Sunday, March 5, 2017

Recent Thrift Store Finds

Hey Friends!
Happy March to you all! Can you believe Spring is just around the corner? It seems like we have not had much of a winter here in Iowa this year and that is fine by me! The snow is very pretty when it is fresh fallen, but after that it turns into a mess! Little snow has offered me the opportunity to thrift shop more than usual.
 I don't usually make a special trip, but when I am out on errands it has become a part of my routine to stop and see what treasures they have. My number one rule when thrift shopping is to get rid of some things that are no longer being used at the same time, ya know, so my darling won't keep reminding me about the tendencies of hoarding :)  Here are some fun finds that have come home with me recently to use for Spring decorating.
These scalloped edge doilies were $1.50 each. They will look great on the coffee table together or separately on end tables.


 Normally I don't buy candles that have been lit already, but this one is soy and in a farmhouse style jar! No way I could pass it up!


Upon further investigation, I found it is from the Milk house Creamery located right here in Iowa! There are several local retailers who carry these candles and it will be interesting to see how many places I can find that stock them.
 It is so much fun to stumble across things like this just from a trip to the thrift store!


 This candle is a wonderful scotch pine scent and I am eager to light it soon.


These milk bottle candles in a basket would really add some farmhouse style to any room!

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I also picked up this small galvanized bucket, it will be nice with some daisies for Spring.  For now though, I added some berries.


A galvanized tissue box cover.


A glass pitcher with a tarnished handle and spout will make a nice vase.


This cloche is perfect except the base was a little too dark.

 
 A good sanding and whitewash freshened it up for displaying some Easter decor.


I am planning to use this cloche to display some vintage Easter eggs and greenery.
Wishing everyone a great week ahead!
Karen

Monday, February 13, 2017

Chalkboard Valentine Banner

Happy Valentines Day 💕
Today I wanted to share a simple chalkboard banner that was so easy to create and really adds some charm to the kitchen hutch.


Tuesday Morning is one of my favorite places to shop and the last trip there I discovered this fun chalkboard banner kit.


Since I already have my chalkboard markers this would be an easy project to put together in no time.
I picked up a stencil pack from WalMart cause free hand lettering is not something I have mastered yet and maybe never will :)


To add some color to the banner I remembered some little hearts that I had stitched up for last Valentines Day.


I added the hearts in between each of the lettered pieces of the banner.
Some other touches of red are added to the hutch as well.


These little love bears have been packed away for a while so it was time to bring them out to enjoy.





One of my most treasured items is this beautiful pot holder that my granny crocheted. I use it as a doily though, it is just too pretty to mess up with pots and pans.


Since the hutch was moved into the kitchen this past Fall, it has provided so many opportunities to decorate for different seasons and holidays.


I hope all of you have a lovely Valentines Day 💕
Karen

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Surprises in the Mail

Hey Friends! 
You know there is nothing like getting an unexpected delivery to your door, especially when it is from loved ones or friends who are so far away. My birthday is over so I was not expecting a package to arrive addressed to me!


What a nice surprise! A taste of North Georgia in the form of grits, pancake mix and buttermilk cornbread mix...YUM! How about this fun card signed by my sweet Grandgirl Ellie, in green crayon. That just makes this Nana's heart melt :)


These 3 bags are filled with fresh stone ground goodness at the Logan Turnpike Mill in Blairsville, Georgia, where I once lived. You never realize how much you miss this kind of treat until it is no longer available anytime you like.


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 It's no secret how much I LOVE grits and my daughter Brittany and my sweet SIL were so thoughtful to send this package to me as an after birthday surprise!

Back in December I received a package all the way from England! It was from my tea cup exchange buddy Dawn, from At Home in Cornwall
She sent this lovely card :)


Also with the card was this adorable handmade heart ornament! It looks great on my tree and I also plan to use it as part of my Valentines Day decor!
Thank you Dawn! I am so grateful for your friendship :)


Take some time to visit her blog where she shares her darling handmade vintage and shabby chic items and also lots of DIY projects!
Karen

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Barney the Magenta Dinosaur??

Hello Friends!
Well, January is winding down and so are my projects for my little Ellie's birthday. Earlier this month I showed y'all some of the things on my to-do-list for this month. You can see that post here.
Anyway, I ordered a Barney sheet off Ebay to get rolling with all the stuff to make for her birthday.


It is a twin size top sheet which has given me enough for a blanket and lots more fun things to create, but for now we are concentrating on getting all of this ready for a big Barney Birthday bash!


It seems over the years I had forgotten that Barney really is not that purple. The minky dot fabric  (also another Ellie obsession) is purple and Barney is actually Magenta! Maybe she won't notice :)


I cut out a Barney figure from the sheet and added some heat and bond and we now have a cute little top for the birthday girl! The hair bow was a last minute idea with some ribbon I found while browsing the fabric store.


Same thing with the tutu...lots of purple that is way darker than this dinosaur!


Remember the vintage pillowcases and the pile of scrap ribbon and lace?
My vision was to create a dress with lots of fullness and a vintage look.


It was a fun project except for some of the mistakes and the time spent ripping out seams to start over. Working without an actual pattern is not something I have had lots of practice with, so consulting with my Aunt Thelma (who is an excellent seamstress) for some sewing tips and words of encouragement was a huge help :)


It is finally finished and now we have a sweet little shabby chic dress with bloomers and a hair bow!


I am super excited to get some pictures of my girl and will be back to share them with y'all soon.



Karen

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Busy January

Hello Friends!
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We did, and 2017 is off to a busy start around here! We have 3 January birthdays, mine included, and now we have added a February birthday since the birth of our grand baby Ellie. Of course, like everyone else I am looking at my house and the bareness of it all since Christmas came down. It will take a while to get things back in complete order as my hands are super busy with "birthday" stuff.
Today I want to wish my lovely daughter Brittany Happy Birthday!

Brittany and Ellie enjoying ice cream
We had quite a scare over the summer when she became ill and was hospitalized for over a month! The Lord was with her and us and I am happy to say she continues to do better with each new day. In fact, she tells me that she feels "amazing" which is such a blessing!
Ellie will turn 2 in February and that just blows my mind!
 Time is going way too fast....seems like this was just last week.


Spending one on one time with my daughter and granddaughter is not always possible with the distance between us so this Nana loves to make things for her special girl. Now, what started out as just a new birthday blankie has turned into a blankie, a pillowcase and a birthday tutu outfit. Here are some of my supplies, but there are more coming.


All this purple and green are because we (Ellie) are now obsessed with Barney the purple dinosaur! Do y'all know that Barney stuff is almost impossible to find? I do because it had to be ordered from Ebay as it is no longer in production.


But wait, now my attention has turned to these nifty pillowcase dresses that are on Pinterest.
This is just adorable and she has to have it!


 
  I am working and praying that these pillowcases and heaps of lace become a shabby chic creation by Nana!
 We will see if all this gets done and mailed out on time.


I'll be back soon with the finished products :)
Karen