Thursday, October 4, 2012

falling for fall

Indian summer is in full swing in our neck of the woods. I'm absolutely loving every minute of it. 

One of my girls is studying dendrology, and put together the sweetest nature journal/guide all about trees. From the bark, leaf types, seeds/berries, the crown, and location impact... it was very detailed. We had so much fun photographing different types of trees at a local farm. My favorite part of the guide, were her hand tinted sketches of the various leaves.

Not to mention, wildflowers. Have I ever told you how much I love wildflowers? Although, some might prefer to call them weeds, I think they're perfection.

'I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in...' ~John Muir, 1913, in L. M. Wolfe, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938

On another note, I drove by a yard sale over the weekend. Decided to stop, after spotting a large stand-up desk/work bench. Vintage, glossy enamel over solid steel, and incredibly heavy. I asked the gal running the sale about its history, and discovered it was from Martha Stewart's defunct Martha by Mail Catalog.

I went home to measure, convinced it would be the perfect addition to my basement work room. I even went an extra step and texted Bob a picture (normally, I like to surprise him after the fact). Too heavy to bring home alone, I arranged to pick it up the next day.

Upon arrival, we discovered it was two inches too wide to fit though most of the doorframes in the house. Complete yard sale fail.

For now, it makes a fine workbench or potting bench in the garage. At least, that's what I'm telling myself. It would've been perfect in the basement.


Linda said...

Beautiful Fall sorry about the desk but I think it will make a fine potting bench! Enjoy!!

Pinecone said...

Oh I wish your desk would fit through the doors so it could go in the basement! Don't you hate when you have that picture in your mind, and it doesn't work out :(

Love your fall pictures!!

Kim K. said...

Darn. Although you certainly are clever in your back-up plan as a potting bench. Gorgeous fall pictures. Our woods are just magical right now.

Crafted by Carly said...

What can I say about those amaying photos? Just wow, wow, wow!!!

suzyq said...

Gorgeous photos!!! I have a dresser I want to keep and I have no idea how I'm getting it into my bedroom - may have to knock a wall out because I'm going to do it lol.
Having said that your desk would make an awesome potting bench.
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Mrs. Cozy Home said...

WOW! I am impressed you tracked down a Martha By Mail piece - and in such beautiful condition!

I still covet those catalogs, if I knew then what I knew now....

craftyles said...

Such pretty fall photos. The tree is stunning. Too bad about the workbench piece. It's wonderful anyway!

Vicki said...

You're killing me with these gorgeous photos of fall in the Midwest; I'm OUTwest and we've got nothing like that but at least we're cooler yesterday and today; temps are finally out of the 90s (hope it lasts).

I would LOVE to see a page out of your daughter's detailed journal/catalog. This reminds me of the beautiful "books" Victorian young ladies would make, with sketches, pressed leaves and wildflowers, etc.

Now look, don't be hard on yourself, you still scored a great garage sale find. Oh, how I loved the MARTHA BY MAIL catalog and I was SO bummed when they discontinued it. Some of the stuff was definitely pricey but I have things from her I really love. I'm crazy about glass and she, at one time, did some really nice pressed glass...decorative covered (lidded) pieces based on old molds, so they're unusual and good-quality vintage repros, like a pale, pink bunny whose base is an egg basket; a amber-glass rooster I bring out at Thanksgiving. The bunny is great for pastel-colored Easter candies and the rooster can hold "pumpkin-spiced" potpourri.

I have so, so many times miscalculated on fit (sometimes, even with what my car can hold; what I need is a TRUCK). And my small bungalow (1920s, custom-built in its day to suit the first owner but apparently nobody else!) has nothing in it of any kind of standard size, on framing or height, etc. It can get so frustrating, but then I remind myself how fortunate I am to have a roof over my head at all.

The most challenging endeavor was pulling my grandmother's piano out of the church minister's basement at the manse, where it had languished for 40 years, long after the tweens no longer met for their midweek church social/songfests. (Hardly anybody here even HAS a basement! Mom had donated the piano, but I wanted it back; three generations of women had learned to play on that piano, including me!) The basement's carriage doors (hilly location) had been converted to windows, so the only exit was a narrow side door. We pulled the door and screen door off their hinges and it took six guys, but we barely, barely squeaked that piano out of there (the new homeowners were going to take an ax to it, so I was desperate and very determined!). The piano dates from about 1908 and thankfully was a "smaller" upright with sturdy wheeled feet. Whew.

Anyway, I can think of a number of uses for that standing work station and I envy the drawers and cubbies. You'll still find the right thing eventually!

Elyse said...

hello my friend!

fabulous find (!) and beautiful fall images. wildflowers can be really sweet.

happy autumn wishes to you!


vintage grey said...

So gorgeous!! Oh, neat find, but sorry it doesn't fit through the doors. Wishing you a happy fall weekend! xo Heather

Libbie said...

Oh no! That would drive me crazy! But is way too pretty to leave behind at the yard sale! Your garage is very lucky :) I am in love!

Libbie said...

I almost forgot! Thanks for the idea about the fall tree & seed book! Annie would have soooo much fun making one next fall! I am going to have to remember that!!!!

Barbara said...

It would never have occurred to me that the bench would be hard to fit through a door! That leaf photo is amazing. Enjoy your fall!

LaurieQ said...

You's not terribly difficult to remove the trim around the doors. Most likely it will make the door frames wider. Been there, done that.

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

your fall pictures are lovely!
that desk is the sad to hear it doesn't fit inside the doors, i have that problem over here too :(
you will find a use for it, or can save it for one of the girls!

GardenofDaisies said...

Your daughters nature journal sounds delightful. The leaves you pictured here are just gorgeous!

koralee said...

Oh my those red trees are specatular ...pure joy outside our windows this time of year. xoxo Hugs

polkadotpeticoat said...

I'm in the snow already....19 degrees at night and highs in the mid 30's came super early this year as its been here since the first week of Oct.
Your cabinet is amazing I missed something similar at a garage sale once for $5 I cried......yours is way better.....can't wait to see what you do with it!

Helen Philipps said...

Beautiful colourful images! I love your glad you can still use it even though it didn't fit exactly where you planned.
Helen x

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