There Is A Cure for the Summertime Blues

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Hubby and I have managed to get away twice this summer and hit the road for some treasures. And let me tell you, these trips did not disappoint!

A few weeks after buying our awesome atomic sectional, we stumbled upon this coffee table. A perfect tile-top beauty that matches the sofa in shape and color. It has gold metal legs and edging. I think it looks good with the gold framed shadow box on the wall.

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We have also been looking for an appropriate front door to replace the 1990′s upgrade that was here. This beauty was in the same mid-century shop as the coffee table. It is new old stock and never been hung! And only cost $75!

Now….do we paint it or stain it? Hubby and I are discussing this.

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You know how crazy we are for old record albums. These were all 50 cents each at the ReStore. They were put out by Firestone and I am now looking for one to complete the set.

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Who remembers watching Rudolph and singing along to Silver and Gold?

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We change-up our framed albums throughout the year and I thought these would look great for summer:

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Note the Pan Am jet on this one!

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I managed to pick up some Pyrex and an Elvis for my hoard:

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A few things for my Etsy shop:

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Of course there are always the things you have to leave behind no matter how much of a bargain they are :-(

This set of dishes were an awesome mix of Atomic & Rustic. The whole set was less than $30. I love the groovy shaped snack plates and big platter/ bowl.

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Lamps anyone? These were all under $30 each. I just don’t need any.

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Chalk ware ballerinas still in the package. Swoon….

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Love this clock; but nowhere to hang it. Same thing with the pink/ gray speckled planter.

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This pink sink with Huddee ring and the matching toilet were in the ReStore. I hope someone snatches them up to save their pink bathroom!

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How about your summertime thrifting?

Do you find things that are a great deal but you just don’t need them?

Do you buy them and put them away for a rainy day or leave them behind? I am always torn.

Stay tuned for updates on the exterior here; the cement trucks will be here next week!

 

 

 

 

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:

100_8914It finally warmed up in May, so we headed outside. A few plantings and small trees died but most of the roses did come back after a merciless cut back from me:

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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!