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Jan 30, 2016

Early Spring Robins? Finished Faux Planter, Thrifting Scores!!! It's A Small World After All




Early Spring Robins?-
After our cold, torrential downpour all day yesterday we woke up to 28 degrees, blue skies and sun! I was outside about 9 and saw the most amazing thing- tons of Robins all over. Our yard, across the street and next door. I spotted these guys a bit later using our heated (thrifted of course) birdbath. WOW, does this seems early for robins?

An American Robin, smile for the camera! 



 Ground doves came by too

My bushy tail needed a drink too

the sun hitting our red twig dogwood, it was redder in real life


Finished Faux Planter-
I went to Hobby Lobby today for the last of my supplies for my vintagey French crafts. I finished this with moss, lavender, yellow flowers, and a small white bird. Last week I added some brown glaze on both sides to make the paint look more aged-





My small crate, now filled with soaps in our main bathroom, I haven't decided what to put into my medium sized crate yet...


Thrifting Scores!!!
I went to Goodwill today to find some work clothes for spring. Wow did I score, again! I got 4 new tops and a denim jacket for work. I spied this wire basket and thought it was junk metal. It was heavy, and greasy, dirty and dusty. I flipped it over and saw a stamped name. I checked on my phone and it turned out to be a silver plated. For $5.00 I brought it home. After a simple scrubbing with hot water and dawn it looked like silver again! I found one on eBay for $25.00. I really like it and will use it somewhere, or gift it.

I didn't even polish it, just soap and water!

Painted concrete bird about 6" long, $2.00

A working, wire french clock with doors that open, $4.00. Not sure what I'll put inside?

Fun little bunny from Hobby Lobby, 1/2 price, for Spring


Also Spring-y, sheep from another thrift store, 99 cents each, new, and ceramic! They had Pier One stickers underneath for $10.00. I found the large one on Etsy (sold) for $29.00, can you believe it??? It's funny as I had wanted some ceramic sheep and rabbits, now I have both. Now if I only had some land and real ones, and goats!

Clearance pot for $3.00 filled with left-over flowers from my stash


It's A Small World After All-
I've done this little blog for several years now. When you have less than 100 "followers" you think not that many people read your blog. That can be deceiving! When I look at my stats above it shows most of my visitors are from the U.S., not a big surprise. Interesting where others visit this blog from, and it paints a very International picture! On the list below Russia and France came in too, fascinating! It just goes to show that you never know the impact you make even with small actions. I even have readers in Poland! So, hello out there to my International readers, leave some comments sometime and let me know where you're from!!!



11 comments:

hoosier girl said...

That clock is really neat! I hope you share what you decide to put in it. Oooh the possibilities!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes, flowers, birds or????

Acorn to Oak said...

I've been noticing signs of spring around here too. Seems so early!

Wow! You really scored again at the thrift shop and Hobby Lobby! That basket is great and I love that bunny! Great that you found so many clothes too! Awesome! I love thrifting!

Your boxes turned out great!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks and I think sometimes a lot of people purge things after New Year's....

Kristina said...

Love your decorating. We just had some nice weather, but I am told it "won't last."

Susan said...

Love that bird waterer! It must be fun to see all the different birds that come by to use it. I do think that you have the best thrift stores ever!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks, the waterer is plugged in and has a thermostat. It was $10.00 at Goodwill and still in the box!

Joan@TheChickenMama said...

No spring here yet, but I have noticed a lot of geese squawking as they fly over. That's a great bird waterer! I'm still lugging hot, fresh water everywhere in gallon milk containers. Ugh. I agree with blog stats. My numbers are not big, but I'd rather have fewer readers who care than more who don't! :-)

Wendy said...

I am from the Netherlands. Read your blog through a blog feed (liferea) so you won't see me in your stats. Maybe more people do so who knows.......
Nice blog. Never new what a Robin would look like. We don't have them here:)

Wendy

Little Homestead In Boise said...

I agree Joan, I just am more curious where people are from!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Hi Wendy, thanks for commenting! I've always wanted to go to Europe and I love the landscape of the Netherlands! And such a hardy people! I fell in love with the story Hans Brinker and The Silver Skates :)

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