Thursday, July 29, 2010

Creating a Simple Pleasure

Joining Dayle for Simple Pleasures
I like the idea of taking time to think of simple pleasures so here I am late in the day.
This is where one of my simple pleasures begins. Are you scared yet?
Maybe another tool will give you a hint

Now you are probably getting the idea
My simple pleasure is to relax by a camp fire
We are still fortunate to be allowed this simple pleasure in our township and I am so glad because for me to sit and relax; watch the flames and smell the wood smoke is indeed a simple pleasure
It's even fascinating from the sideporch
Or on the swing
Maybe it wasn't so simple after all since I had to carry the wood and build the fire just to take the photos. Nah, didn't mind it a bit because it is one of my simple pleasures to enjoy.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Time for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

This is a collection of finds from the Sunday Flea Market.
The minute I spied this box I knew what its re-purpose was and now it sits on my desk and hides my multi USB dock and various wires connected to it.
As you can see it was definitely over priced and the offer I made was taken. Still too much but when I knew exactly what I wanted it for, and it needed nothing done but a shining well ...
These were 2 for a quarter and you might wonder why I would take the used one. Keep scrolling

This began to emerge before my very eyes. (taking license with my imagination here)

And this is what it turned out to be tucked in the center. I could block it as is but it looks like it could use a finishing border. Someday, sigh.

As you know from a past post I am a fan of tapestry and this little boxy case is perfect for my new camera. The placemats are reversable so the bright yellow one went here
And its flipped sister went here.

Can one ever have too many placemats? I think not.

I see many are ahead of me over a Coastal Charm. Better hurry.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Blue Weather

Time to join Smiling Sally for Blue Monday

The weather this summer has been like no other before it. High temps and thunderstorms abound. The second is tempered by the beauty of the sky before the storm and its many shades of blue. Here are a couple of our skies at or near Muldoon in the last few days.

"O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

For Amber Waves of Grain

For Purple Mountains Majesty

Above the Fruited Plains

America, America God shed His grace on thee

And crown thy Good with Brotherhood

From Sea to Shining Sea


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A Scrolled Bench Morphs

Joining in with Metamorphisis Monday. Let's have a seat out here and let me tell you about that plant stand you see on the end of the porch.

Last May I was blessed to discover this wonderful world of Blogs. Prior to that my idea of a blog was a tell all; pour out your thoughts; generally depressing concept. How very mistaken I was! That discovery set off a long dormant love for thrifting. And the rest is history.

This beautful white bench, a beauty in its own right was one of my revival finds at GW.

I had breezed in for a quick go around, found several nifty little items and was on my way to the check out when I made that glance to the right that so many of you will relate to, and there it was.
Then I got home and found this tag hanging from a leg. It's a little blurry and reads $55.00. Must have been left over from someone else's sale minus the cushions. A spray can of paint and it morphed into this lovely plant bench. Don't you love how the 'S' moldings match the scrolls on our porch supports and the black shutters? So that's one of the many morphs at Muldoon. Thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad you did. With the cooler temps it was nice to enjoy this brief respite with you.

There's lots more to see at Between Naps on the Porch.

Friday, July 23, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things

Favorite Things Saturday

Gone but not forgotten - Oakley & Pockets
Couldn't possibly pick just one favorite thing : )
Take a trip over to Bargain Hunting with Laurie and Favorite Things Saturday

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

More Tell than Show?

Joining Cindy for Show and Tell Friday.

Glimpses of this oak dining chair seem to make their way into several of my photos so I decided today it should be in the spotlight. It was the arm chair with a dining room set my Dad bought for his mother in the 1940s before he was married. He bought the set second hand so I have no idea its real age.

Sidenote: I love all the painted furniture I see on the blogs but most of the time the beauty of the wood grain wins out for my redos. Something to do with my grandfather's woodworking hobby I think. But I digress.

My mother always said she lived in 5 homes and never changed her address. That was because my Dad was constantly moving walls and changing the lay-out of their house. Somehow as a result of a re-do on the second floor this chair ended up out under the eaves and the cubby hole door he built wouldn't accomodate its return to civilization. So the story went as I was growing up---'that chair is stuck out there'.

When the task of clearing out my parents home came upon me, my cousin and partner in crime during our youth came to my rescue. And when I told her about the chair she replied 'That Chair IS Coming Out of There. Get the tools!' So after removing the cubby hole frame and 'enlarging' the opening just a bit ;/ (not to mention my cousin risking life and limb) out she came.

Notice how the arm is set back to accomodate pulling in close to the table. And here she is refinished and nesting at Muldoon. So that's her story and I often wonder what the new owners of the house thought when they went into the back of a particular closet. 'Search me how that happened.' : ).

Stop back anytime at Muldoon and don't forget to have some fun with Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Time of the Tiger

What children's story had a character named Tiger Lily?
Joining Outdoor Wednesday with Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

The Asian Lilies and the Easter Lilies are gone until next year and the Day Lilies are at rest. Now its the time of the Tiger Lily. Let's move in a little closer and have a look at these 6ft wonders.

They probably hear us coming don't you think?
And now they know we are here and are swaying to say hello.
Some are just in bud after an afternoon showerand others are in full bloom with their firm and waxy petals. How's that for a beautiful face?
And their view of the heavens from whence their beauty comes.They even bow their heads in humility.
I hope you enjoyed this little corner at Muldoon.
Why not visit A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday #80.
P.S. Tiger Lily appeared in Peter Pan.