I am an animal lover and enjoy having woods in the back yard. We see all kinds of creatures; eastern king snakes, blue heron, ladder back woodpecker, and what appeared to be a whole tribe of racoons having a drum circle on the deck with the fish food container. I was excited when one night we spotted a new visitor in the back yard. Then he came back again the next morning and my husband took this awesome picture. I read that the barred owl can and will actually eat fish, sometimes wading in shallow water in search of a meal. Sure enough, I’m missing one Butterfly Koi.
Every spring we have finches that will nest on the front porch. They always insist on building a nest in the middle of one of the ferns smashing and pulling until the middle of the plant is dead. Never mind that there is a clean, covered and safe from predators birdhouse hanging two feet away. Well, we have had a warm few days here in NC and they are starting early, by pulling apart my front door wreath and stuffing it into that birdhouse.
I never know what to do with my left over terry cloth pieces when I make reusable paper towels. I always end up with what looks like a heap of mascaraed hand towels and lint everywhere. So I added washable sponges to my Etsy shop. Check the Etsy Mini shop to the right. Or click here.
I have been getting emails and questions about the props in some of my Etsy photos. So here is a quick run down of what I got and where I got it from. The treasure hunt exposed!
The bowl: Its a heavy and gorgeous iron stone bowl. I found it on Etsy and when it isn’t being used as a prop I like to fill it with lemons and set it on the kitchen counter. $28
The tray: I picked this little silver plated tray up at a charity shop. It was originally for my mermaid tea party but has found its place next to my bed collecting bits and baubles. I think I paid less than $2 for it.
The pearls: These came from a consignment shop where I had store credit so they were a win win. Again for the mermaid party but I have since enjoyed wearing them, and occasionally restringing them. $7 but free on store credit.
The knobs – I won these in an auction on ebay. I think with shipping all three were less than $17. Since we have repainted the bedroom a lovely grey they complement it very well, and thus get scattered about in there.
The bird: I love birdy things. I got this at one of those home decorating warehouse places. I don’t recall where but I’m sure I didn’t pay more that $3 for it.
The old window: Such a cool story there. My husband and I spent an afternoon poking around town together, a rarity I assure you. We found it in a consignment shop with circa 1949 written on it. It was painted off white and peach, with paint on the krinkeld glass. I wondered how they could be so specific about the date. Turns out the house that it came from was destroyed when hurricane Sandy swept across Long Island, and the house was built in 1949. We took it home and painstakingly removed paint from the glass detail, stripped the frame and repainted it. Now it hangs in our bedroom, all sparkly when the sun shines on it. $32 and lots of time.
The keys: I found these at my mother in laws when my sister and law and I were helping her clean out an old bedroom. There were four together but one of them belonged to a piece of furniture they still had. Now I have the three orphaned ones in photographs. Free.
So there it is the treasure hunt of props. Many of them were from the mermaid tea party, some are just random things from around the house, some just straight up cheap junk!
Well, we made it through a huge ( for the south ) ice storm last week. I don’t know what the final count was but we had about an inch of ice on everything in the backyard. We were very blessed that our power was only out for about 2 minutes when parts of the county went days without electricity. A large tree limb came down in the backyard and missed damaging everything except for a hole in the deck stairs and knocking down a bird feeder. So today, four days later, the sun is shining, the birds are rebuilding their nests in the front yard and I’m still cleaning up. How exciting.
You may recall quite some time ago I found this sugar and cream set while out pillaging (bargain hunting) the country side (Market Street) with my mum (Mom). I blogged about it, I was infatuated with the color, the vintage-ness, and the just stunning saturation of the color but completely lost as to who had made them. Finally found it!
It is radioactive red from the Riviera line designed my the group that started Fiestaware…
My sister in law has introduced me to culinary lavender. She gave me some from a lavender field in Delaware near where she lives. I have put it on ice cream, added it to chicken dishes, made scones but I think my favorite is adding it to this apple danish. Typically I will measure most ingredients in a recipe but not always. I will zest one lemon and it is what it is, I don’t bother measuring out a tablespoon. Sometimes I peel the apples, sometimes I don’t. As for the lavender I just sprinkle a little on top before I close up the pastry. The addition is very subtle but it enhances the overall flavor without over powering the harmony between the apples and lemon. Using lavender is honestly worth a try.