Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bedroom Wall Art On the Cheap

I love good solid frames with straight lines, so when I find them, I buy them and just wait for a need.

I found these plain frames at Goodwill for just a few dollars...

I took this piece of material...

(this is a furniture fabric sample that a friend shared with me from a huge stash she had gotten)
I have lots more of these that I can do different things with...

I used the fabric and some paint to get two of these...

I also took some old organ sheet music of my grandmothers,

and ended up with inexpensive and unique wall art for my bedroom...

Can you see the name of the song on the wall?

"Melody of Love"...Fitting, don't you think?

Linking up over at A Soft Place To Land and the lovely Faded Charm.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Eye Appointments and Thrifting

For the last seven weeks, my son and I have driven to Nashville once a week for vision therapy.  On these dr. appointment days, he graciously goes thrifting with me.

We have tried out several different Goodwill stores, a couple of thrift stores and the Nashville Flea Market.

Today was flea market day! 

It was pouring down rain, but we pressed on like any good shopper would do, right?

My sweet son never complained.  Rain pouring down, helping hold my bags and acting excited when I found green mason jars and burlap bags.  He is a gooood son.

I didn't have a lot of time, but did find time to snag a few goodies.

A few cool things, huh?

I'll show you sometime soon what I did with most of it. 

If you ever get close to Nasvhille on the third weekend of the month, you really need to stop by and do a little shopping.  I love that I can get my green jars for $1 and $2 at the flea market and they are way more than that at an antique store.  And, my linens were only a dollar a piece.  I got some great deals!!

Have a great upcoming weekend!

Posting over at Finding Fabulous.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

How I Am Pampering Myself Cheaply and Naturally...

Blogs are a wonderful source of information.

I recently came upon some neat ways to pamper myself using some simple ingredients we have at home.

For Mother's Day, I gave this recipe for Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub to my oldest daughter and asked her to make it for me.  Both my girls had fun making this gift for me.

It says it's for hands, but I use it all over.  It feels great!

I also found this video blog from Keeper Of the Home about cleansing your face with oil. 

Take a look, even if it sounds crazy to you.  I have made up mine and have used it several times this past week and it makes my face feel wonderful.  Another love has been found and it's cheap.

I also ordered me a treat from Sweet Grass Farm.

The lotion is Shea Butter Lotion-Lavender, and it smells incredible.  I love lavender!  The soap is Rosemary Lavender.  I haven't used it yet, but can't wait.

I also ordered Spring Chicken Muscle Rub for the athlete in my house. 

I would highly recommend you trying any of these things I've told you about.

Make sure to let me know if you try them and what you think about them.

I will leave you with this little bit of pampering for your eyes from me to you...


Friday, May 14, 2010

1st Day Down...Yard Sale Success

My 1st day of my yard sale was a great success!!

How do I define success with a yard sale?

First of all, there was NO rain like was forecasted.  Thank you for your prayers and thank you, Lord.

We had lots and lots of people here shopping most all day.

All three families participating in this sale, have sold a lot of stuff.  I have sold so much of my stuff already.  Hooray!!!

I got to spend time with one of my very best friends and of course, with my family.

Now, we move on to tomorrow's sale.

I'm still praying for no rain tomorrow, but am so thankful for the day today.

Thanks again, friends, for your advice and for your prayers for the weather.  You are all incredible ladies!

We had several tables, but also displayed things on our ping pong table. 

Make sure to display all of your items very well so people can see things easier.  Remember, people will buy more if things are pleasing to look at and easy to get to.

I own clothing racks because of a children's consignment sale that I have.  I love being able to hang clothes on a rack and not have them laying on a table.  Again, it just seems easier for people to look through them.

I price each item I have for sale.  I don't like to have to come up with a price off the cuff.  I am also flexible with my pricing.  I DO NOT want to bring things back inside once they are out.  What doesn't sale, gets donated.

Faith had her own little business going. 

 People are so generous amd kind with children and their lemonade stands.  She made a pretty good little amount of money and was so excited.

Let me know if you have any questions about hosting a yard sale, as I have had many.  I am no expert, but I have had a lot of them so I know a little.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My Annual Weeding Out...But Not In the Garden

My friends, I am selfishly asking that the rain not come this weekend, as I am having a much needed yard sale. I will be having it Friday and Saturday, so please pray for the rain to stay away.

Remember I told you that I am de-Kirklandifying (I know that's not a word anywhere, but it worked)?  I am getting rid of so much.  I am simplifying.  I am ridding myself of most things that are red, brass, or anything similar.  My whole home has changed over the last year and I LOVE IT!  My home has now taken on MY personality and not a stores.  It has been so freeing to become ME.  How weird is that?

I wish you all lived closer and you could come hang out with me and some of my other buds who will be selling also.  You could bring some of your things and we could all simplify together.  We could also make a little money to boot.

Just a little note to tell you what I have done so far to prepare...

All things are priced to sale (that means good prices because I do not intend to bring anything back in)

Clothes are on hangers and on clothing racks where they can be seen easier

Ads are in two area newspapers, on a couple of free websites and on Facebook

Signs are made and ready to be placed in good traffic areas

Friend's items will be brought tomorrow

I will be up early early Friday morning pulling things out of the garage and getting everything organized neatly on tables or racks so that people can browse and buy easily

I want things to be pleasing to the eyes when people shop my yard sales so that they will stay longer and buy lots of stuff, so that means making sure I spend a little extra time getting things out and displayed

Of course, I always make sure my house is in good shape just in case a friend comes by who wants to take a look around.  Oh, and the yard has to be manicured since all those people will be here.  Honestly, yard sales make me tired before they even get here because I make myself too uptight about unnecessary things. 

Do you have any quick tips for me that you can share before Friday morning?  Any and all suggestions are appreciated!!

Thanks and remember...NO RAIN!


Friday, May 7, 2010

I Love That I Can Ask You All Questions...

Okay, my friends, I am looking for a little advice. 

I am looking for some books to satisfy my vintage, shabby chic, natural home desires.  I would love to hear what some of your favorite picks are. 

Think about it this way...what book would you most like to sit down with in your big comfy chair with a cup of coffee or tea and waste away the day with?  I know most of us don't actually have the time to do that, but what if you did?  Tell me several that are your favorites and then I will do a little research.

You know how you just get in the mood for a good read with beautiful photos that make your heart pitter patter?  That is what kind of mood I am in.   I have gone to the library and found a few that I like, but unfortunately, our library is limited in their shabby chic department. 

I did find an older book called The Natural Home, Living the Simpler Life, that is wonderful.  It's sweet.  Do you know what I mean?  It's just a calming book with great pictures and wonderful bits of wisdom.  I sit dreamily, I tell you, dreamily, as I look over a book like this.  My heart yearns a little...actually a whole lot. 

Just listen to some of the words this author uses to wrap me up in her little world...Boughs of fragrant lilac in a watering can, the scent of grass after a rain, the smooth surface of a stone worn by the tide, gentle breezes, the light of day, nature's palette, timeworn textures, a welcoming seat, oh and there's so much more.  She actually had me in the preface when she talked about rescuing a kitchen table from an old barn.  She said it was the heart of her home.  Oh, to find an old farm table that I can make my own where my family can sit and continue to make memories.

Can you hear the yearning?  I certainly feel it. 

Sometime soon, I would like to share with you where I have come from, where I am now, and where I hope to be someday.  I feel as though I am on a journey of sorts.  This is a journey that I believe is from God and one I pray that I am faithful on.

God bless you today, my friends, and thanks for any advice on good reading for the warm days ahead.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Even Goodwill Can Be Expensive

As much as I love the bargains I get at Goodwill, I still have to be very careful that I don't go overboard.

Well, I went overboard last week at a Goodwill I found in Lewisburg, TN.

Funny thing was that I only had about 30 minutes to shop.  It was a run in, run out trip.

(I did get a discount for using a SmartCard I have so that was a good thing.)

Think about if I had had more time...

Good grief.

A few closeups...

A few things have already been painted, but most were perfect as is.

Wish you could have been with me.  We would have had lots of fun.

I am actually taking my mom there tomorrow and a great friend of mine next week.

Just sharing the love, my friends, sharing the love.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

An Old Gate and a Tractor Supply Pallet

I love Laurie and her painted signs at Welcome to Turner Farm

I loved the signs because they were done on free wooden pallets, and I had several pallets already at the house.

I also had a great old white gate that I had picked up on the side of the road.

I decided to try my hand at what Laurie had done.

I don't even dare to think mine are as  good as hers, but I do love both of them.

This Kinser Home sign sits at the foot of our driveway right in front of our shed.  It welcomes our visitors as they pull down the drive.

Our little hobby farm, which is what I like to call it, consists of five acres, fourteen chickens, a garden, a small orchard that we are having little success with,  a compost bin, a cat and the five of us.  

At some point, when we have more time, we would enjoy maybe having a little more livestock.  Not sure if that will happen, but maybe.  I think a milk goat would be nice.

Did you see the egg sign that says .10 a dozen?  My husband is afraid someone will think that's for real and that the eggs really are .10 a dozen.  Don't all people realize what decorations are?

Can you see Big D towering over all the other chickens in the back?

He is such a novelty at our home.  People love to look at him because he is such an abnormally large rooster.

He makes for good conversation, that's for sure.

Thanks to you all for stopping by today and visiting with me at our little hobby farm.

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