Monday, November 26, 2012

Move over Oprah

Here are a few of Coco's favorite things!

Also, I just wanted to tell you (and hope just maybe someone does the same thing), I can not spell Oprah without spelling it backwards. For some reason, I always have to think Harpo (like her production company). Odd?!

Before we start you need to know, I'm not of a fan of Harpo spelled backwards. I did go to her show. Not worth the hype! I went with THE one and only Jenny B. She got last minute tickets and invited me everyone on Facebook me. The show we went to was about Ted Kennedy's book ( FYI he had already past on. It was his second wife Vikki and son). Now JB being Irish Catholic, heard  the name Kennedy and fainted. (Just kidding but that would've entertaining). Now if JFK Jr. was still alive and on this episode, I would be singing a totally different tune! He was super easy on the eyes!

ANYWAY, the entire experience annoyed me. There was so much wrong with the Harpo show, but I'll just list a few. Now this isn't my full list of annoying Oprah shiz, just a random sampling.

  1. The chick walked out onto stage in house slippers and sat down. Now had this been then end of my story, it would be reasons I love her column, but its not. Someone (with the oddest job that most likely makes WAY TO much cash) came out with and put on her Louboutins. Yep, Harpo doesn't even put on her own shoes nor does she walk on them? WHAT EVS. All I could really think was that she didn't want to walk on them b/c she was going to return them right after the show. :) 
  2. When we were seated, there were boxes of tissues under our seats. Kleenex = tear jerker.  I thought maybe some deserving single mom, war vet or a super student would be on the show. I was going to be part of a new home, a much needed family vacation or a scholarship for a deserving child that is beating all odds.  YES THIS IS GOING TO ROCK! Nope, not even close
  3. Every show I've even seen, Miss O gives the audience a parting gift. I think everyone remembers, You get a car! You get a car! YOU GET A CAR! So we are sitting there for two plus hours, listening to Kennedys talk about themselves the book.  Guess what?! We don't get it.  Really, I wasn't asking for a car, a new house or even $$$ from the angel network. I should've grabbed the box of Kleenex stood up and in true Jerry McGuire style, yelled "You can call me sentimental, but the Kleenex are coming with me. WHO'S COMING WITH ME"?.  I'm sure I would've ended up in a Chicago jail for theft! 
  4. This episode you would have never known Oprah had an audience.  The queen bee didn't even look at us. I had heard that  O does a Q and A. N.O.P.E, not today. I know that Jenny B and I drove over three hours each way and I thought that was a waste of my time. The people next to us in line flew in last minute from Colorado. I could only imagine the cost/disappointment factor on that! OH, my friends and I DVRed the show. They didn't show one audience member. I guess the look of disappointment was on everyone's face. 
  5. At the end, she just got up and left. NO...Thank you, NO without people like you I wouldn't be a billionaire, NEGATIVE. Not even a goodbye. Just a half wave while talking to VK and Teddy the 10th. POOF they were gone! 
I did however have a ton of fun with Jenny B thus moving me to her favorite U sissy, if only for a short time!

So now a few of Coco's favorite things. My obsessions per say!

After paying an outrageous amount of cash on cable, Sis and I thought no more. We do of course have the Internet. I couldn't entertain you and sis couldn't do homework without it. This summer being cable free meant getting a lot done, and being outside as much as possible. Being cable-less in winter means, hulu. You don't even have to pay for this one! Now it has your new shows, which is awesome but I don't know of any cable/direct TV that I could watch some Quantum Leap any.time.I.want.

Now for a picture of THE ONE, THE ONLY, Sexy Scott Bakula. Hunk-a- Hunk of Quantum Leaping love! I wonder what Ziggy would think of the picture!

I found another one of my fave shows! One I might even like a tiny, itty, bitty better the QL (I know, I'm to confused, too. Is that even possible?). Once I tell you the show and let you in, I think you will be once again, AH-MAZED!

Ladies and Gents, The Greatest American Hero. YEP FOR FREE! In all his glorious red jumpsuit, flowing cape and co star Connie Sellecca.
I want to challenge you to find a better theme song to a T.V. show. Believe it or not in my personal opinion is THE.BEST.THEME.SONG to date.

In the winter my toes always get cold. Isotoner Classic Ballet Slippers = AWESOME. For years, these have been my go to house slippers. These are comfy and not bulky. You can find them from $10- $15 depending on how fancy you want to get. I like the traditional ones.

These slippers most likely won't score you a roll in the Nutcracker Ballet, but if you buy them in satin pink, you will at least look the part! Fake it til you make it?!

Now, this is kinda pricey but well worth it. As you all know, I've been having some headache issues. (I'm writing a blog on that and will put it up on soon,when I'm hopefully, fingers crossed, say your prayers, better) so my sis bought me THE MOST PERFECT FEEL BETTER GIFT! An 8ft blow up Santa. He was $34 ish at Walmart. (The price was on the outside of the box.)

Look how cute! It looks like he is waving but he is actually offering all our neighbors high fives. He is a very positive jolly man! 

Sadly, I spent way to much time on Oprah and my annoyance of her. My head is starting to get foggy and I better end it before I start making up names for people! 

Don't forget you can check Almost Gemini out at Horton's of Tipton this Saturday Dec 1st from 9-5.

As always you can find us in Whimzy and our hair flair will be in Handmade Promenade until late December. 

Now one of my many favorite Christmas Vacation quotes.

Clark: 'Tis the season to be merry.
Mary: That's my name.
Clark: No shit.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Five out of Four Stars

Here's the dealio. I've mentioned in a previous post about my trip to the ER due to my wheat allergy. Well when I was in the ER I started to have a headache. It has lasted for all this time. It's what has been making me a cranky old still very young and attractive lady. Yesterday, I went to a neurologist. We are thinking we have found a light at the end of the headache tunnel. I'll tell you more about when I can but I don't want to jinx it. ANYWAY: I can't think and at the end of the day, I don't really make sense. Which leaves us to who is Todd? :)

I want to thank Holly and SCOTT for the AH-MAZING show! I have no clue who Todd is or if he was even at the Hobnob Market. I'm sure my made up friend is a great guy, but SCOTT is the one that helped make the Hobnob Market go so smoothly!

We are lucky enough to be invited to some AH-MAZE-ING shows! Since this was the first Hobnob Market, I wasn't really sure what to to think and or expect. It was a really great show! Sis and I had a great time and we got to meet some cool people! Holly and Todd Scott are AH-MAZE-ING hostess/host! You can check out Holly's etsy shop Pink Grapefruit Style. I think Holly summed it up her booth with this sign! 
Another picture from Holly. These came off the Hobnob Market facebook page. I highly suggest you join!
Here are some pictures of our "store". We are still trying to find ways to "build-up" our spaces. We had painted my gardening table and wooden creates grey for Horton's French Flea Market this year. Since the garden is sadly done for the year, the table was available for this show. An added bonus is that this table is SUPER light!

We had a 10x10 space. Since we were on the end of an aisle, Holly and Todd  Scott let us take up a little extra space. We needed it since we brought a little of everything! We didn't have time to get really good/a lot of pictures. I'm not complaining about it! We were so busy the entire day, we didn't have a lot of time to play! 

BUT WHEN I DID PLAY, it was with my new best friend, Miss Linda! Linda's bizz-ness is called Morning Glory Collectibles. She will be partying it up with us the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace, this Saturday 11/24/12! I'm sure we are going to cause some sort of trouble, so stop by to see us! 

How cute are these snowmen! I know what you are thinking! You are thinking that I had to have them and you are right! This blue Santa didn't make the trip back to Indy with me. I was there to make some money not spend all of it! 
Now this Santa did make the trip back to Indy! He was from Mrs. Linda (not to be confused with Miss Linda but they are "The Lindas" AKA Besties) He is the cutest guy! I love Santa and might be a little addicted to him! 

Of course, one of my favorite people/blogger/vintager/just awesome person Nicki from The Vintage Farmhouse was on hand to help make the market fun and wintery white! That girl and her white. I love it but just don't know that white is something this messy gal could keep up with (even with all the bleach in the world).
I also want to give a big THANKSGIVING THANKS to Nicki for helping me with my blog (and for wondering who Todd was). She is so nice, I can't take it! She was trying to tell me that my blog needs help in the nicest way possible. Little did she know, I was WELLLLLLL aware of that fact! I accepted that help and am glad I did! Anytime you think something needs work...knock yourself out girlfriend!
This is also from the Vintage Farmhouse. Sadly, one of these hands were injured the packing up process. The ever so kind Nicki gave sis the broken hand. Sis was super excited! A broken hand is better then no hand!?

Now, I had a bunch of other pictures to show you.  Being the blexpert (blog expert) that I am, I managed to delete them! I was just trying to move the pictures in order by person and away they went!

So I'm hoping that Holly,Hobnob, and other various vendors don't mind if I take a couple off their facebook page!

Doug Rosen from HotHouse Market was on hand with out of this world 1940s-1970s finds.

This isn't from Hobnob, but I think you can see the awesomeness that is Hot House Market!

Handmade by Anne Potter was our neighbor at the Market. Not only did she have AH-MAZE-ING homemade jewels, but she had infinity scarves that were like the world's best hug! So soft and warm, I regret not buying one!

See a beautiful white cloud hug! So great!

I hope that everyone is getting ready to join their families for a HUGE Thanksgiving feast. My co-worker and I will be doing the Bolt Thanksgiving family walk/fun run! We will be walking, just in case you were wondering.

I should make it to mama and the dadster's house, just in time to check out the Macy's Day Parade! Now, for some reason not everyone knows this, but the Santa at the end of the parade is actually the real Santa. The ones at the mall, just helpers. I mean really how could he make all those toys and have multiple photo shoots a day?  The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the only time THE REAL SANTA can be seen! It's on the list of things I want to see/do that would make my life even more AH-MAZE-ING!  Check out this old vintage Macy Day video. Santa shows up around minute 2 looking cuter then ever!

I hope everyone has a very blessed Thanksgiving and if you do go shopping on Black Friday, take mace and a body guard.


***I did preform spell check on this blog but that's about it. So Sorry for the errors, but Coco's head hurts!**** 11/20/12

***I went back today and did some corrections. My head still hurts so be kind**** 11/21/12

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Don't give the "fruitcake". Give Almost Gemini!

"The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruit cake in the entire world, and people keep sending to each other."- Johnny Carson

Since NO ONE wants to be the giver of the dreaded "fruitcake" (those people that told you they like them...LIED), we have plenty of amazing shopping opportunities coming up. So there will be no excuse for anyone getting "fruitcaked" AKA getting the WORST GIFT EVER!

Before I get to the shopping, let get to some exciting news. Hold your reindeer, I just have one item of business then on to were to get the best gifts in the midwest! Drum rolllllllll PLLLLEEEEASEEEE!

I think I mention earlier that we have partnered with Folk Magazine. It's a great all American magazine! Folk Magazine is all American small dealers/businesses! It is a perfect fit of us two Midwestern gals!

You can order the magazine on line. We are on page 25 (I believe, I'll take a picture and get back with ya) You can also check out Folk Lifestyle Blog. They have made some new changes and it looks AH-MAZE-ING!


Our "hair flair" was excepted into the Handmade Promenade, so if you are in the area stop by and check us and other vendors out!

Tis the season to buy for yourself others yourself AND others. Come join the Holiday fun with Almost Gemini!

Visit us tomorrow, November 14 for the Special Olympics of Hamilton County FUNd raiser. I truly can't say enough good things about this show!
Vintage Elves from everywhere have been busy in their sweat workshops! Come and check out vintage and hand crafted designs at Hobnob Market. This is a new market this year and seems like its going to be a great one!

What we aren't done yet? NOOOOO WAY. We have the Indie Arts and Vintage "Vintage Saturday"
It will be located at the Fountains of Carmel off of Carmel Dr on November 24, 2012. This is Thanksgiving Saturday but more importantly it's SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. So come out and support SMALL AND LOCAL BUSINESSES!!!


We will be at Horton's of Tipton on December 1st for their Christmas show. We LOVE us some Hortons family! This year's theme...Christmas in the Country. If you don't like country, don't worry about it. We aren't country. If you do like country good for you, there will be some country there!

Well, I think that's it for now...OH we are having Almost Gemini's 3rd annual open house on November 29th 5-8. If you live in town and want to come. Just let us know. We aren't too keen on putting directions to our house on our blog. I don't want the thousands hundreds tens of readers we have to start showing up.

I hope you can make it to one, some or all of our shows. Each one is different with different vendors so you never know what you might come across.

 Now back to the workshop: "It's just like Santa's workshop! Except it smells like mushrooms... and everyone looks like they wanna hurt me..."(Elf 2003) I FREANKIN' LOVE THAT MOVIE!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

No Christmas Before Thanksgiving

For most (as the dadster just pointed out all) of my life, I have refused to accept the holiday season was approaching until the day after Thanksgiving. It could be that growing up we always put up our tree the weekend of Thanksgiving. Thursday was turkey day, Friday was shopping day and Saturday was decorating day.

Now don't for one second think I'm a Grinch! I love Christmas. It is the most hap-happiest season of all. We don't even celebrate in town but I deck the heck out of my halls!

I'm just trying to pinpoint when we (as a culture) stopped taking time to celebrate Thanksgiving. When did we (as a culture/nation what have you) start going from Halloween straight to Christmas.

My Aunt Ellen sent me this pictures. I'm not sure where she got it so if you know, let me know. I want to give credit were credit is due. 

It seems like even before it's time for fall. Before the first leaves even change color or fall from the tree, Christmas decor is out in all the stores. Well not all the stores.

I like Nordstrom's  prefer to celebrate one holiday at a time. I don't want to skip Thanksgiving. I love hanging out with my friends the night before, doing the Turkey Trot in the morning, before going to my parents house to watch the parade and smell the turkey. I don't want to miss going shopping at midnight, and coming home filling up on leftovers, then taking my fourth nap in two days. Thanksgiving my dears is one my favorite holidays! (I bet you're by now getting the impression that I love EVERY holiday and you would be right. This girl loves to celebrate!)


This thinking about Christmas before Halloween is all new to me. NEVER, EVER in a MILLION, TRILLION years would I be sitting here thinking about what projects I need to start working on for the holiday season. Not only did I think about it before Thanksgiving, thanks to Pinterest, I started to think about it even before football season started! GO COLTS!!!!!!!

Since we have a bunch of shows and are in Whimzy, we needed to plan ahead.  Something I dreaded at first, but kinda am starting to get into. Now, first I started working on "gifts" or non Christmas/Hanuka stuff. Gifts that can be given at to anyone at anytime. That really wasn't so bad until November 1st snuck up on me.

November 1st is the day we were to deck the halls of Whimzy. I had my ideas pinned but that is as far as we had gotten. I had not executed any thing Holidayish. I had however, gone through my 8 boxes and two shelves of mostly vintage holiday decor. When I was done, I had two bags and 1 box of stuff I was willing to part with. I had a huge smile on my face until I looked at sis. She had a look of "THIS IS IT"? Then she said, "This is it?" It was "it" and I thought "it" was alot. I also am still standing by "it" being alot! Tomato/tomato right?

I'm not going to lie, mama and I have been kinda excited to set up my "new" Christmas tree. We found it at a garage sale this fall. It was at the same sale that we bought all the awesome/cheap furniture we re-did.  Anyway, we have been REALLY wanting to see what it looked like out of the box and we thought since it isn't a traditional tree, there was no time like the present.

***Side note: I know this picture is HUGE, but I wanted you all to really enjoy her like I do! 

Don't you love her? I know it's not the same as a real tree but she is pretty awesome! Since the "tree stand" is turquoise, I decided that we would use the turquoise ornaments. It seemed a little to plain and I had some magenta tress (which you will see soon).  I thought I would add some pink and magenta ornaments to the tree. 

Aren't they beautiful. Mama found an entire box full of vintage ornaments at a church sale this summer. For one whole dollar, we got 70 some of them. I've also been waiting to use these for months. Now that I think about it, I'm really surprised this tree hasn't been up for since Septmeber!

This is one of my favorite things sis has made. It's kinda like a snow globe without the mess. She took tule, tiny deers, and a tiny tree and put them into an old fishbowl. You can find these bowls all around Goodwill. I think a lot of people use them for their weddings then donate them.

*****Side note: I have no clue what color is actually magenta but I'm thinking this is it or close to it.

I got these magenta and turquoise trees at a impromptu trip to Oldtime Pottery. I also bought them in green and red, but haven't found the perfect place for them yet. Don't worry, I will find the perfect place!

Here is a close up of my cute, sweet, little elf friends. I found these at good will. They are so cute, I couldn't believe no one had them in their cart already.

I guess you could say that mama and I kinda got on a roll with the decorations. One thing you will learn about me this holiday session is, I love me some Santa. That jolly, fat man in red is dear to my heart. I even have his autograph. When we were little we would put out our autograph books and Santa (sometimes Rudolph) would sign them for us. Maybe I haven't seen him, but I know he's there because he signed my book!

I was trying to figure out what was going to be my "Santa" room and the kitchen won.

 When it comes to cookies, my santa doesn't mess around! Yes he is an outdoor lawn ornament, but I like him on top of the fridge. 

Mama and I decorated the bulk head in the kitchen with vintage Santas. I still have more left, so we will have to see where they will end up!

I have a snowman wall I'm working on and an angel bathroom. When I get my stuff together, I'll will show you what's new.



Sis- she is down 17 pounds which is very exciting for her. She is doing really well and choose dairy to reintroduce into her diet this week.

Me- I'm down 9 pounds but am still having the headaches. I called the doctor and he said that it could take 30-60 days to get the wheat out of my system. Another reason to take food allergies seriously. I added almonds b/c I wanted some pesto and pine nuts are just too expensive. :) So far the only change for me is that I am wearing a size smaller pants. I'm not mad about it, I just want to feel better. Having month long headache is no fun! 

Don't forget to check us out next week at the special olympics event. I can't tell you enough how fun this is. It is a great way to start the holidays!

If you can't make it this week, check us out next weekend at the Hobnob Market

We also partnered with  Folk Magazine and are waiting to get it so we can share with you all. 
Don't forget you can always also check us out at Whimzy in Noblesville, IN. 

We have a lot up our sleeves, so stay tuned to find out what's going on!

Ta-Ta for now!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Wheat Free for Cour-ta-ney and the Elimination Diet

If you know me, you know I'm allergic to the environment. I have fondly (?) been called the "bubble girl".  Even being allergic to "everything", there is only one thing that is so bad that it sends me to the E.R. It's my enemy and it's name is wheat. I'll tell you more about that in a minute. First, I fill you in how I came to find out about my wheat allergy. (and on another post, I'll also let you know about some new products I've found that are gluten free and delicious)!


Four score years ago, I was swollen for months. I felt blah, I was moody (more the normal) and I just knew something was wrong.
My eyes looked like I had been in fight club. We all know what happens in fight club, stays in fight club, but I was starting to worry (and so was mama). I needed to know what was going on! So I left fight club and went to the doctors.

I went to ALOT of doctors and went through ALOT of test. I think it was doctor 21 or 22, that suggested I get allergy testing. I went to an allergist and she did a skin test. She tested me for many things, but one stood out more then others. My arm started to swell.  She told me that she was going to have give me a shot of benedryal and should find a ride home.

As you can guess, what made me swell was wheat. It was just a tiny bit that made me swell and that sealed my fate. As she sat me down to talk about what I need to do, she basically told me from this moment on, I have to check everything I use or eat. I was in shock because that never crossed my mind.

I would've never guess that wheat was making me sick. But what I really never would've guess is what all has wheat it in. The allergist gave me a list of somethings to look out for. When I came to, I realized how much stuff I was using had wheat in it. My lotion, shampoo, NAIL POLISH, all contained wheat. I had to go through everything I used and see if they had wheat. Since four years ago, wheat or gluten free wasn't as common as now, I had to call 800 numbers on the back of my products and wait for phone calls back to see if I could use it.

I've been wheat/gluten free (It's easier saying gf then saying I can eat all but wheat) ever since. At first, It was hard. Mama and I spent HOURS at the store trying to figure out what I could/couldn't eat. When we found out what I could eat, it was a challenge trying to figure out what was good. Really, the biggest challenge was to see what was edible.

Now that being gf isn't just for celiac disease (click on the link to find about more at celiac disease) and the 1% of the population like me that has an allergy. (Click on the link to learn more about wheat allergies). People have found it to be a new fad diet, too? Why? Still not sure. It's high calorie and expensive.


I want to inform people at how serious food allergies are. I want people to know it's nothing to play with. If someone says they are allergic to wheat, peanuts, soy, eggs, etc. I want people to take them seriously. I think people take it to lightly and to someone that  this affects, its not a joke.

Sadly, a couple of weeks ago, someone didn't take my allergy seriously. He brought in food and told me it was "gluten free". He knew what happens to me when I eat wheat (He even said, "I'm going to watch you eat to see if you blow up"). He didn't order the food gluten free and one of the sauces had wheat in it.

Within two hours, my eyes, lips and throat was swollen. I was in the Emergency Room at the hospital with Epipen jitters and hopped up on Benedryal and steroids. I had to stay there for the next seven hours to be monitored for a relapse.

Once, again I was making my rounds to all my doctors. The wheat had re-triggered my migraines, had made my head foggy and of course I was still swollen.


Three days off work, 5 nights at my parents house and I still wasn't feeling great. That is when my doctor said the dreaded words, "Courtney, you have to go on the elimination diet".

The elimination diet is when you take out all possible allergens to kinda get your body back to the basics. After nine days with only a short list of foods, you reintroduce other foods that are known allergens. (I will never been able to "reintroduce" wheat because we know it causes an anaphylactic response.)

Once again, I had to research the elimination diet. While do so, I found that there are other reasons people do this diet.  Food can affect/trigger all of the conditions listed below.
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Psoriasis
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • IBS
  • Chronic Migraines
  • GERD
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation / Diarrhea
  • Sinus problems
  • Weight loss / Weight gain
  • Infertility
Since sis, has psoriasis I asked her if she wanted to try the diet with me this time. (Just a FYI, please consult your doctor before you start this diet or any diet. Of course, not all diets are meant for everyone and we are under a doctors care.)


I'm really glad sis is doing the diet with me. It's so hard to do and I needed the support.  We started this diet on Tuesday with two days of green smoothies. I loved the smoothies, sis not so much. On Thursday we started the Phase 1.

It is almost shocking how different the diet is affecting us. Apples, grapes, chicken, and brown rice are serving sis well, me not so well.

Sis- Lost 15 lbs and inches from her body.

Me- Not so much. I have lost 5 pounds.  I'm trying to remember that weight loss isn't the reason I'm doing this. Which is kinda hard to do when your sister is dropping half an Olsen twin in 5 days.

Sis- Has also lost 14 inches.  Her bust, hips, waist, neck, legs and upper arms are all smaller.

Me- I've lost 1/2 an inch. Not too bad you say? Well guess where that missing 1/2 inch came from? Drum roll please....MY ANKLES! Yep, I'm down 1/2 inch in the ankle department. I hope people notice when I walk into work tomorrow.

(As I type this I think, "Who even measures their ankles in the first place"? Really? Does anyone but us even do that?)

Sis - Has said that she can see clearer and farther then she normally can. She said her head feels better then ever.

Me- I'm dizzy, tired and have hives. (The doctor said this is normal and can last up to 7 days.) I'm also a short fused monster. I'm still don't know if it's called a shiv or a shank but I'm thinking about making one out of the straw in my drink. (The mood the doctor said is normal and can last up to 7 days. I didn't tell him about wanting to make a prison weapon, so I'm not totally sure if that is normal.)

I'm going to have to side with my doctor. I know (pray to God) this isn't my new "normal".  I'm giving myself 7 days of cray cray, then it's over. I know I'm going to wake up next Tuesday morning an even better CoCo.

Sis and I are keeping diaries of what we are going through. I'm picturing her diary with drawings of rainbows and cute little puppies, while mine has witches and monsters in the margin of it.
We will share some things that we think are funny, interesting or helpful.

As, I said earlier, make sure to check with your doctor if you want to try this diet. This diet wasn't a choice for me. It was made for me by someone's carelessness. (And sis wants to see if it helps her skin.)

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. (See, I'm already getting nicer!)

Take care of yourself and each other.

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