A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Jun 30, 2011

In Love With Linens...

I think most every vignette or corner looks better with a little 
lace or a linen of some sort.  This week I found a pretty linen 
towel for just 25 cents.  Love the red grapes motif...
Look - it even has fleur de lis damask work...
I have a small ladder hanging full of old towels - I just love 'em...

This is not it's usual spot - but was short on light today
 Such pretty detailing...

Do you have any vintage linens displayed?
Check out more goods at Treasure Hunt Thursday and

Jun 29, 2011

It's White!

The time has come... time to make a change.  We've had our 
vehicle for 10 years or more.  It's dying!  
So, here's the replacement...
Taken at dusk
It's a long story why we chose this particular vehicle 
(a Chevy HHR by the way).  Let's just say - it met our needs.  
It wasn't exactly our first choice and we wouldn't have chosen 
white - but here she is and we're thankful for her.  I have to admit I've referred to her as The White Hearse - but hopefully I'll feel more adoration in a few weeks.  She is much fun to drive!
Just have to link to White Wednesday

Jun 28, 2011

Jun 27, 2011

Inspiration From Books & Magazines...

Isn't it fun to go through magazines and decorating books for inspiration?  Over the weekend I picked up this book for 50 cents...
While I was not drawn to the kitchen on the cover - I found there was plenty inside to inspire me.  Seems I am drawn to painted cabinets...
Yellow and red - very cheery!
and kitchens that look like real people live there.  When things are too sparse - I lose interest.  Guess I'm more of a 'stuff' person than I thought.  But really - who has completely clutter free counters?
Love the cabinet fronts in this one!
Love this one - farm sink, open cupboards, wood backsplash...
These are my camera images - not ideal -
but hopefully you can see the charm!
Thank you BH&G.

Jun 26, 2011


Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to
obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, 
or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
Romans 6:16
It is my prayer, dear friend - that you will choose obedience.  Obedience to the Word of God and to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jun 25, 2011

Sweet Dreams...

Cut my first lavender today and tied it into bundles.  
Hung one in the laundry room...
and one in the bedroom...

Jun 24, 2011

Etsy Features...

Today I thought I'd feature some of my Etsy listings that would 
look great in your 4th of July vignettes and patriotic decor.  
Over 10 yds of Vintage Trim for decorating!
Unique Framed Eagle Puzzle
Kingsley's Poems Book in the 'right' blue.
Mini and Doll Clothespins - use the red and blue ones!
3 Pharmacy Cans

Jun 23, 2011

A Touch of Americana...

Never overlook anything when you are out thrifting.   For just 
20 cents - this little boy's tie adds a sweet touch of 
red, white and blue to my decor...
Here's how it looked in the store...
Not bad huh?
Joining Treasure Hunt Thursday (Love this Party!)

Jun 22, 2011

Cooking With Mulberries...

We have lots of mulberry trees bordering our backyard.  
They can be a pain (mulberries in the grass make a mess!) 
But they can also be a blessing. 
I like to use my 'free' fruit in baked oatmeal.
(Thank you my daughter for climbing up on the garage roof and picking them for me!)
One of the mulberry trees
Cleaned and ready to be stemmed.
From tree to table - yum!!  How do you use mulberries?

Jun 21, 2011

What a Find!

Sometimes - ya just hit it good.  Such was the case last weekend.  Remember my 'Stay Tuned' post?  Well, this is what I wanted 
to show you...
Found this at a yard sale when we were at the cabin.  We decided 
if it fit in the Jeep - we'd haul it home.  It did!  All leather - in excellent condition and just $275.
Not that far removed from Pottery Barn's version...
We toted our garage sale honey home  - jamming all our food 
and luggage on it and around it.     
It is so comfy and I love the detailing.  Yep - I happy!
 Check out more thrifty goodness over at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

Today's Etsy Feature:
Sweet Vintage Aqua Sun Dress & Paisley Jacket

Jun 20, 2011

Rearrange Complete...

So - I completed my living room rearrange.  Just needed to open 
it up a smidge to make room for more seating as necessary.  
It's all the same accessories - but it's a change nonetheless.  
Worked fine for our group Sunday night.  To see the same 
angles 'before' check out Saturday's post.
Linking up with Metamorphosis Monday for the first time.  Wow - I've been missing out!

Jun 19, 2011


For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines 
all his paths.  The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; 
the cords of his sin hold him fast. 
Proverbs 5:21,22
Old rope found on the floor of a farm museum.

Jun 18, 2011

A Rearrange in Order...

This is one end of my living room this morning...
That wire mannequin is usually wearing whatever is currently 'for sale' on Etsy.
By tonight it will need to look different.  We have a group com-
ing Sunday evening and there is currently not enough room for 
chairs or seating in this area.  So again - stay tuned...
(Monday's post should catch us up.)
Linking to Pink Saturday - come on over!
Speaking of Etsy - this Sweet Baby Spoon in Orig. Box just listed...

Jun 17, 2011

Unexpected Majolica Find...

Recently at a thrift shop - I purchased several planters or jardinieres.   They were found in different locations in the shop.  
To my surprise - I realized later that the one jardiniere matched 
a tall 'vase'.   Turns out it wasn't a vase at all - but the stand or 
pedestal to the jardiniere.  What a pretty summer find!
Just listed today in my eBay Shop.
I'll be back soon with the follow-up of my 'Stay Tuned' post... 


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