Pleasures – Yard Sales

I love yard sale season. This past Saturday my husband and I browsed Wenonah, New Jersey’s, town-wide yard sale. We both found treasures: extra-large brandy snifters for terrariums, vases, coffee mugs, books, etc., what bounty, and so much fun for under 10.00. My favorite finds were solid brass giraffes for 50 cents apiece. I love the look of brass amongst ivy. The colors and simplicity of each complement the other. The brass figurines add a touch of the magical to the wide expanse of the ivy bordering our back yard.

Another favorite purchase was Donald Trump, the doll. He is a find for us since we enjoy watching  “Celebrity Apprentice” every week. We were even more intrigued to discover that he can talk. Push a button on his back and all of “The Donald’s” best one-liners will play, and yes, he does say, “You’re fired.”

Quirkiness – Tree Brooches

Sometimes it’s impossible to keep my quirkiness in check. In those moments my backyard often becomes the recipient of my unique ideas. I’ve been “pinning” my trees as if they are fraternity pledges…adding little ornaments to the ivy that climbs their rugged trunks. Brass mirrors attached to the trees at my grandson’s eye level add a sweet touch of whimsy and magic to the yard.