Tuesday, June 20, 2017


I volunteered to help the high school with the Cap and Gown reception at the high school.  Because our budget was rather slim, I had to figure out a way to create a floral centerpiece to fit the occasion. 

I found the following pictures on the internet.  Since I was planning on using my silver plated champagne bucket, these pictures came up.

This picture didn't show a champagne bucket, but I thought this display would be fabulous at a wedding reception.

I started with using my wispy wreath to lay on top of the bucket. I was also going to use my beautiful cake stand.

This is what I had been keeping in the bucket until this event came up.

I was fortunate enough to know the floral decorator from our church.  I went with her to the flower warehouse to buy white hydrangeas for my centerpiece. 

Collecting dead twigs from a tree out back,  we secured them together and placed them inside the middle of the bucket to give some height.

The effect of a chilled champagne bucket was an added feature.

The food display was beautiful.

I brought the centerpiece home and displayed it on my foyer table.

An added filler known as trick was placed in the area between the hydrangeas.

Using my Waterlogue app, I used the above picture to create a new image.

I enjoyed the centerpiece until the flowers wilted.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Father's Day is upon us and we celebrated early this year.  Because of our summer schedule having so many conflicts, we decided to celebrate a week early.

My youngest pulled out all the stops to make this morning extra special for her Dad.  Last night I asked her what she was going to do for his breakfast.  She replied, 'camo waffles'.  I couldn't wait to see this.

So, this morning, I send Dad outside with the paper and a cup of coffee.  Little one starts her endeavors in the kitchen. 

Lo and behold, she really knocked this one out of the park.  She looked on the internet and found out what food dyes make the colors green and brown.

Aren't these waffles amazing?

A breakfast made for Dad--he loved it!

I normally don't post pictures of my family on this site, but when I saw the waffle batter on her face and in her hair, I couldn't resist. 

A grateful daughter with her grateful Dad!

Sunday, June 11, 2017


While taking part of the softball team to their out of town games there are a few perks.  Last week, I  spied two thrift shops about 4 blocks from the field.  Since they had to be there one hour before the game, it was doable to drop them off and swing back past the stores.  It was a win-win for me.

In the back of my mind, I kept contemplating the number of girls I would have to take home.  I parked and picked the cutest storefront first.

After 5 minutes, I found these two treasures.  The first being a desk repainted with the British flag.  Originally when my oldest was planning on moving into her apartment for next year, she inquired about taking her mirrored vanity.

I was afraid that it would have undue wear and tear in an apartment, so I was on the look out to find a replacement desk.

I spied this piece in the corner, originally priced at $99.00 down to $59.00.  A perfect find!!

While walking past another booth, I found this sweet plastic painted bed molding.  For $6.00, it would be a great piece to hang behind one of the twin beds with thin white gauzy fabric draping from underneath the crown.

All in all, I transported both pieces back home.  A good day for all.

Oh, the other girls got rides home, so my new found treasures had plenty of room to travel to their new home.

Monday, June 5, 2017


My requests for Mother's Day gifts are usually a bit different than most moms.  This year, I purchased at the Vintage Market a fabulous window taken out of a Memphis mansion.

I fell in love with this treasure instantly--and I had a place for it in the house.

Its gray chippy surfaces and rod iron decorations spoke to me.

Now, we just need to find a way to hang it on the wall--it is sooooo heavy!

Lovin this.........

The rusty handle spoke to me.  How many different people actually opened  this window over the years?

The iron encased in the window is very unique.

Some of the glass inserts are still visible in the window.  I want  to keep them.

The plan is to hang this window in between the two dining room windows. I believe this architectural piece will fit in beautifully with the newly stenciled accent wall in the room. 

The window is extremely heavy.  Mr. Thrifty asked me how I got it into the house.  It's one of those things.  If I really want to do something, somehow my strength steels me.

It is so hard to photograph the vintage window because of the sunlight always coming in the room.

After  Mr. Thrifty routed a channel in the back of the window, it was hung.  Even he couldn't believe how heavy the window was.  He screwed one screw into a stud and the other, he nailed the second nail into a molly bolt to make sure that the window would not come crashing down. 

I love my new(old) architectural piece!  It is fun to add something old into a newer home.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Last summer as I was dropping off a load to Good will, I spotted this precious vintage wicker high chair for $5.00.

The right arm of the chair was quite mangled but I bought it anyway thinking that I could repair the arm and repaint it with a fresh coat of white paint.

Here is a picture of the chair.

Well, the best laid plans do change.

Cut to this week when I spied the cutest mixed  bloom basket at Aldi's for $4.99.  I scooped it up, came home, pulled the price tag off of the chair and drug it to the front porch.  I placed the basket in my sweet copper planter and set it on the chair.  Adorable!!!

Sometimes you just need an inspiration!

As you can see, the blooms are bursting.

So glad that I picked this high chair up to give it another life.  You can't even see the broken arm of the chair anymore.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


A few years back, I created a shell tray for my dear friend.  I found this cabinet door at Habitat ReStore for $4.00.  I was wanting to use the remaining shells to recreate another tray like the first.

I got busy and placed rows of shells in the recessed part of the door.  They fit perfectly.

After removing the door pull, I was ready to fill the hole with wall spackle.

Also on the back there were two holes from the hinges.

I pulled out two of my handles from the knobs and pulls box.  Whenever Hobby Lobby has a 50% off sale, I pick these up.

Mr. Thrifty used the drill press and made holes to fit both of the handles.

Next, I made sure the handles fit.  Perfect!

Using my favorite spray primer, the whole door and handles were given a good coat of paint.

Then two coats of gray chalk paint were applied.

And the screws too.

Sorry about the blurry picture.

I then used sandpaper to knock off some of the paint on the handles.

I did the same on the cabinet door.

A layer of adhesive was put on the recessed area of the tray and the shells were placed.  A good overnight and the adhesive would be dry.

Mixed up a batch of non sanded grout.

Some of the shells had holes in them.  It was sort of tricky, but I placed toothpicks in the holes to avoid having grout stuck in them.

At the same time, I grouted the cross for a teacher.

After cleaning the excess grout out, here is the finished product.

I took a trip to the mirror and glass store and had a thick piece of glass that was sanded on the edges made to place over the shells.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the tray but for now, it has a home in the grey great room.