A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Feb 29, 2012

Filtered Light...

Sometimes when shooting photos - the light can be too bright.  Here's a quick fix I did the other day...
The extra lace helped keep the sharp sunbeams 
from landing where I didn't want them.  Yet still 
left plenty of natural light get by.
Linking to White Wednesday

Feb 28, 2012

Old Newspaper Project...

I've been in need of a tray for the bathroom at 
our cottage.  Funny how when I wasn't looking 
for one I'd see them all the time at thrift shops.  
But alas,  my patience paid off and I found an unfinished wooden tray for around $1. 
This is the coloring of the bath. (Want to repaint 
that tub all white, but for now...)   I do want to 
keep the blue striped ticking curtains that hides
 wall storage...
...so I didn't want to make the tray creamy white.  Instead I opted for this gray blue that I had in 
my paint stash...
We found some old newspapers in the cottage 
when we bought it.   I cut out any health 
and beauty advertisements that I could find and decoupaged them to the inside bottom.  
This turned out a bit like a child's
 cut and paste project - but it will do. 
It'll be fun to read the classified ads in the background.
After a couple of coats of poly - I think it will 
serve us nicely in a humid space.

Feb 27, 2012

Easter Things...

It's time to break out the Easter treasures 
in my Etsy shop.  These delightful 
Greeting Card Booklets were just listed...
...along with this Friction Rabbit... 
 ...and these post cards.  
(Sold!  Thank you Lynn.)
Frequent my Etsy shop for more upcoming 
vintage Easter goodness.

And speaking of Etsy - check out this adorable 
The Polkadot Magpie.  She featured my 
clothespin bag.  I am honored!

Feb 26, 2012

Wealth and Honor...

Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power...
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.  
Yours, LORD, is the kingdom...
Wealth and honor come from you;
   you are the ruler of all things. 
I Chronicles 29:11-12a
My first pic. w/ my new camera My Love bought me!
This morning in church we were challenged 
to give something away this week - something 
that has a hold on us.  It's not ours anyway - 
but simply being lent to us from the Father.
What will I give?

Feb 25, 2012

Garden Bicycles...

I find wonderful greeting cards at 'my' thrift shop.  They sell at 5/$1 and it's amazing the pretty cards that get donated.  Recently I picked up these 
sweeties with gorgeous garden inspired photos...
 Just look at those vintage and rusty bicycles 
adorned for front yard display...
These are essentially friendship cards.  One reads...
Our friendship is more than being together.
It's being together and not noticing
when the hours spill into years.
I wish each of you a friend, or 2, like that!
 Photos are all by Nancy Matthews for Christian Art Greetings.
And in keeping with the garden theme - 
look what is new to my Etsy Shop...
Wild Flowers Book from 1895 with tons of illustrations!

Feb 23, 2012

My Shoes...

Hello..... my name is  Joyce....... 

I'm 47 years old and.....

these are my shoes....

 That's a lot of comfy fun for $3!
 Posted today for this Feb. photo challenge...
 ...from a thrift shop of course.

Feb 22, 2012

Simple Bouquets...

For quick and easy floral arrangements - try 
using just one flower type with a filler...
In this case - only purple statice with
baby's breath makes a beautiful display.
My Photo-A-Day theme - 'where you work'...

I work from home processing web and phone orders for 
Messick's - a farm equipment company.  
It's part time and I love it!  
But it makes finding time to dabble in antique sales 
(another love) just a bit more challenging.

Feb 20, 2012


Today's February Photo-A-Day theme - 
I found this pretty handwritten name on the back 
of a vintage Easter post card.  Oh the lovely script that flows from the tip of a fountain pen.
The post card is available in a 
Lot of 4 in my Etsy shop...

Feb 19, 2012

Bears Our Burdens...

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
   who daily bears our burdens.  
Psalms 68:19
Taken in Ireland
What a precious reminder this was for me today.  
My burdens need not be mine alone.  Indeed 
Jesus wants to carry them for me!

Feb 18, 2012

Bargain Fruit...

Don't overlook fruit that is priced to sell quickly 
or is a bit on the ugly side.  
  Yesterday I picked up a bag of pears for 
just 50 cents.
 In the case of pears and pineapples - the best 
looking are not necessarily the best tasting.
 The one with the most brown spots on the 
far right is the next one ripe for eating.
And I'm liking that yellow in my old
chipped blue bowl.

Feb 17, 2012

Tips For Recycled Candle Making...

A few weeks back I did a post about 
I was really happy with the results - but 
struggled with how to deal with cleaning 
wax from varying containers, etc.  
Problem solved! 
I found 2 great how-to's.
For cleaning out old candle jars -
And for the actual recycled candle making 
Wow -  we all gonna save money on candles with this
recycling process!
Today's Photo A Day - 'Time'
Inherited Watches
Linking to Pink Saturday

Feb 16, 2012

Saving Flower Petals For...

Some of my and my mother's fresh flower 
bouquets are on their last leg.  But it seemed 
a shame to toss all those pretty petals...
 ...they will be perfect for adding to my 
handmade paper recipes.
 Just like that I have 2 bags full!  
That will make a lot of paper.
 And my Feb. Photo-A-Day - 'Something New'...
Found for 25 cents yesterday.
Linking to Treasure Hunt Thursday

Feb 15, 2012

Thrifted Outfit...

My antique biz friend is a thrifter like me.
She comes up with the cutest outfits.  
This is one she wore last week...
 Dress was $4 and had a wide enough skirt to 
layer another ruffled skirt underneath - perfect 
with those cute boots.  The entire outfit is 
thrifted - how fun is that?
 Use a second skirt as a petticoat - love it!
Photo A Day theme - 'phone'...
I'd love to sell this phone - think anyone would want it?
Just Listed in my Etsy Shop...
Small Antique Chalkboard

Feb 14, 2012

Hearts and Candles...

We had a simple family Valentine's supper 
tonight.   In a bit of rush - I tried to at least 
have hearts and candles...
 ...all on top of a satin chocolate candy box.
(Thank you Jillian.)
 The little glitter heart votive I  scooped up 
this week for 47 cents.
 Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Check out the other hearts at Photo A Day.

Feb 13, 2012

My Gluten Free Cookbook...

This post is lining right up with today's 
Photo A Day theme - 'blue'.  Many  years ago 
I started gathering recipes and writing them in 
this little notebook.  These are all gluten free-naturally recipes that I will send with my daughter when she has a home of  her own.  
 Hopefully it will be a quick reference for her 
when she's preparing meals for herself (Celiac) 
and/or her family.  Since she is now out of her 
teens - I'd better get cracking with filling up 
this little book!
I plan to make this recipe this weekend.  
We're having another couple for a belated 
Valentine's Day meal.  It's a tasty, easy recipe 
and presents well!
Sold!  Thank you Maureen.
Just Listed in my With Propriety Etsy Shop...
Brown Fabric Vintage Purse

Feb 12, 2012

True Beauty...

Do not let your adornment be merely outward...  
rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, 
with the incorruptible beauty 
of a gentle and quiet spirit, 
which is very precious in the sight of God.  
I Peter 3:3,4
Photo A Day Theme - 'Inside Your Closet'
Apparently I wear lots of brown...



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