Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

Where did the week go?  Time is going by way too fast!  I have been busy with my garden and other yard chores.  The weather has been beautiful, and I am enjoying being outside!
First I want to show you what I did with the lamp from last week.
It was the perfect size for on top of the piano.  It had a pretty red shade that was too big for it, but I moved that to another lamp.  Here it is now.
Ahhh, much better.  I love Oil Rubbed Bronze paint!!!!
I recently picked up these two heavy and ornate frames.  I loved them.  Just not in gold!

They are now painted in Oil Rubbed Bronze, and I have them flanked on either side of the lamp.

Four dollars each for these beautiful frames.  I got them on half off day.
Also, on the same day I found the frames....this pretty glazed pottery plate.
A nest of robins egg blue eggs (soap) on a pedestal from Pier 1.  Still wrapped.  But I unwrapped it to take photo.
Hammered bowl.
Two old time quart size juice bottles, with indentations to hold on sides.
A couple of Ball jars too.
The exact shade of buttercup yellow dust ruffle I wanted for my Spring bedding makeover.  It was a very well made dust ruffle, with a heavy piece of broadcloth for the center piece.  I washed it in hot water, with a double rinse cycle, and line dried it, then put it on the bed.
I took the heavy winter comforter off, and searched the linen closet for what I wanted to lighten up the bedding for Spring and Summer.  I put this white quilted matelasse bedspred on the bed, along with lots of pillows with floral pillow slips.
And folded a pretty quilt at the foot of the bed.  I love it for a lighter and brighter look.  I also flipped and rotated the mattress, (with Drew's help), when I put the new dust ruffle on.  Everything felt so fresh and clean.
There were a few other little things I found on this bonanza of a thrift shopping day.  All for around 20.00!  I rarely spend more than that.  I really look for the good deals.
Yesterday, on a whim, I popped into my favorite place, just to peek.  Well imagine my surprise when I saw this open suitcase, with a Viking sewing machine inside, almost exactly like mine.  I purchased my Viking from my sewing machine repair man.  He knew that I was on the lookout for a better machine, with more stitch options.  He called me when he acquired this, and after servicing it, he asked me if I wanted to try it out.  He felt it was a bang up machine, with lots of stitches, and feet and attachments.  He said it would be  money well spent, even though the machine is 25-30 years old.  I loved it, and bought it for 200 dollars.  I have been sewing with that machine for about 7 years, and it is a dream!!!
The one I saw in the thrift, was just like it, with lots of attachments, an extension table, and bobbins, etc.  I plugged it in to see if it worked, and then noticed the price!
It was marked 15.95 both on the case, and on the machine. was another 40% off of that.
I brought it home, and put it all together, and cleaned and oiled it.  Then tried out the stitches.  It sewed just as beautifully as my other one.  The only difference between the one I already had, is that mine has two more cams with more stitch options.
Here is the one I have been sewing on.
This is the tray with attachments and bobbins, etc.
The guide and instruction book, also were with the machine.  As well as an enamel extension tray.  This is the  case that it came in.
When I was checking out, the lady called the manager over to question him about the price.  They both said that it should have been way more, but then the manager said to me, good eye!!!  It's yours!  I think the final cost was 10 dollars!  I don't know what I will do with it yet.  May sell it.
On same day, I also spotted this gathering basket.  I thought it was Longaberger at first.  When I turned it over to see, it was stamped with a name I was not familiar with.  Nineteenth Century.  It was also initialed by the maker, and numbered.
You can see how well made it is.  I loved it!
This was a great find!  I have lots of baskets, and use them all throughout the house.  This will make a great harvesting basket for bringing in fresh produce!  I paid 6 dollars for it.
It was a pretty good week for bargain hunting.
Easter is in a few days.  I will try to be back beforehand with some Easter around the house.
XO  Kris

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

I have a couple small thrift finds to show you.  This honey jar is so cute.  I had a honey jar from Sur le Table, but I dropped it and it broke!  I still had the honey dripper, so with this find, I have a set once again.
It is a heavy pottery piece.  The saucer to catch drips is attached.  I love the embossed word, "HONEY" on the banner.  The top and sides have a sweet floral posy.
There are no chips anywhere, and I have never seen one like this.  We use honey a lot here.  In yogurt, tea, and sandwiches.  This will get a lot of use.
All of you yarny folks may have heard about the Nordic Shawl that is being made all across blogland lately.  It is crochet, and oh so pretty.  I have been wanting to purchase the pattern, and make one for myself.  I always check the textiles in thrift shops.  I have "rescued" several afghans that I absolutely love.  I saw this ecru piece and when I looked closer, could see that it was a shawl.  I fell in love with it.
Please ignore my chins looking down.  I was trying to crop my head out of the pic.  I am too lazy to go edit it.
It is such a nice size and weight.  I brought it home, and washed it, and line dried it right away.
Sorry for the pitiful pics.  But I loved it, and had to make it mine!  It was 3 dollars!
This Coldwater Creek loose knit zip hoody was a good find.  One dollar.
I like it together with this navy and  yellow for a nautical look.
A new lamp.  However, I removed the red lamp shade that was too big for the lamp, and put it on another lamp I have in the family room.
My Spring Wreath is hung and it makes me happy every time I look at it.
My favorite things on it are the little bunch of carrots with frilly tops, and the bird and nest.

I put the shade that was on the above lamp, on the new lamp and put it on the piano.  However, I am going to paint it with Oil Rubbed Bronze this weekend.
Once it is painted, the lampshade will look great.  It was 9.99, but the lampshade looked brand new, and the three light bulbs in it were probably worth that much!  Have you bought light bulbs lately!!!???
My friends know I love vintage and old things.  My girlfriend Joyce gave me this beautiful floral apron yesterday.  She took me out to a delicious lunch and then showered me with gifts.  This was for my birthday, as I was tied up with things in March.
 She also gave me a pretty hummingbird stake to put in my garden.  And a terrific book on gardening!
 Last night I got together with my high school girlfriends, and even though we stopped exchanging gifts a while ago, Sue gave this to me because she said she just couldn't resist, knowing that I have chickens.
Two little half dozen ceramic egg crates. My daughter Gennifer had gotten me the aqua one a long time ago, and I keep it on the counter to use every day.  It is always filled to overflowing, so these will certainly be put to good use!
Then girlfriend Viki took me to lunch and we had such a nice time.  She got me this cute red gardening hat.
And made me some  yummy chocolate chip scones!
 And tucked in a cute little chicken tablet.   I love my friends.  And I love how thoughtful they are.  I have been having such a fun and busy week, enjoying every minute.  Tomorrow night, my best pal Jae and I will be going out to dinner to celebrate our birthdays together, as they are one day apart.  Our husbands are going on a camping trip this weekend, so it will be a girls weekend for us!
I have been enjoying my Spring Birds and Garden journal.  I am sketching with colored pencils on each entry.  I have been having fun with that.  I am no artist, that is for sure, but it is fun to do, and fun to look back on.'s all folks.
Nighty night!
XO  Kris

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Garden Number Two

Yesterday morning I borrowed my girlfriend Jae's truck, and made two separate trips to the nursery for a truck load of garden soil.  Watching them put the soil into the bed of the truck, by use of a giant claw, it dawned on me.  I am going to have to UNLOAD this dirt!  By hand.  ALONE!!!!
Let me tell you, if you have a lot of raised beds to fill, and/or a large area for planting, then it is much more cost effective to do it this way.  I paid 25 dollars for two scoops of soil.  I had a small truck and it was too heavy to take in one load, so I had to make two trips.  But it is much cheaper than buying bagged soil and amendments.  You can add a bag or two of worm castings, or chicken manure, and you are good to go.
Most nurseries sell in bulk.  And offer delivery as well, for a small fee.
One truck load down, one to go.  It may not look like much, but believe me, shoveling it all out of the truck bed, one heap at a time, in 90 degree heat, left me feeling every single one of my 54 years!!!
My Mom will worry.  She's a worrier.  That is where I get it.  But, I rested Mama.  After I unloaded the second truck full, I got myself an ice cold soda, and sat down for a bit in the shade.
I washed out Jae's truck and returned it to her, and then got straight to work.  I shoveled and raked until I had it all spread out evenly onto my garden lot.  I also hauled a wheelbarrow full to Garden One, to fill up one remaining box.
I distributed the soil across the lot, and then at the end I created a hill that will later be used to plant my pumpkins.  I watered, rolled, tamped and smoothed.  Then divided the area into 5 separate beds for planting, creating a trench to walk between each bed for tending.
I planted each space, and watered it well.  The hardest work is done.  Now, I simply tend to it with daily watering, occasional chicken poop tea feedings, and enjoy the fresh produce!
Seeds are in.  The beds are marked so that I  know what is coming up where.  Here is what I will be harvesting this summer:  Sugar snap peas, swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, arugula, cabbage, cucumbers, cantaloupe, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, green onions, sweet corn, bok choy, dill, two varieties of basil, sage, thyme, parsley, cilantro, 6 beefsteak tomatoes, grape tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, beets, and watermelon.  In June I will plant two types of pumpkins.  One variety is the kind that grow to be 100 pounds and more.   So there you have it.  The gardens are in.  Number One and Number Two.
As seen in the above photo, the two gardens are actually planted back to back, along the same wall.  Simply divided by this fence.  It is blocked with all sorts of this and that, to keep the chickens from sneaking in there to scratch up all of my hard work.  But very soon, the boxes will be filled high with lush vegetation, and the real fun will begin.  There is nothing in this world, like planning your dinner around what is fresh from the garden that day.
The daylight was waning, but I needed to get one more flat of impatiens in the ground. And bathe both dogs!
Oh I do love to get my hands dirty!!!  Don't you?
I'm not really a garden glove wearing kind of gal.  After giving the gardens a good watering, and putting away all of my tools, I went out back to the coop to bid my girls goodnight.
Look at those full crops!
My beautiful feathered ladies.
I went in at dark.  Having already informed Greg that he had to find something for dinner on his own, as I was knee deep in my project.  I hosed myself off, and went inside to have a bowl of cereal.  Then took 3 advil, a hot shower, and went straight to bed!  Slept like a rock.
How does your garden grow?
XO Kris