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My passion is decorating with vintage and antique finds on a budget. There was a time when I wouldn't have dreamed of going into a goodwill. That day has passed. :) My second love is scrapbooking all those special family moments for posterity, and I recently set up my very own scrapbooking room. I have three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter as well as a sweet (albeit full blooded Yankee) daughter-in-law and two grandgirls. I also enjoy gardening, meeting new friends and relaxing on my patio in the evenings with a glass of fine wine. During the summer of 2001, I spent two glorious weeks at Kennedy Space Center. I've been somewhat of a space geek ever since....

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Treasure of a Bargain

The pace of my summer has slowed down just a tad and I stopped by two thrift shops this week, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow on Monday and Goodwill on Wednesday. There was NOTHING of interest on Monday but on Wednesday I found this silverplated pie server and pyrex pie plate.... It was heavily tarnished but nothing that a little silver cream wouldn't take care of. I'm linking with The Shabby Chic Cottage to share my treasure. I flipped it over to see what the price was..... Someone went wild with the pricing gadget for sure.... Doubleclick to see the absolute STEAL it was.....


Yep, you read it right..... $1.99!!!!! Talk about a bargain, huh? I snapped that baby up. Saw a funny sight just down the aisle.... A white wooden wedding frame decorated with silver wedding bells with the wedding picture still in it!!! Guess those two must have divorced cause somebody sure didn't want that picture on display.... Somewhere there is a woman who has NO IDEA that her wedding picture is sitting out on display at the thrift store! LOL


Here is the pie server all cleaned and polished up. I think I really scored, don't you? If I weren't being totally lazy this evening, I'd bake up a nice pie in it. OH, WELL..... :)

What type of pie do you think would taste best in it????????? Leave me a comment; I'd love to hear from y'all.......

Sunday, June 20, 2010

My Hunky New Love...

I'm in love........ It was delivered this week - my new stainless side by side refrigerator. Isn't it a beauty? My milk was spoiling in my old frig and the ice maker had been out for over a year so I felt it was time to take the plunge and upgrade. I'm SOOOOOO enjoying this baby. It really dresses up my kitchen, don't you think? Now it's time to prioritize what I'd like to do in the house and decide what can happen and what can't. My poor house is almost 18 years old and has had little done to it except for paint, so little changes (well in this case, BIG changes) make all the difference in the world. What do ya think of my new friend??????

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Master Suite Upgrade

It's done! Carpet installed and new fan hung and my poor cat doesn't know what to do. She hates the new carpet smell and didn't like the looks of the installers or the sound of their Spanish music one bit, disappeared while they were here and I couldn't find her ANYWHERE! I kept calling her and heard a THUMP in the kitchen. She had jumped onto the countertop and then up onto the top of the frig and then above my cabinets just to chill and have some quiet time. Bless her little heart. I picked a neutral carpet color that should go with about any color scheme and upgraded the pad to a better grade to make it cushy...... It's lighter than I pictured it would be but with my kids grown, it shouldn't be a problem. Just have to keep the grandgirls out of here with drinks. The fan was a cheapo white one with shiny brass trim and it made a clickety clickety sound that drove my kids CRAZY. So I upgraded to this antiquey looking one.... Is antiquey a word??? The one in the showroom had low watt bulbs in it and I liked the ambiance so I'm gonna change them out as the recessed lights provide plenty enough light when needed.
Here's another view. See the lamps? I bought the one on the left from Kirkland's several years ago. Stopped off at a garage sale yesterday and saw its mate and just had to reunite them.... I really need larger lamps but these wil do for the meantime, don't you think?

Just don't like the look of the white wicker rocker and am thinking of spray painting it. Any suggestions for color? It's funny how whenever you buy something new, stuff that looked just fine suddenly looks old and tired.... Here's one last view of my beautiful new carpet. Stainless steel side by side refrigerator is on its way so stay posted......


Happy decorating, everyone!!!!




Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Playing with Trains

What a fun weekend we had! Angela had guard duty so the girls came for a visit. We saw the new Shrek movie. And my new friend Johnny decided to bring his trains out to play.... Haylee had been digging in a box full of Kait's old dance costumes, thus the Carmen Miranda look. : ) We moved the kitchen table to clear room for the track. When the girls saw the circus train, they just about FLIPPED. And out came their animal shaped markers and beanie animals..... They stuffed those empty cars full of animals to the point that I was afraid it would be too heavy to move! Geez, I need to clean my back door, don't I????


Do you have ANY IDEA how hard it is to snap a good picture of the both of them at once?

They had a ball creating "tunnels" for the cars to travel through.....


There's that LOADED down circus train...... Cute conductor, huh?

Here's the Carmen Miranda tunnel......... Isn't she a living doll?

Angie took them shopping last week and they picked out their own clothes. They bought some matching outfits but mostly not...... My girls are growing up too fast! Hope everyone had a great weekend! I'm LOVING my summer vacation.





Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Joys of Frugality

Well, this frugal lil lady has been staying out of the stores lately but Tuesday Morning was just a calling my name so I stopped by yesterday. I was in the mood to pilfer so I stopped down the clearance aisle and found these sweet resin Christmas ornaments..... They were marked down to 49 cents but when the clerk rang them up, they were 29 cents each.... What a steal, huh? Need to visit another Tuesday Morning and pick up a few more. I can picture them tied on my Xmas gifts with some pretty cream colored ribbon, can't you? DOUBLECLICK ON THE PICS TO SEE MORE DETAIL.... And the next thing that went into my basket was this iron cookbook stand. I TRY SO HARD not to spatter my books up but I'm not usually successful...... Maybe this stand will help.... $4.99....
And that dormant calla lily that popped up in the midst of my split leaf philodendrum was crying for a pot of its own...... Wish granted for $7.99.....

I NEVER look at clothes at Tuesday Morning but like I said, I was in that sort of mood...... And I scored this cute and cool gown by Esprit for $15.99..... Would work as a swimsuit coverup as well...


But my favorite find was a magnetic notepad that says............ "Insanity: Grounds for divorce in some states. Grounds for marriage in all of them." :) Couldn't resist that one... $1.99
The best part of all is that I walked out with all these treasures for under $50.00..... Happy thrifting!!!!!