Saturday, August 23, 2014

Some Thrifty Finds

My daughter and I went to a favorite consignment shop today.  I saw quite a few items I wanted, but restrained myself and only purchased two things.

This flower arrangement, paper whites (I guess).  I was thinking, I can use it for any season.  During the Fall, I'll tie a Fall colors ribbon on it, at Christmas, a red ribbon.  So, for $8.99, it was a good purchase.



I like the look of the paperwhites on the burlap runner.  The white crispness against the texture of the runner will go well into Fall.


The other item I purchased is a Waverly valance for the powder room.  I love the colors and the print, and it was only $12.99.  


I love the cottage print with the matching stripes on the bottom section.


It looks like new, so I'm not sure how much it was used, but I really like it in the powder room.

Earlier today, I gathered all my dried hydrangeas together and put them in the aqua tin I bought for a dollar at an estate sale recently.



I placed it on the hearth as a transitional piece leaning toward Fall.  I'm ready to bring out some warm Autumn colors, are you?

So that's what I did today.  What did you do?  Did you find new treasures?

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Porch Problems and Repairs

Today's post isn't a "pretty" one, but one that shows we all have upkeep and maintenance to be done on our homes.  After all, it's our largest investment.  Here, I tell you how getting the right workers makes all the difference in the world.

EARLIER:

Our  home has a vast front porch.  It runs across most of the front of the house, and 1/2 way down the side.  I had it built with a brick border.  Now, 13 years later, the porch has settled, and the brick border has pulled about 3" away from the concrete slab!  It might not sound like a big deal, but it is.  First you have to try to find someone who has the equipment to fix the darn thing.  That done, now to wait for him to come and give us a price.  This is going to be major!  The old porch will have to be completely torn away (on the side) and replaced.  The walls to our home are poured, except the porch was built on stacked cement blocks! Why didn't it get poured when the basement walls were poured!  Hind sight........!!  Anyway, while the porch is torn away, the roof will have to be held up with very tall posts, until everything is rebuilt and the railing and posts can be rebuilt! Y'all can imagine how much I dread this project.  One guy came and looked at it and told me who to call to do the work, and he said we are looking at around $8,000.00 worth of work!  Is it worth it?  Well, yes, otherwise our roof and everything will get messed up.  Another guy said $6500.00 and the guy I hired, said $4500.00.

See the gap between the concrete slab and the brick border? That indicates settling issues.  If this isn't fixed soon, we could even have roof problems from this.


 This is how it's supposed to look, with the concrete and brick touching.

See why I am so upset?


LATER:  Finally our porch is fixed! (and for a lot less money)!  Thank God!

This past Monday 4 guys showed up at 7:30 ready to work. They had to jack hammer all the concrete out of this area, probably about 200 sq. feet.  They didn't even take a break for lunch.  I couldn't believe how hard they worked.

They removed a section of the railing (only one section),

braced up the roof, (see the wood posts).


My husband parked the tractor with the front end loader at the edge of the porch so they could load it up with the concrete they removed, then he would empty it on a spot of land near the back property line. 

By the time they stopped on Monday, they had this much done.
All the rebar was laid and ready for the concrete.


Tuesday morning by 7:00 AM, the concrete was poured, five yards of it.  Then one of the guys stayed to be sure that the concrete was smooth and dried properly.



Now all I need to do is clean it and the railings.  We are very happy with their work, and they charged ( $3600), less than half of the $8000.00 price given by the first guy, and were done in 2 days!! So what I had expected to be a horrible repair process, came out right for once.

When they got into the inside there was an area that was hollow, the dirt had not originally been compacted, and had over time, settled away!  It's now full of concrete, so it should be fine.

Don't you love it when someone does what they say they will do, and not take forever to do it!!  I sure do!  I would recommend these guys to anyone!!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

What's In the Cupboard?

Today, I'm going through some cupboards to see what they hold. Not going to change them right now, but I'm planning to do so right away, as I feel like it.

THE PIE SAFE


 The pie safe sits in the breakfast nook.  It was my grandmother's and then my mother's.  It holds a variety of items, most thrifted.  This gold set was a $15 thrift store find.  I love the color, and they are the bumble bee design.

 The top holds a French basket with a rooster plate, a rooster lamp, and
 a tool caddy I painted white, and added a graphic to each side.  It holds flowers, and some odd plates.
 There are 3 pieces of depression glass, and some white items also in the cupboard.  So the purpose of this cupboard is strictly decorative in nature.  I was thinking I might re do it and have some of my large bowls inside it.  I have a yellow ware bowl of my mother's that I like to display.

On to the jelly cupboard...

 It is purely decorative too, with a bunch of odds and ends.  I really need to get these straightened out and make them more useful.



The top will soon be covered with fall d├ęcor.  I'm anxious to get my Fall on!  I'll still use my aqua though.  Gotta have some blue.

Hope you are having a good week.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bookcase Decorated for Late Summer

I subconciously decorated the bookcase in the dining room in purple accents.  I didn't plan it, or even think about it until after it was done.

I picked up this african violet (faux) recently at a yard sale for a dollar (I think).  It looked so real that I couldn't help but buy it. It sat on the screened porch table for a while, then I brought it into the sun room, and the other day picked it up and placed it on the bookcase.  Later I came across the purple faux hydrangea, and just stuck it on the bookcase too.  I hadn't even noticed that I had purple backed books on there, and that I had unwittingly started a little theme going, but here it is.





 My little blue primer book was a freebie at a moving sale.  I love it.






 Have you ever done this?  Just "set" something in a spot, then realize you have a pretty vignette, even though you didn't start out to make one?

I think this will work nicely for late summer, until Fall decor comes out.  Won't be long until we can bring out the oranges, rusts, and browns.  I, for one, am anxious to decorate for Fall. Are you ready??


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