A thrifty, romantic country lifestyle...

Oct 27, 2014

Simple Summer Cottage Porch Upgrades...

Some years back - My Love made me a park bench.
  But said park bench was looking pretty weathered
 and had mold and mildew staining.   Not anymore!
 

Thanks to some primer and trusty leftover exterior paint...

 The cottage is sporting a new rest spot for passers by...

We also recently renamed the cottage.  
I'm happy with how the sign turned out (using the pencil rubbing method).  
We consider 'Haven of Rest'...
a nice upgrade from Sunset Glo!   (It only took us 6 years to rename her!)  
I did keep the old sign of course for part of the porch decor...

Hello 'Haven of Rest'.  
You're just as cozy in the fall as you are in the summer.
 We'd love to have you visit!

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Oct 25, 2014

Saturday Sightings...

Spotted in front of me today...

...a young Amish boy with a team of 3 mules and wagon with steel wheels.  
More and more Amish have moved into our area.  
I am loving the mules they use for farming.
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Oct 24, 2014

Inventory Storage In the Living Room....

Those of you that are sellers - where do you keep your inventory?   
I have shelving and an office - but often my other rooms
 and garage become my warehouse.
  
Currently my living room has several items that are part of the temporary 'decor'.

I try to place items in the room they look the best in while they wait... usually... 
Not sure why this truck is still in the 'neutrals' living room.  
The plan is to make it look Christmasy.
Sell quick!  I have real life decorating to get to.

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Oct 23, 2014

Free Pile Project and What I DIDN'T Get...

I'm delighted with my new little free pile project...
 

I actually turned around for this one because I spotted a cute little red stool.
  Turned out it was way too decayed.
Not to be deterred - I picked up these chopsticks instead.
 After a few coats of paint...  
(sometimes it pays to keep an extra styrofoam egg carton on hand)

...some hot glue and a bit of glittery snow 
(glitter would have worked too - but I was thinking 'white'...)

I have 4 new stars for Christmas decorating in a few weeks.  
I'm thinking these will end up on a garland - but we shall see...

 The rest of the story however goes like this...
What I hadn't noticed from my car was a great old
 floor scales - with weights!  I was so excited!
It needed a bit of redoing - but it looked good.
Source - eBay
But - for the life of me - I could not man-handle that thing into my car - 
it was just too heavy!  It sat at the end of a long lane and I was 
too short on time to travel in the lane and ask for help.  
It hurt - a lot - but I left probably the best 'free' find of my life 
right there and instead rescued only chopsticks. 
Can you believe it?


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Oct 21, 2014

New Listings...

Take a peek at some of the new listings I have up right now.   
This time - on eBay.  I plan to keep adding through the week.  
So if it's not up tonight - it will be - keep checking! (And more to come)...

Do you love red velvet jewelry boxes?  This one has a unique shape...

Also a uniquely sized beaker or flask...

A great sign in gold calligraphy for your home office...

Not one but 2 choral music books - with a great look...

This old cast iron advertising bank is figural - but I'm not positive on the shape.  
I'm guessing a washing machine.  Any thoughts?

I'm also listing a whole grouping of Sunday School
 and Bible story books and papers...

Gotta love vintage!  The new stuff just doesn't have the same appeal.
Linking to the Let's Talk Vintage Party.
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