A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Sep 16, 2017

A Canal Park - Saturday Sightings...

Took a little walk in a park... with a historical canal in its midst.
Enjoy...


Can you see the other end of the tunnel?




Saved my favorite for last...

I see the approach of autumn in these photos.  
What a blessing to have the gift of life to witness it!  ~Joyce


Sep 15, 2017

How To Clean Out A Shed the Easy Way - Friday Finds...

My Friday Finds are - well - come and see...

Loved this door...

...it went to this sweet shed...

...where everything inside was free!  Yippee!

Till I went inside.  Photo actually doesn't look bad.  But there were areas 
that looked like mice nests... and it didn't smell good... and I just couldn't go in.  
But hey - what a novel way to clean out your shed!

Here's what I did find...  
There's a wedding in my very near future - so as I'm seeing stuff I'm getting it.
I just may have a need for some sheer panels... so was happy 
to find fabric and some long curtains already made.  
That 'to do' tablet is still in its original package - 
great for my gift drawer...

These plastic figures are actually vintage cake decorations - a great find... 

And loved the patina of these old shoe shine brushes.  
Look at those bristles!

Twas a good little morning.  Just enough finds to make me smile! 

And remember that shed clean-out trick. 
Tomorrow is Saturday - a great day to try it out.  Ha!  ~Joyce


Sep 14, 2017

Budget & Quick Elegant Wedding Planning - Thrifty Thursday...

Been a whirlwind week and a half.  Our daughter just got engaged and 
wants an outdoor wedding yet by the end of October!  Alrighty then!  
Thankfully she wants very small - so we're getting on it the best we can.

Right out of the chute - we've picked a date, have been looking at venues, 
a reasonably priced & made-to-order gown has been ordered 
from Amazon (yeah - I didn't know they had them either!) 
and we have the colors she wants to work with.

My part?  Largely giving ideas, trying to keep us on track, 
paying some bills and working on decor.

As I'm out and about at yard sales - I've begun to collect pretties.
  And - I already own quite a bit that may work...

I found this sign and gave it a repaint from it's original hunter green.  
Look at it now!  Surely I can use it somewhere. 

And my favorite so far... look at these limelight hydrangeas!  
I remembered a friend telling me she has about 15 bushes.  I 'asked'... 
she said 'yes' and we hustled down there and scooped up some blooms.  
These will dry and be perfect for... can't tell!  
Translation - I really don't know yet.

So tag along for the journey.   Don't know what we're doing
but we'll see what God provides along the way.  ~Joyce


Sep 7, 2017

Frugal Displays for Thrifty Thursday...

I was busy creating displays again this week.  Let's look closer...

This first one is so simple.  The foundation is white candles and
 small wooden boxes and square baskets.  Small baskets and boxes
 abound at thrift shops - for pennies!  Add another white figurine and 
some greenery and 'boom' - you've got a display that can span the seasons.

This wool sweater caught my eye and again - these abound at thrift shops - 
for cheap!  The first scarf I paired with it sold immediately - so this one 
is '2nd choice' - but cozy.   This display is all about nubby texture!  

These big gold plates are easy to find.  And they work great for Fall.  
The pretty scarf acts as a linen with a starting point on a mug tree.  

Vignettes need varying degrees of height.  Just look at what you already have - in the proper heights - and add other things 
in the colors you need to make it work.  

Have fun!  ~Joyce


Sep 1, 2017

Going Batty & Lesson Learned - Friday Finds...

It was a fun morning out at yard sales.  This guy though was half
 cute to me - and half scary!   ...picked him up anyway.  
His body is all furry and fuzzy and I'm hoping somebody 
out there will want him - as I don't plan to keep him!

Seems I've been finding dolls lately.  This Alice in Wonderland 
set is a Mattel Kibbles item - complete with story book.  
I'm thinking it was a pretty good find.

An overview of everything I picked up...  Looks like Christmas!
  Feather tree ornaments, village houses, a rubber squeak Santa
 and a few things for me.... like that $2 brand new candle...

And these blank kraft paper cards with the most awesome envelopes.  
I'll have fun including these in gift baskets and such.

But my best 'find' from today was really a lesson of sorts.  
I was struck by how friendly all the yard sale holders are to people
 when they're there to shop.  Then I encountered a lady whose yard sales 
I have been to several times.  But today she was just a shopper...
 and interestingly - not quite so friendly.    It occurred to me that 
we should treat everybody with the same courtesy and respect that
 we do when we're trying to sell them something.  And as a Christ-
follower - I am selling something (or rather someOne) - whether
I'm conscience of it or not.  Was a sobering moment for me.

Enjoy your weekend everyone. 
And give a 'seller's smile' to all you meet!  ~Joyce


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