random things i like

I like that despite my best intentions at being intentional…I ‘mess’ up all the time. I left early Saturday morning and forgot to remind Chris to have the boys set the Stamp Out Hunger bag by the mailbox. When I got home the mailman had already come. The boys and I drove to the post office and dropped off our bag…it kind of defeats the ‘easy’ factor when you have to drive to the post office!

I like my parents & in-laws.

A blogger’s cookbook, a flea market gift certificate, a Starbucks gift card….my mom & mother-in-law are pretty thoughtful.

My dad made me chocolate dipped strawberries & pretzels for Mother’s Day. I liked eating those.

I like having so many roses that I can cut 15 for the house and not notice them missing outside. I like roses that require nothing but sun and water.

I like laughing, clapping babies. I like that her oldest brother is the one making her laugh and clap so hard. I like that the other brothers aren’t as impressed. I like that their daddy randomly kisses them on their heads. I like their daddy…I like when their daddy kisses me.

I like estate sales. Some moms want massages for Mother’s Day. Some moms want a morning to dig through other people’s stuff.

I like estate sales, but they make me a little sad too. It was a bit surreal to walk through someone’s house and just go through their stuff.ย  I kept thinking about all the years they spent collecting their stuff…then they died and strangers bought what they wanted. One lady had tons of amazing quilts that had never been used. It seemed like such a waste to me…to keep all those quilts in her closet instead of sharing them with others. She never got to see the joy her quilts could have brought someone. Now she’s gone and strangers are buying her handiwork. Just sad to me.

If you want some great tips for garage sale shopping check out this guest post on Smile & Wave, by Mandi of Here’s Lookin at me kid

My favorite find…a $5.00 chair that is in great condition, doesn’t smell, barely worn…just dirty. It was actually $10.00, but I talked him down. I talked him down on everything. It was love at first dust-covered, dirty sight – this chair and me. I will clean her and she will be gorgeous (that is what I keep telling Chris – he is not so impressed with my chair). Until then, she is really dirty so why not throw her in the field for a few pics?

Photo Tip: For the photo below, I smashed all the grass down leading to the chair (by laying down on it). I then used a toy wagon to prop my camera on (getting my tripod would have required walking all the way back in the house and searching for it). I focused on the top corner of the chair, put the camera on the self-timer and ran to jump in the picture. The camera settings were: 85mm lens, ISO 100, 1/2000, f/2.8

Using the f/2.8 setting allowed for the grass close to the lens and behind the chair to be blurry. My face looks hazy because there is actually a blade of grass close to the camera covering my face. Because it is so close to the camera it appears more like a hazy section than an actual blade of grass.

My $5.00 chair. She is in great shape, just really dirty. I’ve already gone to town on her with an upholstery steam cleaner. She is looking oh so happy – oddly I find great joy in cleaning really dirty things and making them look new again. Soon I will make the difficult decision of where she will go. (the chair is a ‘she’ because…well it just looks like a ‘she’ more than an ‘it’)

Happy Monday. I hope you find lots of things to like about today.

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  • Anna Joy - love the chair! great find by you!

  • Liene - Really great chair! And great pictures of chair in high grass. Here the oldest brother makes the youngest one laugh, shout and clap the hardest too! P.S. cute PJ of the youngest one!

  • Andy - love the chair but even more i love the cracker tin
    i have been looking for that exact tin
    hopefully i can find one soon

  • Rachel C - I am with you on garage/estate sales. I love to search and search until I find the perfect thing for really cheap. I love those flowery trays. Very cool.

  • Shannon - What a lovely Monday post! I always miss the blog on the weekends, and this was just the ticket. Super amazing finds, I wish my husband understood my need to rummage other peoples junk! Ha. There is nothing like a good treasure hunt!

  • Evie - Can I tell you how much I LOVE LOVE your blog! I stumbled apon it on accident and have followed ever since! And… great chair!

  • Kirra Sue - What a fun post! I love the picture of the fireplace with the roses. And I love that you’d rather have a day at an estate sale than a day at the spa. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the tips on the photo too! Happy Monday!

  • karen davis - I am loving your chair. I can’t wait to move back to the states in a few years just to experience garage sales/fleamarkets/estate sales!! What a find!

  • Martina - Great finds! Love the chair. Love the big letter b, too. I’m always looking for big letters like that at estate sales and salvage yards and I haven’t found one yet!

  • Barbara - Sounds like you had a fun weekend. I came across this link over the weekend, and for some reason, it reminded me of your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lego Kitchen: http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/legokitchen-ed01.jpg

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I am sooo with you on estate sales. I found these lovely green juice glasses a few months ago that I drink out of for every meal. (Sweet B thinks I am a little nuts).

    Love your chair. She is gorgeous!

  • Yanet - I love the letter! I’m a sucker letters. I have them all over my house. Any story behind it? I love things with a history all the more.

  • the inadvertent farmer - I love chairs that are boxy with square lines…no girly curvy froo-froo chairs for me! LOVE that, can’t wait to see what you do with her!

    I’m with you on Estate Sales…kinda creepy weird fun! Lo,

  • susie whyte - that chair is an awesome find!! i found an old dining chair at a missouri antiques store for $3 in march. the wood was intricately carved and the seat needed recovering. it’s looking pretty awesome now with new fabric and some paint.

    tell chris a husband’s job is not to understand the crazy buys, but to embrace them and be proud of his wife for paying $5 and not $20 for a less than beautiful chair.
    remember chris, it could always be worse. ๐Ÿ™‚ haha.

  • Anna Marie - I was just thinkin’ of you. My husband is near the oklahoma/kansas border and he said that west of him are a bunch of tornadoes and nasty weather. Hope you are doing okay and that you have a basement. I hate tornadoes with a passion and I get very nervous when they are near. Last season had me in a bathtub with my 2 year old daughter and a mattress on top of us because we didn’t have a basement. Now we do, whew…one happy mama here ๐Ÿ˜‰ Take care, Ashley!

  • Rachel - I cannot do estate sales anymore… I might someday but right now I cannot get past the fact that there are people who are living but moved to a facility or have passed on.. yes, people are rummaging through their stuff. I’ve been to them before but I can’t get past the idea of it all to actually buy anything. I’m so sad… it’s ridiculous actually. Now yard sales of people wanting to get rid of their junk… that’s a horse of a different color.

    I love your enthusiasm about your {ahem} new chair. I’ve enjoyed your blog so much.

  • Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy - I went to my first estate sale a couple of months ago and I got some good stuff too, although it was very surreal like you said. That chair is amazing though…your husband will come around…haha. p.s. I came across your blog last week and I am hooked. Your photography is amazing!

  • meg duerksen - just wait until the barn!!!
    you will LIKE the barn. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kelly Beane - Oh man, totally wished I could’ve snagged that red b. Awesome chair too though! Sounds like you had an lovely Mothers day!

  • sarah jonsgaard - I don’t know where else to post a message but hoping and prayin you and your family are doing ok after all the tornados.

  • Faith - LOVE this chair! What a great prop. And for only $5 – can’t beat that.
    REALLY enjoying looking through your blog ๐Ÿ™‚