Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Simple Wood Sign for July

Baby, it's hot out there! We are in the middle of record breaking heat here in the northwest and I am trying to stay cool (without an AC). Last night hubby and plopped the lawn chairs in the middle of the sprinkler, made a cold cocktail, and sat for an hour. And it isn't even July yet!! But, it will be tomorrow and I decided I better get SOME kind of fourth of July decor on my front porch. 
Wood Sign that is Not red, white, and blue
When you have a bright yellow door and your everyday summer porch decor is in bright yellows, greens, and oranges, adding red, white, and blue is just a bit much, even for this color loving girl.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Adding Texture with a Vintage Woven Chair

Grey, gray, greigh (?)--however you spell it I have a bit too much of it in my furniture repertoire. In my front room I have a small grey loveseat and three grey chairs. It happened accidentally, you know, gathered a chair here and chair there without realizing it was all getting a bit boring and same.

SO, I have been on the lookout at the thrift stores for a cute, colorful, vintage, adorable chair in excellent condition for a great price. But, that wasn't happening...until I spied this vintage, woven Palecek chair at Goodwill.

Adding Texture with a Vintage Woven Chair
While it wasn't colorful, I loved the texture and knew I could have some color fun when recovering the seat.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Thrifty Thursday Reporposed Tray and Camp Stool

Thrifty Thursday Reporposed Tray and Camp Stool
I am working on 5 kajillion projects right now that I can't wait to share with you. Today's Thrifty Thursday project is one of those. It is quick and easy and requires no tools or construction or even paint. Using a great brass tray I showed you last month and a sturdy camp stool, I made a hip, little side table.
Thrifty Thursday Reporposed Tray and Camp Stool

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Thrifty Thursday Wall Pocket

Thrift Store Finds and Upcycling

I have been looking at this homemade letter holder/desk organizer (?) at the thrift store for a few weeks. When it went to half price, I decided to get it.

Upclyced Thrift Store Wood Wall Pocket
I had a few ideas for it: plant in the skinny pocket, use it in the kitchen for wooden spoons, or use it on our desk to hold paper. But, I decided I wanted it on the wall in my entry between our TV room door and coat closet.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Thrifty Thursday Baskets

Thrift Store Finds and Decor
Baskets tend to be a dime a dozen (ok, well more like $24/dozen) at the thrift store. There are plenty of them and I always look at them. I want unique, well-made baskets that will have a place and a purpose in my home. 
Thrift Store Baskets
When I spied these two next to each other at the thrift store and saw that they were in my back porch colors, I knew I could use them for wall decor.
Thrift Store Baskets on the Porch
Hubby did ask, "Aren't you about done decorating the back porch?" 😁 Yes, dear, I am. These two baskets were the final touch on the long wall that the loveseat is on.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

How to Build an Easy Peasy Plant Stand

How to Build an Easy Peasy Plant Stand
Anyone else have a citronella plant? I have never seen them before, but found some at our local nursery and decided it would be the perfect addition to my cozy, back porch. It smells divine and will hopefully keep the mosquitos away. 
How to Build an Easy Peasy Plant Stand
A $1.50 garage sale basket and some leftover porch 2" x 2" spindles came together in about 20 minutes to make an outdoor plant stand for my citronella plant.
How to Build an Easy Peasy Plant Stand

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Heavy Metal Thrifty Thursday Finds

Heavy Metal Thrifty Thursday Finds
It's been a hot minute since I have posted--life in the spring is always busy. 
Heavy Metal Thrifty Thursday Finds
I haven't done much thrifting recently, but did find a few fun things this week. Metal seems to be what my eyes have been drawn to and I found some treasures I am loving. 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Thrifted Back Porch Decor

Thrifted Back Porch Decor

Last week I headed back to Montana to help the youngest move out of the dorms and into her first rental home (where I painted the cabinets), and then I got some bonding time with my precious 6 week old grandson. On the way home I decided to check out a few of the small town thrift stores along the way. I was not disappointed. 

Thrifted Back Porch Decor
A metal hose holder for $1 was a must since I already had a vintage, metal hose reel on my back porch (SEE HERE). I wasn't sure how I was going to use it until I spied a rattan lantern in a box that was just coming in. For $2 I knew it needed to come home with me too. I am guessing this was originally from Pier One or World Market--it is fairly heavy duty and well made.
Vintage Hose Holder Repurposed

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Sunday Verses

See Things With a Different View
Happy Sunday! While driving home at dusk earlier in the week, we could see the humongous, pink, super moon rising above the trees. We quickly pulled over and walked towards the moon, trying to capture its beauty with cell phone cameras--it didn't work. As we turned around to leave, I saw the sunset setting and still reflections on calm water and snapped some decent photos of that instead of the moon. Sometimes, turning around, changing our focus, gives us an even better view. 
Jesus was everything the Pharisees thought he shouldn't be. He loved those deemed unworthy of love, he broke the rules and laws, he taught in new ways with new ideas, and folks simply did not understand or trust him because they were so focused on the big, shiny religion and laws they had known for so long. Jesus helps us when we are looking at something a certain way to turn around and see an even better picture with him if we are willing. When we have a new perspective and understanding about something--a verse, a rule, a religion or church, a way to love--it can be difficult to recognize the beauty in it because we have been so set on seeing what we want to see. Don't be afraid of a different view. It is okay to find truth and beauty in something you weren't even looking for.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Repurposed Thrift Store Hose Reel

Repurposed Thrift Store Hose Reel

When I spied an old, metal hose reel at a new, local thrift store, I knew I could find a way to use it somewhere. And for only $5, it definitely needed to come home with me.

Repurposed Thrift Store Hose Reel
It took about 5 minutes to decide where it's new home was going to be--on the back porch wall between the back door and kitchen window. And while I like it as is, I came up with lots of fun, different ways to use it.
Repurposed Thrift Store Hose Reel
It makes a great bottle holder. I wouldn't leave the bottles out there all of the time, but the hose reel makes a unique way to hold favorite wine and liquor bottles when entertaining outdoors. Set up a table underneath and you have an awesome back porch bar spot.
Repurposed Thrift Store Hose Reel

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Sunday Verses

They Will Know Us by Our Love
Happy Sunday! I love looking for signs of spring on our daily walks--trees budding, grass getting greener, ducklings swimming, flowers blooming. I know the long, cold winter is over because I can clearly see the signs. As a kid one of my favorite church camp songs was "they will know we are Christians by our love". The actions and words of people who know and love Jesus sadly are the very things that keep many people from wanting a relationship with Jesus. People are not seeing signs of love that match up with our proclamations of it.  When words and actions do not match, are inconsistent, it is hard for people to see or to want any part of that kind of love. Loving Jesus does not mean we are perfect and that we will not fail to demonstrate his unconditional love. But, it does mean we must try. Our every day actions must communicate the kind of love that we see in Jesus's actions--non-judgmental, inclusive, peaceful, life giving love. Will they know Jesus by our love?

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Thrift Store Porch Decor and Stenciling a Flower Container

Thrift Store Porch Decor and Stenciling a Flower Container

It's Thrifty Thursday and today I am sharing more of my back porch decor. I thought I'd be ready to show you the whole back porch by now, but I am still tinkering and we have had some inclement weather (or really nice weather which has me out hiking or kayaking). An old, metal $2 thrifted stool and an ice cream bucket were a perfect addition to my back porch decor.

Thrift Store Porch Decor and Stenciling a Flower Container

Friday, April 16, 2021

How to Make a Funky, Colorful, Summer Centerpiece from Thrift Store Finds

How to Make a Funky, Colorful, Summer Centerpiece from Thrift Store Finds

Today is not Thursday, but ho hum, I am still sharing my Thrifty Thursday project. I decided it was time for a new centerpiece. I wanted something sunny, bright, and funky for summer. Yes, I know we still have a full two months of spring, but the sun is shining and I am ready for bright colors.

How to Make a Funky, Colorful, Summer Centerpiece from Thrift Store Finds

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Temporary Seasonal Vignette Activity Baskets

Since moving and becoming an empty nester, I have approached some of my home decorating choices as if we have constant company. We don't, mostly because of Covid, but our door is always open and we hope to have more visitors this summer. 
Temporary Seasonal Vignette Activity Baskets

Maybe it is the former teacher in me or maybe it is the traveler in me that loves a good VRBO, but I like to have interesting, unique things for guests to look at or play with. I want stuff that has personality and a little soul. Putting together basket vignettes with fun things is the perfect way to do this. A basket vignette is easy to change, add to and take away from and gives a table some visual interest.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thrifty Thursday Sneak Peek Back Porch Decor

Thrifts Store Finds and Decor Ideas

It's getting warmer, okay not today, but most days lately are warm enough to have a little outdoor sitting time. When we moved this last year and bought a new house, the back porch was definitely a plus. It is covered, off the kitchen, and has a great view. I am starting to decorate it for summer use and I am using mostly thrift store finds to put it together. I hope to show you all of it next week, but today I am sharing a sneak peek item, a wood whirligig, thingamajig from the thrift store.

Thrifty Thursday Sneak Peek Back Porch Decor
This was a $2 thrift store item that I think was homemade. 
Thrifty Thursday Sneak Peek Back Porch Decor

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Stencil A Herb Starter Garden Box

Do you ever spy something in someone else's cart at the thrift and think, "Darn, I would have grabbed that if I had seen it first,"? That is what I thought when I saw this green, wood box, basket, handled crate. 
Old Sign Stencils Herb Stencil

When I saw the lady who had it put it back on the shelf, I snatched it up. With the plastic liner in it, I knew it would make a great seed planting starter box. 

Stencil A Herb Starter Garden Box

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday Verses

Choose to Love Above All Else
Happy Sunday and Happy Easter! I have reached that stage and age of life when I consider all of the other professions that I might have also enjoyed had I just realized it in my early twenties what I loved. One of those careers I now know I would have enjoyed was that of a botanist or arborist. I love trees and have been learning more about them. Did you know that trees help each other out, move, feed, and shelter each other? On one of our favorite walks there are numerous examples of a cedar and a white pine growing together. Two completely different species of trees happily sharing the same space, supporting and helping each other thrive, not competing. Jesus came to teach us about love and how to love each other above everything else. Jesus ALWAYS chose love and people before doctrine, before law, above differences and above sin. If we do not learn to love like God does, loving and helping people before worrying about differences and doctrine, we will not grow and thrive. Love first, love wholly, love without reserve and rules.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Using Eclectic Vintage Finds and Styling Open Shelving

I love the open shelving in my kitchen that sits on either side of our fridge. In the fall I showed you the side that is more visible (HERE), but I never shared the other side that is less visible and a bit less styled.
Using Eclectic Vintage Finds and Styling Open Shelving

This side of the open shelving is where the coffee gets made and the microwave sits so it actually gets used every day. I have had fun collecting different vintage, eclectic, colorful items that I actually use.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Stencil a Simple Organic Coffee Sign

Stencil a Simple Organic Coffee Sign

I couldn't wait to try and share Funk Junk's Old Sign Stencils newest design. So, even though today is Thursday, which means I usually share a thrift store project, I am sharing this easy stenciled ORGANIC COFFEE sign instead, It does have a thrift store frame that got for $2 specifically for this project, so it could still qualify as Thrifty Thursday project. 

Stencil a Simple Organic Coffee Sign

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

An Old Bowl & How to Make Conversation Starters

To buy or not to buy, that is often the question when thrifting. Since I no longer have an antique booth, the answer has been no more often lately. I want to know how I am going to use something and I don't want a lot of seasonal decor that needs stored after the season is over. 

An Old Bowl & Conversation Starters

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sunday Verses

What Does Patient Love Look Like
Happy Sunday! Where are my dishwasher reloaders? I have been trying for years to train my husband how to load the dishwasher the right way--my way. It is one of those things that after almost 33 years of marriage, I have accepted is not going to change--he has his way and I have mine and that is okay. A few weeks ago I told you that I have been looking at verses on love. I think for years I have read this very first part of the Corinthians love verses as "love is patient WHILE I wait for you to change". The definition of patience is accepting problems and suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious, it doesn't mention altering behavior. Love is patient doesn't mean loving someone while we wait for them to change, but rather loving them as they are. God loves us just as we are. He is not sitting around waiting to love us more when we change. He cannot love us more than he already does. Let's practice patiently loving one another as we are, not holding back love until someone modifies their behavior into what we think it should be.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Martini Stand Made From Thrift Store Finds

Martini Stand Made From Thrift Store Finds

You know how there are some things you never knew you "needed" until you see it? That's how it was for me when a friend recently posted a martini stand. 

Wait, what? A small stand that takes up very little space as it sits next to a chair or sofa holding drinks? Genius, and something I had never seen. Martini stands are on offshoot of cigarette stands that in the quite distant past where a staple in many homes, but are thankfully, rarely used any more. 
Martini Stand Made From Thrift Store Finds

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Spring Porch Decorating Ideas

Dare I say, spring is here? It feels like it here in my neck of the woods. I mean, I am sure we will still have snow and it is still below freezing at night. But, the sun is warm when it shines and the weather changes several times a day, which is always a sure sign of spring. 
Easy Spring Porch Decorating Ideas

My poor little porch has been bare since taking down my Christmas decor. The sunshine spurred me on to work on some simple spring decor for the front porch.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Sunday Verses

Love is Patient and Kind
Happy Sunday! Love, a simple, four letter word that seems easy to say for most, but hard and confusing to practice. The bible says a lot about love and I am spending some time looking at and trying to learn how to better love from the many verses on it. The definition of love in Corinthians is widely known, and it sets up great standards, but it is also impossible for humans to consistently attain. What I think is less recognized in these verses, are the aspects of God's loving character. God's love does not have conditions, we do not need to earn it--it is patient and kind and humble. The fact that my faith all too often looks like me apologizing to God and feeling guilty for not trusting him or not having enough belief tells me that I do not fully grasp God's loving characteristics. He is not sitting around waiting to punish us, devising hoops for us to jump through so that he will love us more. When my limited thinking and human interpreted faith tells me differently, I am choosing to look to God's authentic nature and breathing in his unconditional love. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Simple Spring Mantel

Happy March--it sure is coming in like a lamb and I am loving it. Sunshine and grass starting to green up meant it was time for some spring decor. A few simple changes and additions and my mantel is ready for all things spring.

Simple Spring Mantel Ideas

Thursday, February 25, 2021

DIY BOHO Plant Stand Made From Thrift Store Finds

DIY BOHO Plant Stand Made From Thrift Store Finds
Today's Thrifty Thursday post was going to include a tour through some of my favorite thrift stores, but alas, that will have to wait. A heavy snow storm this morning screamed, "Stay home, stay in your pajamas until 2, create with what you have." So, that is exactly what I did and this is what I came up with--a BOHO plant stand.
DIY BOHO Plant Stand Made From Thrift Store Finds