Thrifty Thursday #23

It’s no secret that I love Mission Mart. I always feel like I find great deals when I go in and there is excellent variety. On September 21 I stopped in on my way to a free painting class at Michael’s to kill a little time.

Here’s what I found:  

I did great as far as Christmas items are concerned and got some really cute snowman decorations (one just needs a nose), trees and candle holders. I also found some wood plaques that will be great for crafting as well as a wood shelf that I feel I can give a makeover. I also found an Americana tin that I think will fit in with my living room décor. I love décor that can do double duty as storage!
In addition to the finds pictured above, I also found two GINORMOUS baskets!

 

Rusty, a 76 pound dog, can fit comfortably into the bigger basket and it only cost $5! It currently resides in my craft room where I plan to use it to store finished merchandise for the booth while I’m waiting to take it in for restock.
My free painting class was kind of a bust…I thought they were going to give real techniques on how to do certain things but instead we did a review of primary and secondary colors (which prompted me to sing the class a song from Blues Clues to help them remember…) and then we painted a landscape.

  
I do make pretty cool clouds though. While I enjoy painting very much in general, I found out that they do their paintings from patterns anyway so I’m just going to try to get my hand on some patterns and try my hand at painting on my own.

Happy Thrifting!

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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:

Bedroom

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!

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Thrifty Thursday # 21

Sorry for the delay – I’m getting behind in my days of the week! I do realize that Thrifty Thursday this week is once again on a Friday…maybe I need to set myself some phone reminders. 

Back to the thrifting… Continuing my Labor Day weekend thrifting was the South Eden Flea Market. I have had great successes with this one in the past and this weekend was no exception!

I started my day with a fantasy football draft and a nice hot cup of tea, an excellent start to a Sunday.

  

Once the draft was done, Sister 3 and I went to pick up Sister 2 and head out to the flea market.
Here’s my haul:

 

You’ll notice my Americana wagon which is now featured on my accent wall as well as the garden flowers pocket book. A lot of the other pocket guides I gave to my brother who is a middle school science teacher. We always pick up good field guides. The two lidded picnic baskets I am incredibly excited about – one of them even came filled with picnic dishes! I am going to keep the baskets for storage (thinking of setting them next to my couch in the living room) but I think I might end up flipping the dishes in the booth next spring. The blue spool also ended up being for me as it repeats the blue of my accent wall in my living room.

I am amassing a collection of wooden folding chairs. I intend to keep the first two that I found but the other ones I am going to paint and sell in the booth. I also found another neat drawer to potentially use as a shelf on the wall or in some other storage capacity. I also added one more insulator to my collection and some more “junk” for my creation. Is the suspense build up for the end result for my collections of these types of items killing you yet?

I’m also pretty excited about the two books that I picked up. I should have spent more time going through the other books at the booth but the Currier & Ives book has a ton of prints in it that I intend to frame and sell either in my booth or on Etsy (my Etsy shop is currently in process – I will share the link when I’m up and running!) The president’s book contained a lot of neat information but also very interesting color illustrations of the Presidents and I believe that I will be able to frame and sell the prints of some of the more popular presidents as I have seen these in patriotic vignettes on several blogs and in magazines.

All in all, a very successful trip! This one will continue to be a favorite of mine.


Do you have a flea market that is always a must-go for you? Which flea markets are your favorite?

Happy Thrifting!

Warming Up The Walls

So my week last week went by in a flurry of –

  1. Shelter events

Angel at the J Crew opening at Grand Prairie – she is up for adoption at SAMS rescue!

2. BASEBALL,

Go Cubbies!

and 3. WEDDINGS!

I may or may not have been live streaming Saturdays Cubs-Cards game while at the reception…

Before I knew it a week had passed and I had not only NOT gotten anything done in my house, but also didn’t post for Thrifty Thursday (even though I had it written and ready to go) or any other post for that matter! Time is a funny thing. Lately there just doesn’t seem to be enough of it.

But I did start to remedy all of that this past weekend. I had a 3 day weekend so I was determined to get some things accomplished – mainly getting some of my house cleaned up and spending time with my favorite dog in the whole wide world.

Mission Accomplished! He makes my heart happy.

Mission Accomplished! He makes my heart happy.

I also started to get some things on the walls in my living room. I am bound and determined to cozy up my living spaces. Especially before all of those cold fall days set in. I went over to my parent’s house Sunday morning (around breakfast time…by design, as I knew my mom would have baked something. I was not disappointed by her blueberry coffeecake!) and my mom helped me cut down and frame some really sweet prints that I had picked up in various second hand ways.

This sweet pup I picked up at the Expo Gardens flea market:

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I decided I wanted another black and white print to complement it so I scoured Etsy for days until I found this Black and White ad with these adorable pups on it. I have loved Scottie Dogs ever since watching Lady and the Tramp as a child.

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I recently fixed up my big picture window with bamboo shades and white curtains that I got at Goodwill for $5! I love how the window treatment looks for the window. It offers me privacy since I live on one of the busier streets in my town but doesn’t obscure the fact that I have a large beautiful window (that is always covered in dog slobber…)

Sorry this isn't a great picture, what with the dog bed and dog toys...It's real life though!

Sorry this isn’t a great picture, what with the dog bed and dog toys and fact that I took it with my cell phone…It’s real life though!

The dog pictures found their way right next to the window. My mom happened to have the mat boards sitting around her house and I had picked up the frames for $0.99 each at Goodwill. The blue in the mat boards reflects my blue accent wall really well. I love how they look stacked on the wall next to my big window.

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While at my mom’s house we also went through some of her wall quilts to see if we found one that would go in my living room. We found this one and I stuck it up there with command tape to see if I liked how it looked or if I wanted to try to find something else. I’m giving it a test drive for a couple of days. What do you all think? Is it the right thing for above that sofa or should I keep looking?

Opinions welcome! This room is still a work in progress. :)

Opinions welcome! This room is still a work in progress. 🙂

I’m excited to hear your input!

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Accent Walls – The Perfect Pop of Color

Being a homeowner instead of renter has opened up so many decorating opportunities for me. I have never been able to paint my rooms before and I can finally get away from white or beige everything and add a little color. I decided in my living room to be a little daring and make an accent wall. My neutral in my living room is “diverse beige” which is a nice shade of grey beige (greige). I chose “smoke blue” as my accent color because I love blue and the color was such an excellent contrast with both my wall colors and my couch color.

*PAINTING TIP* Sister 2 helped me with the painting and our trick for straight lines and no bleeding on the wall edges was to first paint over the tape with the diverse beige and then paint the blue wall. The first color that is on the tape is the color that bleeds so this ensures that the blue doesn’t bleed through to the greige walls. I think we did a pretty darn professional job.

 

In addition to the ladder display that I unveiled on Friday in Climbing the Ladder this accent wall contains a gorgeous buffet that I got at South Eden Antique Mall for $150. I love the piece because it’s not only a beautiful statement piece, but it also offers a lot of storage for me. I have DVDs, tools, receipts, etc. stored in there with still a couple of deep drawers to spare!

On top of the buffet are all kinds of flea market finds. Starting on the right is a lamp that I found at the Hope Chest (The Thrifting Saga Continues) and cleaned up using brass cleaner. Not all of the tarnish would come off but I don’t mind that it’s a little roughed up. The size and shape are perfect. I got the lampshade for it at Wal-Mart. Next to it is a little Americana wagon that I got at South Eden Flea Market. I’m in love with this little wagon. I am doing a subtle Americana theme in my living room so I love the charm that it adds. I filled it with spools because I am always picking them up at flea markets.

  

The left side of the buffet showcases a birdcage that I also got at South Eden with a gold bird pot inside that I have had for years and a pothos that my mom just potted for me that she grew off a trimming from her plant. Sitting perched in front is a little pocket garden flower guide and an oil lamp that I got from my first visit to the Expo Gardens Flea Market sits next to it atop a piece of birch wood that I got for $2 at Jeffrey Alans.  

Above my buffet I have a mirror that I got at the Expo Gardens Flea Market in August. Next to it is a horse print I bought online framed in a barnwood frame from Hobby Lobby. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been obsessed with horses and I thought this white horse print was just beautiful. Above it is a weathervane that I got for $5 at 3rd Sunday Market

  

I am so incredibly happy with how this wall turned out. I think it sets the tone for my “collected over time” flea market style in the living room and the spool table that I finished a couple weeks ago (coffee table) helps to echo the blue wall in just the right way. I still have some paint left over from the wall and a couple of other living room projects that I am going to do with it so stay tuned!

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Reclaimed Redneck Coffee Table

Remember these?
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My very first Thrifty Thursday finds from a curb in Pekin, IL. They have sat in 2 different garages now just waiting for the mud and dirt to be cleaned from them so that they can become adorable reclaimed tables.

And here is the finished product! 

 

The blue one ended up being the absolute perfect size to serve as my coffee table and I think it looks really fun! Though I can’t help but remember when I used to listen to Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might Be A Redneck If…” and he used to describe having a spool in the den as a coffee table. I’m okay with being a little bit redneck though.

Let me tell you how I cleaned this spool up. It was caked with mud and dirt from years of sitting in some guy’s shed so first I took a dry bristle brush to it to knock off as much of the dirt and cobwebs as possible. I didn’t want to hose it off first only to have a big muddy mess. After I knocked as much dirt as possible off THEN I turned the hose on. Sister 3 helped me with this since she was claiming the white spool for her front porch. She aimed a strong jet at the caked on sections on the spools and knocked them all off, and cleaned my driveway while she was at it!

Since her spool was just going on her porch and was going to be an outside spool, she loaded it up as is and is now displaying hers. Since mine was going indoors I still had a little work to do. I took some disinfecting wipes and carefully scrubbed each panel of wood on top bottom and sides in order to remove as much of the built up grime as possible. It ended up looking so great that I didn’t even need to paint it (I was originally going to be painting it blue). After getting it as clean as possible I coated it with polyurethane to protect it from potential spills. I used a matte finish because I didn’t want my rustic reclaimed table looking too shiny.
All that is left now is to stage it with some decor. I shopped my house and this is what I found…
  

So life-like isn’t he? He adds both height and texture to my display. Too bad he doesn’t stay put…

  

I guess I will have to keep looking for other items… I’ve already got a basket to corral my remotes. I feel like it needs something else though.

What do you think of my new coffee table? Any suggestions for types of items to put on it?

9/16/15 addition: I linked up to my very first blog party – so much inspiration in just one place. Check it out! Vintage Inspiration Party #205

Behold My Glorious Throne-Room

Finally! I have another room that I can consider DONE. Last night I was on a roll so I finished up the last lingering little projects for my bathroom and now I have another big reveal for you.

Here is the bathroom before –

    

The bright blue color did not look right with the floors at all and that mirror cabinet was gross. 

Unfortunately that is still sitting in my garage until I can unearth it to put it out for the garbage collection. It had so much build up in it that even I couldn’t save it.
Here is my bathroom after –
    

It didn’t come together quite how I thought it would but I’m really pleased with it. Originally I was going to replace the floors but then we realized that it was ceramic tile so I was going to have to live with it. Luckily the color I had painted it (the same requisite gray from my bedroom) actually complemented the floors quite well and the shower curtain I picked had a similar style so I was able to make it work.

  

This mirror I had over my sofa in my duplex and I was ecstatic that it fit in the space above the sink in this bathroom. It works perfectly with the shower curtain and since the floor has some dark bluish gray tiles in the pattern, it actually works with the floor too. The light fixture I splurged on and got from Lowe’s. I admit, I can’t do EVERYTHING second hand. Sometimes a girl just wants a nice light in her bathroom and doesn’t want to spend weeks hunting at Restore for it. I love bronze finishes so this was perfect for me.

  

  
This shelf was another non-thrifted splurge from Target. My friend from grade school Staci had posted some pictures of her small house decorating on Facebook and when I saw this shelf, I knew it was the perfect solution for my small bathroom woes and quickly asked her where she got it. The only storage I have in the actual bathroom is a very small cabinet under my sink so this shelf, while nicely styled, offers me some great hidden storage options.

The top shelf is home to a succulent in a $0.99 copper pot that I got from Salvation Army (that post is yet to come this week…) and a bird picture that I got at Gordman’s because 1. It’s a bird and 2. It had ALL the colors of my bathroom including the terra cotta orange of my floors! Sometimes a picture is so perfect I just can’t pass it up. The pitcher is from a small flea market in Washington, IL that unfortunately they have stopped holding due to losing their space. It was marked at $2.50 but I got it for $1.00! It works in the floor colors and hidden inside are all of my bobby pins and hair ties! A perfect hiding place for those eye sores that all women with longer hair deal with in the bathroom.

The second shelf is my favorite. I got the burlap box at JoAnn Fabrics because it was the perfect size to hold my lady products and the burlap added a new texture to my display. It was missing something though so last night I painted on the number 6 as it is seen on many crocks. I chose 6 because I am child number 6 in my family so that has always been my number. I had to free hand this with the paint brush since I couldn’t draw on the burlap with anything else but I would recommend a nice stencil to anybody wanting to recreate this look on their box. You can make your own by printing the image of the 6 (or whatever number you choose!) onto a piece of cardstock and carefully cutting out around the number. The space where the number used to be can serve as your stencil. Just carefully tape it back together and lay it over your surface.

The “Please wait to be seated” sign is an example of my quirky humor. The idea of putting that in my bathroom made me giggle. I wanted the sign to look makeshift but in reality I drew the size of my wood piece onto a sketch pad and carefully made the letters so that I would fill the entire area. I then used a piece of tracing paper to go over what I had in my sketch pad and laid a piece of graphite paper down over my wood piece and traced over my tracing paper design with a stylus. That left the image clear as day on my piece of wood making it much less nerve-wracking for me to take my paint brush to it! The result is a cute and quirky little sign. And the 3 rolls of toilet paper…well, there isn’t room in my cabinet for any so I had to work them into the display. There is nothing worse than sitting on the toilet and discovering you have no toilet paper! This ensures that I am always covered.

So there you have it. A cute little bathroom that I was still able to bring my personality into. It is important to me that every room in my house show a bit of who I am and doesn’t look perfectly pulled out of a magazine. I collect things over time and have diverse tastes. I want that to show, even in the littlest of rooms.