Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I'm in the market for a new bike. Unfortunately at 4ft 10, I'm having a VERY hard time finding the bike I want, that is not for children! haha! I fell in life with the Electra Townie, only to find that the features and color I want are not made in my size. I have been told that possibly the Hawaii will fit me, but let us hope, I can get that in the right color. I have my eye on the Electra Daisy as well, but not many retail outlets keep them on hand as they do not sell often. I am hesitant to pre-order a bike, because I want to feel it first. I want to be able to ride it and like the ride, before I pay 500.00 for a bike. My husband on the other hand is trying to convince me that any old bike will do :) Here I am at Dicks trying just any bike with a sort-of retro flair feel. (Note to self: No heels when trying bikes) It was alright, but I really have my heart set on the Electras. Husband has his heart set on anything cheaper! haha! What kind of bike do you ride?

Monday, May 24, 2010

At the Pool

At the Pool
Originally uploaded by MichellesCharmWorld
It is sooo hot today, that the little ones and I hit the pool before and after school!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Garage Sale Finds

I love a good garage sale! The day was misty and a bit chilly early, but busy none the less! People were parking everywhere they felt and there was no order at all! The neighborhood had over 80 garage sales going on and it was CROWDED! This mini van just gave up on looking for a spot and parked right there! I found ears to go with the skirt I found last week for a costume! I'm going to be Minnie Mouse (duh) when we head to Disney World for the Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party! I love it there at that time!
This final photo shows the lot of goodies that I amassed today in my hunt during the rain!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Coffee Table Centerpiece

This is my centerpiece on my coffee table!
All handpicked Vintage Buttons.

These are all celluloid, plastic, bakelite and cellulose buttons and ALL are vintage in age.

They are colorful and sooo pretty that I just couldn't put them into my stuio locked away. Here they are ready to see the World :) Well my living room at least!

What unusual thing do you decorate with?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fun with Food

Todays Lesson in school was about the Octopus, I figured this was a fun after school snack for the kids when they got home!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Having Fun!

I took the kids on a surprise overnight to the waterpark! Little did we know that when we checked in the park was closed due to maintenance!!! I was not about to disappoint my little ones who have been missing their daddy lately (he is working 2 jobs 1st and 2nd shift and they don't see him much during the week), so we worked it out to check into a hotel a bit down the road with a small pool. It's not the waterpark they know and love, but they are having a blast anyway! Goes to show that it could be a small plastic pool or a huge Walt Disney World waterpark and the kids will still have the same amount of fun! We're headed back to the pool for the 3rd time! 3 kids and 1 lil ole me is rough, but I too am having the time of my life!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Signs of Summer, the Days of Ice Cream Treats...

This cold weather in the Midwest has me thinking of Summer and the nice weather to come! I'm sitting here drinking my hot Tazo Passion Tea, in leggings and a sweater thinking of the things that remind me of warmer weather in the Sweets Department! My first sign of summer is definately the paleta man! I looove hearing those charming little bells when I am downtown and almost always try and find where they are coming from to purchase some fantastica popsicles that seem to taste best when purchased directly from the cart. It's a reminder of those long gone days of summer vacation while sitting on the front porch of my grandmothers house with my cousins, waiting for the tinkling to begin. He would get closer and closer until he was right on the sidewalk in front of us! We would have our shiny quarters ready (.50 a popsicle) to purchase our treats! Limon was always my favorite (lime) and still is! It's sweet, tart and oh so sour sometimes. I've been known to try Chocolate and once even a strawberry (a wasted .50 that day), but Lime is always my go-to flavor. Just hearing those bells sends me back to my long haired, pigtailed days of summer. Oh how I want to go back in time sometimes. Next, was definately those Sunday after Mass drives into the City to Taylor Street in Little Italy for a visit to the 'only open in the summer months' Italian Ice Stand known as Mario's.. This little piece of heaven dishes up the most FABULOUS Italian Ice EVER! It's sweet, it's delicious, it's PERFECT! The lines are ALWAYs long, but in the end it's worth it! Don't ever make the mistake of getting on that is too small, because you will want MORE. I can't wait to bring my kids this year, it's a place my father used to go to when he was younger, so of course I want to keep it going with my little ones! I always get Grape or Lemon. I never try anything else! haha! The menu is VAST and I would love to try something else, I just fear that I will wait all that time, get something new and HATE it. Maybe I will get 5 or 6 small cups to sample! haha! They are open until Midnight until September and open up this month some time!

Finally, I sit here creating in my studio as my children color next to me. How quickly time flies. I was once a young girl wanting to be so much older and now I am a mother of 3 wishing I was a kid again! My kids and I go for Ice Cream at least once a week. It's our special outing together. WE sometimes invite friends, grandpa or even Daddy if he has not been called into work. It's a time when we chat about our week, discuss what to do next week and I always tell a story of getting treats when I was younger. I will always treasure these moments as they get older and hope we can still keep our Sweet Dates! I was inspired by these moments to make the earrings above. They are colorful and light and fun. The Ice Cream Cone Earrings come in 3 differen flavors and on your choice of silver or gold tone ear wires. This week I am running a special for Blog Readers until SUNDAY MAY 16th. Buy one pair of earrings in the flavor of your choice and get a second pair free!! Use the code: BLOGICE.

Your Turn! Share your favorite signs of Summer!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Loving Right Now?

I was cleaning out my closets so that I could bring out my SPring and Summer clothes for good and I cam across my favorite Spring shoe. Do you have a favorite article of clothing? Something you are loving right now? Share or link me to it!

Thursday, May 6, 2010


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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

These are a Few of my Favorite Things...

These are some of my favorites! I am allowing you a peek into my world as I recently went PRIVATE with my favorites. I had someone that was a bit too close for comfort, constantly buying everything I favorited, so I went a bit crazy and started hearting things that were not even remotely useful to me or even close to what I was needing and yup, they purchased them! That's when I knew that this person needed to be kept out. Long story, but someone that asked for a lot of help starting out, then went on to pretty much sell my identical pieces at craft shows (thinking because we were not in the same town I would not know) and slowly spreading to her Etsy shop.
I do feel an air of mystery when I heart items and my little question mark pops up! It makes me wonder what they are thinking about when they see it. Well here you go, it's just little old me!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Rockford, IL Farmers Markets

I'm a HUGE fan of fresh produce! I shop 4 times a week for my groceries and am in actual HEAVEN when I am out of the Country at open air markets. My favorite time of year is when the snow has melted and the sun is shining bright, the breeze is light and the farm stands are up. Farmers Markets are a way of life for me during the summer months and I love hitting them up as often as I can. Here is a list of Rockford Area ones that I frequent and some that I hope to visit this year. It's a fresh list, since the season has just begun and I have not gotten all the start dates yet, so I will be updating it as the times and dates come in!

Newburg Road & Alpine Road
Late May through October, Fridays from 9am to 1pm.

Edgebrook Shopping Center
Wednesdays. May 5th - last week in October: 9 am to 1 pm.

2715 South Main Street
Mondays, 4pm to 6pm.

222 Seventh Street
Fridays, 3pm to 8pm.

1400 North Main Street, West lot
Saturdays, May 22 through October, from 8am to noon.

YMCA South Lot, 215 Y Blvd
Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8am to noon.

Perryville Commons, South Perryville Road and Fincham Drive
Saturdays through October from 9am to 1pm.

We usually spend our weekends in Geneva and they have a FANTASTIC open air French Market in town near the train depot. It's a great market with fantastic produce, I love the Granola and the flowers! This Market is on Sundays and on Saturdays is the Community Winter market, so as you can see I cover my bases wherever I go!
Share some of your favorite markets, no matter where you live!
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