A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Jan 31, 2012

Making Paper...

While at the Country Living Fair last fall, 
I splurged and bought a paper making kit from 
Paper Alice.  There are plenty of instructions 
online for making your own kit, but I wasn't get-
ting it done.  So I spent the big bucks and look...
 glorious textured handmade paper...
...literally made from junk paper scraps from 
my trash can.  How's that for recycling?
I haven't tried printing on it yet - I'll let you know how that goes.
Linking to:
Tuesday's Treasures
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Northern Cottage Party

Jan 29, 2012

A Flowing Brook...

The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; 
The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.  
Proverbs 18:4
Taken by My Love in the mountains last weekend.
Lord, let what comes from my mouth be good 
and not folly - a wellspring of life.

Jan 28, 2012

A Rose Box and Other Thrifted Treasures...

Just sharing some recent finds with you - 
all from thrifting.  This sweet rose topped 
cedar treasure box was destined for rejection 
by the thrift shop I volunteer at - 
I scooped it up!
Other recent finds include these sweet little moccasins (great winter decor), a pair of corbel shelves, antique pin keeper and a great woven red stripe runner (in the background) that I'll use for 'who  knows what'.  My counsel? Buy what you 
love and you'll figure out a way to use it. 
The most I paid for anything was $3 for the moccasins!
                                              Linking to Pink Saturday.
Just Listed in my Esty Shop:
M Monogram Vintage Pocket Journal

Jan 27, 2012

Delivering A Meal...

My brother is having a difficult health time 
right now.  This morning I quickly made a bit of 
food to help out (less cooking for his wife).  
Since they love antiques and live in an authentic 
log house - I packaged the items accordingly.  
Freshly made Hearty Pork Rice Soup (because 
my bro. doesn't like chicken) went into some 
blue Mason jars...
Made a double batch so we can have some too.
 Freshly made potato salad (his special request) 
went into a vintage blue enamel dish...
Those are donut holes and chocolate candy on top.
 With a vintage towel lining a old market basket - 
it was a cute, if quick, delivery for today.   
I added an inspirational post card and will try
to take them more goodies from time to time. 
It doesn't take much to show a little
love and care.
Just Listed in my Etsy Shop
W. Haskell Coffin Pin Keeper

Jan 26, 2012

Feminine and Modest...

I'm a true girl and I love femininity and cute 
modest fashion.  First up, some sweet winter 
outfits (yes, you can be very warm in a skirt!)...
From Accordion to Kellie

 Some cute layers...
It's all in the footwear...
Gotta have cute denim skirts!
 And the romantic charm of all white...
Are you convinced yet?  I could browse for 
hours and post photo after photo - 
but go create your own cute modest outfit 
and send me a picture! 
Hint - the best outfits are thrifted!
See my Pinterest Board for more 
images and photo sources.

 In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest 
apparel, with propriety and moderation...I Timothy 2:9a

Jan 25, 2012

Sideways Inspiration...

Just a few ideas from Better Homes and Gardens website for you today.  It intrigues me how things 
can be transformed just by putting them into a different position.  For example, a little cupboard, turned sideways, becomes a side table with 
hidden storage...
 And who hasn't seen these less than attractive vintage desks at yard sales...
 Turn them upside down and they can have a 
new life too.  Here one is holding a simple 
wood planter box.  I think I'd go for different 
coloring & accents, but you get the idea...
And lastly, just because I like it - another neat 
idea for an old window or door.  Add some cork 
for a bulletin board!  And actually, 
come to think of it, you could turn this sideways 
too for whatever fits your room the best...
Sold!  Vintage Suiting Fabric
Thank you Robert...

Jan 24, 2012

Making a Candle...

 For a while, I've been saving candle scraps to 
make into a 'new' candle.  Today was the day...
 I started with a jar candle that had just a bit of candle remaining in the bottom.  I sat it in a pan 
of water and heated it on the stove.  I had some 
other broken candle wax on hand and a 
vintage chipped china creamer to use as my 
new candle holder.  Here it is holding a new 
candle wick (my only purchase)...
 As the red wax began to melt - I added more wax 
(the white scraps that I also had on hand.)   
Eventually, everything melted in this jar - 
but it took a while.  Amazingly - any black soot 
tends to go to the bottom - so that is a help.
 It was fairly easy to pour the melted wax into 
the  creamer with the wick already in it. 
I was hoping for a pink candle from the 
red and white combo...
Excuse the blur!
And that is what I got.  This will make a nice 
addition to my gift drawer for future giving...
PS - A strainer would have been nice and I do recommend using a pan 'just for candle making'.  
Just the slightest bit of wax into the water
 makes quite a mess... yep, you guessed it...
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Sold!  Thank you Marilyn...

Jan 23, 2012

Winter Fun...

Sorry for the absence.  This weekend, 
I, my Love, and a group of 24 had fun 
in the snow filled mountains...
This would be 'I'...

This would be 'My Love'.
 Thanks to our friends for hosting us at 
their wonderful cabin...

Jan 19, 2012

A Baptizing...

Found this video clip this morning and just had 
to share it.  Love this song and wanted to play 
it at my own daughter's Believer's Baptism - 
but wasn't able to.  And I love how Hollywood depicted the ladies with covered heads 
appropriate to biblical teaching.  It blessed my 
heart - I hope it does yours...

Jan 18, 2012

Reshaping Vintage Hats...

Pin It

Did you know you can reshape old hats for 
better display?  This hat was flattened and 
not looking so good...
To reshape - place the crown of the hat over 
a canister or jar with similar proportions.  
Then spray it a bit with water.  When it dries - it 
may be stiff - but it will hold its new shape...
 I just listed both of these vintage millinery hats 

A peek at what I'm currently working on...
Linking to White Wednesday

Jan 17, 2012

Crates and Wooden Boxes...

I have several old wooden boxes that I use for 
storage or side tables throughout our home. 
These 2 stack together to store CD's and 
magazines. They make a nice plant stand too...
 Gotta love the old graphics...

Jan 16, 2012

Valentine Thrift Store Displays...

I tried to put together some displays at the 
thrift shop for Valentine's Day without using
a lot of obvious 'valentine' pieces.  
I like this first pink vignette...
 The other 2 red vignettes are just 'ok'.  But I 
am liking milk glass for a valentine grouping...
Those milk glass candlesticks are just $1.50/pair!
It's amazing the mood color alone can create.
Just Listed in my Etsy Shop...
3 Lots of Beaded Flowers

Jan 15, 2012

Love For One Another...

"By this all will know that you are My disciples, 
if you have love for one another."
John 13:35
I caught these 2 hugging at the thrift shop where I volunteer. 

To Love someone - does not mean you agree 
with every aspect of their life.  But it does mean, 
as God provides opportunity, you can share Truth 
with gentleness and from a loving heart.

Jan 14, 2012

Blue Mason Jars...

My Love brought me flowers yesterday.  
They are just a simple bouquet from the grocery store.  But in a blue Mason jar - they are fabulous!
Thank you Honey!
And the cute votive?  I just picked it 
up last night for Free!  It's the
perfect accent to the Mason jar blue.
Linking to Pink Saturday and go check out
the Best of 2011 Junk Projects at Funky Junk.  Wow!
Just Listed...


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