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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.