Who doesn’t like to discover things? Better yet, when we find a ready use for the discovery, don’t we feel even happier? This happens frequently to me. Accidental finds are my cheap thrills.
During a recent walk-through of the local Goodwill Store, I spied a unique wallpocket vase. The funky teakettle hanging with the homely message brightens up the wall at the kitchen sink. This arrangement features mums and peruvian lilies.
A day later, in the same store, I stumbled across a vintage vase with asymmetrical handle placement. I held it for a few moments and instantly visualized how it should be filled. A bunch of grapes was part of the idea.
While mowing the yard and the adjacent city property this week, I spotted what at first looked like an old can hidden at the street gutter. Then, I realized it’s a steel flower pot. My first impulse was to throw it into the garbage. Instead, I set it on my driveway while I finished mowing. As I mowed, I realized I could sanitize the old planter and straighten the foot. Later, after I disinfected the planter, I knew it would be perfect for a “shabby chic” design. It’s still rusty, and a bit bent, but that’s OK.
Yesterday, I was searching the basement for a misplaced gadget. While looking through a forgotten crate, I noticed an old glass porch light “globe” or cover. Right away, I thought, “This would make a great vase.” After it was cleaned, I filled it with echinacea blooms and a few other blooms. When I get tired of this, I’ll swap it out with the light globe presently near my front door.
The Blue Jay of Happiness likes to hang out at antiques shops and thrift stores.
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