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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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Thank you to my son, and all of the other sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, Moms and Dads who serve in our military. This proud Mother is eternally thankful for your service. (So proud of you, TJ!) Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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I've been slightly off grid, unintentionally. We got back in town late Tuesday...er...early Wednesday morning I should say, and I have been going non-stop every moment since my fit hit the ground at Portland airport. (Seriously, I've even spent my... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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Oh. My. Goodness. While we were out of town this past weekend, (More on this later this week!) we stayed at a hotel that had an interesting photograph collection above the front desk. These photographs were of various old staircases... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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I know I have shown you my laundry room at my cottage once or twice before, (Here, and here...and probably more spots that I missed.) but I thought I'd share it again, as I am happy as a bird with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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That is what one of my incredibly type A personality best-friends told me I am lacking. And I am quite sure she is correct. I was sharing all of my frustrations with her surrounding my disorganized daily routine, including, but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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While it is currently my "slow" season in real estate, I cannot seem to get a grip on, let alone get ahead of the curve on my paper goods and booth items. I have been lucky enough to be able... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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Clothespins, balls of string, old tin baking molds, cups, dishes, alarm clocks, books with covers in certain colors, mirrors, old windows and shutters. The list of old items I collect is seemingly endless, and it appears that, without even realizing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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When you work in retail, you have to think, and be prepared well ahead of the season. That means having all of your Christmas and New Years Eve items cleaned, created, priced, and ready for the holiday open house events... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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I've been dabbling with some traditional orange and black to create a new line of Halloween, and I have to say I am pretty happy with how it turned out. Using my signature dictionary pages, I printed my banners, cut... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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Last week I met a friend and fellow junker for lunch and an outing to some of the fabulous vintage stores in Vancouver Washington's neighboring town of Battle Ground. Oh, so much fun! Our first stop was to a slightly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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Let's all just remember to count the blessings in the way things are. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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Well, a color change-up, anyway. Remember this post from last year? I shared how I cut the sleeves off of a thrifted old sweater to make wanna-be socks from them to add a pop of color to my old vintage... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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It's another way-late-in-the-day...er...evening post. I had an hour to kill between home tours today, and so I hit the Goodwill store. It's hit and miss at best, and today was most definitely a hit. I scored two more small bowls... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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What are the odds of me even coming across a ceramic circus elephant in a thrift store anyway?! (Insert high pitched happy squeals, and Gramma Cupcake high-fiving herself here.) I have been working on a darling circus colored birthday party... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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I am sure I have told you before that I love me some DollarTree. I buy a good number of home staples there each and every month. Party and entertaining items like paper plates, gift bags, tissue and shred, as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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I cannot believe I have never shared this recipe with you, but I searched through my blog, and it doesn't look I did. I've been making these little yummies for like ever, and they always please. The best thing about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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Thursday nights are "dealer Night" at Camas Antiques, which means all of the booth vendors can go make as big of a mess as they need to, updating and cleaning their spaces. It's a fun, social time most nights, because... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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I've got my glittery white pumpkin thang goin' on in my cottage, and I am loving the serene, peaceful autumn look of it, so I was going to do a post on all of my (although small) autumn decor items... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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To say that I am a huge fan of comfort food is almost an understatement. Comfort food meals and desserts are my all time favorites! I know I shared this meal a long time ago with you all, but, mmmmmm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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Today's post is so late, it is almost tomorrow. (I woke up with the beginnings of what seems to be the first cold I have had in five or six years, and I was scheduled for work early, so my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry
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**First off, thanks ever so much to all of you who commented or liked my post from Friday. It means the world to me that folks still find my stuff worth reading, and I hope you know that I consider... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Notes from A Cottage Industry