Monday, September 9, 2013

New Website

I'm very excited about getting my own domain name and switching from Blogger (user friendly) to WordPress (super hard to learn), but only my posts switched over and I've lost my followers!  If you follow Driftwood Gardens please go to and sign up again there.  Be patient with me as I learn to navigate WordPress and build my site please.  Thank you all for your support and encouragement to do something I love.  Writing is my favorite creative outlet and I love you for reading!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

I Heart Curb Alerts

SO shabby , so much potential

I was working on a longer post about how we took two rooms that were open to one another and made them into separate and functional rooms.  BUT... I saw a curb alert on craigslist last night that I had to have.  It's such a rush every time I pick up a great piece of furniture for FREE.  Here's a sneak preview of this sweet little antique dresser.  Hubby and I started working our magic on it today, so two DIY posts will be coming soon.  Thanks to all who are reading my blog in its infancy.  I am so grateful for your interest, your encouraging comments and your support!

The top is a veneer, the rest looks like solid mahogany.
3 layers of paint to remove

Isn't she cute?

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Green Acres... my Happy Place

Green Acres in Waretown, NJ (referred to simply as "The Barn" by locals)  is the ULTIMATE antique shopping experience.  The property is set far back from the road and, as you are driving in, you see funky little seasonal and holiday displays set up along the path.  Just a preview of what's waiting at the end...
  Once you make your way down, around the house and into the parking lot this is what you see.
I hear angels singing every time I see it
 Beyond the barn are several outbuildings - sheds, military lockers, a garage.  This place is a picker's dream.  You could literally spend an entire day perusing through the enormous selection of antiques  and collectibles.  There is a little bit of everything here.  This is a frequent weekend outing for us because the barn is only open Fri. through Sun.  It's definitely more fun in nice weather since there is a lot of outdoor walking, but I have been known to brave rain and cold just to get my fix.
This guy came home with me today 
There is tons of stuff to see in the outbuildings and the main barn is two stories and filled with more than you can imagine.  My personal favorite things to look at, at the moment, are kitchen/ dining related, but upstairs there are clothes, jewelry, fabric, etc.  There are a lot of salvaged hardware pieces such as old doorknobs and chandelier crystals.  All around the outside are fun garden items - planters, birdbaths and the like.  Today I left with this great Italian ceramic fish who will be a nice addition to my kitchen decor.

I have my eye on this gorgeous green glass collection that would look
absolutely perfect in my dining room built ins.  I hope all or some of it is left by the time I make my next trip!
I want this!

Here are some more fun pics from today's visit...
Adorable garden art
Tons of old kitchen utensils


Whether you live locally or are visiting the Jersey Shore, Green Acres is a must see.  Be sure to visit this adorable mother/ daughter team at 540 Wells Mills Rd. in Waretown and tell them
Driftwood Gardens sent you!
Proprietor Connie Cluen and daughter Natalie Cluen Mondsini