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Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Fine Way To Start The Day

The hummingbirds are on a feeding frenzy.

They are getting ready for their epic journey south.

Joe and I are enjoying this new window feeder.
I opened the blinds one morning and had a hummer greeting me. 
That is a fine way to start the day.

This is the female that always perches in the crepe myrtle.

 They are feeding on the lantana as well as other flowers in the garden.
They must add some grams of weight for their eighteen hour non-stop flight south. 
They are predators also.
One quarter of their diet is protein in the form of insects, like mosquitoes.
Can you tell they fascinate me?

may joy and peace surround you

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mini White Pumpkins

More little wonky white pumpkins. 
I promised I would tell you a secret about these little darlings.

Guess what?

I bought them last year.

They have been in a bowl in the kitchen or dining room and have no sign of atrophy. 
They were purchased from Publix 's produce department last fall.

The table was photographed last week but I can assure you they look just the same this week.
If you can you might try saving your mini whites for next year.

Saves money this way too!

Linking with Sherry at No Minimalist Here for her Open House Party.

may joy and peace surround you always

Monday, September 26, 2011

Joe and Cloches

Joe and I converged on the lighting section of the Habitat For Humanity Re-Store at about the same time and then we saw the pendant light.
Joe asked, "Could it work as a cloche?"

I replied, smiling, "definitely."

Joe is about eighty-eight kinds of wonderful at any given moment.
He "gets" cloches.
The buffet is dressed for fall in white pumpkins.

The soup tureen is a recent thrifty find and was made in Italy.

The bell shape of the cloche works for us and our vintage cake stand.

Wonky little white pumpkins are so cute and they last a very long time (more about that later).

A big thank you to my aunt and uncle for treating me to fish, grits, and hushpuppies on Friday night.
It was lovely to spend time with you and it means so much to me that you read and enjoy this blog.

Linking to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday.

may joy and peace surround you always

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chippy Green Chair

This is my favorite find from last weekend.
 I was looking at this chippy chair in the dark, prior to sunrise, on someone's carport, and I could tell it had lovely patina.

I grabbed it!

It has not been cleaned or waxed yet in these images. 

I have no idea where it's going to land in the yellow house but it's staying.

Would you have bought it for four dollars like I did?

Linking to Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.

may joy and peace surround you always

Monday, September 19, 2011


Our fifth piece of McCoy. 
We are not well versed in this pottery but we think this hand vase is a McCoy.
It is unmarked but the turquoise is spot on and we have a large turquoise McCoy bowl that is the same shade. I found it a a church sale for four dollars.
Our weekend was quiet but spent partly working and switching locations. We are at the old house now and I am dusting and cleaning and may not ever finish. Dusting at our old house is not for cowards because the plaster walls shed dust constantly. I am also making good old southern BBQ pork in the crockpot. It's been cooking all night and smells yummy. It is not low fat but we only have it once a year.

What are you up to today?

Linking to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday.

may joy and peace surround you always

Thursday, September 15, 2011

~red bird, mantid, succulent~

Taking the camera outside.

I do not remember the brilliant blogger who told us about about safflower seed not being attractive to squirrels. But we thank you and so do our birds. Two days after we made the switch the squirrels were gone.

A praying mantis feeding in the White Indian Hawthorne.

A succulent trailing over the front steps rock. 

It actually rained this evening and it's going to be in the low 70's all day tomorrow.

How is the weather where you are?
may joy and peace surround you always

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Before And After And McCoy

I promised to show some of the McCoy we have lately bought, for next to nothing, and I have a before and after.

That flat matte white bowl on the left is a 1930's unmarked McCoy. We found it last weekend at a church garage sale for three dollars. It is not in the best condition but I still felt like I won the prize.
 We also found a McCoy planter and a cookie jar sans lid on that day. This past Saturday I found a McCoy vase at another church sale. The church sales are working out really well.

Starting with the After shot.

This TV table made by Broyhill was also found last weekend for twenty-five dollars.
They had already painted it white which is good because it sits across from that massive dark buffet of ours. The large drawers are used to store table linens and I like that open pocket for books. Joe and I think this is a good re-use of a TV table.

The table works with our beachy rattan furniture.
Way over there in the window is the yellow McCoy planter. 
I do not know why I didn't take a close up of it.

Before shot taken Christmas 2010.
This chest is fake wood and too small for that wall.
The Broyhill is solid wood.
If you are patient you will find what you are looking for by shopping the thrifty way.

Linking with: 

Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday

may joy and peace surround you always

Sunday, September 11, 2011


May We Never Forget
God Bless America

may joy and peace surround you always

Friday, September 9, 2011

~roses, nightwalkers, linens~

The last of the pink roses from our garden.

Vintage clam basket is in the background.

It has been over a week since I posted, I hope you missed me and Joe. 
We had CC and her suite-mate for the holiday weekend. We only saw them for meals and church, I call them Nightwalkers as they wake up when the sun goes down. We did go thrift shopping on Saturday afternoon with them, it was cloudy.

Joe and I went to several estate sales and many garage sales.
We started at 5:30am for goodness sake. We found a literal mountain of vintage and new linens (and three pieces of McCoy) for me to sell on consignment. That's what I have been doing, ironing up a storm. The above pleated shams (new) nearly made me loose my mind. I finally finished all that yesterday and have told Joe to try to prevent me from buying pretty old pillow cases no matter how much I want to.

We are keeping the McCoy. I'll show that later.

I shall be visiting you very soon my peeps♥

I am linking with Debra of Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.
Honey at 2805 for Potourri Friday.

grace surrounds us