Happenings At The Hollow 4
Hi guys! Happy Saturday to you.
(unless you’re not reading this today, then happy whateverday to you!)
It’s mishmash catch up time!
I love that I can do a fun, casual collection of the this-&-thats that aren’t really enough for a blog post, but I don’t want to miss out on sharing.
I’ll work backwards. Because I’ve got some stuff saved up.
I pick up Austin from school everyday. He has a car, a permit… but no license yet. He’s doing really well and it’s almost time to go take that test! So for now, I pick him up in his car so he can drive home. He is most familiar with it and he likes to drive it best. Which makes sense all around. So anyhow, I was waiting to pick him up and there is a big staircase flanked by green space. It was full of sweet peas, like it is every year. They grow wild, are very beautiful, and get mowed to the ground every time the campus guys get around to it. So I helped myself to a few.
These are a few quick pics I snapped with my iphone using the CAMERA+ app. I think it was 99 cents, but may have been $4.99. Sorry, I can’t recall.
The color came out really well! I only added back lighting as a edit function and my watermark later in picmonkey. It’s a great little app. If you have an iphone, I suggest it! I use the backlight almost every time. It works wonders. I like to take candid shots with my phone, but it’s often so dark here. That back light is a wonder!!
I am crazy for Sweet Peas! Last year I went on lots of walks collecting them growing in the wild but this year we were so involved in the flooring install, I sort of missed Summer. I know we are all really getting ready for Fall and the shift in the seasons… but these are being much enjoyed!! In real life, I hang onto Summer as long as I can. Even as I start to decorate for Fall. It’s like I’ve got a split personality!
I also played with picmonkey, these shots were taken in the overcast morning light with my Nikon. They are so different compared to the bright afternoon shots I took with my iphone. Lighting always amazes me in what it can do to a photograph! Our eye and the lens pick up such different colors. The quality of light really changes. I notice the morning light is clear and true, while the waning evening light is very blue and cool.
I popped the Sweet peas in the cutest little tiny teacup and saucer that I got in the floral department at Safeway for $2.50 – Big splurge there! Isn’t it the cutest little cup!? They had plates too, but I can not buy another plate. My home decor and craft storage room is bursting at the seams. Again. I don’t even want to think about it. Basically, I’ve got to purge and clean that thing every 6 months it seems.
In this photo I used the POSTERIZE effect.
In this the 3rd weave in TEXTURES
I like this one… it’s like, Mermaid Flowers.
I used water #1 in TEXTURES. I think I’m going to start playing around with my own photos and printing them for temporary artwork. I have an idea. Well, I have lots of ideas. More then time, like most of us I’m sure.
So, onto a few weekends ago. We ran across. Wait, Jim spied and whipped the car around would be more like it, for a yard sale in the tiniest town ever. It’s a blink and miss it for sure!! Well. They had vintage Ball jars. Jim had spotted them while I was looking the other way out across the water. (Yes he gets the Awesome Husband Award for that one!!) The husband and wife running the sale were really nice. They had previously had a space or a shop, I didn’t get that real clearly? But, he was the Ball jar guy. He knew all about them and was telling me about the markings and the values.
I just knew I loved them! I’m going to look some up soon and share the markings more closely. It really is starting to pique my interest. That some of the glass jars are 100 old, it’s just amazing they are still around. Some of the jars I got are hand lettered. Someone had wrote, in the glass, the BALL name. Wow. They are really funky, and so not uniform. So of course they are my favorites! I scored big time. They were $5 a piece. and I got 12. I did leave some behind.
I got more vintage stuff there as well. Coca Cola bottles, a silver butter dish bottom and some cow tags!
Cow tags? Why, I have no idea, I just thought they were cool.
(raw photo. lol. this is pre scrubbed and sanitized)
Here are my new babies drying. So pretty!!!!
Another reason we keep hand sanitizer and baby wipes in the car!
Gotta be junking prepared.
I got this cool white metal first aid supply box for $1 and I’m going to use it in Austin’s room. I’ve been gathering some stuff for a bit. Not sure when I’ll get a chance to put it all together?
And this is something that just had SUCH great patina. I had to buy it. It’s a vintage fire pump. I’m not sure if it’s brass or copper, but Jim looked it up on ebay and they sell for $80. I won’t tell you what I paid! I’ll get some close ups of the label some day and share them. See how I didn’t say “soon”. I’m getting better.
Y’all know that “soon” could be later tonight, or 8 months from now. hahaha
My $4 Globe. It was in great shape and I liked the really rich blues shades!! Austin and I figured this was over 40 years old. It was just a regular garage sale/tag sale find.
I think it looks just right next to my vintage milk crate. I got that for $10 last Spring.
It is so heavy with the reinforced metal sides. Whoa. Completely Awesome though.
The lady who sold it to me told me a whole story about how she bought it and her husband thought she was crazy, like 30 years ago. I told her it was in good hands!! That I was crazy too.
I completely PILLOW splurged at HomeGoods. I don’t get up there often. It’s a four hour drive round trip. But when I do, I go for it! And spend all the money I saved buy buying junk the other 75% of the time!!!!
I got a few new ones. This is my had to have it favorite though. I instagrammed it while I was in the store.
Yeah. It was coming home with me.
It’s a Cynthia Rowley (like I care?) Mongolian Fur number I just want to PET. So soft. There was another twice this size, but it was twice the price too, so I made due with this one. Easier to store when not in use. Right?
I’ll temper that with my other Fall decor.
Meet my .50 cent yellow enamel wear from Norway and my year old Fall branches that I cut off the guy across the ways city pick up trash pile last year. Yes I did!
We had no Fall color branches on our entire property. What is a girl to do?
I am sure you are sufficiently bored now with my latest finds!! I better get on to the upcoming news.
There are FOUR big dates coming up here at the hollow though that you may want to make note of:
ONE: Primp Your Pumpkin.
Tomorrow at 8pm PST is the launch of the second annual Primp Your Pumpkin link party.
This is huge. Girls are STILL getting traffic from last years party. You don’t want to miss it!
If you have ANYTHING pumpkin make sure and join in. There will be a lot of promoting of the link across all forms of social media by Jessica, Debbie and I! We hope to see you there to link up OR just to get inspired by all the creativity!
TWO: BOOK CLUB.
A community event. To be held at Fox Hollow Cottage blog.
We will have a live chat stream to discuss the first half of The Husband’s Secret!
I am soooo excited for this and hope you can come chat about the book. The more the merrier. Please stop by, I really don’t want to be talking to myself. But I will if I have to!
TUESDAY the 17th at 8pm PST at www.foxhollowcottage.com
… just scroll down the right sidebar and you’ll see the chat window.
Easy peasy, no sign-up, just come play!
THREE: SIMPLY THE BEST
Jessica and I are back for round two. The Fall Simply The Best DIY & Craft Competition.
The prizes are big and better then ever.
Over $375 in prizes!!!!
(more details on that soon… but gift cards)
FOUR: The All Things Home Fall Tour
Tour 25 homes decked out for FALL. Get insides some of the most beautiful home during one of the richest, most colorful seasons. Fall. Everything Fall from top to bottom. I know I myself am really looking forward to this.
Okay then. That is it for me. I better got get ready for all these events now! I’m still putting things back together and trying to decorate after getting the floors done. I know that the Fall tour will be here before I know it.
Wow. I gotta stop junking so much. This took a long time. LOL!
PS – Thanks a bunch for catching-up with me at Happenings at the Hollow 4 and spending your time with me today!!