Thrifty Thursday #19: Always a Bridesmaid

I apologize to all of my new followers and regular readers for my silence this week – I took a few days off work and I have been busy busy busy working around my new house. Just check out the progress I made on my garage the other day!
  
 

I now have uncovered all of this wood:

AND I have lined up all of my project furniture!

 

I also have some workspace to work on said furniture so I hope to have some pretty awesome DIYs for all of you very soon

But today, it’s Thursday, so let’s get Thrifty! I’m up to the weekend of August 29 in my thrifting saga (starting to catch up a bit…) That Saturday I was in my good friend Amanda’s wedding and if you want to get thrifty just check out my dress:

 

Perpetually single girl at yet another wedding… 😛

 
This dress is HOMEMADE. It is from a Simplicity Pattern and I bought the fabric online at fabric.com (I mentioned this website in Behind the Curtains as a great resource for hard to find fabrics). The laid back bride told each of us to do shades of blush pink and to have the dresses be long. Pattern and fabric all together this dress cost me less than $40! DIY is just the best. I did however splurge to have my hair and makeup done professionally because those are not my forte. The aftermath was a little hair-raising…

  
The day after the wedding I went to the Expo Gardens Flea Market, a favorite of mine, with my mom and Sister 2. I always have some unique finds at this Flea Market and this day was no exception. I failed at getting a group shot of my treasures and they have long since disappeared in to the abyss (aka my basement) but I did get pictures of my 2 favorite items.
    

The black and white picture is my favorite find of the day. What a sweet depiction of a dog and a bird, two of my favorite things. My mom found some blue mat boards so I am going to frame this picture and find another similar print to hang in my living room as a set. The barnwood cat was also a cute find and I am thinking about starting an animal themed gallery wall in my hallway so I think this will add some cute texture to my displays. Either that or I will put it up in Mordecai’s bedroom. I switched out the ribbon that came around its neck for a piece of blue homespun. 

The rest of my weekend was spent in the best way possible – snuggling with two adorable dogs! I dog sat for some friends whose little girl looked like a mini version of my tank Rusty! I loved watching these fluff tails run around the yard and even moreso loved when they both snuggled in with me for naptime.  


Happy Thrifting!
 

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Thrifty Throwback Thursday: DIY Treat Jar

I have been a little preoccupied this week with the new house – painting, packing, etc. – so that hasn’t left me much opportunity for thrifting. Today will be our first Thrifty THROWBACK Thursday because, to steal the hipsters line, I was thrifting before thrifting was cool.

In March I picked up this pretty cool spaghetti jar for $4.99 at Goodwill.

  
On its own, a pretty cool jar but I was specifically looking for an airtight jar to keep Rusty’s treats in. 

So I taped off the area around the writing:

  
I filled the entire area in with black paint to disguise the lettering and then wrote “treats” on it in my own freehand lettering (I’ve been practicing for a long time, I suggest using a stencil if you don’t have a steady hand. 

Voila!

   
 
A really cute container that keeps those flavored milkbones fresh!

Thanks for bearing with me during this crazy hectic week! Soon the real fun begins – recycling and reclaiming my way to a delightfully DIY house!

Happy Thrifting! 

Thrifty Thursday: No Pain No Gain

This past weekend 2 of my sisters and I journeyed to the 3rd Sunday Market in Bloomington, IL. I had my list in hand of items I knew I wanted to look for and I was excited to get to spend yet another day at flea markets, looking at beautiful items and imagining them in my home or imagining other uses for them. If I can someday make this my full time job, I would be blissfully happy.

I had some great successes at the market, bringing home a couple more tins for my collection, a pair of stools to reupholster for my craft room, an awesome new weather vane for display, a wooden silverware divider which is now being used to keep my paints picked up while still looking beautiful, a wooden crate which was a steal at $5 and a bird book which is one of a set of 4 that I am seeking out for my collection.

antique stools june 3rd sunday collage

One of my favorite finds of the day was a dog hook that looked exactly like my baby Rusty! Just look at them:

Rusty hook

But, as the title of this post suggests, there are no gains without a little pain. While perusing one of the outside buildings I was nailed in the side of the head by a table that a woman was irresponsibly carrying with the legs facing out. Her reaction being “oh I knew I was going to do that.” Oh did you? Then why did you carry it that way?!? My sister said I was too nice because all I told the lady was to go away when she wouldn’t stop asking me if I was okay. It did hurt and if I’m being perfectly honest I ended up with a headache for the rest of the day but I wouldn’t have felt any better if I had been nasty to the woman. I’m using this as a reminder to everybody out there to please be aware of your surroundings when in big crowds at flea markets. It’s so great to find a good deal on a piece of furniture, but make sure you are able to securely carry it through a crowd and if you can’t manage it yourself, please get help! I never even saw this lady coming and was not given the opportunity to get out of the way. Don’t risk hurting somebody else by being neglectful.

The other little bit of pain that I experienced was self-inflicted. Sister 2 got a really cool dresser for her sewing room that we had to drive in to the market to get. We finally got it loaded up and it fit in the back perfectly with all of the other items we had purchased when I saw the pair of stools and jumped out of the car to go get a closer look. They were exactly what I had in mind for my craft room and I got the pair for $20 (marked at $25). The guy at the booth was going to help us strap them to the top of my sister’s SUV but she wasn’t keen on that idea so this is what ended up happening:

backseat

Since they were my stools I didn’t mind in the least but by the end of the 45 minute car ride I really needed to stretch…and tinkle.

I’m so excited about these stools though. They were my favorite find. I can’t wait to recover them and show you all how I did it! (I really need to get on some of these projects…plenty of ideas and materials, not enough time!)

Happy Thrifting!

Our First Year

Rescuing animals is something I am very passionate about. I regularly volunteer for a shelter and exactly one year ago today, I adopted my rescue dog Rusty! Rusty was 4 days from being euthanized at the county animal control. Now he is my best friend, hero, running partner, confidant and has filled every single one of the past 365 days with love and laughter. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect dog for me. 

Happy 1 Year Adoptiversary Rusty! Momma loves you!