"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Friday, September 18, 2015

All Buttoned Up

My realtor just texted me and said, "it's a done deal."  I am relieved beyond words (but still want that check in my grubby little hand first.)  Now, on to my new cottage, which I am never leaving.  The farm will have to wait for another day.  I'm thinking of hiring an estate sale service.

See the above?  I have gallons of them.  One reason moving is nearly an impossibility for me.  I have too many collections, er, stuff I don't need, but love.  I'm going to try and go the minimalist route in my new cottage - and we'll see just how long that will last.  I need new furniture and there seems to be a lot of mid-century modern out there, but I am not going for the plexiglass furniture as I think it will be out by next year.  Just want it comfortable.  I have already decorated the powder room in my mind - in an Oscar de la Renta wallpaper, but it says only to the trade, so I'll have to figure that out. I want to do wood floors and have to paint over some red walls.  I may end up with a few nice lawn chairs scattered about.  Oh well.

Hip Hip Hooray!

Type buttons into the top left hand corner to see some of my buttons up close.


Michelle said...


Joanne Noragon said...

This is so good. An estate sale service to clear the farm may be better than you think. They will organize, categorize, assess, evaluate, do all the backbreaking work and even get rid of the leftovers. I think that's win-win-win.

donna baker said...

Thank you Michelle. Now I can breathe.

donna baker said...

I think you are right Joanne. 33 years' worth of stuff. Too much to contemplate. I just wish I had all the money I spent on all that stuff. Guess I'm getting old as just a few years ago I would have still been accumulating. Youngsters, take heed. The things you thought you had to have one time, will be the stuff you are trying to get rid of in another time.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

What a relief...now you can breath again !
I confess to being a collector, I have a hard time letting go......
Can't wait to see your new cottage, it already sounds perfect.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Itis always a relief when things finally sort themselves out - moving house is always a stressful time. Hope everything goes well.

Frances said...

Donna, grand to hear that the closing has closed! What a huge relief for you after that last minute surprise hiccup.

Now, let you mind turn at its own chosen pace towards your cottage. it sounds as if the earlier comments about having the assistance of a professional estate sale service might also be a way simplify "certain aspects" of the move.

I have to admit that your button drawer looks very tempting to my eyes. xo

donna baker said...

I am so relieved. I wish I wasn't such a worrier (anxiety), but I am what I am. I can't wait to get in there and decorate/edit. It is just a jewel box right now. I am interested to see what it looks like this winter.

donna baker said...

It is such a relief Weaver. Besides the eventual sale of the farm, I am never moving again. I know people who move every few years and I just can't imagine it.

donna baker said...

Thank you Frances. Since I never move, I had never heard of a closing not happening on the scheduled day. I was worried sick that I was going to have to go through the whole process again. So relieved I didn't. I am looking forward to getting in the new house. I've only been there three times and it is hard to remember the layout and things like that. Yes, I have many collections and love most all of them. I read one time that a few rolling pins look nice displayed, but 100 rolling pins do not. I've remembered that when collecting. And, some of those buttons are small works of art. Type in buttons in the upper corner of blog and see if any pop up.

La Table De Nana said...


I love reading you write:"cottage"..that's how I feel about here..
I even have this stenciled in a guest room..

"Now in a cottage built of lilacs and lavender I know the meaning of the words ‘ever-after."

I did it 15 yrs ago and still not tired of it.

Not garish..subdued:)

Oh boy I would be having a ball running my fingers through your buttons.. love these things.
Can't wait for you to be playing in the new cottage;)
Hope hubby is ..doing better every day.

donna baker said...

He is Monique. He said today he can feel his body vibrating inside after this last round of antibiotics. Isn't that an amazing description. Still weak and very thin, but any improvement is good. Thank you for taking your time to talk to me. You are such special person.

La Table De Nana said...

That is ..like the best news..that and a new cottage:) New beginnings.