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Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Before & After and a Few Thrifty Finds

Hello friends! I am taking a few minutes to blog on a Thursday night. It's been a busy week but tonight I decided to carve out a little time to post. I have a few thrifty finds to share with you. I haven't been thrifting nearly as much as I used to but I do enjoy going on occasion in the spring. The first thing I am sharing is the dining chairs I purchased back in February. I had totally forgotten to share these. I have been looking for some used chairs for months but I really wanted to purchase some before Miranda came home last month, so I got serious in my hunt. II really liked the style of these. I discovered it is not easy to find a set of used chairs that are in good condition and something I like, so when I happened upon these, I bought them. The man wanted $15 each for them but I asked if he would take $50 for the 4 and he agreed. The left is before and the right is after I recovered the seats.

I plant to use chalk paint and paint them white this summer. 

The toile is so pretty. I fell in love with the colors. This is Waverly fabric and I found it at Wal Mart of all places!

Last weekend, my sister wanted to go thrift shopping, so I happily agreed to go with her. I bought just a few things since I am being much more selective with what I purchase. We went to a Hospice Attic to shop. My sister is a Hospice nurse and gets a discount with them. She paid for my items so I could have her discount. 

I know it doesn't look like much, but I really loved the shape of the piece below. It has three feet and is a large, egg shaped piece. It was so dirty though and I didn't know if it would come clean, but for $0.60 I was willing to try to clean it. I thought I could spray paint it if nothing else. 

When I got home, I took some dish detergent and a scrub brush to it and went to work. In no time, it was spotless. I believe it is crystal instead of glass, but I'm not sure. I placed it on my vanity/desk in my bedroom to hold pens and highlighters for my Bible study time. You can see the pens through it and tell that they do not stick out of the top. It is probably around 7 or 8 inches tall. I'm so glad I gave this piece a second glance.

I also picked up 3 vintage pillowcases to add to my stash. 

They are all so pretty, but this one is my favorite. I just love the colors and the basket weave design. 

This was by far my most awesome find of the day! I have wanted some brown transferware plates for ages. A year or two ago, I actually found 4 saucers in this pattern. Saturday, I found 8 dinner plates!

Such a great find and even better deal. They were $0.79 each but remember I got my sister's discount, so I only paid around $0.63 each for them..,,,score! Less than $5 for these beauties! They are in pristine scratches or chips at all!

They will be so pretty in a fall tablescape this year. 

My last find on this day was two adorable little bear figurines. This one will be used for any American holiday. He was around $0.23 after the discount.

As was this little Irish cutie. He will be perfect for Saint Patrick's Day next year.

The next day, the hubby and I had to go buy some groceries so we decided to run by the flea market since we hadn't been in quite some time. There is one booth that never disappoints me there. This lady has been there for nearly 30 years and always has great items at very reasonable prices. I thought this wooden ruler was the cutest. I love the golden rule.

And it was put out by Coca Cola years ago. I paid $2 for it.

This pretty pie server was also $2.

And I couldn't pass up this adorable kitten mug. It is milk glass. I collect black and white mugs so this was perfect. The kitten is sitting on a book. He has green eyes and is just the cutest. I paid $1 for it. 

So, not counting the chairs that were purchased 2 months ago, I spent just over $11 last weekend for some pretty awesome things and enjoyed two fun outings as well. I am blessed with a loving sister and hubby. 

Before I go, I just had to share these cute pictures the hubby took of Rooster. They are just precious to me. He is such a cutie. He has captured my heart just as Sadie has. 

Who could resist this face? 

I pray you are all doing well. I have been trying to visit a few of you each evening and am off to do just that right now. Have a lovely Friday and weekend. 

Until next time.....

Friday, April 8, 2016

Life As It Is...

Hello friends and happy spring! I can hardly believe it's been 3 weeks since I last blogged! Life has been pretty busy these days. Spring is always a busy time at school. It's kind of a reverse of the calm before the storm. It's more like the storm (state testing and wrapping up another year) before the calm (aka...summer break)! I am looking forward to it but I am trying to live with more intention (my word for the year) so I am trying to enjoy every day for the gift it is.

Since I don't have a lot to share, I thought I would just share a few random photos from my iPhone. 

First up are these gorgeous flowers I was admiring at the grocery store last time I went. They were so pretty and just screamed spring to me! I wish I had bought them...maybe I'll go back this week and see if there are any left.

Last time I blogged, I believe I was attending a baby shower the next day. I made this little banner for the new baby to go along with the gift I bought. His nursery is in a woodland creatures theme so that is the theme I went with.

The shower was absolutely precious...the cutest baby shower I have ever attended. Thank goodness for Pinterest! Anywho, one of my besties, Jeana made the cake. Isn't it adorable? She is such a talented baker! It tasted as good as it looked!

My son, Dakota killed his first turkey ever a few weeks ago. He actually killed two in one day. This smother fried turkey breast my mom made was absolutely delicious! This wild turkey was so much better than the farm raised turkeys from the grocer.

I bought this adorable fake succulent at the Dollar Tree and plopped it in my Buffalo teacup. Too cute!

Easter came and went and I enjoyed some pretty yellow tulips on my tablescape. :)

I also made some cute and very tasty treats for our Easter get togethers. This cheese ball, I mean carrot was delicious!

And these chocolate chip cookie dough truffles were amazing! I love cookie dough and this one is egg free so it's perfectly safe to eat. I made them egg shaped for Easter and they were so pretty! 

The wisteria has been so beautiful everywhere!

Sadie and her shadow have become the best of friends. Rooster is still her shadow and copycat!

I have still been organizing things around the house. My DVD collection was already organized and in alphabetical order but it took up a lot of space. I ordered some clear plastic sleeves from Amazon, took all of them out of the plastic cases, and inserted them in the sleeves. I also organized them by genre. 

This is just over 100 neatly contained. I decided not to take the Downtown Abby discs out because I probably won't keep them after I watch them...if I ever get around to it.  I still need to make the dividers with the genre labels, but you get the idea here. This project cost less than $20 for two packs of sleeves and the 3 Dollar Tree baskets.

My Wal Mart Beauty Box came. This one was the best one yet! Lots of great products and good size bottles.

Another copycat picture....just because. :)

Last weekend, my handy hubby custom built me this wooden box/shelf to fit on top of one of my bookcases at school. After we finished it, he even went to the school with me to carry it in and help me set it up. He's a keeper for sure! I needed it to contain tons of wires that run behind the drawers and printer along the back. This area looks so much neater now. It is stained a light color to match the existing wood furniture in my classroom. I love it! Notice my butterfly garden on top. We are waiting on out caterpillars to turn into a chrysalis so we can transfer them to the garden container. 

Another organization project I've been working on is my recipes. I had tons of hand written, printed, or magazine recipes that needed a home. 

 I have been washi taping them to paper and inserting them into page protectors. It has been a fun project. I am not trying to make it beautiful or perfect in any way. I am just categorizing them and taping them down if they are not printed on a full sheet.

I didn't bother to rewrite the ones I jotted down haphazardly either. I left them as is. 
I like it this way. :)

Last weekend I went to see this movie.....

My sister, Mama, and Aunt Loretta went with me. We had a good time!
I absolutely loved this movie!! 
I loved the first one when it came out years ago and this one did not disappoint either. I will be adding it to my DVD collection when it releases. 

And, that my friends is it. Nothing too exciting I know, but it's real life. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

A Simple Spring Break

Is it really Friday night already? This week sure did fly by! I had a simple but wonderful spring break. I had lots of down time to rest and do nothing but I also had a little fun and did some more cleaning out and reorganizing too. I have just been in the mood to clean, sort, purge, and reorganize this year. I have always been organized, but this year I have been getting rid of a lot more stuff than I normally do. I cleaned out my bathroom closet and vanity today and got rid of a bunch of junk! It amazes me that I still had bottles of nail polish that haven't been opened in over 10 years! What was I thinking? LOL! Anywho, let me share a few pictures from my week. 

On Tuesday, I had to run to the grocery store to pick up a few things since I hadn't left the house in 3 days! While I was out and about, I ran into one of my favorite thrift stores. You know I have been trying to stay out of thrift stores most of the time, but I still enjoy going every now and then and looking for things that I actually need or will use. This trip was a good one. I didn't find much, but I did pick up a few kitchen utensils for a steal! The pastry wheel, melon baller, and knives were around $0.50 each and the silver spoons were $0.29 each. They went in my craft room stash. The adorable little pinwheel gift tags were new in the package for $0.29. The glass jar was $0.99. I was so excited to find this jar. Let me show you why.

It's a mini version of a jar (actually two) that I have had for about 25 years. One of them holds marbles and this one holds our loose change. I put the small one beside it and separated the silver coins from the pennies. When they get full, we will cash them in. I just love this cute little jar!

I also picked up a like new pair of pants for work for $3.99. When I was paying the cashier told me clothes were buy one get one free that day, so I went back and picked up the top I had debated on getting .

It's really pretty and will also be good for work.

On my way home I had to run by Mama's house and drop off a can of peas I had picked up for her. She showed me this little cutie. Do you know what it is? If you guessed pineapple, you are correct. It is a baby...their first one!

I also looked at her lilies. They are sprouting out and will be gorgeous soon! Look at the size of those bulbs!

On Wednesday, I picked up a couple work friends and we met another work friend in Cedar Key. We spent a couple hours on the little beach and watched the pelicans, seagulls, a crab and dolphins. I enjoyed watching my co-workers' kids playing on the beach too. It was overcast but they had a blast anyway. It was a nice, relaxing day.

We saw a seagull with just one foot. Poor thing...but he didn't seem phased by it!

After we left the beach, we had lunch. One of my co-workers and I shared some crab stuffed mushrooms. Yum!

I ordered shrimp tacos and sweet potato fries. Talk about delicious! 

We walked a bit and checked out a couple shops and then rode around town before heading home. I snapped a quick picture of their school. I love the stained glass shark window above the doors. Cedar Key is a lovely little town and one I love to visit from time to time. 

Thursday I stayed home during the day and then went to watch my nephew's lacrosse game that evening. Friday I stayed home during the day again and hung out with the pupsters! I love how they both go to the top step and scope things out before going down. So funny! They do this almost every time they go out. They are quite fond of each other now and Rooster is like Sadie's little shadow.  

Friday evening, the hubby and I went to buy groceries and pick up a few things we needed. 
 When we got home, I put everything away and sat down to write this post. Nothing overly exciting about my week but it was just what I needed. Tomorrow I have a baby shower and then I'm going to my classroom to do a few things to prepare for next week. It promises to be a busy one with parent conferences, lunch duty, and an Easter party on Friday! The more I can get done ahead of time, the smoother the week will go. I hope you all had a delightful week and may your weekend be just what you want it to be.

Until next time.....