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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Thrifty Treasures


The hot, humid days of summer have made me lethargic. I only want to stay inside, drink my glass of Coke ice water and watch missed/ DVR’d shows on the tube. I did venture out twice last week to go thrifting, though.

I seem to be concentrating more on things for the yard right now, since my closets are already filled with items I’ve bought for the house.

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When we had the house painted a few years back, the nutty painting crew cut back some lower branches on my 25 -foot pine tree to make room for their ladder. hmmm… Guess they didn’t know that pine trees don’t regenerate their pruned branches. So I have this “hole” between the tree and the taxus bushes in front of the window. I placed a small birdbath in there but felt that it needed something else. I found this chippy old piece of wrought iron fence for $26.00 in an antique mall and thought it would make a nice filler for the space.



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A neighbor came over to ask Mr. Sullivan if I was going to leave it there. At first I didn’t know how to take her inquiry. Our home is located in a neighborhood where no one does this sort of thing. She later confided that she thought it was nice to mix a little bit of the old with the new. Whew, neighborhood crisis averted…



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I didn’t plant a pot of ivy to grow up the trellis this year; instead it’s serving as a backdrop for another piece of fencing and some aged concrete thing-ama-fobs that I spotted at a store that was going out of business. All of these items are hidden from street view, as they are behind a row of barberry bushes that line the walkway to the front door.



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The garage wall on the inside of the garden area serves as a backdrop for a large wreath I bought several years ago. It was too plain and needed some color, so I intertwined some faux leaves and berries through it. They were 75% off at a shop that is phasing out its country decor and greenery. I bought three branches for under $7.00.


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Here you can see the violet colored berries in the sprigs.



To see what other thrifty treasures are out there, stop by Rhoda’s blog, Southern Hospitality.

48 comments:

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Sue!
"Are you going to leave that there?" Hahahaha -- ah, neighbors.

I think your old iron fence piece looks fantastic; I'd love an entire fence like that!

All the best... Cass

Lori E said...

Sue/Ethel, leave it to you to cause a neighborhood uproar. I bet they are having block meetings behind your back to decide what to do with you and your shabby chic display of individuality. Do they stop talking in the grocery store when you walk up to them?
Lori/Lucy

Shelia said...

Hi Sue! Oh, those terrible ole painters! I would have gone right out there and punched them all in the stomachs! LOL But your old fence looks lovely here! I like your other fence too! Maybe you should have punch your neighbor biddy in the stomach too! :) I hope you know I'm just kidding!
Be a sweetie ;)
Shelia ;)

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

I used to sell those wreathes when I had a store and they were originally very expensive. Didn't you just want to kill the painters? Your fix is very nice and maybe you'll be starting a new trend in your neighborhood.

Kathy said...

What a darling blog, I so enjoyed checking you out... Can't believe I've never been here before...Love your yard impliments, awsome. Some great finds, Hope your weather cools a bit for you, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...Stop in!

Sarah Robbins said...

What a great fence! And the sculptures in front look great with it!

Jo said...

I love the iron fence . I've tagged you with an honest scrap award - if you would like to play along please check out my blog! Hope you play along!.....Jo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Like the fence - sorry the neighbor did not.
:) Great deal on the wreaths.
Glenda

~~Carol~~ said...

I love that piece of fence, and it looks great there! I'm glad you said that those orbs are not seen from the street, because I know that if I had something like that in my front yard, they're be gone in the blink of an eye!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I can just hear your neighbor now...that's funny...at least there was no confrontation. Personally, I like the fence! I know how you feel being lethargic in the humidity...it's going up in the 90's by the end of the week. Yuck. Stay cool!
~Patti

Marie said...

Hello Sue - love that iron fence with the cool fluer de lis along the top! Thank you for sharing.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Bill said...

I'll definitely start being on the lookout for fencing like that -- looks wonderful in your garden!

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. Hope your week goes well!

Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Sue, Love your fence and the concrete thingies!

They look great where you have them placed!

Carrie said...

I enjoyed seeing all the interesting touches you have made to your outdoor spaces.

Olive Rue said...

Sue I hear ya on the coke...ahem I mean ice water. With many more days like these I'll be rushing fall. Thanks for stopping by. Love your finds. Hope you have a great week!

Dawn said...

Sue, love your new/old fence and all your other great thrifty finds. I was going to tag you with the Honest Scrap award I recently received but saw you had been tagged with other awards not long ago. We just can't seem to get enough of you! What will your neighbors think when they find US hiding in your bushes with cameras like paparazi!? They'll have more to worry about than your cement thingymabobs then. LOL!
Dawn

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Great iron fence! Love your collection of concrete finals! The wreath is gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing!

Tina

Linda said...

Well, I am just crazy about iron work - especially iron fences - and you have a beauty. Love the way it sits in that vignette! Linda

Dawn said...

I'm so confused, but that's not unusual! I got your comment asking about Merced on my rooster plate post and the one on my dog park post about Jo and the award. So there is one missing in between? I know you had to do some re-posts, did you ever get to read my answer about Mariposa and Oakhurst? Short version ~ Mariposa is close by, if you went through Merced on 140 on your way you were within a mile of us. I have relatives in Oakhurst, and young cousins in Santa Cruz, one at the UC. It is indeed a small world.
Dawn

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Sue, I LOVE your garden iron pieces, those were great finds. If I ever find any of those at yardsales, I always grab them. Good for you!

Stacey said...

Sue, it looks beautiful in your garden! I love to mix in some pieces like that too. Gives it character.

Cindy said...

What a lovely Blog; your pics are gorgeous!Love your beautiful yard!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Sue! I love all of your outdoor thingies!! And you gotta love that neighbor! I'm just praying mine will mow...and he's a minister!! lol Have a wonderful week!...Debbie

soanywaytoday said...

I love the iron fence... If I was your neighbor I would enjoy looking at it every day. Also, love everything else you have done to your landscape.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Have a great week!

Bellamere Cottage said...

Hi Sue....

Oh my.........I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your "yard art"....yeah, that's what it is here at the Cottage... I have a piece of white (well, white and rusty) iron fencing too that I bought at a yard sale a couple of years ago. It was only $2. and I got a gazillion offers for it on the way to the car..... :-)

Hugs,
Spencer

Sharing with Sherri said...

Sue,

I love the old white chippy iron fence piece! Looks great in your garden!

Sherri:)

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Ooooh I need a some chippy fencing and concrete thingamabobs! Love them! I really love the birdbath behind the fencing - looks so pretty!

Manuela

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I LOVE what you did, and I agree...it's nice to mix old with new! :)

Balisha said...

Wonderful treasures. I love little iron fences like yours...what a nice place to put it.

Suzanne in TX said...

OMG--how wonderful your garden looks! Can I come visit. I love how you placed everything--very inviting. Thanks for sharing!

Susie Q said...

Thanks for the advice on the sofa...that's exactly the advice I was looking for. We've got an denim sofa in the loft that had the pillows attached to the back...well, those came loose years ago (the cat used to love to hide in there). The cushions will be recovered to be loose back and I'll figure out something before I make new slipcover for it! Thanks so much.

Rhonda said...

I would be mad about my tree! I would want to pour a bucket of paint over their stupid heads!!!! But, you filled the hole nicely. It looks good.
Rhonda

Christina said...

Love the fence pieces and the concrete thing a ma bobs. : ) They look great in your landscape.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Sue, I love all of your beautiful garden vignettes you've created! You have a real talent for putting things together and making them look like they were meant to be! I love it all.

~Amanda

Susie Q said...

Well, if it DOES cause any neighborhood upheaval you can always give that stuff to me!!
I love it...I was just a lookin' last week...and think the fencing is totally cool. : )
Hope all is well...I am still feeling crappy. (got a major bug last Sat. am and was in bed all weekend. Phooey) but we decided at the last moment to go to Ritter's and didn't stay long. It was the doggie next door's BD and they asked us to go...I took some photos but an too wrung out to post 'em yet! I still haven't done our little journey post! You remember..the one where you copied my soap dispenser purchase!! *giggle*

Love,
Sue

blondiensc said...

Sue, I love the old fencing, it looks perfect! My neighbors would probably say the same thing, I have one neighbor who adds old vintage pieces to her yard as well, she offsets me, so the rest don't say anything, thank goodness!! Hope you had a great weekend!

Toni said...

Sue, thanks so much for posting on my blog about my Thrifty Treasures! I am still trying to decide what to do with the chairs, but once I do, I can decide on the color of the fabric I want.

I love all of your outdoor decor! It is so nice. I have access to a beautiful solid iron porch railing from my nephew and you've given me an idea about how I might be able to use it in my yard. Have a great week!

Holly said...

I love all of your iron-work! I love the detail and character they add to your garden space. You go girl! :)

Shelia said...

Hi Sue! I've entered your name in my giveaway!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

blushing rose said...

Love the iron & bird bath area. Beautiful post.
TTFN ~Marydon
PS Pop over for a visit.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sue, I loved your blog today. So beautiful and peaceful. I am so disappointed that some idiot would cut anything on a tree, and they didn't even check with you first? I do so love the wrought iron and the bird bath tho. It is like our fine feathered friends have a place to rest while they are waiting for their turn to get a drink and take a bath. How absolutely precious. Thank you for the wonderful comments on my Lemon Tree story. I was so tickled, and so many comments about a story, that I have decided to try and write a children's book. I have no idea where to begin, but I am going to check into a few ideas. I have signed up to follow your blog. It is so beautiful. Thanks for stopping by. Country Hugs, Sherry

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Sue

I love the antique fence and finials and bird bath. You find the best things for sale and know how to display them all so nicely.

Stay cool!

Hugs, Pat

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sue, everything looks so pretty! Your birdbath with the fence in front of it looks like a storybook secret garden spot! laurie

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Sue my Dear friend...thanks so much for calling me today...shocked my ole heart to say the least...Now girl I thing that fence would make a great headboard...just me thinking out loud here once again...Hey you know I am not a quiet person ha ha!! again I mean it from my heart thanks for calling me that was so cool...May you have a great weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Kathy said...

Sue - that piece of wrought iron fence is a little piece of junk heaven! I love it! And the concrete thinga-ma-fobs (?) ha ha - those are great!

Kathy

bj said...

I adore that piece of iron fence...it looks just fabulous where you have it
located.
Happy weekend..

Cathy said...

Sue...your blog is looking GORGEOUS!!! I love it!!!

I love all of the beautiful additions to your garden. They are all so creative and beautiful...sooo you!!! I am already looking for places that I can do the same in my yard!!!

Wonderful post!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

Great treasures! Love the joke about your closets!