Metal salvage treasures

detail metal wood wire slavage thing

Here's a quick round up of the lovely little artsy bits I found at the dump in the past month.  Truly my town dump reminds me of Brimfield on a good day. And old green industrial light was folded in half at some point and rusted clear through.  Now it looks like angel wings to me! My preciousssss.  Would you look at that.  Someone … [Read More...]

History from the metal pile

cream crock sign

If you've been reading this blog for a while you'll know that our local dump has a great metal pile.  Here's a treasure I picked out about 10 years ago and just rediscovered in my garage: This great old painted metal sign is from the old Cream Crock, which I think was an ice creamery here in Harvard.  I'm pretty sure they're still in … [Read More...]

Spring is here – so let us go forth and buy junk

vintage handbag 1

One of the things I love most about spring is picking through the wreckage of last year's garden to find the mighty daffodils poking up through the last bits of stubborn snow.  Is is a time of refreshing re-discovery, a season of small but delightful gifts. It is also the season for spring cleaning.  Deep within each of us is a base desire to … [Read More...]

Milk or Junk?

birch bark vases

Have you ever gone out for a gallon of milk and found yourself at a thrift store?  This happens to me all the time. My house is decorated with so many thrifted and yard-saled (and just plain dump-picked) things.  Sometimes I play a game with myself and inventory all of the the things I've actually bought NEW and the things I've "rescued" from … [Read More...]

Christmas too soon? Tell it to the cactus

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  Today this little Christmas cactus reminded me that the holidays are almost upon us... Hey, little Christmas cactus - you are like weeks and weeks early.  What's up with that? You're like a bad pre-holiday sale at Macy's - rushing me toward a wonderful thing that I'm not quite yet prepared for. People, this plant looked … [Read More...]

The table that knew more than I did

louis xv table

One day I was in our local consignment store and this console hall table called my name:   I tried to ignore it. It was orange with a marble top and gold do--dads all over it. Not me at all. But it kept calling to me - and I kept trying to walk away from it.  I tried to seek out some Shaker style things, some patina-ed metal … [Read More...]

Garden after the rain

lillies and robin painting

It seems that it has rained here for 40 days and 40 nights.  Every time I wake up - boom! - more rain!  The garden loves it, but the new blooms aren't too fond of pounding rain.  Just as they open their little flower faces, the rain either pelts their little petals off or bends them low until they are lying in the mud. Weather forecast says MORE … [Read More...]

End of a chapter….

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I haven't posted this week because I'm going through a big change:  today is my last day at my job. And I don't have another one. Yep - I'm laying low for a while. My job was great - I mean look at what I got to see everyday...   I mean seriously.  I WORKED there. It is a beautiful museum perched at the edge of the world … [Read More...]

This is NOT going well

lamp hand painted partly done

I am so disappointed. I had such high hopes for this project, but it is just turning out badly, badly, badly. Why is it so hard to paint these lamps?  I mean, I've painted lamps before - and it turned out pretty well.  And it took me practically no time at all. But this project is different.  It is taking FOR-ev-ER and the results are … [Read More...]

An amazing story of antique wisteria and garden karma

wisteria blooms

When I was a very young girl growing up in suburban New Jersey, my mother would sometimes take me to a place called the Van Vleck estate in Montclair.  It was a huge and mysterious place - its perimeter was surrounded by mounds of rhododendrens that were tucked behind tall, black metal gates. Beyond the gates, there was an Italiante villa … [Read More...]