Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spread Love Through Thrift.

We're coming up on the most loving day of the year, Valentines Day, when love reigns for what we think is just a few hours. Take that feeling and make it live with you all year every day. Care about each other no matter what. Love is every where all the time.

These kissing angels were found over the holiday season at a thrift store. They are about ten inches tall and the pair was purchased for just one dollar. It was 50% off day. Angels are filling my home to remind me that love is all around. I hope we can all spread some.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Upcycled Candles From Other People's Junk

Have you ever wondered how to decorate cheap with candles. I've been successfully doing this for years with other people's junk that I upcycle. This is the in thing to do today. Glad it's become popular. These are two reclaimed Ball canning jars that can be hung with their own bail wires or set on the table.

These now white wall sconces started out as two goth black candle holders that with a quick spray painting in white made them two totally different holders. New life for less than five dollars. While out rummaging through another sale I found a number of tulip candle holders for fifty cents each and decided that these two pink ones would make these sconces perfect for my bedroom. I quickly attached them with E600 glue for a simple finish. Two wall sconces for just under six dollars.

One thing I like to do is go to the final day of church sales. This is the time that you can fill a bag for less than five dollars and what fits is yours for that price. I found these old metal objects that I am thinking are hand rail holders. Technical name I do not know, but my daughter and I used them in two different ways. She mounted hers to wood plaques that she purchased and I mounted mine to stained scrap wood. I attached votive glass and she just set the candle on the metal. Tastes differ, but for the seven wall sconces the price was well under $15. Can't beat that.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Santa is my favorite.

Santa is my favorite holiday character, but put him on an apron driving a train and it's just plain cute. I found this apron (of course an apron) at a thrift store just after Christmas this past year on one of our out of town thrift excursions and couldn't resist. It just seemed so playful and colorful and of course vintage. With a little tender love and care Santa is ready for use and is now listed for sale on Santa is actually a large pocket on this apron. Even better to be useful and not just decorative.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Check this out! I was featured on Apron-iCity!

How excited was I to learn today that I had been featured on the Apron-iCity website. She feature my post on the Embroidered Aprons back in December. If you have a chance check out the website, for all things apron related. What a great day!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Happy New Year and a prosperous year full of thrifting.

I found a few new thrift items through the holiday week, but I'm saving them for a bit. I am listing items for sale on my etsy store, Feel free to look and shop. I enjoy sitting out in the patio enclosure on those mild summer nights and I have even done some quilting at the large table out there. There isn't a lot of light so I am always trying to make what light I have work better for me. There is a very large picture window that connects to the family room, but light does not come through that window. While on one of my expeditions to the thrift stores I found this wicker mirror that needed to be repaired. It was less than four dollars and with about a days worth of repair and some new paint it looked fabulous. I hung it in the window and have been enjoying more natural light and the way it made the window look smaller so much that I can't wait for summer to come around again.