TT 23: pins and plates and plants!

Hey there TINY TUESDAYers!

OMG, what?!?!?

Lookie here and what showed up!

We may have some n00bs in the crowd since I just plastered Asheville Mardi Gras with beads that have my blog address on them. If you’re one of those folks then HI THERE and welcome to TINY TUESDAY! I hope you enjoy the TINY things I have in store for you! I’ve got some of the regular suspects and a couple of surprises for ya!




(delish edishion)

sprinkles strawberry milk nachos Reptar Bar

*click links above for purchase info!*

There’s not much I love more than sprinkles, strawberry milk and nachos…and I’ve never gotten to eat a Reptar Bar but DANG I’ve always wanted to!! I’ll say it again–I love enamel pins. I know there are some haters out there, but these pins are totally the one inchers of 10 years ago. And I love those, too. I’m always on the look out for really neat ones, or ones that remind me of my childhood–I had a ton of them back in the day because thrift stores were littered with them. Holler if you have a favorite you think I should see!


DOLL for a DOLL!!


I spotted this little treat hiding at the bottom of the by-the-pound bins at Goodwill. She reminds me of worry dolls that were sort of popular in the 1990s. This girl is bigger though and has way more detail. She will make a great doll friend for my dolls. I can’t wait to get my doll house set back up because look what else I came across!!!





Y’all. This totally came with the doll house that Santa brought me back in 1989. I need to take pictures of my original doll house some time–it’s really for dolls smaller than a Barbie, but that’s totally who lived in mine! These days my Beatrix Potter figurines live in it, but once upon a time there were some rowdy beach Barbies who threw make-out parties there and listened to the Beach Boys…and had tea parties, too, of course! This tea set is really little (I forgot to include something small for perspective) and has served many doll over the years. I can’t believe I still have all the pieces but the little lid for the sugar bowl.





Ughhhh it’s been too long since this got sent to me by a field agent and I can’t remember who passed it along to me! I *think* it was Mrs. Bear, my dear librarian friend. I can’t wait to plant some little pots like these to put…well to put any and everywhere!

I’ve got a bunch of fun TINY stuff lined up from my vacation to show you in the coming weeks so stay tuned! And as always, tell me about any fun TINY stuff you stumble across that you’d like to share with the TINY fanclub!


I want to wish a totally belated, but happy happy happy birthday to my sister! Here’s to you, TG! I hope this is the year we finally get to see each other again IRL. You are such a bad@$$ and I love you bunches ❤ ❤ ❤

Till next time, have a HUGELY wonderful week!

Happy Mardi Gras and welcome to new readers!

Hi there!

There ought to be a few new people checking out the blog soon. Faithful readers, you may be curious about the new folks and here is the deal: I put out some shameless advertising for Mardi Gras season. I’m a member of Asheville Mardi Gras and I make some pretty epic throws for our parades. This year I decided to put my blog name on the beads so people could find out a little more about the person that made their fancy throw.

Hi there! Here is more about me!

Here is a cheesy Mardi Gras name generator…

…today I’m Mambo Gumbo, who are you?


Here’s more: I’ve never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. My dad’s family is from Livingston Parish (for you outsiders, this is only about an hour and a half west of NO) and for most of my childhood my family LEFT THE STATE for this holiday. These wonderful relatives of mine had zero interest in wild parties (we are talking tee-totalers) and preferred a nice quiet get-a-way whenever possible. My grandfather proudly proclaimed he only visited the city twice in his 80+ years of life–those 2 trips were to see a cardiology specialist in New Orleans and it couldn’t be avoided.

I’m honestly not sure how I would handle Mardi Gras in the big city. I hope that some day I get to go and see…with a well planned escape route, of course. For now I will make elaborate throws for my beloved AVL parade (which does reach crowds in the 8+ thousands) and live vicariously through my friends who are brave enough to live in The City That Care Forgot.

Some points about the religious season:


As a pescatarian I LOVE the season of Lent. This is the magical time of year that all the fast food joints put out a fish sandwich for those “meat-free” Fridays that the Catholics do, especially during this religious season.  While I don’t eat much seafood, and certainly not that much fast food seafood, it IS pretty great to have so many fast fish options (beyond the antiseptic McDonalds Filet-o-Fish). {I have some fabulous Catholic friends who are writing a zine about the Fish Fry culture of the Saint Louis area. I’ll let y’all know when it gets published–it ought to be a delight.} I do have to an an eye-roll when I see the dang chocolate sacrifice people so this time every year…if you’re religious I challenge you to up your game beyond such a petty sacrifice. Maybe instead of, or in addition to giving something up try GIVING instead. Click here for some great ideas.

I’ve been doing some research on the history of throwing beads but I’ve still got some more to read up on before I report on that. You’ll have to stay tuned!

If you are new I say WELCOME and if you are a faithful reader I say HUZZAH!

I hope all you n00bs become faithful readers, too!