Serendipity (ser'en-dip'-e-ti) :Is the effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon something fortunate, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Thrift Store Finds

Just wanted to share some of the loot
I scored at the by the pound thrift.

One of my weaknesses has to be vintage linens.

I found three vintage table cloths and a variety of other linens.  Everything needed a good cleaning once they arrived home.

I also found this sweet little pink doll dress.

I love the detail on these sweet embroidered pieces.

This apron was kinda fun so it came home with me as well.

Anyone care for a chocolate vanilla swirl?

Hope you have a happy day.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Junk By The Pound

I am sure that most of you
are familiar with this store . . .

. . . . But have you ever been to one
that sells by the POUND?

I know  . . . right?  This place is crazy.  People are digging for treasure here. The energy is crazy in here too. People are throwing all kinds of stuff around searching for that bargain and they can be agressive.

The junkers line up on either side of the yellow lines and wait for new carts to be brought in filled to the brim with merchandise.

As the new carts come in, the old carts go out so there is constantly fresh junk coming in. Everything is mixed together in a huge jumble so you never know what you might find.

If you go to a place like this you have to be a digger and be willing to sift through lots of stuff.  I'll show you what I found
in a later post.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

To Give is to Receive

"To receive everything,
one must open one's hands and give"

(Author Unknown)

I got these little antique leather gloves
while thrifting the other day.
They are a little work of art down to the
little mother of pearl buttons.

They are actually doll sized and quite tiny.

Thanks for stopping by.

Linking with


Monday, March 21, 2011

Little Lighthouse

As promised
more pictures from Newport.

This is a darling little lighthouse
called the
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.  

Isn't she pretty?
 Built in 1871 but was only used until 1874 when a larger lighthouse
(Yaquina Head Lighthouse) was built
north of this little lighthouse
barely a stone's throw away.

A lovely view of the bay bridge
can be seen at the base of the lighthouse.

Wait until you see in the inside
of this little lighthouse. 
It really is charming and is decorated
in the style of the period.
I loved looking at all the antiques.

While charming, I still appreciate
modern plumbing (check out that chamber pot)
and modern conveniences such as electricity.

It is supposed to be haunted
but I didn't notice any ghosts.

Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fishing for Boats

I was here
on this cold and rainy
Oregon day.

I saw lots of fishing boats.

Some of these boats were decorated
 because it was
a very special day.

Once a year there is a day set aside
for what is called
"The Blessing of the Fleet".

It is a day set aside to honor
those who have died
or were lost at sea,
to ask for protection
while fishing out on the
unpredictable and sometimes
dangerous ocean.
To give thanks
for all that is harvested
from the sea
and to ask
for continued good fishing.

We were treated
to a parade of boats
in the bay.

We feasted on a lunch of
fresh clam chowder and
sour dough bread.

I'll show you where else we went soon.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Are You Wearing Your Green Today?

Happy Saint Patricks Day!

I think everyone
 is a little bit Irish
on Saint Patricks day.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In Bloom

While I wait for the flowers to wake up from their long winter's nap
and showcase their delicate beauty,
I shall have to be content with one of my latest thrifted treasures.

One of my favorite flowers are roses.

This extra large sugar bowl is blooming right down to her delicate rose budded lid.

Perhaps you will join me for a cup of tea.

One lump or two?

I'll be sharing this with

Friday Pretties at I Love Pretty Little Things
Show n Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Thanks for coming by.  Hope what you like what you see here. If you aren't a friend already, I would love it if you would follow along.  It'll be fun.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

This Little Light of Mine

This little light of mine . . .

I'm gonna let it shine!

Ellen over at Abounding Life has honored me with an award.

This award is about shining your light without boasting...
for being a prayer buddy without asking...
for going the extra mile to hug someone with your words...
it is for those who inspire faith,  hope and love in their posts...
there are no rules to this...
no lengthy protocol...
all you have to do to accept this award is copy and paste it to your blog...
there is no minimum or maximum number you have to pass it on to...
you don't have to pass it on to anyone...
and you can pass it on to everyone...
its up to you...
who inspires you?
who has touched your heart?
and you can pass this award onto anyone anytime...
if you run across a blog that you find later...
pass it on then...
so many of you have touched my heart and lifted my soul...

I was so honored that Ellen thought of passing it along to me.  Thank you Ellen.  If you know Ellen then you know that she has such a sweet soul and a love for Jesus.  Her light shines brightly.  I hope that you will visit her beautiful blog and say hello.

I come across many lovely blogs who openly spread the love of Christ and are never afraid to ask for prayer or would be the first ones to offer prayer to anyone, even for those they may have never met.  These individuals wear their hearts on their sleeve and inspire and encourage others. You never know how your words may bless someone or how an act of compassion can give hope. You never know how your actions can positively affect someone, or how a hug or a smile may touch someone deeply. You may never know how your encouragement to others can change lives. You may never know how an act of random kindness may make a huge impact on someone's life, or how your prayer can make a difference.  These simple acts of love
DO make a difference my dear friends and they never go unnoticed.
 Thank you dear blog friends for making a difference in MY life.

In no particular order I would love to pass this award to the following ladies who have inspired and touched my heart.

Keep your lights shining brightly!
Spread your light around!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Pay it Forward

Today I read a post on
Petite Michelle Louise and it was all about paying it forward.

It's a challenge.  Really something we should incorporate into our daily lives anyway.  It's about doing something good for someone else.  Not to be repaid.  Not to receive anything back.  Not to receive attention or credit.
 Unselfish love, simple as that.  

I am making this challenge to all who read my blog but

the first five people

who comment on this blog post will receive a handmade gift from me.  

In return, you must FIRST write a blog post explaining Pay It Forward 2011.Then.... send out a handmade gift to the first 5 visitors who leave a comment.

And like ripples in the water, the love is
 and spread
 and spread
by paying it forward.