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In case you’ve been to Some Bagels recently and wondered who painted the wall black and hung up artwork…..    It…was….ME!!  xox

I think I might have lied about the planes part.  But check out this all-terrain firetruck.  I have to admit, being a girly girl, I thought I was going to this event mostly for my ‘boys,’ but when the fireman started explaining that this rig can hold 25,000 gallons of water, and it has joysticks to control the water sprayers in the front…I was pretty smitten with this thing.  Also, since they usually use this truck out in nature, the driver can adjust to the tire pressure while driving.  Sand?  No problem?  Burning foothills? No problem.  But, of course, my first love are the surfaces and textures and colors.  See the Michelin Man?

  Last weekend threatened rain but turned fine for Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s Kidz Dig Rigz Event, a fundraiser for the hospital.  My fabulous coworker Amber wrote up ‘why’ part of the description of the event here.  The other ‘why’ is just because it’s awesome.  Can we do it again next year?  Huh, can we?

          My kid, last seen, entering the bounce house!

Dear Friends,

Not only did I get some large canvases at Becky’s, but I can sell my old stuff here, too.  I love NOT spending money on stuff, don’t you?  If you buy something here and consign something here too, you’re winning all around.  Becky’s does a 60/40% consignment split (your favor), and I think you can set your lower limit for what you’d be willing to sell something for.  This is great for something you dont’ want to sell on Craigslist because it is too small, doesn’t photograph well, or just because you want foot traffic.  The ladies there have lots of experience and know what will sell well.  This is not Becky by the way.  She told me her “I’m not Becky” T-shirt was on its way in the mail and I believed her.   I only wish I had taken a pic of Becky!  I did three posts on Becky’s a while back; check them out here!

Plant caddy $14.50 each.  Beats triple through a catalog!



Here’s some of my personal loot:

Poppy print.  Does anyone else think this is as cool as I do?

Couch, $50!  This may not be your style, but I think it’s rad.  That’s right.  I paid $150 to have it       cleaned just in case, but Becky’s only takes couches that look and smell good, so that’s a plus. 🙂 I got this couch there a while back, not recently, but the other stuff is from yesterday.

Kids’ divided plate/tray.  We only had one other divided plate, so now we have two! Isn’t this cute?

3 enormous pictures on printed stretched canvases that I will simply paint over to my liking ($90 for all 3, which even for blank canvases is pretty good.)

Finally, the right size mirror for this spot!  Can you tell I’ve been struggling?  I will move the federal mirror, take the other two back to T.J. Maxx and paint this new one my predictable white.  Does this mirror remind you of the one below?  It’s on the opposite wall, and they’re about the same size.  Except the one from Becky’s was $7.  It’s not super nice, so I won’t feel bad freshening it up with white paint. When in doubt about something, or if you hate it, paint it black or white first.  I’m telling you, it makes it sooo much better.
Am I getting a little thematic with the octagonal mirrors?  I know I’m pretty thematic with all the white, but that’s not negotiable. 

Here’s a dresser that I bought at Becky’s a while back and have since painted a fun teal that, believe it or not, is incredibly versatile!  I can’t think of a color it would not jive with.  Sorry that I do not  have a ‘before’ picture.  The hardware is the same, and the wood was just kind of a blah brown; not bad shape, just not my color.  It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do! I liked that I felt confident painting this dresser because I did not shell out big bucks for it; I think it was around $60 dollars.  So really, you have this amazing piece by just adding the price of paint.  Totally worth it.

Hi friends!  I want to tell you about a little gem I’ve found in uptown Richland.  I’ve had good luck there in furnishing my home inexpensively.  There is a ton of stuff in there with over 2,000 vendors, but don’t be overwhelmed.  Be inspired!  There is new stuff every day, but here are some things I saw today:

I have a thing for geodes..
       And discounts.

Dear friends, for those of you who live in the Tri Cities, I just thought I’d let you know!  Wheee!  Go Wild Goose!  I’d rather have a hand-upholstered chair anyday.  You know the materials and labor came from right here not only in the US of A but from our very own city.  It makes me so…proud…sniff!

Hello!  Do you remember me mentioning Roaster’s Coffee in Richland?  496 George Washington Way, to be exact.  This location has a sit down area and a drive thru, while the Pasco location is drive through only.  For more information, you can visit their website.  I really have fun doing these shop posts.  I always enjoy getting to see more than I would just as a customer.  I look up, I look down, I read things.  I actually end up being more well-versed in the menu and store hours (added bonus), but I start to see interesting things, instead of just, well, in this case, coffee!  But even if I was blind I would know I was in a coffee shop.  Mmmmmmm.  Do you love it when the smell clings to your clothes?  That might bother some people, but I absolutely love it.  Anyway, enjoy Roaster’s as a visual experience!

              Now serving and selling their own roasted coffee.  Go local!  Also, if you want to go local with your                art, that (obviously) was mine.      Hehe!  Man, the only problem with thinking about coffee for an             hour is that now I’m going to want something more special than boring old drippity-doo-dah in the           morning.

It’s one year since we’ve been here!  Wow!  I thought I would do some commemorative posts from a year ago.  One of the first things I did was paint an accent wall with chalkboard paint so we could doodley doo on here!  And if you’re thinking about doing it and wondering about ‘the dust’ don’t worry.  If nobody is a sneezer in your house, it’s not a big deal.  Cleanup is easy.  Just vacuum as normal and wipe off the baseboards every once in a while.  It’s a small price to pay for being able to draw on the wall.

Good afternoon!  I just made my third visit to Wild Goose designs, and I still feel like I have so much to see!  The shop first lured me in because of my addiction to white, and at Christmastime Bonnie had a lovely display of white Christmas trees, white lights, and lots of sparkle.  Today she graciously allowed me to peruse her shop behind the lens of a camera, with a toddler in tow, no less!  She even gave him nougat, which I am hoping she does not find later in some unsavory spot.  I am pretty sure it is in his tummy.

Bonnie created this painting after watching ‘Grease.’

Wild Goose definitely delivers what it promises, “Embellishments for Body, Home, and Soul,” but I’m so glad I took the time to chat with Bonnie, because there’s a lot I didn’t know.  But first for the embellishments.  If you are looking to stop in for a small gift, you can choose from cards made right here in America, jewelry (most made by Bonnie and her husband), handbags, and scarves, books, journals, matches, soaps, candles, framed artwork, children’s books and a growing selection of children’s items.   As for the large ’embellishments,’ Team Bonnie just happens to know how to upholster, isn’t that nice?  So you will see lots of chairs and benches freshly upholstered, most with a French revival feel (though I’ve got my eye on an oversized zebra print stool).  I had to laugh when Bonnie gestured toward a mirror and said “Oh, my husband carved that…”  He WHAT?  He also custom built the counter and tons of the furniture in the shop.  Bonnie refinishes furniture, makes jewelry, paints (like that picture behind her), and  the two of them make quite the dynamic duo.  They dream it, they build it.

That brings me to ‘beyond embellishments.’  Not only can this talented couple create small and large scale home embellishments, they can also help you with your half-baked projects.  I was wishing I had known Bonnie when my family and I had first moved here.  All the upholstery shops were slammed, and I couldn’t even get a call back.  So I ended up recovering a chair and couch on my own, and they came out…let’s just say good enough for me.  If you dream up an upholstery project or a furniture building or restoration project, or you just need some crown molding put in, “We do that too!,”  Bonnie told me.  The moral of the story, boys and girls, is that it always pays to ask these questions.  From my experience on Etsy, as an artist myself, and dealing with other artists and artisans, many many folks are more than happy to do custom work.  If you have a specific vision in mind and are willing to be a good communicator and set a budget ahead of time, you will usually find someone who can work with you.

I have taken tons of photos today but not seen everything in the shop, and I have shared fewer photos that I have taken.  When you go visit, be sure to look around, but also UP.  There are lots and lots of chandeliers for sale.  And do have some chocolate, and ask about all the items that local bakers and artists are now selling at Wild Goose.

Wild Goose has been in Richland for eight years and I hope it is here for many years to come.  I like local.  I like reusing and recycling, repurposing, and trying to opt for American products.  Wild Goose does all that.