Autumn Plant Stand

This Saturday I had the chance to do some exploring and shopping with some dear friends at the 7th Avenue Melrose District in Phoenix.  If you haven’t been there before, it’s a mile stretch between Camelback and Indian School Roads on what else, 7th Avenue.   I’ll do another post about our shopping day, but today I wanted to share about one of my fun finds!  This is the gang as we met to get our energy boost at Copper Star Coffee, right in the middle of shopping heaven!  More on that later too.

Our first stop was the Salvation Army at the corner of Indian School and 7th Avenue.  The sign outside said that they were having a 50% off everything sale.  Score!  Well, when we got inside we found out that until 10 am (just 10 minutes away) everything was 55% OFF!  Awesome!  So, while we didn’t have much time for browsing, we set out for some treasures.  One of the first things I saw was this metal plant stand.  Originally priced $29.95.  Discounted price $13.48!  How could I say no?  I was thinking that our front entry patio needed some Fall decor, so I picked it up and loaded in the car with the help of my friend Cathy.

And here’s what I was able to put together after I got home.  For now I just repurposed some of my other Autumn decor.   Some of the flowers are newly purchased, but otherwise it was things I had around the house.

Funny thing,  I’m trying to decide if I should keep the whole thing inside my entry because I like looking at it so much…plus with our Phoenix sun, things can get quite faded even in the Fall months.  Tell me what you think.  Does it belong outside or inside?  The outdoor entry patio is pretty bare too.  Or maybe I should take pics of it in both locations.  Let me know your thoughts on indoor vs. outdoors.

And here’s a bit of personal trivia.  Do you see the sign above the plant stand that says “Grandma Perkins Pumpkin Patch”?  Well, I bought that at a craft store in Ohio, near where I grew up and where much of my extended family lives.  Guess what?  My grandmother’s last name was PERKINS!  Is that cool or what?  AND she made her living running a roadside fruit and vegetable stand along one of the highways on the coast of Lake Erie.  In the Fall they sold pumpkins from their PUMPKIN PATCH!!!  Do you think whoever made the sign knew of that fruit stand?  Seems awfully coincidental.  In any case, I was so thrilled when I found it!  It reminds me of her every time I bring it out in the Fall.

So let me know your thoughts about the location and come back to hear more about our awesome shopping trip in the Melrose District.  Thanks for stopping by!

I’m linking back to Metamorphosis Monday!

Bisbee’s treasures old and new…

In early December Terry and I went to Bisbee, AZ for the first time ever to celebrate our anniversary. For those who don’t know, it’s an old mining town and in its heyday was one of the biggest cities in the West.

This Old West mining camp was one of the world’s richest minerals sites, producing nearly 3 million ounces of gold and over 8 billion pounds of copper. By the early 1900’s Bisbee’s 20,000 population made it the largest and most cultured city between St. Louis and San Francisco.

Today Bisbee is an artist community known for its antiques, galleries, community theatre, historic homes etc.

I have plenty of pics of the sleepy little town, our cool B & B room and it’s cute old buildings and will write more about our weekend, but for now wanted to show you some of the treasures that we uncovered there. Two of them are from a current artist and the others are vintage pieces that I look forward to finding a place for in my house.

In one of the Antique stores there were boxes and boxes of vintage postcards, which reminded me of the collection that my Aunt Eleanor has of antique postcards of Ohio. She let me borrow one of the beach in Vermilion where I learned to swim. I made a color copy (enlarged) of it and gave one to each of my brothers and sisters. I have mine somewhere. I need to frame it, when I track it down. It brings back wonderful childhood memories. The ones I bought in Bisbee were from places where we’ve visited at various times. I’m thinking I’ll probably use them in some of my scrapbook vacation pages, but not sure..any ideas?

I especially love the Christmas postcard. Simple design and even writing on the back. It was postmarked in 1920!

The turqouise blue glass jar was in an antique shop. I just liked the color and thought it would have a lot of uses.

The two heart-shaped pieces below are new from a local Bisbee artist (I’m guessing). I just loved the details and the lapis stone is such a gorgeous blue. One is the size of a large Christmas ornament and the smaller one on the right is a lapel pin.

And do you know what’s best of all? Except for the postcards, which I paid for myself, I got all of them as Christmas gifts from Terry. I picked them out, he paid for them and wrapped them. Funny thing is, I had totally forgotten about them with December being so busy. So every time I opened one, what a great surprise it was!

What a sweet husband I have! He’s a keeper.

First Artful Souls Tour 2006

I’m not going to write much on this since I’ve been on the computer too long already today. I’m posting some of the highlights of our scrapping tour yesterday. We had a blast and after hitting 5 stores, 1 coffee shop and Wildflower Bread Company,

we came home tired, happy and satisfied that we had found lots of treasures!

We started in Tempe, drove to Phoenix, then the East Valley and visited Lucky 15
Annalis Scraptique
Scrapbooks Etc,

Mystic Paper.

Linda did an amazing job on all the planning, research and prep and she even greeted us in the morning with hot coffee, orange juice and fresh baked muffins along with a fun gift to start the day! We’re already talking about the next one. Hopefully this time Beckie will get to go too.

Grocery Shopping and more


Hey I read about this site in Money magazine under the title:

How to Cut $150 off your Grocery Bill

Check it out :

I used to do a lot of this without a website in our younger poorer days, but it looks like these guys do all the research and information gathering for you and it looks pretty reasonable…

These days I find it hard to squeeze in time to sit down and make my grocery list from the items on sale this week and cut the coupons, sort them, etc. I know it would save money, but since we just need groceries for two of us, I feel like my time is more valuable than the money we would save. Of course at some point that will probably change again. Oh, I’m still a bargain shopper and won’t buy something if it’s not on sale or within my acceptable range, but I splurge more often just to have a great meal and don’t feel too guilty about it.

Speaking of food, I bought one of those designer “personal” watermelons the other day (because they were on sale) and it was REALLY DELICIOUS !!

That smaller size melon actually works well for Terry and I because a big one goes bad before we can eat it all unless we have people over. Anyway when I cut it open, I realized that the smell of watermelon instantly reminds me of summer. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been really aware lateley of how I’m so thankful that God gave us a sense of SMELL. There are so many scents that flood my mind with good memories and connect me to happy thoughts. Unfortunately, I can’t post the smell of the watermelon, but decided to post the pics and let you imagine the smell.

A few other things that provoke strong memories for me are apple cider, caramel apples and the SMELL and sight of fall leaves.

Whenever I smell fall leaves this little memory clip runs through my head. I can clearly recall my elementary school teacher (in Vermilion, Ohio) taking the whole class out to walk around the huge yard area around our school in the Fall. We talked about how the leaves looked and smelled and even sounded under our feet. It was such a blast! I encourage you to experience that someday when you’re in a place where the leaves are falling, or better yet, take your kids out and walk in the leaves with them. Rake them into huge piles and run, jump, roll around, throw them in the air, cover yourself, hide, and enjoy. I’m so thankful that the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of Fall will always be indelibly etched in my mind. Thank you God!

Hey here are some pics from Sedona, AZ that remind me of Fall. While looking for the apple pics I came across the adorable one of Andy & Julie above. They are just so cute and the fall leaves are amazing!