Eclectic, quirky, and sometimes edgy…this is how things look from my front porch.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Is There Anything Quite as Lovely as Spring?

God is an artist.  The sky is His canvas and nature His colors.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

What Goes Around Comes Around


So the other day, my close friend Nancy, The Thirft Shop Queen, came over for tea.  We always show each other our latest thrifted treasures.

I pointed out my new, teeny tiny brass bird cage with an even tinier brass bird.  I love it.  You may have noticed from reading this blog that I love birds and bird cages.

She said, "Neil's brother brought that back from Portugal for me."

Nancy had dropped it off at Goodwill a few days earlier.  We've agreed to check out each other's charitable in-kind donations from now on.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it's Way!

In my former, unenlightened non-frugal days, I'd spend a lot of money at Michael's for seasonal decor.  I've learned since then.  It's Goodwill and the Dollar Store for me, baby.

I love metal flower containers; the flat kind with the handle.  I use one in my bathroom to park my curling irons in style.  My house is trimmed in dark green.  I don't find accessories in the right colors for my front door and porch.  So I keep green spray paint stocked when it is on sale.  When thrifting, I look for a pleasing shape vs. a pleasing color when buying containers of any sort.

Heart-shaped recepticle at Goodwill:$1.25
Flowers on hand: 0
Spray paint bought last year: 0
Dollar Store Bunny:$1.00
Eggs from last  year: 0
Hippity Hoppity Effect: Priceless

I love the reflection in the window panes of the old school my neighborhood saved.  It was built in 1920 on land the man who built my home donated to the city.  Instead of being demolished to make way for another 7-11, our beloved Shea Terrace Elementary School is now on the National Registry of Historic Places and can never be touched.  We'll have to go outside the neighborhood to buy overpriced phone cards, stale Slim Jims and unhealthy snacks! 

The building is now an apartment building for the elderly.  One resident is a former teacher from that very school who lives in her former second-grade classroom.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.

Albert Einstein