Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thrifty Thursday

Here are a few more pre-Christmas purchases.

The little wooden elf was found at the Goodwill store in Madison, Mississippi, at Thanksgiving. The little plastic snowman was found locally.

I paid a little more than I wanted for these plastic ornaments, but there were about 2 dozen of them and I think they will look cute next year hanging from some strands of red beads.

This little lady looks to be early 70's to me. She has a place for a candle in the back of her head. She also needs a little touch up with some paint, but she's still charming nonetheless.

Friend Gwen had two sets of these diminutive elves. She was kind enough to give me one. These guys are 1.75 inches high at best.

wooden elf = $0.25
plastic snowman = $0.39
set of plastic ornaments = $1.98
pink angel = $0.25
elf trio = free

grand total = $2.87

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thrifty Thursday - Special Edition

My family was supposed to arrive yesterday around noon. That didn't happen so I decided why not use a free day to hit one of my favorite thrift stores.

The weather was very pleasant, so I took the dog along. She doesn't do anything but sit in the car and wait for me, but she was excited not to be left home alone.

One of the first things found were these cute flocked deer in two colors. They were made in Hong Kong for TG&Y probably in the 60's.

There were several packages, but I left the busted ones behind. Still, I got four packages. Enough to share with friend Gwen.

My next stop was the bins where you really have to dig. I unearthed this great tree skirt that reminded me of an old sleeping bag I had growing up. It really adds a needed punch of color at the bottom of the tree.

I also found this dish towel in the bins.

But I think this was my most spectacular Christmas find of the day. Isn't she fantastic!?

After showing her off at Gwen's, she suggested that I might be able to use her as a tree topper. I had been thinking it was time for a new one.

And she looks just splendid atop my tree!

Since I had driven to the other side of town, I decided it would be foolish not to stop at the largest thrift store in the state.

That's where I found this little fellow. He's a salt (or pepper) shaker and he was all alone. So he had to come home with me.

So how much did I spend, you are wondering. At the first stop all Christmas was on sale for 70% off used items. Yes, 70% off. Let me break that down for you.

4 packages flocked deer ornaments = $0.72
tree skirt = $0.30
kitchen towel = $0.12
angel = $0.90
reindeer salt shaker = $0.25

That is a grand total of $2.29.

I spent more than that, but you'll just have to wait to see some of the other things I got.

Thrifty Thursday

You have seen my finds from two years of the World's Longest Yard Sale. And from time to time I've shown you some treasures found locally.

But some of them are just so dawg gone fun that I want to share them with you. So I have decided to do Thrifty Thursdays. This doesn't necessarily mean that I go shopping on Thursdays, just that I show you the loot on Thursdays 'cause it rhymes on the front end with thrifty.

The first item in this series was found this past Monday. So far this Christmas, I have only bought my fabulous remote control outlets.

But when I saw this sweet fellow, I knew just where he needed to go in my dining room. And he came pre-adorned with the lovely poinsettia, red berries, and striped ribbon.

Underneath the thrift store sticker there was a J. C. Penney store sticker with a handwritten price of $4.99. Wonder how old that is?

He had no chips, cracks, or crazing and that left me smiling, too.

ivory ceramic deer = $2.79

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last Minute Crafting

Last year I bought the last eight matching Christmas napkins at a nearby linens store. Not having any napkin rings, I started making some by cutting up toilet paper roll tubes. I tested a too-short length of green velvet ribbon and that's as far as I got.

Of course I had plans to complete them in January when I would surely have plenty of time. Didn't happen.

So this year, with only four days left before Christmas dinner, I decided to finish them. I determined the proper length for the ribbon and used double sided tape to hold it in place while I wrapped. The last little bit was tucked inside using a glue gun.

The green velvet is pretty, but rather plain, so I went in search of just the right embellishments. A skinnier red velvet ribbon and some mismatched gold buttons looked like the perfect finish. I stayed up way too late putting them together.

And here's the final product.

Pretty spiffy even if I say so myself.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A full day indeed

So the errands took me to three thrift stores where I scored some pretty good stuff.

Forgot to mention on that last post that I had started rearranging some of my kitchen cabinets to make room for my preserves, etc. Was in need of some of those plastic coated wire shelves to maximize space. Found a couple. The small one worked, but the other one was really made for a locker and it was too tall. It did fit under my sink, however, and added a little extra space.

At my first stop I found this.

I don't know that it can take the place of the Naughty/Nice stocking from last year, but it's certainly perfect for my sister's Dalmatian. It was only $2.49 and is in perfect condition.

Come to think of it, my sister's stocking has a dog on it, too! Maybe we could embroider Lola's name on the collar of that puppy at the top.

Picked up another one of these.
Now the push of one button turns off everything!

Have been talking about finding a wheelchair to keep at my house for when my dad comes to visit. He only needs it when we go out, but it's a real hassle to haul in my sister's car when it is full with Daddy, Aunt Margaret Ann, and the dog plus all those gifts and suitcases. Found a nice chair for only $29.95 and it even has the foot rests.

Finally back home I managed a few more chores before collapsing in the bed!
- Unloaded the car
- Installed second remote outlet
- Washed dishes and the shelves
- Positioned shelves in cabinets and promptly filled them
- Had some hot chocolate and an iced sugar cookie
- Put away laundry
- Straightened up sewing room

Tomorrow is another day.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

So Far Today...

Here’s what I’ve accomplished so far today –
- Load of laundry
- Put up porch lights (dang if one stretch doesn’t have two strands out, project for another day)
- Raked and blew all leaves from front yard and curb
- Cleaned out gutter across deck and swept off deck
- Shut off outside faucets prepping for cold temps
- Disconnected and drained garden hoses
- Clear-coated pine cones
-Attached said pine cones to wreathes (they look good)
- Filled urns with Christmas tree leftovers and wrapped base with ribbon
- Decorated top of car

Have not even left the house except to walk down to that yard sale that didn’t happen. About to have some leftover Santa Fe soup and then get in the car and see what errands I can run before everything closes!

Can I say that this is the best invention ever!?

A remote control outlet for cutting your outdoor Christmas lights on and off!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The word on the weather...

I send you once again to my neighbor's blog for the official explanation of our recent freakish weather. I had suspected something of the sort.

I noticed today that I could see where the hail beat the crud off my deck.

My new gutters look so pretty!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


As I have said before, I'm not one for decorating at Halloween. But I've seen so many cute buntings on blogs this year that I decided that could be something simple and easy to store after the holiday.

So I went through the stash pulling purple, orange, and black fabrics and bought a few to supplement including the cute black cats on orange.

A couple of the light-up pumpkins are mine from thrift stores, but the really big ones are borrowed.

They are really bright at night.

I think I spotted a little furry goblin on the sofa.

Hit hard

Last Sunday night around 10:30-11:00 pm our neighborhood was hit with some pretty terrific winds - possibly even a small tornado. We had hail the size of marbles and leaf debris plastered to the west side of our houses. It was so unsettling it didn't occur to me to take pictures at the time.

The next day I ventured out to this scene just a couple of blocks up the hill after someone posted pics online.

This one tree hit three cars.

It still had two sections of sidewalk, a length of curb, and chunks of pavement attached.

A neighbor who lives south of the boulevard posted these shots on her blog. Mavis, whose house has the tree resting on top of it, is one of our ballet moms.

The hail weakened the gutter on the back of my house and Wednesday a.m., after a brief driving downpour, it fell.

I feel I can scarcely complain though considering others suffered so much damage. Some will be out of their homes for a while till repairs can be done. I know of at least five homes that had damage and lots of trees with broken limbs. Lots of vehicles hit by tree limbs, too.

We've had company!

Neighbor Peggy has had a lot of work done on her house lately-a new roof, newly glazed windows, repainted exterior trim. The biggest project of all, however, has been the repair and refinishing of her hardwood floors-upstairs and down. You can imagine what an ordeal this has been.

So for the past week plus, Peggy and most of her fur babies have been bunking in with me and Maisy. Her dog Bandit has enjoyed his own retreat elsewhere with an energetic 5th grader.

Mugsy was not real sure of the whole situation upon arrival last Wednesday morning. He decided his best vantage point was from the end of the bed in the guest room.

Ferrets Taz and Ringo, on the otherhand, have enjoyed all the comings and goings next to the back door in the kitchen.

They are either very active

or very asleep.

They are very quick to follow you, especially if you have a camera.

Most of my attempts to photograph them have resulted in "nose" shots.

Mugsy has finally ventured into the rest of the house and drinks from Maisy's water bowl. That green in the placemat sure brings out his big green eyes.

Maisy likes that the ferrets toss food out of the cage.
She is happy to clean up after them.

All in all, everyone has gotten along quite well, including the humans.

Peggy has great looking floors now. The furniture is all back in the house and everyone will head home when the fumes die down a bit.

I'm hoping Maisy won't have too much withdrawal.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


another wonderful postcard from Jill in the UK.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Baby Girl Dog

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Last Saturday Maisy and I went to Pepper Place in search of tomatoes. I found them, but I also saw peaches everywhere. So I bought a half dozen to use making fresh peach milkshakes (a weakness this summer.)

As we turned to head back to the car, I almost stepped on this big basket of what they called "soft peaches." Five dollars for the entire basket. Twenty-nine peaches in all.

It took me forever to peel these things and cut them up to freeze. But I got enough to make three good-sized pies some time in the future. Or maybe some cobbler.

It was explained to me that soft peaches have blemishes caused by a bumpy ride up the interstate or odd wrinkles left when the fruit grows next to a tree branch or limb.

And then there was this guy...

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Blessings, sweet friends, on your new life together!