When art imitates life....
Both the painting and the white box were thrifted.
The lilacs grow beautifully free
outside our kitchen window

a little blue

 In the process of not simply de-cluttering but de-owning,
 I emptied (and sold) two small hanging spice racks (with doors, etc.).
 Inside one were these miniature bottles.
 They are awaiting my decision about whether to de-clutter or de-own them.
This is HARD!

more miscellany

 Sorting through more miscellany
 than any one woman
 should be allowed to accumulate!
(Do YOU have a favorite piece of quilted "miscellany"?) 

an outdoor kind of day

 An outdoor-kind-of-day today.
In addition to a LOT of weed-pulling, there was some dividing and transplanting....
and general enjoyment of bunches of yard furniture and decorations
that found their way to our house via garage sales,
thrift store shopping, and roadside treasure-hunting.

no regrets

I've never regretted the color we selected for our bedroom wall years ago.
This thought struck me when I woke up this morning
and turned on the lamp--
something else I don't regret....purchasing the lamp, I mean.
At a thrift store, I'm sure.
Also years ago.

 “Just tell yourself, Duckie, you're really quite lucky.”  (Dr. Seuss)
“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”  (Lao Tzu)

vanity, vanity

This one was found curbside.
My man stripped it of the varnish that remained.
It sat in the garage waiting a decision to sell "as is" or paint.
Today we sold - "as is".
Before it sold, it was turned down 
by someone who was looking for one for a client.
"Just too large," was the verdict.
I remembered I had THIS one (above) in our spare bedroom.
Its top was cluttered with "stuff".
Since we're downsizing, I asked the "someone" 
if she'd be interested in THIS one.
She was -- and plans to pick it up tomorrow.
I just remembered I have one MORE 
out in the spare-bedroom-back-yard-cabin.
I wonder how much longer I'll hold onto it?
(I can't remember the last time - or ANY time, for that matter - that I actually sat in front of a vanity.)
 How many vanities have you ever had in YOUR house at one time?!?


 Stepping out of the shower this morning,
 I realized how little the decor in our upstairs bathroom
 had changed in the past five or six years.
My collection of pink florals still bring me pleasure.
Gathered over a period of years, these pictures were purchased
at thrift stores or garage sales
I am in no hurry to replace them.
For me, they have timeless appeal.
What items in YOUR home are timeless in their appeal to you?


I find myself with  little time and no real outlet in which to sell items
I've acquired over the years.
 I still consider them treasures
and they represent good memories to me,
but they are taking up space that needs to be emptied.
Whatever shall I do?


In a corner of our living room
behind a vintage rocking chair,
sit a couple of stacked shelves.
Treasures fill them....
Of course, everything is second- or third- or fourth-hand.
Except for a rare dusting and an occasional addition of a thrifted child's Golden Book,
very little has changed over the past couple of years.
It's comforting somehow...


 Since most of the furniture in our living room
was acquired over a period of years from
unrelated sources (read "thrift stores, garage sales, curbside"),
 it's no surprise that the pulls are an eclectic sort.
 Their cumulative effect
 is an interesting one--
don't you think?

corners and angles

The high winds drove the cold right through the walls of our old house yesterday!
I moved my recliner to  a place where the draft was not so pronounced.
Sitting in a new position, I saw our room with fresh eyes!
One thing led to another.....and before long, I had moved two of these chairs
into position on either side of a small desk in front of our stairs....
Yes.  That's a stack of books you see on the steps in the background.
It's not their permanent home.
...and here is another corner to be dusted and rearranged.
Kind of makes me happy to sit and look at things from the first angle!
By the way, if you SEE it in these photos, you can be pretty sure
it came from a thrift store or garage sale....

how do you GET inspired?

My Moleskine book - purchased to carry in my purse to record musical compositions

How do you keep yourself inspired?
"I travel as much as I can to keep my mind open. I go a lot to the beach for the fresh air. I love watching movies and I especially like French cinema aesthetic. I also read a lot; I swap between learning books that teach me something and novels that make me dream. Besides, I also try to be surrounded by creative people to both inspire and be inspired."

As much as I enjoy the photos at Freunde von Freunden,
I enjoy the interviews.  I find them stimulating, intelligent, and inspiring.
Sadly, I have found my creative side languishing recently. 
 Lola's response to the question "How do you KEEP yourself inspired?" 
contains several concrete activities that just may help me GET inspired!

By the way, how do YOU get/keep yourself inspired?

how well she knows me

She's a blogger friend I've never met in person,
but - OH! - how she knows me!
After reading of my pleasure in reading THESE two library books....
she kindly sent me Face Toward the Spring.
(How about that beautiful dust cover?!?)
I want to savor EVERY word of it!
I want to PRESERVE every word of it.  
Though written in the late 40's, it is as current as yesterday.
Surprisingly (to me at least), our yearnings and essential challenges
haven't changed all that much at all.
Thank you, Claudia!
 A recent (and rare - since I've called a sort of moratorium on thrift store shopping)
purchase at my favorite thrift store.
1/2 of $.25 made it impossible to pass up.
The color matches the house color on the dust cover of my book.
They're probably from the same era, too...