Sunday, June 28, 2015

An Awesome Thrift Find!

Hello All!

I saw this at the thrift store a couple weeks ago:

I liked it.  It reminded me of ocean waves.  It wasn't priced and I wasn't sure if someone would price it for me.  And, there weren't any discounts that day.  It hadn't occurred to me where I would put it, so I passed.  But it stayed on my mind.  It reminded me of the ocean--well, ocean waves...and the sea foam bubbles left on the sand.  I kept thinking of this poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  In college, I did a paper on it and its meaning:

The tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea-sands damp and brown
The traveler hastens toward the town,
      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

Darkness settles on roofs and walls,
But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls;
The little waves, with their soft, white hands,
Efface the footprints in the sands,
      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls
Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;
The day returns, but nevermore
Returns the traveller to the shore,
      And the tide rises, the tide falls.
The poem is symbolic for the passage of time.  And while time passed, the thrift store priced the item ($200).  And while time passed, 50% off day rolled around.  And while time passed, I grew more and more fond of it.  So fond, in fact, I bought it :)

This wall in our bedroom has been calling for something.  It sat empty for awhile and then I tried out a few things--a console table, a large mirrored-frame mirror.  Meh.  Nothing felt right.  Ah,but this! This is what I've been waiting for .  It's marked--an Artmax room divider.

I showed it to a friend at work and the first thing she said was, "It looks like a mermaid!" Oh that's even better than waves.

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

All Star Baby Shower

Hello All!

My niece, Lauren, commissioned me to make a few things for a baby shower she is hosting for a friend.  The couple is expecting a boy--his name will be Jackson!--and the theme for the shower is sports.  Here's what I came up with for the invitations:

The image is a Whippersnapper rubber stamp called "Bella."  I masked off the bow and gave this little guy a ball cap.  He is colored with copics and then fussy-cut.  I created the tiny pacifier by using a circle brad and clear "C" clip (they are used to create rubber band bracelets).  I bought the printed paper, "Little All Star," digital paper pack is Paper Tree House Studio (Etsy).  The card is Bazzill cardstock (starmist).  The pacifier is my favorite thing!

I made 35 of them.  Here are the other decorations I made:

Concession Banner, "Jax" Banner, scoreboard, buffet cards, bookmarks (favors), pennants (to use in centerpieces), and the diaper cake.  The diaper cake holds over 100 diapers, a hooded terry towel, three receiving blankets, two onesies, a travel size baby lotion, wash, powder, and shampoo, two washcloths and two pacifiers.  I am so excited about the topper on this diaper cake!  It's lighted!!

I picked up a lighted floral branch from Michaels (about $6 with a 40% coupon) and hot glued laminated stars on each bulb.  The stars were cut, using Spellbinders stars, from the same cardstock as the invitations.   The star bookmarks were made the same way:

The personalized scoreboard was cut using the Sports Mania Cricut cartridge.

See the cute star-shaped glass dish?  I found 8 of them at the thrift store for $1.25 each!  They will be used on each guest table.

The buffet cards are football jerseys (Sports Mania Cricut cartridge).  Each jersey is mounted on a wooden clothespin and have a chalkboard label.  I didn't put the labels on them because it's easier to write on the label first and then just stick it in place!

The concession banner will hang above the food table.  

This banner is a surprise for the Mommy-to-be as it is in the nickname she's come to lovingly call the precious bundle!

I hope the shower is a huge success!

Have a great week :)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Getting Old. It Ain't for Sissies!

Hi All,

I think this image is hilarious.  What a funny birthday card...for the right person and sense of humor!

It's a digital stamp from but now, sadly, all their great images are gone.  The website was there one day and then, *poof* gone the next.   "Grandma Gertie in her underpants" is printed on Paper Temptress, Cryogen white cardstock (with a subtle iridescence!) and colored with copics.  I was playing around with the Spellbinders dies and used the deckled edged rectangle to cut around the image but left her hands free so I could pop them up and give it a little 3D action :)

The plaid paper is DCWV and the card and green cardstock is Bazzill.  I had the embellies in my stash --isn't it cute how the match her fluffy pink slippers?

So, can you guess who the recipient was of this funny card?  Would you believe my mom!?   I, of course, sent it along with her "real" Birthday card but because I know she likes to laugh and is the first one to lament the changes that come with being over 29 ;) it was hers the moment I saw the image!  I may or may not have sent it with a matching pair of slippers - ha ha!

I have some really wonderful thrift finds to share so hopefully I'll get those posted soon!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Coffee Filter Garland

Hi All!

I know this is Halloween-themed but I didn't get to share it then and I don't want to wait until Halloween 2016.  So thanks to Pinterest, I have a new obsession.  Coffee filter garland!  This is really easy (a little time consuming) but totally worth it.  It's just so fluffy!

Those Williamsburg hurricanes are a thrift find!  They were $15 each and I believe the bases are actual brass - score! The pumpkin planter is another find from the Goodwill outlet.  At 59 cents/pound, it was probably free - LOL!  I digress - the coffee filters are from the dollar store.  They were dyed using food coloring diluted in water.  The colors for the garland were decided the minute I found the mini-pumpkins!  Aren't their colors just beautiful?

I used food coloring diluted in water and dyed the filters but have since read you can use acrylic paint diluted in water.  

How gorgeous would this be in pink, blue and yellow for a baby shower!?  Or tea-stained, just for vintage goodness?  Think of the possibilities!  

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Top 10 Thrift Finds of 2014

Hello All,

This is the part of bringing in a new year that's light and fun--looking over the past year and highlighting the best finds!  Here they are in no particular order:

1.  All Glass Chandelier

It wasn't much to look at when I brought it home...

but a good cleaning and new wiring, paint, and crystals turned it into the swoon-worthy swan it was meant to be:

2.  Cranberry Flashed Punchbowl, 12 cups and ladle

This set is incredible.  The flashing is perfection.  I see cranberry flashed glassware A LOT but NEVER in this amazing condition.  I am totally convinced this arrived at the thrift store in its original packaging and it was opened and unpacked for the first time.  How sad that it's debut was a sit-in on the shelf at the thrift store!  Thank goodness I found it so that it could realize it's destiny as the focal point of a holiday party buffet table :)!  Those little footed punch cups do me in every. time.  $15

3.  Johnson Brothers Blue Willow enamel on steel whistling tea kettle

This tea kettle is a treasure!  From the little bird handle to its wonderful train whistle sound, it makes me drink tea just so I can use it -- LOL!  $4

4.  Eastlake Victorian mirror

I took the day off from work on my birthday just to go thrifting and I swear, it was like a surprise party set up just for me!  This mirror was one of the many amazing finds from that day.  I am totally convinced the day was divinely orchestrated because the things I found were incredible --not only are they exactly the kind of things I love, the prices were ridiculous!  It's funny too, because I had been neglecting the architectural section of the thrift store.  Since I had the day off and could leisurely peruse the whole store, I decided to check it out.  That's when I found this mirror.  I wasn't sure where it would go...and then I just knew it belonged here:

The wall at the end of my the dining room table!  It's like it was always meant to be there :)
It was $30.

5.  Crystal box with tiny key

This is another birthday find!  I love this heavy glass box with all the ornate details, including the tiny perfect key!  It was $4.50.

6.  Hazel Atlas Pink Crinoline luncheon set

This is THE birthday find of the day!  See what I mean about the divine intervention!?  One does not just "find" a near-perfect set of HA pink crinoline for $19.99!  God is good :)

7.  Antique cranberry glass tray and tumblers

Dan and I were in a hospice thrift shop in Winchester, Virginia, when I found the glass tray.  There is the slightest evidence that the rim of the tray was gold as was a delicate pattern in the center of the tray.  The glass is wavy and such a beautiful color!  A week later, we had gone back to Winchester and I found the glasses at an SPCA thrift!  The glasses also have evidence of a gold rim and decoration and because the color is so close to that of the tray, I'm convinced they go with the tray :)  I paid $4 for the whole set.

8. Rattan sea horse

This simple little sea horse makes me crazy happy.  I haven't come across anything like him.  I just love him!  He was also a find from my Birthday thrift trip for $1.50.

9.  Pie crust table

This little table is enchanting to me.  I have no idea of it's age or who made it, etc., but the detail in the construction blows my mind.  It was $30.

10.  Glass globe and sea horse stand

This is one of those finds that, at the time I picked up them up, I had no idea how they would be used or where they would go.  I didn't find them together.  The stand was $1 find from one thrift shop and the glass globe (also $1) from another.  When the craft room was ready for accessories, I was shopping the house for ideas and came across the stand.  I remembered the glass globe and viola!  a favorite display was born :)

I'm linking up!

Sir Thrift A lot:  Thriftasaurus #116
From My Front Porch to Yours:  Treasure Hunt Thursday, #187

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas House Tour - belated, but at least it's still December!

Hello All!

Even though it's past Christmas, I want to record my decorations for 2014.  Since I leave decorations up through New Year's, (because I was always told it was bad luck to take them down before New Year's Day) I figured it wouldn't be too late.  Has anyone else ever heard that?  The bad luck thing?  I'm curious to know what you do with your decorations.

I was able to add a beautiful nativity to the outdoor decorations this year.  A co-worker and I struck up a deal; she wanted a diaper cake and I wanted a nativity.  I made her a motorcycle diaper cake:

And she made my nativity:

Sorry about the cell phone pictures!  Dan was in California for a good portion of December so I didn't get the spotlight on it but it still looked beautiful.

I had the same wreath and swags on the front of the house as I did last year:

and the garland in foyer...

The living room and antique mantel hosted the flocked tree and flocked garland:

I thrifted these sweet iridescent icicles:

I paid $2 for 12 of them.

This is my weird little collection of Santa gift box/bags.  They are just adorable!  The littlest one has a tiny jingle bell below the tag --s'cuuute :)

The mirror on the mantel came from HomeGoods -- my sister and I got to shop together over Thanksgiving vacation and we both bought the same one!

The ornament holder was a thrift find from a couple years ago as was the red cardinal (Westmoreland glass!).

The dining room table holds a reindeer and the chandy makes a great display for crystals and glass icicles:

And here is the $15 thrifted sparkle tree:

The decorations came from Hobby Lobby.  They were perfect for the sugar plum fairy-themed cookie exchange!  Now that I have a white Christmas tree, I have been thinking up (aka Pinteresting) all the different ways to decorate it - LOL!  But, I'll need to stick with the sugar theme for awhile or else my $15 thrift tree will end up costing hundreds in different decorating themes!

The buffet - not much different than last year...

...other than the addition of the glass trees (from CB2) this year.  The clear glass one is my favorite!

This was going to be the year that the sun room got a beach-themed Christmas tree. Unfortunately, the ornaments I ordered fell victim to a collapsed warehouse in Buffalo, New York. After reading about the collapse under the weight of all the snow they got and finding out a person lost their life because of it, I didn't want to think about decorations for a tree.  What a horrible thing to happen to the employee and their family.

On Christmas, however, my sister sent me a set of three of these gorgeous sea horses so they are the only ones I hung:

She always buys the most perfect gifts!  Isn't it so beautiful?

See that tray on the coffee table?  It was a $10 thrift find this year:

I spray-painted it with Rustoleum (nickle finish, I believe) because the original finish was so bad.  It is very heavy and the glass insert --a real glass insert!--is very thick!  I just don't think they make them like this any more.

So let me bring your attention to a couple of additional thrift finds this year:

Oh my gosh aren't they delightful!?  They are a creation by artist  M. Pena, founder of Windstone Editions. This one is called, "Bear Feet:"

and this one is called "Bear Butt" (*giggle*!):

Bear Feet is still available on the website for $48.  From what I can tell, these guys were originally released as a set of three with a third polar bear standing on all fours with a votive holder on his back called "Bear Back."  I only paid $5 for the pair!!!!  They do have red candle wax in spots on their rumps and I have discovered there isn't a way to remove it without damaging the finish --which is slightly sparkly!--so I'm completely content living with the candle drips.  They are also missing their glass votive holders so I'm on the look out for a couple of those.

I love that they match the polar bear pillow I scored from Pottery Barn (on clearance last season).

There was one more little touch added to the sun room that was crazy simple but I have ended up really loving:

I also picked these up on my and Shell's shopping trip to HomeGoods.  They are so sparkly and beachy!

Finally,  the family room:

I kept it pretty simple in here because after decorating the other two trees, I was running out of steam.

The large hurricane came from Ikea three years ago and I added the metal ring of reindeer.  It was a thrift find from Bthrifty.

The reindeer art is a new addition this year.  I bought it from Joss and Main last March.  I really love it and wanted it to be the focal point in here.

I wrapped twinkle lights around a rose gold ornament swag (from CB2) and faux pine garland.

Then, as always, the indoor nativity:

It is sitting on a thrifted footed silver plate tray and the tiny star shining above baby Jesus is an antique Indiana Glass Bethlehem star compote.

I hope this season was joyous and peaceful for all.  Glory to God in the highest :)

Happy New Year!