thrifty life styles

 Thrifty Style for me has expanded to include 
what could be characterized as a Life Style.
This blog started out celebrating my clothing finds in local thrift stores.
 As seasons of life move from one to another,
I celebrate OTHER areas of simplicity and frugality.
 My father has come to live with us and as winter passed into springtime,
we celebrate simple and frugal healthy habits.
Walking in public parks and spaces that require no admittance fees
has proven to be a favored recreation in the evenings following
easy and healthy suppers.
And so we stroll...
sharing the sights and scents of nature with those we love...


 Gleaned from an hour spent at Barnes and Noble this afternoon...
Another relaxing afternoon spent paging through new magazines.  
This is where & how I generate new ideas for our home and flower beds.
And quirkiness pretty much sums up my current passion.
(Well, as quirky as you can be at my stage in life.....)

simplfying continued

Rusted, torn and weathered,
these four chairs barely survived the winter.
Looking at them, I realize we were simply NOT going to apply
the work necessary to restore them to an attractive state.
So I listed them on a few local facebook garage sale sites.
Within an hour, they were sold and on their way to a new home
My simplifying continues.
Wow!  Does it ever feel great!

parting with some pots

 These pots wintered on our front porch.
Today my husband power-washed the porch, so I brought them inside to wash
off the accumulation of winter's dirt.
I guess I didn't realize I'd collected so much enamelware.
(I have even better pieces that these inside.)
At any rate, I decided to list them on a local garage sale site
to see if I can sell them.
Reluctantly.  And cheaply.
It's time.

spending $5

 Found!  Today at the Rehab Store where we'd gone for a break in our day!
Five dollars went a long way!
My husband went right to work cleaning the enamel top
 and removing the paint from the legs
After the store visit, we took Dad to the historic (100+ years old) Coney Island
in downtown Fort Wayne, IN for (you guessed it) coney dogs!
It was pretty ironic to sit a a table that appeared to be the same size
and built of the same materials as the one we'd just purchased!
Our sweet day was enjoyed even more as the sunshine slowly emerged,
replacing the cloudy sky that had hovered gloomily over us
for the past few days...

guess what

 Guess what WE're up to?!?
Below:  in the painting station my husband rigged up after one coat.
(I'm hoping it appears a little more "blue" than black after the second coat
and when hung in our living room.)
OK.  Finished and rehung.
In certain lights, it's blue.
In other light, it's a shadow and doesn't show the blue as well.
It doesn't "pop" as much as I'd hoped,
but it IS consistent with other blues in the room.

hygge on my mind

A visit to Coffee Tea Books and Me  and a link therein
gave me a new lens through which to view this corner of our bedroom--
a hygge corner to me. 
It also left me wondering what form (if any)
hygge will take this spring...
By the way, without using the word itself,
Abigail Ahern NAILED the essence of hygge here, in my opinion! 
(Let me know YOUR reaction to her post, will you?)

weird, unpractical and stupid

 ... the one thing I really needed to hear again, and to feel in her home: you should not be able to walk in a straight line from one place to another. Sounds weird? Unpractical? Stupid? Well, try it! Don’t be afraid to make a cozy nook a place you would never have thought of, don’t be afraid to put that huge palm where you are suppose to take the easiest walk to the next room. It makes such big exciting changes, like a little jungle of layers and discoveries. And thanks to Abigail‘s reminder I put an old bench in the middle of the tiny kitchen. Where you are suppose to walk straight from the stove to the dishes. And I love it. And my husband loves it too! We sit there with our coffee and lunch, feeling like the house has expanded, even though I’ve just made less floor space! Who would have thought so? 

Abigail Ahern, I knew.
Villa Betula?  I'm just getting acquainted!
The paragraph above was all I needed to place my newly-upholstered old stool
where I did--
Right where you're supposed to walk straight from doorway to stairway
Weird? Unpractical? Stupid? 
Thanks, Maren.

making it happen

My thrift store excursions are much rarer these days.
However, once in awhile, I venture out with a specific goal.
This time it was to find suitable fabric to cover a footstool.
I was thrilled to find a remnant for $.99!

My husband went to work to make it happen,
and I am so pleased with the result!

another barnes and noble afternoon

 More "cottage" magazines than I remember seeing before...
So much inspiration...

so little cost.

Eclectic, colorful, full, fun and personal style at its best!

full house

 The view from my new blue chair 
in one corner of our our living room.
(It - the blue chair - joining my husband's huge black recliner
as the only new pieces of furniture we've ever purchased for this room.)
We don't have a separate family room, so this is where we do most of our "living"
except for the kitchen table where we also play games in the evening 
and set up jigsaw puzzles
during the day...
My new blue chair sits in front of the antique wardrobe where the black chair
sits in this photo.
Yes, you could call it a Full House!
Seeing this room through my camera's "eye", I am content.
Our furniture is old; our style dated.
But we lack nothing and are  happy and blessed at the most fundamental level.

more (tweaking)

In the spare bedroom, this time.
This shelf - an old box I'd been holding on to for a long time.
Found in the garage and now fastened into the wall.
A headboard.
More to come, but for now, as it appears above.
(I see by the photo I could have hung the box lower...)
Also in this room, a place for two extra chairs
(chairs being one of my soft spots along with pictures/paintings and books).
When it comes to accessories, lighting and even art I’m happy to muddle in flea market finds.
 Style has nothing to do with money! (Abigail Ahern)


Saturday, I tweaked!
The sun porch in the back of our house had become the unloading dock
for most everything all winter long.
While trying to get it straightened a bit, 
I came across both the print AND the empty frame (above).
My husband took the frame to the local hardware store and had a glass cut to fit in,
cut in insert to cover the back and applied a hanger.
I have JUST the place for it!
he stitched the binding that had begun to detach from one of the rug's (below) back sides.
When surveying the finished product, 
I realized there were roosters in each corner and the middle!
How could I not have realized this?
Having noticed that, the logical place to put it was in front of the faux mantel
in our dining area where the five roosters join
more roosters, swan, geese and a few other miscellaneous fowl.
All items seen in these photos were garage sale or thrift store purchases
or -in the case of the mantel, for example - curbside treasures!