Friday, July 29, 2011

A great philosopher once said. . .

When it's too hot to do any work, go thrifting.  
Well, actually, I'm the one that said it and it seemed like a good idea.
I visited one of my favorite stops. . . the Antique Mall of Brevard.

I love this beautiful pink watering can.

. . . more pretty pinks

lots of pretty milk glass . . .

It was such fun enjoying the cool and pouring over all of the beautiful treasures.

Then the guilt set in. A very wise person once told me 

"Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today." She also told me quite frequently

A stitch in time saves nine.

That wise person was my sweet grandmother. She had sayings for everything and 

her words come back to me often. Sometimes as a sweet memory and other times to give me

direction or get me back on task.

Do you have any sayings that were passed on to you and continue to be with you today?

Words you find yourself repeating?

I think I need to get busy and make up some lost time. I'm glad you dropped by and

y'all come back.

Linking to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

O is for optimist

Are you an optimist?  Do you always look on the bright side of things?

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An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out. – George Jean Nathan

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. – Irv Kupcinet

An optimist is a driver who thinks that empty space at the curb won’t have a hydrant beside it. – Jules Renard

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. – Bill Vaughan

Always the eternal optimist, President Reagan instilled confidence and optimism at a time both were in short supply in our country. – Jim Ramstad

After watching the news, hearing how bad things are locally, nationally and internationally I just felt the need to remind myself and others that there is always a bright side and that every cloud has a silver lining!

I'm joining Jenny Mattlock for Alphabe-Thursday

Glad y'all dropped by and come on back!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Paint Party

Thought I would join the paint party fun! Nothing gets my blood flowing better than a good thrift store find and a can of paint!

This little entry table was my latest Goodwill find.

She started out looking like  .  .  .

This one was fun to give new life to but I think my favorite of all time is my hutch and dining room table find.

The chairs had beautiful needlework that I just couldn't bring myself to cover up.

If you like to paint or just enjoy some good eye candy go over to
Cindy's paint party

Glad you dropped by and y'all come back!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cool blues on a hot summer day

These beautiful lupines grow naturally in fields at Acadia National Park.

Their shades range from a beautiful baby blue to deep violet.

I so wish they could take the heat at home. I would fill by back yard with them!

This is one of the many small lakes in the park.

Thanks for dropping by and y'all come back.

Joining Blue Monday
             Outdoor Wednesday

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sunday Reflections

He will quiet you with his love.  Zephaniah 3:17
Jesus did not answer a word.   Matthew 15:23

Have you ever experienced a crushing sorrow, a bitter disappointment, or a heartbreaking blow
from an unexpected place?
It is then that we cry out to hear His voice speak to us.

But sometimes there is only silence,  not a word.

His heart must break listening to our cries Often, our impatient hearts cry out because we fail to see
through our tear blinded eyes that it is for our own sakes  that He does not answer at all or that he answers
in a way that we think is not best.

The silences of Jesus are as powerful as His words and may be a sign not of His disapproval but of his
approval and His way of providing a deeper blessing for us.

Sometimes His love is silent because His love is beyond the power of words to express it and beyond
our understanding.
Other times it is silent so that we may learn to trust Him. He will "do wonders never before done"
(Ex 34:10)
If we will learn the mystery of His silence and praise Him every time for His silence.

Linking to Spiritual Sundays

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A few thrifty finds

Is it just me or is this summer going by at break neck speed? Maybe it's because my "to do" list keeps growing instead of shrinking. Honestly, I am working hard at completing those projects I saved until  summer but every time I set down to enjoy  a little blog surfing, I see all these wonderful things going on and I just have to add them to my list.

That being said, I decided to take a little break today and go north across the line into N.C. in search of cooler air. I not only found cooler air, I found. . .  you guessed it, some fun thrift shops.

There were so many wonderful things but I was good and only brought home a few. The little candle snuffer was just 50 cents. It should help with the wall candle sconces. It was either buy this or grow taller so I can blow them out.

I love these watermelon placemats. There were only 5 but they were just $2.50 and I'm going to use them to make more pillows for the front porch. 

The toile memo board is already up and ready for use. It seems I need memos and sticky notes more and more. Can you buy them by the truck load? With the aging of America, maybe that's something I should buy stock in.
Glad you dropped by and y'all come back! I'm linking to Thrifty Things Friday  Come join the fun!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sailing on a schooner

The high temps today have me longing for Maine and sailing.I'm not complaining mind you. I promised I wouldn't complain about heat this past winter.

One of our adventures last month was to take the Margaret Todd Schooner out of Bar Harbor. It is a 151 foot schooner and cruises Frenchman's Bay.

Arriving early, I picked the best seat in the house . . . or so I thought.

See that humongous sail? I was right under it and there was a terrific rainstorm the night before.
You guessed it. . . When the sail was hoisted I got a free shower. I should have taken my soap.

Mr.Vintage, resting after helping to hoist the sails. Did I mention that it is a 
four man, four woman crew? And did I mention that Mr. Vintage really, really enjoyed his little boat ride?

The water and skies were crystal clear.

If you are going to be in the area or want more information you can go here.
No, I don't work for them but it was an inexpensive, fun, little adventure.
If the heat holds on  here I may become a stow away. I'm sure they could use a hard working Mema!

Linking to
Outdoor Wednesday
Watery Wednesday
Picture Story

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Playing, junking, and decorating . . .

I hope everyone is enjoying their July! We had a wonderful few days at the beach with family and friends. Those hot temps just screamed  come get in the water!

The grand babies enjoyed the magic of the ocean.

I did manage to get in some thrifting. My favorite find was a little vintage dress and photo.

I'm sorry about the quality of the photo. I really should not have shot it on a white leather sofa. Guess I kept my brain out in the sun too long.
It has sweet little pink roses on the dress and bonnet and is from the 50's. Since I am too, I just had to have it. Guess that makes us both vintage. I think the little pink vintage photo frame will be cute displayed with it.

My best thrifting deal was free. Those of you that follow my blog regularly may remember that I replaced
this brass fixture last summer. I know I'm slow but I just admitted I'm vintage, anyway. . .
I decided to see how she would look painted so  I disassembled her and put a coat of primer on.

Then I applied two coats of white Rustoleum  and took her to her new home at the condo.

She blends right in with all of the white there and you just can't beat free!
I'm so glad you dropped by. Y'all come join me at