Bottorff’s Ruffles & Rust will be open on July 4th until 3pm
Have a safe and wonderful holiday!
Bottorff’s Ruffles & Rust will be open on July 4th until 3pm
Have a safe and wonderful holiday!
I have to confess, it’s time. I can’t go on anymore with the burden of my secret.
They say once you say the problem out loud it’s the first step in recovery.
Or it could be seen as notifying others that you have a problem, now it’s their choice if they want to deal with you and your problems!
For those of you who don’t know what either of those are, let me just give you a brief overview.
It’s the greatest thing since Pinterest!!!!!!
These 2 websites allow you go anywhere in the world and rent a house or room from a private party. ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!!!
You can spend hours looking for the ideal place to stay anywhere in the world, daydream of living in far off lands, see what crazy things people rent, OR you can just look at people’s home décor ideas. Which I admit I do a lot of.
Last year I rented my first rental on a trip to Las Vegas.
It was so nice! I needed two bedrooms and two bathrooms. What I got with my rental was two apartments next to each other with an ajoining door. IT WAS AWESOME!!! Best of all, it was quiet. Not your usual noisy hotel. I swear every time I stay in a hotel the people in the room next to me are having crazy freaky sex or the person above me wears cement slippers and paces the floor all night.
I had such a great experience that first time that I was hooked! In January this year I rented a house in Atlanta. DING DING!! WINNER WINNER!!!
Best thing we ever did for our annual week long trip.
In April, Jay and I decided we needed a little time-out. It was also time to get some sun on our pasty white Pacific Northwest bodies, so we rented a house in Las Vegas with a pool. OH MY! It was so awesome!
I picked this house just because of those two chaise lounges by the pool! I could totally see myself parking my ass right there for 4 days in the sun!
If you haven’t tried these sights because they seems a little scary, don’t let it scare you!
You aren’t a tourist whereever you chose to stay. You end up living in that area while you are visiting. Getting to know the local hang outs, supporting small businesses, and getting out of the tourist hustle and bustle. Now don’t get me wrong, I like being a tourist too, but sometimes you want to just get away from the overpricing, the crowds, and the fast pace of all that business. Isn’t that why you get away?
I can’t seem to get my travel wardrobe capsule down to perfection. I still overpack most of the time. Staying in a house or an apartment allows me to just take a few things and I can do a load of wash while there. I love that! My suitcase isn’t heavy (I’m lazy ! I hate carrying heavy stuff through the airport) and it leaves more room for shopping!
Having a kitchen is really nice. I’m not a breakfast or coffee person but all my travel companions are. They are healthy breakfast people which means a “free” guest breakfast isn’t really going to work.
Me, I like to enjoy a little cocktail with appetizers in my eatin pants in the afternoon!
We go to the grocery, get breakfast, snacks, coffee, wine, maybe some vodka, and BAM! All the conveniences of home! It’s nice sometimes to not go out to restaurants for all meals when traveling. Especially if you are going to be gone more than a few days. I like to find the local fancy grocery that has a deli with salad bar or heat and serve dishes.
AND unlike a hotel room……your not washing your underwear in a sink that you also have to use for brushing teeth, making coffee or mixing drinks.
It’s also nice to be able to spread out and have a little space, along with your peace and quite.
These are links to all the rentals we’ve stayed in that I recommend.
Go book a trip and have some fun!!!!
Graduations, end of school year parties, out of town visitors, weddings, babies, road trips, family reunions………. Let the summer fun begin!
This Saturday July 11th at 5:00 pm is the kick off of Wine Walk season in Historic Downtown Snohomish. If you have never been, it’s a great evening out.
The second Saturday of every month until September. 5 pm – 8 pm No tickets are sold at the door the evening of the event.
Here’s how it works. Purchase a ticket from the Historic Downtown Snohomish website, check in at the check-in spot (information given when you get your tickets), then simply stroll from store to store shopping and tasting some great local wines. Lots of businesses that aren’t hosting a winery will be open late for your strolling pleasure.
Now here’s a little insider info……..
Bottorff’s Ruffles & Rust will not only be open late, but we’ll be sampling
AND ….AND……….. you DO NOT need a ticket to sample with us!
In addition to sampling Sweet Cheeks Wine during wine walk we’ll also have our friend Laurel in the house!
She will be here with an excessive amount of handbags, wallets, scarves and other accessories from Designer Anna Nova. She’s going to be doing some crazy markdowns that will never been seen again on Anna Nova products anywhere.
One night only! WINE AND A SAMPLE SALE!
That’s a good night!
Don’t forget to stop by to see what’s new at Bottorff’s Ruffles & Rust.
We change it up all the time!
Vintage and new items arrive daily
Dad’s and Grads this month!
See you soon!
Memorial Day Weekend officially kicks off grilling season and it’s time to get sauced and rubbed!
I don’t know about you but I love just about anything BBQ’d!
I’ll pass on the rattlesnake, squirrel and opossum but I’m totally down with just about anything else.
This month Bottorff’s Ruffles & Rust has stocked up on all kinds of sauces, rubs and grilling cookbooks. I may have gone just a little overboard. I love it so much that I couldn’t decide when I was taste testing and reading books so I got them all.
Here are a couple of my new favorites;
Spiceologist rubs and seasonings, If you haven’t tried these… you must! A little company in Spokane Washington (we love Heather one of the founders who you also might now as Farmgirl Gourmet) is producing the most amazing blends.
Check out this video
Yeah that one got my attention too!
The other thing I love about Spiceologist besides they are a local Washington business is the recipes! Whatever product you purchase they have multiple recipes for that item.
The only limit with this product is your imagination!
I read some great Grilling Tips From Garden & Gun Magazine today.
Click here to check those out!
And our newest addition to the Bottorff’s YUM list is
There is so much to talk about with this product that you’ll just have to come see me. It’s not “just” beer bread! Just sayin!
Not a beer fan, not a problem! All these bread mixes are excellent with all kinds of carbonated beverage.
Again………..only limited by your imagination.
Now, since you’ve read all the way to the bottom of the page and I always like to reward readers (remember skimmers get screwed!) with a little reward.
If you stop in on Saturday 5/28 or Sunday 5/29 and say ” let’s talk BBQ”
Debbie and I will give you 50% off any BBQ Cookbook with the purchase of any sauce, rub, or bread mix.
Also please take a moment this weekend to remember the real reason for Memorial Day and be thankful for our freedoms.
We hope you have a fabulous and safe weekend with friends and family.
Timi & Jay Bottorff
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 5pm
It’s March, the daffodils are blooming
Bottorff’s Ruffles & Rust is open 7 days a week again!
Soon Easter baskets will need to be filled, brides showered with gifts, graduates will be going off in to the world, teachers will need to be thanked and Mom’s & Dad’s will need to be appreciated a little more.
This is a must attend event!.
You’ll find many of your favorite vintage vendors at this vintage market.
See you soon!
Here’s their story……….
Two Guys Bow Ties is an innovative and distinctive brand that has reinvented the classic bow tie. Derived from a collaboration of creative and tasteful minds, Two Guys Bow Ties™ is an accessory created for a daring new generation of men set to express themselves with originality and flair.
Launched in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2012, Two Guys Bow Ties™ is the brainchild of designers, Adam Teague and Tim Paslay. Looking to fill a void in men’s accessories the pair developed hand crafted bow ties that enabled them to fuse old school craftsmanship with modern style. Their efforts resulted in an innovative and superiorproduct that established wood as a new and distinctive material in the fashion industry.
The duo shares a love of working with their hands and an interest in impeccable menswear. This product enables them to do what they love while sharing a special product within the menswear industry. Already initiating a trend, Two Guys Bow Ties™ has quickly received recognition from tastemakers internationally and a vast market of dapper clientele.
Two Guys Bow Ties™ are made from a variety of rare and exotic pieces of hardwood. Sourced throughout the world, product materials include African Zebrawood, Peruvian Walnut, South American Bocote, Canary and more. A range of diverse patterns such as argyle, plaid, polka dot, and more are laser etched into the wood making them both increasingly unique and attractive. Each bow tie also incorporates an array of fine fabrics resulting in a truly special accessory.
One of my New Year resolutions (in addition to blogging more) was to get myself to a doctor for an annual check up. It had been several years (ok, over 7) since I had been. My doctor had moved, and after she left I never really bothered to find another one. It just seemed like too much work to find a new one.
I didn’t feel terrible, I just didn’t feel fantastic.
Most of the time I felt like I was losing my mind which I just chalked up to the stress of owning a business, poor eating, hormonal, and waaaaaaaaaaay too much time self diagnosing myself on WebMD.
I had a customer who had some health issues and found a doctor that did Integrated Medicine and loved her new doctor. I thought “Well that sounds interesting! I’ll make an appointment!”
Appointment day comes, I like this new doctor, she’s great. We do all the regular stuff, some blood work, some not regular stuff, and some more tests.
Doctor says “let’s make an appointment to go over the results”
Ok, that sounds good!
For a week or more I stressed myself out with worry. I was positive my blood pressure was out of control, I was diabetic, had a heart condition, ooooooooh my WebMD Doctoring kicked in and I was convinced death would be knockin on my door soon.
The follow-up day comes, and not too soon, as I probably could have worried myself to death…………
Blood pressure good, colesteral good, sugar levels good, thyroid good, ……everything is good! Not really a damn thing wrong with me!
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm go figure!
Then the Doctor says……… I think the problems that you’re experiencing are all really stemming from some food allergies.
WHAT?? NO WAY!!
So immediately I think (because I’m a doctor ya know) NO PROBLEM!
I’ll just start eating more of those foods and build up a tolerance! Makes sense right?
Then the Doc starts in, goes down her little list of what should now be off limits;
Now as she’s talking, I’m not really listening the only thing I can think about is………………..
Damn! That sounds like a really good pizza to me! I should go have pizza when I leave here!
Once I came back to reality and back to my senses, I realized what she was saying.
NO MORE SANDWICHES? Are you kidding? I live on sandwiches… I literally live on sandwiches!
No chicken? How will I live? What will I eat?
Mozzerella cheese……..no way! How is that going to work during tomato season? Caprice salad is a staple at my house. No Lasagna? Are you kidding? No pasta or cheese???
Dig the hole and put me in it! My life has come to an end!
Black pepper? Now I’m thinking she might be a some sort of quack! .
Calm down Timi, maybe she doesn’t know what she’s saying or realize the implications of this information. Maybe she can’t see that you are ready to have a nervous breakdown.
Well to make an already long story short, it’s been about 3 weeks and I’m not totally off the sauce! Me and gluten are in the middle of what is going to be a very long ugly break up!
We’ve had a great love affair for so many years. We were good together!
Que music……….. The Way We Were by Barbara Streisand.
Chicken, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and black pepper…… well we’re just kind of in a “booty call” relationship right now. I don’t see it lasting much longer. Easier to kick it to the curb than I had thought. But I can’t resist a cocktail and callin them up sometimes!
If you have any recipes, tricks or ideas on how to break up forever with my loves, please post it in the comments. I could use all the help I can get!
Yes Whodini Sisters is available at Bottorff’s Ruffles & Rust
I’m loving the Panton colors for this year!
What are Pantone colors?
The PANTONE Matching System (PMS) is the dominant spot color printing system in the United States. Printers use a special mix of ink to achieve the color needed. Each spot color in the PANTONE system is assigned a name or a number. There are over one thousand PANTONE spot colors available.
Annually, Pantone declares a particular color “Color of the Year”. Twice a year the company hosts, in a European capital, a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year; Read the full story.
I have to admit that when they announced the two Pantone colors of the year I thought “oh good God, everything is going to look like a 1980’s baby shower! What were they thinking?”
That Rose Quartz paired with cooper is KILLIN ME!!! I love love love it!
I’m normally not a gray person. Pretty much everything in my world is black or white. But that Rose Quartz and copper paired with Lilac Gray…….oy vay!See what I’m talkin about!
Then all the wedding sites started bustin out their take on the Rose Quartz and Serenity , it makes a girl want to get plan a wedding!
There is no way I’m going to get my husband to wear this but if I could………….
That Fiesta vest would be his!
This too is totally out of the question at my house but isn’t this rose quartz linen suit beautiful??
Anyway you get the picture! This years Pantone colors aren’t going to make everything look like a baby shower as I had thought it would. Maybe those folks down at Pantone do have a clue to what’s going on.
All these colors should start showing up in your favorite stores this next month.