Barn market finds

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 When we moved into this house last October, I put a “Welcome” sign that I had over the kitchen fireplace because it fit the spot well, and I was really just trying to get stuff out of boxes. But I never loved it there, it was ok, but nothing great.

Since then I have been looking for just the right thing, but it wasn’t a priority. Sure, I have seen some really great things, but since I only work 2 days per week doing window displays, my decorating budget is tight. So, I was really happy to find some new wall art this weekend at a Barn Market sale in town, for a great price.

One of the vendors had been using these in her home, but was purging to prepare for a move ( I could totally relate), they are vintage reprints she bought at a shop in Connecticut. I don’t mind telling you I only paid $50 for the set.

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They really brighten up the room and I think they will work all year ( I will probably only change them out for Christmas). And the Ironstone pitchers stand out much better now with the colors behind them.

There is a nice distressing on the frames too.

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For the kitchen, I also picked up hand full of vintage silver flatware. This was a splurge, but I love them.

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For our Den, which has a slightly masculine style, I bought this beautiful vintage electric wall sconce,

I saw it and couldn’t pass it up. I think it was about $45.

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And some vintage bottles to add to a few I already had, that I was given by a family member years ago.

Some where inexpensive, others, not so much.

These are the new bottles;

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All in all, a successful day at the market. Hope y’all are having a great weekend too!

Karen

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Water drying Hydrangea

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This summer an Annabelle Hydrangea in our yard bloomed so much and was so lovely that I wanted to save some of the flowers to have in the house this winter.

 If you are not familiar with Annabells, they start off green and as the bloom grows they turn white. You will have lovely large white flowers for  some time and then they return back to green at the end of  the season. The longer you wait to cut them, the more they change to a vintage color. I went ahead and cut some at the end of their bloom while they were the green color.

There are several suggested ways to dry your flowers, including silica gel. I decided to try the water drying technique. The concept is that they dry out slowly once they are no longer in full bloom.

I clipped the flowers (with long stems for ease of handling) and placed them in  jars that were about half  filled with water, per instructions. Then I placed them in a room away from sunlight to do their thing.

After about a week, the water was gone and the petals and stems were dry.

It couldn’t have been any easier.  And the results? I think they look very close to when they were fresh cut. What do you think? I think It will be nice to have them around when the summer is long gone.

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