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Friday, July 24, 2009

Some Pretty Finds

I love buttons, but try not to buy them because I just don't know what to do with all the beautiful buttons I see. BUT, I found this little stack of mother of pearl buttons for $1.00 and I couldn't resist them. I sat them next to some shiny trinkets when I came home and they've been there ever since.

This is a man's Stetson hat. Now you may ask, "Why did you buy that?" My answer is because it was only $0.39! It's in really nice condition and it's a true Stetson with the little bow inside and everything. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but it was such a great buy I couldn't pass it up.

I was with my favorite thrifting buddy Deanna (of Timeless Things) when I found this Homer Laughlen (sp) plate for only $0.39 and of course I can't pass up anything cheap, I mean, thrifty especially if it has a pretty pink rose!

This lovely rose covered soap dish is an I.W. Rice that I found at a thrift store. I don't remember how much it was but I know it was under a couple of dollars. The picture didn't turn out to well, but it's adorable in real life.

Here's another Deanna find. Of course I was with her when I found these adorable little puppies for only $0.99. Deanna is such good luck!! I always find the best bargains when I'm with her.

The two (larger) rose decanters I found at an antique store marked down to $9.95 which I thought wasn't too badly priced considering that they have roses on them! I'm not sure what they were for. Perfume maybe or just pretty decorations? The little salt shaker I found at a flea market for only $1.00. Love it when that happens!
Hope you all have a beautiful and blessed day!
Patricia :o)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Government Canyon State Park

I've been trying to loose weight by dieting for the last seven weeks and haven't lost a single pound. I truly have been eating right and very healthy, but the pounds won't budge. So, a couple of weeks ago, Floyd and I decided to start hiking. We're lucky enough to have a little state park just a few minutes from our house. It's really hot here in San Antonio (over 100 degrees for the last 30 days), so we thought we'd visit the park near sunset. The photo above was taken just as we drove out of our neighborhood.

This park is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am to 10:00 pm. It's been closed since 2005 due to a flood and only just opened this June. We bought a state pass last year, so we get to come and go as we please. It's so nice to be able to do that!
Anyway, when we got there, we saw this sign with a picture of a guy hiking on the trail.

It's so funny because it looks just like Floyd from the back. The picture above is from the sign, the picture below is Floyd! I knew he was cute, but he never told me he was a model!!
I was so surprised to see how beautiful this place is. This is one of the easier trails (perfect for me) and is almost like a tunnel because the trees grow over the path. It was warm, but not really as bad as I thought it would be. There was a slight breeze that ran through the trees which made it very nice. Plus, the sun didn't really shine down on us since it was close to sunset. Perfect hike! We done several since we found this park, and so far they're all beautiful. Some, of course, are tougher than others, but all have been very do-able for us.

The whole time we're walking along the path, I'm trying not to think about rattle snakes. This little guy was laying across the path as we came along. He was very beautiful and not scary at all.

Just look at this gorgeous old oak tree! It split right down the middle many years ago and died, but has never lost its beauty. You can't tell by the picture that it's huge, but it is!

This is one of those places that will be very fun to visit at different times of the year. Because there are a lot of trails, and we have the changing seasons, there will always be something beautiful to see here.
Patricia :o)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Flower Bird Cage

Have you ever made a purchase at a flea market or antique store and regretted it almost immediately? A few months ago I bought a bird cage and was so upset with myself because I didn't need it, didn't really want it and paid too much for it! I had one of those "Duh!" moments as soon as I put it in my car. I put it away and tried not to think about it.


I was lucky enough to find Joanne at Cottage in the Making's blog. On one of her posts, she had actually planted flowers in an old bird cage. What a great idea!! I asked her if she didn't mind if I "borrowed" her idea and she very graciously agreed. This is my version, but you really need to see hers. It's beautiful!

I started with my over-priced bird cage and bought some little flowers on sale. I lined the bottom of the cage with a piece of plastic from the bag that the dirt came in. Then I added the little flowers and a little cement bird.

I had the door open so you could see my bird better, but real birds got trapped inside. I felt so bad for them when they panicked and desperately tried to get out of the cage as I approached. I managed to get them out unharmed. Now I keep the little door closed and everyone stays happy.

It's been very hard lately to be motivated to be on the computer. I've been selling on eBay for five or six years and I think I'm a little burned out. I still have lots of stuff to sell, but I just can't seem to get to it. The problem is that I was on the computer for so many hours a day, that now I barely even read my emails and have neglected my blog and all of you. I'll try to do better...
Patricia :o)