finding delight in the mundane since 1936

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gone Junkin', (in my own home)

found the red coat rack in the basement (took 5 min. to put up)

found this tin basket in the garage, makes a nice welcome for guests.

found these curtain tiebacks in the attic, perfect for organizing my junk jewelry.
found the table base years ago but finally put this old mirror on it and made it a table


these were old lights I found somewhere and used the electrical hardware for another fixture. 


last year, found these as I was junkin...took me 6 months to put up, but had been dreaming of them for 12 years.


Speaking of old junk...




from my more-than-a-decade-old junkin' days, this junk has found it's home.


Found these odd, mismatched plates



so I put some of them on the wall, finally!
maybe I should have a wall dedicated to dead presidents too?


Found these cool junkin blogs:

10 years ago I was definitely shabby chic and although I've evolved, the junk in my house stills shows my shabby/glam tendency. My secret love for modern minimalism has no basis in real life.

I've said it before, I need to throw some things out, have a garage sale, give things away, But I also need to repurpose and appreciate some stuff too. So, I tackle it a little bit at a time.

My friends think I'm a bit nuts for the stuff I have compiled, but I'm sure that's why they love me anyway!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

perfect peace

there are wheels on the bottom of his feet

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
- John 14:27
this is the 2nd time I've referenced that scripture in a week. I must need peace!












Woke up way too early, saw a critter (the second bug I've seen this month) and couldn't go back to bed. I took it as a sign that I should finish re-writing the script I've been working on. I've washed two loads of clothes, made a note to call the exterminator, let the dog out, made coffee and started a new recycling bin. The script, however, is slow moving.

I felt compelled to repent for a very bitter attitude that I had last week. It was directed at..., well that's not really important, I just knew it wasn't the type of emotion I wanted taking root in my heart. Yesterday as I was writing, I could feel a wave of stress rolling over my shoulders. I realized that I've been missing my mom lately. I looked at pictures of her and thought about the way she handled stress...  on her knees.

This morning, I know I was awakened for a reason. Jesus wants us to have His perfect peace and to forgive so that we can be forgiven. My sweet Jesus isn't just an action figure in a box, He is the reason I live and breathe today. He's my rock, my deliverer and my redeemer. He is a soothing balm to all of my wounds, and even if I were wound-less, He would still be a friend that is closer than any other.

Anyway, I may have some good news next month. I've already had several freelance opportunities and I'm trying to make definitive progress on this current project before I start teaching again in July.

Despite the heat, I hope you have an amazingly wonderful day and I hope you get to experience Jesus, outside of the box!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Too Hot For Words...



But I've got plenty to say, as always.
With the weather in the high 90's, I've got sweet iced tea and porches on the brain...



mostly because I need something to go with this yummy creation, which I call 
"The BEST"
(Turkey Bacon, Basil, Egg, Spinach, and Tomato)

But because I'm incredibly busy this summer, I don't have time to fix up my screened-in side porch. 
So I've been imagining myself basking in dappled sunlight and a cool breeze with my sweet Iced Tea and sandwich...

Let me pour you some tea while we refresh ourselves on nice porches like these:

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my friends porch includes an incredible view of the savannah river


Wrap around porches in Savannah

I love this cottage in Palmetto Bluff, SC


A dining porch? Looks so glamorous!

A porch with a view!


I can see how families would want to spend lots of time on the porch

um, can you say 'dreamy'?


I think I might need to move here


Shabby Chic Porch



I spy lemonade and daisies



I spy peaches, lemonade and sunshine



I spy iced-t and watermelon


this porch looks like a renovated version of mine below.
I narrowly missed picking up a free army trunk like this on Freecycle.org

 my porch, a few years back, when we had time to enjoy it


Sleeping Porch, The Back Porch, Porch Swing, Pitty Pat's Porch, Portico Porch, Wrap-Around Porch, Screened-in Porch, etc.

I have such fond memories of summers on my Grandma's porch: when my sister and I were little, we'd spend breezy evenings on her screened-in porch. She had a vinyl covered chaise lounge and a giant fan out there and we'd look for fire-flies and sleep in her lap while she told us stories. We'd have picnics out there, complete with crustless PB&J's and sweet iced-tea with fresh mint in jelly glasses (she also used them to occasionally catch a sip of Mogen-David blackberry wine) and she always had the prettiest freshly laundered aprons & linens (some of which I still have...but that's another post entirely!).

I remember a particularly hot humid night, baby sister and I had just had our baths, barefoot in flowery night-gowns, dusty from over-zealous baby powdering, but still wide awake. We came out to the porch, where Grandma had captured lightning bugs in a mason jar with a piece of cheese cloth over the top so they could breath and sat it on the table while she served us some fresh peach ice cream that she'd made that evening. Was she trying to impress us even more? We already thought she was the sweetest angel God ever made but this threw the gates of heaven wide open! Gosh, I must've been no older than 5 and 30(+) years later I get cool just thinking about it.


Alright, now what was I talking about? oh yea, Iced Tea and Porches. (and I'm supposed to be working on a project!)

how ironic that my screensaver is of a shady beach porch!

look at the ice on the surface


Lest you think I'm promoting a diabetic lifestyle I must inform you that I made my tea with a Splenda/sugar blend. (usually I use Stevia only)


By the way, I poured a glass for you too...
I gotta get back to work! Enjoy!


Be Sure to check out these awesome porches on Junkgarden's Blog, 

 and

Dear Sunroom / Screen Porch

These are my new Favorites! She deserves some Sweet Iced Tea!