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. 🙂

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Thrifty Thursday #20: A Little Thrifting to Beat the Heat

Labor Day weekend started off pretty steamy for me, weather wise. I pretty much melted in order to get these deals! I went to a garage sale in Bartonville after work on September 4 and immediately started picking up items. The ladies holding the garage sale said that I had great direction and asked where I sell my repurposed goods (I loved that they insinuated I was a crafter!). I had a great time chatting with them about my booth at Lucy Davis Thrift while picking up a couple of wooden frames, a beautiful bronze frame, a candlestick, a primitive game board, some fabric, random ornaments and craft supplies, and some “junk” pieces that I am collecting for my eventual junk creation.

  
The bronze frame ended up being the perfect frame for my Kuvasz picture that I got off Etsy.

 

I got this picture because my rescue dog Rusty, according to his doggy DNA test, is a Kuvasz-Labrador Retriever mix. This proved very interesting to me because it means that his ancestors were Hungarian guard dogs and my ancestors are Hungarian! It’s clear to me that he was meant to be my dog and he guards me every day while I take a shower (my most vulnerable time, I guess…)

  

I totally see the resemblance, don’t you?

The evening after the garage sale I went to a baseball game with my brother, sister 1 and my nephews. Sometimes it’s nice to just have an evening with family. We laughed and cheered and enjoyed a beautiful fireworks display when all was said and done.

  

The next morning I swung by and picked up Sister 1 to go check out some more garage sales. We went to 4 garage sales and each bought something at every one of them – a first for both of us!

 

I was so excited that the big basket was still there because I had seen it on Craigslist when trolling for garage sales and it was the main reason I wanted to check this particular one out. The crock was another great find for only $3.00 and, if you remember, I incorporated it into my ladder display that I shared with you last Friday (Climbing The Ladder). The house chalkboard has already made it’s way into the booth and the pizza pan for 25 cents is going to get a spray paint makeover so I can display magnets for sale in the booth! I also got the insulators for only 50 cents for both of them so I picked them up to add to the collection I’ve been amassing this summer. Can’t wait to show you what I have in mind for them!


Happy Thrifting!

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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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!
 

Boo! Halloween Décor DIY

You might recall that at South Eden Village Flea Market (Thrifty Thursday: Better Late Than Never) I purchased 3 wooden Halloween signs that were already mounted with wire for $1 each. They were marked down in a bin underneath a table but they caught my eye. The signs themselves were not the best looking but I saw the potential in the piece of wood and the fact that I wouldn’t have to put hanging hardware on myself. I decided to tackle my first project using these this week and I’m so incredibly excited about how it turned out!

Here’s what I started with:

  
Not the most professional looking décor though I’m sure this wood sign served its purpose and that the person who made it had a good time. I knew what I wanted to turn it into so first I painted the front of it an off white color called bleached sand (using my favorite Americana craft paint). I seldom use bright white for projects since I prefer a more aged look. True white is a little too perfect for me. After I painted over the design with the white (I didn’t bother to sand the wood because I wanted it to stay rough; 2 coats of white paint covered the previous design completely) I used painters tape to tape off sections so that I could make the sign an orange and white chevron.

  

I eyeballed the chevron pattern with the tape and adjusted/readjusted until it looked the way I wanted it to with the tape. I could also have precisely measured out sections to ensure that it was perfectly even. For all intents and purposes, this was even enough. I seldom try to aim for perfect because then I get disappointed! The fun with rustic modern is that there is beauty in the imperfections!

  
I fittingly used “Jack O Lantern Orange” to fill in the lines between the tape and needed two coats of that to get good coverage as well. I let it dry and then ripped the tape off and was loving the chevron pattern! I was almost nervous to continue the craft because I didn’t want to mess up the nice background I had achieved.

  
Next I wanted to add in lettering. I free hand almost all of my lettering but if you are not comfortable doing that then I suggest a stencil or printing off a particular font from the computer and tracing around that. I lightly drew out my lettering and spider with a pencil and then traced over it with a sharpie to get a nice even outline. I then filled in sections with black paint using one of my awesome paint brushes with the grip (these are actually meant for children but they are so great to use for precision painting and I have little hands anyway).

Here it is!

  
I am so in love with how this sign turned out! I’ve been practicing really hard to get my items to come out looking clean and professional and I feel like I truly accomplished that with this piece. It goes to show that by taking my time and not rushing anything (I let the background set for 2 days before adding any lettering) I am able to produce quality products that I would be proud to display in my home. …But this one is going in the booth.  

 

So there you have it. Flea Market castoff to fun Halloween treasure! I have a couple more cute Halloween and Fall projects in the works so stay tuned for some more ideas and how-tos!

To hold you over – here’s the before and after for the two other signs I painted this week!