A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Oct 30, 2011

Done In Order...

Let all things be done decently and in order.
I Corinthians 14:40
Inside my local post office.

Oct 29, 2011

Zipper Flowers - Snow Day Project...

Inspired by blogland and Pinterest - I remembered I have 
a bunch of zippers in my stash.  I figured I'll just whip up 
some  zipper flowers - following a YouTube tute I found...
Turned out - I had only 1 metal tooth zipper.  
Oh well - I could make 2 sweet flowers...

For now, I made them into refrigerator magnets...
This was a fun morning snow day project.  Yep - 
it's only October - but this is what it looks like 
out my back door...
 It's snowing like crazy...
With leaves still on the trees - go figure.

Oct 28, 2011


In lieu of getting many projects done right now, thought 
I'd share a few of the vignettes I put together this week.  
I do these on top of the dress racks at the thrift shop 
where I volunteer.  It's my favorite thing!
 Most of our Fall things have sold - so we're gearing up 
for Christmas.  I loved the graphics of that old
tree stand box - so I built a display around it...
A few greens go a long way...
Linking to:

Oct 27, 2011

Wedding Slippers and more...

It's such fun to go on treasure hunts.   Just look at 
these adorable slippers I found this week...
 which display well with more recent finds..
My local thrft shop sells greeting cards at 5/$1.00.  
I picked up these wedding cards to have on hand.
Their original prices?
$3.99 and $4.99 each!  
And I couldn't resist these sweet baby pillowcases.
Just 62 cents for the pair...
And then there's this vintage champagne silk fabric - 
3 yards!

Oh I love treasure hunting!
Just Listed in my With Propriety Etsy Shop

Oct 25, 2011

Selling Picture Frames...

It's fun to sell old picture frames.  But frames 
sell much better with a picture in them.  To fill 
these sweet small metal oval frames - I turned to my 
supply stash.  How about the old 1952 newspapers 
I have on hand?  A quick snip of the scissiors - 
and my frames are displayed with old 
department store advertisments.  Aren't they cute?

Vintage or new wallpaper, greeting cards, calendars
and monograms are more filler ideas.
Linking to Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Just listed in my Etsy shop...

Oct 24, 2011

A Twig Treasury...

Farmhouse Vogue, an Etsy seller, honored me last week 
by including me in her treasury entitled 
Twig and Branch Art...
Do you see me there in the bottom left corner?  
The little table and chairs set?
Farmhouse Vogue features 'upcycled and handmade 
clothing & vintage wares'.
Here's a peek at some of her listings...
Don't you love her clothesline and barn wood background?
Just listed in my With Propriety Etsy shop...

Oct 23, 2011

Through a Glass...

But when that which is perfect is come, then that which 
is in part shall be done away.  For now we see through a 
glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; 
but then shall I know even as also I am known.
I Corinthians 13:10,12
The chapel window at my mother's nursing home.

Oct 21, 2011

Sweet Potatoes...Again...

Do you remember my post about our sweet potatoes?  
Turns out my family is not as fond of baked sweet 
potatoes topped with butter and brown sugar as I am. 
(Guess we'll be making lots of sweet potato fries.)  
But being Miss Frugal, I was not about to
throw away those baked sweet potatoes.  So, found
a Sweet Potatoes Brownie recipe and went to work...
To make the brownies gluten free - just replace the flour 
with gluten free flour mix and add 1/2 t. xanthan gum.  
This was my lunch today.   Baked 
sweet potatoes are just as wonderful reheated. 
Linking to Frugal Friday
Just Listed on Etsy

Oct 20, 2011

Findings & Household Tips...

Thought I'd share a glimpse of some of my recent findings...
 Twig doll furniture, an elepant planter, old lace curtains...
 and this wonderful book...
'Household Wisdom' is full of homemaking tips 
& the photography is amazing...
 Did you know bedding should be allowed to air out daily?  
In other words - wait a while before making the bed 
so the mattress and linens can breathe first.
(Most of us sweat during the night.)
 Store linens on a shelf or in a drawer in the room where 
it will be used.  This avoids an over-crowded linen closet 
which can facilitate crumpling and staleness.
Bundles of lavender work great for scenting stored linens.
 If you spend hours in the kitchen - you should avoid hard 
surface flooring which is cold and tiring on the feet...
(looks great though doesn't it?)
 Some garments and fabrics do better with hand washing.  
Generally these pieces (lace, silks, wools, etc.) do not 
do well with soaking...
What fun I'm going to have reading through this book.
Just listed on Etsy

Oct 18, 2011

Meaningful Monograms...

Every once in a while when I'm out scouting for treasures,
I see something 'just for me' that I have to pick up.  
(Usually I'm just hunting for items to sell.)  
Such was the case last week.  I was at a flea market and laying among the boxes of 'junque' were these precious linens...
Just look at all that lacy work...
Why were these special to me?  Because they have my mother's monogram.  She is 90 years old, not doing very well & feeling 
like her time on this earth may be very short.  So I scooped them up.  And since I bought a number of other things from the same dealer - for very cheap - these were essentially 'free'!
Years ago I was fortunate enough to find green handtowels 
with her full initals... 'AMH'  - appearing in the order her 
name is now.  I know the middle initial is supposed to be 
for the surname - but this was close enough for me...
If my mommy goes to heaven soon - my world will have
a huge void.  Needing to trust Jesus with this one.
Linking to White Wednesday

Oct 17, 2011

Blog Inspiration...

I visit a lot of blogs - more than I 'follow' or are on my 
sidebar.  Today I'm giving you a glimpse of some 
of my favorite recent posts from a few of these blogs.  
You will notice that my 'tastes' run all over the place.  
Be sure to go visit these wonderful sites
if you don't already...
First up - from Girl In Pink...
 Knick Of Time does amazing things with old books...
I'm drawn to the primitive look of  
She's got 31 days of craft tutorials going on right now.
 There's always something yummy at Faded Plains...
 Just love this photo from Anything Goes Here...
 Reloved Rubbish always has something fun she's working on...
I think I could sit at my computer all day and drool.... 
But alas, there is work to be done.


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