It’s our fourth anniversary (fruit and flowers), but you’re the ones who are in line for a present! Leave a comment here or on Facebook, and you’ll be entered to win one of these flower pins. Contest ends a week from today (March 14th) at noon MDT. I had picked out a flower and a fruit pin, but then I looked up the fruit pin on ebay and found out it was selling for $60! Sorry, readers, you’re stuck with two flowers:
The pin on the left is porcelain and marked England on the back. The pink pin is metal and has no markings, but lots of polka dots! We will draw two names, but you won’t know which pin you’ll be getting until you open the box! It’s more fun (for us) that way.
We’re glad to be going strong after four years, and it’s due to our wonderful readers. I’m certain we wouldn’t be doing this every week if weren’t for you. Heck, we talk ourselves hoarse every Friday at the thrift stores; we don’t need a written recap!
The first sign that spring is coming:
Snow drops are my earliest flowers regardless of the weather. These poor babies must have popped up last week when it was cold and snowy. It doesn’t matter, they’re up at the end of February every year beating the crocus, forsythias, and pussy willows by weeks. Looking at this pictures gives me a twinge of anxiety–I see the tulips coming up at the top of the picture. Tulips in early March here in Colorado = disaster! Hope they stay just like that for a couple of weeks, or I won’t have any tulips again!
We saw this crazy daisy and just laughed:
It’s not that the flower is bad, but they could have used a bigger pot! To paraphrase a vulgar saying, “It looks like 10 pounds of sugar in a 5 pound bag”. Plus you know that thing will fall over any time a person passes by because it’s so top-heavy.
This pot is a great example of why you need to have someone else take a look at your product and give you some feedback:
Hey, why not kill two birds with one stone–use a potted plant as a bookend! Sounds good until you think things through a little. That’s an awfully big pot to hold a plant that can only be about six inches tall, unless your bookshelves are spaced more than a foot apart. Speaking about the plant–what the heck will grow on a dark shelf? So now you have a short plant that needs a grow light so you can hold up your books that probably would be better served by a standard bookend (just think of the pot drying out and sliding causing all your books to fall off the shelf accompanied by your dry, short plant and a pot full of dirt!) No mystery why this pot was never used and ended up as grist for our mill.
This little gal was shelltastic!
On to the fruit portion of the post:
These are the first plastic starfruits that we’ve seen. Makes for a nice change from the glittery apples, oranges, and pears, or that soft plastic squishy fruit that we usually see. But we aren’t fake fruit sort of women; give us a bowl of sweet clementines on the counter any day.
This little basket of flowers had us puzzled for a minute:
Then we realized that they were those glass flowers that you see in ceramic pots at Asian restaurants. Evidently the pot broke and all the owner could think to do was stick them in an open sided basket. At least put some moss in there to cover up the flowers’ unmentionables!
My camera made these flower arrangements look ever so much more attractive than they were in person:
The planters were disgusting plastic painted to look like wood, and there was a weird assortment of leaves and things in the arrangements that ended up looking strange and busy. If I were making a wreath, those poppies might come home because they were better than average–they just need a little fluffing.
My poor camera couldn’t do a thing for this:
Last up is this little cutie:
Someone did a nice job with this pressed flower! All the more impressive because there wasn’t a background to cover up any boo-boos. It was languishing on the shelf, and then it was gone. Hope just the right person came along to give it a good home.
Next year will be an easier anniversary to be snarky about–wood! We’ll be back to our usual mayhem next week. Stay tuned for a trip report; I’m going to Florida in a week and that means garage sales galore with my parents!