Getting lost traveling from one garage sale to another last weekend resulted in this serendipitious find–a delightful Hypertufa Sculpture Garden on a small side road off the beaten track. How could one not stop and enjoy a few minutes along the shaded, quiet lane? I have been searching for just the right thing to put in front of my own house. I saw some really cool scrap metal sculptures, but that involves welding, a talent I have neither the equipment nor the knowledge to do. I have dabbled in hypertufa planter boxes, so a next logical step using that basic knowledge is to try someting that is three dimensional. This has me psyched and hankering for the enough spare time before cold weather hits.
Last summer at the end of the day in a near-by neighborhood street sale, this birdcage chirped my name.
It is a real birdcage, not only decorative. Since I like to watch wild birds of all kind, especially when they are fervantly gathering the soft pieces needed to build their nests, I decided this birdcage had to come home with me to feather mine. The real bird’s nest is a leftover from last season, the small round “eggs” are rocks from the edge of my flower bed.
In my neighborhood, Friday is trash collection day. What that means is that on the occassional Thursday evening, one rides around the neighborhood, scoping out what others in your neck of the woods have put out for the next morning’s collection. Because some municipalities have an ordinance against the practice, I advise you to do what I do, which is knock on the door and ask if any one minds if I repurpose something that they have put out for trash.
After checking with the homeowner, this gently worn wicker settee fit perfectly into the back of my station wagon for the short trip home–they even helped me slide it in the hatch. Less than new is perfect for this spot, because the rain regularly hits the back.
What could be in this interesting box?
Garage Sales are famously ebb and flow. After kissing the equivalent of 40-50 frogs, this particular day produced a handsome prince. Always one wanting to know the back story of an object that catches my eye, I learned that this particular set had been a gift from visiting Italian relatives. The recipients never used it and decided that now was the time to see if it could find a new home. I volunteered–for only $10.00!
I have enough experience with garage sales to know that the journey has to be the fun part of the morning. Fabulous finds are far and few between. Enjoy learning a new neighborhood and talking to people. An hour or two of morning relaxation before starting the rest of the day’s activities. Sometimes you even get lucky.
Research included an Italian/English translation internet site: in the style of Paul Klee. Gotteninghen is a German manufactureer of high-quality flatware and serving pieces.
Beginning to think I should rent the movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” At least it will be a different picture on the TV. “Cloudy with a Certainity of Snow” to shovel doesn’t have quite the same ring. Sitting at my desk this morning, looking out the bow window at the overnight accumulations, the justaposition of two “ladies in my window” pulled me away from the more tedious task of clearing assorted papers from my desk.
Many items are sitting in unusual places due to the on-going re-do. In the case of the angel, she has yet to be returned to her usual after holiday spot. Without planning however, the angel and the garage sale sculpture ended up balancing each other. The angel on high (it’s a pun) facing left. The dancer down low (sorry, couldn’t help myself–the balance thing again) facing right and up. Amazing how the brain subconsciously pulls things together without trying.
I digress. Back to the task at hand. Hope you, too, are lucky enough to be working inside looking out.