Thursday, January 22, 2015

Some Favorite Vignettes

Often I look back at ways I have decorated in the past, for ideas for the present.  While doing that today, I decided to do a post showcasing some of my favorite vignettes.  Usually, they come together for me fairly effortlessly, but sometimes I need a jog in memory about some of the items I have but haven't used in a while.  I have numerous bins of decorations in the basement, and sometimes I forget what I have.

I love using stacked cake stands, and that is what I did here. The two cupids were purchased years ago from Eckerd Drugs, I believe.  I use these lots.

Here is another cupid used on the old table in the sun room. Looks like I had a theme going.  

This a favorite too.  I loved using the old watches that belonged to my husband's father, and of course one of my sewing machine drawers.  I use those all the time.

This vignette sat on an ottoman in the office.

This is a vignette from last summer.  Love this tablecloth.  It will be back in use in the spring.

The vignette above was on the bookcase during the summer. That is one of my paintings in the center.

 I did a makeover of this box and enjoyed it for several months as a centerpiece.

We enjoyed the white items in the tray for a long time, and in fact I have brought it back to the coffee table for the winter.

This is one of the fall displays, in the breakfast nook.

This table top only had hints of Christmas décor.

 I love the way the lamp light looked on top of the pie safe.  It gave off such a cozy glow.

This is presently on the old door I have standing in the dining room.  I love decorating it for different occasions, or different days, or whenever the notion strikes.

Do you like to go back and revisit previous photos for ideas?

I'll share here:

 Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life    
     Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

     Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

 Katherines Corner for Favorite Things

Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shopping Clearance Sales

Y'all know I can't resist a bargain!!

In case you are unaware, today (1/20) Dollar General reduced MOST Christmas items to $.25 each.  Not included are trees, wrapping paper, wreath and ornament storage, and those types of things. The runners, placemats, etc., are included, so I picked up a few things.  If I end up not using them, I'll give them away, or include in a yard sale.

 Tapestry Table Runner

 Table Cloth

Christmas Cards

Tapestry Placemats
Retail:  $15.00
Total out of pocket:  $1.00

I plan to make cushions using the placemats.

The store I visited had an abundance of Christmas items left.

I recently picked up four of these packages of gift tags from clearance at Wal Mart for $.48/package.  Aren't they adorable??

Another recent bargain is the mixture of silk flowers below for a total of $.24 (twenty-four) cents!!  $30.00 retail price.

I'll have fun crafting with these!

Have you shopped after-Christmas clearance?

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Simple Sweet Treasures

Today started out foggy and dreary, and I was home alone.  To keep from getting depressed, I decided some retail therapy would be great.  I put on my sweats and tennis shoes, and traveled about 45 miles to a large consignment/antique shop. It takes a good two hours to walk through this shop and briefly look at all the treasures that await you!  I came away with some "new to me" goodies and only spent $25.00.  My kind of shopping.

I found these wonderful dried hydrangeas in this lovely shade of green, so I bought them at $7.00.  I knew they would be the right height, and the perfect centerpiece for my dining room table.

 I love how well they blend with this old green runner.
I have had it for probably 7 years or more, bought when I first started consignment shopping.

I love the hint of a blush the blooms have.

I bought this metal pail a long time ago too, and noticed that it was a clearance item by the tag on the bottom.  I think I got it at Kirkland's, but it may have been Michael's.

I got this small bust, sold "as is" for $6.00.

The cashier pointed out that it was being sold
"as is" because it has lots of chips.  I didn't tell her, but that was what made me want it.  It gives it more character and makes it look older.

I couldn't help but buy this 8x10 picture.  I just love geraniums, and this was 50% off, making it $3.49.

 The frame is worth the amount I paid, and it will work in several places in my house.  Right now, it's on the bookcase in the family room.

 The glass candle holder above was a long ago Good Will purchase for $4.00.  I saw an exact match today for $14.99.  (I just smiled).  Knew I had one for a lot less!!

The last item I purchased might be my favorite.  It just caught my eye, so now it's mine!!

It's not very big, about a ft. tall from very top to the bottom.  

I think it fits in well with this vignette.

I shopped a GoodWill I had never been to, but didn't find a thing there.  It was quite messy, and crowded as well, so I didn't stay there long.  I stopped at several stores on the way home and checked out the Christmas clearance, but didn't get anything on those stops either.

Have you shopped the clearance sales?

Sharing here:

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     Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
     Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
 Katherines Corner for Favorite Things
Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Repurposing Old Doors

When our home was built in 2000, the carpenters left two unmatching closet doors in the basement.  A couple of years ago, I painted them and have used them in my décor.  The one in my last post is a little bigger than the other, and I keep it decorated all the time.

I painted it with home made chalk paint, and distressed it then used Annie Sloan Dark Wax on it too.  I have enjoyed it so much!  (photo above)

At first I painted the other, smaller door white added some wax and stenciled our street address on it and kept it on the front porch one summer, then it went back to the basement until today!!

I've searched for a photo of the door as it was, but am unable to find it, and of course when I started the latest makeover, I didn't have the camera in the basement with me.  Anyway, this is what I did to the white door with the turquoise stenciling.

First I painted the door with paint left over from our office makeover back in March, Copper Patina.  After that dried overnight, I did some measuring to place some screws into the door to hold this gate that you've seen before.

 I added just a few flowers to the gate, and of course a bird.

 A reminder that Spring will be here in a couple of months!

 It's standing in a corner of my family room.  

My favorite kind of repurpose, FREE!! I had everything, it was just a matter of putting it together!

Whatcha think?  Cute??

PS:  Saturday morning:  Well guys, as shocking as it is, I've already moved the door to the sun room.   :)   I have lots of aqua colored items in there, and decided it would blend in so much better.    Here it is in there.

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