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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Thrifty Finds for the Holidays

Hey Friends,

I had been staying out of the thrift/vintage/antique stores lately because we've been remodeling a TON, and all funds have been going to that. Although it was tuff at times I look at my kitchen and entertainment center and it's totally worth it.

BBBBUUUUTTT, for Christmas I got some money so I decided to treat myself. I usually pay bills that come up or redo something else. Plus my aunts were in town and they love thrift stores as much as I do, so it didn't take much arm twisting. Here's what I found:



This is not all the finds but my most favorite ones.
 

And here they are staged
 
 
The top picture is probably 85% of what I found.
 
The frog is for the last stain glass I need for my kitchenette windows (which I changed the curtains for those again - more to come later). When I was preggers with Buckeroo he would sit like a frog facing out. Little dude did that for the last month of my pregnancy, so long that when he was born and we would put him to sleep his little legs would pull up just like a frog's legs would. Hence his nickname, Frogman, and my first (of eleven tattoos) is a frog (yes I was 29 before I got my first tat). It's actually plastic beads melted that one could do in their oven but I don't care, details smetails - it's a frog. It was a whopping $.50, lol!
 
The glass globey thingy (yea I'm pretty technical, ha!) I've always wanted one but when they first came out they were too expensive but this baby was $1. I've always wanted a terrium, I now have one, it is just lacking the baby dino that Cor is willing to part with for a little something extra.
 
The green bottle is just really a pretty cool bottle that I couldn't put back when she told me it was $3. It's from about the mid to late 70's (I'm thinking), one side says juice the other says water. I really think it will be an awesome flower vase, but until I get some flowers it looks pretty nice as is.
 
The celluloid grapes, of how I love thee, let me count thy ways. Yes, I know total 60-70's, I just need some shag carpet, velvet drapes and a swag light. ok, this baby was NO thrifty find it falls under the vintage category. I almost didn't get it due to the price BUT they had a 20% off sale so it ended up being $28. I picked it up and put it down, gosh a dozen times, but y'all it has all the colors of my fabric for the dining room roman shades (yeah, y'all don't know about those either, however I didn't take a picture of the fabric before giving it to my seamstress). Truly it's fabu y'all and I'm telling you it makes me smile every time I pass them, which is a lot since it's in the dining. Since I got rid of the eat in kitchenette it's the only eating place and I have to walk through there to go to the stairs to go to bed.
 
The little wine glasses are hard to see but they have the same gold wheat pattern that my dishes have that my mother in law gave me that was her wedding china (yes I use the 'good china' every day). It's hard to find that pattern so when I do find pieces I snatch them up, these were $2 for the pair.
 
The rest was some miniature ornaments for the Christmas tree in my office, some things for my parents that could host as Mr. & Mrs. Claus' house they decorate so amazingly (yes I am biased but everyone tells me that). A cute Avon cologne bottle that looks like a Christmas tree, a rose pattern ornament, and a BRAND NEW pair of Bob's iridescent sparkle shoes (so excited!). The total came to about $50, which is more than I would normally put in as thrifty but I found some great deals!
 
Dagmar over at Dagmar's Home is have a "Thrifty and Vintage Link up" party and I'm going over to party it up, you should come over and see some of the great stuff there!
 
Much Luv,
Michelle


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

some domestication going on up in here!

Hey friends

Every year our PTO has a cookie exchange. This will be my first year to participate in it and I took some liberty to stretch what "Cookie Exchange" meant. Cookie - Candy - they're both sweet and desserts so I decided to go with candy. I found an awesomely easy soft chew caramel candy recipe from Your Homebased Mom. It was wonderfully easy and people that don't even care for caramel said that it was awesome and delicious. I've never made any candy in my life, much less caramel. I will say patience, patience and more patience - oh! and definitely a heavy gauge pan, mine started to scorch before I could get to 243 degrees but it still set up wonderfully. Here is the finished product:

 
I doubled the recipe to make sure I had enough for the exchange for generous portions and my hubby is the "Caramel Monster". I ended up with 133 pieces, although if I had uniformly cut them I would have probably gotten at least 150. It was late and it hadn't cooled completely but it was midnight and this momma has to get up at 6am for work and Buckeroo for school, so I spooned them.

Hope everyone's holiday is going amazing, mine is and I'm so excited about getting back to blogging this year. I'm been declining volunteer requests, offers, etc to make sure that there is time for my family and myself. At first it felt weird and completely uncomfortable, but now that I'm starting to have some reward for that weirdness and uncomfortableness it's nice and I will continue to do it, more on that later.

Much Luv,
Michelle

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Fanatics {or i think I'm loosing my mind}

Good Morning Lovlies!

Thank Goodness it is Friday! Although I don't know why I say that because the weekends around here are just as crazy. I guess at least it's one less crazy (work) to deal with.

We had meet the teacher last night, and I just know that we are going to have a great year! I'm sad because I'm loosing my room-mom bestie  - we've been together since kinder! But we're great friends outside that and PTO Board Members so I'll get to see her a lot anyways :) Cor's teachers seem very sweet, down to earth and gentle. I know that's a strange description but he is really sensitive and shuts down with gruff people, so my heart is soothed.

We have our first scrimmage without coaches on the field football this weekend, so how I'm not sure that I will survive this weekend. We have to be at the field at 9:30am, the big opening day stuff from 10-12pm, game at 12:30pm and I then have concession duty at 2pm for a maximum of 2 hrs. If you're quick at math that equates to about a 7 hr day at the ball field, but I get my concessions over with.

Cub Scouts is been crazy with all the stuff I have to do this year, but at least I have about a one to two week reprieve until leaders meeting. Which I am so very thankful for since I need to get Cor ready for school MONDAY! My sweet boy is a THIRD grader and they are changing classes this year - say what?! yes my baby is a) in THIRD grade and b) CHANGING classes!

Operation  Birthday 9.0 has suffered greatly this year, I am just NOW getting the invites done! We have two weeks till his party! I've never been so far behind, thank you sweet baby Jesus, that he wants a party at the local Incredible Pizza (although my budget doesn't think so, my sanity does). I have to make the cake, as I have always made his birthday cakes. Although in all seriousness he doesn't care one way or another, so that baby night get bought this year. It was totally different when he wanted to make the cake with me and we picked out all the décor togather. He's not into that so much anymore. With the package we chose I'm not doing party bags (each kid gets a $5 game card, a game of lazer tag and 1 hr of unlimited video game play, buffet and drink) plus I would imagine the mommas would be grateful to not get a bunch little toys. I'll be sure to post pictures when it happens.

I've been so blessed with my PTO Board friends the end of last year and the beginnings so far this year. Things have been crazy and they love me anyways and let my craziness slide. I promise ladies I will get better and be there more often! Thank y'all from the bottom of my heart for being so understanding and loving.

Today is the last day of summer for us (besides the weekend but I don't count that because we would be off anyways) and I'm wishing I had taken the day off to do something extra fun with my Cor.

I hope everyone has a great day, weekend and beginning of school!

Much Luv,
Michelle

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Mania {or week recap of 08/11-16/14}

Hey Hey Hey Guys!!

How is everyone doing? Have your littles started back to school yet? My not-so-little little starts a week from TODAY! Say what?! When did summer even come much less go?!

We've had a really nice summer to be truthful. Although with football our summer really ends the beginning of August as camp and practices start the second week.

I meant to have this recap up Monday morning, but being the last week before school starts I have a dozen fires in the oven. I should be sewing hanger helpers, but I want to keep my streak going, lol!

Without any more yacking here's what filled our week!

 A huge, MEGA-HUGE, goodwill drop off.
#noshamesoproud
 

Rock out Job Momma!
 
 My car is usually too nasty (yes nasty) for me to every want to post a picture. BUT this weekend I actually vacuumed it after cleaning it out for the Goodwill trip. I have no shame in saying that I will gladly pay my $35 to the car cleaning place, but I have a patience problem so I grabbed the shop vacuum, rag and cleaner.
 
One of my BFF's, Jeri, she is my sister truly.
#solucky
 

We had a girls night out, I can think of two I've had in my entire life, this was the second. We had dinner and closed the mall down! I used to be the 'shop till you drop' gal of my friends - but I have met my match, lol! I got some really nice stuff, Jeri has an amazing eye for fashion, and what fashion that looks good on people. I walked blisters on my feet!

Photobomb Daddy!

We had our first real scrimmage against another league team this weekend. We had two actually, we won both. Cor plays both offense and defense, he's a beast, he got one sack on the quarterback, two recoveries and two stripping the ball. I don't know much about football to be honest, but I love our coaches. Yes, one I'm partial to, Jeff is the defense coach, but in all seriousness, our head coach has taught the boys how to play as a true team, to not compete with one another but to compete together against the opposing team.
 Complete total pinterest FAIL!
 
A partial pinterst fail.
 

The weekend was full of pinterest major fails and a partial fail. The partial fail wasn't too bad or even a fail per say, just not what I'm envisioning.


 
What were you up to this week and weekend?
 
Much Luv,
Michelle












Friday, August 15, 2014

If You Build It They Will Come {or Hubby Building Out My Closet Shelves}

Hello Lovies!

It seems that we are being pretty productive lately, and it's nice!!

This past weekend, actually about three hours on Saturday afternoon, hubster built out closet shelves.

For a while I've waffled with the idea of selling our present home and building from ground up to have a home that would work best for our family. Our current home is a two story home with the master bedroom downstairs and four bedrooms located upstairs. When we had first looked at the home and decided to purchase it, my Cor was six months old and we had dreams and plans to fill all these rooms up with kiddos. I'll post one day about that when I want to delve into major emotional stuff, but that ain't today sisters, lol!

But Cor won't sleep upstairs by himself (no I'm not going to make him as I still go and have a sleepover at my momma and daddy's when Jeff is out of town and there ain't no shame in my game!). So we had made the formal living room into his downstairs bedroom, but then there wasn't any real room for a game room. So I told Jeff, we have to use the space to our advantage or sell and build. Don't get me wrong I LOVE my home, it's what I've always dreamed of having (well besides it not being old enough but that's another post), but the space was just all configured wrong for one story living which is what we were trying to do.

So anyways, we decided to stay put and change some of the rooms functions. Our upstairs has one room that is considerably bigger than the others, we decided to make that the master bedroom. Yes, you heard me right, I lost my mind and made it so that we have to walk up the stairs at least twice a day, and we got some steep stairs. The closet is a bit weird, there are two, one has a bifold door and the other a regular door. I had Jeff hang another rod in the bifold closet so that we each had one rod a piece (if you're counting this is the SECOND time I lost my mind going from a walk in closet to one {ONE} rod). He then graciously got tired of hearing my nagging voice built out my shelves in my regular closet door. I'm really lucky, he is such a jack of all trades guy, and he normally doesn't mind all my "Come on babe, it'll be really easy!" pleas.  So with out further ado:



Here's the before picture, it had one wire shelve across the top. We had already removed it for another closet redo in Buckaroo;s closet.
 

We figured out how high we want the bottom shelve and then placed the other shelves from there. We decided on 20" from the bottom for boots to fit, and then 16" from then on. I'm going to be using it with baskets, shoe boxes, purses and jewelry containers. We went from having a five drawer chest of drawers each to three drawers in a dresser. We did purge but I have a lot of tank tops that I wear under my other shirts for modesty, these will all be placed here. Jeff screwed back and side supports of 2 x 4's for each shelf.
 
Yes this is the top but it was the best angle for pictures. I always have Jeff add a shelve in every closet above what they have. I love how older and European homes have closet usage all the way to the ceiling, it's a great use of previously wasted space. This top shelf will be used for the keepsakes really, since they will seldom be brought down.
 

 
He then ripped the 1/2" plywood to 12" wide pieces, then cut them at 35" in length, and screwed them down. He said 1/2" plywood would be fine for strength since it was such a short span across. You can see the shelf and how high it is compared to the door jam.
 
Here is the finished product! Yes it needs paint but we didn't have any white paint and it needs bright white since there is not a light in the closet. Honestly though I will roll with it like this for a year (ok fine yes probably a couple years). I've been thinking of adding one of those LED click on lights. Have you used one? Is it worth the money?
 
So one more time:
BEFORE
AFTER
 
 
So tell me what you think? I'm about to gather my unused baskets and fill 'er up! I'm enjoying getting all these little projects finished that I've been wanting to do. But there is always a dozen more to complete, but that is half the fun right??
 
Post a link in the comments (no I still haven't figured out how to do a linky thing) of what you've been working on.
 
Much Luv,
Michelle
 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Just Hang In There {or my hanging tabs for my hand towels}

Hey Ya'll!

An issue that I've come across when I use my hand towels is that I have to leave them folded up on the counter. While it is not a huge ordeal I just really like clean counter tops. My stove has a cute embroidered one that one of my best friends made for me that hangs on the oven handle.
 
I thought about it and thought if I could have a tab on them it would be perfect for the hooks that I already have hanging. I looked at Joanne's for something that would have a snap but couldn't find anything, so I made my own out of ribbon.
 
First choose ribbon that fits your colors and décor, cut it long enough to loop it.

(Yes, I'm a total retro babe and have had these colors for about 3 years.)
 
I then tacked each loop before sewing it on the hand towel, it was much easier to work with.

 
Make sure that you trim the ends so that they look nice and neat.

 
After you tack the ribbon and trim the ends, sew the tab to the middle of the side of the towel (I did this so the towel wouldn't dust the ground). One piece of advice make sure you put the tab on the correct side (the under side) so that the ribbon shows correctly and all the sewing lines on the tab.

Here's a picture with the tab done correctly.

The finished product! It took me probably 20 mins to do my six hand towels. The only thing I would do differently is to do these tabs sooner and make sure the ribbon was facing correctly.
 
 
Let me know what you think!
 
Much Luv,
Michelle

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Mania {or what we did last week and weekend}

Hey Everyone!

How were things last week and weekend? I hope this week is even better!

Here are some pictures to show what our week and projects consisted of.

 I tweaked my command center some more, although this is not the final picture.
 I added some ribbon taggies to hang my hand towels I use daily.
 My hubby installed shelves in our upstairs master bedroom.
And just because I can't resist these handsome guys!
 
(Yes that is a Buckee's Christmas shirt and it is August, but to my little man if it's hanging in the closet it's fair game!)
 
 
I'll have a complete tutorial on the hand towel tabs on Wednesday, I hope you'll come back and check it out!
 
Much Luv,
Michelle