Project Backsplash

As many of you know, I recently bought a house.  An old house.  A fixer-upper house.

But, it is a wonderful little house with TONS of potential and I feel that it is moving at a nice pace toward that potential.

So, what is Project Backsplash then? 

Well, this is a picture of my (very torn apart at the moment) kitchen:

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If you can look past the mess that you see, you will notice MANY very beautiful cabinets. My wish is to put a tile backsplash from the cabinet-top to the underside of the cabinets. Lots of tiles will be needed for this, needless to say.

So, I’m asking all of you out there to send me a tile. That’s right, send me ONE tile, or several tiles! Just send tile! The only criteria is that it be 4 inches by 4 inches (10.16 cm x 10.16 cm). Besides that… have fun! Any color, design, patina, texture, etc. Just a 4 x 4″ tile. That’s it. Period. My hope is to have a lovely eclectic, mish-mash backsplash from all over the world! So… Please send me a tile!

This, then, is Project Backsplash!

Send tiles to:

Zazazu – Project Backsplash
P.O. Box 373
Corinth, MS 38834

And feel free to share the word about Project Backsplash with your friends!

Until next time… I’m needing some zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s!

Things I Love Thursday

Welcome to the first installment of Zazazu’s Things I Love Thursdays, brought to you courtesy of galadarling.

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Let us begin… but where to begin?  Ah…

1.  Beautiful custom-covered literary classics like Wuthering Heights

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2.  The promise of Spring around the corner and new Spring-y clothes…

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3.  My evening cup of chai… it is like a constitutional for me…

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4.  Facebook status updates that use quotes by L.L. Cool J.  ‘Nuff said.

5.  Amazing vintage shoes… even if they aren’t my size…

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6.  Learning new things… Like at the grant-writing workshop I’m attending this evening.

7.  Daily emails from my best friend… my rock, my sanity, my lifeline.

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What are you loving today?

 

♥ Home Sweet Home ♥

Two posts in one day, readers.  But, I had to post again and share my wonderful and exciting news…

I’m a homeowner!  Me.  Myself.  A homeowner.

I signed 32 times today (we counted) – which is neat because I’m 32 years old! – and the deed and keys are now MINE!

Here is my cute little bungalow:

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Officially and legally MINE!  I’m still getting used to the idea.

I was asked today how I feel now.  Let’s see… Among my many emotions…

Happy.
Overwhelmed.
Responsible.
Adult.
Hungry.
Excited.
Accomplished.
Proud.
Broke.
Nervous.
Scared (just a bit).
Content.
Glad.
Lucky.
Grateful.
Appreciative.
Rewarded.
Independent.
Vivacious.
Insomniatic.
Freewheeling.
Self-sufficient.
Delighted.
Eager.
Shocked.
Stylish.
Sleepy.
Thrilled.
Enthusiastic.
Elated.
Surprised.
Overcome.
Overjoyed.
Blessed.

Lots of feelings to feel in one day.  Wonderful though.  Wonderful day.

Hooray!

Red Letter Day – September 16, 2008

Today was a total Red Letter Day.

Don’t we love those?

Today I was offered – and accepted – the position of Program Director for Corinth Tourism.  I am SO excited to have this job and have been pining after it since May, when I first applied.  I’ve had two interviews and felt like it might never happen but it has!  And I have the job!  And… wahoo!

In other ‘Red Letter Day’ news, I was FINALLY able to upgrade my Flickr account to FlickrPro today so now I can store pictures there to my heart’s content.  For those of you interested, you can click here to access my profile and photos.   Feel free to add me to your contacts, leave photo comments or testimonials.  That would be fun!

As it turns out, I’m not the only one who had a ‘Red Letter Day’ today.  My sister sold a house today and a friend’s husband got a good test result.  All such great news!

For those of you wondering, my theatre performance went along great!  The show is now over and I’m waiting until the Christmas show to do another one.  It was such fun though and I can’t wait to get back into it.  Hopefully by Christmas, I will be settled into my job and able to really give it my all again.  I’m so glad I went and auditioned for the show; it is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself!  I met some of the greatest people and learned that my dramatic flair is good for something!

Photos from the show are here.

There was a huge write-up in the local newspaper about the show and had my picture smack-dab on the FRONT page but it has already been taken down.  Oh well.  It was neat to have such coverage though!  Wow!

I have so many goals that are now really coming together and things that are really falling into place and my goals are making more sense to me – in the most unlikely place on Earth.  It is so very odd to me how you can dream and plan and dream and plan and never hit even close to how things will really turn out.  Plans are good, no doubt, but I think the Universe has a plan for us that is far greater than any we could ever make for ourselves.  I’ve struggled so long against that plan, trying to do my own thing, trying to fit square pegs into round holes and this is what it comes down to.

And I’m happy with it all.

I’m happy – period.

Finally.

And the Universe knew I would be.

But I know that none of it could have come about on any different time-frame than it did, than it has.  Things have to work out in their own time, I had lessons to learn – lessons to learn about myself, realizations I had to come to about things I wanted, growing to be done.  And I’m better for it, I’m better prepared for this new job, for all the adventures that I can’t even foresee because of it.

Even amid my giddiness over it all… I’m amazed at how things work.

And it is good.

I have a little project up my sleeve that I can’t wait to share with you all.  It isn’t big at all so don’t get your hopes up but I think it will be fun.  I will have fun with it anyway.

Until again… May all your days be ‘Red Letter Days’ in one way or another.

(My favorite recent photo – taken with my camera by my sister.  That is me that Delali is on top of. :))

Pssssssst… Be sure to check out the awesome vintage photo sale that I’m having at my Etsy store right now.  I’m clearing out to make room for tons of other great vintage photos that I have to list, including my Christmas / holiday pics!

Check my Shop Announcement for BOGO details!  Click here to visit!

I still live…

To those of you who have expressed an interest in where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to and, moreover, asked me to write again… THANK YOU!  It feels good to be noticed enough to be missed.

I felt sparky today so I thought I’d write up a little update of sorts.

For whatever odd reason, I’ve completely lost touch with blogging – writing my own and reading others.  It just got tedious and I’ve felt like I didn’t have it in me to write out all that has been going on.  I also feel like this blog – My Zazazu – has lost direction.  I’ve been feeling a bit me-centric lately and I don’t feel like that is appropriate for this blog.  I guess I’m just trying to figure it all out.  I’m not sure how much I will post in the coming months but I’m here today.

Soooooooo many things are going on here, most of them GOOD!  It is hard to know where to begin.

Firstly, as many of you know, I’ve not been driving for the past two years because of health problems.  Well… I started driving again a couple of weeks ago and it feels so good to have that part of my independence back!  Wahoo!  Having not driven for that long makes it take awhile to get back into the swing of it but… I’m doing it despite having bouts of discomfort with it.  The more I do it, the easier it will get.

Secondly, and the MOST exciting, I think… I went on a whim awhile back (over a month) and auditioned for a part in the upcoming local community theatre production of Sand Mountain.  I’ve never acted or auditioned for anything before in my life but I did it and – will you believe?!? – got the lead role in the first half!  I will be playing the young, attractive widow Rebecca.  We’ve been practicing a lot and I’ve got all my lines memorized and it is such fun!  I love it and – better still – I’ve met some people who are becoming friends.

I’m still applying for jobs around town and in other places too – Tupelo and back in Oxford.  There is one job in particular that I’m in the final-five for and I really would like to get that one.  I won’t say what it is as not to jinx it but please hold your fingers crossed for me!  I have no idea when they will make a decision on it – SOON I hope!  I would really like to be working again – working outside the home, that is.

Speaking of working, my Etsy vintage store is doing so very well.  I’m very pleased and excited about that!  My goal was to reach 400 sales by last Sunday (a week ago Sunday) and I did that, just barely!  After reaching that, I set another goal to reach 500 sales by Christmas.  I’m happy to say that I think I’ll make it!  I’m already up to 436 sales!  Hooray!  So, business there is very good and I hope it continues to be so.  I’ve got some exciting things in the works for my Etsy store (hint: handmade journals, a cashmere line, fall vintage clothes, boots, and more!!!)

In related store news, I ordered a new camera that I’m waiting to arrive.  It is a beautiful Canon Rebel XSi DSLR that my dear little brother helped me pick out.  I can’t wait to get it and start playing with it.  It will be my first adventure into DSLR photography.  I’m excited and nervous too.  And… I think I’ve found a model for my store.  I needed a model who could fit into the tiny things that I have to sell so I hope it will work out.  I enjoy modeling the things that I’m able to wear but there are some things that just won’t fit over these hips.  Ack!

And… I think there’s been a wedding in my family since I last posted.  Yep, my little brother got married on August 2.  I still can’t believe that he is MARRIED but they seem happy together and his bride is just lovely.

The bride and groom.

The groom and his sisters… always our baby brother.  (I’m in the gold.)

So… time marches on and things here, as everywhere, are moving and shaking.

I have to say that I’m sick to death of all this political / campaign crap that is EVERYWHERE.  At this point, I don’t care who wins, I’m just ready for it to be over.  I wish Sarah Palin would have stayed in Alaska, that is for sure.  This is the biggest election circus that I can recall.  Such nonsense.  And to think… one of these clowns will end up running our country?  Ridiculous.

I’d like to nominate Anna Wintour as President.  If she can run Vogue, she can surely run the country too.  Her running mates could be Manolo and Louis.  Indeed.

I’d give her my vote.

So, enough from me for now.  Hope that all of you are well (if I even still have readers!) and that Gustav or Hannah or Igor or LaKeesha or whomever is steering clear of you and yours.

xx,

Z ~

These are a few of my favorite things…

For those of you participating in the Thrift Shop * Thrift Swap, swap partners have been assigned and sent out.   I did it old school.  I put all of your names onto little slips of paper and into this pretty jar and drew them out and paired you all up randomly.

If you thought you signed up and didn’t receive a partner, let me know.  If you have any questions about the particulars of the swap, just send me a message through the contact link above.

Since putting this swap together, all things thrift have been on my mind.  Okay, I should clarify that statement… all things thrift are on my mind MOST of the time, period.

So, I thought I would FINALLY do what I’ve long meant to do here on my blog… list some of my neato thrift finds.  I hope you all enjoy my finds as much as I have.

Amazing vintage French canning jar… complete with wire clasp top and French writing all over it.  It is GI-normous too!  A steal at $1.

Retro-fun floral pillowcases – a pristine pair for $1.98!  My favorite color is chartreuse so these were perfect.  The front red-ish pillow is very old and quilted on the front with all sorts of pretty ruffles.  Amazing condition and for… wait for it… only 45-cents!

Looks like someone tromped through a field in these but they are still stunning.  Custom-made Palizzio peeptoe platform slingbacks.  LOVE.  THEM.  Love that I only paid $2 for them too!

Sometime back I got this pretty green glass dish (45-cents) with the express intent of putting a wee cacti garden in it.  Well, I finally got around to fulfilling its purpose over the weekend.  I’m so happy with how it looks.  THIS is how my garden grows!

Other of my amazing recent finds can be found in my Etsy store.   Tons of neato stuff there!  Also, I started a fun new blog featuring cool things I discover on Etsy.  It is called EtsyFinds.  Check it out and feel free to comment!

Do tell… what cool thrift / vintage things have you found lately?

:: Thrift Shop * Thrift Swap ::

I’m feeling rather sparky today so I thought I would do a couple of fun things here on my blog.

Firstly, the lovely Miss StilettoHeights has inspired me to write up a list of things that provide inspiration to me lately. What a fun exercise, no?

What inspires you lately? For me, it includes…

  • Vintage shoes – I have found so many wonderful ones lately! I get the extra-fab ones to list in my store as I love to have a good vintage shoe selection there. So many fabulous and unique vintage shoes out there… great quality too.

  • Colored tights / leggings – Crazy, yes, but they go with so many things and really give an added flair! Besides, they fashionably cover my stark white legs.
  • Lame – A fabulous gold lame tank literally jumped off the rack at me the other day and I’ve been smitten since. Everyone needs to sparkle.
  • Belts, belts, BELTS! Need I say more?
  • My new store banner… so pretty and so wonderfully done! Thanks, PixelCafe!

  • Vintage artwork, especially crewel-work.
  • Homemade iced coffee.
  • Ruffles and Scarlett O’Hara.

  • Sex and the City re-runs… until I get finally get out to see the new movie!
  • Russian architecture

  • Anything at all to do with Paris… specifically living there someday.
  • Tomatoes… fresh with a bit of pepper. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm…
  • Vintage bedding… LOTS of it!
  • A gorgeous white gauze babydoll top that I bought when I was sixteen. I found it again the other day and have been wearing it with skinnies and my flats. Scavenging in my own closet is very fun!
  • Yard sales… ’tis the season. It makes Saturday mornings SUCH fun! I look forward to them all week!

Speaking of yard sales…

How about a swap? As all of you know and can tell from my list above, I’m terribly inspired by things that I find at thrift stores and yard sales. I love things that others cast-off that I can make good use of. It is the ultimate recycling and such fun too!

I also know that many of my readers here are thrift store / yard sale mavens, also loving the hunt for what they can re-use and give another life to.

So, since it is the prime thrifting / yard sale season… how about a “Thrift Shop Thrift Swap“? Here is how I propose for it to work:

  1. Leave a comment on this post that you want to participate. Right after you leave your comment, please contact me at msred5@yahoo.com with your contact information, i.e. name, address, blog and email address. Sign-up will close on June 15.
  2. On June 16, I will pair those who have signed up with a partner and send each of you their information. In order to get to know new people better – as that, I believe, is part of the fun of a swap – this will be a one-on-one swap.
  3. After being in touch with your swap partner, compile a package of things you think they would like. Here is the catch… ALL items that you send MUST be from a thrift store / garage sale / yard sale / porch sale / estate sale / tag sale / etc… you get the idea. Of course, make sure they are nice items and not junk but I think we all know how to do this… how to find the treasures out there! Bonus points if your packaging comes from thrifting too. (Not that there will be a winner or anything but.. that would be cool, huh?) Spend between $10 – 15 on your package, not including shipping.
  4. Send your packages out by July 1. If you can’t make it by then, let me AND your partner know of the delay.

(International participants welcome. Please be willing to ship Internationally if you decide to participate. If you leave comment on this post, I will assume that you wish to participate. Please realize when signing up that sometimes there are bum swappers.  I can’t control this.)

Sound fun?

Join us!

Tell your friends!

Any questions?  Feel free to contact me!

::::::::::::::::::::::: Happy scavenging! ::::::::::::::::::::::

Psst… Want to join my Etsy store mailing list? Email me at msred5@yahoo.com to join. Repeat customers who are on my mailing list get 10% off every purchase (the subtotal).

We have a winner!

Thanks to all who entered for the giveaway I just hosted – a free copy of The Fresh Start Promise.  It is WONDERFUL to see so many people interested in this amazing book.

Using the Random Number Generator, I picked our winner… {{{ Drumroll please… }}}

Donnell of Wicked Pete!

Congrats, Donnell!  I hope you LOVE this book as much as I have!

To the rest of you, don’t despair!  I strongly encourage you to get a copy of this book very soon and reap the wonderful benefits it can afford.

I’m also still interested in doing this program as a group – small group or large group – through my blog here.  So, if you get the book or plan to get the book soon and want to participate, leave me a comment and let me know!  Maybe those interested could plan to start mid-June?

Think about it!  It just might change your life!

I didn’t realize that I was ending this giveaway on Memorial Day.  I rarely think about holidays or plan things like that so it was pure coincidence.  But… since I’m here…

Have a wonderful and SAFE holiday today, readers!

I had to include a picture of my baby.  I’m such a proud Mommy.  Here she is driving my Dad’s John Deere tractor.  She LOVES that tractor seat for some reason!  Doesn’t she look adorable?

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Check out my great new vintage listings…  recy.etsy.com

20% sale there for Memorial Day – don’t miss it!

{ Joie de vivre! } A fresh start? I promise!!!

JOIE DE VIVRE!!

Vivre la joie (Live the joy)
La joie de vivre (The joy of life)
Ivre de joie (Drunk from joy)
Ivre de vie (Drunk from life)
Joyeux de vivre de joy (How joyful to live with joy)
Viva la vie (Long life to life)

I don’t know how to change a tire. I probably should but I don’t. I know what I want the end result to be – a nice new tire that runs well – but I don’t know what to do to come to that new tire on my car.

This is exactly how I feel with most self-improvement books that I pick up. I know what I want the end result to be – clarity, motivation, greater focus on my goals, etc. – but, for the life of me, I rarely know how to get there. That is what self-improvement books are for, right? Yes but… most self-improvement books that I read tell me that my thinking needs to change but that is a lot easier said than done. If I have approximately 70,000 thoughts each day, how am I to know how to change or control them so that I can come to the clarity, focus, motivation, or whatever it is that I want to accomplish?

Honestly, I have no idea.

Enter The Fresh Start Promise. I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading this book and was so refreshed to see that it doesn’t expect me to ‘just know’. This book, written by Edwige Gilbert, a brilliant Frenchwoman with a personable writing style and uncanny insights, actually tells you how to bring about the change you desire. This book leads the reader through a 28-day program to bring about change in one’s mind and life. It doesn’t just say “change your thinking”; this book describes, in detail, countless different actions to take – morning and night – so that your mind will change, so that your thinking will change, so that your outlook will change. Among these practices:

  • Different meditations
  • Energizing and cleansing rituals
  • Breathing practices
  • Chi massage
  • Walking meditation
  • Music and touch therapy
  • Journaling
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Visualization
  • Nutrition
  • … and more!

This is actually a program that the reader can touch, feel, put into practice. You aren’t left wondering how to change your thinking; you know what to do! How refreshing!

The Fresh Start Promise is the only self-improvement book you will need. This book beautifully and effectively combines so many of the best tenants from other self-improvement books out there including The Secret, The Power of Intention, The Art of Happiness and more. These concepts – combined with countless others that Gilbert herself has developed over the years as her work as a wellness and energy coach – are woven in a fun, ambitious, motivational way to create a very defined series of actions to take, life changes to make.

As always, it is incredibly hard to adequately explain all the wonderful things about this wonderful book without giving away too much of it! You really just need to read it and enjoy it as much as I have.

You’d like to, you say? Well, you are in luck. Leave a comment on this post between now and next Sunday night and I will draw for someone to send this amazing book to. This giveaway* is open to anyone, not just regular readers of my blog. Feel free to tell others, post it on your blog, send the word around. I’d love for as many people as possible to be exposed to this program.

Others interested in a copy of The Fresh Start Promise? Visit this link to buy a copy.

Anyone interested in spending 28-days to make significant changes in your life? I’d love to host a group to go through this book together. It is a short but profound program; it really shows you how to live your life! If you want to join in this journey, let me know!

Allow me now to give you a taste of a delicious little French dish: it’s called joie de vivre, and it’s the most wonderful recipe for finding and fully experiencing life’s most simple joys simply by paying appreciative attention to the ordinary events and moments of the day. Joie de vivre is really just about fostering and encouraging in you a sense of wonder, playfulness, and curiosity about life’s little things. Your experience of joie de vivre today will be quite straightforward, actually, but I can assure you that it will lead to some quite fantastic new experiences!

Intrigued? Curious? Convinced? Join me and put a bit of joie de vivre into your life. Make a fresh start!

* One book – a brand new copy – to one winner. Signup ends on May 25 at midnight. Anyone eligible. Entries will only be taken from comments left on this post. One entry per person. Winner will be drawn at random. I will pay for shipping via Media Mail; will also ship Internationally. Any questions? Use the contact link to contact me! Have fun!

Don’t be ‘crewel’…

Just a quickie post to show off the LOVELY crewel-art I found at an estate sale this past weekend. I got a whole heap of stuff for $5.00 total and this was part of it. So, I estimate that it cost about a quarter. It came with a pine frame but I took it out of that; they are better used separately, I think. For a quarter… wow! This is in wonderful condition and the crewel stitching is just amazingly clean and tight. LOVE it!

P.S. I’m crazy for crewel anyway and have several crewel kits that I’m going to do… someday.

::: Some uber-cool new things in the shop too… more coming all week! :::