A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Nov 30, 2011

Vintage Camper Tree Store...

Had to take a picture of this vintage camper that is 
being used as an office for a Christmas tree sales lot.  
Isn't it cute?  
Too bad I wasn't driving by at night when it is all lit up 
(there are lights all over it)...
 Linking to White Wednesday

Nov 29, 2011

Spotted - Sheet Music Garland...

Why didn't I think of this?  So simple and so beautiful...
Go check out more inspiration at Everything Mom 
and (aka) design.  Two 'new to me' websites.

Nov 27, 2011

A Continual Feast...

 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but 
the cheerful heart has a continual feast. 
Proverbs 15:15
Our Thanksgiving turkey

Nov 26, 2011

My Outdoor Christmas Decor...

I always dread heading out into the cold to do Christamas 
decorating - but today the weather was perfect!   
So for a few hours - I played.  First up - the front porch.  
I  used many summer things - including this wicker planter.  
The greens are long garlands - I just stuffed 'em in there.
 I accumulate inexpensive stuff over the years and 
then figure out how to make it work.  My papier 
mache sled cost $3 - probably should be inside...  
The bushel basket is loaded with greens (branches 
from an artificial tree), pinecones and a 'present'.
 Love my red laces in the ice skates - from last year.
Now the side garden.  My lamp posts...
...and garden planter with the bird bath in the background...
At my garage door - I poked a garden ornament into 
a planter and added more fake tree branches...
Still need to add twinkle lights here and there - 
but that will wait for another day.
Linking to Show Off Your Cottage Monday.

Nov 25, 2011

My Pinterest Christmas Inspiration...

In lieu of being able to upload any new photos 
right now...(long story - but related to redoing 
my office)... I'm sharing from my Pinterest Winter/Christmas board.  Enjoy...

 For sources - go check out the board.  
As always,
I'm a little bit prim and a little bit proper...
or a little bit romance & a little bit Country.

Nov 23, 2011


Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! 
I could write a list a mile long of all the things 
I am thankful for - but mostly, I am thankful for Jesus.  
This journey called life that we are on - I would not 
want to be on it without Him as my Lord and Savior.  

The difficult times? - I am thankful for them. 
  I'm learning to trust Him like never before. 
If you're not already on this narrow path - 
I'd love to have you join me. 
Ask me how.
 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,  
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  
Philippians 4:6,7

Nov 22, 2011

Homeroad's Find...

Susan, from Homeroad, recently posted about a couple 
of cute carts or dollys that she found along the road. 
She asked for suggestions as to what to do with them.  
I am honored that she liked my idea...
 I like 'em!
Go check out the full post with all the 
other ideas and more pictures.  
This gal has a great look going on!

Nov 21, 2011

Recently Pinned - White Buttons...

Thought I'd share a recent pin I found on Pinterest...
(View or follow my pins by clicking on the link at the top of my sidebar)
I love to use white button in vignettes 
and for photo props.  
White raw rice works too - but I much prefer buttons.  
You can view a whole slideshow from BHG of 
vintage white Christmas decorating ideas here...

Nov 20, 2011

Where Rust Destroys...

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, 
where moth and rust destroy...But store up for yourselves 
treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, 
and where thieves do not break in and steal. 
Matthew 6:19,20
Spotted after driver parked downtown  - not even a license plate!

Nov 19, 2011

Paper Ornament Idea...

Here's an easy ornament idea I spotted today.  It is 
simply 2 pieces cut from brown package or
bag paper.  Between each piece is a layer of batting.   
The shapes were cut using a pinking shears and the 
edges were stitched through 3 layers with a 
sewing machine.  
The decor of the top piece could be whatever you 
wish - in this case, some greens and a homespun 
fabric bow are the finishing touches. 
So cute!  Great for gift toppers, gift tags, your
tree, to hang from a lamp and so much more.  
I think I'm gonna have to whip up some of these.
I'm thinking sheet music!

Nov 18, 2011

Basket of Photo Props...

We are beginning to clean out my office so that we 
can 'improve' it.  But that means - piles of stuff 
will be stashed away during the re-do.  Since I sell 
online - I take photos of inventory almost daily. 

So, I put together a basket of photo props that I 
can quickly grab to enhance my photos...
 Pinecones and ornaments are always a good addition.  
But I love my vintage white feather boa for softness...
 Greens always work - and lately I've been having 
fun using faux straw...
Just a few samples of quick frugal additions to 
enhance inventory photos...
The above items are all available in my Etsy shops - 
accessed through my sidebar.
I'll talk more about the office in another post.  
But trust me - an overhaul is very necessary.

Linking with:

Nov 16, 2011

Vintage China Display...

Don't you love how anything can be a Christmas vignette 
if you add a few greens, ornaments or beads?  This is one 
of the vignettes I put together at the thrift shop this week...
Excuse the red stickers - they are price tags 
as items on display are 'for sale'.
I wanted to showcase some old china that is currently 
for sale...crazing, staining and all.   Just can't help but 
love the imperfections...

 I'm linking this post to:

Nov 14, 2011

Unique Gift Wrapping...

Over the weekend we went to a 50th birthday party.  
Gag gifts were encouraged.  
(Don't worry - we got a nice gift too.)  Our gag gift had 
to do with an old dot matrix printer that the birthday boy 
still uses.  So... we wrapped it in some of the printer 
generated paper.  Then I went to my 'stash' drawers...
 A bit of wide ric rac, a little hammer doo dad, some jute 
(actually a lantern wick)...
...and a homemade tag.  I keep lots of doo dads on hand.
They make great gift ornaments.  Took all of 2 minutes.
Linking this post to
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Nov 13, 2011

Treasured Possession...

For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. 
The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the 
peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, 
his treasured possession.  
Deuteronomy 7:6

Nov 12, 2011

Framing Frames...

Frames make great 'frames' to showcase another picture 
or object.  Leave them plain - with no glass or interior.  
I have a vintage frame for sale right now in my 
booth space - and this is it's current arrangement...
You can pick up old frames at thrift shops.  
The options are endless...

Nov 11, 2011

Christmas Stockings From Old Clothing...

As I've mentioned before - I love fabrics.  I have a 
basket of fabrics and old clothing that I keep just 
because the material could live a second life.  
Yesterday I felt inspired to make something out of 
some of those pieces.  I was drawn to an
old denim jumper - so that was my starting point.  
I added some sweater remnants and wa-la...
 I've kept a Christmas stocking pattern shape on 
hand from years ago...so cutting them out was easy.
 A section of the sweater sleeves proved to be a 
perfect fit for the stocking cuffs...
 ...stitched some pockets in place and added a 
vintage matching button.  What do you think?
For more inspiration - check out these sites that I'm linking to:

Nov 9, 2011

Behold the Tip Junkie...

Just in case someone out there has not yet discovered 
the Tip Junkie website, I thought I'd share some snipetts
to encourage you to stop on over.  There are tips and 
how to's and tutorials from all over the blog world and 
more.  Here's just a few that I think are pretty neat...
A Fall Tablescape - just in time for Thanksgiving

Go get inspired!


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