Tuesday, June 30, 2015

As Luck Would Have It

On Friday Pennee and I had shopped at an antique store in the old part of Celina. A lovely older couple was in charge of the shop which was filled with some really fine antiques. Here's the round tray I purchased.

 Along the back wall in one corner were stacked many stained glass windows. They were leaning against each other. I didn't look through all of them because after checking a few, I knew they were out of my price range.

Pennee and I continued to talk about stained glass windows...how some remind you of churches and others not so much.

Later back at home Pennee used her iPhone to check a website that has local sales by individuals. She found a lady who had posted two windows for sale. Pennee showed them to me. Each one was priced reasonably at forty dollars.

It was Sunday morning, and our day to leave. I had Pennee to look and see if the lady had sold them. No, they were still available. Pennee sent a text telling her about the one I wanted.

Because Corkey and Lester were headed to Lowe's to get a few yard supplies,
we asked them to stop at this lady's address and pick it up. 

Never before have I taken such a chance on an online purchase. I worried the whole time the men were gone. When Les called Pennee, I asked if it was yucky. He laughed and said no. 

I was really happy when Corkey brought it inside for me to see. I liked it a lot!! 

For years I have been fascinated by stained glass windows. When I was a little girl and made summer visits to my grandmother's house in Indiana, there was a small stained glass window in the living room. How I wish I had pictures of that window and the other rooms of her house back then. Here is the front of the house. Sadly the whole house no longer stands. A fire destroyed it.

There are other old photos of this house that show how the family gathered on that front porch to sit and talk and watch the young cousins play.  Oh, those were some of the sweetest years of my young life.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Texas Getaway

Posting a few photos from recent trip to Celina, Texas. Four days away provided relaxation and a new set of memories.

1) Pennee and I returned to the old town square of Celina to do a bit of shopping. I found a round decorative Italian tray at Cherry's. 

2) Lester showed us around on the second floor of the Fusion Academy Plano where he is head of school. The sound studio and art rooms had been completed since our last visit. This place has such creative learning experiences for its students. 

3) The majority of our time was spent
      enjoying the granddaughters.

4) We had a unique dining experience at Babe's in Frisco, Texas. Friendly atmosphere, fantastic food, and entertaining waitresses contributed to a memorable good time.

We had a really good time.  

In my next post I'll share a bargain purchase and tell how Pennee made it possible. I was able to bring home something I've always wanted.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Strange Post

I was asked to take a small picture and enlarge it.  

 I guess he's finished except for some touching up details.

 This cheetah will greet youngsters as they register for Vacation Bible School. I just hope he doesn't scare them away.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thursday Tidbits

A looking up photo...wow

Lilies have returned in all their glory.

We are starting to prepare for Vacation Bible School. The theme centers around Acts 17:28. "In God we live, move, and exist." Different sports equipment will be used to decorate and emphasize movement, such as bicycles, skateboards, scooters, etc. We were asked to personalize a cardboard skateboard. On one side I pasted states to show our scattered locations. On the other side are numbers that have significance for us. For instance, the 89 stands for the year we became a blended family. Two adults and five kids added up to a household of seven. Then 26 is for the number of years Corkey and I have been married. Oh, and the 8 is for grandchildren, four girls and four boys.

On very hot days I am content to be inside. 

I have been doing the usual this week

  • reading Bible chapters
  • following the news
  • exercising in the morning
  • filling out crossword puzzle
  • getting salads ready for lunch
  • reading a new paperback
  • stopping by the booth to rearrange and add items
  • watching an occasional television program
  • using iPad to catch up on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram
  • having light suppers
  • making a few ministry cards
  • journaling

And, of course, a lot of puttering when I should be doing more important tasks.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Antiquing Day

Friday was a road trip to Dyersburg, my hometown from 1970-1989. My friend Linda joined me for a full day of antiquing. 

Because this store was having a 50% off sale, I was able to purchase one of my favorite collectibles - a dough bowl. I already enjoy two that I acquired from my mom. There's one in the kitchen that holds fresh fruit, and the other in the den is a resting place for old croquet balls. This one will stay by my easy chair for now with favorite magazines. Come fall and the Christmas holidays it will be used differently. 

We took time out to grab a light lunch at Dave's on the Courthouse Square.  While I was paying my ticket at the front counter, I noticed a stairway to the right leading downstairs. It became clear to me that this very building was once  Burnett's Shoe Store where I shopped years ago. It is strange how much a town changes after twenty or more years.

Heading back south we made a stop in Ripley, TN, at Outside the Box. Vendors offer an assortment of vintage and unusual items. Two finds were a speckled pottery jar and a glass coffee jar.   

The colors won me over.

Sunny Brook Coffee

On two sides of the jar are four flying swallows with the caption
"Every Swallow Brings You Joy"

On the bottom of the jar Weathersby Brunner Company Memphis

Our final stop was in Covington, TN. There are several shops on the square, but we only had time for one. Happily I snagged a Kelly Rae Roberts canvas for half price at the Upscale Retail Store. I'm a fan of her art, and I follow her on Instagram.

I had planned to find some odds and ends for my antique booth, but my personal likes got in the way. 

Linda and I agree that the thrill of the hunt is what motivates us. As Samantha S. Thorpe, editor of Best of Flea Market Style, writes "the thrill of the hunt is hard to resist. But collecting is about the journey as much as the pieces we bring home. Living with things that have meaning - because of where we found them or who gave them to us - lends soul to our decor."

P. S.
Today was the wedding of Stacy and Sam. They spoke their marriage vows clearly and sweetly before family and friends. I wish them the very best as they start their journey together.


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