Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Happy Easter!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thrifty Things Friday #156

Hi everyone!

Linda and I are happy you have joined us today for this week’s TTF party!

I want to take a moment to say that we have been remiss in visiting a lot of you. Linda has been in Texas trying to get her mom ready to move to Georgia and I am in full swing of getting our herbs planted and dealt with and setting up a new Farmer’s Market. Life has been crazy!

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I have to tell you right up front, today’s thrifty thing is not a pretty item except to my wallet!!

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Yes, it’s lumber!

Troy and I are major stalkers watchers of our local Craigslist freebie section. We have gotten a lot of useful things via this resource.

This past weekend there was a listing for free lumber if you come and haul it away.

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The person who listed it had bought all this last year to do an addition to his home and then changed his mind. Half of the wood is treated wood and then the rest isn’t. He let it sit outside uncovered all winter so, there are some boards that are warped.

Buying lumber is not cheap and now that we have a small farm, we have a ton of projects that need to be done that involve building this and that from lumber. So, we are so excited to have gotten all of this for free!

Some of the projects that we need to build are raised beds, fencing, a large farm stand, signs, benches, shelving and…oh just a lot of other projects. And they all add up to a lot of money very quickly!

I told you, it wasn’t going to be a “pretty” share today but, that pile of wood (about 600 board feet) equals a lot of cash that we don’t have to pay out and that IS PRETTY TO ME!

Do you check out your local freebie listing on Craigslist? Or have you gotten any good bargains from Craigslist?

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blue and White Luncheon Table

Hi everyone!

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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".

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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.

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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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I hope you enjoyed your visit today and maybe had fun learning something you might not have known.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

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

Hi everyone!

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

Jute

Hot Glue Gun

Scissors

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

So, what do you think? Are you going to make a few of these wrapped Easter eggs?

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thrifty Things Friday #155 ~Easy & Quick Fudge Recipe

Hi everyone!

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!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

How to Make a Spring Daffodil Tree

Hi everyone!

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

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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

Hi everyone!

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!

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

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But somehow, they do.

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Hum, let’s see…..

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

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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!

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

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

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Simple and easy

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Fresh tangerines smell so amazing!

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Add new and vintage glassware to the mix.

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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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