Monday, September 8, 2014
My idea in the past was to have a mailbox out front of our house covered in vine and beautiful flowering Morning Glories--like our neighbors have down the street. Well, we live across from a little wooded area, and the rabbits would sneak over across the street and nibble away. Why they never found their way to our neighbor's house is beyond me (they aren't that far from the woods!). So, I completely gave up on the beautiful mailbox idea. Our mail carrier is probably glad that she doesn't have to fight bumblebees and the like when she delivers our mail. So, I decided to try to cover up the ugly metal pipe above our well. The Morning Glory growth has been wimpy to okay in the past...nothing too exciting.
Well, this year I scattered seeds on a whim not expecting much. How pleased I've been with an abundance of growth and lovely flowers to enjoy!...not to mention not seeing much of that ugly pipe. I could be from the abundance of rain we've had this year...maybe it was better seeds. The bunnies never did find these, thankfully. I personally think they were too busy in our vegetable garden on the other side of our property to care about these flowers.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
After a warm, humid night and some much needed rain, this morning was foggy and pretty--especially over the river that is not far from our house. It was so pretty and calm. Then the fog lifted a bit and the sun broke through. Beautiful! I'm thankful for a peaceful morning. There is so much unrest and lack of peace in the world. I'm truly thankful for the Lord and the peace that He gives...both in life and in my heart.
Proverbs 3:1-2 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
I've been to a few flea markets lately and am looking forward to a big one at the end of next week. I even changed a doctor's appointment so that I can go to it. Can't wait!!
Anyway, this pretty bottle was in a group of bottles for a great price. I was intending to sell it, but after a good wash it really looked great. Isn't the label gorgeous? I'm truly a sucker for a beautiful label. If the label is pretty on a jelly jar...(and if money isn't an issue) I'll buy it. If little mints are in a beautiful package...I'll buy it. The glass stopper is pretty too. I'm thankful that so many gorgeous things have passed through my hands, most of which have been placed in my shop. Many were very hard to let go of. Should this bottle go in my shop? Nope, this one ended up on my dresser and is mine!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I saw this beautiful oil painting on Esty done by the talented Shelley Koopmann (Please check out her shop, PastelPaletteArtwork). To me it conjures up very fond memories of combing the beaches of Maine looking for sea glass, shells, and any other treasures that can be found. A wave would go out, and I'd be tempted to venture quickly out on the shiny, wet sand for that too-tempting-to-leave gorgeous piece of roughed up glass, only to have to hurry back quickly before the wave came roaring back trying to get my shoes wet.
I like that his picture has a lady fully clothed on a beach...it is usually quite cool on the beaches of Maine even in the summer. This is how I was usually dressed. Only the heartiest actually swim in the frigid northern Atlantic! I remember my feet going numb quite quickly --not to mention ache!--whenever I decided to take off my shoes and socks and venture out into the water to my ankles. It has been many years since we've had the chance to go to Maine. It is definitely a destination spot--not one of those places that you can just stop at on your way to someplace else. Perhaps next year we will have the chance to go and comb the beautiful beaches while filling our lungs with the fresh salt air--much like our lady above is doing. But, until then, I shall just enjoy Shelley's artwork and the wonderful memories it brings.
Monday, July 14, 2014
You know I had a 40% off sale in my Etsy shop a few weekends back...not one person took me up on the offer! No one! Zero! I Tweeted, Facebooked, blogged, and announced in my shop...40% off everything. With free shipping on most things to the US...some of the stuff was a real steal. *sigh* So, I'm trying it again today: 40% off (no minimums even!) everything in my store. It's a one day sale...to see if anyone is paying attention. Just wanting to move some goodies along to a good home. Check out my SHOP if you are interested and enter "summer40" to receive the discount upon checkout.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
One thing I just love about the warmer weather is getting out to sales...yard sales, garage sales, flea markets, and barn sales.
Thanks to CTheWritingOnTheWall for their fabulous "Flea Market" sign. Check out their Esty shop HERE.
This past weekend Mom and I went to two flea markets and three barn sales. *whew* We were really tired out, and, yes, I spent all of my money I had to spend (and then a little bit more). Some of the sales were pathetic or too expensive, but a few (especially one) were fantastic. I could have spent hundreds of dollars. At one barn sale there was a lady taking pictures on her I-phone...sending them to a friend...and getting answers back from the friend to buy things for her. The lady had a huge pile of stuff she was buying (and this was on the second day of the sale!). It was all great fun.
I'm eager to take pictures and list the many goodies that were found. First of all, the weather needs to cooperate so that my pictures will come out looking nice, AND I need to list things that I've already taken pictures of and just haven't gotten listed yet. I'm in the process of doing that now. I'm going to have a big, big sale on July 4th...okay, since you've read down this far I'll tell you what the sale will be. It is going to be 40%...yes, that's 40% off everything in my Etsy store on July 4th. This sale will be for one day only. Come back at the end of the week for a blog post on the specs and for the discount coupon code.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Whenever a window is opened...whenever laundry is being hug...whenever the mail is retrieved....the smell of roses is in the air.
What a delight! The winter was hard on my roses bushes, and I lost three of them. However, the heartiest of them have remained, and how wonderful they smell.
This huge bush out back we have let grow with sweet abandon. It is really huge...probably too huge. However, we can smell it all around. I've brought some in to enjoy as well. How I love roses!
Friday, June 6, 2014
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Sunday, June 1, 2014
If I see something super neat, I like to see if it can be done on a small scale. Things on a small scale are just so much more interesting! I saw a large piece of paper that was stitched on on Pinterest and thought it looked so pretty. Sometime a while ago I found a wee vintage dictionary with its back cover missing as well as a few pages...and, well, the two ideas just went together in my mind. It took some trial and error, but here is the little brooch that is the end result...
What do you think?