Friday, October 10, 2014

Blogs LOADED with Ads.....Thoughts??....

It's just gotten out of hand!  I click on a blog I used to enjoy and it takes so long to load that by the time it does, I only look at the pictures and could care less what they have to say!  Sorry! It's such a pain to me.  Looking at blogs is what I tend to do first thing in the morning. It's like reading the paper to some people, catching up on the news, only it's catching up on some really cool houses of people I don't even know.  I used to enjoy it, but of late I find that I am so tired of waiting for the blog to load because there are so many Ads that have to load.  It's a time waster to me!  I know these wonderful bloggers are getting paid to have these ads....but, come on, really!  What happened to having fun and being yourself in your own blog?  Seriously, alot of these wonderful bloggers are now being dictated by the Ads that "pay them" to post something that they may not have even wanted to post to begin with, just to get the almighty $$$!  I'm BORED with those blogs!  Yes I look, but I am a much better Blog READER when I click on a blog that loads immediately!  It's like a breathe of fresh air to me!
Is it not enough that our magazines are loaded to death with Ads, that we now have to deal with our favorite blogs being full of them too??  Just saying!

P.S. All thoughts are of my own, I am not being paid in any way for my opinions!

As always Have a Delightful Day and Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Flea Market or Home Goods??....

Good Morning!
Fall is finally here....
I absolutely love everything Fall!
I am slowly getting my Home decorated for the season.
This was a very busy summer for us.  My FIL,
as some of you may know fractured his C1 vertebrae in
the beginning of June, so I spent most of the summer caring
for him. He lives 1 1/2 hrs from us, so I wasn't Home much!
But, we did make all but one of the flea markets not too
far from us this summer.  The last one was the end of September.

 I've admired the olive buckets I've seen on a few blogs
and had never seen them around that I can remember anyway.
But, on one particular visit to the flea market I was the
lucky girl to snatch this up and put it in my basket.  I had learned
at the first flea that we attended and I passed on something I 
REALLY wanted and thought I would come back and
get it later.....well, it wasn't there and so I learned
to grab and get when you see something.

 I had more women stop me that day commenting on
my purchase and what great condition it was in.  It was 
so funny, some didn't know what it was, but found it
very interesting!

 It's in perfect condition with just the right amount of rust.
I love it right behind our sofa and when the light shines
through at night it's just perfect!

Then a few weeks later I had a rare chance to stop by
Home Goods.  Low and behold I strolled down an aisle 
of Fall favorite, and spotted this beauty!

 At first I just picked it up and though how odd it 
was that Home Goods would have an olive bucket. 
I wasn't sure that it was "real".....
so I sat it back down, started to walk away and
then decided I'm just going to put that in my cart
and walk around the store for a bit.  I sent a picture of it
to my husbands cell and he called me and said
"Get it!"

 So it came Home with me!
I love that man!
When I got it Home and really took a good look
at it, it still had cobwebs and some sort of dead 
grassy looking stuff stuck on the inside. My husband
is the one that pointed out the patch job that was done
on this side.  It is way rusty, but it's perfect in every way!

I even had a couple of women stop me while 
shopping in Home Goods that day and they
said, "What a COOL wire basket!"
Ha, ha....
They asked if I was going to put it outside and
fill it with pumpkins?
I said, "Oh No this will not be going outside,
it might get ruined!"  
Besides, I had the perfect pumpkin that I also
picked up at the flea market just waiting!

I have more fun flea market finds yet to share so I hope
you stop again! If you had a chance to stop by yesterday
I did a quick post to share that our daughter Amanda
started a blog. She purchased her first home and 
we've been helping her get it ready for her big move.
It's going to be so cute! 
Here's a link to her blog if you'd like to follow her progress.

I'm curious, what have you found at Home Goods or some other
store that was the real deal?

As always Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you have a delightful Fall day!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

There's a New Blog in Town.....

My daughter Amanda started her own blog!
Please take a peek and say Hi....

I'm sure she'd appreciate the Welcome!

As always, Have a Delightful Day!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Nature's Candy....

There's a farm stand just down the road from our little town...

It's always an exciting time when the tomatoes start coming in...

 They're a little late this year because of the weather we've been told,
but there were plenty of these in yellow and red...

 I picked up this pretty milk glass dish at Goodwill the other day...

Perfect for holding Nature's Candy!

Have a delightful day!

Monday, August 11, 2014

My New Ironstone....

Is it a Chamber Pot
or a 
Slop Jar?
Hmm, I would rather think Slop Jar, to me it just
sounds better don't you think?  It makes me think of
Victorian woman putting their vegetable peels in this
beautiful ironstone jar with a shiny black handle and
a matching lid and then having there husband or son 
take it out to the farm animals to add to their feed.
But, that is not what a slop jar was used for.....

 they were actually used, according to the Merriam~Webster dictionary
:  a large pail used as a chamber pot or to receive waste water
 from a washbowl or the contents of chamber pots

Not very kitchen friendly sounding really, although
that is where I have decided to use mine. 

 I wasn't real sure at first where I would use it and for what. 
But, it is in great shape, although minus the lid. But that's okay with me!
The lady in the shop where I found it suggested, with a giggle, using it
for kitchen utensils. I have to admit I wasn't thinking in those terms.
But, when I got it Home and washed it out really well, I tried it out
and I liked it!
 And so did my husband, he's the Chef so that meant alot!

 It has a really pretty design.....

 and Great curves.....

 not to mention this great perfectly worn black handle!

 I'm in Love!

 I got it for a Great price too!
I've seen similar for well over $100 with chips and cracks.
This has one!
I've been finding some really great ironstone pieces that I 
will be showing you soon.  I also found this ironstone soap dish.

 It looked really bad, but I took a magic eraser sponge to it
and it cleaned up very nice.  So I decided it would make a
great spoon rest!  

Nothing fancy, but I love it!
What do you think of my use of my new Slop Jar?
What would you use it for?

As always Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 6, 2014

My Gnome Garden

Wow, I didn't realize I had been gone that long!
Well I really wasn't "gone", I did visit on occasion. I've enjoyed 
how everyone is getting their gardens, decks and porches all prettied 
for summer.  I've been working on that myself.  That's what I enjoy most
about the season.  So this year I had to redo my fairy garden because
my plants didn't survive the extremely cold winter we had.

 I guess I really shouldn't have called it a fairy garden, I didn't really have any
fairies in it.  But for some reason this year these cute little gnomes caught my
eye and well.....I just couldn't help myself.  

 Let's just say he had me at Hello Welcome!
And then I found the orange polka dot solar light. I had the little birdie....

 But I couldn't resist the sunflower garden pavers and the little mushroom
house and do see him right?

This was what it looked like mid summer last year.

 Of course the birdie had to have a little house to perch by.  And what do you 
think of the mini cigar plant?  Well, it was so cute and had the right pop
of red amongst all the green of the hens and chicks, chamomile and English Thyme.
I think the little garden stones added just the right amount of texture and
 brightened things up a bit too!

And you'll also notice my other little homie gnomie sitting on the garden bench chillaxin!
My youngest asked me If I didn't think I was just a bit too old for a fairy garden!
I think not!
How about you think I'm too old or do you have one too?
I'd love to know!

As always Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Today I am sitting in the critical care unit with my FIL who is 83 yrs old.
He fell down a flight of stairs last night and fractured his C1 vertebrae.  So far they
tell us he will not need surgery, but will have to be in a neck brace for the next 3
months.  So hard to see his pain!  So please say a prayer for a speedy recovery.
It could have been so much worse!  Bless you all and stop by again soon!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pottery Barn vs. Old Barn....

I've been doing alot of Thrifting lately and we even went to our
first Flea Market this past Sunday....
Don't you just love Spring!

A few of these things on my table are some of my recent finds.  I've gotten some really good deals lately and thought I would share a few today.  I have a love of birds and I have decorated with that theme in a few of my rooms in our Home!

Just the other day I had to drop our daughter off at the mall to meet up with a few friends.  So I did a bit of shopping my self and found this bird cage drink dispenser at Pottery Barn.  I always love it when I find something on sale there.  There were 2 of these minus the actual drink dispenser.  But that didn't matter to me I knew I would find some way to use it.

 As one piece it was a bit to tall to be my center piece, so I had to take it apart.  But that worked out just fine I think.  It fits perfectly over my glass candle holder, so I just added a bit of faux greenery at the base and wah lah, done!

 The base of the dispenser is perfect to hold my cloche with my little Spring plate and faux eggs left from my Easter decor.

 It's still Spring afterall, so it works!

So now on to the Old Barn....
Not too far from us going down a main road we've seen this sign for a Barn Sale. We decided to find this Barn and see what it was all about.  After going down a few back roads and dirt roads we finally found it.
A retired couple in their 60's took their out buildings and have filled them with Estate sale finds and stuff.  I guess he actually buys what doesn't sell at Estate sales.  We really had to do some "pickin" but I found a few goodies that I couldn't walk away from.  These plates were some of what I found that day!

 Can you imagine my excitement?

 Can you guess what I paid for them?

 There are 2 of each plate....
so 8 plates total!

 I'm not sure which is my favorite.  They are all in perfect condition.  Have you guessed what I might have paid?  Well, I was a bit shocked and felt a bit bad, when I looked them up on Google when we got Home and discovered that they sell individually between $17.99 & $19.99 a plate.  I got all 8 of them for $5.00!!
I know.....Can you believe it?  I almost feel like I should go back and give them more money....almost!

Is it possible that people that do this for a living don't look up what stuff are worth?  I mean that's what we do when we find something that we think is worth something.  My husband and I have found quite a few things lately that you would not believe what we paid compared to what they're actually worth!
  Good for us I guess!

 Here's just a close up of my napkin rings.  I found these a few years ago, not sure if I found them at Target or Hobby Lobby, but they go great with my old new bird plates.

I just thought I would share these beautiful pink impatiens.  I have had them for 2 years now.  I bring them in at the end of summer and keep them moist thru out the winter.  Of course they are dormant, but come Spring they fill with beautiful blooms right in front of the dining room window.  They remind me of my MIL, she always planted impatiens in her flower pots around her yard.  I am amazed I have had these annuals last this long.  Just thought I would share!

I'm so glad you stopped by today.  I'd love to hear what you think of my recent finds.  And I'd love to hear what great deals you've gotten lately!  As always, Have a delightful day!