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.


The new centerpiece:


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.)


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

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.


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.


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.

baby serger.

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.


Until next time, thanks for reading