Monday, April 27, 2009
Most of the front and back yard had been cleaned up and weeded a few weeks ago, but the two plots I plan to use for my garden hadn't been touched yet. It was a glorious day today so when I got home from class I knew I had to spend it outside. The perfect time to prepare my little garden for planting! As soon as I started pulling, hundreds of tiny wasps swarmed around me. Eek! That was the end of the gardening plans. I'll give it another go once the wasp situation is dealt with. We think they're living in a wooden beam that outlines the little garden.
For now, I'm enjoying my Eggling, which has sprouted.
Wild Strawberry was a much better choice for someone who likes things to grow quickly. I did really like the cactus though. I had never seen a cactus grow from a tiny seed before, so it was neat seeing it happen. Maybe I will try again one day.
Right now I am excited to see the changes in this little guy.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This is just part of our haul. My mom also found 50+ children's books, a huge set of K'nex, some wonderful handmade dress-up costumes, math manipulatives, puppets, and vintage puzzles and blocks, for her grade one classroom. All for under $30. Some of the books were brand new, with the $18.99 price tags still on them.
It's probably not surprising that I kept my eye out for Pyrex while we were looking around. The blue and orange dishes came from an estate sale. The man who was running it had a great collection of vintage dishes and kitchen appliances. By the time we got there most of it was gone, but I managed to get these two dishes and a white Fiestaware pitcher. A guy who went in right before us grabbed a few great Pyrex dishes. Lucky him!
One of the estate sales we visited was at the home of an interior decorator. She had an amazing antique collection she was selling off, and among all the furniture I found a box of fabric remnants. Can you believe I got all of this, plus some trim for $1? Most of the pieces are quite large, large enough to sew into a bag or a pillow. I have a lot of ideas for this pile of fabric!
I always have so much fun at these kinds of sales! This was a perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Last night I came across an advertisement on Craigslist for some vintage Pyrex pieces. It turns out the ads were posted by a woman who was clearing out her amazing vintage glasswear collection. Her basement and some of her upstairs was filled with shelving units that were packed full of Pyrex and Fire King dishes. Hundreds and hundreds of pieces! I spent nearly an hour in her home and came out with quite a nice haul, and a phone number incase I can't control myself and decide to go back.
Can you believe that this was barely a fraction of her collection? Now these pieces make up most of mine!
This Tulip casserole dish is my new favourite piece. It needs a wash, but is in great condition. All her pieces were mint or very close.
I already had this 441 cinderella bowl in the Turquoise Butterprint pattern, but it was very very faded. This was the perfect chance to replace it!
Black Snowflake dishes. The handles on these are so cute!
Pink and Turquoise plates and bowls. I hope to find more of these to add to the set.
A very lucky day indeed!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I especially love the little painted eggs. I wouldn't mind having a whole tree of just these!
This bunny is actually from my childhood easter basket. It's a little larger than the rest of the ornaments, but I thought it still fit in quite well.
A row of rabbits ready to be hung! A couple are missing ears, but most are in very good condition. A lucky find!
I did a little rearranging of the dining room plant table, and here the tree will stay through the rest of the weekend (and probably a little longer too)!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Today we trudged out in boots and hats and coats into a slushy, snowy, wintery world. The first signs of Spring covered in a sheet of ice. A last (maybe?) reminder of the winter season.
What strange weather we are having this week!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
It's not perfect and at some point I may decide it's too busy, but for now I think it looks just right.
I love how a few dollars and a quick and simple project can completely change the look of something like this.