Saturday, September 24, 2016

Yard Sale Thrills





One sad aspect of the warmer weather ending is that it's also pretty much the end of yard sale season.



It's kind of futile to think of trudging through ice and snow to get to someone's throwaway treasures.


Going to yard sales is definitely fair weather fun.

In recent years, going to estate sales has been more lucrative. 

Usually at an estate sale, the owners of "stuff" have either passed or moved away and family members want to liquidate the contents of a home. Fast!

Merchandise is often of better quality than a yard sale and there are lot of bargains to be found amid the higher priced items.

One can often find children's books at yard sales at dirt dog cheap prices.

 I'm a huge advocate of reading to children and have a very large collection of books for kids (not to mention hundreds of books for big people, too.)  


In an effort to pull in the reins on "stuff,"  I kept yard sale hopping to a bare bones minimum this past summer.


However, the few attended were very good and the children's section of the home library now has numerous Halloween and Christmas selections.  

Note to Western Massachusetts readers. Some of the items shown in this particular yard sale are still for sale.  For more information, shoot me an email! I know where the owner resides.

DO YOU ENJOY GOING TO YARD SALES?  IF YES, WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THEM?  ALSO, HAVE YOU EVER HAD ONE?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Packratitis...


Is there such a word as "packratitis?"

(That's meant to be pronounced pack-rat-i-tis.)

If there is a malady by the name, I've got it.


What someone else is happy to throw away, I'm happy to take.

It could be useful in the future.

It might come in handy for a crafts project.

It possibly could be incorporated into a decorating scheme.


Such is the case of a couple bunches of fall leaves with long stems.

When someone "discarded" them, home with me they came.

A dear friend gave me a gah gah Halloween mask last year.

It's all sparkly gold and feathery. 

As a matter of fact, I wore it to answer all the trick or treaters knocks' at our door last year.



So recently, while decorating for fall, the faux leaves made a nice display in a dark red vase that a cousin gave me.

The mask is set up at its base. 

Added to the mix are two beautiful oval-shaped red and gold bowls, gifts from a dear friend. 


Voila! Instant decor for the fall and it didn't cost a cent.


 DO YOU HAVE A TOUCH OF 'PACKRATITIS' OR ARE YOU A MINIMALIST?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Almost Time to Say Adieu to the Fountain



Of all the house projects completed over the past few years, installation of a backyard fountain was an all time favorite.

Many times during the warmer months in New England, I'd pull out the lounge chair and sit near it, listening peacefully to the gurgling water.

It is amazing how soothing a fountain can be.


My granddaughter loves turning her back to the fountain, making wishes and throwing coins over her shoulder. 

(The little doll baby learned that from her Grammie. ha ha.)

In just a few short weeks, hubs will wrap up the fountain for the winter.

It will look like a big, monstrous creature, encased in black plastic and the carefree days of spring, summer and autumn will be part of the past. 


If you ever have the opportunity to add a fountain to your backyard, do it. 

You will never, ever regret it. 

If interested in seeing the original installation of the brick semi-circle beneath the fountain, go here.



Now, let's  hum a verse or two of "Three Coins in a Fountain," just for old times' sake. 

WHERE WAS THE PRETTIEST FOUNTAIN YOU'VE EVER SEEN?
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