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.

what he's up to...

 Always SOMEthing!
Using planed-down, old boards (some of which were free),
he's fashioning a potting bench.
I'm giving advice -
like "That's too long,"
or "Add this (or that)."
I'm thinking a shelf, maybe some hooks....
 Yes!  Like that...

how we roll

Yep!  This is how we roll!
Especially when we stumble on one of those rare, curbside treasures!
Here yesterday; gone today.
We decided to sell is "as is" and dream about what might have been.

small and spectacular

It didn't ALWAYS look like this!
It began with this box that caught my eye a l-o-n-g time ago
at a garage sale or thrift store.
It sat on a shelf.
until my slow process of sorting and down-sizing began.
I found some wooden pegs which my talented husband turned into legs.
He inserted shelves and painted the entire piece,
and the transformation was complete!
Small and spectacular, it is a fine showcase for miniatures.

scene in a magazine

Between church and Pizza Hut today,
we spent some time at Barnes and Noble.
A look at the photos I snapped from a stack of magazines
is an indicator of my current style preferences.

Color, tons of unique accessories,
brick, old wood, gilded mirrors,
interesting patterns, books comfy seating, and paintings...

it pays to wait

Several years ago, my husband and I struck up a friendship with an elderly couple
who frequented Borders Bookstore almost as much as us!
The gentleman was an artist.  We attended one of his shows in Portland, IN.
The couple met in Chicago where both worked as young adults.
While there, he painted a series of Chicago scenes.
He gifted us with two prints.
I've been looking for proper frames for a long time
(at a bargain price, of course).
Friday I stopped at a thrift store on the way to visit my mother and dad.
Imagine my delight to purchase two frames at only thirty cents each.
And THIS, too.  At an equally pleasing price!
Good things really DO come to those who wait.
"The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him."
Lamentations 3:25

here today; gone tomorrow

 We have meetings today with purchasers for these items.  
They sold on a local Facebook site.
This means some extra cash AND some extra room!
Encouraged by my success,
I've gathered and washed up a bunch of blue crocks.
I think I'll post them and see what happens.

white it will be

After a tour of a large, new (to us) antique mall 
where we focused on painted furniture to gather ideas for paint colors,
we settled on WHITE for this piece.
It is going to be beautiful!  
In the meantime, the top of this fine nightstand was sanded
and finished with a couple of coats of polyurethane.
It's a beauty!

working wonders

 We purchased it like you see it above.
 He sanded it down, and we started to think about how to remodel it.
We decided to incorporate two Queen Anne style legs left over from a recycled coffee table,
and he created the back legs shown below.
 Finally, we retrieved a sweet but awkward mirrored piece 
which we weren't sure HOW we'd ever use!
He cut it to fit the back.
After staining the top and back piece,
he will paint the bottom.
Originally we were thinking re-sale.
Now I'm not so sure.
My husband works wonders on old pieces!

feels good

Bought a long time ago (I'm quite positive at a thrift store),
it has not been removed from its box or moved from its
storage spot in our upstairs bathroom.
Today, I removed it from the box
and filled it with hot water to sooth an aching leg.
It works.
How good it feels!
Do you have one?
When was the last time you used it?
OK.  Disclaimer. 
When I got up from my chair, I realized my bargain
hot water bottle leaked! 
It looked to me as though it had never been used.
I have NO idea how old it was. 
Maybe the water I used (though not boiling) was too hot?
It felt good while it lasted.
Now it only feels VERY wet.