3/29/10

Happiness Is....

Unexpected green Italian glass from Goodwill



School Art Projects (this week Bud is learning all about the letter "P"...This penguin has been brought to you by the letter P!)

3/27/10

Making Me Want To Go To The Lake...

My blog-buddy Mick sent me the coolest postcards he made of his cabin retreat called the Casablanca...go visit his blog, it will be inspiring if you are hankering for a retreat of your own!



I made cake this morning. Say what you want about me, but I make an excellent yellow cake with fudge frosting. And we like sprinkles.



I took it out of the oven with a vintage pineapple shaped oven mitt that was sent during my Birthday month from my friend Stan, The Elegant Thrifter...someday, someday I shall have him in my kitchen baking one of his luscious pineapple upside down cakes. It is such a treat to get a surprise package from my friends!

3/26/10

American Pickers--Dime Store Thrift Style

I went somewhere yesterday.

I can't tell you where.

There was a promise to a friend of mine that I wouldn't tell anyone where we were going. (You know how us thrifters can be when we find a goldmine of treasures...sometimes we keep those goldmines secret so they don't get over-worked...) Well, I did tell Hubby, because that would have been odd if I didn't.

Here is what I can show you. We stopped off to put gas in the car and then picked up another friend from Memory Lane...


I had my purse...


Bud...


Lu...


Bottled water, sanitizer...


Crackers...


Magic Treehouse books-on-CD for the kids to listen to on the way...


A highway...


And the treasures that I 'picked'...











After settling the kiddos into a quiet corner with their Nintendo DS games, I started looking around me.

We dug through boxes! Oh! The boxes!There were so many things to look at I could hardly stop to gather these items up.

An hour later, I took these to the owner of the goldmine and tentatively put them on the counter for him to decide how much money he wanted for the lot. I didn't know what to expect.

He riffled through all the stuff. (There were a couple of other things in the pile, but those are for Holly, the winner of the let-me-thrift-for-you giveaway and I want them to be a surprise for her...)

He took the cards out of the old maid box and showed me the ones that were rare. He told me not to even think about getting rid of the box that held the candles. He lovingly handled the vintage easter picks, the small penguin and the shiny brite nativity animals, the pewter moose and venus, he understood how I liked boxes, especially plastic boxes that hold tiny treasures...he, too, loved old packages of gold deer.
I didn't make any sudden movements.

I smiled and nodded.

I was scared he was going to say that none of it was for sale or that he might want quite a bit more money than I was expecting to pay.

I was nervous.

Then he looked up, grinned and said "I'll take $7 for it all!"
"OK!!" I said, happily digging into my bag for the money.

And so begins the beginning of a beautiful thrifting partnership. Even though I must continue to keep the place a secret, because I am a woman of thrifting honor with my fellow thrifting friends, I will certainly be able to show you the treasures that are unearthed.

3/24/10

Goodwill Thrifting Part Two...

Continuing from where my post left off this morning...days can get a bit hectic around here!

All of these 'tinies' were in the same bag as the items earlier:


Another little handmade treasure...


A little handmade ball ornament...I love how creative crafters were with the tools they had at the time!


A tiny doll that was made into an ornament...


This one terrifies me. Right up there with clowns and mimes. Seriously scary.


A tisket, a tasket...


Another handmade...


Sequins!


Santa made in Japan...


This little ornament is so sweet!


A set of handmades...




She is amazing. I don't think she was a handmade treasure, she seems more like she was purchased somewhere, don't you think?



This is beyond cool and was marked at $1. A Dollar! The quilling was amazingly done and the frame is gorgeous.



Lu plays strings, so how could I pass by this? It was a dollar.



Thanks for showing interest in the Christmas goodies, I am always so excited to show you my findings!

Goodwill Thrifting-March 24

There is just something about hearing the spring birds chirping, having all the snow finally melted and being able to wear my favorite mary janes without socks.

And then going thrifting and finding Christmas goodies. Which as most of you, I will buy whatever time of year, as you well know. When the thrift gods throw vintage Christmas in your path, you buy it.

I don't know what they they used to make these angels, but it tickles me...


Handmade ornaments using shiny brite nativities, gold paint, a cotton lid and they glittered the string...a crafter after my own heart!




Very cool Christmas coasters to slip on the bottom of your drink. I am digging the box most of all!


There were a lot of little wooden ornaments attached to clothes pins with this written on them. Very nice way to display little trinkets bought while on vacation. But it did sadden me to see them...did nobody in the family want them? I will be their keeper.



And anything with that little sticker of 'Japan' gets my attention...



And those dear little handmades just make me grin...



I want to show you more from this bag-o-goodies I purchased for a couple dollars, but need to relinquish the computer now to a wee one tugging on my leg as I type. PBSkids.org is calling his name, loudly, and it must be played. Will post most pics later today...

3/23/10

Happiness is...

Boxes of vintage glitter...






Letting Bud use the camera in the car and finding 179 photos of things like this:



A brand new candle from the nicest MIL I could have ever wished for...






A cat bathing herself in the sunshine...



And pink kitty tongues...They always make me smile!