This is our newest granddaughter. While everyone else played in the swimming pool, she and I got acquainted! I held my cell phone out in front of us and took these pictures. I didn't want to miss capturing our first moments together.....
She's our 10th grandchild (4th granddaughter).
Her name is the Ethiopian equivalent of the Biblical name Phoebe.
This morning as I was reading my favorite blogs, I was reminded about this colorful scarf I bought a long time ago at a thrift store. I am rather inept at tying scarves. I never feel that I've mastered the art and seldom end up wearing one. I should have spent more time looking at the examples on Low Fat Dressing. I COULD have done better.
One thing is for sure...this scarf has a lot of beautiful colors and patterns in it!
If I could master the skill required for tying it, it would have multiple possibilities!
I was attracted to this top at the local Meijer store yesterday.
On clearance for $2.00,
I decided it was a good (and thrifty) addition to my pre-spring wardrobe.
--not to mention suitable for wearing
on St. Patrick's Day--
I really like the pattern!
It helped cheer me up when I discovered I'd inadvertently removed an entire list of home style/"junking"/simple lifestyle/thrift store shopping blogs last night! I used the list on my sidebar to visit my favorite sites. It was a lazy way to follow without being an official follower. Now I'm trying to gather them all over again.
What a (very) small-scale tragedy it was for me.
Anyone else old enough to remember the folk song?
♪Green, green, it's green, they say On the far side of the hill. Green, Green, I'm going away To where the grass is greener still.♪
I have several great pieces of pottery in my collection. I think all but one of was purchased in thrift stores or at garage sales. Still my eye is drawn to imperfect and strange bits of pottery such as these three. I'm sure some of them were art projects of junior high students, but that doesn't diminish my fascination with them. I discovered the heart-shaped one at a thrift store last week. It sent me digging for the other two pieces AND a place to display all of them.
As I was leaving the second (and final) thrift store of my thrifting excursion this past week, my eyes fell on a jewelry box filled with pieces. It took some sorting, but I came up with this pair of dangly earrings. Definitely MY style....and for 50 cents, a bargain!
I found this woven heart at my first stop...
...and enough designer fabric to cover two chair seats with PLENTY left over for future projects.
It had to be neutral enough to sit
at the same table with
this VERY "loud" pattern.
and it had to be VERY inexpensive.
Although on pleasure she was bent, she had a frugal mind. - William Cowper
B.J. (BeforeJanie) I wasn't much into painted furniture. But look at me NOW!
I had decided on painting this desk green when I remembered we had some paint that might work. (I realize now that the paint was old - and we probably SHOULD discard all of our old paint. Still, it was a frugal and thrifty decision to use up what we had.) My husband kindly and capably sanded, primed and painted yesterday, and this is the result.
B.J. (Before Janie), I would have been perturbed about the way the paint covered.
But S.J. (Since Janie) I am embracing the imperfection and actually seeing the beauty in it.
The color goes quite well with the colors in this thrifted pillow
and the leaves in the rooster picture hanging above the desk.
It DOESN'T match the green in the chair seat covering as well as I'd hoped.
In the past, my fascination with tables and chairs has known no bounds! I redeemed many a stray from their thrift store existences. This table is a prime example. For at least a year now, it found a temporary home in the garage/workshop where it experienced a bit of abuse as smaller items were placed on it to be repaired. Finally, desperate to clear the space, its marred (and veneer) top was painted. Hopefully it will find its way to a new home via Craig's List or an early spring garage sale.
These two chairs will be offered as its companions. Lovely as they are, I have drawn the line with the thirty-five (or more) chairs I already have in our seven rooms. I can't imagine changing any of them out with these two. My loyalty level is too high.
The thought of parting with them is painful. Maybe painful enough that I won't be redeeming any more chairs or tables in the immediate future. (Thanks to my wonder-worker husband for his careful and excellent repair and refurbishing of my "finds".)
Can't help lovin' my chandeliers. Trying to decide if/how to "dress" them. Of course, there are always the traditional globes that came on them...but I've seen some interesting variations lately. This may be my project for the week. First, I need to address the cobwebs that I just noticed...There. (I found both of these at thrift stores. Prices on chandeliers at thrift stores have risen since I purchased these!)