Emilia Turns One

EMY celebrated her first birthday at her new home in Florida, by the pool.

Many new friends, old friends, family and adopted family members showed up to help her celebrate. She played in the water with her big girl friends, Jocelynn, Anicah and Katia.

Mom whipped up yummy peanut butter and jelly, and grilled cheese sandwiches, chips and drinks.

Our birthday girl splashed in the pool, chased balloons, and held her own against the mighty Katia.

Emy looked adorable in her navy and white whole piece swim suit!

Soon it was time for the cake! Oh my! She looked precious in her birthday party hat!!

The Gifts! Emy received wonderful gifts from all her family and friends.

Her her auntie Desiree, uncle Cully and 3 adopted cousins, Mallory, Ella and Olive couldn’t be there because they were traveling, but they asked Nana Mo to pick up something special for Emy and I did!  She also got a wonderful throw pillow for her bed in the shape of a fish, her own beach bag, and a new mermaid swim suit. Oh and a really adorable head band, all from the trendy MudPie Boutique in downtown Lakeland.  Wait we can’t forget that awesome birthday party hat! So appropriate, and just a little bit over the top! I love it!

Maegan made her the most beautiful dress! She used a heart shape stitching on the hemline and we were all drooling over her attention to detail.

Emy, wore her new dress after the cake eating phase of her birthday party along with the perfectly paired head piece Nana Mo just couldn’t resist.

Great Job Mom and Dad!

A good time was had by all and Emy never cried or whined even though she was extremely  tired.

What a party animal!  I used my Nikon D7000 which is my lesser camera but takes pretty good shots. There was too much going on to stop the fun and insist on professional posing, so I just took shots as I could.

Happy First Birthday Emilia Mary Lammert!!


Enjoy the pictures! And thank you Mykel and Dave for inviting me to share this memorable day with you and your family.



Vintage Warehouse of Lakeland and Now and Then


Vintage Warehouse Lakeland - 59Finally! I managed to get a visit in to the Vintage Warehouse of Lakeland. Tom even agreed to accompany me, but this just isn’t his thing. It certainly is mine thing!

Oh My G-d!! It was like going to a fair. There was so much to look at! I left full of inspiration, and found a few pieces that really interested me. I snapped a ton of pictures with my iphone to share with you.

I spent a about an hour browsing The Vintage Warehouse and never once encountered a staff member who greeted me as a new customer. That doesn’t mean the employees aren’t perfectly friendly, just that on my visit they must have been super busy or distracted. Well, never mind their merchandise is oozing in creativity!

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My eye certainly enjoyed the candy.





Especially all the Artsy Word Signs!

Great Stuff!  I couldn’t resist trying this on!

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Always wanted one!
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Whoo Hoo, consignment heaven!
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Mirror Mirror!

This is now my inspiration for Ella’s Head Board Art! The colors are perfect, except the birds, in their tu’tu’s, are going to be doing summersaults, and head stands!

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In the same warehouse district, just next door, I discovered another much smaller consignment warehouse called Now and Then!


IVintage Warehouse Lakeland - 67t is every bit a s quaint and interesting as the Vintage Warehouse and from my brief visit they actually have managed a better quality of stock. Prices on both are comparable, but I found the staff at Now and Then very reasonable and likable people. I like that personal touch!


Wow! I worked up an appetite! Time for lunch!

Finally, I found this brochure at the Vintage Warehouse.

It is full of other consignment venues. Have to plan a visit. Can’t wait to come back and visit these shops!