With the shocking news of Brad and Angelina breaking up (not really, it lasted 11 years longer than I thought), Hillary & Donald are still our candidates, and its now officially fall, I figured… WHAT THE HELL!  Let me shock you with a blog post!

What’s been going on down at the Ole’ Bottorff’s Ruffles & Rust?

Well it was a busy summer! Thank you everyone from near and far who stopped in to see us!  We appreciate your business and continued support.  fall-2016-5Brenda, Debbie, Laura, Jay and I completely rearranged the store. The windows have had a make over and we started getting the store ready.

Ready for what you ask?  I can’t say it yet.  Not out loud, it’s too soon.

You know, the C word, it happens in December.

I haven’t even put my dang sandals away yet. I can’t talk about it yetfall-2016-2So many great new things have arrived.


I’m so excited!

Right now for the first time in my Shopkeeper life I can honestly say Myself , Jay, Debbie, and John and Brenda use everything that is in the store. We’ve used it, cooked it, ate it, drank it, read it, worn it, and went back for more!  fall-2016-4 fall-2016-3 I took some time this summer and got out of the store to search for some great handmade items. If it was local……… EVEN BETTER!



I’ve expanded our men’s area! Don’t fret, I didn’t forget the ladies. I’ve been  adding some great handmade items as I find them.fall-2016I know, I wasn’t going to talk about it, but I have to give you a little heads up on what’s coming up in November so you can put it on your calendar.

October 31 and November 1 Bottorff’s Ruffles & Rust will be closed in order to get ready for our big holiday open house. 

RSVP Open House November 2 2016 3pm – 8pm

RSVP by emailing me for that event.

You have to RSVP to be on the list for our private party. Guests ok, as long as their name is on the RSVP also.

Can’t make the RSVP event………………….

November 3,2016

Historic Downtown Snohomish Holiday Open House

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Come on down the following day Thursday  and enjoy late shopping with all your favorite stores.

Get these dates on your calendar! Call your shopping buddies and get ready for the holidays in Historic Downtown Snohomish!

Thanks for shopping small and local!


I’m addicted!

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!

I Digress…………

I’m addicted to Airbnb and VRBO!!

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.

Grandview timeshare

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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.

cabin 1You can read about that trip here

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!

Here is what I love about Airbnb or VRBO :

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.

Here are my tips for using Airbnb or VRBO and my other frequent traveler friends who use Airbnb and VRBO regularly.

  1. Know what you are looking for. Do you want the whole house or is renting a room ok? Do you need to get around easy without a car or is there some place to park a car? Do you need to take a pet? How many people are going to be staying in the rental. How many beds do you need? Can you all share a bathroom or do you need more than one? How easy is it to get to your destination from your rental? These are the kind of things you need to know so you can start searching for the perfect rental.
  2. I only rent places that the owner doesn’t live in. I find it uncomfortable and imposing to stay at friend’s and family’s homes. I know it’s weird, but it’s just one of my many annoying quirks. So staying in a strangers home isn’t going to make that quirk any better.  You can pretty much tell by looking at the photos if someone lives at the house or not. Sometimes they tell you in the information about the rental.
  3. Study the photos provided for you, look through all of them. See if the description matches the pictures. READ and study the reviews. Sometimes this is just as entertaining as a good book.
  4. Ask questions. If your questions can’t be answered in the information on the rental page ASK questions of the property owner. If the property owner doesn’t get back to you in a timely manner (within 24 hours) than you might want to think twice.  It’s been my experience if it takes too long for questions to get answered than all communication is going to be hard and if you have any problems or questions while renting you won’t get a hold of them.  FIRST IMPRESSIONS!

I found this great blog post by A Passport Affair about choosing the right Airbnb for yourself. It’s a good read! It will make you want to travel abroad.

Next up ……….I’m planning a little road trip with my 14 year old niece and her friend. Destination unknown but you can bet we are staying in an Airbnb or VRBO rental!

These are links to all the rentals we’ve stayed in that I recommend.

Las Vegas Grandview Resort

Atlanta Historic Cabin

Awesome House With Pool

Go book a trip and have some fun!!!!

Summer is here!!!

Summer is here!

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

Sweet Cheeks Winery wines

Sweet cheeks winery

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!

frontwindowVintage and new items arrive daily

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Dad’s and Grads this month!


To find out what’s happening all summer in Historic Downtown Snohomish by visiting their website.

See you soon!

Let’s Get Sauced & Rubbed! Or is it Rubbed & Sauced?

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.

GrillingThis 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!

Hab butterSmokey Honey Habanero Butter

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

Sober Dough Bread Mixes.


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

Happy Easter

All of us at Bottorff’s Ruffles & Rust would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Easter.

Easter closedWe’ll be closed on Sunday but open again on Monday March 28th regular hours

Monday 11 am – 5pm.

Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 5pm

Saturday March 26th is the annual Historic Downtown Easter Parade.

Parade starts at 11 am until about 12:30 watch for street closures.

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Have a fabulous weekend!!!

It’s March and……………

It’s March, the daffodils are blooming


Bottorff’s Ruffles & Rust is  open 7 days a week again!

back open daffodilsSoon 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.

Click on photo below to see my amateur store video. It’s not great but you’ll get to see a little of our spring makeover.


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You should plan a trip to Historic Downtown Snohomish soon to see what’s new.
Bottorff’s along with many of the other shops in town are all stocked with spring merchandise. New restaurants, breweries and wineries have opened too.


happening Saturday March 12th
The Spring Market at Swans Trail.
Find more information on their Facebook Page

Vintage market 2016

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This is a must attend event!.

You’ll find many of your favorite vintage vendors at this vintage market.

See you soon!

Bowties are sexy!

So for the last couple years you’ve seen a surge in the popularity of bowties.

I’m not going to lie… I LOVE THEM!!!

I think they are sexy as hell! I thought they were sexy before they were popular, but I thought it was cuz I had a thing for big dorks. Now that I’m older,  I think the sexy part of it is a guy who wears a bowtie, has confidence in his style.

I’ve been working on my husband to wear one for a couple years now. So far, I haven’t been successful, but I’m going to keep trying!

Have you seen the new wood bowties? At first I thought “that’s kind of dumb” but then I saw them in person, saw them on, and I was SOLD!


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They just look so dapper!  And for a wedding…………

Oh don’t even get me started on the fabulousness of that business!

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And now that fedora hat!  Are you kidding?  Who doesn’t love a man in a fancy hat? It’s like a guy in a tux.



I saw a couple girls with this hat on and they looked so chic!

Let me introduce you to the company that is producing all these handsome products. I met them on my trip to Atlanta and got to spend some time talking with them. I like them even more now!

Two Guys Bow Ties

You may have seen them on Shark Tank.

They partnered with Daymond John the creator of FUBU

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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.

I love that they are made in the USA and handcrafted from a group of super talented people. Now I’m sure you are thinking “WOW these are so cool I must get them, but I don’t know where!”

Well ……………. think or look no further!

Bottorff’s has them in stock!

Stop in to take a look, touch, and oooooooooh and aaaaaaaaah over them. And…….we can special order for you or your wedding party.


It’s Going To Be A Long Ugly Break Up

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.


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;






female chopping food ingredients

Mozzarella cheese



Black pepper

Black pepper

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!

Chicken-Mushroom-Pesto-PizzaOnce 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…… 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.

Like the corners of brownies
breaded memories
Of the way we were
Scattered croutons
Of salads left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were…………..
me and gluten
You get the idea! It’s ugly!

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!

Bloody Mary Crazy

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Photo courtesy of Garden & Gun Magazine

I don’t know if you have noticed or not, but Bloody Mary’s are makin a come back!.

Now, in my world they never went anywhere, but the new popularity of them has me excited!  When old things get popular again there is always a new twist or improvement.

One of the twists  of the new and improved Bloody Mary is the flavored vodka.  There are lots of flavors out now, BUT I’m tellin ya the best Bloody Mary I ever had was made with Veggie infused vodka!  Seriously!


The jar was packed with celery, onions, red peppers, green peppers, garlic, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, and pepper corns.  I’m not sure why I didn’t ask the bartender EXACTLY what was in there and how they did it. I’m usually all over that!  As soon as I got home I Googled how to make that vodka. I found some instructions on My Life Cookbook that seemed to be pretty close to what I had.  Shoving a jar full of veggies with vodka sounds almost healthy doesn’t it?

Now I’m a big fan of Whodini Sisters Bloody Mary Potion which is the perfect blend of all the spices and sauces you need in a Bloody Mary. You add 1 oz of the potion with 4 oz of your favorite tomato juice and BAM! You got yourself a kick ass Bloody Mary Mix!

Now add the veggie vodka…………HOLY YUM!

bloody mary whodiniYes Whodini Sisters is available at Bottorff’s Ruffles & Rust

Back in the day when tailgating and camping with my friend Laura, her and I liked to have a little friendly (not really it was total cutthroat)  Bloody Mary competitions to see who could make the best Bloody Mary, AND who could come up with the best skewer for that Bloody Mary.

A winner was never determined. Too many? Maybe!

I love looking on Pinterest to see how crazy people can get with the skewer. Because let’s face it……….. the skewer is really the second best part of a Bloody Mary! One doesn’t go to a certain restaurant and order a Bloody Mary because they really remembered the actual Bloody Mary or were in love with the glass it came in… OH HELL NO! You remember the skewer and seek out that watering hole again.

bloody maryPicture found on Pinterest

Now that’s a skewer!

Now go out there,  one up  and impress your friends with your Bloody Mary makin  knowledge!