It’s getting steamy around here

Do you ever get stuck on a project because you can’t do it “right”? No? Well then you’re way more adjusted than I am.


Most of the Christmas tablecloths have gone to storage, but now I’m stuck looking at the mess I’ve made. Ugh.

I’ve had piles and heaps of tablecloths sitting in my dining room for a few weeks now. (Yes, I am the house slob. ManRay never makes messes like this in the house. His tragedies are confined to his garage.)

I sorted through most of my tablecloths before heading to Sage Farm’s show the first week of April. (“Most” because I found another tote stuffed with tablecloths in storage this morning.) And there they sat. And sat. And then…

If I had a backyard bigger than a patch of grass with a swingset, I’d put these in it.

Three big pieces from Sage Farm’s Hint of Spring show that would be perfect in a roomy garden. (If only I had one!) All three were repurposed from vintage bits of this & that by somebody with imagination and a lot of talent.


A potting bench with an antique single tap and an unusual square porcelain enamel cast iron sink basin. Hook it up to your outdoor plumbing and you have a marvelous place to pot up and to wash hands when you’re done! Two drawers for tools and seed packets plus a vintage ironstone soap dish add functionality. And those white turned columns for the upper shelf add a little glam, don’t they?

Read on, Lizzie!

Signs of spring at Sage Farm


Sage Farm’s April show was titled, “A Hint of Spring,” but that was completely misleading.

There were no hints. It was SPRING ALL OVER, baby! Everywhere you looked.


Lots of green, like this fun shelf. Its leafy color really pops against the perennially popular white ironstone pieces.

Yep, there’s more!

Flea or thrift? Flea or thrift? Don’t make me choose!


Loved the color on this ladder (which I didn’t buy). I think I’ll steal the idea, though.

Yesterday ManRay and I did a marathon of shopping starting at the Golden Nugget Flea Market in Lambertville NJ. I haven’t been there since last summer and was surprised by how much the market has changed. At one time it was considered the preeminent antiques market on the East Coast.

Read on!

Estate sale madness #2


Yes, there’s more! Janeray already showed you what she scooped up at the estate & barn sale we hit on the first day of the Sage Farm show.

Now it’s my turn!


I scored a homemade cash drawer, nicely made in pine but with odd numbers written in the compartments. Space for $3 and $4 bills? Maybe it was used for tokens or something else. Janeray thinks I should put it under my sewing machine to keep all the little tools right at hand. Might work. I’ll have to try it out. If it doesn’t work, then I’ll have to find some $4 bills.

Golly. yes, there’s more!


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