Friday’s Happy Things

Happy Friday everyone! I am so ready for this weekend. It’s been a long crazy week!

Carrie and I have been working on adding new content and recurring themes to TwoFriendsTwoCities and are eager to share our new blogging schedule with you:

Every Monday, we’ll post interior design ideas that inspire us

Tuesdays will feature DIY projects

Wednesday will still be our What’s For Dinner Wednesday series where recipes are featured. It’s hard to believe but we’ve had this food series since November 2010! Since the series is weekly, that’s at least 60 recipes we’ve shared with you. What an we say…we Texas girls love food and testing out new recipes. Lately we’ve been becoming more aware of what’s hidden inside packaged foods and it’s quite shocking. Eating healthier and eliminating artificial ingredients in our diets is big on our personal agendas for 2012, so you’ll start seeing more of these type of healthy recipes and discoveries on What’s For Dinner Wednesday.

Thursday will be personal blogging about whatever is going on in the world: the news, our lives, whatever floats our boat (or your boat!). So if you want to hear about anything particular or have always wanted to know something about us, now’s your chance! Just let us know and we’ll do our best to fit it in.

Friday will simply feature things that make us happy. There’s always been small things or subjects we wanted to share with you…just little things we come across like a funny statement or a new find on Pinterest. However we’ve been hesitant and not shared them because the subject matter didn’t seem worthy enough for an entire blog post. Well, that’s where our new Happy Friday Things comes into play. Now we can cram all these little random things in one post for a fun Friday read.

We started our new schedule this week and so you might recall some of these themes already.

So now for Friday’s Happy Things…

The main thing that makes me happy this week is that I was able to hang out with Carrie last night!!!! Carrie and I talk on the phone, blog and text with each other every day but it’s been almost 3 months since we were able to spend time face to face. The last time we were together was at the Round Top antique fair in October. Carrie arrived in San Antonio yesterday to work on a project and we were able to sneak in a little time together. After she finished working, we headed to Paloma Blanca for some mojitos! It was so nice hanging out with her and I can’t wait to do more of it this weekend. After Carrie finishes working today, we have plans that involve Mexican food and margaritas at Soluna (a delicious Mexican restaurant next door to our future coffee shop!) and then Saturday we are headed to some estate sales! There’s nothing like antique shopping with my TwoFriendsTwoCities and Lizzie + Luckett partner!!

Other things that make me happy at this moment are the great finds I scored estate sales last weekend.

With estate sales, you never know what you will get. Some have crazy good bargains with just the type of décor you love and others are horrid expensive let downs. What I love about San Antonio estate sales are that they are real estate sales. In Los Angeles, it was always a big trick. They would classify a sale as an estate sale in the paper but when I showed up, it was nothing more than a junky garage sale. I love a good garage sale but there is a a big disappointed in expecting antique furniture and instead seeing someone’s old clothes and unwanted refrigerator parts. I had quite a bit of good luck at estate sales the first few months I moved to San Antonio but the last few months haven’t been so hot. Perhaps people weren’t having as many estate sales due to the holidays? I am not sure why there was a slump but I think my good luck is back because I scored such a good deal last weekend, I can still hardly believe it.

All of this glassware: one cake cloche, one wine decanter, one crystal bowl and five large heavy red wine glasses…

and this 8 piece set of gold rimmed porcelain…

….all for a whopping! $23!!! I had been shopping for cake cloche stands for our future coffee shop, and found most to be priced from $40-100 plus shipping. The fact that I got 16 pieces of glassware (including the vintage cake cloche) and porcelain for $23 is unbelievable isn’t it? I bought the decanter to serve juice at our new coffee shop and the crystal bowl was also for the coffee shop and will be used to serve mints, biscotti, etc…

I ended up paying quite a bit for these electrical insulators but I justified it since they are for resale on Lizzie + Luckett. They are so beautiful I catch myself constantly staring at them.

I love how the light reflects through them. They are currently for sale on Lizzie + Luckett but if they don’t sell in the next few days, I am seriously considering pulling them off Lizzie + Luckett and keeping them for myself. I have lots or orange and teal in my home décor and these fit right in.

If you had not heard of electrical insulators before, they were originally made to keep telegraph and telephone wires electrically insulated from wooden telephone poles (especially important in the rain). With the additional needs of rural electrification, there was a big insulator boom in the early 20th century, peaking from the 1920s through the 1940s. Insulators are now highly collectable and the three I found are made by Hemingray. They are at least 70-90 years old and were a superb find because they are like new without a single crack or chip.

Since most of the things I bought at the estate sale were for Revolucion Coffee or Lizzie + Luckett, I decided I needed a little retail therapy myself. I bought this messenger bag at Tumi. I feel like such a cool hipster when I wear it!

That’s what made me happy this week! How about you?