A thrifty, romantic country lifestyle...

Dec 7, 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016...

My goal for Christmas is to focus on Jesus and living for Him fully.  The rest is all superficial 'stuff' meant to bring charm to our home
 as we welcome friends,  family and perhaps even strangers.  
So without much explanation - enjoy the pictures as I give you a
brief tour through some of our home...

 









For more photos - please visit my Quilted Nest page on Facebook .

And if you're nearby - we'd love to have you drop by!  
Merry Christmas friends!  ~Joyce
Sharing on the Talk of the Town link party
and the Home Sweet Home link party

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Nov 18, 2016

Doing an Outdoor Vendor Show - What To Take...

Tomorrow (Dec. 19th) - I'm doing an outdoor Christmas vendor show.  
I thought I'd share with you what I take along to these events.  
Also - here are the details so that you can come on out and say 
'hi' if you're in the South Central PA area.

In addition to the basics one might think of - I always use tablecloths.  
They set the stage for the 'look' that I am going for.  For this show -
 I hope to do a rustics and country theme - thus the plaids and red
 trimmed beige fabric.  I also plan to do a more neutrals and elegant  table - 
so I threw in some creamy white lace.

The rest of my checklist includes:  Plenty of cash and small bills,
 my Paypal Here device (to take credit cards), bags, clipboard and pens 
(to keep track of sales), extra tags, string, marker and scissors, 
promo cards and a banner with my name...

I'm also taking wooden crates for the back of my tables 
(provided by venue - but I'm taking an extra one).  I'll place a
 wooden shutter on these to create a shelf.  And since it is
 Christmas - I'll add fresh greens here and there - thus the bucket...

Everything is tagged (tagging takes the longest!) and packed in the
 truck and ready to go for tomorrow AM.  I allowed myself this
 whole week to get ready.  Some people do not tag their
 merchandise at a flea market - and that is easiest -
but many shoppers dislike asking a price - so I tag.


Additionally - think about weather gear (coats?) and a canopy
 (I'm going without one this time) and lunch if needed.   
Oh - and if you can get help - do!  My Love is coming along - 
in fact he'll do most of the loading & unloading for me while I 'display'.  
I dare say - I couldn't take do this without him .
  I'll need to buy him lunch for sure.  
Wish me well and would love to meet you!  ~Joyce
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Nov 17, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Free Holiday Decor...

Most seasons or holidays have a staple decorating item that 
can be obtained for free from the great outdoors. 

For Christmas?  Greens or pine cones will serve you well.  
(And if you know someone with a holly bush - yay you!) 
Today - I was in search of said greens for an upcoming 
Christmas show that I'm doing.   So I headed to a nearby wooded
 community where there are  plenty of pine trees...

I walked around till I spotted trees such as these and then canvased
 the ground nearby.  But believe it or not - this spot yielded nothing.

We've not had rain or storms (to bring down twigs)  -so was beginning 
to think my efforts would be a bust when suddenly I spied this!
I'll take it...

Walked around some more - sometimes having to look up very high
 to see where the pine trees were.  Still my efforts returned precious little...

So back home I resorted to snipping from my sorry bushes...

And added the snippings to my other gatherings...

...which included a few hydrangeas and some dried weeds.


So while my 'greens' gleanings were slim this go round - 
I think it will be enough to decorate a few tables of wares.  
And I have some faux branches that I can use as well.

And in case you're still in need of ideas for Thanksgiving - 
leaves are free!  Check out this gals lovely post for a simple idea!


Happy gathering!  ~Joyce
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Nov 16, 2016

Christmas Vignettes - Books!...

It was thrift shop day for me again today... meaning I got to play on top 
of the dress racks.  (OK - I didn't literally climb up there - but you know what I mean right?)
    Here is a glimpse of today's displays...

Tis the season to pull out vintage books with seasonal coloring.
 This children's book is not a Christmas story per se - but the
 coloring is perfect nonetheless!

I found this lion figurine and decided to incorporate it into 
a grouping.  Doesn't he look stately with the red berries?

And since Jesus is our Lion of Judah - he fits Christmas perfectly...

The men's rack had some things left over from last week's display
 (pillow, package ornaments, pretty book) - 
so I just added to them to fill it out...

And this one got a bit 'glitzy'...

Almost too much going on here - but as soon as something sells
 from it - it will be a little less 'cluttery'.

What a busy and enjoyable time of year.  
Don't get caught up in the hustle and bustle!  (I'm reminding myself)... 
But spend time each day with Jesus and allow His peace 
to rule in your heart.  ~Joyce

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Nov 10, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Pencils...

My thrifty tip for today?  Instead of buying more - use up the fragments!  
We all have them - fragments that is.  
Pencils for instance...

We have tons of them in our home from years of gatherings... 
but they just sit there - unused.  Why?  I guess we prefer pens.  
But my pen stash is depleting and the pencils remain.  So...

It's pencils for me for a while for taking notes and other scribbling'. 
 And guess what?
They're sorta nostalgic and fun to use!


How can you use up the fragments in your house?  

Stay tuned - there may be more 'fragment' Thrifty Thursdays ahead....  ~Joyce

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