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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Barn Shopping

Over the weekend we took the kids to my father's house to pick out pumpkins and I went barn shopping. 
My fathers barns are full of so much stuff that I like to poke around looking for something that my father might want to part with.  
Of course my kids just love his wife Bonnie so much. 
 So while the kids were playing with Bonnie, and Mr. M. was taking a nap in the chair, I wandered around looking for treasures.

I found some!

I think my husband cringes a little every time we visit my father's because I ALWAYS come home with something. 
This was no exception.

Three pumpkins for the kids.  The red drawer I took with us to get repaired. 
 My father always has the right tools to fix anything.

I have been wanting a bird cage since I have been seeing them used as Halloween decorations.

Isn't it great!
I found it in my father's garage attic. My mom used to have a few birds as pets when we were little and this must from then.

The best part is; I don't even have to paint it.

Perfectly black and my crows have already moved in.

These are some Pee Gee Hydrangeas from their gardens.
 I am hoping to make a wreath, I saw a beautiful one at The Fairfield House and I thought one would look nice on my door too.

I thought I was done with this post this morning, but I made a visit to my favorite Sally shop and I found a few more treasures I thought I would share with you.

Don't you just love that mantel! 
 It is huge and I am not sure where it is going, but after it is painted WHITE I will surely find a room that it will be great in.

The tall lamp, it works, but I don't care. 
 I didn't bother to tell the teller that I only wanted the bottom.

Seriously, why else would I buy it? 

I already dismantled it and I think it is going to make a great Christmas tree base.
 Yep, I am one of THOSE!
  The people who think of Christmas all year.

The other little trinkets are to be used for Halloween decorations.
Don't even think I am done decorating for Halloween yet. 
The kitchen island is packed full of spiders, skeletons and other oddities to craft with. 
Hopefully I will be mostly done this weekend and then I will concentrate on the menu.

 My costume is finished.
Nope, you can't see until after the party guests, there is chance I may just win one of my own trophies this year.

Have a great day!


  1. wowza! i wish i had a barn to "shop" in!! nice treasures!

  2. I continuously have this dream where I'm set loose in all old place, possibly a barn, and told I can have whatever old relic I want. I wake up and am disappointed. You have the goods there!

  3. I love the bird cage! What a great idea for a Christmas tree base.. : )
    Hope all is well!
    Happy Haunting..........

  4. Love the birdcage and the mantel is fantastic. Gorgeous find. Hugs, Marty

  5. Great idea on turning the lamp base into a Christmas tree stand. I wish I had my own personal barn to shop!

  6. I want to visit your Father's barn too!!!!!

  7. What a fun place to hunt for treasures and even more fun when it's your Fathers!

    Love the birdcage you found. And that mantel is perfect.


  8. What a great idea using that lamp base for a xmas tree holder!!! Awesome.
    Can't wait to see what you do with all this stuff Alaina!
    I don't want to think about Christmas!!
    Pam xo

  9. Christmas already?
    Oh my dear friend this is where we differ....I don't put up decorations until well I don't exactly know, but I am aching to get it down and put away on boxing day. The year I did that I got completely chastised! LOL
    oh yah.

    I haven't even put two thoughts together about Halloween. Now I understand the party planning etc. You and mY friend Lonnie are two peas in a pod...her house at christmas is CRAZY with decorations.

    I look forward to what you are going to do and it puts a smile on my face when I see that all of this brings such fun and joy to you and your family. Have fun Alaina and I will have fun watching it way over here.

  10. I love the bird cage. I have been on the hunt for one for a while now.

    Can't wait to see the white mantel!

  11. Alaina,

    Thanks for the shout out! The wreath was easy to make and someone with your talent and eye will have no problems creating one. I love your bird cage. I have a small collection of those too. Love your finds -- the lamp base is luscious. The mantel will look fabulous after you work your magic on it.
    Enjoy this autumn day.


  12. Gee...wish my parents had a barn I could shop in ;) Love that birdcage!

  13. I want a father like yours and see what are you going to do with that wonderful mantel!!!!

  14. Ok, I am joining the queue to visit your father's barn!!! WOW!! I love your treasures, especially the bird cage:) I also love your new Christmas tree base...I think of Christmas all year round too:) Enjoy your new treasures and I can't wait to see your halloween costume!! Wishing you a wonderful week ~ Txx

  15. I wish I had a barn :(
    So loving your inspiration and the cage is a keeper!

    I will leave your place ready to create! of course after my daughters Birthday day with her friends :)
    Thank you for your beautiful visits and comment :)
    I always enjoy my time spent here with your treasured displayed pieces.

    see you soon, have a great Sunday!

  16. Wow!!!! Look at all that awesome loot!!! You go girl!!! I'm lovin your halloween decor too!

    Take care!


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