Friday, June 25, 2010


Clearance and GW finds...

I'll start with clearance at Ross....
Little white creamer.... $1.99

Ok weird, I know, but I needed a little skillet for my latest diet, only one egg each morning to get the metabolism jump started. I hated pulling out the huge skillet each day.  Clearance $5.50.  Towels, never enough dish towels, I am anti paper towels.  (Green since before green was popular)  five for $3.50.  I have been looking so I knew this was a deal.

Ok weird again, why is Lori taking pictures in the ground cover? I took this outside to show the detail on the tray.  I am buying pretty much only white dishes, etc. now.  This one a steal at $3.59.   14 inch porcelain tray from Portugal.   Can't wait to serve something in it. 

Now onto the steal deals.

I'll start small with the red, white and blue votives from GW, brand new and $1.00 each.

They would look white if I had a great camera.

Had to take this picture outside, (remember crappy camera)  so you can see the detail.  Few post ago, my  kitchen redo, I thought I needed just one more frame.

Again excuse the photo, but you get the picture, bwahhaha.
The frame didn't have a price on it, so I recommended $1.00 at check out, sold.

Ok get ready, big deal of the day...

Just a peek at the bottom first.  Love the drawer feature and have some Anthroplogy knobs to add after I paint, I'm thinking black.

Side view... You are getting interested I know.  

I think the black will pop whatever I put on the four shelves.  Count them four!

Tadaa... Goodwill find, probably somebodies Grandmother's.  Now mine.  I guess would be good as is.  What do you think and what color would you paint it?  Or as is?  

You guessed it $10.00 deal of the day.

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Funky Junk Interiors
My Romantic Home
Coastal Charm
Debbie do's garage sale partay!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

McKinney Trade Days - June

It was a 100 degree day, I didn't stay long...

Join me for some boot scootin' around McKinney third Monday trade days.  See if you can notice the "in" color of the year!

Which booth would you have stopped for a look? 

Here is what I came home with.  The plate is Homer Laughlin, 1939, plant 6, $2.00.  Whatever that means.  The lady said it is the same company that makes Fiesta Ware.  I also bought the tiffany blue colored Haeger planter, 5125.  The guy made it sound like a steal at $10.00 or did I get robbed?  Doesn't matter I just like the pattern and color and only a tiny chip at the top that I didn't notice until I got home.

I like how the trim on this plate reminds me of a bandana.  I plan on using this around Christmas time the red is a beautiful deep red.

In the tiffany blue planter I added a bird nest and bird and placed it on an iron pedastal in the den.

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It is so very Cheri
Trash to Treasure
Linda at Coastal Charm
Debbiedo Garage Sale
Show your Stuff
Favorite Things Friday

Monday, June 21, 2010

Top shelf close up

I'm still lovin' my kitchen re-arrange.
Here are some closeups of one of the areas, my favorite

I filled this GW metal tin with dried heather and silks.  Spray painted the birdcages and frames.

The clock stayed the same, battery dead it is always 11:05 in our kitchen.

Fresh paint on iron star candleholder now birdhouse holder.  New fresh colored candles and moved the creamer and cake tray into place.

Better picture of the floral arrangement and peek at the plates.  Full plate story here.
Still lovin' it! I promise last kitchen post for a while.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Story of the plates and my plate wall project

First the history of each plate.  After seeing several wall arrangement in pictures, I started to collect some of my own.  First came up with off-white/ivory color scheme.  My first purchase was the plate with the word EAT on it.  I knew this would be going in my kitchen and I liked the simple look. $10.00 at a friends boutique while on a Baton Rouge trip. MyLouise is an adorable shop.

Then the next two were found on seperate visits to GW.  Roses in center with gold trim, $1.00 and the other with faded flower design in center, .75 cents. 

The final two, which have a bit of color, the mossy green, but match my paint wall color totally perfectly, were a Tuesday Morning purchase, 1/2 off 1/2, $2.00 each.  Total all five plates $15.75. 

Plate holders from Hobby Lobby for $1.99 each.  Here is how they work.

Wet the glue with your fingers on the back of the disc and let sit for 3-4 minutes, attach by pressing the disc to the plate ( I sharpied my plates with a mark to show the top) let them dry overnight and hang!  The disc things have been around for 30 years, so the ad says.  They are supposed to come off in warm water.  I thought they would work well and the traditional metal plate prong holders wouldn't show around the edges.

Only downside if you want to swap plates out you can't.  So at Christmas time, I may need to purchase a few of the wire plate hangers.  Hobby Lobby had both kinds.

Arrange and hang on your wall.  Done!

total project - $25.00, I heart my plate wall!

Go visit other great finds...
Weekend Wrap Up
Between Naps on the Porch
Southern Hospitality
Keeping it Simple
It is so very Cheri
Coastal Charm
White Wednesday
Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Gitter done! Part Two - Lovin' this project

When life get's boring - re-arrange an entire room.

Gitter done, part one in case you are interested or missed it is here.

I used my kitchen as a freshen up project.  We have been in this house going on nine years.  So the only thing lately in the kitchen that I have been updating is the island.  Everything up high just stayed the same, but just got greasier and dustier.  Which you really realize when you take everything down.

Here is some of my pile of dirty stash.... notice the hodgepodge of different colors.

Now enjoy my little tour of my small kitchen.  Which now feels fresh and totally new to me!
This area had butter churn and dusty silk flowers, baskets and the numbered glasses.  Now this.... when I took everything down and piled it up, I found three similar containers with fleur de lis patterns on them.  They make a nice matching grouping on the shelf I brought from another room.


Previous day... before

Move on to the cabinets over the fridge.  I left the print on the wall, because it is a major favorite item and I knew I would continue to use. Took down the wine rack which I couldn't reach and a fleur de lis canister. Now hey, look how good the Oohlala sign and iron watcha's (watch ya call its, iron thingys is that better?)  look arranged around the picture of the couple eating in a french restaurant.  If they want a little candlelight, I can put a tea light in the candle holder to the left.  You can't see the fleur de lis cutouts, but they are there in the lampshade.  Done.

Now the counter area next to the fridge... remember the number glasses from the previous day picture above, they can hardly be seen.  Found these at an antique store in Lewisville years ago.  The glasses are tall and skinny.  Lemonade would be wonderful.

Now turn and glance at the new island vignette.  I left only the lamp from the old picture, it is so cozy that the light stays on 24 hours.  I do use a new fangled "last forever bulb" if that helps for me to justify the night light it provides. Then I moved an iron tray in and filled it with my, new to me, blue mason jars. I'm using them as containers for matches, straws, wine corks..... hmmmm why I need two for the wine corks.  I just don't know how they pile up so fast. Three reasons maybe? Merlot, Cabernet Savignon and Chardonay might have something to do with it.  I took this picture late in the day so you can see the fun and curly shadows of the tray.

After ....

old full island vignette - before

Did you get a chance to glance at the table?  Cleared and a simple arrangment in the center.  Took all I could to not add more stuff, but I am liking the simplicity.

Behind you and look up and see the final cabinet top that I re-arranged.  The birdhouses and iron star got a shower of ivory Krylon spary paint.  The pewter candle sticks got the fresh new ivory colored candles to go with the new light and bright theme.  I brought back in the clock and added the empty frames. GW find. Also added the dried heather in the silver tin flower holder.  Maybe a few dried hydrangeas would look good there too.

Finally, I have been wanting to try the plate arrangements on the wall that I have seen a lot of pictures of.  Here is my rendition.  LOVE it!  I found these cool plate holders that glue to the back of the plate so you don't see any of the plate hanger.  The instructions say they wash off with a little soak and soapy water when you are done. Hobby Lobby shout out.  (will give more details on my history of the plates post, stay tuned.)  History here

The only spot not finished, because I don't have a saw, leftover wood or a handyman laying around, is that I want a white bench for my window seat area by the table.  It would sit high enough that if I placed something there it would be seen and not look just like I put it on the window seat to get it out of the way.  I'm going to a flea market this weekend maybe someone wants to get rid of one.  Maybe there will be a handyman laying on it!  Giggle... you know you smiled, just the thought.

Almost forgot, even changed out a kitchen towel for a more summer look. Love Vera.
(not Wang, the original Vera) People reading this that are under 30 are saying, "huh, the original?" I also wiped down the dishwasher after I saw this photo.  I have to get better with my set up photo skills.

Thanks to Donna at Funky Junk for giving me a push to finally Gitter Done.  I have been wanting to do this project for a while.  Now fellow bloggers quit coming up with great ideas.  I gotter done and would like to stay that way for a while.

Share and look at more fun ideas
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Winner of Vinyl Monograms!

The totally Random winner is ....
Jillian at The Virginia House

Thanks so much for your sweet comment and I will be emailing you with your gift certificate information for Michelle's Etsy site.

Thanks for playing along everyone!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Gitter done! Part One

Like I need something else to do... just finished my second wedding for the month of June... see here Ooohlala Floral for pictures.

I told Lynn I wanted to change up the kitchen.  So took everything down, boxed up and cleaned.  We have been here eight years time for a change up.

Here are some before pictures.  I will be re-arranging above the cabinets, counters and island.

Get rid of dusty old artificial flowers.

Love these number glasses have to display these better, will re-use.

Wine rack, I can't reach it up high, it will go...

Fleur de lis and Ooh la la a keeper.


Will be keeping off white accessories.

Remember this wall....idea already being formed.

Dark candle holders will be placed in storage for fall.
It may take me a few days but stay tuned.....

Donna at Funky Junk inspired me to gitter done. So I am now in the middle of this project, stay turned for Part Two - the Gotter done!

One after shelf done... take a peek

I know flash or no flash, that is the question, in my dark house I am thinking flash.

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