A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Sep 30, 2011

More Frugal Ideas...But Not Mine...

I've been having a hard time getting any projects done or 
photos taken.  Lacking time and sunshine here (insert sad face).  But here are a few ideas I spotted at the Country Living Fair 
to keep us inspired...
Napkin ring ideas can be endless - stencils and rope anyone?

Burlap wrapped hangers - instant Fall appeal for your display outfits.

Loved the use of teal for Fall.

Add some lace to any skirt to make it 'yours'.

Simple enough - decoupage maps - or anything to a piece of wood.
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Sep 27, 2011

Sep 26, 2011

Driveway Planters...

It's amazing where you find inspiration.  I took a walk in a 
nearby development the other night and came across this 
beautifully 'landscaped' driveway.  Huge towering planters right 
at the entrance for passersby to enjoy!
It was dusk when I took these - so coloring is less than best.
 
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Vintage Granny Squares Afghan for chilly evenings

Sep 25, 2011

Work With Your Hands...

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you,
so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders 
and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
I Thessalonians 4:11,12

Ohio Village garden ladies wrapping
Sweet Annie to sell to the Country Living Fair attenders.

Sep 24, 2011

Our Grateful Tree...

This year I'm trying something new for the Fall season.  
I'm hoping it will be a nice prelude to our Thanksgiving dinner. 
I've placed a Grateful Tree on our dining room table for people 
to add to as they feel inspired.  Family and guests alike 
are invited to participate...

  Tags have been provided...so far I'm the only one who has 
anything to be 'thankful for'...


The rusty tin leaves were this year's purchase - 30 cents!
While I was at it - I added a few more Fall touches here and there...

Brought in bunches of Sweet Annie too!

Sep 23, 2011

Skirts From Vintage Fabrics...

My favorite product at the Country Living Fair - was by 
Thrifty Trixie (actually Teri).  She makes adorable handmade clothing using vintage textiles of all kinds.  
Just look at these adorable girls...
 in their adorable handmade skirts.  
I love their whole outfits!!
Too cute huh?
Photo compliments of My Love.
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Set of 4 Vintage Crocheted Hangers

Sep 21, 2011

Vintage Camper Love...

My absolute favorite things at the Country Living fair were a 
couple of vintage campers that have been renovated and given 
new life.  As we entered the fairgrounds - this darling little 
lemonade stand greeted us...
Compliments of My Love - his photos are much better than mine!

 I fell in love with this camper that was decorated to the 'T' 
(what does that mean anyway?) - and yes - the owner said 'she
uses it regularly...
It was painted like a log cabin.
 
Great use of a drawer.
 

It's the bedding that 'got me'.
And lastly - My Love caught me looking inside a homemade teardrop camper...
I'm thinking our camper, tho not vintage, needs a make-over!
  And if you like vintage campers - check out Amy's Vintage Trailers blog.

Sep 20, 2011

My Fall Front Porch...

I'm starting to add Fall decor to our home.  Today's project 
was to get something on the front porch...
But first - I had to clear these embarrasingly overgrown 
tomatoes from along our front walk...
Now at least you can see what's on the porch.  Love my old wagon...
 



 

Sep 18, 2011

Scenes From Country Living Fair...

We just returned the Country Living Fair.  And let me just say - 
it is by far the best such event I have ever attended and I highly recommend it.  It was huge and I came away very inspired. 
For now, here are a few general scenes from the many booths...
This gal was selling pumpkins of every description.
I just loved her displays.
 
Lots of linens and alphabet letters of all types in this booth.

Poor gal was doing this so much her fingers started to bleed.
 

The Country Living 'Kitchen' where various demonstrations took place.
Yepper - I would go back!  Might wait a few years - 
but it was awesome!
If you love antiquing, flea markets or just getting ideas 
for projects - this fair's for you.
(Warning - Saturday was unbelievably packed with people!)

Sep 14, 2011

Pumpkin Pillow & Heading to the CL Fair...

I played at the thrift shop today and did some Fall vignettes on top of the dress racks.  While they looked OK - they didn't photograph the best - so I have just one to show you.  But look at this adorable pumpkin pillow!  Would be easy enough to copy...
 
I'll be MIA for a few days.  Heading to the  
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