Friday, July 09, 2010

MishMash Soup

Mishmash soup is a bit of this and a tad of that all thrown into a pot and served up for dinner.  This post is going to resemble a pot of that soup with a bit of yard sale finds, a dash of crafting and a splash of Independence day thrown in. 
We have had a cold and rainy spring this year, followed by a cold and rainy summer.  About once a week or so, a really nice day comes along to tease and tantalize us but then disappears as if it never happened.  Because of this gardens are far behind schedule and that joy of spring and summer, yard sales, have barely just begin to dot the neighborhoods.  A couple of weeks ago, Riff and I decided to brave the rain and wander out to the two whole sales that were listed in our local paper.  We absolutely hit the jackpot with the find of this super cute potting bench for just $20.00.  We have the perfect spot on the side of the house picked out to make into a gardening center, but I decided that this bench was just to nice to actually throw dirt around on.  Instead we put it on the deck to hold our summer bbq supplies.  It's absolutely perfect there, wouldn't you agree?
Happy Birthday to my sister, Stacey
Inspired by Jessica's pocket organizers, I made one for Stacey's birthday gift.  Stuffed in each pocket is some random treasure.  I thought it would be fun for her to pull out something from each pocket that was cute but not necessarily related to each other.  An antique crocheted doily was in one pocket, a birds nest in another.  A yo-yo maker and a couple of yo-yo's in a top pocket, a cute metal bird in one of the middle pockets and some vintage lace in a bottom.  Fun to make and fun to stuff, the organizer can be hung in a craft room, kitchen, office, wherever you need a bit of pocket. 
I hope you all had a fabulous 4th of July.  Because the 3rd dawned bright and beautiful, one of those wonderful teaser days we get now and again, we ended up celebrating all weekend.  We began with a bbq on our deck and an incredible fireworks show on the 3rd at the Ilwaco, Washington harbor.  On the 4th, we spent the day in Clatskanie, Oregon enjoying the parade and the festivities in the city park.  Very fun.  The day includes music in the bandstand, food vendors, logging contests and a carnival.  It was cloudy and cool, but not really cold and the rain held off, so it ended up being a great day. 
And now it's getting late.  Gotta fly!


Jeni said...

Glad to hear you had a great 4th! It was a bit on the quiet side here, but nice nonetheless. That pocket organizer is really cute but the potting table is outstanding! Love the colors too!
I finished a tabletopper and runner a lady here had ordered this past week and am now almost finished with embroidering a set of pillowcases. Still need to figure out the final details to setting up my Etsy site and see if I can get any sales from it.

Sarah said...

That potting bench is lovely! We don't really have yard sales like you do but you do get the odd one. It is a good idea!

Twisted Fencepost said...

The potting/bbq bench is adorable, you definitely got a great deal on a great find!
Stacey is so lucky to have you for a sister.
Glad you had a great 4th!

Adrienne said...

What a score on that bench! It is georgeous! Your pocket hanger is adorable - I love the happy bright colors ... can I be a sister too ;-) Speaking of 'sisters' I just got to spend part of the 4th with a sorority sister of mine who was back east for the 4th from Astoria - her hubbie is in the coast gaurd and is station there. She was 'enamoured' with the sun while she was here - he he

Love the litte flying ace ;-)

mtnchild said...

Oh that bench! I could find a place for it here at my house too!! Did you paint it, or did it come that way? If it was already painted, you really got a bargain! I have a few pieces I'd like to paint, but the hardest part is figuring out WHAT to paint on them ...

Lovely little pocket hanger. Now I'm looking for wall space where I could put one ... not much space left ... LOL!

I'm glad the weather held for your 4th. I am unfortunately stuck with a neurotic dog when there are strange noises around. I'm grateful that I live way out of town so we don't get too much noise, but I sure do feel for the dog!
Many hugs,

Alli said...

The bench was a great find! Works great for a outside bbq buffet too! Good thing you two decided to brave the rain that day, even with just two measly sales, you never know what could turn up!
I am really liking the pocket organizer, it looks big! I am kinda getting inspired to make one for my craft room now, great idea!

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

I am so jealous of that potting bench you found. What a steal at $20!
That pocket organizer is so cute!! I bet your sister loved it!

Love Bears All Things said...

Love the bench..was it already painted like that or did you do it...I wish we could have nice weather with no bugs so we could eat outdoors...It'll be Fall before we can do that again.
Love the gift you made for your sister.
Mama Bear

Paige said...

What a fabulous find with that potting bench - it's perfect - I want one!! :)
I love the little pocket organizer, too. Very cute, and such a nice gift for your sister!

Stacey's Treasures said...

Your potters bench is so cute!
I love my pocket orginizer! What a fun gift!!!
I hung it by the sewing machine & put sewing suplies in it.