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My First Givaway! (Winner Announced!)

5 Dec

Drum-roll please!  And the winner is…

#6 Amanda Pullen

Congratulations, Amanda!  Please contact me at thequeendishes@gmail.com to claim your mug.

Thank you to everyone who re-posted and shared this contest. I got lots of new followers:)

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I am so excited!  I couldn’t wait to post about this super cute mug!

Is it me, or what?

I thought it was so cute, I bought two;  One for me and one for you!

Check-out the definitions on the back:

I especially like #4 under Mother (or muther):  “most knowledgeable and always right”.  I think I will have my kids memorize that.

No, not really.  Well, maybe.

If you are not a mother, you can certainly give it as a gift.

Perhaps someday I can give away $400 boots like Pioneer Woman, but for now, a super cute mug will have to do.

Here’s how to enter:

1)  Follow my blog:)  Leave me a comment below that you are following my blog.

You’re free to unsubscribe at any time.

Already following? Comment below — it still counts as an entry!

2)  Blog about this giveaway and link back to this page on your blog. Comment below with the link. (1 extra entry)

3)  Share this post on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me that you shared. (1 extra entry)

4)  Email 5 friends about the giveaway, with a link to the page. Leave a comment below telling me that you did. (1 extra entry)

There are a total of 4 possible entries.

This contest will end Sunday, December 4th at 11:59 PM PST. The winner will be chosen via random.org.

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My First Givaway!

1 Dec

I am so excited!  I couldn’t wait to post about this super cute mug!

Is it me, or what?

I thought it was so cute, I bought two;  One for me and one for you!

Check-out the definitions on the back:

I especially like #4 under Mother (or muther):  “most knowledgeable and always right”.  I think I will have my kids memorize that.

No, not really.  Well, maybe.

If you are not a mother, you can certainly give it as a gift.

Perhaps someday I can give away $400 boots like Pioneer Woman, but for now, a super cute mug will have to do.

Here’s how to enter:

1)  Follow my blog:)  Leave me a comment below that you are following my blog.

You’re free to unsubscribe at any time.

Already following? Comment below — it still counts as an entry!

2)  Blog about this giveaway and link back to this page on your blog. Comment below with the link. (1 extra entry)

3)  Share this post on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me that you shared. (1 extra entry)

4)  Email 5 friends about the giveaway, with a link to the page. Leave a comment below telling me that you did. (1 extra entry)

There are a total of 4 possible entries.

This contest will end Sunday, December 4th at 11:59 PM PST. The winner will be chosen via random.org.

Thrift Store Blessings

22 Nov

I have been to our local thrift store so many times during the past two weeks, I know the guy who helps unload your car by name; it’s Juan.  Juan and I are becoming buddies.  I may need to bring Juan a Christmas present.

I drive a suburban, and I have filled the back of that baby several times.  Look at the funny face my son is making.

Once I got started, my whole family caught the de-clutter bug.  My two big kids were both in their rooms last week getting rid of clothes that didn’t fit, toys they don’t play with and books they don’t wish to read for the 10th time.

The funny this is, I never asked them to clean-out their rooms, they just did it.

Every morning I get up to find old pants and t-shirts in the trash that my husband doesn’t want anymore.  He got the bug!  I just add them to our thrift store bag to bring to Juan.

I have noticed a peace in my brain that I have not had is several years.  They other day, my hubby came home and said that it seemed quieter in our house.  I looked at him like he was insane because the kids were making a ton of noise at the moment.  I knew what he meant, though.

I had been accumulating “stuff” to do something with “later”.  I really wanted to have a garage sale and sell some of my “stuff” on Craigslist of Ebay.  I had some nice “stuff”.

Every little thing that I was going to do something with, was taking up room in my brain…cluttering my brain.  Like I need more clutter in my brain!

So I let it go!  My brain is much less cluttered! This is good.

Today, after my daily drop-off at the thrift store, I decided to go in and take a look around.  I think I had some morbid curiosity about the fate of my “stuff”.

I found EXACTLY what I needed to complete my Thanksgiving table service;  four white dishes with a gold rim and TEN matching bowls!

Aren’t they purdy?  Not only are they classy, but they are antiques!  I looked-up the marking on the back and discovered they were made by Zeh Scherzer & Co from Bavaria, Germany.  The mark on the back commemorates their 50th anniversary in 1930.

Just for giggles, I tried to find some other pieces online on Ebay and Replacements.com and the closes I found cost $25 per plate.

Want to know what I spent?  $4.99 on the whole box!  SCORE!  That’s, like .36 cents per piece.  My dear hubby is so proud of me:)

It just goes to show you, give a little to bless others and you will surely be blessed.

Antique Store Miracle

14 Nov

I am so proud of myself:)

I have been looking around for a good deal on dishes for Thanksgiving.  I am serving 27 people and currently have 14 mismatched dishes.  The problem is that I have champagne taste and a beer budget.  I also love antiques.  Antiques equal pricey…usually.

So I drug the kids to an antique mall near my house and scoured each space for a set of dishes that I could use for Thanksgiving.  I found several beautiful sets that ranged from $250-$600.  A bit over my budget.  Not to be discouraged, I continued to hunt.  Low and behold, way down on a bottom shelf far off in a dark corner, sat MY dishes.  Well, they weren’t mine yet, but they were just SCREAMING my name.

Check-out these beauties:

Cute huh?

OK, so it’s not a complete set, but you’ll never guess what I paid.  Forty-five dollars!  I was doing the happy-shopper dance right there in the store.  My kids would have thought I was nuts, but they  were too busy glued to the TV set in the corner.  Those kids are like moths to a flame around a TV.

Anyway, I just love the delicate flowers and the gold around the rim.  It is going to be perfect for my Thanksgiving table.  The set is by Smith Taylor circa 1930’s and is made in the USA.  It came with 10 dinner plates, 10 soup bowls, a platter, a covered vegetable dish,  5 tea cups with saucers, 3 salad plates, a few little dessert bowls, and a sugar dish with no lid.

It was such a crazy deal that the lady at the register called the vendor just to be sure it wasn’t a mistake.  As she removed each price tag from the dishes, I asked her if I could keep them to show my husband what a great deal I got.

When I got home, I started showing him this huge pile of price tags that ranged from $6 per plate to $29 each for the veggie dish and platter.  He was getting very nervous.  Then I showed him my receipt for $45.  He kissed me and said “Good job.”

SCORE!

Maybe it was not quite a miracle, but God was smiling on me for sure.