spoken for

 It came home like this.
 My man crafted a front and pull for a broken drawer
 and painted, distressed and waxed the entire cabinet.
It is spoken for already!
The majority of our married lives,
we have enjoyed putting a fresh spin on worn-out furniture.
It's our way of contributing to a green environment.

cozy or chaotic?

"If you thought I found this room attractive,
would you still want to be my friend?  (Just checking.)"
Wednesday, I passed an hour or so in the library
where I thumbed through magazines.
I was drawn irresistibly to this photo and took a photo of it.
Eventually I posted it on my Facebook page along with that question.
I received feedback - some assuring me friendship isn't based on decorating style.
Others said things like:"It's my kind of green (all shades of green are my kind of green)! It looks like a room filled memories and warmth! A great place to sit a spell!"
"I would...enjoy visiting your beautiful and unique home."
"Cozy."  "Yes, it looks very comfortable and comforting."
"Collected and cozy." 
"Cozy and stimulating at the same time."
One said tactfully, "I see some interesting things in it!"
Another honestly commented, "Sorry, but my eyes got tired!"
"My kind of cozy."
"Colorful, bold, interesting and artsy!  I think of Henri Matisse with all the patterns,"
Friend Diana said, "Yeah.  I like that stuff." 
By the way, I DO like this room.  
It says, "Welcome!  Come in and sit a spell.  
Look around.  Let my color and comfort embrace you."
(And we even have a small bedroom painted this color.
It was a mistake, but I've grown to like it.)
OK.  It's YOUR turn.  What would YOU say about this room?


There we were.  Minding our own business.
On the way to somewhere.
Suddenly!  Garage sales peppered all OVER the small town we were passing through!
 One thing led to another and
almost before we knew what happened,
we were the ecstatic owners of three new items!
It was so unintentional.

simple and free

 It doesn't get much thriftier than free
(or purpler than above)!
 After church this morning, my husband and I
parked the car and set out for a leisurely walk
through an unfamiliar (to us) neighborhood.
 I used my cell phone now and then to capture sights
that interested me.
 I wish I'd taken more photos now.
There were so many unique features and lovely landscapes.
 This last one seemed especially significant and reassuring
as we returned home to the news of the horrific happening in Orlando.
Thankful that the best things in life are simple and require no money--
including prayer.

the rustic-er the better

My new favorite magazine...
Actually given its size and price ($19.95)
it's more like a book.
It's FULL of rusticity--
and for me currently, the rustic-er the better!
 Here is one rustic piece of ours 
sitting on our front porch.
I'd love to have an entire room full!


These shoes.
Wiped down and ready to wear.
Just right.


 It's been while since I've purchased ANYthing
at a thrift store.  
Last week was an exception.  
In addition to the couch (see previous post) and a few items of clothing,
these two items proved quite irresistible.
I might have to try a cold soup or two this summer.
Any recipe ideas?

pretty pumped

 I'm pretty pumped about our new old couch!
 A hide-a-bed even.
Found last week for 1/2 its $35 price.  (You read that correctly)
Picked up today and now in its place. 
 Its patterns may not be EVERYone's cup of tea,
but it fits in fine here at Gatescroft.
We've done without a couch for awhile
after selling our vintage sectional.  
It was OK without one, but I've missed my foot rubs.

mirror mirror on the wall

After gathering dust for many months (years?) in a corner of our garage,
this mirror finally found its place
above the desk in our backyard cabin.
It serves a dual purpose:  visually enlarging the space and covering 
the electrical box behind it.
(The box had been exposed when we removed and sold
a different mirror that had been hanging there for quite some time.)
We just used the existing nail, so the mirror hangs a little higher
than I would have liked, but I'm not going to move it...
And yes.  It's Christmas year 'round in the cabin.

strong in the good intention department

 A few years,
a few additional pounds,
and knee and hip replacements 
have happened since I last rode this bicycle
which my husband had painted per my request.
Today I stenciled an R on the basket and dusted it off.
It awaits the insertion of a new inner tube.
I'm currently strong in the Good Intention Department!
UPDATE:  My Good Intention translated to action!
I rode the bike the short distance to the Post Office
and returned with mail in the basket!

book decor

 Today it was book decor that caught my eye
while thumbing through current magazines.
I actually THOUGHT I'd taken more photos,
but when I got home to upload them from my phone's camera -
this was it!
I'll add them to my Pinterest board bearing the same title as this post.

 Meanwhile, here's a great quote with which I completely concur:

I like it when people don’t try too hard. I think the best results come 
when people are true to themselves and create an environment that reflects their personality. 
My favourite homes are real homes 
where you are not left wishing you had the same 
but rather feel touched by the experience of being in that place. 
Read more HERE.

(And here's a sweet leather chair thrown in for good measure.)
(It, too, will find a place in my Pinterest files.)

miscellaneous on wednesday

For what's going on with the sewing machine, click HERE.
And yesterday, I was especially thankful for my cell phone's camera
when I came across these like-new golf shoes in one of my favorite thrift stores!
I texted the photo to my husband who said, "Yes!"
Finally, here's the potting bench my husband's been working on with a base coat of paint.
Can't wait until it's finished!

magazine love & lore

 An hour thumbing through magazines
 at Barnes and Noble (does anyone else do this?)
 found me admiring these interiors...
 Clearly, I gravitate toward rooms full and overflowing!
 Eclectically traditional.  Layered.  
Full of paintings, books, colors and textures.