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Saturday, August 1, 2009

More finds...and then some

We live on the out skirts of San Antonio just barely in the country so there's not too much close by around here. Recently we were going to lunch to near-by Castroville, a tiny town about 15 miles or so from us. We decided to go the "long" way on country roads and went through a strip of road that was almost a town. There was a general store and a few homes and that's it. Luckily for us they were having a neighborhood yard sale and we picked up some great finds for next to nothing. Everything shown above came out to $11.00!! My favorite is the Elsie cow creamer. And the roses have little clips on the back so you can clip them on just about anything to add a touch of romance.

This cement cherub was only $30.00 at Round Top earlier this year. Doesn't sound like a bargain unless you've been out pricing large garden statuary. He's about 1 foot long and is VERY heavy. I love how cute he looks tucked into the bushes.

Not exactly pertaining to the found category, though they did find us...
Are these beautiful and amazingly colored little birds. They're painted buntings that visit our area in summer. We found out that they love millet so, of course, we go running to the bird store (only 25 miles away) to buy this not-so-cheap seed in the hopes of attracting them. We were shocked that they found us by the next day!

They're pretty shy, so we couldn't get close to get pictures. These photos don't do them justice at all!! They're to bright and colorful. The females are a solid green color that come to the pond and are much braver than the males. What's funny is that I haven't seen the males at the pond where the females are, and the females don't go to the feeders. I feel so blessed to have these beautiful little birds visit my garden. God is always giving me little gifts of His creation and it always thrilling to me.
Hugs and smiles!
Patricia :o)


TattingChic said...

Those are some great finds! I LOVE that cherub! So sweet! :)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Love the floral bowl and the cherub...don't you just love it when you find something great for the right price?!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Those painted buntings are so beautiful! I don't recall ever seeing them before. What a blessing. I think it is wonderful that God made things so beautiful, for us to enjoy.
The cherub is delightful!

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Don't you just love taking the back roads and coming up onto some old house or great sale? We have painted buntings that come and go as well. And I have not yet been able to take a good photo. You captured them perfectly! I would love to have statues like your cherub to tuck away out in my woods. Such wonderful finds. blessings,Kathleen

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your Painted Buntings birds photos. I have never seen a live one but always thought they were such a beautiful bird with all the colors. We don't see them in SE PA.

Teacup Lady (Sandy)

Gina E. said...

I've never heard of those birds before - they are gorgeous! I didn't know you had such colorful birds in the U.S. - everyone over there tells me we are lucky to have such beautiful brightly colored birds in Australia, but your Painted Bunting is as lovely as anything we have here.

~CC Catherine said...

Love the little painted bunting birdies Patricia! How precious are they? Wow.... I also totally love experiencing those yard sales and finds. I won my first bid at an auction while in Charleston, SC a few weeks ago and I was so excited that my legs felt like a rubberband when I was done and had won. :) The item I won the bid on you will it's a Vintage Antique smaller childs upholstered chair that looks like an adults stuffed and tufted chair with lovely wood trim. It's a mini versiona and will be perfect for "High Tea" when my granddaughter is 2 years old. I'm hoping to get a post done on it soon. :) ~CC Catherine