Spring blossoms at 10 below

hyacinth magnolia fern winter bouquet

Who cares about winter's biting cold?  Its spring here in my kitchen. … [Read More...]

Growing meyer lemons

meyer lemons

I’ve tried and tried to grow Meyer lemons for years.  I pruned, spritzed, fed and even polished dull leaves – but never got a response.  I had the Charlie Brown Christmas tree of lemon trees:  a few spindly sticks with a couple of apathetic leaves. I left the plant out on my patio all summer and ignored it.  If it wanted to be a stick, let it be … [Read More...]

Pair of mid century artichoke lamps

burlap lampshade

Note from the management:  Last post on this blog?  Last May.  LAST. MAY.  I was so into it for a while and then it all faded away.  I think I was trying too hard.  Link parties, photo watermarks, long afternoons of Photoshopping, blah, blah.  Took too much time.  It stopped being fun, and felt like an obligation so I gave it up. But I would … [Read More...]

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

christmas cactus bloom closeup crunchy diva

  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...]