Four Years and Counting

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:

Anniversary pins

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:

Time to transplant your fabric flowerIt’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:

Path to hell is paved with good intentions

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!

ShelltasticWe usually b*tch a lot about what is done to shells in the name of vacation souvenirs, but we think she’s pretty cute.  You have to admire the little shell flowers in her basket.

On to the fruit portion of the post:

Plastic star fruitThese 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:

Glass flowers in a basketThen 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:

Fake red poppiesThe 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:

Flowery Pottery PlatterWe both liked the iris; I’m not sure why some flower sadist had to stick them on that plate with those tulips.  They surely deserve better!

Last up is this little cutie:

Pressed flower pictureSomeone 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!

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28 Responses to Four Years and Counting

  1. tkarengold says:

    Happy Anniversary, Ladies. Thanks for the laughs.

  2. lyn lewis says:

    LOL I love your posts !
    I dont need either broach but thanks anyway : )
    Okay the england broach, always quite pretty and commonly worn in the 50s but not so often found these days without broken off leaves and flower petals, which proves how often they were worn or how damaged they became rolling around in jewellery boxes!
    Now Id have happily bought the plastic star fruit to use in a Topic Box for our visually impaired kids that I make resources for. Theyd fit well with the healthy eating topic or even as an additional fruit examples, in the children’s Storysack, Handas Surpise.
    Its always best to include real fruit but of course they go rotten so quickly lol so plastic has an occasional use there.
    Ive never seen those before so must keep my eyes open for them over here!
    And the shell lady oddly enough Ive picked up similar kinds of shell craft to give to a pal who takes them to an old folks home where her father in law lives and they jog altzheimered minds into recollecting, hopefully happy, times past. You see even they can be really useful – lol

    • kathy & deb says:

      Hey Lyn thanks so much for the kind words. We hadn’t thought of that use for the plastic fruit either–very cool idea. It’s always fun to shop with a mission!

  3. Julie says:

    Love those flower pins – we made my daughter’s wedding bouquet out of vintage flower pins. It was gorgeous.

    • kathy & deb says:

      What a wonderful idea to make a bouquet of of pins! That’s reusing and recycling at a very creative level!

  4. Happy Anniversary, Second Hand Roses, Kathy and Deb! Your finds (treasures!) always inspire. Bravo! Enjoy the weekend, Theadora

  5. Karen says:

    Love your Spring day! The shell lady is one I’ve seen before…well you know similar and is probably fine if you live in a coastal area. The plate in grey with the flowers would be better in a livelier springy color. Your are pins just right for spring!

    • kathy & deb says:

      Thanks Karen! We liked the Shell lady even in land locked Colorado–she has a goofy charm to her. We thought the iris might be better off on their own, maybe as candle holders; they were very well made, unlike the tulips. I agree that the color of the plate didn’t help a thing. Glad you liked the flowers–who knows, you might win one!

  6. You know, even though the tulips are kinda weird, the thing that really kills the iris/tulip piece for me is the background color. Pinkish-grey? Ewwwwww!

    And the part that makes the bookend planter even funnier? There’s only one. Don’t bookends usually come in pairs?

    • kathy & deb says:

      Dang Shelia–you’re absolute right, where is the other bookend planter? Such a stupid idea! The iris were very nicely made; obviously higher quality than the tulips. I wonder how it all got together, and you’re right, the background color of the plate just puts the whole thing into the horrible pile!

  7. Hello friends… congratulations on another year of keeping us in stitches with your posts. They are always entertaining. Keep up the good work.

    • kathy & deb says:

      Thanks Connie–it’s our number one mission to make people laugh–even if it’s only one person! Thanks for reading and who knows, you might be a winner!

  8. Nilsa says:

    Happy Anniversary!! I always have fun reading your post. I think that I would use that bookend for a trash can better than a giant bookend.

    • kathy & deb says:

      Thank you so much; it’s because of readers like you that we keep going. Any use of that bookend would be better than what it was designed for!

  9. Jean says:

    I love both pins. I can see either one ov them in one of my next projects. Have fun at all the yard sales in Florida!

  10. Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary. Four years is a big achievement – with many, many laughs along the way! So pleased to see a small sign of Spring in your garden. Love the shell lady so much and the gorgeous pins. Happy celebrating, ladies! xoxoxoxox

    • kathy & deb says:

      Thanks Dani–we’re encouraged by small signs of spring and you have the lovely fall to look forward to! So glad you’re along for the laughs! ((hugs))

  11. Barbara Forde says:

    Would have loved to see the fruit pin…Flower pins are cute too

  12. Stephanie Gazell says:

    The pins are lovely! I’m a sucker for those china flower pins. I used to wear them with my nice blouses, back in the 1980’s, when we dressed up for work. :>) I now have a box of lovely pins that never get worn, but I love looking at them! Maybe I should think of a way to display them. Hmmm…. Thank you, girls, and have a great week!

    • kathy & deb says:

      Thanks Stephanie! I have 2 display boards I made for my pins out of foam core. You cut them to the size you want, cover with batting and fabric–I used black velvet because it sets the pins off. I used a glue gun to glue the fabric down, and on one board I glued a ribbon for hanging. On the other board, I used one of those little tripod stands for pictures and set it on my dresser. That way I can look at my pins!

  13. Berina Febin says:

    Congratulations Ladies!! 4 years is a big achievement and thanks for making people laugh… I do enjoy reading your posts!!
    Moxie Craftie

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