Sunday, April 29, 2012

Just Another Chair in Need of Rescue

Driving to work last week,  I found a couple of Adirondack chairs thrown to the curb.   The faded green heavy plastic chairs and a matching small table and ottoman were covered in dirt and cobwebs and really needed some TLC.

Below are the chairs after they got a good scrubbing.   They are in really good condition.    I can’t imagine why someone would have thrown them away but their loss is my gain.


Spray paint to the rescue.     I chose the color Lagoon by Rustoleum.    You can really see the difference in this side by side comparison of one that has been painted and one that has not.


Chairs once destined for the dump now have a new home on my front porch.   They look brand new and all they cost me was the price of three cans of spray paint.


Thank you for visiting!   Have a blessed week!!


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bangkok 2

Hallelujah!   My husband has finally made it home after his work assignment in Thailand.    I hope you will enjoy looking at these pictures he took in Bangkok.

Fair Warning.   This is a picture heavy post.   Very few words.

Fan leafed Palm.

Several pictures of a shrine set up close to the hotel.

Note the elephant topiaries.  I read online that elephants are an important part of Thai culture and the Thai way of life.

Sculpted tree.

These three wheeled taxis were everywhere.    My husband thinks they are called totos.

This ivy covered castle is not inhabited.    It is probably used for special events.

A blind musician begging for bahts.

Sunset over Bangkok as viewed from the Blue Sky Lounge on top of the hotel.

Plant sale at the Chatuchak weekend market.

Warrior gods at a booth at the market.

Beautiful blue china.    My hubby brought me back a lidded tea cup and saucer from this shop.

Buddhas were in abundance.

These blooming plants get about 3 ft. high.

Lotus water garden.

A type of honeysuckle.

No idea what this yellow plant is.

A bird relaxing by the water fountain in this koi pond.

If you are still here, thank you for sticking with me to the end and thanks so much for visiting.

“Bangkok’s best feature is its intermingling of opposites. A modern world of affluence orbits around a serene traditional core.”…


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Monday, April 16, 2012

Baskets and Bottles

Whenever I go thrifting, I am always looking for baskets and bottles.     I can’t seem to get enough of them.


I “coastified” this $1.00  basket purchased at a sale in a parking lot on the side of the road.   The blue bottle was $4.99 at TJ Maxx but I had a gift card left over from Christmas so it didn’t cost me a dime.    The potpourri was a Home Goods find and I added a starfish to it that I have had for years.  I placed the potpourri in a clam shaped bowl that belonged to my mom.    She always kept it on top of her fridge filled with bananas so it holds special memories for me.

coffee table

The total look.

red bottle

The blue bottle in the back was purchased at a flea market for $1.00 and the amber bottle up front was 50 cents at a garage sale. The small red bottle  with a crown on it belonged to my aunt. It was in a box of stuff she wanted me to sell at a garage sale I had over 15 years ago. I couldn’t sell it. My love of bottles has been with me for years.

green bottle

This vintage (from the 1970’s – I was alive and kicking in that decade - how can that be considered vintage?) Gallo Flavor Guard bottle which I purchased for $1.00 at an estate sale has a grape design all around the base.

“Age is just a number. It's totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.”  … Joan Collins

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012


As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, my hubby is on a work assignment in Thailand.    He had an opportunity to visit Singapore and sent a few pictures to me.

Wish I were there with him so we could drink coffee at this outdoor coffee shop and watch the people go by.

Is that a Starbucks in the background?   Singaporians must love their coffee as much as we Americans do.    I think I see a Wendys in that picture also.

Love how the trees are reflected in the windows of the Armani building.     I asked my hubby if he was bringing me back a happy from  Armani and he assured me he was not.

Now on to the beautiful tropical plants.   I searched online and think I have identified this one as a helliconia.  The description said the nectar is deep in the petals making it possible for only specialized birds such as hummingbirds to feed on it.

There are thousands of different species and hybrids of orchids in Singapore.

While I never found a picture of this exact plant online, it looks similar to a bromeliad.    Did you know that bromeliads are related to pineapples?

No luck in identifying this tree.

Thank you for strolling through the streets of Singapore with me.   Hope to see you next week!


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Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Shabby Cross

Easter is tomorrow?   Yikes.    I better get hopping.    First though, I want to share my thrifty Easter “tablescape” with you.     The hubby is still in Thailand on a job assignment, so it will be a low key celebration…just the boys and my sister will be dining here.      KFC will be catering the event which is being held on the sunporch.

I felt like something was missing and I realized what it was after reading Bab’s latest post at her lovely blog,  Upstairs Downstairs….a cross!   When she purchased her cross, the sales clerk said “Without the cross, there’d be no Easter.”    This really resonated with me.

My shabby cross was purchased for under $5.00 several years ago at the Canton Flea Market in Canton, Mississippi .  I bought several and gave them as gifts.  The hurricane was an Old Time Pottery $3.00 purchase.   I have really gotten my money’s worth because the contents change often.    Oh, those jagged little  things that look like Pac Man characters are really “broken” Easter eggs on a garland.


Just this morning I purchased the wood handled Easter basket at a garage sale for $1.00.


The pink tin bunny was found at Kroger Grocery Store on clearance.


So, there you have it.     My thrifty Easter tablescape.    I wish each and every one of you a blessed Easter!

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. - John 11:25-26


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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What’s Blooming This Week?

It’s certainly not the azaleas.    They are way past their prime here.    The weeds are in full bloom though.


This Kalanchoe bloomed all winter long in the greenhouse.   Don’t let the gnomes peeking through the blooms scare you.    They are harmless.


These flowers were blooming in front of a local restaurant.   I am having one of those CRS moments (can’t remember stuff) so their name escapes me as I type this.    It is right on the tip of my tongue.   I hate it when that happens!

Fly Creek

The oleanders in my yard are beginning to bloom.


In closing, I wanted to share with you a couple of pictures I took at work today.     I couldn’t keep my eyes off these three baby squirrels who were having a good ole time playing on the tree right outside my office.     The picture was taken through glass so it is not a good quality.


If you click to enlarge the picture below, you can see two of the squirrels on top of the knot on the tree and the third one is coming out of a hole right below the knot.    I believe they are nesting inside the tree because I saw the mom moving stuff in and hoarding nuts this winter.


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