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estate sales and wicker chairs

So, let’s be honest, moving the rest of my stuff took a few days. And then I ran off to Georgia for a wedding over the long weekend. Twelve days after the magic moving van did its thing, I have hardly unpacked anything except what I needed for my trip… the house is a crazy maze of boxes, laundry baskets and bags (does anyone else pack books and other heavy things in tote bags and backpacks? raise your hands! my favorite trick.) Case in point:

Yeah, that’s supposed to be the way into the living room. Don’t come over to visit yet.
But, there is good news. During moving weekend, despite the rain and my sore arms, I was lucky enough to acquire a few key pieces of furniture that are perfect for the house. (Me = happy dance).
First, I found an estate sale a few blocks from my house, and got these fun benches and planting box for the backyard:

Not exactly free… but exactly what I wanted!
Then, later that day, I inherited these amazing bamboo & wicker chairs from my friend Lindsay who is headed to Florida for grad school. Although I’m sad to see her go (really, I am – she’s a great friend), I am honored and excited to have these chairs on my front porch. Especially because A) she got them for free, and spray-painted the seats herself (they used to be dark green), and B) they look great around the random kitchen table that I got from a neighbor three years ago, and couldn’t fit anywhere in the house except the front porch.
So, now they can be happy all together (and bask in their fabulous free-ness, and know that only adds to my affection for them):

Oh yes. I am pleased. Come see me soon (but not too soon) and enjoy all the fun new places I have for you to sit!
– LG

Swap it Up

Just a quick note to plug a fun event happening in Minneapolis tomorrow…

My amazingly creative friend Danica and her friends are hosting another clothing swap. We’ve apparently outgrown their house, so this time the swappage will take place at their church in Minneapolis. Come and join us if a) you’re a girl (sorry, guys) and b) if you like cleaning out your closet and getting lots of fun stuff in return. Last time I went to one of Danica’s swaps, I not only came home with a bunch of great clothes, but also a black bag that turned out to be perfect for my trip to Thailand. Saved me a pretty penny at Target, let me tell you.

:: The details ::
Bring: Clothing (and accessories, movies, games, books and household items) to swap, a snack to share, all your friends and no money!
Where: Praise Christian Center, 4100 Douglas Drive North, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, April 24th, 2-5 pm

new blog features

If you’ve been peeking at the blog site recently, you might have noticed some changes… like the new Free Finds and Room by Room pages! (These are separate from the posts that feed into the RSS, so you won’t get update announcements for these pages if you subscribe to the blog.)

Check out Free Finds out if you’re interested in learning more about how I find free furniture, tools and other fun things. I’ll also post photos of my latest discoveries and, occasionally, links to free events or product giveaways that I think are particularly awesome.

The Room by Room page is pretty self-explanatory… photos of the house, room by room. The “before” photos are from the inspection and closing day. I’ll post “after” photos for each room as I move in and decorate over the next few months.

Another thing: I’ve made some changes to the back-end of the blog this weekend, so if you subscribe to the RSS feed, you might want to unsubscribe and resubscribe to make sure you’re seeing everything. Let me know if you have questions.

I’ve been sick this weekend, so I didn’t paint the second coat of red in the kitchen. But I gave away a pile of stuff on Freecycle! And started packing boxes… so it was still productive.

– LG