Monday, May 31, 2010

Thrifty finds

I have been such a bad blogger over the past few weeks!  Getting our house ready to put on the market is taking most of my time and energy.  I'm hoping to be able to find a little more time for blogging!  Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Now, on to the post!

You never know what good things you can find at thrift stores. 

Take a look at what I found on a recent shopping trip.

Below is a vintage LOTTO set.  Not sure what the game was.  It looks to be similar to bingo.  Plus it only cost me $1.59. 
Take a look what was inside!

I know I can find lots of fun crafts to do with these!

Next, I found another Apothecary Jar

$1.99 at Goodwill.  What a steal! 
I'm still trying to decide what to put in it.  Any suggestions?

I also found this handmade mirror.
Price tag says $2.99, but that color tag was 1/2 off that day!
$1.50 for this one!
I'm planning to paint it, but have to decide where it will go first.

I LOVE pineapples!  In the South, it is a sign of Welcome & Hospitality.
This wooden pineapple was $2.99 at Goodwill. 
It will be gorgeous with a whitewash finish!

Who says decorating your home has to be expensive?
But, if you're in Nashville and decide to hit the thrift stores, leave some goodies for me!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Browning's Flowers!

This past weekend, I helped to host a baby shower for a dear friend.  My role was to provide a flower arrangement.  As soon as I volunteered, I thought, "Why did I do that? I've never done a real flower arrangement!"  I thought about it for a while and, I guess the Holy Spirit intervened, because I came up with the perfect idea.

Remember my previous post featuring some of my recent thrifty finds?  Well, one of the things I found was a glass trifle dish.... well, I don't know what the real name for it is, but I'll just call it that.  Anyway, it was awful! 

Here is what I did....

1.  Cleaned  and dried the dish really well.
2.  Spray painted it with Krylon's Ivory.
3.  Cut a piece of Oasis Floral Foam (the kind you can fill with water) to fit your container.  Fill it with water and wait until water is soaked into the foam.  After the water soaked up, I put more water in just to make sure I got it good and saturated.
4.  I used carnations.  It took a LOT!  75 in all.  Under each flower, I cut the stem to about two inches.
5.  Begin poking them into your floral foam.  Be sure to fill it in really tight so that it will look full!
6.  Tie a bow around the neck of the dish.

So easy!  And looks absolutely gorgeous!

Here's a pic of the before....

Here are a few snapshots from the shower

The Cake

The Diaper Cake

Laura and her Mom

We love you Laura and Stephen and can't wait to meet Baby Browning!

MakingThe Girl Creative

Transformation Thursday




Recent Finds

Where is the month of May going? 

The past few weeks have been such a whirlwind..... the flood, visiting mom in coastal Georgia, getting home only to have the stomach virus, and helping with a baby shower over the weekend!  Wow! 

I wasn't able to make it to any yardsales or thrift stores this weekend, but wanted to show you some things I found a couple of weekends ago and haven't had a chance to post.

Apothecary Jar at a local thrift store - $1.49
(pennies were not included :) )

Glass Hurricane at GW - 99 cents
Antique Ball Jar at local thrift store - $1.49
(I filled these with items I found around the house)

Birds at GW - 25 cents on 1/2 price day!
Small Candlestick at GW- 75 cents on 1/2 price day!
(I'm planning to use this with my cheese dome that I found previously to make a cloche)

Pottery Barn Book Rack at local thrift store - $10.99!

I don't know what these are called, but I was searching for one for a project for a baby shower.
Finally found it at GW - 99 cents!!!

Linking to:
Southern Hospitality Today's Thrifty Treasures
Tales from Bloggeritaville Thrifty Thursday
Finding Fabulous Frugalicious Friday
Debbiedoos New Linky Party

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Nashville Tennessee Flood 2010

For those of you who have not heard about what's been going on in Nashville the past week, please watch this video.  The images will give you an idea of what we've been dealing with here in Nashville.

Luckily, our home was spared.  However, a few blocks away from us in every direction, there were ruined homes.

It's been amazing to see how our community has come together.  There has been no riots or looting.  In fact, I heard the police chief saying this morning that there have been no police calls in over 48 hours.  In a city this size?  That's amazing!  I'm so glad that I'm a Nashvillian!

Please pray for the families and businesses affected.
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