Remember when I was late?
Remember when I was speaking at the Pinner’s Conference and I ran in late with my hair flying and my sandals flopping and my red lipstick blurry?
Remember when I told you I was running out of time to talk about 25 DIY projects to get your home ready for the holidays?
All that lateness.
All that running.
All that apologizing and hand waving and rushing and general awkwardness.
All because of a yard sale.
Was it worth it?
I’ll let you determine that.
Because when I stopped for a minute (just a minute) at the yard sale that made me late….
….I found this….
This incredible, amazing, one-of-a-kind, vintage basket.
Can you see that patina?
I didn’t paint it.
I didn’t have to do anything to it.
IT CAME JUST LIKE THAT.
I took it and placed it in front of the fireplace mantel that used to be in my bedroom.
It was the easiest fall decorating on the planet.
All I had to do was add pumpkins.
I feel like at one time it might have been on the Mayflower.
As in pilgrims.
And the Nina and the Pinta and the Santa Maria.
Someone there filled it with corn husks and brought it to the Thanksgiving table.
And somehow, someway it made it from there to a yard sale down the street from me.
I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.
Like an old friend just waiting to come over for apple cider and vintage country music.
It’s about 24 inches tall and the color is somewhere between oatmeal and bisque.
All it needed were a few cream pumpkins.
And a fireplace.
I finished out the decorating with a few vintage books.
And another white pumpkin.
And some wheat wrapped with raffia.
So was it worth it?
Was it worth the flying hair and the flopping sandals and the lipstick in dire need of reapplication?
At the risk of stating the obvious.
Yes it was.
PS Please make me feel better and tell me you would have been late, too.
PPS Just between us, I know this basket didn’t come over on the Mayflower. I know someone probably just used it for apples.
But the basket and I can dream. 🙂