Saturday, August 30, 2008

Hints of Fall

Burning Bush
Money Plant (Lunaria)
Holly Bush
Pink Lily-of-the-Valley Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Autumn Joy Sedum
Chinese Lanterns

Friday, August 29, 2008

Show and Tell

I've been able to get to a couple household sales lately. Household and estate sales are my favorite and I usually end up buying stuff from the basement or garage. My neighbor and I went to a sale Wednesday and I spotted a great painted corner cabinet right away. I've always wanted one and this one was almost reasonable. I thought about it for awhile and asked how much the price went down on day 2. I could live with that price which was 30% off so I put in my name to get it on day 2 if it wasn't sold on day 1. I kicked myself all night for not just paying full price. I got a call the next morning and it was mine if I wanted it.
I wasn't even sure what I would do with it but I said yes! Someone had called the night of day 1 and wanted it and when I was picking it up a lady said she had come back to buy it. I think it works well in my living room.
It is not as cream as the picture shows but I will paint it cream. It is homemade and had a top piece I didn't like so I removed it. I love my Family sign on top of it!
I'll figure out what to put in it this weekend. I'm not sure that I like the wood inside but I'll just put scrapbook paper on the back rather than paint it for now. I think I got a great piece for $110., don't you?
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Surprise find!

Did you ever get excited about finding something that you weren't looking for? As I was running my errands yesterday I passed a Household Sale 50% off sign. It was on a 4 lane but I decided to turn around and check it out. Just about all that was left was tables full of all kinds of glassware which I'm not really into. Of course I had to look as long as I was there.
I've had this pitcher for a long time and I guess I have it because it was my Mom's and I remember it always being in the china closet. It appears to be some kind of lusterware. Look what I found! Three glasses that match my pitcher! They were only 50 cents each! Now I guess I should start looking for more.

Monday, August 25, 2008

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

Welcome to another Bloomin' Tuesday!

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This Stargazer Lily was just awesome this year. It was about 5 feet tall and had 6 huge blooms. I never realized how different they smell from other lilies. All I could come up with was eggnog with cinnamon or rice pudding. They just smell like "home". These next flowers are also lilies. We have always called them rain lilies because they will not bloom until it rains. I dug the bulbs up about 30 years ago in my Grandma and Grandpa's yard in Florida. I drag the wash tub into the basement for the winter every year. My Grandma even tried watering them with well water to get them to bloom but it didn't work.
I found out last year when I posted them that the real name is Zephryanthes (flower of the south wind) Grandiflora and there are different colors. They are also called fairie lilies.
Since they don't grow around here I'll probably never get a chance to get other colors. As long as it stays warm they will bloom after a good rain.

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Fun with Gramma

Last week, in the afternoon, Gramma took me to the playground. I really like this playground because there are lots of things I can do. I love to ride this yellow motorcycle!I'm getting pretty good at swinging from these bars.This is a funny slide! It feels like bumps on my bottom. There are 4 different slides here and I love them all!
Gramma pushed me on the swing and then I tried out every one on my tummy.
After the playground we went to the vegetable stand. They had bunnies there and I loved to watch them. (Gramma didn't get a picture because she had to hold me up for me to see them.) They also had some ostrich there. They were fun to watch but I hid behind Gramma when they got too close!
I really had a fun day! I hope Gramma will take me to the playground and to see those bunnies again.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Sweetie has honored me with an award that really means alot to me. It is the Smile Award and this is what Sweetie said " She shares a love of flowers. My Mother always told me that if you saw flowers blooming at a person's house, you could tell the person that lives there cares." I had never thought about this statement before but it is such a "sweet" thing to say.I do appreciate this award but like all awards I cannot pick 5 people to pass it to. The list of characteristics for this award are:
1. Must display a cheerful attitude. (not necessarily at all times--we are all human).
2. Must love one another.
3. Must make mistakes.
4. Must learn from others.
5. Must be a positive contributor to blog world.
6. Must love life.
7. Must love kids.
These are all reasons why I read blogs. Add a love of gardening, home and family and I'll read you forever! I pass this on to all of my blogging friends that hang in there with me when I don't comment often or don't post for a couple days. Let's all strive to make each other Smile!
Thank you , Sweetie!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Show and Tell

Today for Show and Tell I'm showing my tiny pitchers. I don't know anything about them.
I was helping a friend clean out a relatives house and he said I could have whatever I wanted. As soon as I saw them I knew I had to have them.
Two of the ones on the bottom are marked USA but the others have no mark.
I have only found one (the larger blue) any where else and that was at an antique store while on a trip. to Virginia.If you know anything about them please let me know. They will always be favorites of mine whether I know about them or not. I just love the colors and shapes of them.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Great find!

My neighbor and I finally got a chance to go to a household sale this week. I love to go but they have been having them at the end of the week and I'm too busy then. This was listed as an old farm house and it certainly was. They had one beautiful bedroom suite and a darling old painted kitchen table with chairs. I can't use any more large furniture, although I would of been tempted to buy the kitchen table but it was sold.I have been looking for a round occasional table. I spotted this one on my first trip through.
I went back to take another look and discovered the top was tipped after I cleared it off. The feet were coming apart from the leg and just needed to be glued.
It was marked 25 dollars and I had just decided to take it when the man that ran the sale said I could have it for 20! All I did was glue the feet and polish it with some lemon oil. One side of the top is very warn but I'll just cover that with "stuff" until I decide if I want to refinish the top. I love the detail, don't you?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Not only did I guess the name of a cat over at for the love of vintage for an unknown prize, but I won a Romantic Homes magazine from vintage girl at heart! I had not seen this magazine before and a lot of it was too frilly for my taste. I did enjoy looking at the beautiful pictures and reading the articles.I do like the colors and chippy paint in this display. The vintage turquoise accessories in this kitchen are wonderful and I wouldn't mind a chandelier in the right spot.
Of course, I loved this kitchen with the bright colored dish display. Even if something is not your specific style, with an open mind you can get ideas anywhere.I found this cute domed dish at an antique mart and knew I had to have it! Works great on my mantle with a small bird in it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

I guess this is one way to keep the bunnies from eating the sunflowers! Probably not the best way tho! Looks like it's time to clean the eaves troughs. After all the raves from Perennial Gardener, I had to get a "Limelight" Hydrangea.
I dug out the old hydrangea and put it in a shadier area. It was getting way too big for the space anyway. I love the color of the "Limelight" and I have very high expectations!
I've checked the web and cannot find the name of this night bloomer. The leaves look like a skinny dandelion and the blooms look a lot like the evening primrose. I took these pictures at 10:30 at night.
Click to enlarge and see what's on the blooms. I didn't realize it until I put them in the computer because it was pitch dark out.
This is another night bloomer. I did take this bud picture during the day.
I love this type of Datura. I call it an Angel Trumpet but the blooms grow downward in most types. These blooms will last for part of the next day.
I have them in a pot and I put it in the basement for the winter. All the leaves fall off but if I'm lucky it starts to grow in the spring.
The flowers are 5 to 6 inches long. I'll try to get a seed pod to grow this fall and share the seeds.
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