Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Friday, September 30, 2011

For Time's Sake (and my sanity)

Too much to do. The litany of modern days.
The craft room is coming along.
The Rural Society Fall Show is fast approaching.
The bedroom is getting an overhaul. The deck needs staining.
The garden must be put to bed.
Haven't even begun to decorate for fall.
Furniture for my Ohio Valley Antique Mall space (127) is waiting for paint.
A bajillion green tomatoes to be canned.

Oh yes, and then I would like to take some time to enjoy the October weather.

Therefore I am embarking on a little blogsperiment.
Posting a photo a day for October.
No words...well...mostly...
31 photos for sanity's sake.

If you feel the need join me.
I give you permission to let something go.
For the sake of your sanity.

"An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth."
Bonnie Friedman

Yours in a wealth of time, P.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More Scrumptious Eye Candy

Country Living swings by here only once a year, but the Springfield Antique Show Extravaganza is now happening 3 times a season!
Not to mention the regular months when much loveliness can still be found.

Pretty, colorful, enticing goods.
Sandy and I brought home quite a few.

Stacks and piles of tempting vintage goodness.

Creative upcycling makes for eye catching displays.
Vendors have really been upping their game the last few years.

Candy colors make me happy.

Fantastic use of fabric and paint in this combination.

No lack of shiny objects to distract one from the loss of that brightly painted bench.

Simple pleasures.
Shopping with a dear friend for pieces of the past and knowing just how we will use them.
Here's to friends that "get"it.

"Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods."

Yours like peas in a pod, P.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Happiest Place on Earth

No sillies, not Disney. 
Country Living Fair!
At least one of the top 10, right?

Sandy and I did a nonstop tour.  
Walked a thousand miles in a weekend.

Stocked up on supplies for mixed media.
Junk Art if you will. 
Wish I could shorten that and coin a new word.
Jart? Nope, already taken.
Arunk? Definitely not!
JA? Too Germanic.

Let's just say, no need to restock our supplies in the very near future.
The creativity was inspiring.
Found myself absolutely geeking several times.

Loved it immensely.
Seeing Sandy again just iced the cake!
One day here, one day at Springfield Antique Show and Sunday morning at Dick Blick, what more can a girl ask for?

If I could fly (I mean literally, with own) I would be in Atlanta.
Can one be a Dead Head for Country Living Fair? 

Not even going to try for an acronym for that .

Just a lovely place to be.

"The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures
you find in ordinary things."

Veronique Vienne

Yours in finding the everyday marvels, P.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday Word Love

adj : rambling and confused:senseless

This almost describes the gathering process here at Frippery. 
If not the process, the end result, when all the flotsam and jetsam are scattered across the workspace.
(Flotsam and jetsam, more word love, sigh...)

Bits to sell as is, paint, redo, add to...
If you could see the piles you might exclaim "What a skimble-skamble collection of frippery."

Somehow, with a touch of alchemy it falls together into a cohesive inventory of craftiness, vintage fluff, some spankin' new finery and a few pieces you, my friends, just cannot live without!

At least that is my vision.
Perhaps you can look through these fuschia colored glasses of mine and glimpse a trace of magic as well.

My Silver Bella friend Sandy and I will be hitting the yellow brick road to Springfield Antique Show and Country Living Fair in Columbus this weekend.
We hope to load the Subie with a skimble-skamble pile of frippery to be transformed.

"Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."

Roald Dahl in The Minpins

Yours in believing, P.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Deconstruction, Reconstruction

Thank you for the many compliments on my garden in the last post...sigh...I wish I could take credit!  Alas, those flowers and that home are not mine. I shot those photos at our last New Richmond show. Such lovely historic homes front the Ohio River in that quaint tiny town.
Maybe I could sneak there under cover of darkness and ...
No I guess not.

Instead, my yard has been looking like this...

Deconstruction and then reconstruction by a really fabulous contractor. If you are anywhere near the Cincinnati area this is the guy to call! Steve Wendling Remodeling. Fantastic job, on time, knows his stuff and a genuinely nice human being as well. Call him. I mean it!

So, here we are, a week and a bit later.
 Just a glimpse mind you.
Now on to staining and landscaping before the big reveal.
Big plans I tell ya!
Well, at least in my head. 
What's up in your backyards?
I know Sue has a huge project.

Tell us what is happening at your house.

"May our home know joy, each room hold laughter, every window open to great possibilities."

Yours in the delight of home and garden, P.
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