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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Muffins and Thank You

All of you get a virtual muffin this morning.
For listening to me "carry on" yesterday. 
Thank you.

Double chocolate muffins for all even if they are rather short...oops.

I would send each of you an ivy if it were possible. 
I have been transplanting and rooting ivy like a fiend.

By the way all these images were edited in Photoscape and it is getting easier and it does have many features that are wonderful. I watched their tutorial last night and it is quite helpful. I have managed to watermark these images. Now I must learn to use the Batch Editor. That is my next goal.

I still have no access to my e-mail and am trying not to think about it.

may joy and peace surround you

Monday, January 30, 2012

Dried Roses and Monday Challenges

Monday challenged I have been.

My Yahoo mail will not open. Period. It insists I change the resolution which I have done and it still will not open my e-mail. I am going to stab myself in the eye.

I have been trying various photo editing programs and that was elevating my blood pressure several mm of mercury. Photoscape has some cool features but I find it difficult to use. Stabbing the other other eye.
Picnik closing is very very bad.

Then while attempting to get these images into a new post here on Blogger my task bar for Olive Out stops working.  Okay, GAME OVER, I said to myself and shut down the computer and went outside and cut grass with my push mower and potted some variegated ivy. Outside work clears my head and helps me solve problems and prevents self stabbing.

I returned to the computer and restored it to six days ago thereby deleting any programs I had installed and any virus that tagged along.
It worked. 

The dried roses above were given to me by my hairstylist, friend, and owner of the shop featured on the last post. She was given the roses from a client and I said I would love to dry them and here they are. I strip all the leaves and secure the roses in a bundle with a rubber band then use string to hang them upside down in a cool dry room, Joe's shop in this case.

Thanks bunches Judy.

Linking with: Table Top Tuesday

may joy and peace surround you

Saturday, January 28, 2012


A postal scale from perhaps the 1970's on a chippy old ladder with doilies.

A fine juxtaposition of elements. 
The above vignette is from Cornerstone another lovely shop on our town square.

may joy and peace surround you

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Rusty Gate

I have spent the last several days at our old house. 
I visited with the ladies who own and operate The Rusty Gate in our town square.
 Jean, the visionary, who owns the shop was so wise to leave the chippy walls in the front windows. Tracy, her daughter designs the window displays beautifully.

 The mink with Blue Boy behind it is stunning.
I will be quiet and let you look around now.

Some items pictured are mine and are sold on consignment. 
Jean and Tracy allow me to indulge my hobby of shopping and treasure hunting without adding to the volume of my houses.

may joy and peace surround you

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pottery Barn Win @ 2805

This humongous wine and cheese board was purchased with my $100 gift card win at 2805
Thanks bunches Honey. 
You guys remember her fun Christmas tree party? 
That was where I won this.
I was so excited to win. 
I have ordered ten dollar hand towels and an ornament from Pottery Barn. 
That's all.
You dear readers know I never spend one hundred dollars on one item. 
The Anthropology butter dish came from one of the consignment stores I am affiliated with. 
I never thought I would own anything from Anthropology or goodness gracious anything this large from Pottery Barn.

Thrilled and delighted I am.

This board is heavy and I can barely lift it. 
It will help to fill the space in our equally enormous bar.

This little pitcher was purchased from one of the consignment stores I sell at and I am loving it will the bowl of oranges.

Here is the bar which I call the "autopsy table" in bad nursing humor. 
You can see it will hold many dough bowls and the wine and cheese board easily.
All images above taken on a grey, grey, grey day because I planned not well.

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may joy and peace surround you

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Folding Canvas Stool

I found a perfectly humble folding stool.

It was soaking wet when I bought it but I liked that it was canvas and folded.
I was confident of it's potential.

I have an affinity for stools of any sort be they humble or not.

I can always use a perch for my coffee, book, or laptop.

So what did I pay for my humble wet canvas stool?
Fifty cents.
Suffice to say that fits into my budget just fine and
 fits well with the 1960's beach furniture we adore in the living room.

may joy and peace surround you

Font Installation Stopped For Sun

I have been attempting, in vain, to install a new font to Olive Out.
It was causing me to get anxious and I was getting a headache.
Then lo and behold the sun peaked out at 9:30AM and I had to grab the camera and take pictures.
I tell you I was about two days shy of needing Celexa and I am not kidding. 
For those of you who do not know my last nursing job was a psych nurse for the Department of Corrections.
I know mental health medications after that. 
The weather greatly effects my mood and the many days of grey, grey, and grey were a step too far.

These tall southern pine trees desperately needed the rain we received so I must stop my whining and be thankful for that rain and the grey skies.

We leave this feeder empty but feed the birds elsewhere.

Nandina berries are in abundance in the yard.

Lavender lantana is still blooming.

Quince, which is supposed to bloom in winter has enormous thorns and I tend not to want to prune it.


I tried to comment on many blogs late last evening but Blogger was not being pretty or nice.
Just know I did try to visit many of you and FireFox is my browser.
I will get the man behind the blog, Joe, to assist with the font and I will continue with the artsy part.

I put my images back in X-Large format.
I think I like them better this way.
Let me know if they are too big please.

may joy and peace surround you

Monday, January 23, 2012

Vintage Shoe Horns:Pink

Joe, with his intrepid self, suggested we visit the flea market yesterday after church.

What? I said. 
It was a cold and a bitterly wet 47 degrees and I do not mind cold but rain is not my favorite weather condition.

It turned out, as always, to be an excellent idea.

I happened upon these shoe horns.

The patina is lovely. 
The pink is so soft and chippy.
I cannot bear to sell them and they do not take much space.
I am convincing myself.
I purchased nothing else.
 Joe bought tools because apparently we need more. 
Don't we lovey?
Just like I need pink shoe horns.

One of the vendors at the flea whom we have befriended decided with me that they are ballerina slipper shoe horns. 
He said he would have bought them had he seen them first.

They are quite flexible and could be made to fit any ballerina slipper.

I am linking with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life as it is her 100th Table Top Tuesday Party.
Marty is one of the most gracious of all the hosts in our circle.
Thanks Marty for taking the time to comment to me and everyone else.

may joy and peace surround you 



Sunday, January 22, 2012


This sign exemplifies how I feel about the editing program Picnik closing in April.
I use Picnik nearly every day.
I bought the premium program and am glad the money will be refunded but would rather have the program.
Change, change, thy name is CRINGE.

My friend and header designer Diane at The Blue Ridge Gal has posted a list of alternatives that does not include the pricey Photoshop for us frugal ones.
Once again Diane is ahead of this awful curve.

I will let you know what I decide to use as editing is important and fun for me.
may joy and peace and good editing surround you

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Saturday With Olive and Joe

The cloche that has been posted here a squillion times but with a different object in it each time.
Joe and I are awake at o'dark thirty to garage sale and then I am cooking for friends tonight. 
On the menu is faux grilled chicken tenders, broccoli with lemon and balsamic vinegar, and hash brown casserole filled with mushroom and red peppers. 
I have whole wheat artisan rolls as well and our friends are bring dessert. 
It is good to have food and conversation. 
We are blessed.
What are your weekend plans?

This is set to Auto post and thanks to Pam and Claudia it should work.

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may joy and peace surround you

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Porch With Roses

I am thinking of spring.

Of roses

This is the courtyard of a local museum house taken in December. 
We had an oddly warm December.

The rockers are not embedded in the roses I am tricking you with the camera.
I love this porch and have photographed it many times. 
I hope you do not tire of it.

may joy and peace surround you

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Vintage Handkerchiefs

Vintage handkerchiefs
obtained at an estate sale, on Saturday, from the nicest family.
They also gave me free plants.

Notice the delicate cut work on this hankie.

The purple and green on this one is a charming combination.

The cream colored urn came from the same sale. 
I am keeping it.

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may joy and peace and good estate sales surround you

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Perfume Bottles

Joe and I have been shopping at thrift stores today.
This morning we priced and boxed items we are selling at three consignment stores near our old house.
Here are some perfume bottles I especially like.

This one is lead crystal and to the right of it is a vintage apothecary jar I found at the estate sale on Saturday.

The perfume bottle on the left was made in Czechoslovakia.

Sometimes when we are out thrifting a theme emerges and today was one of those days because at Habitat for Humanity ReStore we found perfume bottle stoppers.

They are adorable and if I am not mistaken I have two little perfume bottles sans stoppers at one of the consignment stores I sell at.

The wood tissue boxes in the background are from Italy.
The strange aspect about me liking perfume bottles is I detest perfume as it gives me a headache but the quality and beauty in these bottles is hard to deny.
I want to keep them all.
Can you blame me?

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may joy and peace surround you