Thursday, March 29, 2012

My Little White...I Mean Green Chair!

This little white green chair has been sitting in my kitchen for quite some time now. However, it use to be white! Sometimes...I don't know what comes over me...I will suddenly go grab some paint from the garage and redo something right on the spur of the moment! This happens a lot to me and there must be a name for it...maybe impulsive? My kids said, wasn't that chair white? No, I's always been green! Really, Mom? You would think my family would be use to me by now!
 I just knew this little chair really wanted to be green! By the way, YES, it was a yard sale find! The color is Bleached Spruce by Valspar and I painted my coffee table this color on a previous post Apple Green.
A little idea I found on Pinterest! 
I had a teapot lid and absolutely no idea what to do with it...since I didn't have the teapot! I already had the little whatchamacallit and so just wrapped it around the top!
Added a little card I made from Graphics Fairy using mom's typewriter font which I love!

Hope everyone has a blessed day! 

I'm linking to Newbie Party Reunion at Debbie Doos
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Knick of Time Tuesday!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Before and After!

Well, I first must show you the "After"!
This is what it looked like "Before"!

When I found this poor little lamp at a yard sale for only $3.00, I had to rescue it! I just knew it could become something so sweet and pretty! First, it would need a fresh coat of white paint, of course! I used an off-white paint and primer all in one. Recently, I had found some brand new little lamp shades at a yard sale for only 50 cents a piece! I just needed to buy three little light bulbs, fabric and mini pom-poms to cover the shades! So, I headed over to our brand new Joann's with coupons in hand!  Here is a link to a post I did about covering lamp shades.
This sweet little lamp has now found a new home a top the media cabinet in our family room! I really like it here and it adds a glowing light to what was a dark corner of the room!
The lamp itself was a little short, so I heightened it by setting it on top of some books. The bird house and silver tray (painted with chalkboard paint) were also yard sales finds! I really do love yard sales!

I'm linking to: Knick of Time Tuesday
                  What's It Wednesday
                       Treasure Hunt Thursday
                    Show and Tell Friday


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Irish Blessings

My daughter Jaime found made this shamrock or four leaf clover when she was in Ireland. She added the extra leaf and actually fooled a few Irish lads!
Finding a real four leaf clover is very rare and a symbol of good luck! The Shamrock with a fourth leaf represents God's grace. The four leaves symbolize:
Faith, Hope, Love and Luck!
In Irish tradition, the three leaf clover represents the Trinity.
Here's a photo of Blarney Castle!
A view from the top!
Cork, Ireland
My son Josh took these photos when he visited Ireland a few years ago. Just thought I'd share a wee bit of the Emerald Isle on this St. Patrick's Day! 
Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Treasure Hunting!

Last weekend, I found this sweet vintage hobnail perfume bottle at a yard sale for $5.00! I was so thrilled to find it and especially love the aqua color! 
It still has the cork stopper and is in almost perfect condition. The vintage Avon talcum powder was a yard sale find from last year and the lace runner was from a yard sale, as well!
I also found this candelabra for $5.00! 
I couldn't believe it was still sitting out at a yard sale and that someone hadn't already snatched it up!  The lady selling it told me she had bought it at the Rose Bowl Flea Market! I also found two vintage scrabble games recently, and hence the little sign "cottage"! I am always amazed at the treasures I can find while out hunting!  I admit, there is a lot of junk to wade through sometimes, but it is so worth it when I find something really special... a real treasure!

I'm linking to Knick of Time Tuesday!


Monday, March 5, 2012

Is Susan Really Lazy?

A few weeks ago, I found this Lazy Susan at a yard sale for $2.00. By the way, why is it called a Lazy Susan? I have no idea! Since my middle name is Susan, I really don't appreciate that! 

Anyway, this Lazy Susan was quite ugly and I just wish I had remembered to take a picture first, before painting her white! It's actually reminiscent of one we had when I was growing up. I really like how it turned out and especially like it on my kitchen table
I added a little vignette and now I have a whole new look in my dining area!
I just love it now! 
It's funny how finding little things at yard sales can make me so happy! I also found some more amazing treasures and will share them next time!

If anyone knows why it's called a Lazy Susan, please let me know!

I'm linking to: Knick of Time Tuesday!

Update: I just wanted to give a shout out to my sister Jennifer for researching this question for me! She found an answer in Jewish World Review, June 17, 2002

Q. How did "lazy Susan'' come to be used for the rotating tray?
M. M., Coral Springs, Florida

Dear M.M.:
"Lazy Susan'' made its first written appearance in a Vanity Fair advertisement for a "Revolving Server or Lazy Susan'' in 1917. The device itself predates the name "lazy Susan,'' as many antique shoppers can tell you: These revolving serving trays have been around since the 1700s, where they were often tiered and called "dumbwaiters.'' Dumbwaiters were so called because they quietly (hence "dumb'') took the place of waiters in the dining room. (The term "dumbwaiter,'' of course, now usually refers to a small elevator used to carry food and dishes from one level in a building to another.)
What caused the name change from "dumbwaiter'' to "lazy Susan''? A popular theory suggests that servants were often named Susan, so that "Susan'' came to be almost a synonym for "servant,'' and the "lazy Susan'' was essentially functioning as a servant who never had to go anywhere (hence "lazy''). Another theory suggests that the name derives from a specific inept servant named Susan. Interesting as those stories are, there is no hard evidence to support either of them. The era of servants in most homes had ended long before the term "lazy Susan'' came into use, and, as you might expect, there is no evidence that most female servants were named Susan.
It is more than likely that "lazy Susan'' was styled on previous combinations in English that use "Susan'' ("black-eyed Susan'' being the most common). There are many such words in English that use names in a generic way: "peeping Tom,'' "jim-dandy,'' and "Jolly Roger'' are just a few. It is also possible that the combination of the "z'' sound in "lazy'' and the initial "s'' sound of "Susan'' appealed to the manufacturer of the lazy Susan, and in a brilliant marketing move, "lazy Susan'' was born.

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