Family Heirloom gets a makeover

About two years ago – just as we were finishing up our big renovation – I got a call from my father-in-law: Him: “Moo (he calls me Moo) do you want that big thing that was in the dining room in the old house?” Me:  (thinking – big thing big thing what’s the big thing) […]

Secrets of summer treasure hunting in New England

You loved that vintage vase when you bought it years ago, but now it doesn’t quite light up the room the way it used to and may be time to move on. Don’t get down on yourself.  Sometimes love isn’t meant to last.  Lucky for you, it is vintage-stuff-getting season (and it is ALWAYS vintage-selling-stuff season).  […]

Spring blossoms at 10 below

Who cares about winter’s biting cold?  Its spring here in my kitchen.

Growing 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 […]

Pair of mid century artichoke lamps

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 […]

Metal salvage treasures

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 […]

History from the metal pile

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 […]

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

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 […]

Milk or Junk?

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 […]

Christmas too soon? Tell it to the cactus

  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 […]

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