April 28, 2012

Saturday Yard Sale Finds

Wow, today was a good yard sale day for me.  I almost decided against going out.  It is so tempting to snuggle back under the covers at 5:30 a.m.  on a Saturday morning, especially when we are having the strangest spring here in PA.  We actually had a freeze warning last night, so it was pretty cold out there today.  But I did get up and out by 6:30 and it was worth it!  I thought I would share some of my finds!

I got two teak garden benches.  I can either power wash them and condition them with some teak oil to bring back a nice finish, or just go with this nice weathered look.  They are going in my back yard near the fire pit.  They will be perfect to have a comfortable seat while roasting hot dogs or marshmallows on a cool summer night.   I paid $35 for both benches!   The large, old mirror frame was $5!  I had great plans to paint it with Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint, put a mirror in it, and hang it in my powder room.  Alas, it is TOO large!  I do love it and it is quite old.  I'm sure I will think of something I can use it for.

The tiny children's stool is another old piece.  It was $1.  The pedestal pottery on top of the stool was also $1.  The brass porch light is going on my screened porch to replace the builder's grade fixture that I have hated for years.  The nice thing is that this find closely matches the style of my other outdoor lighting, so I was super happy to find it for just $2.  

Last, but certainly not least, is this rooster.  It's not old and is simply a decor item, but it was calling, (or crowing), my name at just $5.  I have the perfect place for him in my dining room.

In addition to these awesome finds for our home, I got my sons a long board, which they tell me sell for around $300.  I got one in awesome condition today for $5!

I had so much fun with my good friend, Cindy.  It brought back memories of when our kids were little and we would go to yard sales every Saturday looking for mostly things for the kids.   Now, our kids are high school and college age, and it's more about what we can find for us!

Today's post was linked at Debbiedoo's and Common Ground.



April 24, 2012

Unending Love . . . Amazing Grace

I just finished this set of pillow covers for my Etsy shop.  Each cover is made to fit an 18 x 18 inch pillow form and has an envelope opening in the back.  They are made of 100% natural cotton and are hand washable. 

I've have had this design in mind for a while now and am so happy to finally have a finished product.  I am hoping to use this same design for more home decor items in the future.

I'll close with my inspiration - Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).  It is the traditional hymn with updated music and lyrics by Chris Tomlin.  

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace!  how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found --
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear, 
The hour I first believed!


My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood
His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing Grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, who called me here below
Will be forever mine!

Today's post was linked at Common Ground for Marketplace Monday
and at "it all started with paint" for the  Pillowpalooza link party.

April 20, 2012

New Potting Bench

This is a very short post because it's been a long and very busy day.  Tomorrow is our community yard sale - need I say more!   I've been sorting, pricing, displaying -- all day.      In addition, the youth from our church are having a bake sale here during the yard sale, so we have been receiving yummy goodies all day and this evening pricing them for tomorrow's sale.  

I did want to take a few minutes to post some pictures of my new potting bench.  It is made from an old door with chicken  wire in the top door panels.  I wish I could take credit for the design and building, but I did purchase it from a local Lancaster County craftsman.  

I purchased a potting bench from the same gentleman several years ago, but I fell in love with this new style he was making from old doors.  So .  .  .  I decided I would sell my other one at the yard sale and replace it with this one! 

I'll close out today with a little verse I recently discovered by Helen Steiner Rice.   Have a great Saturday!

The tiny petal
of a tiny flower
that grew from a tiny pod . . .
Is the miracle
and the mystery
Of all creation and God!

Today's post was linked at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday.