I’m back to work today after a fairly busy long weekend spending time with my family, working in the garage on my projects and running around doing a bit of shopping. Monday was Victoria Day here in Canada so we all had the day off. Woo hoo! I wish every weekend could be a long weekend, don’t you? I could get so much more accomplished if only I had an extra day to myself each week!
On Saturday, I left the house early and headed over to our local Farmer’s Market so that I could pick up some goodies for my children (Ukranian chicken dumplings, organic garlic & rosemary chicken sausages and locally-grown baby carrots. YUM!). On the way back I stopped to check out some garage sales and I ended up finding a few cool things this time.
Before I share with you what I found, I have been meaning to show you this Paris map art that I picked up at Home Sense (aka Home Goods) a couple of weeks ago. It was on sale for 50% off so decided that I had to have it. This piece is quite large and it is a steal at that price. I have been searching for a large map to frame for one of my walls and the added bonus is that this map has been transferred onto burlap. I love burlap and the texture it provides in a space! Once I get my living room painted and decide exactly where this is going in the room, I will post some updated photos so you can see how it looks.
Here are the treasures that I found while out garage sale’n (a word I made up) this past weekend. These cute milk glass compote dishes caught my eye so I had to have them. I thought that they would look great stacked up inside each other so made a tiered display with them and added a seeded sphere to the top to give the vignette some texture and interest. I have sometimes seen these compote dishes at thrift stores so now I am on the hunt for a tiny compote dish that matches the other two so I can make a three tiered stand. I think it would look cool on a buffet with candies in each of the dishes at Christmas time, with a candle at the top or with some glittery baubles spilling out of them.
Check out the scalloped design on the edges. This is my favorite part!
I also found this pair of hobnail milk glass candle sticks and a little glass leaf dish. The candlesticks were $4.00 for the set and the leaf dish was only $1.00.
The dish already has some patina as it is losing a bit of its silver leafing on the back. I kind of like it that way so I think I will leave it alone for now.
This cedar storage box and milk glass goblet also came home with me.
I love the design on the top of the cedar box but I don’t really care for its finish so I have plans to paint it in the next little while. I will share the after with you when it is all finished.
I think overall, it was a pretty successful morning of garage sale shopping. How about you? What new things have you found lately at garage sales, in the stores or at flea markets? I would love to hear about what you’ve found.
I have something else that I have been wanting to share with you…
You may not know this about me, but I have another favorite pastime besides painting furniture and working on other decorating projects for my home! I also love to garden!
I started gardening about 9 years when we moved into our current home. Prior to this, we had always lived in apartments and townhouses so I never had a chance to try out my “green thumb” other than taking care of a few houseplants.
I kind of threw myself into gardening as our backyard started out as a clean slate and something needed to be done with it, and quick! The 35′X75′ space consisted of 50% grass/50% vegetable garden which took up the entire yard. Oh and there were so many, many invasive weeds that I couldn’t keep up!
It took me at least seven years of hard work to get my garden where it is today. We put in a cottage-style wooden shed that my uncle helped us build and also a brand new fence. Most of my backyard is now mulch, trees, shrubs and perennials with only a small grass area in the middle. It still needs a lot of work but since we are planning to move next spring, I won’t be making too many more changes. I am just going to enjoy what I have done so far and try to finish off some unfinished projects to get our house ready to sell. I am hoping that when we move I can create a brand new garden at our new house. I will already know what works and what doesn’t and then I can make a plan so that I can include everything in a space that my family will use and enjoy.
Below you will find photos of some of my plants that are currently in bloom in my garden this week. Hopefully one day I will feel comfortable sharing some full-view shots with you after I have a chance to finish up a few outstanding projects. Perhaps having this blog will help me get my rear into gear to finish up my projects so that I can post the photos here for you to see. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these photos. I know they are not decorating related but just the same, looking at them and sharing them with you puts me in good spirits. So, you may see some garden shots shared on my blog from time-to-time.
In other news, once this rainy weather clears up later this week I will finally be able to take some photos of my Mom’s buffet turned TV cabinet makeover. I can’t wait to show you what she looks like now!
Until next time!
Close-up of a fuchsia pink tulip
Fuchsia tulips in May
Purple Pasque flower
Close-up purple Pasque flower
Purple Primulas (Primroses) in my shade garden
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