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June 20, 2010

Yard & Garden Thrifting, Red Tones

Filed under: Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 2:13 AM
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Inspired by Keen Inspirations upcoming Garden Party, as well as my love for summer,  my thrifting this weekend found me admiring some decorations for the exterior of the farmhouse.

I’ve always been attracted to things of celtic, zodiac and celestial nature.
While this is not especially rare or valuable or old, it does make me smile.

For some reason, subliminal I think, this year I have accumulated a variety of ladybug items.
This child’s toy is used as a doorknocker.
While not loud, it does get the dogs’ attention, which in turn alerts me.

If you notice the small brass circle on the right side of door, that is the original “doorbell” on the farmhouse. You turn it and it sounds just like a bicycle bell.

 I did not have a chance to unpack the car and take pictures before it got dark.  So I will have to share more treasures another day.
The reason I could not continue this morning is that in Wisconsin June is Dairy month.
Being the Dairy State, it is a big deal here.
Each weekend we have special Dairy Breakfasts on hosting farms.
That does fit with the thrifty theme, as more food than you can eat is served up, and if you desire you can go back for more.  All for $6.
Save room, though. Free ice cream sundaes are served after breakfast.
There is also lots of entertainment.

(purposely made photo smaller)
I am sure when the man shot this pic he was focusing on the red calf, right?

What does summer mean to you?
Link up with the Tablescaper and let us know.
This post is also linking up for Ruby Tuesday at Work of the Poet
and Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality.
a HUGE Thank You to all the hosts.
This is a very fun week.
For more Twice Owned treasures, visit House of Grace
and for Nifty Thrifty treasures and a fun announcement, click to visit Coastal Charm.


I am very late, but want to give a big thanks to my hostess for Rednesday.



  1. Dairy Breakfasts? I am on my way.

    I think we could arrange for a seasonal adoption…

    Comment by cyndi — June 20, 2010 @ 8:04 AM

  2. There is nothing like a big breakfast to get the day started!

    Thanks so much for coming and joining “Summer Sundays”!

    – The Tablescaper

    Comment by The Tablescaper — June 20, 2010 @ 8:40 AM

  3. You are so clever! I would never have thought to use a child’s toy as a door knocker. Breakfast at the farms sounds wonderful – especially dessert after breakfast! laurie

    Comment by laurie — June 20, 2010 @ 12:38 PM

  4. Nice ladybug doorknocker.

    Comment by Levonne — June 20, 2010 @ 1:04 PM

  5. LOL at your bug door knocker, cute idea! I just have no more fondness for ladybugs since we have been invaded by the lady asian beetles that sneak into the house at fall & try to eat me all winter!
    You remind me that I have been missing out every year. We have the county breakfast on the farm too. and one year it it was at a near by farm! we have never gone… for shame! now it is held at the county fair grounds , as it makes it easier for parking & less messier I guess for the farms & attendees ( no cow pies to step in), and we still have n0t gone! (knocks self on head!)

    Comment by Faythe — June 20, 2010 @ 6:29 PM

    • With all the rain this month, parking has been a challenge.
      Usually we park in a field and get a wagon ride to the farmyard.
      This year everyone had to park at factories several miles away and the Dairy Council hired daredevil school bus drivers to ferry passengers back and forth as QUICKLY as possible. Quite the adventure.

      Comment by dogsmom — June 20, 2010 @ 6:54 PM

  6. my granddaughter loves ladybugs 🙂

    Comment by dianne — June 20, 2010 @ 7:20 PM

  7. Summer means Whammo! (line from an excellent book) – Mr Wiggle, Slip and Slide, etc.

    Nice Ruby Tuesday smiling sun.

    Comment by Kramer — June 21, 2010 @ 4:15 PM

  8. Cool decorations!

    Comment by EG Wow, Canada — June 21, 2010 @ 4:43 PM

  9. great lawn ornaments. I have few similar to these

    Comment by regszikora — June 21, 2010 @ 6:01 PM

  10. Some people collect all sorts of door knockers. It’s been 50 years, I remember my grand dad had a lion head.

    Comment by ann chin — June 21, 2010 @ 7:21 PM

    • I have one of those around here somewhere, of course not on the door 🙂

      Comment by dogsmom — June 21, 2010 @ 11:11 PM

  11. Love the ladybug doorknocker!!

    And the calf….awwwwwwwwww, how sweet!

    My Ruby Tuesday is “Skipping Rocks” – a sculpture. Come by to view if you have time today.


    Comment by Hootin' Anni — June 22, 2010 @ 5:13 AM

  12. That sun is gorgeous, and the ladybug is cute, but I’m jealous of your “doorbell”! Old houses have the best little touches like that!
    I was wondering where in Wisconsin you live? Most of my family lives in Wisconsin, and we go up there for vacation every summer too. My aunt and uncle go to a dairy breakfast, but I don’t think it’s every month. Eventually we hope to retire up there in the Dairy State!
    Happy REDnesday!

    Comment by Carol @ Old Glory Cottage — June 23, 2010 @ 3:44 PM

  13. The sun decoration is very eye catching! I think if I came to your door, I’d go overboard with that knocker!

    Let’s hear it for Dairy Month – cheese is my favorite food!

    Comment by SueLovesCherries — June 23, 2010 @ 6:11 PM

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