Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blue and White Luncheon Table

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I decided to create a small luncheon table using my vintage thrifted milk glass luncheon sets. Of course everything else on the table has been thrifted as well.

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I believe this set of  luncheon milk glass dishes are from the 1950’s and made by Indiana glass.


About Milk Glass

The Beginning of Milk Glass
Milk glass originated in Venice in the 16th century. However, back then milk glass came in all different colours including yellow, brown, black, pink and blue. All of these colours still project a ‘milky’ color as the tone is thick and coated. Some of these colours still exist in milk glass, especially blue, but the opaque color remains the most popular.
Since the 16th century, milk glass has remained a popular collector’s item as well as a useful item around the house. However, most of the collectable milk glass of today dates back to the 1700’s or newer.
Although milk glass came from the 1500’s, the term ‘milk glass’ did not actually come into play until relatively recently. During the 19th century glass makers referred to milk glass as ‘opaque glass’ and was still considered a luxury item and a great collectable.


The color combination of blue and white is such a classic. And then when you throw in silver, it all comes together wonderfully. I really need to go through all of my blue and white dishes. My eye naturally seems to be attracted to this color combo. Once I neatly organized all of my dishes, I was completely shocked at how much more blue and white dishes I had! I have at the very least, twice as much blue and white dishes as any other colors! I will be definitely editing down this collection over the next few months.

Have you noticed a predominate color in your dish collection?



I just had to add a touch of Spring to this simple lunch table! I think these little flower bowls were originally sold in a four piece set of four different colors. I found three at a thrift store years ago. One ended up breaking on me. so, I have these two left. I thought the two blues would add a fun pop of color to the table.


I don’t know about you, but for whatever reason I am always attracted to vintage glassware that has different designs. I end up buying them even if I have nothing else in mind to go with them! I really liked these smoky blue vintage glasses. They came in a tumbler and an on the rocks glass. The white painted scene is of children exploring the outside. I think of these types of glasses as the glassware “toile”. LOL They tell a little story!

History of Toile

Toiles were originally produced in Ireland in the mid-18th Century and quickly became popular in Britain and France.The term, Toile de Jouy, originated in France in the late 18th century. In the French language, the phrase literally means "cloth from Jouy-en-Josas”, a town of north-central France


Adding touches of silver can be as easy as adding your silverware and a simple little silver-plated candy dish. I bought a complete set of these little silver candy dishes, still in the box, at a flea market quite a few years ago. I paid one dollar for the box. They had never even been opened!

These kind of small dishes are fun to collect. Especially these silver ones because these stack nicely together and take up very little room. I pull these out often to use for Tea Bag Rests, Bone Dishes (a dish used to hold the bones from a meal), a Butter Pat Dish, a Dipping Sauce Dish or for something like Apple Sauce, Cut up Fruits or a Dish to set your Crudities on.

Crudites, don’t you love that word? So Fancy Schmancy. And so much prettier to say than cut up veggies! LOL

Crudités are traditional French appetizers consisting of sliced or whole raw vegetables which are sometimes dipped in a vinaigrette or other dipping sauce. Crudités often include celery sticks, carrot sticks, bell pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, and asparagus spears; sometimes olives, depending on local custom.

"Crudités" (plural) derives similarly as English "crude", in that both are ultimately from Latin "crūdus", meaning "raw", later "crūditās", meaning "undigested food", then French "crudité" (singular), for "uncooked food".


I often will add a pot of coffee to the dinner table for Troy and I. I find that we both really enjoy this “after dinner” treat. We tend to take our time with our meal and then relax afterward and just spend some time talking to each other. It gives our systems time to digest our food and often times, much needed quiet time together.

Doesn’t it seem like we are all in such a hurry and have a tendency to rush through our meals? When I first started adding a pretty pot filled with coffee and cups at our dinner tables, I noticed both Troy and I relaxed and took our time with our meal and lingered after just talking. It’s nice. If you haven’t tried this with your spouse, give it a try one night. It doesn’t have to be coffee, it could be hot tea, hot chocolate or even hot cider.


Another thing I had found brand new in the box while thrifting were these pretty white and blue ceramic napkin rings. I paid .99 cents for them and have loved them ever since!

A quick history of napkin rings. (also known as serviette rings)

An invention of early 19th century Europeans, napkin rings began as a practical matter of hygiene in households. Napkin rings signified personal napkins within the family so that laundering could be done once a week. More embellished napkin rings, like those in silver, were the result of the growing wealth of the middle class. By 1840 napkin rings were popular in all English-speaking countries.

As the middle class grew to show its wealth around the dinner table, so did the demand for refined table accessories. Engraved napkin rings became popular personal gifts for christenings and weddings. Americans have expanded the art of this table accessory, trademarking the figural napkin ring as an American specialty.

By the mid-20th century use of napkin rings rescinded with the advent of paper napkins. They have since been rediscovered as a table accessory for special occasions that signifies elegance and attention to detail.

I am just bursting with informational details today! LOL

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saw it, Pinned it, Tried it! How to Make Jute Wrapped Easter Eggs

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Yup, it’s that time again…Pinterest evaluation! I have seen these jute wrapped Easter eggs everywhere in Pinterest. I thought they were cute and would be a simple Easter project.


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According to the different blogs I visited to research the “How to” instructions, it seemed pretty quick and easy. They said this is all you need”

Cheap plastic eggs


Hot Glue Gun


You can pick up but the glue gun at a dollar store.

Okay, I have all of that. So here we go!


A little tip to start that wasn’t mentioned in the “How to” but, after the first egg, I did this and that was to do a quick gluing the two pieces of the plastic egg together.

Start by putting a dab of hot glue on the end on the egg and glue down the end of the jute. Then you start going in circles adding hot glue and the jute.

I did two eggs following these directions.

That was all I did! I took way too long and the hot glue dries super fast, at least faster than I could circle the jute. And it gets messy.


So that mess ends up on the finished eggs. You just can’t pull each of the gluey glops off the jute.

So, I discover two issues, besides having the patience of a two year old, Hot glue wasn't working for me other than the ends (it secures the jute quickly) and use a thicker jute because it holds better and it is faster.

Okay, on to Diann’s revised version of the craft!


Grab some cheap white glue and mix a little bit of water in it to thin it just a tad. Grab a brush to paint it on the egg.


First thing, besides making sure you have a decent manicure and not chipped off polish like me, is to use hot glue to secure the end of the jute and wrap a few times around it. Then paint the white glue mix on to the egg and start wrapping the jute around the egg. Make sure you turn the egg as you wrap so you can get it tight and close.

Once you wind the jute all around the egg, use another dap of hot glue to fasten the other end .

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You can see the difference between the glue in the picture above.

I think I will make more of these. I have seen them embellished with vintage lace and ribbon or even other colors of twine/jute. 

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For right now, I am leaving them natural. I kind of like them simple.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thrifty Things Friday #155 ~Easy & Quick Fudge Recipe

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Welcome to the Thrifty Things Friday Linky Party!

Today I am sharing a super quick and beyond easy Fudge Recipe!

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Linda and I are happy you are here and sharing with all of us!

5 minutes & 3 Ingredients Fudge Recipe

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When I said quick, I mean 5 minute quick! And easy, I mean super easy!

So don’t blink otherwise you will mess the whole recipe!!

What you need:

3 cups of chocolate chips

1 14oz can of sweeten condensed milk

1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract

In a microwave safe bowl dump the chocolate chips and sweeten milk. Pop in the microwave for 2-3 minutes (depending on your microwave).

When you take it out of the microwave and it looks like the chocolate chips aren’t completely melted, they will be when you stir them. Add the tablespoon of vanilla and mix until all is smooth.

Pour into a 8x8 dish that is buttered. Pop in the fridge until it sets.

That’s it! And it is so yummy!

Quick & Easy Fudge Recipe

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Monday, April 7, 2014

How to Make a Spring Daffodil Tree

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Sometimes you just need a pop of Spring and what better flower to use than daffodils! This is a simple and easy tutorial on how to create a daffodil tree.

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You don’t need much to make them:

Dollar store daffodils

a foam cone

pair of snips

The amount of daffodils depends on the size of cone you use. I used a large one and it took about 5 bunches of daffodils from the Dollar Tree.

Snip all the daffodils from the bunch. Leave about an inch of the stem to be able to shove into the cone.

Start at the bottom and start filling in. It’s that easy. I didn’t glue it and it is fine (I made mine about 4 years ago).

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Just keep working your way up until the cone is covered. That’s it!

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You can just place it on the table as is or use different pedestals. You can change the base whenever you want. It is just sitting in it.

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You can choose any flower you want. I think this would be really cute in white Shasta Daisies as well!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tangerine Table

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Sometimes when you are our thrifting, your eye catches on this item or that. and generally you think to yourself, “I really don’t need that. And it doesn’t go with anything I have.” I do that all the time. But, still just have to buy them because they are pretty or fun and wonderfully priced!


That’s kind of where this tablescape came from…all those dishes that don’t quite go together.


But somehow, they do.


Hum, let’s see…..


I am such a sucker for unusual shaped dishes. I just can’t help myself!


And I couldn’t resist these when the original price tag of $14.50 each were still on them! They were marked $2.00 each at the thrift store and then 50% off. So, you can understand why my “I don’t need any more dishes” willpower went flying out the window!


And I liked the stack on the fruit motif dinner plates!


The sunshine yellow print napkins felt right. And I love the little multicolored square metal napkin rings.


Simple and easy


Fresh tangerines smell so amazing!


Add new and vintage glassware to the mix.


I believe that things that made you smile just naturally go together. And I thought it was a good day to have a cheerful table setting!

How about you? Do you find pretty dish treasures and think they really won’t go with anything else you own but, you just can’t help from buying them anyway?

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thrifty Things Friday ~154 Finding Freebies for the Garden/Yard

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Bringing back to life discarded garden and yard freebies. I’m talking about Dumpster Dives and Curbside freebies!

Welcome to TTF #154! Linda and I are happy you joined us!

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Okay, let’s talk FREE. Being on an extremely tight budget means fun or pretty things are generally not going to happen around here unless I can get them very cheaply or absolutely free.

And I do love me some free stuff!

“Curbside Crawlers” & “Dumpster Diving”.

I have been doing the above pretty much my whole life. I grew up in a frugal and thrifty home. On trash days, my eyes automatically scan the curbs for free treasures. It is just habit. Until relatively recently, it was never “popular” to do these activities. Now you see all over the blog world and TV people jumping on the thrifty bandwagon and looking for thrifty junk treasures along side the road. It’s a hot topic now. But, it certainly wasn’t always.

People in the past would give you THE look that said, “What a loser”, “How disgusting” or “Oh that poor person having to do that”.

Here is a little story. It happened way before blogging, Ebay or even internet popularity.

I was working at a retail store (large box home improvement store) and I would notice these two men come in on a fairly regular basis. They always drove this beat up old truck and they dressed pretty scruffy. Old dirty baseball caps, beard stubble, old work boots and dirty torn jeans and shirts. They were always polite and kept to themselves. They would search out the store and it soon became evident to me (yes, I am a people watcher!) that they would scope out just the clearance items. I could totally relate to that because that is what I did and still do. However, they would find some small item that was extremely reduced (remember back in the day when stores wanted to get rid of their stuff and would clearance them WAY down?) and they would buy them all up.As a manager, I was happy about this because I needed the space and that crap merchandise gone. I got to the point where I would watch for them and take them right to my latest clearance stuff.

I would also often find them in our stores dumpsters and other local stores dumpsters gathering things. As long as they didn’t make a mess and scatter stuff, I really didn’t care if they took things. Once again, being the manager one of the budgets I had to concern my bottom dollar was trash pickup. So, if someone is taking half of the trash, yay for me!

Then one weekend I went to a large local outdoor flea market. Now I had been going to this flea market for years myself and have actually sold there in the past. As I pulled in, I saw their old beat up truck. I thought that made sense, they pick trash or find things super cheap so, it’s not a surprise to see them here.

I bet you know what I am going to say right? Yup, they were vendors at the flea market. They still wore their grubby clothes, dirty baseball caps and scruffy beards. They were selling some fixed up dumpster five items and al the clearance things they had bought for of course, a bit higher than what they paid for it. And I could see that my store certainly wasn’t the only one they hit for clearance items. I thought to myself, “Well, good for you! Any time you can take the initiative to help make some money, I’m all for that”. I know it is hard work and time consuming do this so, I actually smiled when I saw them.

A little more than a year later, I was working with a contractor on a kitchen design and I needed to go to the house for measurements. I pulled into this exclusive community and up to a gorgeous Million plus home. I was prepared for that because I had seen the budget for the kitchen and blueprints. What I wasn’t expecting was to see at the side of the garage that old beat up truck! And even more surprising meeting the owners of the home! You got it! One of the guys that was all scruffy, dirty clothes and baseball capped men answered the door. I barely recognized him. Had I not seen the truck and had that in my mind, I don’t think I would have known who he was.

We ended up talking all about his “other” persona and our common skills for “pickin’”. I learned some wonderful tips from this man and have used them since. And he is still one of my favorite people to think about when I go pickin’.

These two guys met in college when they shared an apartment. They didn’t have any money to spend on furnishings so, they started trash collecting. And the old truck was the guys first truck and they still use it. They discover that not only did they have a talent for dumpster diving/curbside crawling, but, they were one of the few guys at their college with a truck. So, they started selling to other collage students their picked treasures and were able to deliver them to their apartments. They made extra money this way.

They both went on to be successful in their chosen profession but, they said that once they caught the pickin’ bug, they couldn’t  stop. And they still do it together and have fun with it.

This man really was a wealth of information when it came to pickin’ and overall thriftiness. I learned a lot from him and am very thankful for it!

Okay, so finding a treasure in a dumpster or at a curbside can save you a lot of money. When you see an item, don’t just “see” that item for what it is or how it looks. Think “Potential”!

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Some of my long time readers are going to recognize this particular example of freebie. I am pulling this from the TTG archives to share with newer readers.

Pots/planters are not cheap. And I am always needing more. So, it is one of the things I watch for. Generally the best time to find old used thrown away garden/yard/lawn items is in the Fall. People don’t want to store these things or they bought the pot with flowers already planted in it and now the flowers are dead so they just toss the whole thing. Sometimes in the Spring (like right around now) you can find some of these things as well because people want fresh new items in their yard and so out these old things go~!

I snatched up this large pot and used my rare skill of washing it out (insert sarcasm here) and cleaned so it was ready for a makeover.

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I always have plenty of black spray paint on hand. Why I have several cans that are half empty is beyond me, but welcome to my unorganized world! This is cheapo….and I mean the cheapest spray paint you can find black spray paint. I did two coats.

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I knew I wanted to add some fun detail to the pot. I went through my stash of cheap embellishment type things and found this wall cling from the dollar store. the only problem was the color of the cling was a light translucent gray. I wasn’t going to show up very well. So, I snatched a cheapo can of white spray paint and thought “What the heck”. and spray painted the cling itself. and it worked like a charm!

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Yup, I just spray painted the whole kit and kaboodle. Then peeled off the clings and stuck them on the pot.

projects 7-10 006_thumb[1]The surprising thing is that I didn’t seal this at all. I figured in a couple of years it would wear off. Well, it has been 5 years and this pot pretty much looks the same way. I never take it in during the winter months or even tuck it under something. It has always stayed right out there in the harsh weather.

I had the paint and the cling so this was a Freebie project!

What are you waiting for? do a little curbside crawling on your neighborhood’s trash day! you will be surprised at what you find.

A forewarning: There are profession crawlers out there and they try to snatch up stuff before anyone else gets to it. So, start early!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Artichoke Table For One

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Wow, it’s the last day of March already! Amazing! This is my last “green” table setting to celebrate March.


Just a simple setting for me. Troy was at a City Council meeting and wouldn’t be home until late. So, I figured I deserved to have a pretty little setting even if it is just me!



Everything except the silverware was thrifted on this little table.


A few fun thrifted glassware.


The plate is a vintage Knowles.


I love my beehive cloche! So fun.


Very simple table for one.


Do you ever set a pretty table just for you? If not, you should!

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