more than meets the eye

It's about so much more than artificial flowers 
in a large vintage vase...
It's about a tabletop all cleared off!
Oh, and while I'm on the subject ("more than meets the eye")...
 Here's the finished produce (see prior post if you're curious).

what I saw

 The ad on the facebook site called it a "gun cabinet".
This is what I saw...
...and this is who is making it happen - seen here cleaning it out after sanding before painting...
It's going to be BEAUTIFUL!
 I'll show you later.

collection or an illness?

 Sorting project #4.
I blush to say I have another storage shelf full of candles in addition to these.
You've maybe heard the song "A Thousand Candles"?
I seem to have been unconsciously working toward that.
Seeing these all lying out like this, I have serious questions about my sanity.
Definitely an illustration of thrift store shopping going amuck!
I'm tryng to decide what to do with them all.
I WILL have made a decision by the end of the day.

the problem with second-hand jigsaw puzzles

It's not what I'd hoped for.
I will not be saving it to pull out at Christmas time.
It won't become a new Christmas tradition.
On the positive side though.....
I have a new favorite painting and have discovered a bit about it!
It's Adoration of the Baby by Gerrit van Honthorst.

turning the pages

 A woman can dream, can't she?
 I dream quite well when sitting at a table at Barnes and Noble with a stack of magazines!
As much as I enjoy decorating blogs,
there's just something about turning the pages...


Sorting Day 3 (see prior post) meant followup!
And followup included figuring out if all the pieces to this second-hand jigsaw puzzle are here.
No time like the present!
 I had COMPLETELY forgotton about this oil painting set.
It had been stashed and forgotten in a stash of boxed games.
 My husband will complete the one that's started -  and hopefully the other two!
Maybe this winter?
And yes, I DID get rid of twenty games yesterday afternoon!

Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.”
-Barbara Hemphill 

sorting - day 3

 In the past week, I've been on a sorting binge.
Day 1 was jewelry.  Boxes and drawers of it.  Where did it come from?
What should I do with it all?
I kept some, made a pile for repair, filled a container to give to granddaughters,
and created a heaping mound  of it to give away or throw away.
Day 2 involved sorting the catch-all shelf under the microwave.
It resulted in a similar outcome.
And today it was games.  I gathered games from three separate storage spaces and began to sort.
When I was finished, I neatly stacked the "keepers" in the game closet.
Below is a picture of at least 17 boxed children's games & activities - many of them quite educational!  They are listed as "free" to anyone who will come and get them.
(I'm pretty sure I have a taker already.)
I still have a medicine-type hanging cabinet full of card games that I ought to go through one of these days.

I'll move on to another sorting challenge soon.  
There are still several categories to go.
What have YOU sorted lately?

 You can't reach for anything new if your hands are full
of yesterday's junk.   (Seen on Facebook)