Little Office Accessories

I’ve used this garage sale flowerpot as a pencil holder in the office for a while now. I like that its prettier than most things that were made to be pencil holders. So after the office remodel I wanted to add some other pretty touches to the office and I started with my paperclip holder, […]

White Soup Tureens

Many years ago – probably 15 or more – I bought the white soup tureen below at a garage sale. I didn’t have plans to serve actual soup out of it and I don’t think I ever have. But it’s been with me through two houses and has been, at various times, on top of my […]

Potted Herb Garden

We are smack dab in the middle of two graduations, my son from high school last night and my daughter from college on Saturday. But I recently planted a few herbs and snapped a few pics so I wanted to take a minute to share them here. I chose the two herbs that I buy the most […]

Skirting an Antique Chair

Last week I spotted a chair in an estate sale ad and when I arrived she was still there in a storage room and just waiting for me to take her home for $14. She was fairly sturdy. Maybe not sit in every night at the kitchen table sturdy, but sturdy enough for what I […]

My Approach to Estate Sale Shopping

I’ve had a few questions about estate sale shopping so I thought I would share a bit about the method to my madness. Where to Find Sales It all starts with a site called lists sales by location and you can sign up to receive email notices for any sales starting in your area on the […]

Estate Sale Silverplate

Last Saturday I had plans to get up early and hit a couple of estate sales. But as so often happens with me, I chose to sleep in instead. (If only they held estate sales at night…I could make a midnight start time much easier than an 8am one.) Still, once I was up I […]

French Chair Makeover

I’m a procrastinator of the worst kind. Sometimes that gets me into trouble, and sometimes it works out okay. This was one of the okay times. Months ago I bought three yards of this buffalo check fabric to recover my dining room chairs and then never got around to doing it. When I found these […]

Estate Sale Linens and Some Weekend Links

A while back I mentioned that I had fallen in love with hemstitch linens. Now that they’re on my radar, I notice them everywhere. Pottery Barn carries them. So does Restoration Hardware, Ballard Designs, and even Nieman Marcus. But hemstitch linens are a classic, which means I often see them at estate sales too. Yesterday I made a quick […]

Secondhand Prints for the Master Bedroom

Master bedrooms get ignored. That’s been my experience anyway. I tend to focus on the more public parts of the house. And then the kids’ bedrooms come next. But I’m trying to give our bedroom a little more attention. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised when these four framed prints that I found at an […]

Wheat Grass for Spring

So I’ve been growing grass. Not that kind of grass, although Colorado is right next door. No, I’ve been growing wheat grass. I picked up the seeds at Dutch Flowers at Kansas City’s City Market. They had it growing there and it looked like something fun to do for Spring and Easter. I took a quick […]