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We started Monday off with one blooming daffodil. Yes, you read that right!

And ended the week with squalls of snow.

Just yesterday I had my ski jacket and hat back on, it was so cold outside.

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A Thrifted Antique Crock

I have been arranging and rearranging spring flowers in this recently thrifted crock on the porch.

This antique crock has become one of my recent favorite purchases.

You may see more Cozy Antique Spring Porch Ideas here.

And This Vintage Haul for The Porch where I found this antique crock, which was a great deal at 40% off!

Watch this video to see how to create an antique crock flower arrangement in under 10 minutes!

Another Vintage Haul

I headed out to our home in Maine earlier this week to get the house ready for our stay here this summer.

And that always means a stop at The Cottage By the Brook, one of my favorite second-hand shops. And it never disappoints!

See more of My Favorite Second-Hand Shops from Vermont to Maine here. Pin and bookmark it for your future reference.

Check out all this year’s spring trends I saw during my visit:

Here are a few of my favorites…

On-trend this spring are lots and lots of terracotta pots. Paired with blues and greens for the garden and yard.

And so many collections, simply everywhere!

  • Tiny paintbrushes
  • Garden hose funnels
  • Teacups and saucers
  • Vintage shoe molds
  • Vintage Scissors
  • Terracotta pots
  • Colored eggs
  • Vintage rulers
  • Wooden birds
  • Dust brushes

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but collections are the biggest second-hand trend I’m seeing this year.

Stay tuned for how I decorated with this blue pitcher, crewel rug, $2 teacups, a bundle of small paintbrushes, and a grapevine wreath.

Vintage Finds on Coffee Table

Stonewall Kitchen

Did you know that Stonewall Kitchen opened up a new home store at their location in York, Maine?

It was one of my first stops when I arrived back home and if you ever find yourself in the area, I highly recommend taking the time to stop.

Stay tuned for some exciting things to come from Stonewall Kitchen together with Dabbling & Decorating this summer too!


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Spring in New England

Dinner out with a girlfriend brought us to the Stage Neck Inn, where their porch decor sums up the spring weather we’ve been experiencing here in New England perfectly!

Vermont was actually getting snow flurries on Thursday, April 28th…

Rain Coats

This Old Truck

We store this old 1977 Ford truck in our garage here in Maine over the winter months.

The battery needed a quick jump start after the long winter, but she’s all ready to go now, for some Thrifting with the Gals

We’ve had this old truck for over 20 years now. We bought it back when we lived in Connecticut for next to nothing and it’s been so much fun to have.

Perfect for all the thrifting adventures, moving furniture, mattresses, kayaks, and more.

Vintage Red Truck and Dog

Storm Windows

Do you have or use storm windows on your home for another layer of insulation in the winter months?

What is the purpose of a storm window?

Storm windows refer to windows that are installed outside of the already-installed primary house windows. Their reason for being is to give extra wind protection and weather insulation. Storm windows are installed on top of your existing windows to normalize the temperature inside.

Many old homes have storm windows, like our home here in Maine. And there’s always the issue of where to store all those storm windows when you’re not using them.

So I thought I would share with you the idea that my father came up with and we still use today. It’s so simple and works beautifully, keeping your storm windows organized and safe from breakage when you are not using them.

Watch this video to learn more.

A Boston Rocker

And last but not least, yesterday, I dropped by one of my favorite second-hand shops here in Maine, The Fabulous Find.

I don’t believe I have ever left this shop empty-handed, truly!

It is there that I found this antique Boston Rocker for $35.

It’s in unbelievable shape and sturdy as an ox. I just love the rustic pine wood vibe it has going on. And it will look so precious in front of our fireplace with a small handmade quilt made by my mother.

What is a Boston Rocker?

“From 1830 to 1890 the Boston rocker was the standard American rocking chair. Its popularity spread from New England across the nation, and it was exported to France, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, China, and India. The earliest versions were handcrafted, but after 1840 Boston rockers were mass-produced by many makers.” Source: American Heritage

Antique Boston Rocker

Next week I look forward to joining a few gals in sharing our homes in video format. So I picked up a few bundles of tulips to get started. Aren’t they just beautiful?

And you may also enjoy A VERY VINTAGE WEEKEND.

Pink Tulips

You won’t want to miss this Early Buy Event and Vintage Market at Sage Farms Antiques too!

I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Coastal Maine.

Be sure to also check out our Home in Vermont too, where we spend winters enjoying the coziness of home in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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  1. Ann,
    I love the rocker and I can’t believe you’ve got one daffodil. Ours are long gone. Great views this week.

    1. It’s really been such a cold spring. Today will be beautiful thought hitting 60🙏🏻

  2. I’m loving that Boston rocker Ann. And the lone daffodil standing there so proud. Now that is something to smile about. Your vintage Ford truck brings back so many memories from my childhood. Love it all. Have a great weekend.

  3. Your truck is so cute and I know is fun to cruise around in. That old rocking chair is a jewel, I can just see someone sitting in it.

  4. Ann,
    Always enjoy your Saturday post!!!

  5. shawn Hoffman says:

    I so love your truck! And your ideas!