Well it’s that day of the week and so far so good… Your Vintage Girl is at it again. My luck may be running thin on these items, but I managed to get something. I re-visited the Goodwill (went back to check on the bean bag) and it was gone :( oh well … but I came across this item. Here I go… thinking .. hmmmmm… maybe? maybe not? maybe? Yes! I’ll take it… Here is what I brought home… I know you’re wondering what is it? It’s a wall vase… I clearly see why the owner got rid of it…pretty boring (well, unless you like black & silver together)..
The price….$2.50 — that’ll work…
and I noticed something interesting.. it was made in the USA…. ok.. even better.. because I did’t think I’d ever see that tag
Well, time to give this a refreshingly new look…..Paint is the first thing to do… I already have some latex paint left over from this project..
Much better – starting to look a bit more eye friendly - at least for me it is… Time to fill the vase.. Since I’m going to use it outside, I’ll make a winter white theme. Mother nature is my resource for those items. Oh, and I also wanted to add a little decoration to it.. my feeble attempt failed.. but I did like the little silvery hearts (thanks to Cassie- my neighbor- gave a bag of them) so I decided to keep those on it. (I’ve never been too crafty – but one day I’ll work on those skills). I went outside to get a few tree branches and sprayed them silver (to match the little tip) and added them..
needs more nature to it.. these will work just fine
and here’s the finished product for my Winter White Arrangement
I think I really like this little arrangement….What’s your take??? Keep in mind – not bad for $2.50 “giggles”.
I always wonder how does this plant know when to bloom? I mean bulbs planted in the ground know it’s time to bloom because the change of the season but this plant stays in the house all year long… Hmmmmm…. I just wonder?? Is there a calendar built in membrane that says Christmas is coming.. Chuckles. Anyway… I’m just loving my Christmas cactus… Here it is starting to bloom
I went out of town for a few days and came back to this
I paid a visit to the town thrift store to see what they had.. and saw a bag of these small ornaments (16) for $0.50..
and to think Target thought they had a bargain (but I know not)
So, why not add them to the Christmas cactus plant (after all – it kinda makes since being that they’re Christmas balls) like I did with the big dining room plant.
These things are so cheap.. I think I’ll use them in the garden for a bit of whimsical all year long…So I’m headed back to see if they have any more larger ones…. and if I luck up.. you’ll be the first to know….. TaTa….
It’s been a week since I’ve been back from going home for Thanksgiving and I’m still reminiscing in the wonderful time I had visiting family. I’d like to share my short story about the visit and staying with my twin. It’s just amazing how even though we live hundreds of miles apart, when I go to her house – it’s like home away from home.. seriously. Down to the point of when I look in her cabinet to cook something – we even have the same spices.. chuckles.. it’s really something to think about. The week prior to my visit I had been playing a particular cd alot..”Caron Wheeler” the cd I used in my Lite as a Feather post.. I love the entire cd..well – I get to her house.. and guess what.. she has it playing in her kitchen (just like me).. now this is the odd part.. We were playing the same music in our homes not knowing it. I gave her a copy of that cd at least a year ago and she said “Kim – I just put this cd in last week for the first time and love – every song!” Inside I was perturbed because I thought “what took you so long” but somehow she must have read my face and quickly said..”I know it took a long time, but I’ve been listening to so many cds our aunt Pookie (who is another music buff) had been giving her that she just hadn’t taken the time to listen.. but now she’s regretting it took so long because she loves it..) That made me happy. But moving along because I could write a book about us…chuckles.. My sister’s home is so lovely and she (like me) had to completely re-do her home.. I guess we’re just suckers for a good challenge -whereas some people prefer move-in ready to decorate… not us. I’m just going to share a few snapshots I took of her home. Her kitchen is just a warm friendly place to be in. The color tones of yellow, red, black and white are just so welcoming. When she asked me to make her curtains I was happy to do so, but to see that she still has them makes me smile. They were simple to make and it’s a rewarding feeling to know that I helped add to her beautiful kitchen. I adore this vignette around her table. The picture you see above “Sisters” hugging.. well that was a birthday card I gave her at least 15 years ago.. she had it framed and you see where it hangs
The other pictures are a tasteful blend of vintage & modern prints
Her Dining Room is the crowned jewel of her home. The rich tone of chocolate brown and keylime walls trimmed in gold is absolutely gorgeous.
Her artwork adds to the beauty of the room – with each piece custom framed to her selection
Pulling all her vintage furniture pieces together to create this fabulous look was truly tastefully accomplished.
The Living Room, which is equally stunning, was also completely redesigned. Her old mantel was torn out and her husband handcrafted a newly design mantel to her liking – and customizing a border around the art was another creative special touch.
This is the front view of her beautiful fireplace
Gorgeous!! Isn’t it??
I also love the vintage desk and how she has it displayed with the exquisite artwork above it.
Mind you, every fabulous piece of furniture was found in thrift stores lovingly refinished – because that’s how we Vintage girls love to do it. The song I chose for this post is called “Special”.. because that’s what she is to me.. and as the lyric says “sisterly bond is worth more than gold” and those words are never more true. I know you’re probably wondering why I chose the name for this post. Well, it comes from my aunt who always says “we’re joined at the hips” and after hearing my short story I’m sure you can agree.
I hope you enjoyed your visit of my sister’s home, and I hope you enjoyed the “Special” tune I played for you.
It’s your thrifty girl with yet another $2.00 deal. This was found at the Goodwill store. I went in to look for an old blanket for little Ms. Koko. She’s always cold and just commandeered my blanket - so I wanted to get her another one to use. I found a really nice bean bag that was perfect but the price was $10.00 – wayyyy over priced… I asked how can a bean bag be $10 but a chair is $15.00 – made no sense to me.. but anyway..I did’t get it. Well since I was there, I decided to look around for something else.. besides you never know what you may find There was a man standing there and I really wasn’t paying too much attention to him and he asked ”Do you need a nice mirror?” I replied, ” not really” .. but he was persistent.. and said “look at it – it’s a really nice mirror.. I thought pretty girls always like mirrors”.. So he & I both chuckled and I looked at the mirror… hmmm.. it really was a nice mirror.. So I said.. “You’re right, it is a nice mirror” and then he said “here – take it” . I kindly took it from him and figured I’d put it back when he left my sight.. but as I got ready to put it away I gave it a second look.. hmm.. this really is a nice mirror.. I looked at the price..$2.99..(ok – so it was’t exactly $2.00).. I toyed with the mirror trying to figure out what I could do with it.. but no need to ponder with it in the store.. I’ll take it home and deal with it. Here is the mirror – the stranger found for this pretty girl..
Technically I did’t find it. .. but somehow – it found me.. Pretty nice huh? I didn’t have a place in mind for it, but I’d figure I’d use it outside come spring time in the chill-out spot. As I walked around the house, I found a little corner area that could use a spruce up.. I’m one to prop a mirror in a space to see how it works then build on it.. Here is the target corner:
I put the mirror behind it to see how it works:
Ok.. it’s starting to look livelier.. let’s add a few more touches to it… I found these rose balls I had around the house and wasn’t using them..
I’m liking it even more… then I remembered one special touch … I bought my bohemian butterfly inside for the winter months.. and decided to show it off here..
I would say this corner is complete.. All spruced up!!
I love how the butterfly adds the special touch of color to the corner area. You really should see the beautiful butterflies created by LindaG.. Click here to visit her website to catch a butterfly for yourself or someone special
For a moment I was worried about not finding something for my fun post. This $2.00 Tuesday is really pretty cool. The main objective is that I do not to go crazy looking for things and also make sure I need or could use it. Well, so far so good.. If you’re just joining me..Welcome… you can see my other $2.00 posts here, here, and here. Today’s goodie came from the thrift store here in Whitmire, again. I remember seeing it when I was there getting the plant hangers. So, I decided to go back to inquire about it…. and sure enough.. it was $2.00…LOL.. I know you’re probably thinking.. “Is she for real – how could it be -that she’s finding this stuff“, but I kid you not.. it sure was $2.00 (and no haggling..)..
A HAT RACK….. How Cool is That!!! It was hanging on the wall with some baskets on it… I simply asked.. is that for sale and she replied – looking over her glasses with her hand on her hip…. “Honey, everything in here is for sale …and it was $2.00 (with the baskets.. which I did’t take – but something tells me I should have – because you never know when you’ll need a basket..) oh well…
Well, it was was in perfect condition (except for the dust) which is a easy fix. But I just didn’t want to keep it in the natural state. I had a tiny bit of paint left over and decided to spruce it up.. Besides it was going to hang in the laundry area so the color would blend with the curtains. I used the Avocado left over from this project
That’s what it needed for a new look
Well let’s get it inside to put it to use.. Every time I have to walk Ms. Koko, it never fails, I forget where I left her leash and have to go looking for it and my cap… well no more.. they have their place..
I do believe I scored on this one too!!!!
As always…IT’S VivaLaVintage – Baby! Like I said.. this is getting kind of fun… See you next Tuesday..(I hope)
Here it is – Thanksgiving already, and I still haven’t created a tablescape for Fall.. So today was a perfect day to do something. The weather was pretty crisp so I decided to decorate these gourds I got from a neighbor. He generously gave me 6.. which I was truly happy and thankful for. As I reflect on this holiday, I realize there is so much to be thankful for. Even something so simple as getting these gourds for free. I created this simple tablescape with items that were found around the house and cost zero dollars. What a blessing it was to be able to do that. These are the gourds I started with:
After I washed and dried them I used leftover spray paint I had from previous projects to give them color. Then it was time to get creative. I had a mirror put inside a frame a few months back and decided to use that as my platform. I found a bag of popourri I purchased from a yard sale back in summer for $0.50 cents. This is the tablescape I created for fall.
I used some of the small pine cones from the popourri to outline the candle base
Twine left over was used around the neck of this gourd.
The gold paint on this one has a gentle glow…
I still think it needed something else, so I went outside and plucked a few of these dried berry leaves to add to the arrangement. This is the finished look for my Fall tablescape.
Like I said…. I have much to be thankful for.. Being able to have a home to create this lovely centerpiece for.. Is truly a blessing.. Amen…..
I really like the table centerpiece glow by candlelight…… Simply Fall …
Have a wonderfully blessed and safe Thanksgiving
It was a year ago that I launched “VivaLaVintage” Blog and I’m just so excited about it.. I started VivaLaVintage as a platform to showcase my love of antiques and thrifty finds that I used to decorate my home and also in hopes to inspire the readers. I just read my stats and the blog has had almost 5000 hits.. and over 400 followers…WOW!! That was pretty impressive to me (as new beginner to the blogging world). It’s a good feeling knowing people have taken interest in what I’m doing and what I blog about .. I want to Thank All my supporters and followers!!! Let’s take a look back at my productive year and some of my favorite posts… (click on the picture to see the blogstory about each post)
In all, I must say it’s been a fantastic year and I love doing this. I never knew blogging could be so much fun. I hope you all continue to read, follow and share it with your friends. Once again – I thank you!!!
Ok.. I wasn’t as successful with this week’s post, but I did manage to get a few items for $2.00. I ventured into Hwy 121 Indoor Yard Sale here in Whitmire. The lady there was very pleasant. I found a whole bunch of items in that store for $2.00 - I was like “WOW” , I could really stretch my buck here.. chuckles… But I couldn’t use a lot of the items I saw..(but, if I ever need any more glasses, I know where to go – they all were roughly $0.10-0.20 cents a piece).. These are the items I came home with. All for $2.00 — not bad – again..
Even though I’m a dog person, I couldn’t resist the little kitty cat eyes on the little planter (not to mention the price).. Although I don’t decorate for Christmas, I do like the decorations and the colors of the ornaments. I’ll use them another way to add color around the house. I cleaned the kitty and found her a place on the windowsill for a coleus plant I’m rooting for next year..
She looks pretty cute perched on the widow with the other plants.. :-)
As for the tree bulbs.. I like putting things inside my potted plats (rocks are always the norm) but I thought I’d give them a try in this plant.. something to hide the big roots because they’re big and round.
I added the balls for some color in the pot.. and here is what it looks like..
not bad for some color in the pot- and unlike rocks – they don’t add extra weight (because it’s very heavy – every summer it goes outside for nature to take care of it) and I get the dreaded sigh from my son when he has to lift it to take it out..
And for the crystals.. I’m going to use those on a crafts project.. Will get back to you on that note..
So you see shopping with $2.00 is not impossible.. practical but definitely not impossible..
Besides….This is getting kind of fun too!
Hey there, last week I started a $2.00 Tuesday post.. I’m going to continue with them as long as I can find $2.00 items.. and you know something.. I think it’s kind of fun, too,… knowing I can actually get something so cheap that I could really make use of. I found this week’s item at the thrift store here in town. I usually don’t get to visit it because they’re closed on Saturdays ( not good).. but I lucked up because they’ll be open on Saturdays until Christmas (GREAT!)
Well, here’s what I found tucked in the back…. chuckles…. I know what you’re thinking… “Good Lord – I haven’t seen those in years” LOL… but guess what… they’re sturdy and I know could use them. Here’s the clincher .. all three for $2.00. Last week I was happy with the one plant hanger… so you know this week I’m freaking ecstatic :-) YIPPEEE!!!! (don’t mind the leaves in the backdrop.. they’re everywhere..sooo tired of raking leaves..sigh) :-(
The solid beige one was .50 cents and the other two.. .75 cents (chuckles..) can’t beat it… RIGHT! I’m not too fond of the colors or the big fuzzy ball at the end
but since it’s Fall.. and they are Fall colors – it’ll work for now. I’ll decide later whether to change the colors (of course spray paint would do the job) or not. I gave them a try and put a couple of plants inside them.. (just to show for the post – but tomorrow I’m headed to the nursery to get a few plants to put in them.. Here’s how they look with a plant inside..
They are absolutely perfect for outside hangers.. the cording is extremely durable..
After seeing them… I think I really LUCKED UP!
There once was a life for this boring tray table. But since the children are gone and we’ve become empty nesters.. there isn’t much use for it. The kids used it for multiple purposes..so it just sits in a corner…that is until now..I’ve decided to make good use of it for myself. So here’s a look at the poor old lifeless tray table. Very ordinary right? But.. it served its purpose for them and now it’s about to serve its purpose for me.
Time to get rid of the bland wood tone. I’ve always wanted to try chalkboard paint so this would be my first project using it. I painted the top with the chalkboard paint and painted the bottom with a hammered bronze paint. So far so good, I like how it came out.
But it still needed something to hide the squareness of the boring table.. Remember my $0.50 Sunday project ? The picture frame is ready to be used
I measured the frame and the opening fits perfectly on top of the table. Soooo, now the old tray table has a new look..It is now the guest bedroom “Welcome Station” .
I wrote a little note to let them know how welcomed they are.
The ribbon holds a spare key just in case I leave, they’ll still have access to the house.
It’s no longer sitting there to collect dust