Do you know about the Freecycling Network? I borrowed these next few lines from their site---is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people). Membership is free.------ Freecycle is a wonderful thing. I joined perhaps a year or so ago in the hopes of finding free dirt. Yes, free dirt to fill up an old well that is in our back yard. I have given things away and gotten several things, an old mirror that will be in our hallway as soon as I finish painting it (the hallway) and a box of plastic beads for Olivia. Well, the best thing happened over the weekend. A sweet woman posted that she had a dollhouse to go to a good home. I emailed right away and after we chatted a bit through emails she chose me. (yay me!!) I am on cloud nine and so is Olivia. She is playing with it right now. Kelly just took it upstairs for me and we have it on a table in our nook area. (In the pic of the nook you can see that I am in the process of stripping wallpaper. I am down to a layer of paint and then what looks like two more layers of wallpaper underneath. i just had to mention this as I know just how bad it looks. the ceiling is even worse. the ceiling upstairs in the hall is coming down hopefully this year.) The dollhouse needs a bit of repair but not anything that overwhelms me and what is does need I think will be fun. Part of the roof is broken off but I have that to glue back on. Olivia and I have plans to put up new wallpaper and make rugs. Paint the exterior. Oh, so many plans. I will post our progress here.
Then, as promised a few pics from my outing on Friday. I got to hang out with my dear friend Marni, a local collage/assemblage artist who is soon to have a blog). She gifted me with a cool drawer from a vintage sewing machine. I had never seen one like this before. I love it! I have hopes of creating an assemblage piece with it. She also gave me a cool tin with goodies and this incredible paper with birds and nests.
I will ask where she got it as I know there are a lot of us with a thing for birdies!
We had a great time. We went to a little junk shop and then to an antique center. Marni scored some cool things like an old scale but I didn't think to get pics. I took some pics of my finds when I got home but should have waited til morning when the light was better.
Hope all is well where you are.