Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Flowers of Earth and Buds of Heaven

For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the skyes
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise. ~John Rutter

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Photo Hunt: Twisted

A fun photo hunt with a different theme takes place each week at tnchick.com. I decided to participate in the photo hunt this week since I had the perfect photo.

This was taken at Falls Park in the West End of Greenville, SC. If you've never been, it's definitely worth a visit. Gorgeous place! Yes, these are tree roots.

Friday, September 25, 2009


Do you remember these?

That within the hour became these?

These were all to go in Maggie's vacated bedroom with the new craigslist daybed that I'd planned to use blue/white toile on. The best laid plans don't always work out because along came this great buy on craigslist for bedding for the daybed...

So the dilemma is...do I leave the tables black or paint them oil rubbed bronze? Or do I paint them plain flat brown? Or do I paint another color? HELP!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

It Wasn't the Best of Days...It Wasn't the Worst of Days

First off, I have to say that today was fun, fun, fun. I took my daughter and 2 granddaughters with me yard saleing. Since they live in Brazil, it's not often that we get to spend 4 hours on a Saturday morning together so that made today even more special.

We were awakened to the sound of rain...well not just rain but monsoon rains this morning. I knew that it would not be a great yard sale day but we went anyway. But first off, we had to make a breakfast/coffee stop at Dunkin' Donuts for our morning fix. Neither do we get to do that often...fun!

We then made the rounds to several yard sales that were courageous enough to brave the weather. In Kate's (5 year old gd) estimation, it was a great day! Her birthday is coming up at the end of September. Just about forever (in her eyes) she has wanted a drum set. We certainly didn't think about looking for one and if her mom had not been with me, I wouldn't even have noticed this 3 piece child's drumset that was just what Kate needed. Now, this Mema, really got the tuck-n-run find of the day with this one. Kate's drumset retails on amazon.com for almost $200.00 and we got it in almost new condition for $25. Happy Birthday! Kate!!! Love those bargains.

With the makeover of Maggie's old room, I needed some twin bed sheets to fit the daybed and trundle. Found those this morning for $1 per sheet and .50 for the pillowcases and they are in really good (almost new) condition. I really don't know why someone wouldn't price them at $2.50 for the set instead of pricing them separately but that's how they were so bought them.

To satisfy my reading addiction, I went through several boxes of books and found 3 that I didn't have and picked them for $1 each. That was probably too much but I'm happy so that's all that matters.

I love yard sale-ing on Saturday morning and especially today with the family with me. Great WET Saturday morning.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fun Friday

What a great, fabulous, fun and all the other "great" adjectives" day I've had. Earlier in the week, I had seen a craigslist ad for a garage sale that began today. Well, normally I have to work on Friday but decided I'd take a day of vacation since a retired INTERIOR DESIGNER was having the sale. WOW! I couldn't miss this one. It was a great sale and I wish I'd been a little earlier and a little faster on grabbing things. I saw several things that I wanted that other people bought before I got my hands on them. However, I did score ok and wanted to post my fun Friday finds; who knows? I may go again tomorrow too :-).

This morning, I got 2 - insulated lunch bags - .50 & .25 each. Normally these wouldn't even have caught my eye but I've been trying to take lunch from home rather than eating out so much so I thought these would be really handy; and, you can't beat the price~

I love, love, love to read but have never listened to a whole audio book. This yard sale had lots of audio books and I thought I'd give it a try. I bought a Roasmund Pilcher Collection of 3 audio books (The White Birds (story), The Shell Seekers, Coming Home) for .50. If I don't like listening to a book, I'm not out very much $$. (Disregard the dogs butt in the pic; she lives here and obviously gets to sleep wherever she wants.)

A few months ago, Tim came home from a walk with a beautiful bird nest. We've had it in a plastic ziploc bag to kill any creepy crawlies that might have been living in it but it's been long enough now that we can bring it out, I think. I've kinda had my eye out for something to hold the birdnest and today I found it. A large vase with a metal base and a metal ring around the top for $3. The metal part was greenish metal so before I came home, I went to WM and bought some oiled bronze finish paint and painted the base and metal ring. It looks great. When I get the birds nest in it, I'll post another pic.

I have a beautiful stained glass piece that we bought in Brazil that hangs on the hallway wall outside our bedroom. It is fine there but I thought it needed "company" and had thought about wrought iron candleholders. Guess what I found for $1 each...you got it. Two wrought iron candleholders. Can't wait to get them hung.

I needed a spoon rest; found one for $1. I collect pottery pitchers; found one for $2. My laundry room needs organizing and I found some baskets to go on the shelves in the laundry room for $1 each. I'd wanted a PB style shelf to hang in the newly decorated "by the sea" bathroom and found one for $2. Found a little tiara for the granddaughter for .25.

After Maggie moved out, I'd bought a day bed to go in her room. That room is a project in process but I knew I wanted some small tables for lamps at each end of the bed. I found two small tables that may be plant stands that I've already given a coat of black spray paint and they look GREAT. I have some small crystal lamps that will be perfect on these little black jewels. Can't wait to finish that room up now.

And for the tuck and run find of the day...Forever and ever and ever, I've wanted a decorative birdcage. They are SOOOOOO expensive and couldn't ever see myself paying $75-$150 for one. As soon as I saw the birdcage, I knew I had to have it. Asked how much it was and got it for $10!!!!!!!!!!! I am sure it would be about $150 in a decorator's shop. YEA! I'm so excited.

Thanks to Raechel Myers for encouraging us to share our bargains with each other at Finding My Feet. She finds some great buys! Go check our Raechel's Saturday finds and then post yours too.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Kate's Storyboard

The photos show up a little fuzzy on the blog. I tried printing and the storyboard printed great on my laser printer. Sent to Mpix to print so hope it's not fuzzy when they print it out.

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Power of HIS Word