Thursday, March 14, 2013

Treasures-Some Lost, Some Found

A couple of posts ago, I introduced readers to my best buddy, Harriette. Well, one of the things the two of us enjoy doing together is hitting some of the local thrift stores on any given day. A couple of days ago was one of those days.

On this day, we went first to one of the local Salvation Army Thrift shops. I was combing the store with a fine tooth comb, so as not to miss anything with potential when I spied a set of four pretty little bowls with strawberries on them. Knowing that Harriette had been searching for some things in the past with strawberries on them, I called her over.  I commented on how pretty they were and how it was too bad she was no longer looking for "strawberries." She agreed what a shame it was and I set them back down on the shelf and proceeded to look for more treasures. Remember the rule for thrift store shopping--"If you snooze, you lose." If you are even vaguely considering a purchase, put it into your cart and decide later.

Within five minutes she had thought of a reason to buy those bowls. Her husband, her son and, sometimes herself, participate in barbecue cook-offs. Sometimes a dessert is a part of the judging and Harriette makes the dessert. She would use the bowls for displaying some type of strawberry dessert that she was planning to make for the upcoming cook-off.  Well, we walked back over to the place where the bowls had been and, you guessed it, they were gone. Thinking that since there weren't many people shopping at the time, perhaps we were mistaken and they were on the next shelf over. We looked all around, to no avail. Determined, she went up to the counter and asked the nice clerk if someone had come through the check-out with the bowls. They had not, so the bowls were still in the shop, in the cart of someone who had not been snoozing. We considered hunting the customer down, though I don't know what we were going to do if we found them. It was a fleeting thought, which thankfully passed, because I had spied a very large silver-plated tray. It happens that I am always on the prowl for trays of all description, but am particularly fond of silver and silver-plated ones with flat, smooth inside surfaces. Some trays, I put to use for serving food or to display objects.

On other occasions, I might paint a tray with chalkboard paint, as I did the one above. This one is displayed in my kitchen all the time. I use Bistro Markers or regular chalk to write on it, displaying  seasonal greetings or leaving a message. For the above design, I used stencils and Bistro Markers and a hand-written phrase.  A tray like this is both decorative and practical.

When invited to a wedding shower, I almost always include one as a part of my gift, along with a stand and some chalk. Brides seem to enjoy getting these as gifts.

The tray above is the one found in the shop. It is very smooth,as the design is not raised or recessed, so it will not show through when it's painted. When I pointed the tray out to Harriette, she said she had seen it earlier when I was looking at the dishes. She had contemplated buying it to paint and use for a chalkboard to write the menu on at the previously mentioned cook-off. She decided against it because she figured she would not have time to paint it. Also, we had both noticed it had a screw missing on one of the handles.I thought that she should go ahead and buy it because the screw could be replaced and I would help her with painting it. I told her if she wasn't going to purchase it, I would buy it for myself. Folks, the lady can read me like a cheap novel. She knew I was going to buy it and paint it for her and said as much. She would not allow it. She was right,  I was going to do exactly that. In the end,  she bought it and I brought it home with me. I was able to stabilize  the handle and clean it up and I intend to start priming and painting it soon. 

Below are some items I found a little later when we went on to Goodwill.

A Beautiful Little Lead Crystal Wheel Barrow Vase or Candy Container
A Great Black Chain-Style Belt with Rhinestones

I'm not sure what I am going to do with the belt, wear it or use it to make a bracelet of some type(maybe leather). Think of the possibilities! Ideas anyone?

I believe that re-purposing or giving something old a new life is a good thing. That's what I love about thrifting. You have to act quickly or you could lose out on a treasure, but you might find that one or two wonderful gems will make it home with you in the end.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Time For A Change of Scenery

Dear friends, you have reached the right place. It is I and this is, in fact, Mimi Mine blog. Some of my friends and family know me to be  somewhat impulsive and, I am afraid, also a little compulsive. Honestly, I cannot seem to leave things alone sometimes. Just when you think I'm behaving, I go and change things around. Well, this isn't the first time and, in case you are wondering, it might not be the last and, yes, I have changed the look of my blog. It started with just one little step into the water and before I could stop I was walking out a little farther and suddenly, I was swept away into the tides of change. That about sizes it up, it really does.

 Believe it or not, there is some method behind all this sudden madness.  It was as if I was looking at someone else's blog every time I signed on. The content was mine, if you get my drift, but the appearance was not. Granted, the previous look of this blog was colorful and gay and I love bright and cheerful and am known to be quite upbeat most of the time and I like to keep my posts as uplifting as possible. However, the previous look felt somewhat busy and, honestly, not my style. The simple truth is that I wish for you, my visitors, to feel relaxed, peaceful and undistracted when open my door and step into my little world. Can you imagine a sweeter state of mind and soul than that of taking a stroll under those enormously beautiful and sublime Southern Live Oak trees, positively dripping with wonderful moss? Better still, why not just spread a blanket, lie back and linger. Drink in the beauty and tranquility of that awesome place on a lazy, hazy summer day! 

These wonderful and very old trees are located on Saint Simons Island, Georgia, where my husband and I spent a few days last summer. We love to visit the Golden Isles, as they are called, and Saint Simons is one of them. It occurred to me that you might enjoy a few more photos of this wonderful island filled with history and romance.

Below is the old Christ Church at Fort Frederica, one of the many gorgeous places to see on the island. It appears that I was a little tipsy when I took this one and I suppose I should have worked with it a little more before posting.

The Christ Church near Historic Fort Frederica

This sign marks what was once called Broad Street at the Fort.

Broad Street in Historic Fort Frederica

This is Glenn and me standing near what remains of the only building left standing from the original days of the fort. Another picture shows a canon as was used to defend the fort hundreds of years ago. If you are a history buff, you will love learning the history of this place and the surrounding areas which make up the Golden Isles.
Ruins at Fort Frederica

Canon Used to Defend the Fort

Glenn stands in what was once called the Alley. 

The Alley at Fort Frederica

Heading back on over to where we stayed, at the beach and village of Saint Simons, here we have the Light House. We stayed at the Inn at the Light House. It was located right across the street from the Light House and we enjoyed it there. Each room had a unique decor and each was totally different from another.

Saint Simons Lighthouse 

Saint Simons Light House at Night

This pelican is obviously a regular at the pier on the island and a truly amusing character.

Friendly Pelican

                                     Sunset on the ocean taken from the Pier at Saint Simons on a cloudy and beautiful last evening 

Sunset on the ocean at high tide on Saint Simons Island

There are so many marvelous places to visit and enjoy in this beautiful world of ours if we will but open our eyes to behold the blessings we have been given.

Saint Simons Island is such a place and is a place to go if you are in the mood for some history with a dash of romance!