Tag Archives: Thrift

Little Big Shop

28 Jan

Here’s what’s up in the shop:

Little Big Shop

21 Jan

Here’s what’s up in the shop:

  1. Moon Glow Bowl.
  2. Handmade Collage Plaque.
  3. Your Father’s Moustache Mug.
  4. Bright Pink and Gold Mod Silk Cowl.
  5. Pink Houndstooth Scarf.
  6. Jewel-Tone Nautical Scarf.
  7. Harvest Gold Paisley Scarf.
  8. Sunshine Daisy Mugs.
  9. Houseplant Needlepoint.

Thrifty Living: Thrifty Tips and Recent Scores

5 Dec

Some thrifty things I’ve been doing to save money:

* During the morning and early afternoon I try to find some excuse to use my oven: drying herbs, toasting nuts, roasting potatoes, whatever. I can keep the thermostat down a few notches because the heat from the oven will keep the kitchen toasty while at the same time making something tasty for later.

* I’ve also pulled out my stack of crocheted blankets from the linen closet and just keep them on the couch. When one of us gets cold I insist we put on a blanket or a sweater before we turn up the heat. They look lovely in a pile and are more likely to get used when I keep them out.

* I tried the no-heat curl method to try a new look. I already had the hairband so trying this was free!

* I’ve been using the library a whole lot more. This option should be obvious after working in a library for eight years, but since we also had Anthony’s Borders discount, and since discovering the handiness of reading ebooks via the iPhone, I stopped checking books out of the library. I still went to the library–I mean, between my mother and I Isobel’s been to every story time available since she was a year old. But we’d leave when story time was over. Now I stay and make sure I have new additions to both my and Isobel’s bookshelves every week.

* I don’t have a lot of pairs of pants. Since losing over 20lbs due to my time on the elliptical and the debilitating panic attacks I really only have two pairs of pants that fit. One of them has stylish (or so I tell myself) holes worn in the knees from constant use. I can’t afford to go clothes shopping but I did have enough to buy a few pairs of colorful tights. I love the way they add a pop of color to my outfits while keeping me warm and extending the life of my jeans.

* I’m being pretty strict about our one napkin and one rag per day and I’ve been trying to expand this rule to cups and plates, too. This is an excellent way to save water and saves me a lot of work in the dishes and laundry department. Score!

* I haven’t been doing any major thrifting because I’m still in the midst of my giant Etsy storage and reorganization project, but I’ve stopped off yard sales and a thrift store here or there over the past month and these photos are some of the things I’ve picked up: a colorful crocheted poncho for Isobel, pegasus and unicorn mugs for me (and Anthony, if he’s so inclined), and some lovely wooden hangers covered with a delicate web of crocheted threads. These were obviously handmade and came from an estate sale. I wish more people would learn how to do this because it’s gorgeous and I’m afraid it’s a dying art. I got all six hangers for a dollar. Can you even imagine how long it must have taken to make these?

Anybody doing anything differently to save money? This time of year I could use all the help I can get.

Little Big Shop

17 Sep

Here’s what’s up in the shop:

Treasurecraft Apple Platter, one of my favorites.

Rust-colored suede coat, a perfect shield from fall’s breezes.

Brass Leaf Dish, I love decorating with brass at this time of year.

Japanese Stoneware Mug, the color of coffee.

Vintage Jewelry-making Book, vintage instructions for handmade. The best of both worlds.

Thrift Store Score: The Kite

2 Jul

How perfect would this be for a child’s nursery? Handmade from 1967. In the shop soon.

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Mugs

18 Jun

Look for these and more in the shop soon.

Follow Friday – The D Cup

10 Jun

See that bit of nature up there? It is the reason why the D cup isn’t with us today. Well, that and a certain 25lb cat.

I found the D cup while thrifting. It was so gorgeous–a delicate glass cup monogrammed with an Old English-style “D” in gold, wreathed by laurel leaves. I was going to sell it in my shop, but first I was going to fill it with flowers and nature and take some photographs. My mistake was leaving it unattended. I keep forgetting that Zorro will do anything to DESTROY DESTROY DESTROY the natures. In an effort to eat the leaves and berries I put in the vase, he knocked it off a shelf and destroyed it. Boo.

What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here. Learn more about it in my FAQ.

Zaius13 Area man gets gist of Onion article after first paragraph, stops reading.

RestlessLori Today I will honor the shaving of my pits by wearing a maxi dress. #youarewelcome

TheSuniverse Since it’s so hot, I’m thinking I’ll put bags of frozen peas in my clothes. I’ll cool off AND make a side dish!

charlesthomas “And then Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves using his heat vision, because George Washington died for your sins.” #PalinHistory

SadnessRUs Life is very long. Very very very very very very very long. Really long. So. Long. And for most of it, you’ll be very tired.

danforthfrance I just took a stab at the name of the new X-Men movie and came up with “X…Class?” Hello. I am your dad now.

MrWordsWorth Josh Duhamel will return to All My Children. After you’ve been in a Michael Bay film, that’s a step up.

thejohnblog When computers become self aware, you can spot the douchebags easily. They’ll be the ones wearing their CAPTCHA sideways.

adam_fogle Beyonce could sing the phone book and I’d still think it was amazing that they continue to make phone books.

TheBlackStar @exlibris I played countless hours of [Kid Icarus] myself, and who knows how many of those as an eggplant.

FlyteAphrodite “Live in the moment”?! That advice sucks. You live in my shitty moment. I’m going to live in my fantasy future where everything goes right.

LouisPeitzman Just read a comment that said, “Society today has gone crazy.” I think that’s YouTube for, “Everything since the Dark Ages upsets me.”

thomashawk I sure hope what happened to Anthony Weiner doesn’t happen to Barbara Bush.

markleggett I only get interested in how my office chair is constructed when I have something important to do. Is this bit welded? It looks very welded.


mariadiaz FAMOUS MEN: Once again, I can teach you how to sext and how to delete pics from your phone. Special discount this week! DM me.

Glinner “I was hacked” is this century’s “a witch did it”.

wishing4horses So a guy took a picture of his penis then sent it to a girl? No way!

TheRedQueen Phone tree is making me homicidal. “it sounds like you said you wanted to stab me in the face, is this correct” #ohverymuchso

massagebyted It’s bad for Rep. Weiner now, but he’ll feel even worse when I release the pics I got from Michelle Bachman. That lady is hung like a horse.

mrpilkington I say to myself, “Self,” I say, “How can I slip some root poison into the lot next door? Is there a squirrel I can pay to do this?”

ScrewyDecimal Monday and I are officially in a fight. There’s gonna be fisticuffs.

Riser_ I’m still waiting for Beavis & Butthead to weigh in on this Congressman Weiner scandal.

badbanana I just unlocked the “Living Simply Without Unnecessary Technology” badge on @foursquare!

helgagrace Have suggested we boost the library’s budget by contributing found money. Just boosted by .25 cents.

mommywantsvodka Whomever said, “thou art as lovely as a summer’s day,” has NOT spent any time near my garbage can in mid-June.

oodja “There are only two rules in television; don’t swear and don’t whip it out.” -helpful social media advice from Krusty the Clown

FrankConniff Wiener not getting it. After press conference, to prove how bad he feels, he tweeted everybody a pic of his limp penis.

EvenMoreSarah Maybe if I stay real quiet, Monday won’t notice I’m here and will go home early.

markleggett Most of my childhood memories are videogame cheat codes.

frageelay Madonna’s lyrics all make perfect sense if you imagine they were written to her cats.

giraffrocentric Okay, guys, guess the movie! (NO CHEATING!!!1) … “Nice to meet you, Harry Potter!”

killorn My dog is always so thrilled to see me come home for however long it takes him to realize I am not carrying a ham in my purse.

apelad I always feel sorry for never before seen footage. Be more assertive, footage!

Ahm76 Every time I’m disappointed in twitter, I realize I’m just disappointed in myself. I’m the one who didn’t make plans or leave the house. Me.

apodixis Assflap! That’s what I always think that duck in the insurance ad is saying.

theleanover At some point my neighbours are going to wonder what my horrendous laughter stems from and I’m going to have to say a 15 yr old kids cartoon.

LIFECOACHERS It’s great to focus on your gifts but sometimes you need to focus on what you don’t do well and feel really bad about that.

killorn You people act like you’ve never seen “I have a head for business & a bod for sin” written in purple Comic Sans on a business card before.

BillCorbett Yes, the rumors are true: my dog just ate a Japanese beetle. #ourlivinghorribleEarth

sandwichpolice I hung up first. I won the goodbye!

Sarah_PallinUSA That whole Watergate thing was bad for the economy. It’s poor fiscal planning to build gates underwater. Fish can’t even vote. #PalinHistory

eihposa There comes a time when the only thing to do is eat sour cream on taco shells. Now is that time.

ordermeanother Indiana Jones: the only thing in history that is better when there are Nazis involved.

danforthfrance If Kevorkian’s death is ironic, then the only thing that has died is what words mean.

StephenAtHome I wonder if it’s hard for a cricket doing standup at a comedy club to tell if they’re bombing.

shinyinfo Oh Youtube comments. You make me feel like a genius.

sbellelauren hope you like my new show girls gone mild we just drink chai lattes & discuss if we HAD to choose if we’d be ravenclaw or hufflepuff

Athenabee Athena finally said “tit-tays.” No more mommy/daughter Dave Chappelle.

telephase Cleaning out a Gatorade bucket, with a 1/2 inch of Kool-Aid/sugar sludge in the bottom. #livingthedream

laurahartgerink i came upstairs after some painting to find a little bare bottomed, diaperless baby in her pack n play. and so it begins. #underpantsaredumb

happyrobot I just sold a bike on CraigsList. I didn’t get murdered. I have cash.

trypnotik @ampersandwich If “disappointed the cat” is code for something I disappointed the cat all the time.

LouisPeitzman “No” means “no,” Microsoft AutoUpdate.

haridnc time to walk around the office and tell everyone exactly what I think of them.

MagpieLibrarian Actual question from an actual child, “Why is Mayor Bloomberg such a douche-bag?” #savenyclibraries

val_forrestal I think #wwf should let you use “invented” words if you can justify them. eg: BORATE – to bore everyone with your lengthy speech.

endquote Yes, I love it when you shout “Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean!” at me from across the street. Please do that again.

BridgetCallahan You know what the opposite of cool is? A smooth jazz interpretation of the State Farm Good Neighbor song.

TheNextMartha I should do a whole line of “time out videos”. Me riding my kids’ bikes, destroying their legos. Demolishing train tracks. HOW FUN for me.

loresjoberg I was sad that I had no shoes until someone pointed out that thigh-high stiletto boots do, technically, count as shoes.

willgoldstein I taught the boy a very important phrase this morning: “Mommy Pwetty”. #TenDadPoints

thegrumbles we drove by a guy parallel parking a giant green tractor so he could make a donut run. he is king of today.

guiltysquid Today I’m late because, apparently, bras are not “optional” in the office. Unless you’re a guy.

ProfessorSnack Has anyone gone back to explain to watermelon farmers what the word “seedless” actually means?

bridger_w A commercial just asked, “Who says you can’t have your shrimp and eat it too?” I’m not positive, but… Nobody?

rachaelosborn Sometimes I take Nyquil and chase it with a Red Bull and let them fight.

kerryhowell Why you don’t have me buy the Costco cake for departing coworkers: it has a dinosaur on it. And “You’re not extinct to us, Lori!” as message.

notthatkendall A little piece of advice for no one in particular: If you try to tell me I can’t watch “Baby Mama” for the 87th time, I will divorce you.

NASeason Random mid-week getaway to Newport Beach. All I’m really interested in is the king sized bed and the freedom from cat hair.

TheDollSays I see Coldplay is trending. Have they died? Have they died horribly in an appallingly pretentious and tedious accident? I do hope not.

lunchyprices Teens: Don’t do cocaine! Save it for your 30s when you’ll need it just to watch TV until 10 p.m.

What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here. Learn more about it in my FAQ.

Thrift Store Score: Tambourine

8 Jun

I’ve been putting together a collection of musical instruments for Isobel. Not all of them have been thrifted but I’ve seen many available second hand so I could have easily put a whole set together while thrifting. Last Christmas her Grandparents gave her a drum and we bought her a little piano. Over time we’ve gathered whistles and bells and little egg shakers. Here she is dancing to “Life Goes On” while alternately dancing and shaking some maracas. She can’t hande doing both at the same time, so she has to frequently pause to switch. She’s only about a year old and it is nearly fatal levels of cute, so watch at your own risk.

Recently we found this awesome tambourine for a dollar while yardsaling. It’s missing a few tiny cymbals but it works great. I love that it’s not a toy, it’s a real tambourine, so it chimes pleasantly when you shake it. When my Uncle stopped by for a visit he pulled out his guitar and played “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” for an hour or two while Isobel sang and shook the tambourine.

That dollar was well spent.

Dreaming of Summer

16 Feb

Stir-Crazy Mess

We’ve had a few days of mild, spring-like weather, and even though it’s rainy again today I’ve started thinking about summer. I know I’m not the only one thinking warmer weather and playing outside: my twitter stream and blog feed are full of longing for winter to be over. Isobel asks every day if we can go outside and play bubbles.

In anticipation of spending hours and hours outside I’ve been thinking of a list of things we will need to get through the summer. Toys, specifically. I want to build a simple, inexpensive set of toys for the backyard. My goal is to find as many of these at thrift stores, yard sales, and dollar stores as possible.

Bowling set –  when we were growing up there was a disgusting drink called a SQUEEZE-IT.  Man, it tasted foul but it came in a cheap plastic soda-like bottle that made excellent bowling pins when stacked at the end of our long sidewalk. Our cats, ever curious, used to get in the way, and my Dad repurposed the game as “Bowling for Cats.”

Fishing poles – my sister and I each had a child’s fishing pole that we used for actual fishing a handful of times and ‘cat fishing’ the rest of the time. My dad would put weights and a large plastic tie at the end of our Snoopy fishing pole lines. We’d stand in the bed of his pickup and cast our lines across the lawn and every cat in the vicinity would chase the plastic tie as we reeled them in. Sometimes we wore our Snoopy life vests for extra realism.
Magnifying glass – for examining plants and bugs. I’m also thinking about finding some small binoculars or a spy glass for trips to the park.

Frisbee – my neighbors had an ingenious use for their Frisbee: when not in use as originally intended, they turned it over and filled it with bubbles. Wide, shallow, and perfect for bubble wands, it was not easy to spill and more than one kid could use it at once.

Water toys – Repurposed toys for a water table, bucket of water, or wading pool.

Obstacle course items – I’m having a hard time coming up with items for an obstacle course. Hula hoops? Jump ropes? Tunnels? Help me out on this one, internet.

Large paintbrushes – I heard about this idea somewhere a long time ago: get a bucket of water and a large paintbrush and your kid can ‘paint’ designs with water on the side of a house or a fence.

Kite – Anyone seen some cute ones online? If Isobel really enjoys kites, I’d spring for a nice one.

Balls – various sizes and kinds

Badminton set – Isobel’s too young still, but I’d use it.

Sand toys – buckets, shovels, and sand molds

Croquet set – I found one at a yard sale when Isobel was a newborn. Now all we need is a lawn to use it on.

Wading pool – we have one from last year, but I’m not sure if it will still inflate. And what about Slip ‘n Slides? Do they still make those?

Chalk – any creative uses for chalk out there? Or fun things for kids to draw?

I’d love to hear any ideas you have on toys for the backyard. What outdoor toys do you consider essential? What am I missing?

Thrift Store Score: Autumn Collection

9 Oct

Normally I post a recent Thrift Store Score on Saturdays, but today I am working on getting a special Autumn Collection up in my shop. I hope to feature about 15 autumn-inspired thrifted pieces of decor and servingware and clothing. I have a baby shower to go to in the early afternoon but after that I’m planning a special photoshoot for this collection.

Welcome, fall. I missed you.