A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Nov 16, 2017

Cookware in Christmas Vignettes...

Sharing some of the Christmas vignettes I put together at the 
thrift shop this week.   Christmas is my favorite time to do vignettes.  
With greens or a few ornaments - you can bring almost anything
into the Christmas spirit. 

In this 1st grouping - a red pan and some aluminum 
camping gear set the tone...

I filled the flat pan with greens - a red candle - and a few tucked in ornaments.

Behind this scene I worked another vignette using some aluminum
 cake pans.  I used candles again - but this time as a grouping of 
3 in varying heights... all on a red plaid linen...

...with a paper bag and jars to the side.

I think these brass urns are awesome.  At $2 each - not sure why
 they're still available.  Don't be afraid to turn things upside down
 to see how else you can use them...

Pewter is awesome for Christmas too.  I've had this tray and candle
 holders in a display for several weeks now.  It amuses me that
 someone is constantly sitting the one candle holder upright to
 match the other one.   
Pieces purposely laid on their side annoy some of us to no end. :)

And another display in gold with pops of red.  
The tall vase with poinsettias in the back is in another vignette - 
but of course - since they are seen from both sides,  they 
have to work together at least somewhat.

I'm sorry I was absent a few weeks.  We had a whirlwind wedding - 
just 2 months to prepare - that consumed my days.  
God showed up amazingly in the planning - was so neat.
I'll be posting more later on doing a pretty yet very budget
friendly wedding in a short amount of time.  

Are you doing Christmas decor at home yet?  
Nada here... just in the shop!  ~Joyce 

Sep 23, 2017

From My Week - Saturday Sightings...

I had the pleasure of spending time in a very scenic mountain
 region this week.  The morning was foggy...

But when the sun came out - what a view! 

This young lady happened to walk into my photo shoot - love it!

There was even a small covered bridge... 

Tis the season for visiting pumpkin farms...

And last - I was near a friend's house one morning so drove past 
& snapped a picture of her recently built backyard barn.  
Is it not just perfect?

Enjoy your surroundings today friends - whatever they may be!

Sep 16, 2017

A Canal Park - Saturday Sightings...

Took a little walk in a park... with a historical canal in its midst.

Can you see the other end of the tunnel?

Saved my favorite for last...

I see the approach of autumn in these photos.  
What a blessing to have the gift of life to witness it!  ~Joyce

Sep 15, 2017

How To Clean Out A Shed the Easy Way - Friday Finds...

My Friday Finds are - well - come and see...

Loved this door...

...it went to this sweet shed...

...where everything inside was free!  Yippee!

Till I went inside.  Photo actually doesn't look bad.  But there were areas 
that looked like mice nests... and it didn't smell good... and I just couldn't go in.  
But hey - what a novel way to clean out your shed!

Here's what I did find...  
There's a wedding in my very near future - so as I'm seeing stuff I'm getting it.
I just may have a need for some sheer panels... so was happy 
to find fabric and some long curtains already made.  
That 'to do' tablet is still in its original package - 
great for my gift drawer...

These plastic figures are actually vintage cake decorations - a great find... 

And loved the patina of these old shoe shine brushes.  
Look at those bristles!

Twas a good little morning.  Just enough finds to make me smile! 

And remember that shed clean-out trick. 
Tomorrow is Saturday - a great day to try it out.  Ha!  ~Joyce

Sep 14, 2017

Budget & Quick Elegant Wedding Planning - Thrifty Thursday...

Been a whirlwind week and a half.  Our daughter just got engaged and 
wants an outdoor wedding yet by the end of October!  Alrighty then!  
Thankfully she wants very small - so we're getting on it the best we can.

Right out of the chute - we've picked a date, have been looking at venues, 
a reasonably priced & made-to-order gown has been ordered 
from Amazon (yeah - I didn't know they had them either!) 
and we have the colors she wants to work with.

My part?  Largely giving ideas, trying to keep us on track, 
paying some bills and working on decor.

As I'm out and about at yard sales - I've begun to collect pretties.
  And - I already own quite a bit that may work...

I found this sign and gave it a repaint from it's original hunter green.  
Look at it now!  Surely I can use it somewhere. 

And my favorite so far... look at these limelight hydrangeas!  
I remembered a friend telling me she has about 15 bushes.  I 'asked'... 
she said 'yes' and we hustled down there and scooped up some blooms.  
These will dry and be perfect for... can't tell!  
Translation - I really don't know yet.

So tag along for the journey.   Don't know what we're doing
but we'll see what God provides along the way.  ~Joyce


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