Life Through a Brand New Camera Lens

I finally did it! I upgraded my camera. I got tired of using my cell phone and the poor quality pictures I was posting to this blog because I felt like it wasn’t doing some of my craft work and displays justice so this past week I purchased my new Nikon D3200 Camera.

It was quite the ordeal getting the camera because at first I thought that I didn’t have the battery when I was surveying my inventory. I took it over to my parents to help me look and we found the battery but realized that what it was actually missing was the charger. I called Target where I purchased the camera and asked what could be done. They didn’t have any cameras to exchange it with since this particular camera is not the most recent model and won’t be reordered but they did say that they would give me a full refund.

I did some quick research to figure out what a replacement charger would cost and found out that it was $50 on Amazon to replace the Nikon charger. When I went into Target I asked them if it was possible to still keep this camera but get $50 off to cover the cost of the charger. The manager there was happy to oblige my request (one of the many reasons I love shopping at Target) so I got to keep the camera. I went on Amazon and did some research and actually found some really favorable reviews in an off-brand charger that was made specifically for Nikon camera batteries. This charger was only $14.99 instead of $50 so I ordered it and with my Prime membership I had it the next day! The charger worked great and my camera was up and running. This is a thrifty lesson for everybody – you don’t get anything unless you ask. I ended up saving $35 on this camera + it was already on sale + it came with a free wifi adapter which was a $70 value so really I saved well over $100!

I decided to take some pictures for you all of some of the vignettes and décor that I have already put out there. A sort of recap of where I am now and then I have some major things in mind (not to mention some newfound inspiration and energy to get it done which I attribute to my new 5:00 am runs with Rusty that I just started last week) for where my house is going to go from here.

So here’s where I’m at:


My nightstand arrangement in my bedroom

My nightstand arrangement in my bedroom

Living Room

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Adorable Dog and Cat

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And now I’m off to spend my newfound inspired energy on some projects to share with you all in the weeks to come!

Let’s party! Linking up with:

Vintage Charm



Reunited and It Feels So Good

My mom and dad got married almost 45 years ago. When they were first married they got the Verde Solid Color Nesting bowls from Pyrex (400 series) which are very distinctive in color since the 4 bowls are all different shades of yellow and green. The largest bowl is 4 quart and is a dark avocado. The next size down is the 2 ½ quart and is medium avocado, the 1 ¼ quart is a light avocado and the smallest 1 ½ pint bowl is a shade of yellow-green.

Mom and Dad got a lot of use out of the 2 ½ quart bowl because it was the perfect size for a bowl of popcorn and my family loves popcorn. One night, 43 years ago, the bowl slipped and fell to the ground and broke into a couple of pieces (Pyrex doesn’t shatter). Mom and Dad were disappointed but kept the other bowls since they were so often used.

This past weekend, mom, Sister 2 and I went to a flea market being held at the antique mall I went to last weekend in Hanna City. While there we also went through the antique mall and, in one of the booths that had a lot of the vintage Pyrex, there it was! The 2 ½ quart medium avocado bowl! And for only $4! My mom was so happy after 43 years to be able to put her set back together.

The family all back together!

Every once in a while when visiting thrift stores and flea markets, something almost magical happens. My mom had all but given up hope of finding the one piece to make her set complete again. With flea markets and antique shops I am finding that it has a lot to do with being in the right place at the right time and sometimes when things are meant to be, they truly will be. I was so happy for my mom and her incredible find for this weekend.

Whenever there are things out there that you have your heart set on finding, never give up! If you look hard enough, you will find it.

Happy Thrifting!