Two more for the wall

December 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

French chicken crewel. Just painted the frame black. $2.

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Tiny rosy tray. $.99. Perfectly lovely.

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Starry

November 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

I bought this little mirror at the thrift store for $3. It was a bit dingy and faded, but I washed it and sprayed on a coat of polyurethane. My before and afters don’t show much difference, but it is rich and brown and I love it.

Wardrobe

October 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

And always the children are growing. Pants and a shirt, $3 each. Good brands, good colors, ever in longer sizes.

And bitty Captain America undies. the potty training time is getting closer. $.69.

Frame and hangers

October 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Skirt hangers are very good for hanging papers and displaying artwork, under a dollar at the thrift store. I print most of my art from images online. Frames are one of the best thrift purchases. There is a huge selection, all different sizes, and very cheap. This shadow box was $3. It was already white but frames are one of the easiest things to paint.

Gumball glory

September 15, 2012 § 2 Comments

$4 thrifted. With skittles, all things are possible. And it gives a good economics lesson too.

Ruler games

September 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Thrifted: such pretty old and sturdy rulers. $.79. Our school always needs these.

 

Embroidery the beautiful

July 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

I completely love this needlework pattern. Though this embroidery piece is from the 1970s and seems to be quite common, (I’ve found two of these bonsai beauties), the colors are vibrant and the little tree is perky and pretty, especially in this wooden frame. I’ve hung two bonsai on my gallery wall, but this one is for sale.

Here are my bonsai:

Skirted

July 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Thrifted this week: a Laura Ashley skirt. I seldom have time to try things on while shopping, so clothes for me from a thrift store are a rare thing. This makes me feel feminine and I love the medallion fabric. I’ll make it into a dress for my girly when I tire of it. $6.

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More of the ties

July 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

I had to. They are just so beautiful, and $1 apiece. Just look at that texture! I like the toile-like horseback scene one. And the one with Roman soldiers. See more of the ties here.

Pinterest project- succulent hostess gifts

July 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

The drought friendly symmetry of succulents is very much in vogue this year. Lots of trendy home decor stores have stocked them and I can not get enough of their blossomy shape. On our recent spring/summer wandering, we spent 52 days and over 7000 miles enjoying new places and people. I brought along planted cups of succulents to leave with some of our gracious hosts. Pinterest shows many images of the beautiful plants. I ordered a box of 36 assorted succulents from Amazon here. Though it arrived badly bashed, the plants were packed pretty well, and most survived transplanting and thrived.

I used a glass bit to drill holes in thrifted pots and dishes, and got the colorful mugs from Marshalls. Succulents are planted in special soil which I got at my local nursery and seems to be crushed rock. They must drain well. I covered the soil with gravel, which makes it look pretty and professional.

I carried them in a crate in the car and they traveled beautifully. They can take the heat of a hot car and only need to be watered about once a week! Here you see them in our car contents on the right.

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