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Thrift Store Finds and Still Waiting

One thing I love about the area I live in at the moment is that there are a ton of Thrift stores close-by. I love thrift stores and have found some of my favorite things in thrift stores. These thrift stores have yet to disappoint. I have found items that I have needed in order to de-clutter my home, and books to read, and another special item I can’t wait to show you!

This little gem just popped up and grabbed my eye while I was browsing. I had been looking for something cute to hold our q-tips because otherwise they were just sitting in a baggie on the counter and that was most definitely not cute at all. So, I found this adorable little mason jar for 60 cents. Can’t go wrong with that. I might make it a little more colorful with some water color paints or I might just leave it. Thoughts?

I am a sucker for reading. (Check out my previous post about my One Year Reading Challenge starting next week!) I read all the time. I spent all day yesterday just reading The Lovely Bones (pictured above) and The Hunger Games at B&N. I spent less than $10 on these two books combined. I love love love to read and I love finding good books for cheap too!

This beauty has to be my favorite item I have found at the thrift stores so far. I had been looking at bowls like this for several months now. I was waiting to get one because they are like $30 and I just thought it was going to be a little pointless with all these other expenses coming our way as we were moving and such. But anyway, on Monday I’m walking around the thrift store closest to my house, just keeping busy so I don’t get too bored and I see this super cute bowl and pick it up. I have no idea what I am going to do with it yet but I hold onto it so no one will take it. As I’m walking around and fiddling with the little handle you see there, I realize, this would be the perfect yarn bowl! When I’m knitting, I have my yarn rolled into a ball and it just tends to roll all over the place sometimes but is still more manageable than the cylinder type shape it comes in. So, I had seen this kind of a bowl and was like ‘I want one but I don’t wanna pay that much yet.’ Here is my solution! I paid $1.50 for this bowl and it works perfectly! I am absolutely in love with it!

Among going to Thrift stores and getting my hair cut, I spent last week doing a little DIY project.
My new chairs looked like they belonged in a restaurant. I mean they were the light wood color with red vinyl seats. It just screamed family restaurant seating. Definitely not my style exactly. But, I knew it would not be hard to repaint them and reupholster them. So, I start the first half of this makeover. I took these chairs, I sanded them slightly so that the paint had something to stick to and then I took a nice dark grey/almost black color and painted them to my hearts content. It took several coats to fully mask the wood but the finished paint project is awesome!

I love the darker color! It already looks ten times better and I have not even done the new fabric yet. I am still on the look-out for the right fabric so that will be done later. I am also going to re-stain my table to a darker shade so that it goes with the chairs a little better. However, that is another time as well. Any thoughts on if I should go with fabric or stick with a more vinyl kind of fabric for the chairs?

Anyway, I have not yet started work. They are having issues with the computer system getting me in but hopefully I can get in sometime this week. I am going a little stir-crazy but I have plenty to keep me busy at the moment.
Well I’m off to keep working on stuff around the house and reading!
See ya!


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It is a little DIY time!

Ok, so today I have not done too much reading in my book. I read a little bit but honestly like 2 pages. So, nothing new to report on that front.

Faelyn yesterday ate 3 chicken bones (we had drumsticks the night before and he decided to dig through the trash while TJ and I were on our lunch date. What a loser. Anyway, that resulted in him frantically jumping on the bed earlyish this morning and begging us to take him outside to go potty. He has had the runs all day. I told him that is what he gets for eating three chicken bones in the span of an hour.

But anyway, I got up and went and got a haircut this morning. When I got I worked on some student loan stuff and transcript stuff. After TJ went to work, I had some errands to run that took up most of my afternoon. I had a raging headache by that time. But I got something from goodwill that I had DIY intentions for so I was too excited not to try it out. Thankfully it did not take much effort. I am a pinterest-oholic. My hubby can attest to this. I love to surf through pins and boards and find stuff that I would like to try at some point. I get lost for hours sometimes. Well I saw this pin that said you could write or draw on a ceramic coffee mug or plate or what have you, bake in the over for a half hour and then it would be permanent. Well, I just love coffee mugs. I mean I have a collection! Luckily, there was a plain white mug at Goodwill today and I just snatched it right up. It cost me a grand total of 63 cents. Yay!

So, the next step was figuring out what in the world I wanted to put on it. I wanted to put words on it, but what quote I wanted was hard to decide. I finally came across a quote that I was determined to put on it. You know, the Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightly had just some of the best lines. Mr. Darcy was just making all of us swoon with his one- liners don’t you agree? So the quote I chose was “You have bewitched me, body and soul.” That is how I feel most of the time about my hubby. (we all have those days where are loved ones drive us nuts.)

So, I took my blank mug.

I figured out what I wanted to write and in what kind of script and started.

I can’t just leave it at the writing. I had to add some embellishments. (You should’ve seen the notes I took in college or more like the pictures I drew during class. )

Then I took my finished drawings and put my mug in the oven at 350 degrees for half an hour.

I worked on my Epic Blanket of Insanity blanket while I wanted for my mug to be done.
And here is the result! Yay new mug!

So, while fighting a horrid headache, you can still have a little effortless fun making your mug!
You should try it out!

See ya!


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It has been a while hasn’t it…

Ok, so I haven’t posted in a while. Oops. I had three days off last week all right in a row. It was fantastic! I love having those days off and having nothing to except read, knit, watch goofy movies, and even pack a little. It was wonderful. I did exactly those things. I honestly felt so carefree, I love summer vacation. I love being done with my undergrad. I love life. Then the weekend came and I was busy at work, my husband was home and ended up getting sick and so blogging just did not happen.

This week, I have had yesterday and today off and I also have tomorrow off. I would’ve had an awesome week like last week, except…. I have had trouble getting my butt either off the bed or the couch. The horrible head cold that my husband had, he graciously passed it on to me. So, needless to say, there has been a lot of napping and doing absolutely nothing. I currently have a burst of energy so I’ve done some packing and cleaning but I am curious to see how long this burst is going to last.

So, since I have accomplished hardly anything in my days off this week, I want to show you what I accomplished in my days off last week! It was way too fun!

I already showed you the flowy skirt I made out of a dress. Pretty awesome!
Next I made a dishcloth:


I really liked this pattern so I decided to give it a whirl. Turned out great and I love the color!
Then I made TJ a not slouchy hat. I don’t have a picture of it on his head yet but I have the hat itself.


It is a nice merino wool and will keep his head warm in Denver.

You already saw the first box of packing that I did. I am actually finishing up box number 4. Wow!

Now that I have some spare time again, I decided it was time to have fun with my hair again. It is still a work in progress but here we are at this juncture.

There is blonde on both sides, and in the back. I am looking to put a little bit of blue in there at some point but it has been a long process lightening my reluctant brown hair. No worries, the lightener smells like blueberries, it is awesome!

Anyway, that was the progress I made last week. No such luck this week. It happens.

See ya!

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May 22, 2012 · 10:21 pm