A little Sunday decorating …

Yesterday I spent most of the day shopping. I had a specific list of items to get, but I found a few more things. I always try to find things that are on sale or discounted and yesterday I was quite successful.

Remember my blog on spring decorating? If not, you can read it HERE. Now that Halloween is over, I decided to add some fall decor. I first used the new plaid fall-colors tablecloth. Then I added my neutral (tan) tablerunner that I use with many of the table settings. Finally, I added a centerpiece that I found at Michael’s – 70% off, a candy dish with mixed candy corn, and a pumpkin candle holder (saved from a sale last year). It only took a few minutes to go from the spring/summer setting to the fall setting.

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The new centerpiece:

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The setting is currently complimented by my blooming cactus:

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And the kitchen is brightened up by the new mum plant (also on sale).  (I added scarecrow decorations to many of my plants. The decorations were also on sale.)

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Hope this brings a little brightness into your day! Thanks for reading!

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Treasures from 2015 garage sales …

While I may go to a few more garage sales yet this year, the season has basically ended. The weather will be getting a bit too cold for sales. Here’s a season wrap-up highlighting some of my better 2015 bargains.

One of my hobbies is collecting dolls. My collection is mostly Victorian-type dolls, with long elaborate dresses over layers of undergarments, trimmed with frills, feathers, flowers, and ribbons. This summer I found three collectible dolls that caught my eye – an Ashton-Drake boy marine boy doll, a Danbury Mint Prince William doll and a Danbury Mint Princess Kate doll – all in great shape and for sale at very reasonable prices. They’re not victorian but are still worthy of a place in my collection.

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Once my ‘she cave’ is set up, I have big plans to do some sewing. I haven’t had a sewing area for many years but I have collected a LOT of supplies. This summer I found a few items that will help me sort and store these items.

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And this little item (which really is little) will help me finish off my designs  … it’s a baby serger — perfect for finishing smaller items, like doll clothes, etc.

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The summer garage sale season would not be a success without finding some treasures for the guy of the household.First, I found a replica of a bell from the Titanic, one of my husband’s favorite topics. He’s been studying the Titanic for years. And, secondly, I found a jigsaw to add to his developing wood shop. Both were bargains!

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And, finally, my last treasure –  vintage ruby red Cristal D’Arques Durand glassware (made in France). After a little research, I find there are a lot more pieces so I will be on the hunt for more of this glassware to add to my collection.

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Until next time, thanks for reading