Outdoor Spaces, Thrifted Finds and a Mid-Century Sectional

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I hope you like photos because this post has lots of them!

Updates on the interior of our home have been pretty minimal lately. We have been focusing on the exterior after the long cold winter. Here was our front yard in January:

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As you know, we are on a tight budget, so for the outdoors we have worked with what was here. This spring we splurged and purchased 2 Pom Pom Spruces for the front and side landscape. We shopped all over our area for the best deal and found 2 perfect ones at a local home improvement store and waited for them to go on sale. Aren’t they just so cool?

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We also had 4 yards of dark mulch delivered. It is from a family owned nursery nearby and they delivered it for free. I just love the way it tidies things up.

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We have also purchased a shed for the fenced in portion of our yard.  It will go where the old fish pond was, in the corner here:

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The garden is coming along great:

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My atomic hairpin leg plant stand came with its original pots and made its debut outside this year. I planted it with tiny petunias and think it looks great with my retro turquoise hoop chairs from Big Lots:

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Here is my pretty granddaughter sunning herself in one. Her dress has all of my favorite colors!

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This vintage bird bath top was found in an old shed. It was missing the base so I used it for a planter on the front porch. It is a pretty aqua green.

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I just love colorful coleus. It gives a little tropical feel to our Midwest landscapes:

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Here is a new addition to the patio. For those who have read my past posts, you may remember Nash as dear Woody’s friend who occasionally came for a sleepover. She is ALL business and would rather herd you than play. I try to keep my mooing to a minimum so she will leave me alone.

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Even with all that is going on outside, I have squeezed in a little thrifting. Here are some recent finds:

This adorable winking snowman tree skirt was $1. The groovy flowered case is full of Barbie and Dawn dolls and accessories. The Gurley Thanksgiving candles and light up Christmas candles will go in my Etsy shop.

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This Pyrex was purchased from a friend who is always on the lookout for items I am interested in. It all matches the tablecloth, which was a gift from another friend. It had belonged to her grandmother. Oh, and these are my first black snowflake and pink Gooseberry Pyrex!

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Another great tablecloth from her grandmother:

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This pretty pink and blue pitcher was $3 at a local indoor flea market. Swoon….
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This lid was a mystery find. It is unmarked and fits a Pyrex 403 bowl. I cannot find another one like it online. Does anyone recognize this piece?

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I saved the BEST for last. The elusive mid-century sectional of my dreams has finally been found! It is a wonderful champagne color with sparkly silver threads. AND….it was kept in its original plastic furniture covers until just a few weeks ago. It is pristine. All I have to do is add some pillows!

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My son messaged me with a photo of this beauty, which was listed on a personal FB page for sale. It was a leftover from a garage sale so the price had been lowered. We got it for $200. I about fainted.

Here is a closeup of the great Frieze fabric:

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Now we need a boomerang, guitar pick or round coffee table. The hunt is on.

Well folks, what have you been doing outside now that summer has arrived?

Did your plantings survive the crazy winter?

Have you been finding any great vintage bargains?

Please share!

 

 

 

She is Here!

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Just a quick note to let you know our granddaughter has arrived.  Online friends have inquired so I would be remiss if I didn’t let you see this little beauty:

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She is our first grandchild and Grandpa and I are over-the-moon in love with her. She has lots of black hair and dark charcoal eyes.

Of course, I have already been picking up vintage things for her. I will share more in upcoming posts.

I can’t wait to read her these next Christmas:

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I love the little Mouse Family Advent Calender. I  hope her Mama and Daddy let her come over EVERY DAY in December to open the little windows!

The Winter That Never Ends

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If you have been wondering where I have been (or maybe you have not even missed me!) I have been holed up here on Croydon Place, watching snowstorm after snowstorm blow past. In addition, several times the temps have been so cold our local officials have warned to just stay home!

While I have been staying hunkered down much of the time, here is what Dear Hubby was doing. Nonstop. Every day. And night. Without end.

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Here are a few things I got as Christmas gifts this year from my sweet family: the chalk ware ballerinas were from Hubby, the aqua/ black Hazel Atlas ovide dishes are from our youngest and the atomic aqua/ gold travel themed glasses from our oldest. Do they know me or what?

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Here are Santa and Rudolph, waving to my poor postman, who really lives up to the Postman’s Creed. I think he was delivering me more Pyrex?

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On those cold snowy days when I had to venture out for groceries or shipping items, I have tried to hit at least one thrift store. Here are a few of my newest things; some of these are for my Etsy shop.

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This dollhouse will be just the thing for my soon-to-be granddaughter. It is an L-shaped ranch :-) It even came with all the furniture.

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I have been searching for the elusive “atomic/ shooting stars” Shiny Brite ornament; here it is in pink! It was in that big Woolworths box:

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Isn’t this little Santa band great? I think I will keep them.

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Here is a tension pole lamp I picked up for $30 at a local antique mall. The fact that this shop does not turn the heat on does not deter me one bit. What is a little frostbite, anyway? How do you think it looks in the living room?

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This pull down light was a $10 garage sale find from 2 summers ago. We just now got around to putting it up in the kitchen. I guess we think if we keep adding cool things to that room that we will never have to fix all that is WRONG with it :-(

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For some reason being snowed in makes me think I need to cook, bake and spend way too much time in the kitchen. Here is some homemade macaroni & cheese I threw together last week in one of my vintage Pyrex casseroles:

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So what have you all been up to this long winter? Any remodeling projects? Any thrifty finds? Let me know!

Stay warm folks!