Friday, February 27, 2015

Thrift Store Fun

I had another fun trip to the thrift store this week. 
I found a little bit of springtime & some long, lost relatives...among other things!!

We have a lot of mugs.  I would guess that 85% of them are from Disney World. That's certainly not a bad thing...but when I spotted these two mugs I decided they were too "springy" to pass up!

The same goes for these three pedestal compotes.  They're so bright and cheery.
Wouldn't they look cute with some little succulents planted inside!

The flashcards and playing cards will be added to my paper stash. Playing cards can be re-purposed in so many ways!  I'm thinking about turning them into price tags.

One of my favorite finds was this candle. The company is called Rewined.  The smell is amazing!  The candle is made using a re-purposed wine bottle...and it's never been burned!!  
They retail for about $28.00...I paid $5.00!! 

I'm a sucker for old photos at the thrift store.  It makes me sad to see them there..separated from their family.  As long as they're not too expensive they come home with me. 
They might be my long-lost relatives!

Such a cute pair of brothers!  I just couldn't leave them behind.
I wonder what their names were....maybe James, on the left,
and Edward, on the right?? 

Well, whoever they are, they're hanging in my workroom now. Framed and all!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Free Stuff

Spring is coming....really!
It's on March 20th.
All this snow and frigid temperatures make me wonder, but  Spring comes every year!!
I downloaded a few free posters to print out in anticipation of sunshine,
warmer weather....and Easter too!
Follow the source links so you can download them too!





Have a Happy Tuesday!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Back to Normal is good!
I love it when things are back to normal.
When everything is in it's place.

Things have been out of place for several weeks.
I took down all the Christmas decorations mid January.  But I left all the spaces empty.

I left all my everyday decorations packed in boxes. Wasn't quite sure what I wanted to put where.  Plus there was a definite lack of motivation to unpack those boxes.

So we had a lot of empty flat surfaces. Highly unusual in this house!  If it's flat it tends to get stuff stacked on it.  But not this time.  Things just stayed empty.

Finally even Bill was commenting on the blank spaces in the living room and dining room.  So I decided it was time to get out those boxes and fill up those spaces.  I discovered that I had a lot of really nice things packed up.  
(how quickly we forget...after all the stuff wasn't packed away that long!)

I love that nothing has a specific spot...I can rearrange from year to year.  Use something in a different way and in a different space.  It's a good thing too...I would have a hard time remembering where I used something previously!

There's a real eclectic feel in my house.  I love bright colors...and that's what's in most of the rooms.  But the living and dining room lean more toward warm colors. 

There are a lot of warm wood finishes on the furniture...and lots of red and green decorative pieces.  Red and green! My favorite color combination!

I lean towards vintage, country, primitive accessories.  I love using old books to decorate with....especially red and green ones!

But I've really been trying to move a little of the bright, cheery colors into this space.  So I'm using a lot of natural colored doilies and's amazing how much that brightens things up!

I've even started using my third favorite color in these rooms.  Deep aqua blue.  I'm finally paying attention to the color inspiration towel my daughters gave me two years ago!

 I found a great picture at Hobby Lobby several months ago. I think it's the perfect touch.  The aqua color is working...along with the red and green. Oh yes, and the sunflower gold as well!  

Here's the towel in question.  My daughters are pretty smart. This towel has inspired my decorating in multiple spaces...including this bedroom!  


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

I found several vintage valentine cards at one of the antique shops in Pennsylvania.  
This first one is my favorite. Such a sweet face!
I scanned several of them and thought I'd share them on my blog today.
Feel free to click and save any that you 'd like.

Sure hope you have a very happy heart day!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

BootLeg Antiques

On a recent day trip to Pennsylvania I got to visit a new Antique shop. 
Thanks Tisha...for waiting to go with Patricia and was the first visit for all three of us. 
Such fun to discover new places together!! We could hardly wait to check it out!  
Look, there it is across the highway! 

And here it is...up high and up close!

Love it when the OPEN flag is flying!!  
Love the doors on this place too!

There were green (not for sale) bottles displayed though out the shop.  
I meant to ask about the significance of them, but I forgot. 
Next time....and yes, there will be a next time!

There was lots to see! I really like the shape of this large jar. 
But,no need for a jar full of baseballs at my house.

I thought this was a cute idea...old doorknob and some coiled wire equals a fun 
way to display three photos. Or some flashcards. 
Like A - B - C or 1 - 2 - 3!

Half of this "wall" and the six feet of floor space in front of it was available for rent.  I would really like to have a space in this kind of shop.  But it's over an hour away in good traffic.  
Sure wish I could find something like this closer to home!!

Cute idea for a photo display....cut-out on mounted to a piece of wood.  
I could have little stand up photos of my grandkids all over the place!

Old doors are used to define rental spaces. It creates an interesting 
you can hang a basket on the doorknob!

Everyone needs a Giraffe truck.  The color is awesome...I was tempted, 
but it was a bit out of my price range.

They had a fairly large collection of old toys scattered through out the two 
floors of retail space.  Lots of trucks!!

Some were displayed out of my reach! 

Old wood and a window create another great display area.

Lots to look at...way up there!

Love this "wall" of wood...I'd love a section of this running down my hall-way. 

Pulley anyone? 

Great idea for an old cigar...attach part of an old belt as a handle.  
This is going on my to-do list for sure! 

I made a few purchases here.  One was the little aluminum pot with the black handle. 
The round base sits on top of a coffee mug. It's similar to a Vietnamese coffee press
but it says made in Italy on the bottom.

Another great old door. I'd love to get one and mount to the fence in my yard.  
Perfect spot for seasonal wreaths...don't you think!? 

This guy reminds me of Bozo the Clown...except he needs longer hair.  
Who remembers Bozo?

Isn't this a fun name for this booth!
Junk & Disorderly!
Love it!!

This afghan came home with me.  The border is a deep navy blue...very unusual.  
It looks fabulous on my family room couch!

Another look at the creative displays in this shop.  
On the other side of this blue "wall" is where the rental spot is located. 

God Bless Our Home...the stitching on this piece was just amazing. 
Wish I'd gotten a close up of it.

If you're ever in the Columbia, PA area make sure to stop by at Bootleg Antiques.  
It's a great shop!

I mean where else can you find a