A thrifty, romantic country lifestyle...

Apr 12, 2014

Saturday Sightings - Unexpected Pleasures...

Back when I first started blogging - I had good intentions of doing 
a Saturday Sightings feature.  And I did.... a few. 
But today, I happened upon some neat things in my
 morning outing - and just had to share...

First up - I had no idea that I lived near this beauty.   Covered bridges used to be fairly familiar around here - but unfortunately - many have been victims of arson.  

Today I was on a small nearby road that I've apparently never 
been on before.  What a treat when I got to pass through this 
wondrous piece of local history on the old wooden floor boards.

And when I came out the other side - this great old stone and 
stucco farmhouse greeted me.  Love that tree too!

Second up - as I was driving down another back road I saw a 
horse go running full barrel into a pasture.  The owner was 
nearby and I stopped to ask if I could take pictures.
  "Sure thing"... was the reply.   "I have another horse I'm bringing out - 
you can stay and watch".  I learned that today was the first day 
the horse owner was letting her horses out to pasture
 after being cooped up all winter.  I was all prepared
 to get some great full-out running horse shots...

 "This horse is over 30 years old" I was told.  So out she came...
 ... ready to break into her first Spring gallop...

...or not! 
Apparently a good back scratching was all this horse desired.

 Too funny!

 "Have  a good day in the pretty sunshine my horse friend."

I'm thinking I like this meandering down country roads stuff.
And I love this area that I live in!

What did you do on this gorgeous Spring day?
  (Hopefully it was warm and sunshiny where you live too.)

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Apr 8, 2014

Unique Vintage Easter Finds on Etsy...

I went on a search to see what I could find that is
 somewhat unique in the vintage Easter category.
  (Because after a while - it can all look the same.)
  Here are some of my findings per Etsy... 
(Click on the captions to go to the listing.)

Love this little cutey with his Easter toys...

Child Easter Photo

Easter hats are common enough - but how about some Easter shoes?
Tapestry Easter Shoes

Gurley makes lots of figural candles - but these little ducks are made by Tavern.
Duck Candles

Wouldn't this egg lithograph make an amazing piece of wall art?
Egg Botanical Poster

Here's a sweet vintage Annalee toy - never used!
Annalee Rabbit

How about a photo of a military Easter church service?
Military Easter Photo

Not only is the front of this post card lovely - 
the back has  beautiful French script handwriting...
French Woman & Egg Post Card

Does a magazine ad from 1943 for Easter Candy do anything for you?
Easter Candy Advertisement

I thought this vintage Easter card was especially cute...
Easter Card

It's hard to find good looking Easter candy containers - but this one is! 
Easter Candy Container

And one more from 'moi' store - how about an unused
 jumbo sized satin puffy Easter card?

Large Satin Easter Card
Happy Shopping!
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Apr 4, 2014

'Free Pile' Season Is Here...

Here in this more northern climate - free piles and curbside finds 
are pretty scarce during the winter months. 
But 2 weeks ago - my neighbor had a small 'Free' sign out - with this bucket...

 It said 'free scrap metal - take bucket too'.  OK.  I can do that.
It's the bucket that I wanted anyway.  

It even has its original 'WHITE' label.  Labels are always good!
 The bucket was about half full of greasy bolts and small car parts.... 
truly nothing worth keeping.
It made for a heavy load - but I chugged it home anyway (2 houses down).

 I salvaged a few pieces that looked interesting, 
and sent the rest to metal recycling.
Yay - 'Free' is back in season!
 Did you have any roadside rescues lately?

Linking to Grey Dey Thursday
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Apr 3, 2014

Last Ditch Effort Easter Vignettes...

 Easter goods are selling fast at the thrift shop where I volunteer.  
In a desperate search for some goods to create a few
 last minute vignettes - I used gift bags, tote bags...
 ...plastic eggs (there's always some of those left),
 spring colored books and a teddy bear.  In pastel coloring - 
it's the 'new' bunny.  (smile!)

I'm thinking till next week I might have to forego Easter in my 
vignettes altogether.  Just not enough good lookin' stuff left.  
But we shall see.   (The challenge is half the fun!)

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Apr 2, 2014

New Goods....

 ...in the shop...
(Click on the caption to see the listing.)
Lot of 7 Cotton Thread

60 Quilt Patches

3 Old Wooden Brushes - Horse Hair

Daisy Embroidered Summer Spread

Darner + Wooden Spools & Thimble
I've been listing and listing.  This is just a sampling.

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