Friday, April 27, 2012


The work of making over my kitchen has begun.  I'm hoping to have it ready to share  with you sometime next week.  I've been gathering new items for the room over the past few months. Sometimes my friends tell me my nickname should be Mrs. Goodwill Hunting, because I'm always hunting for good used items at thrift stores such as Goodwill.  Let me show you my most recent find at Goodwill.

I found this set of canisters for $ 8.99.  The smallest canister was $10.99 and the larger $19.99 at my local Fred Meyer store.  That is a total of $ 33.62 with taxes, making it a savings of $24.63!  I'm pretty excited about this thrifty find.  Have you found any great thrifty finds lately?

Monday, April 16, 2012


Do you ever change your mind in the midst of planning a makeover?  When I'm going to make over a room, I start gathering inspirational photos from magazines, blogs and Pinterest. The first major thing is to pick a color theme for the room.  I search for items for the room at thrift stores, garage sales and clearance sales.  Piecing an inspiration board together is part of the process, however sometimes I make a u-turn in the plans.  I'll find a new item that will work better for the room; and it's something that both my husband and I love.  That's what has happened with my kitchen plans.  Originally I was thinking along the lines of gray or blue gray walls with accents of yellow and white.  That was until I found four curtain panels and a matching valance at the thrift store.  We both enjoy coffee along with the colors of the sea.  These curtain panels is a perfect blend of these themes. 

Thus a change in plans.... I'll still be using some accents of white and yellow but just in a little different way than I first thought.

 (First inspiration)

There's always the challenge of a small budget and working with what I have, and no structural changes in a home you don't own. How can I make the room look new and fresh without any major money spent.  My plan is to begin the process this week.  

 Things to be done...

 - paint the room
 -makeover the curtains
- create new accents/decor for the room
-wash cabinets and woodwork

I'll keep you posted on the progress of the room makeover!

Friday, April 6, 2012


With Easter fast approaching, I thought I'd show you one more area where I've added some Spring/Easter decor.  I used items from around the house to create this vignette.  The idea came to me when I came across a toy from my childhood while working on cleaning up our storage room.  When I saw it, I thought this would be great to put out for spring. I don't believe in the Easter bunny, but I love baby bunnies and baby chicks.  Growing up on the farm, these little animals were always a sign of spring.

Here's the vignette that I place in our Hoosier cabinet.

Notice the spots on the cart due to the age of the toy.  I think it adds some unique character.  Adding a few eggs and grass dress it up just a bit more.

I also added the little silver cup that I used as a child.  The Peter Rabbit book holds many memories of reading it to our children when they were small.

A twenty-five cent garage sale bowl sits on the top shelf with grass and eggs inside to mimic a nest.

May you all have a great weekend and 
Blessed Easter 
 I'll be celebrating Easter with great thankfulness...
Thankful for such a loving God  who sent his
 Only Begotten Son 
to die 
on the cross for my sins...

Rejoicing that He has Risen!

Monday, April 2, 2012


This spring we've had so many dark and rainy days.  I decided I needed to add something to our home to give us a little cheer and brightness.  I've been working on collecting items for this little project including Starbucks coffee jars, flowers and a wooden box.  I've been watching the thrift stores for an old wooden wine box but haven't found any.  My husband could make one, but has not had the time to do so.  On my last trip to the thrift store, I found a box for .49 and decided it could work. 

 Here's what I came up with.

The Gerber daisies were purchased when marked down 50% making them $2.99.  They were on a bush; and I just cut them off and put a stem or two in each bottle.

Total cost for the project $ 3.50 !

As you know, Picnik photo editing has been discontinued.  I found the photo editing program  PicMonkey, and thought I'd give it a try.  It has some fun features for editing.
(I'm not being paid to promote this site, but thought I'd tell you about it 
in case you're looking for a photo editing program.)
Here's what I did while playing around with it.

Have a great spring day!

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