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Spectacularly Old School

There is an antique mall that Meaghan and I often go to on our days off. On the door they have one of those fantastic ‘over the door doorbells’ that no one makes anymore. Every time we walk in, the sound greets us with a happy chime and Meaghan says how much she has always wanted one. Last Friday the story was much the same. We don’t always go looking for anything in particular and last Friday was purely for the pleasure of looking around. I ended up buying a few things, five espresso cups, a card case and fantastically an ‘over the door doorbell’.
I have always had a knack for finding things and during our wandering of the maze like building we continued to talk about that bell and possible ways to make one. I kept thinking about how great it would be to have one on our shop door and then there it was on the shelf in front of me. It was in the middle of Meaghan telling me how they are impossible to find and about finding one that was far more than she wanted to pay. I picked it up with a ring and said “Here’s one!” She blinked at me and asked how much. It was twelve dollars and I happily bought it.

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Later, I installed the bell in it’s new home and now every morning it greets me with that happy ring.

Cheers,
Sara.

When in doubt, picnic.

I have been daydreaming about picnics since our week of oddly warm weather in the middle of March. The almost summer like temperatures inspired me to dig out all of our picnicking things and make a list of what we had and what we still needed. We have almost everything now except for a fork or two.

Inevitably the weather got cold again, and feels all the more cold for just how warm that week was. So now I am sitting with my sweater pulled up around my face against the early spring air daydreaming about warm summer evenings spent with friends. I also am thinking about going looking for those last couple of forks today, and maybe some linens.

Meaghan and I are making two picnic baskets for the shop. Both are going to be basic picnic sets for two with a “blanket” to sit on, two napkins, mismatched forks, spoons, and knives as well as two wine glasses, tumblers, plates and bowls. Nothing is strictly one set, but everything works together in a lovely kind of way. Oh, and of course a basket for everything to live in. There is something wonderfully nostalgic about picnics, a sort of old world charm when nothing is plastic or paper. Not to mention a picnic this way is environmentally friendly as we are only buying second hand.

I look forward to the adventures the warmer weather brings Yes warmer, I think it only needs to be 15 degrees Celsius and in the sun to be warm enough to start out on a picnic. I think I need to buy myself a bike. One with a basket in the front. One I can wear summer dresses with and tie my books onto the handles.
One like this.

Sara.

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