Today was an "odds 'n ends" day - do you ever have those? For me, it's a day to catch up, get the little stuff done so I can clear head space for the other stuff. So, this is a bit of an "odds 'n ends" post, just a few of my favorite finds of the last few months... This stool!!! It will forever be a reminder of Trinidad, Colorado, one of our favorite stops when we travel in the summer. The town has a rugged beauty to it and lots of interesting architecture that is a reminder of what the town once was. The stool also a reminder of the summer our youngest broke his arm :( I only got the stool because we went back home in a hurry and "happened" to go back through Trinidad, so I had a second chance to pick up this stool.
The tag said it was from 1945. I just love the color, the patina, and the vintage industrial look (and the fact that reproductions are selling for way more than I paid for this!).
These porch balusters were a great find at Homestead Antiques in Hico, Texas. I was happy to get the last two! Hico is another little town with history, and this store is really a feast for the eyes. Even our youngest enjoyed wandering around with me :)
They are quite fragile, so I have hung them on the wall for now. I love the naturally aged, chippy paint and the curvy shape. Hard to find this kind of wall art at your typical big box store!
An authentic, actually used buoy! I love this piece! I found it at Elements in Marble Falls, Texas towards the back of the store in a basket under a table (it pays to look everywhere!) The basket was actually full of them, so choosing "the one" was difficult; with a bigger budget I definitely would have picked up more than one. It will be perfect for our summer mantle in the family room.
I love all the colors, now permanent record of its working days. And you can still make out an identification number on the strapping.
The best thing about these things (and they are just "things"), is that they remind me of special family times - all of them were purchased during family vacations, times when we get away just to be family. We sit in the car together (because we are a road-trip family), see new places together, enjoy (mostly) someone else's cooking together, juggle all our travel paraphernalia together, and just be together. And those memories are what's worth hanging on to!
So, how do you remember special times?
“Don’t store treasures for yourselves here on earth where moths and rust will destroy them and thieves can break in and steal them. But store your treasures in heaven where they cannot be destroyed by moths or rust and where thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will be where your treasure is." Matt. 6:19