I’m linking this happy post to Home & Garden Thursday over at Kathy’s sweet blog, A Delightsome Life, at Inspire Me Tuesday at Marty’s A Stroll Thru Life, Feathered Nest Friday at Courtney’s French Country Cottage, and Make It Pretty Monday at Kathryn’s The Dedicated House.

Lately I have been wishing that there was some way I could enjoy some big, beautiful hydrangea blooms this Fall – especially after seeing THIS POST from Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors. Alas, my little “dollhouse rental” is seriously lacking in hydrangeas.

Well this past weekend, one of the many fun activities I did was travel a short distance up to Ames, Iowa to spend part of “Mom’s Weekend” with my daughter and her Phi Beta Chi sorority sisters. The primary activity was a scavenger hunt, which included hunting down a few of the “Cy” sculptures that have been artistically decorated and placed around the city. Here are a few of them:

Mom's Weekend: Aerospace Cy in Ames, Iowa!

Mom's Weekend: Football Cy in Ames, Iowa!

Mom's Weekend: Sugarskull Cy in Ames, Iowa!

Mom's Weekend: Disco Cy in Ames, Iowa!

While we both were photographing “Disco Cy” on Main Street (shown above), I happened to spy something across the street that I really could not believe. Do you see them?

Mom's Weekend: Hydrangeas working the corner on Main Street
Yep – city planters full of freshly pruned hydrangeas, and garbage bags full of the blooms, ready to be hauled away! So what’s a girl to do who has been wishing for some Autumn hydrangeas?

Mom's Weekend: Hydrangeas free for the taking!
If you said, “strut shamelessly across the street and pick some of those big full blooms right out of the bags,” you’d be spot-on, as that is exactly what I did! (And yes, I did get the teensiest eye-roll from my daughter, but quite honestly I know she has come to expect this sort of thing from me.)

Shovin' those free hydrangeas right in the trunk, y'all!
Later, at home, I snipped and stripped those stems and plunked everything down into my thrifted sage-colored MSE pitcher for a touch of Autumn hydrangea love!

Free/found hydrangeas enjoying their new home.
All glammed up for Instagram!

Beauties enjoying their new home!
This was my favorite “curb find” for the week – have you had any experiences where you were hoping to find something special, and it sort of fell into your lap like this?

Hazel And Verdie: Autumn Hydrangea Love

More soon,






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