To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. Mary Oliver
Time to take a look at my best finds for the month just past. I love to do this as it slows me down and helps me take notice. These days roll on by so fast – I think we can all do with some slowing down and taking notice.
This month I’m linking up with Emily P Freeman and her What I Learned this Summer (or Winter) Link Up and a few other lovely links ups – see below.
A good mix of house shaped and heart shaped finds this time round – heres my best five finds for August with some random thoughts thrown in for good measure
1. By The Roadside
If you’ve read here for a while you’ll know I tend to find a lot of my “interior decor” by the road. Now ask anyone who does this too and they’ll tell you – the benefits are many. The risks are few.
- there are no store opening and closing hours to contend with
- no snooty staff telling you not to test drive the furniture
- no price tags,
- no dodgy return policies
- no credit card debt
- no eating toast for a week because you blew the budget.
I call it a no risk shopping experience and you never do know just what you might find. The only tools required are a sense of adventure, not caring what people might think and maybe a pair of gloves and a torch if its a late night find.
Anyhoo this month was no different. So, at the risk of you thinking every item in my house is a road side find – its not – I’ve another to share with you. This one I’m calling “the sun lounge”
Found by Ethan and myself not far from home it looked just about new and passed the sniff test with flying colours. This you must do as you want no nasty surprises once your home – so yes that’s probably one risk of road side shopping.
So Ethan claimed it for his room for a good while but he’s done a spot of reorganising of late and I found sun lounge stranded in the hallway. Now these winter mornings I have the most beautiful sun streaming in my bed room window and do I love a spot of winter sun. So with only the smallest amount of effort and a few things thrown the way of the charity store (see below) I made room for it right below my window with all that sun streaming in. I read here, I eat breakfast here, and after a quick wash I’m able to gaze out the window here.
It also motivated me to give the whole room a spring clean and to change out the ripped flyscreens on the window – so all in all a good result. And here’s one of those random thoughts I promised.
Now and then your reminded of some wisdom you already know but have kind of forgotten. This was one. I was reminded ever so sweetly that when I stop and sit still for more than two minutes the kids somehow sense it and will come find me and just hang out for a bit. It’s like I’m a captive audience and they make the most of it. They sit and talk or read (Olivia) or show me something funny on instagram (Ethan) or tell me a story from school that I never would have heard otherwise (both). Stopping and sitting for a bit – its not lazy or a waste of time – which is often what we think isn’t it? Lets go with this instead – it’s good work, its life saving – and hearing those secrets and finding out what’s making them laugh – holy ground.
2. Other “Decorative” Finds
Isn’t she beautiful. This one I found on top of a skip bin (which I think is called a dumpster in other parts of the world) Notice I said ON TOP OF – I didn’t go diving through it. She was sitting right up top and just waiting for me to take her home. She’s a no fuss, versatile and sturdy kind of an item and she fits right in around here.
And this thing – not sure what to call it, a drum, a barrel, a bucket, a tub ? – whatever it is I found it at the Salvation Army shop for Ethans room.
Its a place to stand his baseball bat, cricket bat, random flags on sticks and his pretend rifle holder – all essentials apparently that are usually scattered across the floor. The miracle is – he LOVES it, he’s using it and I’m not tripping head over turkey everytime I walk in his room any more.
The best way to enjoy your favourite things is to only own your favourite things. bemorewithless.com
And this post in particular
DeCluttering Burst – Let go of 100 things in less than an hour
As you may know, as much as I love a good find I’m also heart set on letting go of all the things that have made there way in to my house that are no longer earning their keep.
This post took that up a notch.
Now I wasn’t going to recommend it without trying it myself. Of course I can’t do anything for one hour solid so I broke it into six lots of 10 minutes each. That means getting rid of approx 17 items each 10 minutes.
This was so easy to do it was scary. I did two lots of 10 minutes in my bedroom in a flash and stopped counting each time after 17 items. What I mostly got rid of was from deep in the bowels of my built in closet. Amazing what you can find in your everyday variety bedroom cubby. (See No: 4 below ) I had quite the stash – an amazing number of photo frames totally forgot I had and most of which I didn’t want, shoes I no longer wear, forgotten clothes, bags, books you name it.
Letting go – oh its good for the soul. But a thing I’ve learnt about decluttering is this – for a long time, a LONG time!! you feel like your getting nowhere. It’s like you’ve hardly touched the sides and every where you turn theres more stuff. BUT if you keep at it slow and consistently and with the occasional ruthless onslaught like this – one day you find you’ve turned a corner. The results become clearly visible and you actually start to enjoy the space and lightness you’ve created. I think I might be just turning that corner now.
100 less things in under an hour – I can highly recommend it.
4. In My Bedroom Cupboard
Yes same cubby as mentioned above. Amazingly I found some things in there that I didn’t want to throw away. Found a stash of frames and wall hangy type things – my yellow door knob, some wall hooks, the green frame with Ethans foot print in, a yellow patterned frame – all things I’d put away for safe keeping for lack of a spot to hang them. I thought they would all go together on one fabulous gallery wall but things rarely go to to plan round here. So some ended up here on my bedroom wall.
And some here
I’m calling it the smallest gallery wall ever and I’ll share some more pics and fill you in on finally getting it and a few other projects finished in my next post. Let’s just say I do all things under this proviso.
5. On Instagram
This is just the prettiest Instagram feed. A simple cosy cottage feel – it’s like a wee doll house with lots of soft muted colours. Take a peek.
So that’s my best finds for August so I’ll leave you with this beautiful Instagram post from Edie at @lifeingrace
In other words – do your thing, whatever it is, whatever it takes or we all miss out.
Your turn. Any finds your way? Would love to hear
Lv Tracey xx
Linking up with #porch stories and Chasing Community
8 thoughts on “What I Found In August”
Girl you are speaking my language on everything here!! Free stuff! Decluttering! Gallery walls! That IG feed and Lifeingrace post… be still my ♥ on all of it! I had every intention of linking up on Emily’s what I learned post – even started a rough draft but the days slipped by somehow. But now I’m convicted by your wise words… it’s never too late… ♥ Hope all is well with you my dear!
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Oh I thought you might enjoy my motley crew of finds. What’s always surprising is how many things I find in my own home that I didn’t know I had or had forgotten about. I only made it into the link up by the slightest of margins for the same reasons – the days just get away on me. I’ve just discovered though (lifesaving!!) WordPress app for my iPhone. Can write posts anywhere now (lunch break, soccer practice etc) and upload edited photos straight from phone. Why didn’t I know about this before? Remains to be seen if it results in more regular posts. All well here my friend with usual life dramas and up and downs that keep me 🙏🏻and 🙌🏻 with some stress relieving 😂😂 😂 thrown in for good measure. Hope your doing well too Xx
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I love what you have done in the house i wish my house was that bright
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Thanks Hilary. Your back room must get some good morning light. I’d be pulling those curtains back and making myself a spot there 🛋 . I sound like a cat 🐱 saying that. Here’s to letting the sun shine in.
Thank you for sharing Tracey! I love seeing what others find on the side of the road. Half of Brandon’s and my house right now is on the road finds or thrift store finds and they make our home feel more lived it. And it’s nice too when you find things already in your house that you can use to decorate.
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Lovely to hear from fellow road side finders !! I agree it does add unique character to a home I think. Madi thanks so much for coming by and saying hello 😊
Tracey, you’re an inspiration. So creative in ways I wouldn’t even know where to begin. 🙂 — And, I agree, purging and getting rid of stuff is such a freeing feeling. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. ((Hug))
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Your so welcome Brenda – thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello.