A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Jul 31, 2011

The Old Has Gone...

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; 
the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17
At our local Bass Pro Shoppes

Jul 29, 2011

I Couldn't Throw It Out...

It had such good lines - but was missing many original parts.  
It's amazing what a paint job and a little adornment will do...
This was it's former life - but with no mirror, glass or 
wooden corner embellishments...
Now - it is ready for somebody's creative art or design...
Available here.
Good lines indeed...
Joining the other inspiration at these parties today...

Jul 28, 2011

Recent Finds - A Pink Collection...

As is often the case - my 'finds' on any given day often seem 
to go together... as if they could be vignettes themselves.  
Such is the case with this week's treasures...
Yep, that's a chorus book hiding back there- in pink...
Available here
Love the detailing on the white tulip vase... 
Isn't this sweet moire satin covered trash can darling?
Available here.
Dig these sweet Cat Eyes from France!
Available here.
And thank you Amy for your purchase today...
Linking this post to Pink Saturday.

Jul 27, 2011

Sour Milk and Bad Bananas...

Yes - I had both of the above in my kitchen - at the same time.  
Good thing they are the perfect ingredients for Banana Cake!  
I made cupcakes actually.  You don't need cupcake papers.  
Just spray the pans and you're good to go...

I made these gluten free with my GF flour mixture and 
a teaspoon of Xanthum Gum.

Joining these parties today.  Come over and visit!
Today's Etsy Listing

Jul 26, 2011

Just a Few More...

Here are a few more inspiring booth shots from 
Ironstone in a box w/ shredding
Sheet music bundles of lavender.
 Actually, sheet music tied around anything looks good!

Love this idea - stuff some kid's jeans with 
dried florals for door and more decor.
Patriotic display with red, white and blue
And last, but not least, I met Peggy - the owner of the 
Sweet Granny's Country Store booth.
This gal has tireless energy - 3 booths - drives an hour
every day to update them - and has scores
of one-of-a-kind crafts among her antiques.
Some of her ideas...
Half-a-can planter
I am so inspired after this visit!  They had booth space available,
but at 2 hours away - just not sure it would be worth it.
Anyone else do a booth that far away from home?
Check out some great ideas over at
Tuesday's Treasures 

Today's Etsy Listing

Jul 24, 2011

A Road Trip of Ideas...

I took a little road trip and stopped at a great marketplace
along the way.  The first thing I love about this place is that 
it is a restored dilapidated old warehouse...
The inside has been turned into a village street - 
lined with shops.  The shops carry everything from crafts 
and antiques,  a book shop and an ice cream parlor.   
There's even a huge indoor flea market.
This was one of my favorite booths...
Look at some of her ideas...
Covered lamp shades with sheet music.

A burlap lined white suitcase full of wedding decor for sale.

A cradle of pillows and white goodness
And another shop that made me smile...
Next time you're near Lewisburg, PA - I highly recommend a visit to this lovely, HUGE indoor Street of Shops.
Today's Etsy Listing
Snare Card Game - letter cards great for projects

To Save A Life...

"For whoever wants to save his life  will lose it, 
but whoever loses his life for me 
and for the gospel will save it."  
Mark 8:35

Jul 23, 2011

Retro Clutter?

Just when we thought clean, fresh, white and uncluttered was 
'the look' - check out what Anthropolgie is up to this month...

 Just a little retro.  Way to keep us guessing!

Jul 22, 2011

Table Make-Over with Homemade Mod Podge...

Yesterday I showed you the beginning of a quick project.   
This table was a 'freebie' that I found along the road.  
I had painted it a while ago - but it looked pretty plain.   
With some decoupaged old sheet music on top - 
it rises to a new level (I hope).
planning the lay-out

Finished the whole piece with a coat of poly.

The song "Others" by C. D. Meigs has such beautiful lyrics.  
The first couple of verses:

Lord help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer shall be for – Others.

Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true
And know that all I do for you
Must needs be done for – Others.

I used homemade Mod Podge in this project - 
3 parts Elmer's (or similar) glue; 1 part water. 

Check out these Friday Parties I'm joining:
Vintage Inspiration Friday
Frugral Friday
Show and Tell Friday

Jul 21, 2011

Favorite Find...

Had to show you my favorite find from last weekend.  Not 1 -
but 2 - old sewing pattern boxes filled with patterns!
Available in my With Propriety store.

There were quite a few unusual patterns;  coats, hats, costumes, 
doll clothing, aprons, even men's ties and sleepwear. 

I just love the graphics...

On another note - look what I started today!!


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