Happy Friday!

Hey Guys!  I guess you’ve been wondering what have I been up to – at least I hope I’ve crossed your minds.:-), if not, it’s cool.. I know you’re just as busy.  But your girl  has been quite busy, between finishing up the foyer refresh and gearing up for our town’s I2I  49 Miles to Shop Yard Sale – which has now been lengthened to 70 miles!!  Isn’t that awesome..!!!  If you remember me talking about it last year and how much fun it was – well this year is expected to be even more fun.  My sister is headed down to join in on the fun again and we’ve got lots and lots of stuff to sell.  By taking on my Living Room makeover, the Budoir Refresh, and now the Foyer, I’m realizing it’s time to let go of some stuff.  I’m really trying hard to minimalize my hoarding.   It’s something when you remove items to begin a re-decorate project, how your thought changes and you somehow are able to let things go that you’ve not thought to get rid of.  That’s where my head is now.  It’s great because I just recently won first place in a de-clutter contest that was hosted by Goodwill_SC.  Along with gift cards, I also received the book “The Life-changing magic of tidying up”  – perfect timing right??!!!

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So needless to say I’ve got boxes all around the house and just dumping stuff and I’m vowing to price this stuff to sell because I have to let it go.  I want to have less stuff to dust, less stuff to store away and less stuff in the way.   Wish me luck on this process because it’s not easy.. trust me.. it really isn’t.  But..moving along.. I’m really happy how the foyer is coming along.   No major big renovation (because hubby ain’t having that..lol) – just painting and changing the light fixture.  I love how just doing those two items made a big difference.  I pulled an item out of storage to replace the table  you see here.  I had no love for the table, but it held “more stuff” that I wasn’t using.. I mean really – why did I still have the last 5 years of telephone books in there.. smh.  I found candles that I should have been burning, papers, receipts  and just – stuff.

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It’s not a big space so I wanted to minimize the items I had in there to make it appear more spacious.   I had a rococo style mirror and console table to sell, but the buyer decided not to take it.  I was going to put it in the yard sale then I took another look at it and decided to use it in my space.  Reason #1 – no drawers to hold “stuff”  and reason #2 – I love it.   Here is the before:foyer

Isn’t that a sweet looking mirror.. I’m not feeling the black or the shabby look of it though..

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This is the console table.  Black did nothing for this piece not to mention the beautiful rose tone marble top that was on it.   They both got a new look with my faithful can of spray paint.  I’ll show you the after next week.  I want to finish up the foyer and then surprise you  :-)

That’s all for now, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next week!  Oh and if you’re wanting to travel to the Yard Sale, hop over to the website and read all about it.  I’d love to see you there.  But in the meantime.. Happy hunting..   Smooches

Jamala

 

 

It’s All In My Head

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I just want to take a quick break from the norm and share my experience with you.  Two weeks ago I had a Saturday fun-day planned spending the day with my mom and aunt shopping, having lunch and just hanging out.  That Friday eve,  I felt kind of queasy and decided to eat a bit before bed (since I hadn’t eaten all night).  Saturday morning I woke, got out of bed, my head was spinning and I felt weird.  I laid back down for  bit to get a grip of things and about 45 mins later I decided to try it again.  Again, I got up and the room was spinning, my head was shaking and I felt sick.  All I can say was “oh God” help me.. I was home alone and didn’t know what was happening to me and trying to think what virus had invaded my body.  I remember my aunt Pookie telling me she had something called “Vertigo” and told me what it was and how it made her feel.  Long story short, I couldn’t get out of bed all weekend, but came Monday, I was feeling better.  I went to the doctor and sure enough was diagnosed with Vertigo.  I couldn’t understand what had I done to bring this on.  As she explained, given I didn’t have an ear infection and nothing was physically wrong with me, she just said it’s something that happens with your body and eventually it’ll work its way out my system.  That completely had me baffled as I’ve never experienced anything like that.  My head was feeling like I had been on a spinning ride, got off and it was spinning and I couldn’t walk straight.  At that point I knew what a real life bobble head felt like (I always hated those things)… what an awful feeling.

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My husband was worried about me 1) because I’m not usually sick and 2) we were set to go on vacation.  It was absolutely the worst timing (like Murphy’s law).  The doctor gave me a prescription for Meclazine, but since I felt better I didn’t take it (I’m very skeptical about taking medications).  Last week, the dreadful “V” word came back again but this time in full force (stronger than before)..

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My head felt like this picture..

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This time I was bedridden 4 days –

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I had to take the medicine.  After 2 days of taking Meclazine, it made me feel better but I wasn’t 100% – the spinning stopped but I had the queasy feeling for about 2 days.  Needless to say, I did feel better, just in time for our vacation (thank God) but I was truly worried about getting sick again on the ship.  We were all smiles the day we were leaving because I was feeling a lot better.  me and hubby

To play it safe, I didn’t move around alot, didn’t do fast movements with my head and did not stare at the water.   I made it back without any bouts of getting sick and I thank God for healing me in time for our trip.  It was a glorious – much needed vacation for both of us.  Although the hubby wasn’t quite happy to be back, but I was truly joyful that I didn’t get sick.  I got all the rest and vitamin D  I so dearly needed.

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Here’s what I learned about Vertigo and I thought I’d share my experience with you.  I just thank God for the love and care my family provided me during my time of illness…  their support was truly a blessing.

GET A DIAGNOSIS

Getting a proper diagnosis is essential, so you know exactly what is causing your vertigo. Treatment will depend on the kind of vertigo you have. It may be caused by an inner ear disorder, a head injury, migraines, strokes, or tumors. It may also be something totally benign. This is why it’s essential you find out what’s causing it.

SLEEP WITH YOUR HEAD PROPPED UP ON MORE PILLOWS

If you only sleep using one pillow, this could make your vertigo worse. By sleeping with your head propped up on two or more pillows, you stop your inner ear crystals from moving and becoming dislodged as much. You can also sleep on your back rather than your stomach or side to avoid unnecessary disruption of the ear crystals.

TRY NOT TO LOWER YOUR HEAD PAST YOUR SHOULDERS

Lowering your head past your shoulders can also cause your inner ear crystals to become dislodged and float around. If you must bend to pick something up, do it at the knees rather than at the waist. Don’t do any exercises that require you to bring your head past your shoulders either!

TRY NOT TO STRETCH YOUR NECK

Stretching your neck forwards, as if you’re reaching for something, can also affect your inner ear crystals. Try to be more aware of the movements you’re making and avoid doing this with your neck.

AVOID SUDDEN MOVEMENTS

Sudden movements can wreak havoc with your inner ear. Unfortunately, this means you should avoid riding roller coasters and taking part in high impact sports. You can still exercise and enjoy sport, but low impact is usually best. Try jogging, swimming, and walking.

DON’T SMOKE

Smoking is a very bad habit for so many reasons, but it can also affect vertigo treatment. If you do smoke, you are minimising the effectiveness of the treatment you’re receiving for vertigo. For the sake of your vertigo and other problems you could encounter due to smoking, get the help you need to quit now. There are many support groups and online forums that could help you. It’ll be hard, but it’ll be worth it.

ANTIBIOTICS

Antibiotics may cure the reason for your vertigo, and it’ll go away as a result. There are many medicines that treat vertigo, but your doctor will prescribe the best one to you.

To learn more about Vertigo, such as causes, cures and treatments,  you can visit this website.  I hope I never have to go through this ever again because it’s truly difficult to deal with. It’s not a good feeling when it’s all in your head and you can’t control it.  I hope by sharing my experience with you, I provided some helpful information and if it ever happens to you, at least you’ll have a some insight about what to do.  Have any of you ever had Vertigo, and if so, would you like to share your experience & treatment with me?  I’d love to hear about it.

Ceasar Chicken Salad

 

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Hey Guys! I know there are a brazillion recipes for salad, but do you have that favorite “Go-to” Salad that simply satisfies you?  This is one that I truly love and since it’s officially salad season – I thought I’d share my favorite with you.   I’m not fond of bag garden salad (in fact I strongly dislike like it), however, I do love using the bag mixed greens.  I actually don’t like eating iceburg lettuce in a salad.  This salad is so easy to make and it’s my twist of the classic “Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad”.  You can make this salad in 15 mins which is actually the time it takes to cook the chicken.   I start with thin cut boneless chicken.  Sprinkle with Victoria’s Tuscan Seasoning

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and marinade them in Ken’s Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing (for at least 1/2 hr but overnight is best)

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Salad Ingredients

  • One head of romaine lettuce
  • Bag of mixed greens
  • fresh spinach
  • 1 clove  of fresh garlic, cut in tiny pieces
  • 2 stems of green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 1/2 of an avocado, chopped
  • shaved parmesan cheese
  • Caesar flavored croutons (or your favorite flavor)
  • Craisins (optional)

Mix salad ingredients in a large bowl. Pre-heat grill and once it’s hot, grill chicken breast.  Or for cooking indoors, using a cast iron skillet (or non-stick pan), coat the bottom with olive oil.  Once pan is hot place chicken in pan.  Once that side is browned, flip and cook on the other side.  Spoon salad onto your plate and place cooked chicken on the side.  Cut chicken in pieces, sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese and croutons.  Top with creamy Caesar dressing.

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It’s that simple!  The blend of the mixed greens, with the hint of fresh garlic and scallions gives this salad much flavor.  The avocado gives that special kick and the chicken is juicy and extremely flavorful with the combined tuscan and caesar flavors.  Lots of protein packed in this simply delicious dish.  As always cooking is easy with “TLC”!  

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Peachy Pico

Happy Cinco de mayo! ! Having margaritas tonight? Make a bowl of this delicious dip to get the party started

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It’s the heart of the summer  and all the fruits of your labor appears.  The garden goodies planted in the spring begins to blossom and everything is ripe for the picking.

My neighbor’s garden has been bursting with fresh tomatoes and peaches so I decided to make a Pico De Gallo dip.  If you’re a salsa lover, then this is sure to please.  It’s a delicious Mexican uncooked salsa dip.

Ingredients:  2 tomatoes   2 peaches  1 garlic clove  6 slices of jalapeno peppers  1/4 cup chopped sweet onion   juice of 1 lime  few sprigs of fresh cilantro  1 tsp kosher salt

Chop all ingredients and mix together.  Add lime juice and sprinkle in salt.  Stir and serve.  The flavors blend well and the peaches add a summery sweet flavor to the dip.  Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or in a garden salad.  So go grab your Corona and…

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$2.00 Tuesday

 

Good morning all!  Yes we made it past Monday.. phew… and today is a great day for a $2.00 Tuesday post.   Last week while at work I was listening to Pandora Sade station and this particular song came on.. I paused for a few to divulge the tune and pay attention to the lyrics.   The tune captured me and when he started singing, I immediately fell in love with it and had to have it.  Sure, I could have done the “itune” thing and download the song… but I’m old school.. I want the CD.  I visited my trusty site half.com and found it.  Of course you know I was thrilled when the price was $1.99.  It came just in time, because me and hubby are headed on a vacay to the carribbean in a couple weeks, so this cd is definitely going on the mp3 to play while sailing on the blue seas.  (and yes, the entire cd is a winner, yippeee)

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I’ve been ordering music from that site for over 20 years and have found some really good music at excellent prices.  So if you’re ever looking for cds, check out that site.  Moving along on the terrific $2.00 Tuesday post.. I definitely am giving “High Fives” because you guys have found some really fantastic bargains.

My twin, Amina, found this little red hot number and was thrilled.  She snagged this yummy cranberry color mini crockpot, and it’s the perfect for her kitchen decor.

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She loves entertaining (especially now that Game of Thrones is back) and it’s going to come in handy for serving warm dips.  It was in mint condition. Kudos to you Amina!

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Next up is this awesome find that my insta-buddy @adesignerathome found…  A brass planter and her plant looks quite happy in it.  We all know how pricey large planters can be so this was an excellent find!

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Then Linda over at LindaGLovingHome found a pair of brass candlesticks.  She polished them up,  found some glass votive holders, attached corks to the bottom, added a bit of glam and voila!  Her new creation – and perfection combination of crystal and brass – tealight candlesticks  – aren’t they sweet!!

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Another fantastic find was this mid-century bar caddy another insta-buddy  @midcentury_experience found.  I love how it’s styled – simply perfect with the barware.   Martinis anyone??   High five on this!

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Next up is this cute frame my FBF, Machelle, who’s over at the facebook group Capital City Thrifters.  She added her own little bling to it and now it’s sitting pretty!

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So you see.. there are “Many Waters” to tread in the sea of thrifting.  We are out here finding all kinds of terrific bargains to use in our homes and hope this inspires you.  Thanks to everyone for playing along and allowing me to feature your picture.  After all, it’s not what it costs, but it’s how you style it.  Happy hunting!  And enjoy thrifting your house into a home!!  I hope you enjoyed my little tune for your listening pleasure and I’ll see you when I return.

Remember, while you’re out there and find your piece.. don’t forget to hashtag #urthriftygirlfinds, or send me a pic to have it featured.

Until next time — Smooches!

Jamala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budoir Refresh

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Hey all!  I hope you’re doing well and feeling great! I’m so happy Spring is here and I’m almost  complete with my indoor projects because it’s time to be outside.  So I’m working on two projects at one time..   The Foyer and the Master bedroom.  The bedroom refresh is complete.. I chose not to paint because I painted about 3 years ago. (Besides, I don’t want my brother to strangle me…lol).  But, I will say just changing a few items and rotating two pieces of furniture not only gave me more space, but I was able to add two more pieces and the room appears more spacious. Hubby thought I took something out.. (Chuckles, Goes to show how much he really pays attention.. Smh).  Since this stuff doesn’t phase him much, I hope you’ll sit, relax, sip and enjoy the view of our vintage suite (a girl can dream right 😄)

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Everytime I think about switching our furniture to something more modern, my inner being just can’t part with this set.  I love the bed plus it was custom stained for me. I spotted it in a pile of unfinished work and it had been stripped and a few of the embellishments were missing.  My dear friend Joyce was the craftswoman behind this creation.  I brought her the drawer of my nightstand and asked her to match the bed stain.  When she finished it I’ll never forget how excited I was to see how beautiful the bed looked.   So,  that’s my bed story, it’s been with me for almost 20 years and I dont’t think I’ll ever change it.  Now moving along, it was an extremely bold move to choose white as my scheme, because my husband is an auto mechanic..(eeeeek..). But when I snagged the crochet coverlet at an estate sale (for $30.00.. what a deal)  I knew I wanted to accent it with white.  I later found the fur bedspread at another estate sale for $20.00.

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I found the the perfect white pillows at HomeGoods, except the purple one.. That’s my special pillow (read here), which is why I chose to paint the headboards purple, because that pillow will always sit on our bed.

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Last year I had them monogrammed, but they hung on the wall as window toppers..(see here) Well I’m super excited because they’re actually cornice boards now. Me and my upholsterer worked together and crafted the ends to extend the width, then attached to more wood.  This was not a hard project, but it did take time.  (kick me in the butt for not taking pics along the way, but you can see some below

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I picked out a fabulous champagne color satin fabric for the panels and she made the pleated panels and we attached with Velcro.  The sheer panels are equally beatiful., they are embellished with a satin circular pattern.  They are on extension rods inserted inside the cornice board.  I knew the design I wanted and working with her, it was awesome to see we the accomplished look and I honestly love them.  So, if you’ve got or saw some cute twin headboards, here’s a DIY project, designed by yours truly.

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(You see why I have the purple pillow)

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Sheba came in here for hubby’s dressing  corner.

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The satin panels are so soft, they actually feel like a designer ball gown.  The lucite bedside lamps were purchased from HomeGoods.  They were marked down to $25.oo and were perfect for my “vintage glam” design.

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Do you notice the beauty of the crochet coverlet..  I still haven’t found the right nightstand, so the hat boxes still serve as nightstand/storage.

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I made up my mind to not keep my dresser cluttered.  It took some time, but, I actually went through all the jewelry I don’t wear, got rid of receipts and the other “stuff” I tend to throw on there.  I want to keep it simple.. This vintage candy dish has always been a favorite of mine. My grandmother (and I’m sure many of yours) had one on the coffee table,  and I  always liked it.  I chose to use mine as powder puff jar.. It fits perfectly

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Yea, I kinda feel like a starlet when I use it.. (Giggles… Hey I’m still dreaming)

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A picture of my besties stay close by too.. The french ladies chest was another antique find I purchased from my friend Joyce some 20 years ago too.  I can’t say enough how she had so many gorgeous pieces.  This holds the organized jewelry clutter (gorgeous piece isn’t it) .  The antique brocade slipper chair was a sidewalk special.. You can see the before/after here.

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My vanity (which I call glamor girl station ) adds to the vintage glam feel of the room.. After all, there’s one in the budoir of all the Turner Classic movies – so, I have to have one in mine ☺️

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When my nieces visit, they love playing dress up in front of this, I have to keep my eye on them or they’d have the room lit up with perfume.

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For a girl with a chair fettish, I came across this cute little lighter and was nice to have just for show – (not a smoker).  The only thing I’m still contemplating is taking down my dolls. I haven’t found anything to replace them so, I just decided to keep them out a little longer.

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Our room doesn’t have a certain era of furniture pieces, but they’re all blended.  That’s mostly the advantage of working with antiques.  I’ve never been the matchy-matchy kind of person, so, this allows me to use Victorian, French, Art Deco, midcentury and new items to complete the look of the Vintage Glam bedroom suite.  I hope you enjoyed the “fresh” new glam look.

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 You see, there’s beauty in vintage and I truly adore working with them.  If you ever decide you want to incorporate a bit of vintage into your decor and feel stuck.. Feel free to ask me for a bit of advice.. I’d love to help.

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 As always .. beauty doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Happy hunting and enjoy thrifting your House into a Home

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 Thanks for stopping by!  Smooches

Jamala

$2.00 Tuesday

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Hey everyone! I must say there are quite a few die-hard thrifters out here and they’ve found some awesome items.  I couldn’t wait to show you guys what they found.  I, for one, will kick it off with my items, which are featured in the picture above.  Can you guess the item or items that cost $2.00?  Well, here’s the answer.. Blinged out clipboard $1.00.   Readers $1.00 (girl’s gotta have them)   Chic dish $2.00  so all together  $4.00 (insert smile).   I bought the dingy old clipboard from a thrift store.. (it should have been a quarter) but since the proceeds go to helping animals, I didn’t squawk.

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You feel me… 😒

But oh what a little paint and glitter will do!!

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I had the items already and once I saw the fancy clipboard over at MonicaWantsIt, I had to have one.  My initial thought was to use vintage jewelry, but I just couldn’t make myself cut up perfectly good jewelry.. But they’re really gorgeous and you can view my pinterest board of all my favorites here.   If you’re like me (blind as a bat),  I stay strapped with readers around my neck.  So when I spotted these at an estate sale, I scooped them up REAL quick.  The chic little dish was a leftover from Holiday gifts section at Goody’s.  Originally $20.00 (yea right) marked down to $3.99 and I used my 50% coupon and $2.00 was the bottom price.

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So those were my $2.00 finds.. Now let me show what else was found!! Brandi over at Don’tDisturbThisGroove is giving her daughter’s room a new look.  She revamped her dresser and found these gorgeous drawer pulls.for $2.00 .. They look like pearl earrings.. I love them!  image

Aren’t they perfect for a young lady’s room.. Visit her blog to see more of the makeover and her beautiful home. It’s worth visiting.

Next up, Michelle, a member of the Thrifting Divas FB group came across this fantastic decorative bowl to decorate  her sister’s home.image

The vibrant colors will really make the space pop and is a great accent piece.  I’m sure her sister will be truly pleased!  Up next is a “jaw-dropping” find by “thekoicurator”.  When I saw this and she got it for $2.00, I wanted to pass out!  Talk about $2.00 overload!! This vintage wall clock is one hellified find!  I was O-D-ing!!! Lol!  All of these were absolutely great finds!

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I also need to share two more fantabulous finds.. My girl Machelle of CapitalCityThrifters found this knock-out “tickle me” feather door wreath for $2.95 (and y’all know I love me some feathers!)

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And last but not least.. LindaG over at LindaGLovinghome found the perfect condiment caddy for her tropical outdoor oasis for $5.00.. What a bargain😊

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So you see, it’s not what it costs, but how you style it .. I thank those for allowing me to share their awesome finds, and I hope you’ve been inspired by a few items and start looking for those great bargains.  Remember to use #urthriftygirlfinds on Instagram or send me an email to be featured with your $2.00 Finds.  Until next time -Happy Hunting  while thrifting your house into a home!  Smooches!

Jamala

 

 

 

Living Room Makeover

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After Saving Grace, and getting excited about her new look, I decided it was time to make a few changes in the Living Room.  I initially was going to put her in the foyer, but realized #1 she’s too big and #2 she needs to be in a room and be the focal point.   The Living Room gets the least visits in the house (actually I’m the only who goes in there, and that’s to put music on and water the plants).   The room wasn’t bad looking, but I felt it needed to be freshened up.  The walls and window treatments blended too much and beige was the “safe” color I chose.  It’s Spring and now I’m ready to give it that much needed attention.   Picking out paint colors was the hardest.  I couldn’t figure out which direction I wanted go, but once I got the color – the rest came easy.  After accomplishing a makeover in the DiningRoom for $100.00 I decided to challenge myself again.  Let’s take a look at where I started.

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My target points were: I wanted the color to flow from the Dining Room; I wanted to create an accent wall; I needed to soften the look of the buck stove and change the area rug.

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I took the plunge at trying my luck at the stripe wall.  I really like how it turned out.  The fireplace and buck stove still needed a brighter look and thanks to my friends Nicole at Design it Vintage  and Meredith at ArtsandClassy, they gave me great suggestions that eased my fear of painting it white.  Thank you ladies!!  Your input was well appreciated.  The room looks so much brighter, and cheerful and I can’t be more pleased with the new look.  Here comes picture overload .. Lol..

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Same area as above, but I painted the mirror with Rose Gold metallic paint.. She looks so much better.

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See how much brighter the fireplace looks 😊

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A view from the dining room is where Grace sits

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By using the same window treatments saved money (besides I still like them) and now their true gold tone color really shows from the new wall color

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The brass etagere was purchased for $30.00 a few months ago for the shop. Since we had to close unexpectedly, it found its new place here.  Now I have a place to display my vintage glass swan collection

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I just couldn’t throw away that swatch of my favorite cheetah fabric from Sheba, so I covered a small vintage book and placed it under her ( for a pop of color)  Now I think I’ll cover the other two as well.

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Clarissa came back to this room and sits gracefully in this corner

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My plants are getting more light.  The Franco Albini ottoman (a Goodwill Find) holds my favorite DIY tray makeover ($2.00 item).

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The view into the Living Room looks brighter and I love how it flows into the Dining a Room.  The room looks more spacious.

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And if your eyes zeroed in on my peacock lamp, here’s a closer view.. (I love peacocks, too)

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She was snagged at Kirkland’s ( on sale of course) and the florentine vintage wall sconces were  $5.00/pr.  The striped candles were yours truly DIY.

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My carribbean girl artwork was purchased last summer when we went to the Bahamas for the family reunion was framed in an old frame I had in storage.  I just touched up the gold rim and oiled it.. It was a perfectly good frame- so why buy new.

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The only brand new items in this room makeover are rug and bamboo plant stand, which were purchased at Home Goods and the white planter, purchased at Ross’s.  Everything else are ThriftScores, DIYers and vintage items.  So there you have it.. My accomplished $100.00 room makeover.  Oh and if you’re wondering about the other furniture.. I sold it – so I actually made money on this makeover and this really was free. Yippppeee!   So, let a sista know what you think 😉  Next up – my foyer.   Anyone else up for a Spring makeover challenge?  Join me.. Let’s do this!

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Until next time lovies – Thrift your house into a home !  Smooches

Jamala

Pillow Talk

I know there’s a lot of  pillow talk going on right now – and why?  Because pillows are the easiest way to update the look of any room or furniture.  Now it’s time for me to join in the conversation – I began my pillow talk this past week.  Spring is coming and I wanted to add a few of them around the house.  After having new pillows on Grace, I realized it’s time to refresh pillows around the house.image

My story began with this gorgeous fringe I found while clearing out a closet.  I actually forgot I had it and when I saw it that’s when it hit me.. Pillow Time!

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Can’t let good fringe go to waste..  So next stop.. The fabric shop.   I’ve been on my animal print kick for a while, and luck be the lady, I found the perfect fabric that satisfied my wild side.   The fabric was $15.00/yard ( I know.. Ouch) but I couldn’t resist.  My savings came in the pillow forms.  Again, I got lucky (on the thrift side) and found feather down pillows at Goodwill for $1.00 each.  I removed the old fabric and created 3 new pillows for less than $20.00   Here are my new pillows:

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Not bad right.. The fringe really gave the pillows a high end designer look. I’m loving my “J” style pillows, and there are  few that I’ve been fiending over that I’d like to share with as well.

Interior designer, LindaG, makes some of the best pillows.. here are a few of my favorites

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Visit her blog to see more of her creations… You’ll truly be inspired

If sewing isn’t your thing, I found this gorgeous fur pillow here  .. I’m really considering this style in the master bedroom.

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And to mix it with some champagne bling would be great.. Like these here babies

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And if you’ve got money to burn (unlike your thrifty girl) tickle your fancy and check out the pillows featured on Chairish.

Here’s one last swoon-worthy pillow to talk about  .. Gotta love it..

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I’m taking it room by room for a Spring re-fresher .. But pillows are definitely in the making.  What are you up to for getting Spring ready?   Oh and I hope you enjoyed my little throwback Pillow Talk tune.. It’s one of my all time favorites.. Up next.. My One Room Challenge – Living Room $100.00 makeover.. Stay tune  .. Until then Happy Hunting ! Smooches!!

Jamala

 

Saving Grace

Hi everyone! I  hope you’re doing well, and I thank you for hanging in there with me during my respite.   I’m back again to share with you another marvelous makeover.  This time it’s a beautiful Recamier antique chaise lounge that was left by my dear friend Joyce.  She really had some of the most gorgeous pieces but they all need TLC, (one day I’m going to do an exclusive post about her).  She gave it to my brother, who in turn, relinquished it to me – Thank God, because his dog was about to destroy it… Uggggghhhhh… I wanted to beat him up (my brother that is).   Let’s take a look at this pitiful soul..

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Poor baby- 😥😥 .. I’m going to name her Grace.  She is a gorgeous, handmade chaise lounge, that has gone decades needing attention, and was looking really disgraceful.  This piece was appraised to be over 200 years old, (I know what you’re saying.. WOW!!).  Recamier chaises are also known as “ladies fainting sofas”  and you can read more about them here.   This particular lounge has more of a Caribbean feel because of the handcarved details, and choosing the right fabric wasn’t easy.  I chose a vanilla, tone on tone fabric that has a slight raised texture.  I also chose to use nailhead instead of gimp for the trim.  After two bottles of oil and a trip to the upholsterer for a magic makeover – she’s now full of Grace.

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Isn’t she lovely!!

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One thing I love about choosing an antique is some pieces are so rare which makes it more special.  I love her new look.  I chose to have a varied animal print pillow selection just to spice things up a bit.

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The nailhead trim really enhances the beauty and I really dig her sexy curves and carved details.

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I’m so happy about the new look and extremely happy she’s mine.

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After this makeover, I think it’s time to do an “ORC” one room challenge.  Like the Dining Room, I’m doing the same thing with the Living Room.. The $100.00 dollar makeover.   So– Stay tuned ..  If anyone else is up to the challenge, join me and let’s decorate together.  I’d love to see your “design on a dime” new look you create.  As for Grace, holla at your girl and let me know what you think.. I’d love to hear from you .. Until next time .. Happy hunting 😘

Jamala

$2.00 Tuesday

Hey Guys!! I know you probably think I’ve fallen off the bloggysphere..lol,  but actually I haven’t.  Between my computer acting up, my hands hurting and me just taking it easy, I’ve just been piddling along.  I’m still out here coming across items to share. I’m also making a few changes in the home, which I’ll be sharing with you this week, but in the meantime I’m touching base with a few more $2.00 Finds.

I found these two Mottahedeh french planters at an estate sale.  They had some rust inside but for $2.00 – I definitely think they were worth it.

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I cleaned them up and put a couple plants inside and they’re good to go..

 

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So two for $2.00  – I’m satisfied..

Now, check out what Lesley over  at ThriftThrift lucked up and found.  She was pretty happy when she scored this awesome American Eagle laptop case.

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Pretty cool huh??  I love that blue & white print.  Hop over to her blog and check out her other thrift finds.

And Erin over at Live Pretty on a Penny found a cute turtle at Goodwill which she glammed it up a bit to display with her other collectibles.

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It’s the power of paint and how it makes a difference.  That turtle definitely fits in with her other collectibles.  Visit Erin and see her beautiful home and how she designs on a dime to Live Pretty on A Penny.

We all enjoy our $2.00 finds and remember if you score a great deal use hashtag #urthriftygirlfinds to be featured.   After all, it’s not how much it costs, but it’s how you style it!

So happy hunting my dear friends😘

Jamala

 

 

$2.00 Tuesday

Good morning .. Remember me!!  😊  Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while but, your girl had to take a hiatus from typing, blogging and thinking.. etc..   It’s so funny because I looked at my horoscope and it read: “You may find yourself in a dreary mood, Libra, with little ambition for getting things done. This may be your spirit’s way of letting you know that you need to slow down, take it easy, and take some time for yourself. You need to heed this feeling, because once you allow yourself some personal time and space you will begin to heal from this recent bout with melancholy. Yes, things are about to get better, and you need to recognize that even the most difficult times can get better.”  And truthfully speaking, that’s been my feeling for the past couple weeks.. Just feeling kind of dauncy.. a bit of ho-hum-ness.  but that’s ok.. I think we’re all entitled to that feeling.  I did make great use of my time by clearing emails, reading so many wonderful blogs (which I’ll be introducing them to you) and getting re-inspired – which is always a good thing!  So, thank you for bearing with me and following along.

I did muster up some desire to stop in Goodwill.  I needed to find a blanket for Ms. KoKo.. (I dare not buy one brand new – I always hit up Goodwill for her blankets and stuffed animals.. they’re only $0.25- $1.00.  I came across two cool items for my $2.00 Tuesday post..

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A cute vintage mail holder for $0.75

and a basket planter for $1.25  – Two items.. total $2.00

The metal mail holder had a few rust spots, so I gave it a quick touch up with metallic gold paint

 

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It’s a perfect organizer for the mail…

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Not bad for 0.75 cents right?

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And a planter always comes in handy.. actually I was needing one for my tropical plant.. (I’ve just been pussy-footing around going to get one… so this was perfect timing..)

Since I was painting, I decided to give it a quick new look..  I only had white and gold paints so I used them.. who knows, maybe I’ll change it later.. but not bad for $1.75

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Remember… It’s not how much it costs, but its how you style it.. These items were definitely worth $2.00. Have you found anything you’d like to share..?  Don’t forget to hashtag #Urthriftygirlfinds so I can peep you out.  Until next time darlings!  😘 Happy hunting..