Thursday, January 19, 2012

your questions...answered. part 1

Last week, when I wasn't feeling well...I asked if you girls had any questions for me. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get so many! Well over a I think I best break my answers down into multiple posts. I didn't know so many of you would be so curious about this Urban Farmgirl! 

This post is a little wordy and very random. Just so you know. Oh, and I am going to keep you in suspense and announce the winner of my little giveaway that went along with the questions when I answer the next round in a couple days. 


So let's dig right in, shall we??

"Is that sweet little toy truck in the photo actually yours or just a random photo?"

I am the proud owner of that sweet little ride. I found it at an auction...and got it for a steal - only $6. It is one of the possessions that qualifies for "save it if the house is burning down". 

"What is your favorite source for vintage home goods?"
Hmmmm...that is a tough one to answer, because you truly never, ever know what you are going to find. I looooove a yard sale, but estate sales and auctions are my most consistent means of supporting my 'habit'. 

"Do you know the people in the truck photo that is in the header of your blog?"
I have no idea who the guy in the truck was! I will say this, it was like a moment out of a movie when that photo was taken. The hubs and I were driving through rural Kansas and I spotted the tailgate far ahead. I freaked out because I just KNEW it was going to be a cute truck. My hubs (being the AWESOME man that he is) drove Nascar style until we caught up to it. I was snapping pics all the way up to it, beside it, and after we passed it by. And can you believe the guy driving it was good looking, shirtless, tan...and wearing aviator sunglasses? If I didn't live to talk about it, I was SWEAR I had died and was driving on the highway to heaven! I mean, when does that happen???

(bad photo, sorry. taken out a car window while going 70 down the highway!)

Have you ever seen the scene in Chevy Chase's Vacation movie where he see's Christie Brinkley driving the Ferrari down the interstate. If so, you will understand why me and the hubs refer to that moment in my life as my "Christie Brinkley Moment." It will go down in history as one of the best moments on a vacation I have ever had.

"What kind of camera/set up/editing tools do I use" have I fooled you all into thinking I actually know what I am doing when I am behind my camera?? Hahaha! I received a number of emails complimenting my photography and wanting to know how I learned to take photos. Here is my 100% honest answer. 

{ I have absolutely no idea how to use my camera. } 

Most days I turn it on, and hope for the best. 

There. The facade has been broken down. I can tell you I have a Canon T1i I bought a couple of years ago. BUT, I am soooo busy hunting for my treasures, painting furniture, renovating 2 houses and trying to have some sort of life...I have yet to find time to figure how how to use it. I will tell you I have a TON of great tutorials saved in my Pinterest files, and I am going to take a class a local photographer offers. I also own Photoshop, but have yet to figure that out. I use to edit my photos right now. For lenses, I   I normally use the kit lens (18-55mm) but for some of my Etsy photos I use my 50mm.

"What is your all time favorite comedy movie"
Wow, that is a tough one! I am kinda old school when it comes to comedy. "What About Bob" with Bill Murray is one of my all time favorites. I never, ever get tired of that one! I love the Chevy Chase/Bill Murray/Steve Martin/John Candy era of comedy. Totally 80s. 

"If you could go anywhere, where would it be?"
Impossible for me to pick only one! I cannot play favorites when it comes to travel. I have wanderlust flowing through my veins! My parents made sure we were well traveled when I was growing up. They wanted us to see the world. As a little kid we went everywhere - from camping at state parks to traveling by train through Europe. If I had to pick tropical I would say The US Virgin Islands or Bora Bora. I MUST stay in one of those little huts out over the water someday. But Norway is at the top of my list, too. I feel it is an overlooked country in terms of travel. It is sooooo beautiful! 

"What is your favorite meal in the history of the world?" {If I couldn't decided, said I could give my top 5 favorite foods, so I'm going with that one.}
- Pasta. Specifically the Rigatoni D from Maggianos restaurant. If for some wacky reason I am ever on death row, I told my husband to make sure that is my last meal. 

- Ice Cream. Not the soft serve kind...the good old fashioned kind that involves using a scoop. Mint Chip, Cookies and Cream, Butter Pecan...those are my favs. 

- Bread. Any kind. I have never met a slice I didn't like. 

- A cheeseburger with everything from Portillos restaurant. My Chicago area peeps will know why. Its pure heaven!

- A Dole Whip Float. It is Pineapple soft serve with pineapple juice.  (These can only be found at Aloha Isle under the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse in DisneyWorld. You will see me in line there once a day when I go there this June, and again in September. LOVE!)

"Do you sell smalls at the flea market? I just saw your Etsy shop and love it!"
Well, I get asked this one a lot. And right now, I still plan on selling only furniture at the flea market. I am just so busy with the furniture, I find I can't divide my time in order to do it properly with a good set up, etc. However, I do bring things for customers to pick up at the flea all the time! If you see something you like, just let me know and you are welcome to pick it up in my booth!

Ok, that has probably bored you enough for one day!

I am off to work on the house were 'flipping' today. I need to finish painting the kitchen cabinets and install some lights today. Oh, and tear out a counter top and sink. This should be interesting to do all by myself. The hubs is working today - convenient, no?

Happy Thursday, girls! The weekend is almost here!


  1. What a neat post! Love to hear about how you make things happen. I just became one of your newest followers. You have a very cool blog. Have a wonderful day. -Al

  2. oooh ice cream is my favorite food, too! and the good creamery kind, too- there is a creamery near us that sells the most amazing ice cream. we pay almost $9 for a half gallon, but it is so worth it.... so so worth it.

  3. Fun post! I love your style, and it was interesting to learn more about you. Here's wishing you many more "Christie Brinkley" moments :)

  4. I wasn't bored at all! I wanted to know more. :) I absolutely love your little truck, and I can't believe...$6!!!

  5. This was fun, Mary! I had to laugh about the camera. I just upgraded and I am so busy snapping pictures, I haven't read all of the manual!

    The guy in the truck is a total hunk!


  6. Very fun to read the questions and answers! Not boring at all:) Keep em comin':)

  7. Great post! Love the truck! Can't wait to read more!


  8. I love fun posts like this! Thanks for sharing... you have such great taste and you know something? I never noticed that truck in your header before... not really anyway. I had to scroll back up to see it. I guess my career as a Private Eye wouldn't last long if I'm that observant. LOL


  9. How fun. I always pictured an old farmer guy in the truck. Reality is sometimes much better.

    Great post!

  10. wow ..great questions & wonderful answers! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Great post, thanks for sharing! Love me some Portillos! I would die for a chocolate cake shake! I'm from Iowa in the Quad Cities, so we get to Chicago several times a year. Hoping to get to stop by your booth at one of the flea markets this year. Carrie

  12. oh Mary~ must you TEASE me with that photo of that mirror?!? Seriously, it is in my top 5 things I regret not getting to first.

    I love What About Bob too! My husband had never seen it until after we were married for a few years... can you believe it? Okay, loved your q and a session.
    ps. find me one of those mirrors ;)

  13. i don't think i could ever get bored reading your blog!! fun read mary!! xo susan

  14. Fun post..
    I love the truck..
    Six bucks..
    What a deal..

  15. Fun post! And your list of fave foods are perfect - not a vegetable in sight! ha!

  16. Of all my visits to WDW I've never had a dole whip...going soon and will try one!

  17. I am laughing so hard. I stumbled across your way today and I absolutely love your blog! The Chevy Chase Vacation Movie is one of my favorties and I was looking at this guy and thought, "This can't be for real" and I read your comment about being a "Kristy Brinkly moment." I totally agree! What about Bob? is one of my favorite movies. I was in counseling when it first came out and I could totally relate to Bob and "I laughed til the tear ran down my legs!" Seriously! Love it. Hope you'll stop by for a visit and will defintely be following."

  18. Ha! I LOVED your story about the pickup truck... How totally awesome. That guy is a legend, and he doesn't even know it!


  19. I have a little truck like that and it makes me happy to my toes. I keep the salt and pepper shaker in the bed:). We are looking into vacation plans. I'd love to go to the virgin islands. I was just looking at rates. The day after my kids are back in school after Spring break the rates cut in half. I'm thinking of pulling them. Robbery!

  20. This was such a fun post! That truck is adorable!! I sent you an e-mail this past week but I am not sure if it went through. Could you please let me know?Thanks!

  21. I like your interesting blog ~ you've been mentioned in my 2011 favorites:

  22. nice blog with lovely pictures, need to come back here...

  23. I enjoyed the Q&A post. I also hope that I have a Christie Brinkley moment :).

  24. Hi! Please email me, I have a question for you :)


  25. not sure how I tumbled in to your blog, but I know I'll be back!! Old toys, rusty vintage-y kind of wonderful! if you're also a knitter, I know I've found a soul sister!

  26. holy cow, that guy is HOT!
    hot guy in a cool car...
    Enjoyed your Q&A as well! :)

  27. Thank you for making me giggle today! I knew you would have an interesting/fun story about the truck photo in your blog header! LOVED reading about it! And I really enjoy visiting your blog, you have great style!

  28. You found that little toy trunk at a auction for only four dollars? That's insane. It's so beautiful.

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