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

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Garden 180

No, that's not quite the temperature, just feels that way by noon.
Therefore I have been getting out to tend the garden at the crack of dawn lately to try to salvage what is left after this broiling midsummer has baked every bloom to toasty brown.

The only thing the heat hasn't stopped is the weeds.
After making a bit of headway I took a much needed rest for coffee. (I know, hot, but remember the whole crack of dawn thing)
Of course my camera is always by my side, so as I wilted into my chair I took a few shots in a semi circle.
Hence the 180.

This area of the garden is a patio off of our walk out basement. It has some semblance of shade for much of the day.
It is still somewhat lush.

So I thought a would share a bit of cool morning greenery.
Especially for us parched midwesterners.
The heat isn't that unusual for this time of year here, but every July we complain that it has NEVER been this hot. 
Oh, and you southerners too, who are used to this. Sheesh, I do love the south and plan to be a belle in my next life, but how do you take it?

Well, back at it. I refuse to let the heat get the better of my garden.
Even if it kills me.

We still have August...

"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it."
Russell Baker

Yours in sunny days, P.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thrifty Turns to Gold

Not really gold per se, more like bone china.

M'kay, I was at a favorite thrift store looking for supplies to transform and found two somewhat cute but really not my style, Coalport English bone china cottages.
Very inexpensive. In fact so cheap that I bought them because they cheap!

I have passed these up before at Goodwill because they were asking too much. (In my humbly uninformed and VERY cheap estimation.)
So, I looked them up on ebay.
Then on Replacements.
Ummm...they are in my china cabinet now.

"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get."
Warren Buffet
(See, no more Tolkien. Quite far from Tolkien as a matter of fact.)

Yours in thrifty surprises, P.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thrifty Finds Transformed

A bit of alchemy in the studio.
Not sure what these were. Perhaps trinkets for the tables at a wedding?
Kinda schmugly but with potential.
The bases are actually metal.
Definitely a good thing. 

Sorry. I am in the process so the finished result isn't available as yet. 

Just a sneaky peek.

They will find their way to New Richmond for the Arts and Antiques show on August 14th.

Who doesn't love a treasure under glass?

A box without hinges, key or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid."
J.R.R. Tolkien

Yours in transformation, P.

P.S. OK I will knock off the Tolkien now. (At least for a bit.)
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dinner is Served

A feast for two at Frippery Farmhouse.
Add a glass of chilled wine and dinner is served.

What could be more luscious?

Summer's bounty is such an amazing gift.


Let's eat!

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world."
J.R.R. Tolkien

Yours in cheer and merriment, P.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Shopping the House for Summer, Vintage Style

Free decorating by shopping the house is the best.
I was ready to change the feel around here from July to August.
Jumping the gun a bit, yes, but hey, it was time for a more serene look.
A fireplace mantel or shelf is always a prime candidate for a quick change.

July's mantel consisted of red, white and blue vintage books and my favorite little figurine. Having a boy and girl this has been one of my best finds.
A thrifted glass vase (or my size wine glass, haha, hee hee, I crack myself up) is filled with vintage art and craft supplies. RWB of course.
A postcard and luggage tag (thanks Deb) are propped with a wooden measuring tape. (Tape, stick? what do you call those folding things?)

Just a gathering of vintage pieces in the correct color scheme or theme can make a statement.
Patriotic July moves into sand and sea August.

Colors of the beach, and of course some vintage cameras, give that vacation feel.

Dried hydrangea and some grasses in an aqua jar are reminiscent of sea grass and water.

Simple and calming, oh yes and thrifty.
What vintage bits do you have at hand to stage a summer space in your home?
Do tell...

"Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of character."
S.W. Straus

Yours in the love of vintage, P.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Another New Junkin' Blog Friend

In the quaint little town of Burlington...

I met a charming junk dealer...

and her adorable young son...

and her very helpful hubby.

The end.
Or maybe the beginning. Sunday morning, hubs and I went shopping at Burlington Antique show in Kentucky.
Of course I did shop, but mostly I went to meet a Buckeye Blogger who couldn't make it to our get together. 
I had been reading her blog forever.
I was so glad to meet her finally.
Yes and she really is delightful in person. 
Funny and with a great eye for the good junk.
Oh, I guess you are dying to know who.
Ms. Junque Magnet herself, Carrie.

I only took one photo of her space because, well, once again it was sweltering and I was just too dang lazy to lift the camera.
However I did snag some good loot from her.
You are also wondering perhaps, why there have been no photos of all these delightful Buckeye girls?
Seems they are a bit camera shy.
I know the feeling.
It seems all of my worst poses end up on friend's blogs. So I get it. No face time here.
Carrie was a pleasure to meet.
I look forward to getting to know her better and checking out some great junking spots with her!

"Make new friends, but keep the old.
One is silver and the other gold." 

You know I couldn't resist singing a corny friendship song for two whole posts. You were singing too...don't deny it...I could hear you...

Yours in the joys of junk and those who love it, P.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Ohio Bloggers Gather

Thanks to the ever so fun and feisty Ms. Sue of Sullivan and Murphy, I was fortunate to meet a lovely group of girls on Saturday. We are all on the same page with our passion for vintage, our burgeoning businesses and our joy in reclaiming pieces of the past and refreshing them for new use today.
We also happen to be from the great state of Ohio.
Buckeyes all.

We met in charming Tipp City and from the first, as we strolled the farmer's market, I knew we would find fresh friendship in one another.
That old Silver and Gold, new friends and old saying is so true.
We need both in our lives to keep things from becoming stale.

When I ventured into Blogland a few years ago I had NO IDEA what a bounty it would bring.
I have connected with so many women I would never have met otherwise.
We all share common threads in what we love in life.

A harvest of new friends far and near has been such a reward.
The best part is to meet in person and share laughter and stories and sew the seeds of lasting friendship.

I know you want to meet them too, if you haven't already.
Lettuce begin...(Sorry, I might be taking the harvest theme a bit far, teehee.)
Of course sweet Sue, who brought us all together. What a ball of fire. She had me in stitches!
Jo, from Jo's Second Act, thoughtful and funny. A pleasure to meet.
Pam of House of Hawthornes, sunny, cute and full of fun.
Debby of Cozy Blanket, what a doll. Just charming.
Darling Susie Q from Rabbit Run Cottage. Sweet and genuine.
I feel abundantly blessed to have met these chickadees and hope we will be seeing more of one another in the future.
Fall will be here soon, girls! 

I could now break into a rendition of "Friend's are like flowers, beautiful flowers..."
but I wouldn't want you to gag on your beverage.
Suffice it to say I thoroughly enjoyed meeting these soul sistas.
We had a fun filled (and junk filled) day.
There were a few Buckeye Bloggers who couldn't make it Saturday. I do hope we will meet next time.
 (I did meet one on Sunday morning, more later...)

A bouquet of new friendships, an introduction to a charming small Ohio town, some delish food and scrumptious vintage goodies, that's what I call bounty.
Thanks girls!

"We need old friends to help us grow old and new one's to help us stay young."
Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Yours in friendship old and new, P.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Hot Sale...I Mean Really HOT!

A beautiful sunny summer day in New Richmond, Ohio.
Art and antiques along the river.

Not too many photos of our space however, because the sun was glaring. 
Too intense to get anything but brilliance and shadows.
I think it was something like 900 degrees.
Well maybe more like 109.
Gladys here couldn't seem to keep herself covered. 
It was that hot!

The meltingly humid day was not meant for sitting under a tent at noon.
Or shopping for that matter.
We persevered though.

We did not do badly but I think the scorching day drove many indoors to the cafe.
If I was not manning the space I would have followed.

That said, this is a lovely event. There were almost 3 times the vendors this time and lot's of scrumptious bits of vintage and crafty goodness.
I took no photos of any of those items, just my own.
Selfish me.
Actually, the few times I ventured from the shade to try shopping, I only lasted a few minutes before rushing back to the...relative...comfort of our canopy.

I did want to share sweet daughter's adorable polymer clay earrings.
Darling little trinkets in the shape of one of my favorite things, food!
She will be stocking her Etsy shop, Sadie Flo Studio, at the end of the week and I will share the link then.
I will, meanwhile, be stocking my space at Ohio Valley Antique Mall.
You will find Frippery in booth 127 at the corner of Arizona and Virginia Ave.
The mall is separated into rows with street names to make it easier to find a specific favorite space.

Once again I will be up to my elbows making this all work. 
If I am scarce for a bit, know that I am still checking in on you all.
Just keeping mum with my nose to the grindstone.

"To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth"
Pearl S. Buck

Yours in getting younger every day, P.
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Antique and Art Show Crazy

Moving into Frippery's space at Ohio Valley Antique Mall .
Painting doors from the ReStore for my backdrop.
Pricing, setting up a mock up space in the garage to make for a smooth move.
Plus, New Richmond Ohio's Art and Antique show is Sunday. 
Separate mock up space in my entry for that one. 
Busy enough that I am skipping Bunco next week!
Dining table covered in soldering supplies, family room table covered in paint and polymer clay.
Studio room being moved upstairs for college boy's imminent return to the nest.
I need my house back!
In the midst of this I couldn't resist playing with my newly received order of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.
Adore it!

Painted my mom's "seen better days" hope chest.
Perfect now as a sofa table in Provence and Duck Egg.

I needed a break, some laughs. They came by way of my dear friend's email (No names to protect the innocent, har har)

I want to preface this by saying my gorgeous friend is no where near the description she gives in the email. Slightly chubby, beautiful and hilarious. A perfect package.
So here it is...

I work on the second floor of a mostly medical building and on the way into work this morning, I was running my usual couple minutes late, so I was trotting up the stairs and not walking up them, I was also carrying my purse and a attache type bag over my shoulder as I rounded the corner on the landing of the stairs, there was a thin lady, my age, in gym shoes and tennis shorts and a tee shirt going down the steps and she mentioned how hard it was to run steps and looked at my obese body and said "good for you" and that is how my day started. I realize that I should have used my immense whale like body to crush her, but I was caught so off guard by her comment.

Ha ha hee hee.
Crush her...
Too funny.
Well, hopefully you thought so too.

"A sense of needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life." 
Hugh Sidney.

Yours in shared laughter, P.
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