Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sitting Pretty!

Look what I found yardsaling this Friday!!

Isn't it wonderful! Here's some close-ups...

How bout those flowers, huh?

Ok, so I paid 20 dollars for it...
(talked down from 30)

and I usually spend that much for a whole day of yardsaling...

But.., but.., but..

the woman selling it was very nice...

She said she was moving in with her son and had to sell off some of her things.

And I think it's old...

She said she bought the chair years ago at an estate sale.

(what do you mean you had something just like it in the 70's). I don't want to hear about it!

I liked it!

I bought it!

So there! Get off my back! :)

Oh, and I picked a few more items too....

A Chinese Checker Board made entirely of Wood! No cardboard in the middle like nowadays.

Beautiful demitasse cup and saucer. They are actually NOT a matched set, the cup is from Japan, the saucer from England. But they look great together. And so they shall remain. (together that is)

And onward to other sales...where I picked up...

Cute sign for the bathroom.

And let's call this...a chicken rack.

A set of keys.

And yes, another shelf! But look! No heart cutouts this time!

That's it! Now it's time for you to shower me with compliments on my good taste and bargain finding savvy. Then off you go to Rhoda's Southern Hospitality to check out everyone else's thrifty treasures for the week.



Sunday, July 19, 2009


Hello all! I hope everyone had oodles of sales to go to this weekend. Me....not so much. Not many sales but I was very determined to spend my money.

I really liked these foil prints for $1.00. They have great colors and look fairly old.
These pictures really don't do them justice.

Dh, on the other hand thought they were right up there with Elvis in velvet. Really? Do you think so? Should I be on the lookout for an Elvis to put with these? lol.

I picked up a few frames...

The first one has a crack in the glass but my plans for another chalkboard doesn't require the glass anyway.
And the second one is actually a mirror. The picture is a little blurry but I think you can see how pretty the flowers are.

Found a few wallpaper borders that I loved for future decoupaging. (has anyone tried decoupaging this? Is it too thick?)

And too many wood shelves.

A corner shelf,..

Cute little shadowbox shelf,..

Primitive shelf/towelrack,..

And the dreaded heart shelf. Buyers remorse on this one.

Any suggestions on what I can do to this make this less "70's",and more cottage? Any and all help appreciated.

S'all I got for this week. Don't forget to check out everyone else's treasures over at Southern Hospitality.

Look! I morphed somethin!

I took the plunge.
I went where I'd never gone before
I bought some spray paint...and
I met-a-mor
I met-a-mul
I met-a-muciled
I met-a-man?...wait.
I made something look different!
I changed this

To first chalkboard.

I know it's pretty dark. Clicking on it makes it a little easier to see.

Then I changed this heart shelf, (right hand side of picture with the bell on it)

To this...

And since I already had the mess out, (overspray all over the garage, don't ask) I went ahead and changed this...

We all need to pretend we are looking at pictures in old wooden, beat up, (not in a good way) frames.

Ok, do you have that picture in your mind?


To this...

These will be going on my bathroom wall along with one of the many shelves I've picked up but haven't painted yet.

It might take a few days til dh lets me back in the garage. ;0)

Thanks to Susan's Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Metamorphosis Monday. Stop over and check out all the talented morphers!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Good Deal Alert!

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Don't delay, I don't know how long it will last.

Be sure to check out all of Jen's blog. It's full of money saving tips and info. Thank you Jen!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

This week's goodies!

Heaven is going yard saling 2 days in a row!

(Actually, heaven is floating around a swimming pool in a delicious sun coma, waiting for the pool boy to bring you ice cold champagne and chocolate covered strawberries so you won't be hungry while getting your massage and facial later.)

What was I saying?
Oh yeah, yardsales, they're nice too.
Especially when you hit some good ones....and are able to share them with others, thanks to Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality.
Don't forget to stop over and check out everyone's goodies for the week!

On the left is one of the those thingies,(cabinet? cupboard?) for onions and potatoes. I've always wanted one of these but didn't want to pay retail. So, I didn't even haggle when I saw the $2.00 sticker on this one!

The wooden shelf on the right is 3 tiered, with each shelf shaped like a heart. Isn't it cute? I can't wait to get these painted. Stay tuned for color choices.

Also shown...a large picture that I'm not sure if I'm keeping, a Christmas tablecloth priced $29.95, never used, and the framed print I'm planning on redoing into a chalkboard.

Both the globe and the bell are old. I'm not sure how old til I do a little research. I think maybe I was channeling my sister when I bought them,(She's a teacher), since I usually go for the more fu fu flowered things.

Case in point...

Doncha just love the trays?! And how bout the tablecloth for $1.00. I usually don't have the patience to look through material but this was peeking out of a box calling to me. The colors are perfect!

And of course the plate. I MUST find a plate every time out or it's not a successful yard sale day.

Now I must leave you....the pool boy is waiting to give me my massage.

Thank you so much for visiting. I LOVE your comments!


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Yard Sale Fix

Having to miss yard sale day last week was not pretty.

I'm not proud of the tantrums I threw and the words that came out of my mouth, but detox is hard.

My apologies to my family.

Anyway, this Saturday I was back on the road, classified ads in hand and I feel much better now, thanks for asking. Sales over the holiday weekend were few and far between but the ones that we found were good ones and I managed to find a few goodies.

...(don't forget, you can click on pictures to get a better look)

Before we begin, this is Rudy, (mini doxie) checking things out before the photo shoot. I consult with him on all creative endeavors. Luckily, he approved. (you don't want to see what he does if he disapproves)
This cute table is one of two I bought for $3.00 total. They each have fold up leaves on the sides. The shutter was FREE (love it)! and the box on the left is a Nesco steamer, brand spankin' new, never taken out of the box, $5.00.

Ok, so I want a real wire birdcage but I haven't come across one yet. I grabbed this kinda beatup lookin wooden one to tide me over. Inside is a hand carved cardinal that my father make for me. (he's very talented, my dad I mean, not the cardinal) I'll show you some more of his carvings in another post...

And this is uncle Philip. Or so I've named him. Isn't he dapper? What I especially loved about this picture is that it's dated 1913, which is when my house was built. My plan is to leave it behind if we ever move, so when "if these walls could talk" tv show comes in, the new owners can have a grand ole time trying to trace Uncle Philip's history back to this house!

Every yard sale excursion nets me at least one pretty dish. This one I really love. Pink and Green flowers, how could I not grab it?

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

Now I'm off to Rhoda's Southern Hospitality to check out everyone else's thrifty treasures. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Flylady Reboot

Is there anyone out there who hasn't heard of Flylady?

She's a wonderful, sweet woman who helps us flighty people calm down, focus on one thing at a time, and gain control of our lives and homes, 15 minutes at a time. Check her out here

I found her a few years ago and have been a devout follower ever since. But every so often I drift away from her advice and decide I don't need her help anymore. Inevitably a day comes where I find myself back where I was before....dashing from one thing to the next, not really accomplishing anything, my mind skipping all over the place. I want to do EVERYTHING!, and I want to do it NOW! ...lose weight, fix the finances, dejunk the house, become a fantastic cook, redecorate the whole house, travel somewhere, start 6 new hobbies, spend more time with family and friends, and on and on and on, and I want to do everything PERFECTLY! So eventually, like a car racing it's engine, but not in gear, my motor burns out and I find myself stalled along the road with my warning flashers on unable to move in any direction. Then I know it's time (continueing with this analogy) revisit Flylady for a tune up.

And I'm calm again.
and centered.
and productive.
At least for a while....