Brass No More

I bought this (what started out as brass) lamp the other day for $5, spray painted it high gloss white and topped it with a Target lamp shade.

I didn't take a before picture but the finish looked like this:

The real reason I bought it
a switch at the base!
I know I'm not the only one out there who falls asleep reading at night. 
Well, I do and I have been wanting a lamp with the switch located on the base.  
You know, like at a hotel.
That way instead of having to sit up out of your comfortable spot to reach the top switch, you just put your arm out, turn the switch, and zzzzzz

(it's the little things people!)
This lamp is 3' tall and weighs ALOT
and it could always be on the ready as a weapon.  
Some people have a baseball bat by their bed,
I will be wielding this lamp.

Oh, and I decided to keep my white owl lamp
I just love him in the corner of my office, 
he makes me smile :) 

 Take that, West Elm.


Container Planting With Character

Obviously I've been flea-ing for some time prior to starting my blog.  
I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my finds by theme.

Spring has sprung  here in Tennessee so 
I decided to do some container planting last weekend.
I can never walk away from old planters, pails, buckets, etc.
No matter the condition - rust and all - my hand just automatically picks them up. 
[just like i explained to my husband that my car automatically turns into the thrift store parking lot]
Maybe because I grew up on a farm they have some meaning to me.  
Many people would consider them trash but I think they look so 
awesome when paired with plants.
cast iron

vintage metal basket 

this plant looks a little pathetic but i've had it forever
when we moved here it died on me, or so i thought, but look!! it's alive!!

isn't the color on these hostas fantastic?
I bought these three HUGE hanging baskets at an antique mall.  

The label said Antique French [who knows but they look the part]
and I got them for $10/ea on sale. 
Have you priced planters lately??? 
They are crazy expensive new - I think these add much character AND are wallet friendly.

I pulled this rusty child's chair out of the bushes behind my house when 
we were doing yard work last fall.  
The pot has an Elephant Ear bulb in it.
No instant gratification here so I thought I'd give it the chair...

Do you use any "unique" planters?


Home Sweet Home

36 hours
5 airports
0 hours of sleep
1 lost bag

As some of you know, I travel about every 6 weeks or so for work from Chattanooga to Phoenix.  I connect in Charlotte, NC and all in all it takes about 5-6 hours of flight time one way.  
This time....not so much.
That's all I got to say about that.

When I'm in Phoenix I usually hit my old stomping grounds to seek some treasures for my shop.  It's tough because I'm always finding BIG items - LOTS of furniture!!- but obviously can't fit them in my luggage.
 my daughter is moving from Phoenix here to TN next year... 
[what's a few more pieces to add to the truck?]

This time I found 4 watercolors that are in excellent condition.  
They are 4x6, in black wood frames, each depicting one of the four seasons.  





The back has the season written on it

I couldn't find anything on the artist Von but they're signed and dated '74

Upon my return I always arrive to a bouquet of fresh flowers from mr. we 
[not to mention a clean house, clean dogs and sushi - he's all mine ladies!!!]
I split the bouquet up and share the love throughout the house.

Needless to say it's good to be home.  
What's your worst travel/flight experience?

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