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  1. Love the new storage box! I’ve seen people turn these into small storage tables by adding hairpin legs to them. To me, they are pretty and functional both ways! Love and hugs!

  2. That’s a great box, Brenda, both for design and for storage. I like things that do double-duty like that, too.

    Never a dull moment with Ivy, is there? Hopefully the box has out-foxed her this time.

    My daughter used to have a cement Buddha that she placed in a raised bed in our yard here but it fell apart after freezing and thawing last winter. I’d like to find her another one as I kind of miss it. Certain ones I’m not so fond of as I am the ones that are fat-bellied and laughing. They are a reminder to me not to take myself too seriously.

    Rain again today and a bumper crop of mosquitoes. I have gotten three serious bites so far this season. I have an awful allergy to them. It’s probably due to my recently diagnosed autoimmune disorder, but the medication I’m on hasn’t helped at all.

    Glad you had a fruitful shopping trip. I am overdue to go thrifting or garage saleing or something–soon. But I have so many project already that I shouldn’t add anything to my list!

    Take care and give the fur babies pats for me.

  3. Hi Brenda, Have you ever used *earthquake wax* under breakable pieces? It’s used everywhere especially in museums to protect breakables from earthquakes, cats, kids, any kind of accidents. (Michaels has it or Amazon online.) Also, I think your wooden box is gorgeous as is. Paint ? you could stain it and test on the bottom first. ☺ thanks for your everyday notes of love and encouragement.

  4. Nicely done, Brenda! The proportions of everything placed together look just right. Color combos too.

  5. It’s perfect! I love all of your vignettes and your charming home! It always looks peaceful to me. Thanks for the reminder about carrying a measuring tape!

  6. Your home looks just lovely. I love the wooden box and especially the Buddha. Thanks for all the information on how to place it.

  7. Everything just fits together so beautifully, you do have a special knack with vignettes. Ivy sure knows how to keep you on your toes (grin), the joy of having a cat. I had a narrow space also, where my cat jumped up, to snoop, and she did fall off and landed on her butt. I think she felt silly or something, she had a “Opps” look on her face, and left the room to take a nap. Had to laugh, as she did not hurt herself. I love the wooden heart and when I first saw it, I thought it was angel wings, because the carving looked like feathers to me…what a very nice gift to receive from a friend.

  8. I love vignettes, too. I had booths at several antique malls in the past, and I loved working new ones every week. I also worked in a friend’s florist, and we constantly moved things into new creations. She used reclaimed and primitive pieces for display.
    What is the green paint you’ve used? That is my most favorite color.

  9. GREAT looking storage piece and I kind of like how it fits in the cow picture theme. Gotta love that Ivy. She is something!
    Have a wonderful day, Brenda. xo Diana

  10. I’m having serious apartment envy right now. Cozy, sunny and the perfect amount of summery.
    My condo’s windows (which are all actually sliding glass doors) have window film on them, which is good as it helps keep out some of the Florida heat, but bad in that the rooms are a little dark and gloomy.
    I also have dark and heavy wood furniture so…. envy.
    As always, what a great decorator (photographer, writer, pet parent) you are.

  11. What a great find! I always enjoy seeing your new acquisitions. I have an antique trunk that serves as a coffee table but it’s being used as an end table right now. It’s a wonderful place to store Christmas ornaments and other holiday decor. Do you still have your white trunk, Brenda?

  12. Oh that box is wonderful. It fits your decor perfectly and is also great for your storage. The vignette is lovely. You just have such a way with things and it makes me jealous.

    Our little Norah who is Ivy’s age gets the zoomies and often runs over my power strip for my computer and turns it off. Gotta love their little personalities.

  13. I love your apartment and patio so much! Your eye for color is great and I am a quilter, so those speak to me! You do so much with so little, great ideas and lessons for us all! Blessings, Deb

  14. Ivy sure keeps you busy! She is a beautiful kitty. Love the box. You always have a knack for making things look great. I fail at mixing things together to make them look good. I have a variety of things, mostly country things, but never feel satisfied they are placed right.
    Hope your week goes well.

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