New Life for Old Things

This weekend was the first time we stayed the night at the lake house and we woke up to find that Easter came in with a cold snap.  I looked outside to see all the spring blooms drooping and covered in ice.  I sure hope they survive the freezing temperatures.  This Easter was a little different for us.  We celebrated on Saturday with our family.  Our oldest spent Easter day with his girlfriend’s family and our youngest didn’t want to spend the day at the lake house so she visited a friend on Easter.  It was just me and hubs eating leftovers by ourselves.  Times certainly change the older the kids get.  I find myself changing as well.  These days I find that time is the most priceless thing to me.  We are only allotted so much and once it’s gone there is no getting it back.  The hustle and bustle of life to be able to keep up with the Jones’ is less and less appealing to me as I age.  Not to say I don’t like nice things, but we don’t have to have the best of the best.  I tend to find that what I love most is old and/or outdated.  Our lake house is starting to be my favorite house because it is small and we incorporated salvaged materials throughout the house which turned out to be my favorite parts.  It brings me joy to find something old that may not have a purpose anymore and find a new life for it so it can be enjoyed for many more years to come. 

Here is a perfect example of my junk collecting.  About 20 years ago we were at a garage sale and they had old wood coke boxes that I had to have.  Up until about a year ago I drug them with us on every move and kept them in storage until I found a purpose and now it hangs proudly on my wall at home as a spice rack.  I had two but I passed one on to my mother-in-law because she wanted to use one as well. Letting go of one was hard, but I did it.

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In the kitchen at the lake house we finished up some small touches that made all the difference in my opinion.  Putting a shelf in the window for plants looked amazing, but it was still missing a little something, so the hubs made me an awning out of the left over metal we had and it’s just perfect now.  Again, being able to use the old wood and metal gave it just the character it needed.

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The last thing to finish up the inside is to hang this beautiful vintage door on sliding barn door hardware for the coat closet.

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I made an executive decision of frosting the window and putting that decal on it, and the hubs is not liking that decal so it may not stay. 

We still have work to do outside, but that can wait until warmer weather.  We did however have a tree that was dead in the front yard that we had to cut down before it fell on its own.  And again, I found a purpose for it.  The trunk is going to make a great planter for sweet potato vines.  It will also serve as fire wood for the fire pit and lastly a little project I have been working on is making some coasters.  I have a large one I plan to use as a charger (under plate).  I am finishing them with tung oil to bring out the natural colors and help protect them.

 

I hope everyone had a great Easter and enjoyed the little things.

till next time…

 

 

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