Saturday, May 29, 2010

Yard Sale finds

Got some super great deals at the yard sales yesterday.
Highland Hills was having community yard sale days this weekend.

king reversible comforter and matching throw $3.00!!!!

wicker stand( I am going to use it in the bedroom) $3.00

blacker & decker drill ( and it works). $5.00

small green pitchers 25 cents each. I am going to use them as vases.
4 placemats $1.00
new knives 50 cents each
gold throw $1.00
plastic silverware holder 50 cents
candle 50 cents
glass holder $1.00
t shirt 25 cents
book, "Revolutionary Road" 50 cents
dried orange slices $1.00/bag
vintage printers drawer $3.00!!!
Ohio State ornament 50 cents( my mom has an Ohio State Christmas tree in one room.)

small chest $2.00

perfect to hide all the remotes

white dishes I have been wanting for a very long time.....
they have a basket weave pattern around the edges. I ended up with a 12 person setting PLUS starter set for , get this, $12.50!!!! yea!!!!!!! they are wayyyy more on Ebay.

crock( water bowl for the cats) $1.00


I want to use it outside. should I paint it or leave as is?

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be back soon. :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mirror Makeover and......

Was looking for something to go with the skeleton key picture that I made last week. I was thinking it looked lost on the wall.
Found these wonderful ( lol) southwestern style mirrors. Pretty sure they used to be sold through Home Interior. Anyways, I got the set for 79 cents. I figured at that price, I couldn't go wrong.

Ta- Da!!!!
Took them home and spray painted them black!! I put one above the picture and the other, well, I haven't decided where to put it. :)

Oh, and I keep forgetting to mention.........................

Check out my new ride!!!!!!
Its the perfect thing for yard saling or going to get plants.
Actually, I just said to my mom, I wasn't going to take this truck yard saling. After all, I don't think I could get great deals in this... The old Explorer( you can see it in the background) is more for bargaining in. lol
Anyways, its not new, new. but... its new to me and I love it!!!! I bought it from my dad. He had/has stickers on the back window that says, "coal miner's son". His dad( my grandpa) was a coal miner. Those stickers are staying cause I am proud of where I came from.

These Peonies( "pineys", my Grandma Ogle used to call them) are growing like crazy!! I picked some to bring inside.
Next post I will tell you more about the "pineys" and show you some other stuff.
The door is out and the wall has been framed in and painted!! yea!!!!

I am participating in....

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday night ramblings, a project to share

Thought I would hop on and talk for a while. Well, I guess I mean type for a while. :)

The weather here has been rainy off and on since my last post. Yesterday it did let up enough that we got the grass mowed.

I am still reading the book, "Moving On" and trying to do some decluttering in my life.

Years ago, and I do mean year ago( like in the late 80's and 90's), my idea of decorating was straight from Home Interior shows. It seemed like I had a show or went to a show at least twice a month. I loved it!! I loved the idea of someone giving me suggestions on what to put on my walls, the friendship of other women and the "me" time. I wasn't just mommy or someone's wife; I was me. I got to say things and do things that were not part of my daily routine.

After the girls' dad and I split in the late 90's, I wanted a more "laid back" home. I wanted it to be cute and cozy. This is when I yearned for the country style, at least the cute country style. Oh, I had the gingerbread men theme in the kitchen; dolls, stitcheries and rag balls were included in the living room. In the past year , I have been changing again. Maybe its because I am getting older, maybe its because I am finding me, or maybe I just like the "less is more" look. Don't get me wrong, I still love, love, LOVE primitives , but..................... I am more interested in the lean and clean( thats what I call it)rustic look. I discovered Pottery Barn and Horchow websites. I know some of their things are pricey, but guess what?? You would be amazed at some of the knockoffs that bloggers are creating to get the same look.
I discovered blogs who some would think of as shabby instead of primitive but not to me they aren't. To me, they look clean and natural and still primitive- just not the black and other deep colors that everyone seems to lean towards.

These days I am looking at creams, taupes, creamy browns, blues and golden yellows. mind you, I still like looking at stitcheries, dolls, stars and crows. I just have gotten away with decorating with them so much. Anyone else feeling like that?

Maybe its just me.

I wrote this saying on my rustic( primitive) chalkboard. Its actually an excerpt from a quote in the book, "Moving On". It says exactly what I feel.

For now, its a keeper. :)

Next is a little project I did.

I keep missing posting on , Tutorial Tuesday, Whatcha Working on Wednesday and Transformation Thursday.

So I am calling this project day, "Finish it up Friday". :)

I have had the fabric for years and years (seriously, years and years). The keys I picked up at a yard sale- got the whole box for $1.00. The picture frame came from Dollar Tree( gotta love that store!).

I keep looking at all the great things other bloggers are working on and thought I needed to do something.

So............................... here is a little something I threw together.


I used spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the photo board. The spray gives it a nice smooth finish. Next, I placed the mat on top. I did this so I would know where I wanted to place the keys to keep them somewhat even.

The keys are attached with craft glue. The mat board was deep enough that the keys didn't stick up and I could still use the glass, instead of leaving it open. Thats a good thing, I didn't want it to get dusty or dirty too soon.

This weekend, we are going to take out one of the bedroom doors and make it a solid wall.
The door on the right is going to be eliminated.

Excuse the mess, please.
I will explain more about the project later.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rainy Days & Mondays

Well, today is a rainy day AND it's a Monday.
Woke up at 4 am to the sound of rain on the roof and it hasn't let up yet.
I put the coffee on and grabbed a sweatshirt. Yessiree , I still got it on too. It has been a chilly day!

Really haven't done much around the house except the usual cleaning.

I did get caught up on the series, "America, The Story of Us". I have always liked history and this show has some great things on there that I didn't know about. I love having a DVR. :)

Has anyone else been watching it?

I have also been reading, "Moving on, Creating Your House of Belonging with Simple Abundance". It is a really great book and talks of how our lives and our homes tell of who we really are. The part that has really stuck with me is that some homes are tidy on the outside but you open closets, drawers, etc . and they are untidy and disorganized. In fact the person living there is probably the same on the inside. They give an outwards appearance that all is well, when in fact, it's not. Very interesting book!!! I have already underlined sooo many passages and I am not even halfway done with it. I found my copy at the local thrift store but I bet its pretty cheap on Amazon too.

Tonight for supper, I made chili.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Taking a deep breath

Taking a deep breath and feeling better.
Life has been throwing me quite a few curve balls lately but I am dealing with things.
At least, better than I was last week.
I know all relationships have their ups and downs;
I just think I end up with more than my share of downs.
Thanks for all your comments on my last post. It means alot!!
Daughter #2 who is 19, is trying to get back on her feet and maybe listening to me just a little bit more. Life is hard; there are good times and bad times.
I hope she always has more good times than bad times.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Not the place I thought it once was....

Sorry I haven't posted lately. I have alot of things weighing heavy on my heart and mind.
My world is not the place I thought it once was.
I have been by myself now for a week.
I stopped counting the tears I have shed out of sadness and frustration..
Just please think about me and say a prayer, cause right now, I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel.