Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ten ways to observe your family

I've been told recently (by a 23 minute Buddism video I just scored for 50 cents at the thrift store!!!!) that much of the suffering that accompanies holiday gatherings stems from people like me wanting to control what's happening. We think that if we tell people they're acting crazy they'll shake their heads and blink as if being freed from a spell, smile gratefully at us, and start behaving the way we want.

It seems like the happy people just observe the action and let everybody entertain them.

Here are ten ways to become an observer.

Put your feet up on the leopard ottoman and pretend the family is auditioning for your new reality show. SOLD

Put your feet up on the floral ottoman and add your toes to the cast. Be sure to give them lines. SOLD

Put your feet up on the purple ottoman and practice sleeping with your eyes open

Use the armrests of this bench to casually plug your ears and make up fake dialogue for whomever's moving their mouth SOLD

Sit on this storage bench and every time you pass judgement on someone, toss a piece of your clothing in it. Try not to let yourself get completely naked. SOLD

Pretend to be writing it all down for your big novel then just write a quick letter to LL Bean and see if they'll send you some free slippers for all your ottoman-resting. SOLD

Hide in the armoire and listen to find out how well your family's tolerating YOU this year. SOLD

If you just need a break, move a family member's socks to the t-shirt drawer. SOLD

Hide behind the TV cabinet and pretend to fix something. When the menfolk offer to help, turn it into a game of Twister. SOLD

Assign a drawer to each of your family's most irritating behaviors. Put an empty glass/cranberry/barbie/piece of gelt in the appropriate drawer each time someone indulges. Feel free to start rooting for the winning drawer at any point in the evening. SOLD

Eat with gusto and gratitude because you know someone well enough to assign their behaviors a drawer. SOLD

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Friday, November 20, 2009

New Stuff Nov. 20

Bamboo bistro table $349

(Barstools are sold)

Mirrors with vintage jewelry from $8 to $52

Reclaimed wood bookcase $449 SOLD

Dresser $399

Red Chifferobe (large shelves behind the door) $399 SOLD

Red Dresser $379 SOLD

Walnut two-tone mini-professor desk $399 SOLD

Bittersweet Chocolate Dresser/Buffet $549 SOLD

Storage bench $349

Nightstand $159 SOLD

Friday, November 13, 2009

New Stuff November 13, 2009

Reclaimed wood dresser $429

End tables $159 each
Coffee table $199 SOLD

Dresser $399

As-is $150
Refinished $449 SOLD

As-is $40 each
Refinished $89 each

Antique Rocker $169 SOLD

Vanity with mirror SOLD
As-is $199
Refinished $399

Antique chairs $89 each SOLD

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Stuff November 11, 2009

Matching white nightstands $189 each SOLD

Reclaimed wood sofa table $175 SOLD

Reclaimed wood hutch $425 SOLD

Antique chest of drawers
As-is $199
Refinished $449 SOLD

Child's toy box $179 SOLD

White distressed baby cradle for $89 SOLD

As-is $199
Refinished $499 SOLD

Mission style desk
As-is $159
Refinished $329 SOLD

Handcrafted reclaimed wood harvest table $699

Beetle kill pine sofa table with red oak stain $449 SOLD

Reclaimed wood bench $299 SOLD

Reclaimed wood sofa table $349 SOLD

Red oak stained beetle kill table $699 SOLD