Thrifty Thursday

Hello,hello,hello… I know – it’s not thursday.. (but that’s the day I found my project) .. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.. I had to take to hiatus from blogging.  Even though time changed and our days got longer, it stills seems like they’re going too quick – Feels like I’m running out of time..  Work, home,cook, projects, exercise…etc..etc..etc..next thing I know it’s after midnight and time to go to bed to start all over again.. (where does the day go????) …  My cyber-friend Miss K over at Pure&Complex already gave me my frowny face.. Where have I been scolding… chuckles.. thanks “K” for missing me.. My brother came for a surprise visit and it was wonderful time spent with my little darlings.. Ava and Laylah.. I even played hooky from work to escape to the zoo with them.. A trip well worth my time off

Karriem met a new friend.. who he was hoping wouldn’t lick him in the face..lol..

Needless to say I miss them already….   after that.. I had yard work to do.. uggghhhh… I truly regret not getting the leaves up sooner.. but – oh well.. no need in crying over spilled milk..  That alone took a few hours after work to get done.    My chair project is almost done.. Yipppeeeee…I’m the one holding up the last part.. I have to refinish the wood frame.. so that’s my next step. I can’t wait to show you the finished product.  In the meantime.. I did come across this cute vintage lamp while thrifting at Goodwill.

      

Not bad for $8.75.. I think it’ll be great for a new spring look.   My only dilemna was the shade.. I’m not big on the shape or pleats…   I found another one in my storage area.. and decided to to use it instead.   It had seen better days, but I figured – it’s worth a try..  I didn’t do too bad on my kitchen lamp shade (if you missed it you can see it here) so I decided to give this one a whirl..

I’ve been leaning towards toile fabric- so I decided to give it a try.  First I laid the fabric out and placed the shade on top and rolled it across the fabric, marking as I roll it..

I used a hot glue gun to adhere the fabric to the shade.. Be very careful with that glue gun, because it’s easy to wind up with this…  Yeeeouuuuuchh!!!!!!

Luckily I leave a bottle of AloeVera gel in the fridge to help with burns. If you haven’t tried it..trust me, it works great on burns.  It took me all of an hour to complete the new shade  and I must say.. Not bad!

I think the toile fabric did better justice with this lamp..(I just hope toile is not out of style – lol)

The painting was a another Goodwill find for $4.00.  A quick coat of white paint gives the boring frame a fresher look (as you see the wood frame did nothing for this painting)

 

For under $15.00 I created a quick inexpensive new look for the console table.  Next up – I’m also doing a 30-day makeover challenge with other bloggers..which will be another quick update of a chair that sorely needs some attention.  I’m late in the game to start but I’ll have it finished (fingers crossed) ..lol… well that’s what your thrifty girl has been up to.. and what about you..?  What are your upcoming projects.. Do share..I’d love to hear about them..

Tah-tah..As always… Your thrifty Gal

 

Cute Little Cabby

It’s a ThrowBackThursday and I thought I’d share one of my favorite makeovers with my new readers and a “remember this” with my “ride or die chicks” that’s been with me from day one ;-)  thanks for hanging in there with me.  Hope you enjoy reading it :

Saturday was such a beautiful day.  The weather was absolutely wonderful and I decided to finally work on this little cabinet I got for free back in November.  My sister was doing a house sale and it was an item that no one wanted..so she decided to bring it home, well she had no place for it and was going to dump it. Luckily I saved it just in time..I brought the cabinet home with me and kept it in the garage to air out.. It had the dreaded “OLD” smell… chuckles..   Let’s see.. of course I have to have music for my listening pleasure, so I popped in my Joe Simon and Lou Rawls cds along with a few other classics and began my project.   The cabinet was still sturdy but the scraping and sanding was harder than I thought.  I managed to get the surface somewhat smooth.  This is the cabinet before:

       

I’m done sanding and scraping, so next comes the primer

Ooops,,, Almost forgot to tape the glass.. so I had to take care of that before I continue.. ..

Next  comes the spray paint.  I used the metallic silver as my selection.

   

Next – its LUNCH TIME,.. gotta take a break and lunch was ” Salmon burger w/monterey jack cheese and chips.. Yuuummmy :-)

Back to work and I sprayed another coat of metallic paint ….  this cabinet is turning out pretty good –      

It’s dry and time to put it to use…I figure in the bathroom for towels and toiletries would be perfect for now

      

The  crystal candy dish makes a good powder puff dish  – don’t cha think so too?

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All done!! Another job done and all for less that $15.00…   I just love great finds…

 

Stripe it Out

Hey Y’all!  Real quick question—  Have you noticed how much stripe taper candles cost..  Geez louise… look here and here..  and  World Market  has them on sale for $3.00 but that’s for a pair.  Well, remember the yard sale I went to a couple weeks ago .. I also found 3 boxes of tapered evening candles for $0.50 a box with 5 candles in each box.

You know I snagged all of them.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do .. Stripe them out!!   It was so quick and easy and I love how it gave them a bit more elegance.

 

All I did was tape them up and gave a quick spray of metallic gold.  Let dry and now I have a pair of striped gold candles.  I saved a few dollars by getting vintage candles from the yard sale and doing it myself.  The best part is I’ve got several candles to make different colors and styles with at a fraction of the cost.

So the next time you’re at a yard sale, a thrift store or even Goodwill.. get those candles!  Every little bit savings counts.

 

Another thrifty idea by your Urvintage Girl!  Tah-tah!!

 

 

Inspired by “LindaG”

In this blogging world we all come across others who inspire us to try a project.  Such is that with Linda over at LindaGLovingHome.  Linda is so talented with creating beautiful things for the home and she has really blown me away with her many table runner designs.  When I saw her Fall Harvest runner, I became instantly inspired to try to make one.  She was kind to send me a pattern so I gave it a whirl.  This is the inspiration design I absolutely adored.

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Simply gorgeous, and I love how she mixes pattern designs while adding a few detailed touches.  You can see all her other beautiful designs here.  It’s worth taking a visit to her blog.  After I finished my dining room makeover, I realized this table could use a new runner.  I’ve had this runner for years and think it’s time to give it a rest.

Now -I’m by far- no means a seamstress,just at the beginner stages when I made this table runner

I finally had the opportunity to go fabric shopping – (I was a kid in the candy store – wanting everything)

This is my new runner:

I made it a bit longer just in case I want to use it for the dining table.  I really love the color and pattern which brightened up this area

 

I goofed big time on the scalloped end.. (don’t ask how mine came out in this totally different shape..lol)

But all in all – I’m pretty happy about the outcome.

Instead of using regular lining, I used the back of the fabric so I have the option for another look when I flip it over.

Ok guys.. I’ve tried my luck at this, next up is a bed runner..- she makes fabulous ones.. so I have to give that a try..   Thanks Linda for the inspiration!   Fingers crossed.

 

 

Texas Red Wings

Is your stomach growling or mouth watering..?? Good, because that what I had hoped..  – Mission Accomplished.  Ok now.. Who doesn’t like wings??? duhhhh   Nobody!!

This is the most simplest recipe that has so much flavor.. the kind that makes you lick you lips and say mmmmm..smack,smack, mmmmm..

4 Ingredients:  Vegetable Oil  (2 tblspn)    Wings    Garlic Powder     Sea Salt                               Victoria Seasonings Texas Red Seasoning  (click here to order)

Preheat oven to 375.  Wash and clean wings.  Season wings generously with garlic powder, sea salt and Texas Red Seasoning.  Pour vegetable oil on top of wings.  Here’s where it gets messy (but it’s worth it)  Rub each wing with the oil and seasoning, massaging thoroughly making sure they’re nicely coated.

Place in lightly greased baking dish and bake uncovered for 30 mins (or until done).  Then broil on for browning, the last 15 mins.  Turn and brown the other side.  The skin will become slightly crisp.

 

Remove and serve hot..

Pudding Parfaits

I know I’m being devilish with this treat, but I’ve been wanting to make these for the longest.. and now that I did – I can’t figure out what took me so long!  Talk about a chocolatey treat–boy–oh-boy- I felt like a kid again when I ate this!   Who’d thought five simple ingredients could be so scrumptious…and the hardest part was crunching cookies.. (yea right –  like that’s  hard chuckles..)

Ingredients:    1 large box of chocolate instant pudding      3 cups of milk (I use 2%)   cool whip                                                 whipped cream   Oreo cookies

In a large bowl mix pudding and milk – set aside and let get firm (about 10 mins).  Add half of cool whip to the pudding and stir to form a mousse like consistency. Dump cookies in a large Ziploc bag and crunch into pieces.. I used a rolling pin  Once all crunched  add a layer of the cookies then a layer of pudding, next a layer of cool whip, then repeat and top with whipped cream.. Next – dig in!

Don’t they look mmmmm….

Perfect to make with the kids (or for the kid in you)

So don’t wait as long as I did.. go ahead.. give them a try!     Spoon anyone????

 

 

$2.00 Tuesday

Hey Lovies… It has been a looooong time since I’ve posted a $2.00 Tuesday.  I haven’t had much luck finding anything worth posting about.  But low and behold…I found something.  Now bare with me on this, it’s not a DIY or a makeover, but simply a great find that I was very happy about.  If you’re like me.. you get a hold of some comfy slippers and you dog them till they’re falling apart.. Well I’ve had that pair.. I kept saying.. Kim..get rid of them and get a new pair.. They weren’t special slippers, but I just wore them in so well and simply didn’t let go.

I know, I know.. pretty bad… give them up right.. LOL!! (please don’t think bad of me)…

Then, I went looking for slippers and was sticker shocked.. Like Charlie Brown says…”Good grief ” :-( – look here.. The price had gone up.. so.. back to my trusty comfy  I went..

This past weekend, there was a yard sale in town and I ventured in to see what I’d find.. and guess what!!

Yes.. Slippers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yayyyyyyyy!!!  Not just one pair.. but 2 pairs..double Yayyyyyyyy!! See the price..so that’s $1.00 x 2 =$2.00..LOL… I couldn’t ask for better luck..  Two pairs of never-used vintage embroidered slippers.

And —– MY SIZE!!!!!

I couldn’t wait to get them home and try them on…..

Ahhhhh…… perfect fit    :-)

I’m totally satisfied!! –  and the old pair..is finally put out of their misery… LOL.. may they R.I.P..

 

 

Where “Satchmo” Lives

I have to admit I’ve been in a slump these days – well not a real slump – but just pretty much taking my time, not being rushed or putting myself on time frames.  I’ve been watching The Ken Burns Jazz Series. It’s featured on Netflix and if you get the chance to watch it – I highly recommend it.  As I watched, I reflected back when I had the opportunity to tour the home of Louis Armstrong.  The excitement mixed with anticipation made me feel like “gitty-little” girl waiting to open a present.  I was just completely overwhelmed with joy as we rode to Corona,Queens, NY.  Louis Armstrong was my first introduction to Jazz and I love his music and here I am.. en route to his home.  We pulled up to the two story brick frame and I felt a tingling sensation all the while thinking – “WOW” – (hindsight is 20/20 – I wish I had started my blog back then.. I’d have pictures galore to show you..)  But since I didn’t,  I’m sharing some pictures I pulled from various websites to give you a glimpse of what I saw.

This is Louis Armstrong’s humble abode;

The living room was so finely decorated with embossed wallpaper and trinkets purchased from all over the world where he traveled (I love the artwork!!)

The kitchen equally beautiful, was state of the art for that time period.  I fell in love with the blue enamel kitchen

Take a look at this stunning bathroom.  The ceiling and walls were all mirrored and graced with solid brass fixtures and marble tiles.  This bath was befitting for the king of jazz and one of Louis’s favorite rooms.

The office is where Louis comes alive.  As you enter you’ll hear a recording of his voice in the air.. having conversations.  It was almost as if he was there.  The door you see here leads to the balcony where Louis would go out and serenade the neighborhood… (could you  imagine how awesome that must have been!!) 

The master bedroom, simply exquisite and tastefully decorated with embossed wallpaper and matching blinds

The master bedroom closet was very spacious and uniquely designed.

And this is the adjoining master bath

The garage was converted into a museum and gift shop where you’ll find all his clippings, albums, writings, and Louis’s collectibles.

The King’s prized trumpet rests in it’s case.

Now they offer summer jazz concerts inside his Japenese inspired garden

I never had the opportunity to see him play live in concert, but after taking this tour, I felt that I had connected with the man who revolutionized the beautiful music of “Jazz”.  Leaving the home with eyes moist of joy, my soul had been satisfied.

I hope you enjoyed the quick tour of the lovely home Lucille created for her and Louis.  With the joys, laughter and wonderful music, this is the place where they lived until death did they part.

If you ever have the chance to visit New York, by all means, head over to Corona and take the tour because there’s so much more to see.   You can read more about the house on the museum’s website here and booking a tour here.  Louis Armstrong may be gone, but he’ll never be forgotten.  His legacy of wonderful music was an inspiration to many and will always live.

“He inspired thousands of trumpets, inspired countless vocations, enchanted millions of friends, who quite simply, listend.  For me, he’s the epitome of the kind of American who goes beyond the rules, a truly good and original man”  – Duke Ellington

That Little Basket!

I was a kid watching Abbott & Costello, when I first Ella Fitzgerald sing this song.  Today, as I listened to her sing this kiddie, joyful song of her little yellow basket, it brought me to post about these once used tobacco baskets.  The tobacco basket was used until about 1980, to display tobacco taken to market. The crop is grown throughout North Carolina, primarily on family farms. According to the NC Dept. of Agriculture, North Carolina farmers today produce approximately 2/3 of the US crop of flue-cured tobacco.

After sorting and grading, the leaves were tied into “hands.” A hand of tobacco weighed about 1 pound if made of tips or lugs and about 2 – 3 pounds if made from cutters. A hand of tobacco is a group of leaves tied together at the stem end. The end is wrapped in another cured leaf.

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The hands were then laid in the tobacco basket in a circle with the stem ends pointing to the outside. The baskets were then loaded and taken to the tobacco warehouse where they were sold at auction.  Today these baskets are used for more decorative purposes.

Placed neatly behind this lamp – it makes for the perfect backdrop

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Very creative way to display the modern deerhead

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The entryway was accented with the basket above the table flanked with candleholders

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Here it makes for excellent wall art in this bedroom

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A wreath made of cotton is attached to the tobacco basket and hung on the outside of the home

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When placed behind the mirror, it gives the mirror more eye appeal

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and the perfect accent for a country kitchen

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Tobacco baskets are old and some are even broken, but they still offer an array of ways to decorate with them.  They not be the type of basket Ella sings about but, it’s the basket I chose to write about.  However, if I found Ella’s basket I’d like to give her this and say “Thank You” for making a beautiful music.

 

 

 

Quick Shrimp Quesadillas

How many of you love quesadillas!! I know.. me,me,me,me,meeee!!  Every time I make these, I literally have to keep them in the oven, because if they’re seen, all I hear is “let me grab one”  chuckles..  These are simply easy to make and oh-so tummy-yummy….

1 bag of shrimp (shelled and deveined) cut into chunks      1 small jar of Pace salsa     1 block of pepper jack cheese (shredded)    1 tblspn Dean&Jacobs Spicy Garlic    1/4 tspVictoria Seasonings Tuscan  and 1/2 tsp Smoky Paprika Chipotle   2 tblspn Olive Oil   8 small flour tortillas

Heat oil in medium sauce pan and sautee shrimp.  Season shrimp with with all three seasonings and cook until done. Remove shrimp and place in a small bowl.  Heat another tspn of olive oil in pan (to cook quesadillas).  On each tortilla, place a desired amount of shrimp, a scoop of salsa and top with cheese and fold in half.  Place in heated pan until lightly browned.  Flip over and brown other side and cheese is fully melted.  Next…. Eat UP!!   See how easy that was…. As always – it’s “TLC” TwinsLuvCooking

 

You can order Victoria Seasonings here and the Dean&Jacobs Spicy Garlic here

Deviled Eggs

Who doesn’t like the classic deviled eggs??  Just thought I’d share my recipe for this long time favorite.  Deviled eggs are always an easy tasteful finger food to serve.  There are all kinds of recipes out there, so here’s one more to add to the list.  Click over to “TLC” for the recipe:

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Pattern Cut

I really appreciate you following along with me on this slow process.  After cleaning the excess cotton attached to the fabric, it was time to lay the fabric and cut the pattern.  That was easy enough for me.. (given I still have a problem cutting a straight line).   I had plans to start the year totally organized making plans, setting goals.. but the truth is.. I can’t devote every Friday to this project, so I pushed it back to every other.  But.. good news is ..  she assured me we should be finished with the chair in about 3 more classes..( I was like WOW!!)..

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You’re getting a glimpse of the fabric.. (I hope you like it… )

I left there with a bit  more enthusiasm and with another baby step toward an accomplishment.  Linda is an excellent teacher… her patience and understanding is really terrific.  She even handed me my first upholstery book, the staple gun she started with, staples, and guide sheet..

I’ve got studying to do.. and this is about to get real interesting (to me)… For now… Tah-tah!