A thrifty, romantic country lifestyle...

Sep 12, 2016

Toolbox Meets Fall Decor...

Got a toolbox?  I do - or rather I did...

I had this gem in my shop and was planning to fill it with autumn
 goodness (for my home) until it sold.  You know what happened right?  
It sold today!

But never fear - there are other wooden boxes around these parts.

  And in case you have a box or 2 in your stash too - here is some
 fall inspiration for the both of us from around blogland...








Anything strike your fancy?  

I'm thinking a little burlap may be in order.  
And I plan to visit my garden to see what prospects it may hold.

Other filler ideas: candles, jars, pumpkins, pheasant feathers, 
faux flowers, horns, pressed leaves, small pottery....

Happy Fall box-filling!  ~Joyce
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Sep 6, 2016

Glamping 101...

Have you gone 'glamping'?  It's a Pinterest phenomenon and I've been smitten!  
Since we recently bought a vintage Starcraft pop up camper - the stage was set.   
Labor Day weekend at our church-wide annual 'camp-out' 
became the time and place.  Come along...

Here was my go-to plan...
(the inside of the camper will be separate post - eventually...)

1. Find a few images that look inviting and use them for inspiration

    This was one of mine...
Source - Pinterest
2.  Target what is in those photos that intrigue you and include them

       In my case I decided generally on wooden boxes, fresh flowers and linens 

3.  Walk around your home and garage and gather anything
 that may work without being 'too much'  
(if you're taking your whole house - it might not be fun anymore!)  

    Some of my inclusions - a ribbon garland which I made earlier this year, 
a wooden stool becomes a side table, throws to cover the 
less-than-desirable plastic chairs, a wooden lantern from a 'free pile',
an old porch rug, linens and 'old' lace (as in - it already has some holes)...

4.  Gather a bouquet of fresh flowers - using whatever you have 

In my case - it was mostly grass.

5.  Stick to a general color & style theme

My colors are natural beiges and greens and white lace.  
The linen on the stool?  
A gauzy curtain I picked up years ago and
 used for  only 1 event.  I'm glad I didn't get rid of it!

6.  Devise a reason for people to visit your campsite 

       I have lots of magazines.  A homemade chalk board invites
 guests to help themselves...

7.  Plan the lay-out a bit in your head ahead of time 
But be flexible and let it fall together naturally on-site.   
I took 2 garlands and used just this one in the end.  Then a jar
 the held my flowers broke -  so I rearranged.  I also wasn't sure
how I was going to use the linens.  I just threw a few in and 
figured it out when I got there.
 The whole set-up took maybe 15 minutes.

 8.  Include lights 

     I like a bit of a romantic style - so tiny fairy lights and candles
 work for me - but be yourself!
Photo compliments of My Love

We just loved hanging out at our 'glamp' site. 
And quiet time with my Jesus in this setting?  Perfect!

Happy Glamping!  ~Joyce
Linking to Let's Talk Vintage

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Aug 27, 2016

Don't Be A Yard Sale Snob...

What's a yard sale snob you ask?  Well - it could be several things -
 but for the sake of this post -  it's someone who doesn't stop at a
 yard sale cause it doesn't look 'good' enough or they don't see
 anything they want.  Such was my case with this particular yard sale today.  
But because I was parked right at the end of the driveway to visit
 other sales in the development - I sauntered in to be polite.

To the left (and not in the picture) was a table with a few apparent
 less-than-desirable things.  But when I got closer - I noticed maybe 3 linens. 
 And underneath them - this darling coral pink satin damask vintage tablecloth.  
Yippee skippy!

It even retains its tag!  (oooh - a 'crown' tag)...

Among my other finds of the day were these shell encrusted
 miniature shoes... (more pink)

Shoes and tablecloth will be in my Etsy shop shortly.

And I treated myself to a bit of great smelling perfume for 50 cents.

Okay - it's really body mist.  But still - it's from Victoria's Secret 
and even at half a bottle - worth every penny.  And ya can't put a
 price tag on the pick-me-up some new nice smelly stuff gives a gal!

But what really tickled me today - was a pile of baskets.. for free!
I chose 3 to use for gift baskets.  And look - I found some flower
sprigs and an almost new candle too -  totaling just 75 cents.  
Turns out they make a pretty nice instant fall grouping... 
It won't stay a grouping long... 
gonna be filling & gifting one of those baskets shortly.  

How I love weekends...~Joyce

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Aug 25, 2016

Displays... Cookbooks, an Owl and Oriental...

Just sharing some of the displays I put together from donated goods
 at the thrift shop this week.  These are on top of dress racks - 
so pardon the lack of back drop, etc.  Interestingly - the one that
 photographs the best - I did not like as well in real life.  
And that would be this one...

I love to use books to give height.  And anywhere I can throw in
 some vintage - I do!  So the vintage bowl is on some contemporary cookbooks.  
Since the spines are all in the same color scheme that coordinates 
with the remainder of the grouping - they work!

Below was my favorite 'real life' display... but it falls a little flat 
when photographed I think.  Perhaps it needs something spilling
 out of that awesome vase.   At any rate - it's essentially gray, black and aqua.  
Love it!  Any guesses as to what the first thing was that sold 
out of this grouping?

And a 3rd display from the week has an oriental flavor.  The 
 chest or box was my starting point and I tried to find things
 to go with it.... not an easy task in this Pa dutch area.

Now back to my question... 
did you guess what sold first out of this display?  
Did you guess the owl?
Nope - not the owl (although everybody loved him!) 
Can you see what's missing in this photo?  Its the long pillow 
that was behind the sign.  It lasted only an hour or so once in the
 display - although had been in the store for sale for 2 days!

Gotta love playing with other people's stuff!   ~Joyce

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Aug 22, 2016

Getting The 'To-Do' List Done...

We all have a to-do list a mile long.  
And we all feel we hardly have time to do them.
So what's the secret?
  It's simple really... plan to do it - and then do it!

Here are a few more tips to 'get stuff done'...

Make room in your schedule...

Don't bite off more than you can chew... (know your time/ability limits!)

Write it down (make a check-list)...

Tackle the most dreaded thing first...

Multi-task where possible but not overwhelming.  What can be done while something else is happening?  (ie - while something is cooking I can...)

Give yourself extra time if 'learning' is required... 

Do it as close to when you notice it as you can...

If a project is large (ie - flower beds) do just a portion each time...

Last evening I noticed a corner of our front flower bed that was
 quite overgrown and unattractive.
Sunday is our day of rest - so I didn't tackle it then -
 but I did write it down to tackle this morning...

I only have mornings to work on my list.  
So keeping the list small and simple is best for me.

Then 1st thing this morning (after throwing in a load of wash)  - 
I got out to that section of the garden and removed a bunch of
 overgrowth and several plants altogether.

Now it's ready to bounce back for fall.
Then I moved indoors to work on pasta salad and the rest of today's list...
I can't tell you how good it feels to have those things done!

A final tip:

Simplify according to your schedule...  (i.e. - don't have time to
keep up with the flower beds?  Don't have them or reduce to one.
Same with vegetable gardening, canning, or other noble things.  

We are us - we can't be someone else.  Let's be us well!

Tomorrow my list will have just one main thing... 
cause it will take me all morning.  Stay tuned!  ~Joyce

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