Thursday, April 9, 2015


Annie was able to go out Wednesday morning 
and get the shots I was unable to get
Tuesday due to glaring afternoon sun.

(she wants me to say she left books on top
of suitcases by mistake- we're all such
perfectionists lol)

look around awhile

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


My part is done. Vision completed.
Storage - check
Retreat - check
Dreams realized - check check

A few more treasures will find their way 
out to the new home.
Taking the time to settle in, feel the space.

2 chairs 299.00 each
soooo comfy
paint/ brushes around 48.00
that's it
we repurposed everything else

Annie says 
"Thanks for stopping by".

If you didn't see the beginning..start HERE

Sunday, April 5, 2015


Happy Easter

The  little shed that could "Reveal"
 is delayed as the chairs
won't be in until Tuesday. sorry
I will post as soon as I can

Piper Zane was reset last evening,
please stop on in and see us if you can.

We have very special plans for
 Henderson's Industrial Days Parade
on April 18th.
We'll have enough treasures
 to spill outside onto the front stairs.
Mark your calendars.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Teensy Peek at Shed

Wall painting is complete.
Carpet is selected and laid.
Twinkle lights are tucked on shelves.
Base coat is on second cabinet,
waiting to be distressed and antiqued.

Two new cozy chairs arrive on Friday.
Shelf trim and curtains to cover storage area
 will be done.
Lanterns with timer candles will be hung.
It's a magical little place for a dear
friend and her Mom.

on Easter.

Feeling pretty good about it all,
if I do say so myself..
Took five days so far
Not bad for an old shed.
Chairs were 299 each and 48.00 for paint.
We could have searched for 
used chairs and recovered etc
but in a rare choice for me, and esp for Annie
we decided upon new distressed faux leather.
Annie almost never spends 
on herself, so now and again
she deserves a small splurge. 
Being able to purchase two in the perfect size for a
very specific space was important.
We could have searched for months otherwise.

Not bad for an additional 9 month room
and 132 additional square feet of living
totally assessable storage.

Misty eyes all around late last night
as we locked up.
Come back to see and also check out our 
new set up in Piper Zane after Easter.

Happy Spring Chickadees

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Find US Here and There

Coming next week to Piper Zane
Often one of a kind items so local gals
come by often, as we turnover quickly.
Once it's gone....
334 S Water Street Henderson, NV

now on FB

Ronda will be doing frequent postings
 on the latest in the shop.

You can also follow on my Instagram
(top right)
as I'll be trying to showcase items
there also.

We are having FUN!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I Put My Bra On

Originally posted in 2013
but tonight the slap slap sound made me revisit...

I put my bra on this morning,
so I had every intention of getting a lot of work done.
Doesn't everyone gauge their day by their undergarments?

I suppose I have a weird relationship 
with bras harking back to my first weeks of nursing.
Sending your hesitant but determined husband
 out to a specialty store for the "well developed"
in downtown Vegas, serving the 
uh.."specialty girls",
two days after delivery of your first born is 
challenging and hilarious.

Imagine him standing in the store,
explaining that no "regular"nursing bras I had
purchased pre-birth were even remotely large enough.
With the clerk hollering out directions, 
I have the phone perched in the
crook of my shoulder while measuring beneath, across,
up, down and around to aid the store in selecting the
over the shoulder boulder holder required
to hoist and rein in those babies;
a 44 EEE did the trick...
scaffolding required
prior size 36 B

No one is normally able to write their name
with breast milk, 
in cursive,
on the bathroom mirror, 
at a distance of 3 feet,
are they?
Picture grasping in both hands an unruly garden hose.

...and because some of you have just asked "why?"
He had made some snarky remark about them 
"not being that humongous"
and post birth hormones got the best of me, 
and yes, I did aim just to the left, 
off the mirror,
 for just a second, 
that's a lie..
I got him good...

Back to this morning.
Justice went through her terror cacophony
at around 5:30 so I got up and put on my bra.
Went outside to water the garden,
made some coffee, and started redoing
 some pincushions I had not sold.

Ran the vacuum, did two loads of laundry
and by now the bra straps were bothering
me, so I pulled them through the sleeves
`a la flashdance and let them dangle:
reassessed about 5 minutes later
and pulled the whole damn thing off.

These days spandex is more about
 gravity than girth, no
though a definition of la.ti.tude
(scope for freedom of action) 
seems to fit

no other humans around
why bother?
gravity damage occurred long ago
after 32 months of nursing

Wave free my girls,
to and fro flapping in the wind....
insert mental image of American Flag flying
atop a local Terrible Herbst Station.

throw in the slap slap sound..

happy weekend girlfriends.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Back Into The Shed

Back into the shed to paint today!
We painted about a third.
Carpets have been chosen.
We are using two matching 
ones Annie already had in her garage,
and placing side by side until she
decides perhaps to get a sisal after
 they go on sale at the end of season.

Painting all the studs and in between...
major pain in butt.

I couldn't resist placing a lamp inside
to check the cozy factor.
Two brown leather chairs have been selected
Coming in next week.
First money spent besides 32.00 for paint.

In case you need to see the before again..
This is just after the purge and we had played 
with some Easter stuff.

and before that...

Fabric for curtain drapes being purchased this week.
2nd round of painting later in week.
Fireplace project to be done soon.
Paper trim given to Annie for homework.
Get crackin' there girlie!

Annie lives a trek across town from me,
and I'm currently working
 quite a bit between 2 other places
and the kids are coming in soon

the project has some time issues
but for three days
we are pretty pleased with ourselves.
Stay tuned...

and if you're just joining scroll back
 a bit to see where we started


btw Annie cannot decide what to call
the new space. 
She claims to not be a crafter.
so studio is out..
we considered cottage
but it seems silly for her 
to yell to her Mom
"going out to the cottage."
It's too cute to be considered
 a shed any longer.

I'm voting for a fun girls name
as in
"Going out to Mabel's"
"I'll be out in Dolores"

yeah, yeah I'm weird I know...

Friday, March 13, 2015

Lighten Up

It's time to lighten up your home
your spirits
your perspective

Let some nature in, even if
the nature is paper, tin or concrete

Add a little whimsey and fun
even if you still see only white outside

My roses have arrived

Little darling it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling it feels like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

humming it all day


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Shed Is Coming Alive - Day 2

The floors are clearing on the second day.
We added a cupboard that was stored
 in the garage unseen and unloved.
We began storing crafts and supplies
in the two stacks 
of vintage suitcases on each side.

There will be a comfy chair in this corner once 
the walls are painted.

and another one here
next to second stack of cases

We began playing with trim options.
Paper/Lace or Ribbon trim?
I couldn't resist placing some Easter up here.
Books are moving to baskets on floor.
Up here for safekeeping now.

I'm voting for the paper one.
It is more work but more charming.
Cost of 3 paper rolls 6.00
Actually free since they were in my stash for 
years and I donated to the cause..

I showed her with a small sample board
what "we" could make and insert behind mantel.
I left her a large vintage dictionary.
Homework for Annie, hehe

Storage areas above will be draped and hidden
once we make casings and hem panels.

Some more playing with treasures.

Arranging more storage.
The exposed baskets hold gift bags
and gift wrapping supplies.
At her fingertips but still pretty

So....progress on day 2 
Schedules mean we work here and there
but we've rounded the bend.

Next phase
and a flooring choice.

Not bad for a wee bit of elbow
 grease and lots of 
sorting by Annie.

Stay tuned for paint reveal.