Herbal Cart

It’s Spring and time to tend to the garden.  The perennials that have been resting all winter has finally awakened and ready to come alive.  Your thrifty gal has been waiting to work on a simple project.  Fresh garden herbs are just wonderful to cook with and I love growing them (if you’ve never used them – trust me- make it a point to do it this year).  I caught Home Depot’s Spring Black Friday sale and bought several starter plants.   I spotted a utility cart at the yard sale I went to a few weeks back (when I bought all the seashells).  That day, not only did I hit the seashell jackpot, but I also hit the flower pot jackpot!  I bought the cart for $5.00 and the flower pots were $4.00 (for all of them – total count- 45), I know, I know, I’ve got a lot of planting to do   :-) .   That particular yard sale landed me some great deals.

                

Well I figured this cart will make the perfect “go to” stand for my herbal garden which will be right outside my kitchen door on the deck.  Now of course it needs a major new look.. something that will be bright and cheery to make my herbs grow healthy.   I’ve been stock piling all the pretty spring colors of spray paint to work on projects this summer. I decided on the colors and went to work… first I cleaned the cart and the painted it a pretty turquoise.  Then I painted a few of the clay pots to plant my herbs in.  Here is my the new look of my Herbal Cart

This simple project took 2 hours to complete and I’m so happy about the new look

I colorful tape was a perfect accent to the colors I chose.

 

These herbs are going to give my summer meals a bold new flavor.. mmmmmm and the delightful fragrance smells so pretty when I walk past them

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Giveaway Winner!!!!

I want to thank everyone who participated in the contest!   The winner is Sonya!!  Congratulations to you…..

Sonya is an excellent photographer who blogs at Sonya Lira Photography.  You can view her work at http://www.sonyaliraphotography.com or click here.

It’s so funny because Sonya just announced the birth of her twin granddaughters – and I’m a twin too.. how coincidental is that!!

You can view the drawing by clicking winner announcement link below:

Winner Announcement

 

This was fun to do and I’ll be having another giveaway soon!!  Happy Spring !!

 

A Spring Give-Away

Hey everyone!! I’m very excited to introduce you to the new logo on my  “TLC”  Page of my blog.   TLC stands for “Twins Love Cooking”

Yes, your Vintage girl has a love for cooking too!  In fact, my sister and I share the same passion for cooking and interior decorating.   We share lots of recipes with each other and in turn- I share them with you.  :-)     So tell me, while you’re cooking, do you partake in a glass of wine?? (or two.. chuckles)  I know I do!!     Well have a glass of wine with me …  because one of my lucky readers will win a Signature Glass to drink with me.  

 

It’s Spring and I’m excited to be having my first give-away!!

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To enter the contest - all you have to do is leave the words “Enter Me”  along with your name in the comment section.    Your name will be placed in the box and once all the names are entered, my lovely little niece will pull the lucky reader’s name out the box.  The drawing will be held Monday at 6:00pm.  All names must be entered no later than Monday, April 14, 2014  4:00pm.    Good Luck!!

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A Goodwill Week

This past week I had been lucky at Goodwill.  I just thought I’d share some of the things I came across.  You know I don’t need a blankety blank thang, but I’m actually addicted to the thrill of the hunt.. ( I need therapy – seriously) – someone please introduce me to Will Power… chuckles.

Well here we go with what I saw… This dusty little cooler bag was the perfect size for my son to take with him out fishing.  Judging by the dust on the outside, I knew it was going to be dirty inside…

But I was totally surprised  -  how wrong I was!  (and btw.. it was $2.75)

Then I came across these office chairs.. Yes they were a bit outdated, but nothing that some new fabric and spray paint can’t fix – the wheels work perfect (I scooted around for a test drive).  They were $2.75 each  (what a steal)

Up next – these chairs… I really dig the modern shape and yes, they were comfortable and sturdy.  The wood was in perfect condition.  Just update the fabric and they’d be a great pair of vintage inspired sitting chairs.  The best part – their bargain price $5.75 each

This slipper chair was just $4.87 (let’s ditch the outdated orange velvet fabric – blah- with some new up-to date fabric and you’ll have  fantastic slipper chair.  This also was a comfortable chair..the springs were in tact

I really wanted this two-seater sofa, but someone plucked the tag (beat me to the punch).  I just imagined a nice metallic paint and new fabric would make this a fabulous piece.  The price??  a mere $42.75

Lucked up with another macrame plant holder for $1.75 (I couldn’t leave this behind)

So you see why I enjoy the thrill of the hunt.  So I guess you’re wondering what I came home with..well..truth is… none of them (except the plant holder).  Will Power almost came to the rescure, but as I was walking out the door, I glanced over at the shoe section.. (WHY??? I’ll never know – I never-ever look at their shoes.. and I mean never)  but for some reason the shoes didn’t look “beat up”.  I spotted these sandals – never worn in mint condition.  I tried them on – perfect fit!  Hmmm… I really like them for my jeans.. so home they came…. and guess what.. they were $2.87 – LOL!!!  I had to smh and say “Kim (my alter ego) GO HOME”

So … you feel where I’m coming from…. I love the thrill of the hunt.  What about you??    Someone please tell me I’m not alone..LOL!

 

Introducing Peggy

 

Hey Yall! (in my southern slang) remember I told you I would introduce you to Peggy Brickles, the local artist who did the fantastic artistry on my headboards.  Well today is that day.  Peggy is a sweet lady who developed her love of art by working with her daughter.  She’s been doing this  for about 5 years and simply enjoys her pasttime of dabbling in paint.  She has a boutique located on Church Street in the charming, small town of Whitmire, SC to showcase her designs.   I had the opportunity to sit and chat Peg and also take pictures of her fabulous work to expose to all my viewers.  So, sit back relax and enjoy the tour of her shop.

These are the lovely Palmetto tree glasses that caught my eye at the auction.  They are part of a service set for 8 with matching plates, water goblets, cups and saucers.    I really like the Palmetto tree “Welcome” sign painted on ceramic tile..

                      

She also had a simple serving of pansies in grass painted on the wine glasses with matching plates

This technique of the black and white candle holders were painted using rubber bands (how nifty of an idea was that!)

 

This is window display with small glasses of spring flowers painted on them (gets me ready for that summer garden party).  She even painted the lampshade

If your serving drinks on the deck, southern iced tea would taste so refreshing in these purple palmetto  tree glasses.

Here’s another lovely spring painting done on slate  (and she’ll even paint your family name -or whatever wording you prefer- on it)

Featured here is another painted design she created

The darling flower pots are perfect for the mother-daughter gardeners

Or if you like to have kitchen signs to showcase your love of the “Java”.. she painted these palette pleasers to display in your kitchen..

        

Or if roosters are your thang for that country kitchen.. check out this cool cock that she painted..  (I love it!)

along with all these other country kitchen items to complete your kitchen decor… oh and a nice little laundry sign to hang by the washer & dryer..(gotta do laundry)

And those who have a man cave – she’s got your rules written down in black & white..chuckles..

For the bird lovers, here’s some beautifully painted birdhouse

This desk and chair were saved from the dumpster and she restored and painted her paisley funky design that attracts the colorful eye.

and for the pastel lovers (like me) – I just adore how she painted the block pattern on these wooden chairs

            

Now, that you’ve seen all the wonderful designs created by Peggy, I have to show the lady with the smile who would greet you the warmest welcome when you come into her shop

or you can contact by email or phone if you see something you’d like to order

It’s a wonderful world and I love to see it through the designs painted by artists.  Supporting local artist and local talent is the core of what keeps America the beautiful.

Got my “W”s!!

I’m so excited,  I finally got  “W” monogrammed on the twin headboards- turned window treatment  that were above the master bedroom windows.   They’ve been plain for a while waiting for me to get my nerves up to try doing it myself.

A few weeks back our town had an auction and few people donated some items for the charity event.  There were a pair of painted Palmetto tree wine glasses donated for the silent auction.  They were really nice and I was told a local artist painted them.  Come to find out the talented artist has a shop right across the street from my house (duuuhhh)  boy did I overlook that hidden jewel.  I’m going to introduce you to Ms. Peggy Brickles very soon.   But moving along with my excitement.  I asked her if she does stenciling and she sure does!  So I picked out the letter and gave her a feel of how I want it to look.  Thank God she read my mind….   :-)    which I believe is part of the hidden perception of what artists do.. they visualize what you’re trying to convey and bring it to fruition.  OK -  So.. down comes the headboards (omg! can you say dust – chuckles…  ah-choo, ah-choo)  and I took them to her (dust free of course)  for her to work her artist magic on them.    A couple of days later I get a texted picture of the finished product and my jaw dropped..  PERFECT!!!!  It was exactly what I wanted… I couldn’t wait to pick them up.   This is how they turned out.

 

 

Didn’t she do a FANTASTIC job!   I applaud Peg for putting the cherry on top of my unfinished sundae (so to speak).   I got them home and up they went..

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Even the hubby liked them..

Progress Made

In the midst of clearing papers, I came across some old photos of my yard.  Boy have I made some serious progress over the years. When we first moved into the house I really knew nothing about gardening.  I was a city girl and loved looking at beautiful landscapes but while living in Jersey, I didn’t do any yard work.  When we moved to S.C.  the yard had a clean slate and I figure I’d let my imagination take over.  I have to admit – I’d forgotten how dull and lifeless the yard was, but after looking back at all the hard work put into it, these pictures made me realize how much progress I really made over the years.   Perusing countless garden magazines proved to be worthwhile in helping to inspire me.  Just thought I’d share my progress made with you…   (try not to laugh at the before too much).  My husband preferred it that way because it was easy to cut the grass (mind you he hated moving what little objects there were..)

BEFORE

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AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

By gradually taking each section at a time progress was made.. so you know alot of gardening therapy took place out here.  The back breaking agony I went through was all worth it.   The best part about the beds is they’re 80% perennials.  Yes,  I learned real quick over the years to get garden smart.  :-)   So much progress was made and yet – more to still make.  Thankfully I have you to follow along with me to share the journey.   TTYL,

The Rusty Old Lamp

This is an old 4 light lamp.  One of the arms broke off and the wiring has been removed..not to mention it’s rusty has heck..  don’t ask me why I didn’t throw it away..(because I’m a pack rat – that’s why)..    :-)

Well, remember I said I’m cleaning out – getting ready for a huge 49-mile yard sale our region is having (so if you’re interested in a weekend thrifting trip, head to Chester, South Carolina June 6-7, to begin your 49 mile junkin’ journey.   I gave it a quick coat of copper paint.

But I’m still not going to use it as a lamp…   so moving along.. found my vintage hats collection (you’re probably saying – “sheesh…what don’t she collect”.. chuckles…

It’s time to display them properly, after all Spring is coming – add they add a nice touch to the foyer

Just re-arranged the table a tad bit and it’s a simple new look

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Struck again at Kroger..

Filled with all my favorites…. for a spring bouquet

 

They look  lovely inside my hand painted thrifty deal

And all I went in for was a can of tuna fish and a diet pepsi.. chuckles….   I gotta stay away from there.. or I’ll have a florist in my house if this keeps up…  but for now – they’ll brighten my hump day tommorrow…  Hope the pretty flowers brighten your day

Air Plants in the House

I stopped over at the nursery to see what they have and saw the air plants.  There were so many to choose from.

Well needless to say I came home with 5..  I love those little buggers especially since they require no dirt.   They’re very easy to care for.  All you basically need to do is dip them in water or spray them.   To learn more about their care you can click here.  You can be so creative with including them in your decor.   This is how I used them.   

Here I used a couple of the sand dollars that were in the Seashell Jackpot.   Using a dab of hot glue to hold in place I created a “sandwich” for the plant to display with the seashell vignette.

This one sits nice and cozy inside the swan cork dish

The sea rock had holes and this one sits neatly inside.. I dabbled a bit of hot glue to keep it in place

This one fits perfectly inside the bottle neck of this vintage vase

The seashell nestles this one

Do you like them?  Have you grown air plants?  If so, share them with me..

Kudos to Krogers

I paid a visit to Kroger’s supermarket and noticed their basket of manager’s special flowers and thought I’d buy a few to create an arrangement to brighten my day.. fresh flowers always says “it’s a beautiful day to be happy” to me.

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I’m a novice at creating an arrangement but I tried my luck and was pleased.   I used a cheap vase I bought at that terrific yard sale last week for $0.75.  I liked it because it was on a pedestal – nothing fancy but what the heck..

It’s a  beautiful Saturday and it’s nice to have a lovely bouquet around the house … light some candles and let the day begin..  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

$2.00 Tuesday #9

Just when I thought my $2.00 Tuesday was over, your vintage girl struck again at the yard sale.  It’s an item that I would have NEEEVER thought to buy from the store, because,  it just wouldn’t have occured to me as a “gotta get’er”.  But- hey- for $2.00 – why not???   I could have a little fun with it… :-)    Well without much ado about it…this is my $2.00 great deal –   A Vintage Fondue Pot!!!

This little kitten (circa 1950′s) was never used.  In fact,  it was still in the box it was bought in.  It appeared to have been unwrapped then wrapped back up because everything was in the same plastic coverings.    The B&H cookbook was  also included with it.

The color red is so festive.. it kinda makes you feel like having a fondue party

I’m getting excited about the dipping delights I could serve with my newly found party item

Or…. how about ….have a “melt down” intimate  “fondue for 2″  evening…keeping the chocolate nice and warm for all the dipping pleasures {wink,wink   :-) }

Wine and Fondue -Just For 2

I guess I’ll be visiting the Fun with Fondue Pinterest Board more often