the problem with thrift store purchased puzzles

The problem with puzzles purchased at thrift stores is that
one never knows how many pieces may be missing...
and in this case, there was actually an EXTRA piece.
Go figure!
However, the price is right and a quarter buys many hours of entertainment.

enjoyable, inexpensive, productive

These.  Five of them for $1.00!
Odd number, to be sure,
but they fit in well with my blue and white dishes.
They're a great size and glass.
I'm not a fan of plastic glasses, so having extras around
allows for the inevitable breakage.
My husband also bought two wonderful pairs of shoes - $1 each.
I bought a black tee.  I wear them almost every single day,
so I like having an extra or two in the "wings".
Most importantly, the two hours spent were enjoyable, inexpensive, and productive!

Oh.  This, too.
I have a small collection of plaques like these....

another sweet monday

It was another sweet Monday.  A day away for me...
I dropped my husband off at the office, adding my tracks to the ones above.
I drove to the Huntington IN public library where I waited in the parking lot for its 9:00 opening.
Once inside, I gathered a stack of books to read
As usual, I found many images to fuel my imagination; 

 to capture and store as testimony to my evolving and current decorating preferences...

At 10:00, I closed the books and headed for the thrift store I'd discovered a week or two ago.
I saw a $.50 rack where I purchased this sweater that I'm wearing this morning.
The rest of the day found me variously enjoying the sunshine via Frances Mayes' 
Bringing Tuscany Home (a library book I'd brought along to fill spare minutes)
and actually SITTING in the sunshine by the window at Panera while I enjoyed a Greek salad 
in the company of my fine husband.

"…making beauty around you honors all of life", Frances wrote.

After a few hospital visits (my husband is a visitation pastor at our church),
we returned home where my sisters and brothers-in-law and father
gathered around our table to play games and share a simply delicious meal --
my sisters' homemade potpie and salad,
topped with a cheese cake that we'd picked up at Aldi's earlier in our sweet Monday.


More de-cluttering in process.  These eight.
Plus one more.
Can't think of the last time (or the FIRST time) I used ANY of these!
Purse-un-oly, I can't think of a reason to keep them...

two things

 #1 This piece which finished EVER so nicely!
(I showed it in progress a few posts ago...)
It sold minutes after I listed it on a Facebook site.
#2 This view of one end of our living room
for absolutely no reason at all.
I was giving my eyes a break as I read Village Centenary by Miss Read
(also mentioned in a previous post).
I know.  There's a bit of clutter up there!  No staging for me!

my new chair

and blue.
(And no, the tags aren't off of it yet.)

miss read

From the shelves of used books - including some vintage ones like THIS one -
on a "For Sale" shelf at the Huntington Public Library (IN).
I was thrilled to purchase it ($1) for a couple of reasons...
First of all, because I have thoroughly enjoyed every Miss Read book I've ever read;
and secondly, this is one I don't own personally!
We were in this lovely town for a meeting and had allowed ourselves
extra time to search out thrift stores and check out the library.
It cost us nothing and the time was well spent.
By the way, I spent nothing at the two thrift stores we found,
but will definitely be returning to one of them called Dream Center.
It begs to be frequented!

a lengthy hiatus

 After a lengthy hiatus from thrift store shopping
(and having exhausted our supply of jigsaw puzzles),
I ventured out on Thursday morning, limiting myself to puzzle purchase only.
I glanced longingly at a $10 wooden box that would have looked SO fine
refinished and sitting in our house SOMEwhere.
I successfully exited the store with these three puzzles priced at $.50 each.
We began with THIS one - my favorite of the three.
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

second thoughts

It's heavy.  It's not "real" wood.  It's in poor condition.
the price was right (free),
there is potential,
and the pulls are impressive.
 My husband is ON it!
Creating a shelf for the bottom of the opening where two very-damaged drawers existed
will make this piece highly desirable when painted white!
Though my first inclination was to sell it when completed,
I'm definitely having second thoughts!

pre-christmas activity

While the rest of you shop, cook, bake, decorate and wrap, 
you might be interested to know what I'm doing! 
~ Click HERE to find out ~

more is more

 I traveled with my father to his home town for a routine doctor visit.
 I asked him to drop me off at the local library to wait while he had his appointment 
 and ran another errand or two.
 The library is a lovely one with a comfortable seating area
 and many fine decorating magazines.
 I was not bored OR disappointed as I perused the current House Beautiful magazine.
Can you tell I agree with Dolly Parton who is said to have said:
"Some people say that less is more. But I think more is more."

another day; another puzzle

Another day; another puzzle.
We finished this one - which was NOT easy -
since the cars were not arranged like the photo on the box!
After taking it apart this afternoon,
we started another.
We find puzzles to be a simple and satisfying way
to spend cold, winter days!
(Frequently our puzzling is accompanied by a mug 
of hot chocolate or eggnog with a bit of nutmeg sprinkled on it
and some instrumental Christmas music playing in the background...)


 These sweet cutouts
 from a magazine insert years ago
 found a place among the few other ornaments on our little white tree.
Loving them!