Thursday, June 20, 2013

" A Heap of Beauty "

A reason to live fully comes at a cost sometimes.
Then there is that moment when you stop
and see the beauty in having less
and an abundance of much!

I was so happy as summer approached and sad
that due to my high health care costs Gracie would miss
out on attending her favorite summer care program.
Two days before school let out she shared with me
how excited she was just to spend the summer with us.
We had decided that she would go with us on our curbside
rescue trips. I must say my girl is a " pro. " After about a half
hour she was hollering from the back seat of the truck
" Stop mom I see a wood cabinet "
Mr. Dior and I realized at nine she had a knack
for this passion we love called " junking. "
God really placed upon my thoughts
what would fill Gracie's heart this summer,
our time together...
Our summer began...
Among the vintage radio flyer scooter
and piles of rescued old wood
was a coffee table top with no glass in the center.
I told the Mr. to toss it into the back of the truck
along with the other goodness.
The top was brown wood with an
emptiness in the center, but whoever left it outside
turned it over so now the wood was sun bleached.
I took a piece of old plywood from the pile
and had him cut it to fit the inside.
 I sanded off the old brown stain
from the outside of the tabletop
to balance out the color.

Then a few coats of chalkboard paint
and we were finished.
I love how it looks like
an old wood frame giving it a vintage vibe.
And the beautiful old bench
was another rescue. It was covered with
dirt laying in the heap of trash
just waiting to be loved!
{did you see her pale blue chippy legs}
We found a truck load of beauty
in a days search!
Leaving my heart filled
 and thanking the good Lord
for so much more than we expected.
Linking up to my favorite gals in blog land this week!
Debra's Be Inspired
Have a beautiful and blessed week!


pballard said...

I adore your post. I sure wish I would come across some stuff on the side of the road. Love it all. Thanks for inspiring me!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Lovely, Kate! And I love that you and your daughter are sharing time together this summer!

Julie Marie said...

Oooh Kate, I love all of your found tresors... I had a scooter like that when I was a little girl... brings back so many happy carefree Summer memories of sharing all the goodness of Summer with my mama and daddy... but the best tresor of all for you is your darling little Gracie... and precious time spent together for all of you... truly, there is nothing better in life... much love, xoxo Julie Marie

Ann said...

Oh, you all did great with all your finds. I hope you have a great summer full of lasting memories as your looking and restoring all your finds. By the way the other day I looked up the meaning of the word "Bliss" in the dictionary, it said, "a heavenly joy", I was so surprised, and it made me realize few things here on this earth are full of bliss and so when I do experience those blissful moments they are that much more special because they have brought "heavenly joy". Sending a hug my friend.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Beautiful new treasures Kate...and I know that this summer will one of the most memorable for Gracie!

Rhonda said...

I dream of finds like these! You upcycled them so beautifully, Kate.
I am sure your daughter will enjoy all the blissful trips with you and the Mr. It sure paints a sweet picture of pure simple bliss. xo

It's me said...

Wowwwwwwwwww !!...i see it all on is great !! !!

decorator to the stars said...

hi, we have a lot in common, but one thing for sure, no matter how bad we feel, there's always time for junking & repurposing. feel better & take care GIO

Anne said...

What a special summer Gracie will have spending time with you <3 I cherish the moments I spend with my daughter.We are spending a bit more time in the kitchen this year teaching her a few things.What beautiful treasures! Love those chippy blue legs...sigh...<3

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

What can I say? Gorgeous!

Unknown said...

Oh, my oh, my!!!!
How beautiful this all is, Kate. I love it.
So glad to hear how your sweet family are all being blessed together.

the old white house said...

I love it all, but mostly I love that Gracie will be in the backseat having a great time finding treasures with the two of you! Have a wonderful summer! love, t.xoxo

Lady Pamela said...

How special that your family can all get excited about a great hobby. You are indeed blessed.

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Elizabeth Maxson said...

What a creative and talented couple (family actually!) you are. I just found you via Burlap Luxe and oh happy day for me to find yet another very inspirational and gifted blog to visit now and again. Thank you for sharing such beautiful work and for saving lost treasures - they found the perfect home, I think. :-)

Big hugs

Unknown said...

Ms. Kate, what GREAT finds you and your wonderful family found. I know what ya mean about the costs of things. Money is ALWAYS tight for us during the summer since we live in a seasonal area so I have decided that I would teach Kaley how to "cook" this summer and how to "bake" next summer. She's already learned how to make eggs. It's her "go-to" meal now, lol. I think the next thing will have to be something like pasta so we can eat something different : )
{HUGS} to you my dear friend
~ Deanna

"Create Beauty" said...

Oh I love how your mind works! Creating treasures from scraps and things others toss out is so fun AND resourceful. Gracie is learning so much by just being with you and being a part of the process!!!

I'd love for you and Gracie to stop by and see the fairy gardens.... I have a tutorial on a path I made from beads, stones, sea shells and glitter : )

Blessings Dear Kate!
~ Violet

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must love junk said...

Your rescued finds-perfection! What a special way to spend time with your daughter! :)

Gretchen said...

Dearest Kate-
You will garner so much this Summer with that extra time spent With Gracie, as will she. Just throw in a few fun surprises along the way now and then to keep it extra fun, such as a surprise picnic while junking, a stop for an ice cream cone, or a quick dip to cool off in the ocean. I envy the fun you'll have this Summer with your girl. Enjoy her age now, as they quickly grow up and become more independent. By building our strong relationship with her now, that comes back around to benefit you big time when they mature. Seeing this so much with our soon to be 19 year old daughter. She just came home for a night for dinner out with us and a Mother/Daughter pedicure and lunch during a day off from her Summer job. So fun!
Love your finds, and so wish I lived near you.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

The good Lord does work in mysterious ways. Sounds like Gracie had just as much fun as she would have had she attended a summer program. What a special bond she will develop with you two. Love all the treasures you found. Blue chippy legs are the icing on the cake! Even a darling scooter for Gracie! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Debra@CommonGround said...

I always love your insight on life. She will have the best summer yet...all of you will!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Beautiful post and I think Gracie will have a fantastic time with you this Summer! Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Kate, I always love your awesome "junkin" expeditions - and glad you have a new "assistant" now.

I truly am sorry about health issues - but you are young and so beautiful, hang in there and keep prayin!

I absolutely LOVE that nifty old scooter - haven't seen one of those in forever years.

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you dearly Kate, your words are music I hear so softly, your beauty in all rustic romance inspires more than you know.

Lots of love

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

I'm a little late coming to comment on this Kate, but I so agree. Time and again when I've been sad over some perceived lack, God has filled us in ways we could never even think up on our own. My kids won't get to do anything that costs money this summer, but I'm going to try hard to make the everyday a little more special and festive.
As always, I adore your rescue projects! Just gorgeous. Blessings to you!

savvycityfarmer said...

girl, you've always got it going on here ...

caring and
blessed beyond measure,
that's our Kate!!

toves sammensurium said...

Wow Kate,your finds are amazing,and that scooter...what can I say??I didn't even know they had scooters ike these in the old days.Just love the patina.Love how your daughters seems to have some vertain genes from her parents (as it should be) - I am sure you had a big laugh when she shouted out!!!!A moment to remember!I am sure you will all have a wonderful summer together....the best things in life are for free remember!^
Tovehugs :)

Cam said...

Love, Love, Love!

Anonymous said...

I think that it is wonderful that your daughter has a knack for your favorite pastime. It is also great that she is able to spend more time at home with you guys this summer and that she didn’t get upset about missing out on summer camp.

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