Monday, October 10, 2011


I always find a few cute new things at my favorite thrift store on Mondays. My local thrift store employees are beginning to recognize me! I like supporting them because they are church ladies and the entire place is a ministry community outreach organization with a food bank and job placement service. The other day a very young,destitute father came in with a toddler he had just recieved custody of because the mother had been incarcerated. The child was filthy and had no shoes...owned no shoes! He was so embarassed and definitely trying to buy goods for the boy, not beg. The women started giving him stuff for free and fitting the boy for shoes. I tried to secretly give the church ladies some cash to throw in some extra items but the ladies told me to keep my money and that they would take care of him. They were visibly touched and by the gesture and I think all of us just wanted to adopt them both! haha

Anyways, this mirror was $1, and the other two items were $3 each. Isn't that shabby old wall mounted knife holder cool? Great patina and I wouldn't be surprised if it came from an old farmhouse kitchen.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Little bitty "toilet" room. I need your input!

You know how, in the master bath, they often deligate a tiny porta-potty size room to the toilet? This is mine. The house is brand new and I compare it to plain oatmeal. Good, but needs some oomph. This was the best place for this shelf in my house and I LOVE THIS SHELF. I don't want it to sit in there and not reach its' full glory just because my hubby and I are the only ones who see it. And honestly I'd like the entire master bath to center around these colors because the colors in this shelf are the colors in my granite countertops (dark and light grays).

I'm completely open to suggestions. My bedroom is not a factor. What color would you do? : D

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Cows,Pears and Cake oh my!

The patina of an old oil painting is so beautiful. I wanted to try to age a few of my oil paintings by glazing them with a tinted varnish I mixed up.
Here they are after one coat:

I have so many cool old frames laying around...but none of them fit my paintings, which bums me out because that's exactly what I think they need. Maybe Hobby lobby has somethng old looking. Have a great Sunday friends!


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Friday, October 7, 2011

A stroll through "Old Town Spring" antique cottages (pics)

You know how they say not to run away from your problems? I completely disagree! I have tons of housework that needs to be done, but I left it all behind to go meander the streets of Old Town Spring today with my M.I.L. and it was just what I needed. Besides recently quitting my teaching job of 8 years and being a "stay-at-home" for the first time in my life, and being broke, the oppressive heat this summer has given me cabin fever like no other! Now thet the weather is just muggy and not "3rd degree burns from touching the seatbelt" hot, I can actually leave my cave with my cubs.

Here are a few shots I took with my cell phone.

I fell in love with this old hat, even though every time I think about buying one that Meg Ryan line always pops into my head from You've got Mail - "Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today I saw one. I couldn't believe it. It got on at 42nd -- and got off at 59th, where I assume it was going to Bloomindale's to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake. As almost all hats are."

I can imagine a sweet southern lady riding across a prairie dirt road in a Bonnie and Clyde type car from her farmhouse to church in this hat.

And some vintage purses...

The next few are of this neat old building near my shop. They have all sorts of neat things, like a huge outdoor dove atrium attatched to the corner of the house.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A farmhouse fall tablescape

I started thinking, as I gathered my fallish items for my centerpiece, about what I could use to corral all of the pinecones and contain everything. I have stacks of antique picture frames and this large faded gold one is my favorite. I think it works nicely...and best of all it was free. In fact everything was on hand except the walmart punkin'! Pardon the aweful picture the recent move I misplaced my camera cord to my nice sony camera so these are from the cell. : ?

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Paintings I did this morning...

You guys know i've been really into my old book crafts lately. I had these two canvases that had ugly little paintings on them so I covered them up with paint and more book page clippings. I'm thinking about writing something in french all around the border when they dry, then slap on a few coats of crackle varnish.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Another idea for my old book pages...

from this wonderful blog

Monday, October 3, 2011

Daily DIY

Found this neat tag idea by craftsbycarter on ETSY and I love it! But since I'm dirt poor right now I must attempt it myself.
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