Project Found: Things That Fill My Life. Tiny Rosebud, Estate Sale Linens and Kitty

1/30.  In 2013, once a week, I highlight what I have found and that which has found me.
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I love reading about a blogger’s recent finds from around the web and from local shops. It gives us an opportunity to look through eye of the blogger; what items, styles, sentiments capture their attention at this moment in time? This is my version of a “weekly finds” post. As you will see it has a slightly different flavor.

I find beautiful things around me all the time. Sometimes I go looking, but most seem to pop into my view and scream “take me home!”. Somethings I find are cast-offs on the sidewalk, some are from local shops or estate sales, some are from gardens and some are from within. Each year I believe less and less in coincidence; I think most things have a deeper meaning attached, a part of me waiting to be discovered.

I found this delicate tiny rosebud with an old fashioned rose scent the size of half a city block. I dry roses and rosebuds for baths and tea and this one is no exception.



I found many other roses, which I strip off the petals and leave them to dry in my herb nook. I have a few criteria for harvesting roses:

  1. They must be fragrant.
  2. I will not go into a yard to harvest them, they must be in an accessible place (park. empty lot, median, ect…)
  3. They must be at their peak. No damaged petals.
  4. I will not harvest in the rain, or they will invite mold.
  5. They have to be really, really aromatic.

At an estate sale, I found a pair of soft black leather gloves and some linens. Two pieces of lace I fantasize about making into curtains for my kitchen windows, a pale pink cotton pillowcase and a hot pink vintage Liberty of London scarf. I have a weak spot for vintage cotton pillowcases; hey just don’t make them like that anymore! I also have a soft spot for estate sales and touring the homes in my city.  and looking through their cupboards, garages and basements and bringing a bit of their home into my home. I view it as a redistribution of energy, bringing new life into old objects.




I found these adorned twigs in the woods. They reminded me of both the color and texture of the lace. Lacey lichen and cottony shelf mushrooms.



No, I didn’t adopt a kitty. But there is one that hangs outside, whom I call Onyx. One set of neighbors call her Mabel, another Ebony. We have no idea of her real name. She is so ridiculously adorable; how can I not let her in for a snuggle? She is my new friend of the week. I’ve know her for a while, but now we are BFF’s.

I found myself surrendering this week. I took a nerve-wracking huge national board exam (one of four) and had to sit with the fact that I didn’t feel confident (nobody does) and just take it. My health wasn’t what I wanted it to be, but I decided I was going to have a great week regardless and somehow it worked.
There was many more things I found this week. For one, we listened to a lot of Prince, and had forgotten memories (oxymoron?) of singing Raspberry Beret with my mom when I was barely out of diapers, and the moment I saw this video for the first time in 1992.
Saturday, I went to a plant sale and dug perennials from a veritable backyard botanical haven, and later two of my friends and I dressed up and went out for dinner. On Sunday, we had friends over to grill on our sweet little Hibachi and play games, and on Memorial Day, a neighbor invited us to taste ports in the courtyard. One of my favorite moments was having an epic phone session with one of my best friends. It was so much fun to catch up and just be with each other, even though she’s in Alaska and I am in Portland.
Every time I clip a flower, bring home finds from an estate sale, meet a creature, share drinks, food and games with friends, face a challenge or send my thoughts to friends and family at a distance, it makes me feel at home in my world.


About Celia

I live in Portland, OR in a orange stucco apartment building surrounded by wild gardens. I love plants, yoga, going for walks, the Oregon wilderness, photography, gardening, herbal tea and creating. My Etsy shop is KyraBotanica, where I sell handmade herbal tea and natural body care products and fragrances.

4 thoughts on “Project Found: Things That Fill My Life. Tiny Rosebud, Estate Sale Linens and Kitty

    1. Thanks for reading, Birgitte! I love dog roses, too, there are a few species in the states and the wild rose smell is indeed lovely. I also love Denmark!

  1. Love your posting on Etsy about your adopted cat so to speak…or part time cat…smile…so had to come and see your pics of her…Enjoy your day or evening or night…I am in Mississippi USA…forgot where you are from…
    smiles too

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