya Nutter of Just-A-Nutter Favor.

It’s a perfect reminder for me while I’m at work, to reflect back as I keep my Pandora on the Bob Marley station reminiscing on the Caribbean vacation.

Every year we also include a House Music mixed cd (it’s a Jersey thing) and we had these fantastic cd covers made by Johanna Lewis of Perpetual Pixels

Thinking about all the fun and laughter.. spending time with my family and enjoying every moment.  I hope I didn’t bore you too much, but I wanted to share some of my personal happiness with you.  If you ever want to book a reunion or group, we used the most friendliest (and patient) agent Christine Austin of A&B Travel Services (her contact info is, her motto, “We Make Travel Dreams Happen” and that she did.. Thanks Chris for all your help.

Now back to the grind.. until next time… Smooches…


“REMINDER” – Garden Contest

The contest is almost over ..just one more week to cast your vote ..  If you haven’t voted yet, please take a few moments to vote  :-)   I really appreciate you taking the time and voting for me.

Hello, hello, hello!!  Friday is here and I’m just like you — “HAPPY”!!   I’m going to make this a quick post and ask for your help. I’ve done a lot of work in my garden and it’s that time of year for the annual Garden Contest hosted by Wingards Nursery.  I entered my Garden Diva Chick two years ago and won  (that really excited me).  Well, I ordered the beautiful head planter and got her just in time and found a beautiful plant to finish her off.   I decided to enter it in the Garden Contest and could use your vote.  It takes four simple steps to vote.  All you have to do is click this link:  log into Facebook, find my planter, click like and that’s it!   See.. so easy.. So, could you take a few seconds help UrvintageGirl win and give me your vote? :-)   Just in case you missed the post, this is the picture I entered in the contest.



I think she deserves to win…   don’t you??   On that note – I hope you guys have a very, very, enjoyable weekend and I’ll see you next week!!  Smooches!


Off the Grid

Hello everyone!! In the words of Olivia Pope – Your girl is going off the grid for a bit.  This week starts our family reunion and I’m totally happy.  I’m always happy when my family gets together – we have so much fun and laughter.. but this particular reunion started me smiling earlier than usual.. Why?? Because this year is a special reunion…. We will be on board of Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Sea cruise ship headed to the sunny island of the Nassau Bahamas!  Friday was my last day at the grind and I was happy and decided to take a smiley-selfie..

I’ll get better at doing that but yes, right now all I can think about is sun, relaxation, fun and food.

And a week before the cruise I learned I won a survey contest that was hosted by Elle Gibson who blogs at Splendid Habitat.. you can guess I was doubly smiling.  If you’ve never visited her blog, by all means stop over and enjoy reading.. she’s really another inspiration.  Once again.. thanks Elle!  When I return, I’ll show you the goodie I purchased with my gift certificate.  :-)

Also another surprise I got was my twin found some lights for the rest haven and believe me.. I’m so happy about that.. so needless to say, we put them up, and decided to have some margaritas and toast it up on our last night home.  Thanks to Amir for serving up the drinks

Cheers to you!! bfr9

It looks so nice at night.. ahhhhh.. we really enjoyed our evening in there relaxing before our voyage..

We’ll all be up early and headed to Florida to board.. So I’ll see you when we get back..

So while I’m gone, I hope you have an enjoyable week, and I’ll talk to you soon…

Smooches and Bon Voyage!!!!!

Garden Contest

Hello, hello, hello!!  Friday is here and I’m just like you — “HAPPY”!!   I’m going to make this a quick post and ask for your help. I’ve done a lot of work in my garden and it’s that time of year for the annual Garden Contest hosted by Wingards Nursery.  I entered my Garden Diva Chick two years ago and won  (that really excited me).  Well, I ordered the beautiful head planter and got her just in time and found a beautiful plant to finish her off.   I decided to enter it in the Garden Contest and could use your vote.  It takes four simple steps to vote.  All you have to do is click this link:  log into Facebook, find my planter, click like and that’s it!   See.. so easy.. So, could you take a few seconds help UrvintageGirl win and give me your vote? :-)   Just in case you missed the post, this is the picture I entered in the contest.



I think she deserves to win…   don’t you??   On that note – I hope you guys have a very, very, enjoyable weekend and I’ll see you next week!!  Smooches!


Off my Rocker


Sharing this throwback from when I first started blogging :-) – It’s a Rocker-Redo … And they’re still in great shape.  So next time … don’t pass up the rockers without a seat

Originally posted on VivaLaVintage - For Your Home:

Now that the garden beds have tamed and things are mellowing down, now its time to sit back on the porch and sip my lemonade.  I didn’t have rockers for the porch and decided to go hunting for some.  Here  is one I found at Lowe’s for $99.00 and needless to say.. nope..

So, next stop, Home Depot and I found one quite similar which was this one for $119.00:

Neither of these fit my budget.  Remember, I’m the frugal shopper.  I came across some rockers that were in need of repair.  They had no seats and the wood was drab, but for $5.00 each I figure I can work with them.  The structure was sturdy, which was the main reason I decided to bring them home.  I painted them white and scraped some of the paint to “shabby” them up a bit


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A Smoothie Sunday

Where did the weekend go!!  Uggghhhhh… blink my eyes and Monday is here…Today I have a cleaning project to take care of and needed something quick for my stomach this morning.  We visited the farmers market yesterday and I bought some fruit.  So why not a smoothie…  Of course there are a gazillion smoothie recipes.. well here’s a gazillion and one :-)

Pineapple-Mango Smoothie

2 cups cut pineapple

2 cups cut mango

1 4oz Activia peach yogurt

1 cup of ice

1 cup orange juice

2 tblspn Agave Nectar

Put all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth..

Pour into your cutie glass – add straw.. and sip and go!


Enjoy the rest of your Sunday because Monday comes fast!!  Smooches!!

Friday Feature

Woohooo!! It’s Friday, I’m off the 9-5 grind and I’m happy…it’s been quite a week for me so I really need this weekend to re-group.  Well today I’m going to introduce you to the artist behind the beautiful Head Planter I posted a couple days ago.  If you missed it – click here.  Cynthia Edwards is a self-taught crafter who had a vision and went for it.  Two years ago she made her first head planter by cutting a hole in a doll’s head and giving it a faux metal painting.   She knew she wanted to take her creation to a higher level and in March 2014 she began making her new line of  head planters.  Her motivation was: first  she loves head planters and second: she wanted more of them. She lucked up and saw an ad for a company going out of business and had lots of items listed.  She decided to go and low and behold they had mannequin heads, although, they were not mentioned as being for sale, she immediately envisioned them as head planters.  So with her vision and belief that people would love them, along with her hubby’s blessing they contacted the owner and settled on a price – and the rest is history. She got all the other supplies needed on a wing and a prayer (Lol – which I’m sure we’ve all been down that road) and started making them and that’s how her little business was born.

Cynthia says her inspiration varies and could come from a suggestion, a color , plant, a flower, or even an animal she sees.  She also says  there are times when she’s working on a piece, a thought will come to her on how it should look, and her imagination simply takes control.  But in the end, the head tells her yes or no, sometimes they even seem to have their own ideas and she just goes with the flow.  Here are some of her latest creations..

This fiery creation is called “Flame”


This burgundy beauty is called “Pothos”


The exotic beauty here is “Nerida”


The copper beauty is “Dulcina”


She’s called “Queen of Hearts”  (and I see why)

(this is an oopsy… I don’t have her name)

Meet “Queen Bee”  :-)

This lovely lady is “Alvara”

Madame butterfly is called “Belle of the Ball”

This majestic lady is called “Honey”

and saving the best for last is “Ms. Laroux Lagniappe”

When she’s not in her shop creating these beauties,  she loves spending time with her family, gardening, being online with her gardening club, beading, painting other forms of art, making furniture and reading.  In other words – this is one very busy lady!! For sure!! She shows her work on gardening sites that she’s in and they have been selling by word of mouth. If you’re interested in ordering one, she’d love to hear from you.   You can find her on Facebook or email her at:

I truly hope you enjoyed meeting these lovely ladies and invite one into your home.. Until next time.. I hope you all have a Fabulous weekend!!   Smooches

Giving You Heads Up!

A few months ago I joined a Facebook group “It’s a Garden Thing“.  I truly adore being a part of this group of friendly people who love their gardens and sharing them with the cyber world.  In this group there was a lady showing some beautiful head planters. I was mesmerized on how beautiful they were. My motto is plants are people too.. green people and they need you to nourish, groom and sometimes even talk to them.  Head planters almost makes you feel like you’re talking face to face with your plants.  Looking at their faces with empty heads makes you think, what kind of hairdo would complete their look (you know how we women love our hair to be right :-)  – it sets the tone)  “Head Planters” give your plants the personality they deserve.  I did some research for head planters.. here are some favorites I came across:

This African Queen head planter is beautiful.  I love the beaded detail along the side of her face



and this little darling in pure white is simply lovely



and for buddha lovers.. these are perfect



and then there’s this one with it’s exotic eyes



You can so much fun with them creating a new look simply by changing her hair. Are you intrigued yet? Well, I couldn’t stand not having a beautiful planter so I asked who, where, & how do I get one.  Low and behold, they were being made by a group member. I contacted her and she showed me some of the ones she had left. The minute I saw this lady.. I screamed.. she’s the one!!  I want her – so ladies (and gents) …. I’d like for you to meet Elfredah..


Here’s the clinker.. I have an aunt name Alfreda.. how coincidental was that.  I couldn’t wait to get her and settled into her new home with me and my green family. She arrived and  I went to the nursery to find her new hairdo. The plant I found is called Emina.. and guess what.. my twin’s name is Amina.. (both pronounced the same) so you know this planter was meant to be for me and this is her new look all dressed up!

Isn’t she a beauty… I absolutely love it!!  On Friday’s Feature post, I’m going to introduce to you the HeadMaker Lady.  So I hope you join me in getting to know a little about Cynthia and I’ll be showing you more of the lovely ladies she created.. So stay tuned!    You may want to order one for yourself.  Smooches 😘

Pineapple Upside Down Cake


This is sure to please the sweet tooth.  Who doesn’t like Pineapple Upside Down Cake??  I’m admitting it’s another one of my guilty pleasures.  This recipe can’t get any easier – trust me.. and the best part – it’s not too sweet.. just enough to satisfy that craving.

1 can sliced pineapples (in heavy syrup)

1/4 cup butter

2/3 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)

1/4 cup pecan halves

1 cup all purpose flour

3/4 granulated sugar

1 1/2 tspns baking powder

1/2 tspn salt

1/4 cup shortening

1/2 cup milk

1 lrg egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350.  Drain pineapple, reserving the 2 tblspns – (tip: mix the remaining into a fruit punch for a more tropical flavor).  Melt butter in a 10″ cast iron skillet over a low heat.  Add brown sugar, stirring until the sugar is melted.  Spread evenly covering the bottom of the skillet.  Remove from heat.  Arrange pineapple slices on top of the brown sugar.  Add pecans around the pineapples.  Set aside.  In a medium mixing bowl combine remaining ingredients plus 2 tblspns of pineapple juice and mix at medium speed approximately 4 mins.  Pour cake batter evenly over pineapple in skillet and bake approximately 35 mins or until the cake springs back when gently pressed with fingertip or insert toothpick in the center and if it comes out dry – its done.   Serve warm with vanilla ice cream (I used Butter Pecan :-)  Oh — and one last thing —  ENJOY!!


As always – cooking is easy with a little “TLC”




A PoP Day

It’s been so dreadfully hot these past few weeks and I’ve just been enjoying the pool at mom’s house… but I decided to finally get a few little items done.  I called it my PoP day.. the Power of Paint.. I spend lots of time lounging in my Rest Haven and look around and see a few things that need sprucing up. Like the big planters.. They’ve been bruised over time and there’s a little vermin running around my yard knocking them over..(I feel like the Bill Murray in CaddyShack – boy do I want to get him)..


Of course hubby thought I should throw them away.. Me.. no way.. they’re still standing.. lol.. got a couple of cracks at the top – but all in all.. still worth keeping.. and for $6.00 they look like new

After I picked up this pretty cool pelican from Ross – I thought a touch of gold would do good in the garden

Then I found this old hat buried under some items in the garage and figured.. why not flip it and fill it..


Added a few bricks to cover the outer edge pallets and a few more plants around it

I think I like the upside down hat planter..



I’m still contemplating the iron hens&chick holder… I’d have to take all that apart..soooooo…you know how that goes.. (another  Small changes but nice impact for this space.

I love how the sun hits the gold and gives it a glam glow..   Then I had this clay pot.. the worn out look was looking too worn out..

So, for another $3.00 it got a new look

Now I can smile when I look around at these pots again .  :-)




That’s all I could do.. cause BABY!!!! It’s HOT OUT THERE!!!