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Summer Lovin’

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Well not really. Those who know me well know summer is NOT my favorite season. Especially here where it is hot and humid much of the time. I spend a small fortune on annual flowers for my patio and then by July they are frazzled and begging for shade.

I have to admit that my garden loves the weather this year. We are giving away tomatoes and peppers because we have so many.  This poor guy is a misfit. He kind of looks like Mr. Magoo.

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I still thrift when I can and add to my stash of kitschy finds.

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I am still buying bed linens, too. I know I need a 12 step program.

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I have found a new love this summer: cold brew coffee! It is great for a hot day when you need a pick-me-up but you don’t want a hot drink. Insert a tropical stirrer and you are in business.

101_6263My Pyrex collection continues to grow; these are some of my fall pieces. I use them for everything from salads to casseroles to scrambling eggs. They also look great with fresh fruit or veggies on the counter.

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I have been frantically getting my Christmas hoard listed in my Etsy shop for the upcoming holiday season. Remember all this?

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101_5242Well head on over to my Etsy shop. Much of it is listed there!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thethriftygal?ref=listing-shop2-all-items-count&section_id=13176699

Check back soon to see the vintage jukebox speaker we have hooked up in the basement!

Heck before we know it we will be putting up the Christmas decorations.

 

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Labor Day Weekend (or getting ready for Christmas)

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Yes I know.

It was just Labor Day.

I am knee-deep in Christmas craziness.

I have been buying and stashing vintage holiday decor all year to sell and to use for my retro crafting. I will be selling items in my shop and also on Etsy and Ebay.

This is what my basement work area looks like. I know;  it’s pretty bad. But it is the only place where I can leave it all out and if someone stops by they won’t have to see that I really am a hoarder. All of those containers are FULL!

I also hit a great estate sale last week.  Everything was $1 or less.  Check out that groovy two-tone  aqua typewriter!  That little box is full of old Christmas gift tags. I am keeping the matte cream vase; the rest is to sell.

I picked up this star burst clock at a garage sale for $1. The balls were orange and it needed new hands.  After a little TLC I think it looks pretty good in the green bathroom:

Most of Labor Day weekend was spent doing “labor”.  Hubby had a 4 day weekend so he spent it working on landscaping in the side yard.

First he had to unearth all of these 252 bricks and stack them nice:

Then he dug up old tree roots, leveled the ground, laid landscape fabric and installed these:

Bless him, he only suffered one bee sting the whole weekend.  Little did we know that there is a colony of bees living underground back there 😦

I think the patio area is looking nice:

We did manage to take a break later on Labor Day. We cooked out and had family over, but it was too hot and humid to stay outside 😦

I am so tired of summer. I long for the day when I have to put on a sweater, make a pot of chili just to warm up the kitchen and bake pumpkin cookies. If it would cool off I would put up my fall decorations!

The Many Faces of Mid Century Homes

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Well…..I got up real early to take my walk while it was still cool. Camera in hand,  Woody and I set out to snap up photos of homes in my mid century neighborhood. I just got around the corner and ran into this:

This little guy was loose (no tags) and followed me closely the entire walk. I did manage to get some pretty good shots though. I apologize up front about the waste cans and yard waste in some photos. It was pick-up day and the trucks had not come around yet 🙂

My subdivision is steeped in history, even though it was developed mid-century. It sits smack dab in the middle of the former farm of a prominent local family. Because part of the farm was a nursery, many of the big old trees are still standing.

I believe this fence is a remnant of the old farmstead; it sits in front of a brick ranch 🙂  Note the little fella is still walking with me:

This home is just around the corner. I love the built in planter and the sloping post holding up the porch roof.

This home is a very cool jade/aqua color with shake siding:

This home, with its soft gold color and split rail fence is a nod to Colonial.

This one has a more modern vibe with the nearly flat roof on one side and a slanted roof on the other:

My neighbors home gets the biggest chimney award:

This is the front of their lovely home:

Another nearly flat roof and crank out windows.

This one has a carport:

I love this wooden screen/divider on the porch:

This beauty if for sale:

I just like this one;  plain and simple.

I love the wrought iron details here. Note the lamppost.

Another lamppost:

Here is ours. See the cupola on the garage roof. Another nod to Colonial.

Our front yard is very park like:

Another built in planter:

I LOVE this lamppost. It looks like a flying saucer. And yes, I have walked up close to see if  I could find any markings on it. Anyone recognize the maker of this cool yard light?

One of my favorites; love all the windows/glass.


But THIS ONE came up for sale shortly after closing on our house. We went to the estate sale here (twice) and then to 2 Realtor open houses. If it had been for sale before we would have jumped on this one. It had an original kitchen and baths, a screened in breezeway, full basement with additional fireplace and groovy bar, a brick planter INSIDE, 4 bedrooms, and was just plain cool .  It sold for less than we paid for ours 😦

I could have taken dozens and dozens of more photos; none of these homes are alike. I just love all the different styles of mid-century represented here!