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 snail....you 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....do 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!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ironstone & Lu Ray at Goodwill?....

Yesterday I ventured out to the next town over in search of a couple of large garden pots to replace two that didn't fair so well over the winter.  But before I reached that destination I got a little side tracked and stopped at Goodwill.  I never know what treasure I'll find. 

 Lately I've been on the lookout for Ironstone and yesterday was my lucky day.  I found this perfectly pitted oval platter and grabbed it right up.  It's a generous 16 inches across and has some weight to it. By the time I got to checkout with my goodies, my arm was numb from carrying this.  Ha, ha

 A few dings and dark marks didn't scare me....

 I knew it was "As Is"

When I got home I looked up Meakin Bros & Co and according to what I found this platter was made in the 1865 to 1873 period.  So yes, it's going to have a few imperfections.  I'll just have to deal with it.

 The site I looked at also said that:
  The name appears as printed or impressed mark (sometimes as both) sometimes the town name "BURSLEM" is included. 
as you can see this platter has both.  Very cool!

 It cleaned up pretty well I think.

 The other thing I found was this cute little pale yellow creamer.  I seem to have a thing for creamers lately too.  Not just cow creamers, ha ha, I have several plain white creamers also.

 I turned it over and saw this mark.  I wasn't totally sure about this, I'm not a "collector", but I thought I would Google it real quick and see what popped up.  Do you ever Google stuff while your at Goodwill or someplace before you buy it?  Well, it popped up on Ebay for $8.00 and on Replacements site for $15.99.  It is (obviously) Lu Ray (although the R looks like a P) Taylor, Smith & T manufactured between 1938-1960.  It's a delicate 7 ounces and the softest of yellows. My little point and shoot doesn't show the color very well. :(

 But I picked it for a whopping $1.49

 I got this Ironstone bowl last week at a local Thrift type store.  It was down in the basement under something and very dirty.  I like the pattern/shape around the bowl.

 It too has it's share of pits, but it cleaned up really nice.
It's a generous 9 1/2 in diameter.  So it may have been used as 
say a vegetable bowl or something.  Who knows!

 This is the Royal Coat of Arms marking on the bottom.  All I can make out is the word WARRANTED.  If you know about Ironstone more then I obviously do, I would love to hear what you may know about this.  I have looked on google and there are tons of markings, but I haven't found this one yet.  Looks like it had been used alot though.  I wonder what story it has to tell!


Thank you for stopping by.  I'd love it if you would share what you know about my finds.  I am just starting this collection.  We have been slowly changing our everyday dishes to all white and have alot of newer things as well.  But, it's been fun adding in a bit of these older pieces.  I'll be back another time with a few more of my white collection.  Have a delightful day!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Good Morning!....

Every now and then, while at this one particular grocery store, I pick up one of these Gourmet muffins to enjoy the next morning with my coffee. This one is Peach with white chocolate and pecans!  Just thought you'd want to know....

 So, yesterday was a pretty nasty day around here weather wise.  They called for freezing rain and high winds.  We did get rain, but not freezing and we also got the high winds.  Since it was just rain and wind I decided to venture out to HomeGoods.  What else is a girl to do?

 I've seen these faux plant orbs around in magazines and of course blogs, but hadn't seen them in the stores surprisingly unless they had twinkle lights wound thru them.  I didn't want one with lights so I always passed.  But, yesterday was my lucky day and so I brought it home with me.

Funny how just a touch of green, real or faux can add so much to a room.  I do have a couple of real plants in this room, but I needed to fill this spot with something and I thought this was that perfect something.  The white pot was purchased at Menard's for a mere $2.00 and is a very pretty crackly finished ceramic pot.  Since I am sprucing up the house and this room in particular is getting alot of Spring touches, I thought this added just the right amount of green to the space.  

As I was checking out yesterday, the cashier said to me out of the blue, "If your spray this with hairspray it will last alot longer!"  I think I gave her an odd look, because it is obviously plastic and replied, "Even thought it's plastic?"  She assured me that Yes I heard her correctly!  Hmm, who knew!  So my question is, Have you ever heard of spraying plastic plants with hairspray to make them last longer? 

 Our daughter brought these beautiful eggs home from work one day. Apparently someone she works with has chickens who lay these beauties and passed them on to her.  So we were the lucky recipients!  They are so pretty aren't they?  There were more and we've enjoyed them all.  My husband lovingly blew them out for me.  Is he great or what? Then he made wonderful scrambled eggs and omelets for us over the weekend!

This one in front is the palest of blues, so pretty and delicate looking.  I love the speckled ones and the darker one looks cracked, but it's not.  Aren't they perfect!  Natures best!

So I carefully placed them in my vintage gallon jug and added a clear white prayer candle....

I'm lovin' it!
Thanks honey!

Now I'm off to enjoy my coffee and this fabulous muffin!
 What are you enjoying this morning?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Not just for canning....

I finally found the Vintage Green Jars!
I had been looking and looking for them and
where do you suppose I finally found them?
Wal Mart of course!
Shhh.....don't tell anyone!

 I bought the pint size....

 Perfect size in front of my windows to catch the sun that
shines in so bright first thing in the morning....
When it shines that is!

 We have a wall of windows and the door to our skating pond pool.
So 3 of these beauties on each side window and a stained 
glass window Brad made in the middle.  

 Isn't that a gorgeous green?
Love them!
They make me smile :)

Have you picked yours up yet?
They make cute summer drinking glasses too....
maybe I should run out and get more!

As always, Thanks for stopping by and
let me know you were here!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Idea, His Idea....

We've all seen the Antlers all over blogland!  We just happened to have some in our garage in the cabinet.  I dug them out one day and suggested to Brad that we hang them in our "family room".  After all it is decorated with some of his signed and numbered wildlife prints that he has collected.

 So I brought them in, dusted them off and put them on the mantel to get a feel of them in the room. They sat there for a few weeks and kind of became part of the room.  They fit!

But it appears he had "another" idea for a set of antlers that should go in this room!  Boy did he!

 He had an auction he had been checking and planned to attend and he and Amanda went on Saturday and I guess you could say, He got Lucky!  This is his idea of Antlers in the room!

 And yes he literally got "Lucky"!  So the story goes, the man who acquired this elk and had it mounted, his name or possibly nickname, was Lucky.  Apparently, he passed away a year or so ago and his wife decided to auction off some of his mounts and such.  She was at the auction and when she saw my husband loading this into our car she came and told him the background of how and where her husband got this elk and how she keeps it clean and in great shape.  There is a tag on the back I noticed that has a date in 1995, so it's been around awhile.  There fore, in our home this Elk will forever be known as Lucky!

 I was afraid it may be a bit too big for the space, but already I have not minded it being here! It actually makes the room look bigger and the ceilings taller, as if being 10 1/2 ft isn't tall enough.

 This is blurry I know...sorry, but now I have to decide if the whole mantel needs to be revamped.
I'm thinking my metal bike may have to go, otherwise maybe bring in a few more "nature inspired" pieces.  What do you think?

Have you ever had a decorating idea that's been just a tad different then your husbands? Would you be okay with his idea of antlers compared to yours?  The only thing I opposed was him hanging it above our other mantel in our living room.  I have slowly gotten it to the point of comfort and the color theme as I want it.  It is where we enjoy sitting by the fire and listening to music on weekend mornings with our coffee and where we end our evenings quite often with a glass of wine.  The living room is not the room for that kind of "Lucky"!!

Have a delightful day and as always, Thanks for stopping by!  Let me know what you think or just say Hi, so I know you were here!