So you would think. But... while we hanging out in the bathroom I mentioned that I should probably replace the mirror in my antique medicine chest. It was quite small and had a large diagonal scratch right in the center. It didn't really bother me. In fact, I was so used to it I didn't even notice it...much. That comment led to a discussion about a new medicine chest and before I had the common sense to change the subject, the old medicine chest was out and measurements were being taken to determine how much larger the opening would need to be for the new medicine cabinet. Remember, I had company coming in two days.
If you have had any experience with such projects, you know it did not stop there. There was a little plaster and lathe to remove which translates to "big mess." Then there was the patch plastering and all that goes with that. But there is more. Now the side sconce light was ill placed and we all agreed a light above the mirror would be better. We had a little remedial electrical work to do and, of course, more patching to cover the hole left by the old side light.
Needless to say, this did not get completed before my friend arrived. She graciously put up with no makeup light for the duration of her stay. She might have preferred to wrestle the faucet handle but that ship had sailed.
Reason #2 for no blog posts is one you will totally understand. We were on the go the entire time she was here. I took her to as many resale shops as we could fit into each day. I'm sorry to say I didn't
take pictures of my friend's purchases but hopefully she will send me some "after" shots of the secretary/bookcase she found so I can share it with you. She also bought a tea cart, a chair, some framed art and...well, let's just say her minivan was packed solid when she left.
But let's move on to what I bought because I have pictures of those.
One of my favorites is this menu board that can certainly be used "as is" or changed out for a special occasion. Can I fit the entire Thanksgiving menu here? Doubtful. But I will think of a way to use it since I am hosting the family this year.
I also found a little floor lamp that is perfect for reading...just the right height. But, alas, no globe.
It looks rather boring but I think I can take care of that. Right now it has to get in line with a lot of other deserving entries.
But I did find this interestingly shaped globe at our next stop. It cost more than the lamp but it fit so perfectly I couldn't pass it up.
I found these little containers at another shop for $1. A sticker that said Ghirardelli left an imprint but buffed out nicely with a little brass cleaner. You can see the one on the right took the shine nicely.
We hit a few yard sales where I picked up this canvas for $5. I tried to walk away once but I was waiting for my friend to dig through some sea shells and it called me back. I'm so glad I was listening.
I also picked this up at the same sale.
Right now I'm thinking it would look really nice with the overnight French toast sprinkled with powdered sugar.
I bought this next item immediately because it was actually something I needed. Imagine that!
Just to clarify that last statement, I'm allergic to most wines. The rest of my family is not.
And then there were the little dessert plates.
You could say I needed these too because dessert is my specialty. I haven't found a one that creates an allergic reaction.
After my friend packed up her treasures and headed home, I started thinking about a pair of mirrors I saw in our travels that I had dismissed at the time. The problem: I could not remember where I saw them. I went back to three places that were likely candidates before giving up the search. They may have already been discovered by someone else. However, while on that mission I found a few other things.
on these dishes.
They were both at the same location but the woman I normally deal with was not there. I decided to come back the next day when I was sure I could get a better price. I arrived ten minutes before they opened the following day, but, sadly the desk was gone.However, the dishes were not. So I will be thinking of ways to work this color into my Thanksgiving centerpiece. They are not perfect. In fact they are seconds with some minor firing flaws but I can live with that. Everything in my home is slightly flawed and that makes it perfect.
There might have been more stuff. Truthfully, I sort of lost track between the shopping and eating and talking and laughing.
But reality hit me in the face the minute my friend pulled away.
It's not big bathroom so it's hard to get pictures and, I might add, next to impossible to maneuver a stepladder anywhere close to where you need it.
But the mini makeover is refreshing and I'm loving the new color.
(Martha Stewart 077 Shortbread)