Ah, March. In like a lion and out like a lamb, or so they say. However, I have always found the month to be much less reliable than that old saying would have me believe. This March, for example, has it all backwards. It came in like a lovely little lamb, sunny and sixty degrees, daffodils and crocuses confused and blooming in my yard, Then bam! Lion. Snow, sleet, hail and freezing temps that closed schools, shut down mass transit and sent everyone scurrying to the store for provisions.
Only the grocery line was long and I knew I already had what I needed in the fridge and the pantry. So I decided to shop for storm supplies of another kind.
The crafty kind!
I mean, if I was going to be stuck inside, I might as well make use of those hours, right?
I was going to pop into my thrift store again, but I already know how that usually goes, so I headed to a cute discount shop in my area instead. I was just going in to browse, since I have been on a purging and simplifying jaunt as of late and I think I did well.
I only left with just one item.
I have always wanted to make my own paper flowers. I never knew what I was going to do with them, but the process seemed interesting. These were cheap, so I took them home.
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It was a fun little craft. I put together four carnations as the wind whistled and the snow fell outside. As one would expect, my last flower was prettier than my first, but all in all, they look good.
Of course, I still have no idea what I'm going to do with them. I could add them to a wreath or string them up and make a banner, but right now they are still sitting in that same position on my table.
I do enjoy looking at them. They remind me of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting.
I love her work.
So maybe they don't need to do more than this for now. I'm not sure.
I'll keep you posted.
The paper flower kit is the only thing that came home with me on that pre-snow shop. I exercised an extreme amount of willpower, but there were a ton of other really cute items.
Like this galvanized serving tray, for example. It was close to twenty bucks and it wasn't even that large. I am starting to realize what a great bargain I got on my thrift store bucket.
It is cute though and made me think of summer and that's always a good thing, especially when snow is falling.
This four cup measuring cup was so hard to pass up. It was a decent price...discounted... and I love, love, love the shape, but I have too many hanging around the house already.
And I don't even cook that much.
Oh, but that red.
These chalk label canisters begged to come home with me. Seriously. How adorable is this set? I am still thinking about it. That's usually a sign that it will end up in my kitchen.
I might have to go back for them.
Maybe. Maybe not.
I almost tripped over this 3 tiered metal stand. It was really big...and really pricey...and totally gorgeous. I currently have several pieces like it that are not in use and not in storage, since that is hard to come by in this cottage.
They are in a pile, neatly displayed, on the kitchen floor.
I didn't need another tripping hazard.
So I covered my eyes, winced a little and walked away.
I was quickly distracted by the idea of buying for others.
We have several weddings on the calendar this year, so these mug pairs caught my eye. I love the "I Do" sets.
I didn't, but I still may.
I'm kind of last minute gal when it comes to wedding gifts. Possibly because in my neck of the woods, cash is king for these kind of events. Registries are set up for engagements and showers, but it's all about the envelope on the wedding day.
Still, I like to include a small token.
Now, back to shopping (well, looking) for me!
This was the hardest to pass up and another item that is still on my mind. It is a round, rooster lazy susan and boy oh boy, just too sweet.
Country, farmhouse, rustic, cottage...all wrapped up in one.
I have a round table that is just calling out for it, but I wasn't quite sure about the colors in my uber red kitchen.
I could probably DIY the outside rim in red, but eh, not for that retail price.
Maybe next snowstorm.
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