Monday, December 31, 2012

Montgomery

My mom and I drove to Montgomery while I was home to visit with my Aunt Sue and her daughter Blair.  We are all Maxxinistas (TJ Maxx lovers) and we all heart the store Southern Homes and Gardens. After some family photos we did some shopping.

Plum/ purple might be my new favorite accent color...

Blair bought a driftwood Christmas tree that resembles the one that I made last year... Resembles key word here.
Seltzer bottles! Oh man if I could have gotten these babies back on the plane you best believe I would have bought these plus 8 more... The colors are to die for.
Here are some photos of Seltzer bottles that I am loving... Check out my Pinterest board that I started with more.  Do you loveeeeeeeee them as much as I do?!?! 

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Uncle Jims

Chad and I are back from our Christmas vacation to the south and I have a ton of things to share with you! I got some awesome decor ideas while I was home so hang on to your britches.

My Uncle Jim has restored his childhood home into the cottage of my dreams... minus the beach a block away.... It makes me want to go out and buy something then work on it day after day after day after day and paint everything green. Below are some photos of a few of my favorite things in his house.

 Pardon the quality it was night and they are made with my phone.




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Potatoes in a wagon? YES!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Saturday Finds 11/18/2012



The girl that Alica is singing about in this song is me.  Yeahyouknowit. I'm on fire. It should say "these deals were on fire..."

Saturday I hit Goodwill first and bought some new shoes.  I had my eye on these loafers for a couple weeks  because I was hoping that they would go half off one day but negative.  I bought them full price because I was really freaked out that my size would vanish and I would miss out. No worries they still had the tags on them from Target.  They are Merona.  Not used.  Brand new.


Nostalgia Corner in downtown Loveland was next.  This.Place.Is.Awesome.  They have everything plus your grandmas kitchen sink. Not that you would want that but if you did it's there.  I saw it.

 I spent an hour an half (on accident) in there.  I bought an awesome yellow Coke crate and these Letterman jacket letters. I love the way that they look in this old chalk box.


I happened  across some old spools of yarn at a store called Splurge while I was downtown. Look for them inside the yellow crate below. The booth had them marked $4 each but I asked the lady working to call the booth owner and see if I could get a deal if I bought more than 5.  She obliged and I was able to walk out of there with 10 at $2.50 each.  The owner tried to get me to not buy all of them because she wanted a couple.  Ummmm negative lady.  I found them-- they'z mine.


Lastly, I went to an old thrift shop.  I don't even know the name of it but I found a zip lock bag full of old match books from the 50's plus or minus 20 years.  What grabbed my attention was a book from Enid, Oklahoma.  One of my sorority sisters/ college roommates lives there now and works for the Enid so I had to buy that bag and send her a picture of it.


 I also found a milk bottle and a piece of Pyrex that I was missing from a set of nesting bowls. They had 30% yesterday so my Pyrex was cheappppppppp.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Saturday Finds 11/3/12

I had a few hours this morning to do some much needed R&R (Retrieving and Reselling). I found a few new silver trays that are now up on Etsy and a really cute Silver cup that I am going to keep.  Little Boy Blue.  Ahhhh classic.

Words of advice.  If you are going to shop at a thrift store go early.  I was one of the first ones in Goodwill this morning and was looking in the glass cabinet where they keep the "special stuff."  There was a bag of doilies for $6.99 in there so I asked a lady working there if I could open it and look at them.

 She was still in a good mood since they had literally just opened and helped me with a smile.  She cut the bag open for me and let me dig through it for a little while.  I found the most amazing hankies in there with my monogram on them.  What what!  Amazin. 

I didn't want the doilies.  For real no one wants doilies. I sorted the hankies in a pile and the doilies in another.  Then I said...

"Can I just give you these back to sell and Ill keep the hankies??"

What does she do?  Gives me the hankies for half the price even though I was OK  buying the entire lot and was just going to donate the doilies back.  Sweet?  Yes.  Am I pumped? ...I just sneezed.


I haven't cleaned it up yet.. But it'll be fantastic once I do!

See this cleaned up on my Etsy shop here...

Yes... that is a pile of monogrammed hankies...

Squirrel!
 I went off the Goodwill track this morning and hit up a couple TJ Maxx and Homegoods stores to find a couple things that I have been wanting... I have been on Etsy looking at crocheted headbands like mad the past few weeks.  They are all $30 more than I want to spend so I found this one below at TJ Maxx. The lady behind the jewelry counter said I looked good with it on so I bought it. Hahahahha.


I know that I have professed my love for anything Lollia brand on here before.  If you don't have anything from this company you should really search it out.  They sell it at Anthropologie but I found a bottle of perfume at TJ Maxx this morning for $14. This fragrance is called Inspire. 


That's what I have for now... Still working on the guest room.  Who knew it was so hard to find a white duvet cover?!?!??!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cleveland

If I had a ton of cash and the knowledge I would purchase and renovate one building at a time in downtown Cleveland.  I had an amazing opportunity to attend a conference for Junior League there last weekend.  I learned a lot about our organization and its structure, made new friends, and got to see a once really great city.

I am not going to say that I would use my measly vacation days and book a trip here but if I had more time I probably would... Just so I could do some in depth city exploring. The Hotel Renaissance was an amazing historical building filled with weddings, great views, crystal chandeliers, and marble fountains. It is connected to a small mall, a casino, the train station, and a few restaurant's.

From the hotel you could walk to parks, the waterfront, the rock and roll hall of fame, and a newly renovated pedestrian street full of new and busy restaurant's. It took us over 3 hours one night to find a restaurant for dinner. 

There is no real shopping, no coffee shops, or beautiful city artwork anywhere to be found on the few blocks that we had time to explore.  The architecture was amazing though.  Totally worth taking time to see. If you look hard enough you can see a once great American city that we let slip through the cracks... again.









Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall Photos

 I got outside with my camera Tuesday because I saw that there were extreme winds coming to our part of the state. The colors in the trees are the most vivid that I can ever remember. I had to get these before it was too late. Enjoy.

PS: No progress on my room today... too busy 









Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday Finds 09/29/2012

Rah.  I have not had much time lately to go shopping on Saturday morning.  Today I made time.  I needed retail therapy.

 I have been selling my little silver trays on Etsy and was in serious need of some new merchandise.   I'm not going to say that I am making a ton of money but I have sold 5 the past month.  That's enough to start a nice little fund in my Pay Pal that I  will probably blow on something that I definitely don't need.  Like a toaster that doesn't spark when it pops up my PopTart in the morning.

Below a 1954 Monopoly game that I have had my eye on for a couple weeks. There is no board with it so I refused to pay full price for it.  My persistence paid off and I was able to get it this morning for $7.


 I wasn't able to find the dish for this Pyrex lid but I bet if I go back later I will come across it.  I only paid 99 cent for it so that is a total score with or without the dish because the design is my favorite part.
 Oui. Rae Dunn design $2.99... Check out her website and her Etsy shop.  Soooo lucky to have found this!  It's Anthropology looking right!??! Oui.


Two Aladdin thermos are now in my possession.  I am going to list these on Etsy.  They are fun for the fall!  


Linking to Southern Hospitality and her farewell to the season of yardsales.  Kind of teary thinking that it's coming to an end!

Keep shopping.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A peacock blue chest.

I kind of enjoy painting but I would never admit that to my mom.  She used to try to force it on me as a kid and naturally I rebelled as any child would.  I tried to convince a girl that I work with  to pick out a couple of pieces of furniture from Goodwill a couple weeks ago and let me paint it for her.  It took a little twisting of the arms but she caved and let me do it.



I like to imagine it with white accessories, perfume bottles,  and big lamp.  Something like these items from Anthropologie and West Elm...


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 I used a sponge roller,  Eggshell Valspar paint from Lowes, and a clear wax to coat the piece.  It took a couple of hours to paint and was dry by the end of the day.  Believe it or not but the piece of furniture cost $50 and was Lane so really great quality.  The brown was pretty but the paint brings it to life for a single chica.

It might have even made a cool vanity in a bathroom.  Ahhhhh my mind keeps turning it into so many things.  Must. Go. To. Sleep.

Later.