free, healthy (and hot)

The forecast included a heat alert, so we started out early!
We picked up a map and followed it.
 Twenty rocking chairs painted by local artists
 were arranged primarily around the courthouse square.
 It added up to a free,
 healthy,
 and entertaining morning!
 We also checked out a few of the thrift stores,
looking for books by Claire Bee--sports stories requested by one of our grandsons.
 With no luck in THAT department,
 we enjoyed a great dinner buffet before heading home.
 I believe there are other towns that host similar events
 in the summertime...
 How about YOURS?
 I believe this last chair was my favorite.  
It caught my eye from a distance, and up close we discovered
that the design was burnt into the wood!

three bags full


 I took a chance at Meijer yesterday when I stumbled on an assortment
of bagged coffee beans on the discounted rack toward the back of the store.
 With a little help from our grinder (which had been out-of-service for awhile
and apparenty not cleaned when stored), 
we enjoyed our coffee VERY much this morning!
Killer Beanzzz was the first one we tried.

Have you ever found a surprisingly good buy on a discounted grocery rack?

TaDah

I just KNEW it was going to be gorgeous!

can you say "curbside"?

 I didn't let my Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes or the fact that it was missing a drawer
get in the way of loading this gem into the trunk of our car!
There is a mirror, too!  We won't put it back on this piece.
I have OTHER plans for it!
The entire piece will be painted.  
It will be quite the transformation.
(I can hardly wait!)

today's haul

I went to My Favorite Thrift Store this morning
primarily to buy some greeting cards.
At only $.45 each they are the best deal in town! 
 I always find some very unique and appropriate cards, and today was no exception.
Just inside the door stood this treasure.
The price made it irresistible.
(You may know how THAT is!)
The volunteer clerk suggested I could use it to load up my other purchases.
It was a good idea, but except for the cards, I only purchased 2 wooden puzzles
and an amber necklace that I'm testing for authenticity by putting it in the frig
for a couple of hours and seeing if it turns cold or not...

absence...heart....fonder

 Absence DOES
 make the heart grow
fonder!

I had a minute to stop in to my favorite thrift store yesterday.
My visits have been few and far between lately, and even those have ended up unproductive.
Not so THIS time!
25 cents + 25 cents + 1 dollar = $1.50
spent at my favorite thrift store yesterday.

barnes & noble

These two double page photos from two different magazines
SO reflect my taste in home style...
a corner table
stack of magazines
journal
fine-tipped, four color pen
rainy afternoon
corner table
rainy afternoon
=
endless inspiration & no-cost pleasure
I had a sip or two of my husband's iced drink
and lost myself in a stack of deorating magazines.
It had been so long since we'd been there that I had a lot of catching up to do!

he's found his niche!

 He's definitely on a roll!
  Creating all of these tables from scraps of wood
and pieces of discarded furniture,
my husband has found a niche!
All three sold within hours of being listed on a few local
facebook garage sale pages!
He's already begun fashioning a fourth!

a project and a painting

My husband is constructing a sofa table out of 
miscellaneous boards & orphaned table legs he's been storing in the shed.
We'll probably paint it - maybe stain the top.
I'm pretty excited to see the end product.
Then there's this.  A large painting on stretched canvas frame.
I've had it for quite awhile and just realized yesterday that it would fit
into a frame I've had for a long time.
I like everything about it--but especially the colors.
I'd love to have an entire room papered in these colors; this design!
At some point, I may post both of these items  for sale
on a couple of local facebook sites--
but first I plan to enjoy them a bit myself.

for profit

 While taking in a couple of garage sales last weekend, 
  I found these two gems--fine enough to keep myself,
  but with a hunch I could re-sell them rather quickly.
I was correct!
The satisfactory profit helps with a few upcoming graduation 
and bridal shower gifts.
 (I especially like the picture.  Isn't it sweet?)

confused. very confused

 
Wearing its first coat of paint already....

  I really WAS going to get back on the wagon* this week.
Then, I read "Let's Celebrate the Art of Clutter".
Now I'm confused.  Very confused.
 Consider this quote:

In accumulating, we honor the art of the potter, sitting at a wheel;
we appreciate the art of the writer, sitting at a desk; 
we cherish the art of the painter, standing in front of an easel. 
From "Let's Celebrate the Art of Clutter" 

Pottery, books and paintings definitely occupy a large part of my "clutter".
Who am I to not honor, appreciate and cherish the art that surrounds me?
If the topic of downsizing, decluttering and simplifying interests you,
you may enjoy the read AND join me in my confusion.
I'll be interested to hear what YOU think about Dominique Browning's musings.

*See my prior two posts for enlightenment about the "wagon".

you would buy too if it happened to you

 We were just going for a ride through the country.  
Passing through a small town, we soon realized 
we'd run into town-wide garage sales. 
 Weather was threatening and it was nearing the noon hour.
People were eager to sell, it seemed....
We made an offer on this little table, and it was accepted.
 It's going to be a sweetheart after it's painted!
(I plan to get back on the wagon next week.
See previous post if you wonder what I mean.)

falling off the wagon

I know I'm downsizing.  And I really HAVE been staying clear of thrift stores and garage sales.
Until today.
Driving through a small neighboring town on my way to visit my parents,
I stopped at a garage sale in the parking lot of the local Senior Center.
I am a sucker for prints and paintings.
That's all I'm going to say.
Items weren't priced.  Payment was on a donation basis.
I don't like those arrangements and generally walk away, but this time I didn't.
I couldn't resist the sweet, muted turquoise and yellow colors.