“I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take”. ― Suzy Kassem,
So time for a look at what I’ve found in the months just gone. I do this because I love a good find and yes good things are often found in the most unlikely of places. This looking back gets me thinking and remembering and taking notice and that always serves me well.
June you were brisk in speed and in temperature, July you followed suit yet the sun shone warm and faithful about everyday and that blue sky too seemed to take the bite right out of winter. These finds did too.
My best five finds for June/July
1. By the roadside
Yes I’ve been at it again – checking out what other people are throwing out. This find was kind of special though. It came on one of those blah days that sometimes happen when life is just springing more leaks than I can plug with two hands and I feel like everything I do is adding up to nothing. Finding this sweet old fashioned mirror on THAT day felt like an “its OK, keep going” from heaven, an “I see it all and its not for nothing”. Thats a lot to get from one dodgy old mirror but there it is. A sweet find. Seems to like it on my front verandah for now.
This side table
Husband found this one. Road side again. It matches Olivia’s existing bedroom furniture just about exactly. Its narrow and fits along the wall nicely and will serve a few purposes. It can hold her school bag that always ends up in he middle of the floor for me to trip over and a few other odd things she needs regular easy access too.
Photos taken after it was unceremoniously shoved into Livvy’s room and the TV plonked on it. Real life, real mess and I might say one heck of a mess going on in there at the time of this photo but that story I’ll save for another post.
This one was Olivia’s find bless her – a story of reclamation and rescue that she was soooo excited about. I’m sure you’ll love it too.
3. On Instagram
A few of my favourite finds on Instagram
And these words from Ann Voskamp I’ve come back to time and time again in the last month – some words just grab on and don’t let go.
And a house shaped favourite.
This one will make you happy just looking at it – so much colour and of course that mismatched vintagy feel that is just my cuppa tea
5. Now to the bookshelf
In the last couple of months I’ve started on three books that I had to put down half way through out of sheer boredom. Some books promise a lot but deliver little in the way of believable /interesting characters and plot – so after three duds I was beginning to wonder if I would find me one that I couldn’t put down which is is what I’m always looking for in a book. This one I found at a local Community Centre that had a community bookshelf. You can take a book or two and then bring them or a few others back. Love this idea.
I struck a winner at last
Bread Alone by Judith Ryan Hendricks (or Judi Hendricks)
I chose this one purely because of the title. Bread – simple honest, essential, nourishing – symbol of basic sustenance – worth a try. After looking online I realised I have the cheap airport lounge copy with the awful graphics on the front and the small print but – – – the contents are the same and such a good satisfying story.
How much prettier is this cover. The short of it – Wyn the main character gets unceremoniously fired from her “job” as trophy wife to a rich LA advertising exec – a life she hated but a husband she loved. With no other choice she heads north to Seattle to her best friend and accidentally back to the soothing charms of bread baking – healing and restorative – it helps her navigate the path from a life she didn’t want or recognise to a life that feels like home – “And soon she finds that making bread—the kneading of the dough, the scent of yeast hanging in the air—possesses an unexpected and wondrous healing power—helping her to rediscover that nothing stays the same: bread rises, pain fades, the heart heals and the future beckons”. Source.There are recipes, lovely descriptions of the bread baking magic, a good dose of humour and a relatable honesty about it that swallowed me right up.
Funny how the tiniest perfection can make you believe everything’s going to be all right. Bread Alone
I put off reading the last chapter because I didn’t want it to finish but the other thing I was happy to discover online is that there is a second novel taking up where the first left off. Called The Bakers Apprentice I think I might be downloading that one on my iPad.
So thats my finds but before we go – – – –
To finish – a quick couple of projects because they’re my favourite
I do love a tiny table – hall, side, coffee – I don’t mind. They work so well in small houses and can be easily dragged all over the house at will for various purposes whenever they are needed or I feel like a change. The round side table was not so much a find but an inheritance from my mums house when she was downsizing. The hall table I found at a market years ago and left it just the way it was until inspiration recently.
The shape of this one I liked but the dismal brown I did not.
Round table got a coat of orange paint along with my hall table – a much more delicate looking creature altogether. Hall table got its second coat but the paint had dried up by the time I got back round to doing the second coat on the other. No photo with first coat of orange paint sorry – too busy painting.
Heres a quick before and after of my hall table.
Paint was slapped on then sanded back a bit once dried to make it look a bit chippy. No skill required whatsoever but I’m happy with the result and now in my bedroom – a handy spot for iPhone and iPad charging
Back to the round table – I had to come up with a Plan B for the final coat so I had a forage in the garage and found a a soft grey green that I thought might look nice. Once it dried I rubbed it back to reveal a bit of the orange and thought I had a total disaster on my hands – Olivia agreed and she’s usually my biggest fan. I left it for a day or two while I came up with a Plan C and in that time decided I quite liked it after all. I just repainted the top of it as I’d gone a bit overboard there with the rubbing back. Goes to show its worth stepping back for a bit before launching into disaster control. Not my finest painting effort but I like it anyway. More proof like many things in my house that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
So thats my finds for the months just past with a random project thrown in for good measure.
Any finds your way? Any projects in progress? Would love to hear.
Love from my home to yours
Linking up today with
#Porch Stories with Kristin Hill Taylor and Chasing Community with Brenda Braford Ottinger
4 thoughts on “What I Found in June and July”
Love the finds! May have to borrow the book!
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Well Ive been gathering a few for you to pick from for your holiday. I’ll add it to the pile. xx
What a fun post, Tracey. Love all your finds. It’s so hard to imagine July as a winter month. 🙂 Love hearing your perspective. 🙂 (And, good job refurbishing those roadside finds.) Thanks you for sharing. ((hug))
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My pleasure Brenda – yes I always enjoy pulling these posts end of month posts together and always surprising what Ive found. Thanks for coming on by Brenda.