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Tracey Buxton
Camas, Washington
...living a charmed life on a shoestring.
Interests: thrifting and yard saling, along with baking (Mostly, but not-only cupcakes!), painting vintage pieces of furniture and making my home a perfect nest.
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I am not sure I mentioned that my team at work decided we would take turns by month being in charge of adding fun and value to the team, and the other folks we work with. (Did I share that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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I know. It's been a while since I shared pictures of my grands, and you're jonesing to see some. Right? (Mmmm hmm. I thought so.) I got to spend Easter with my sweet grands in the biggest little city, and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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Aah yes, the face of the office. (...or Practice, or business, or company.) The wind beneath any company's wings. It's Administrative Professionals Day. (formerly known as Secretaries Day, if you were born before they had color TV.) Whether or not... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Notes from A Cottage Industry
Steph T, that little Kitchen Center is TOO CUTE! Adorable, really it is! Tahnks for sharing the link! Tracey
Oh, my!! I think I actually found a toaster I like better than the William Sonoma one for $129. The "Chester" toaster from Russell Hobbs is truly heaven sent! Cute as a button, and the extra long AND wide slots, plus that frozen setting! Be still my heart..... Thanks for sharing, Lisa! Tracey
LOL! No, not two ovens...one oven and the rest are drawers for storing pots and pans.
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So, I may or may not have eluded to the fact that I am oven-toasting-challenged in yesterday's post. And that made me think of toasters. Because I do not currently own one. And...you might be surprised to know that coconut... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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A piece of coconut cream birthday cake, to be more specific. I had the privilege of baking my daughter's birthday cake this past weekend, and we decided on coconut cream.(I had a craving and she indulged me.) It was pretty... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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If you'd like to make a copy of today's weekly words, click here to do so: Download Happy home quote Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say, and I find this newly stocked kitchen drawer full of vintage and new textures and tones breathtaking in a peacefully soothing way. Wow, I sound like a crazy woman.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
Lori Johnson- 1. I wash my sheets AT LEAST one time per week, sometimes twice. (I love the fresh feeling!) 2. I do not look so much at thread count )I know Oprah swears by it) But I go more by FEEL.I touch them, and search out the smoothest feeling ones. This, surprisingly enoug, is NOT ALWAYS the highest thread count.3. Well, no...not in the winter! In the warm weather times, I leave it folded up at the foot of my bed, for the purely inviting look it gives to my bedroom! I am a texture person! Flannels (My winter choice, because they are not so cold when you first slide into bed!) does not show thread count. 4. To pick a feather comforter, I go by feel. I like them not too heavy feeling, and not with feathers poking through....they can be spendy, but, as I shared before, I got one of my best ones at a friends yard sale! Have fun with it Lori!
I think maybe you just have to try the burrito a couple more times...I am amazed at how much easier it is than my old way of tug-o-war with the comforter and cover....hang in there, LindaSonia! you'll get it!
Jackie, I LOVE your idea!!!!!! It's affordable,a nd will look like a million bucks! Tracey
Oh! You can get these cool things ONLINE as well!!! Check it out, and while you're there, look at the cool laundry baskets online too. Tracey
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Actually, I think it's the smart woman's Pottery Barn. (Seriously, have you been to Walmart lately?) Who knew? I noticed a while back that they had oh-so-Pottery-Barn-or-World-Market fabric lined metal laundry baskets and tubs. Now, they've stepped it up for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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I have never fancied myself a carpenter. I can paint furniture, and do any sort of paper crafty-ish project, and I can bake a wicked dessert, but using power tools, and slinging a hammer? Notsomuch. I couldn't imagine it, nor... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
Thanks girls, for the input! The cake pan DOES sit a bit high, but in person doesn't seem as obvious for some reason....that being said, I am still searching to see if anything works better. I did use an old doorknob on one of my past dress forms, but only because it had the wooden topper. A doorknob has to attach to something, as the neck hole is pretty big.....I appreciate all of your ideas and comments! Tracey
Ikea has got the biggest selection for the most incredible prices! That is always my first choice...I can actually AFFORD to switch them out when a duvet and 2 shams only costs me $39. Beyond thta, I look at yard sales! Target and JC Penney are good too. Of course I would love to shop Macy's and Pottery Barn, but it's just too rich for my blood. Tracey
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I scored a new-ish dressform at the Goodwill a few months back, and am finally tackling the project of reinventing her to be a fabulous part of my bedroom to hold necklaces, and add a little vintage feel. I began... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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....and we have returned to rain here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Lucky for me, baked potato chowder is ready in a New York minute from the deli counter, and the sourdough bread bowls are fresh at the bakery counter.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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Several readers have asked me how I go about creating my inviting bed-scapes, and since I had stripped my bed and did laundry today, I thought it might be the perfect time to snap some step-by-step pictures and walk you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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**Thank you again for all of the continued prayers and good thoughts for both my daughter and my brother. My daughter is doing great after having her gallbladder removed, and my brother is scheduled to be going home from the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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I work for a company that has over 150 employees, and many different departments. I am not sure if I have shared this but, I am a recruiter (We call them Talent Acquisition Managers…sounds much more fancy, doesn’t it?) Anyway,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Notes from A Cottage Industry