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in my kitchen

I’m in the kitchen a lot.  Probably because I cook a lot.  We are not a family that eats out-I think the last time  we ate out was Mother’s Day lunch.  Meals at home just taste better and we know exactly what we’re eating that way and it is definitely cheaper.

I like being in my kitchen.  That wasn’t always the case.  The cabinets were originally gross discolored knotty pine.  I painted them white when I was 8 months pregnant and Randy was out of town.  My nesting instinct extended beyond just the nursery!  There was also lattice wallpaper with strawberries all over it.  Pretty.(that was typed in a sarcastic tone)

There was a boring light fixture, so I replaced it with this vintage italian tole chandelier that I got while working at an antique store.

I love this little recipe box.  I think it was 1.99 at Goodwill.  I keep handwritten recipes that Randy’s mom gave me one year for Christmas in there.  Randy already had the yellow crock that we use for our utensils-his mom gave it to him,too.

That clock really cracks me up every time I look at it.  It’s an old guy selling flowers off a flower cart-so funny!  It was a $2 junk store find and it works! You can see how I made my personalized spice rack here.

One of many vintage pyrex mixing bowls that I have.  This one reminds me of the Partridge family-remember the opening of that show?  The little nesting partridges pop out and line up on the screen.  I guess I’m giving away my age now!!  But, at least I don’t have a crush on David Cassidy anymore!

My kitchen does have another side to it- the sink, fridge, microwave-there must have been dirty dishes in the sink the day I took these pics!!  Just keepin’ it real!! So go on and get happy!!  Have a great Thursday!  -amy

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daydreamin’

While I’m waiting for my eggs to fry out on the sidewalk, I’m daydreaming of decorating our little house.   I love this boys’ room at Contented Sparrow-all the vintage goodies and those hanging beds are pretty cool too.

So,this is what I’ve come up with for Wesley’s room:

We have a metal pendant like this somewhere in the storage barn only it’s white.  Of course, I am lovin it in this turquoise though!

Would love to find a vintage pull down map similar to this.  The ones I have found so far are a little pricey for me, but, I’ll keep looking.

I love this vintage teacher’s desk.  I kinda hate to use the word vintage here because all my teachers growing up had these type of desks.  Guess I’m considered vintage!  Love the pullout writing area!

His bed is very similar to this one.  I’m thinking of maybe painting it a fun color.

I think we might have a dresser like this in the barn as well.  There’s a lot of stuff up there!! Would be great in maybe a pale gray paint?

Since Wesley loves to read (and has a lot of stuff), I have to include some shelving.  I like the industrial feel of these shelves.  I know they are really intended for the garage or shop but, I think they are kinda cool!

Wow! It feels good to get all these ideas in one place!!  What are you daydreamin’ of these days?  Vintage industrial boys’ rooms?  Cooler weather?  Vacation?  Leave a comment and let me know! -amy

this was no picnic

The other day at Goodwill I found these cute melamine cups.  After I found them, I told Wesley they would be perfect for a picnic.

So, we went to the basket aisle and lo and behold, there was a picnic basket waiting for us!  It’s a great size and I think maybe vintage.  But, the red gingham liner was not very cute.  I decided to make a new liner using the old one as a pattern.

I knew that I wanted to use a vintage sheet that I already had for the new liner.  It has turquoise in it to match the cups.

Sounds fairly simple, huh?  For whatever reason, it wasn’t.  One side of the liner would not lay right and the sides were a bit of a pain.  Finally, after working on this project all day, I got it looking halfway decent and finished it!

I did learn something new, though.  I have never actually stitched elastic on an edge of  anything before.  It’s not hard and I think it saved this project from going right back to Goodwill!  The elastic helped keep the outside part of the liner in place.

Now, I want to make a picnic blanket out of the leftover sheet to match the basket!  The projects never end!! Have a great fourth!! -amy

Photobucket Keeping It Simple

look what I found

This past Saturday was half-off day at Goodwill.  I usually skip this sale because it is sooo crowded in there!! But, we were driving right by there on the way back from Boy Scouts so, we stopped.  I was right, the place was jam packed.

I headed straight for the furniture area and saw something interesting out of the corner of my eye.  Is it a vintage play kitchen?  Is it exactly the type of vintage play kitchen that I’ve visualized in my head but had not found yet?  Yes, I think it is!!  Ok, but how much is it?  Ooooh, $39.99-that’s a little steep for me…but, wait, it’s half-off day, remember? 20 Bucks!! I can do 20 bucks!!  SOLD!  We loaded that baby in the cart and were off to the register!!

I love it and Ollie does too!! He finally has a place for his vintage play food that I also found at Goodwill awhile back! I need to make him a little apron or chef’s hat! That would be too cute!!

Unfortunately, Ollie was unavailable for photos when I took these! But, he loves opening and closing the doors! Hopefully, this will keep him out of my kitchen cabinets-but, probably not!

I thought he needed some accessories for his kitchen too.  I’ve had that clock in storage for awhile.  It’s one of those pieces that is so silly but, it makes me smile every time I look at it! I mean, it’s a gray-haired man wearing a vest selling flowers AND it tells the time-what more could you ask for? Well, it would tell time if I put a battery in the back!

Is it wrong that I love this kitchen as much as Ollie? I loved playing school and restaurant when I was a little girl and would’ve loved to have had my own kitchen!! Me and my sister used to make our play food out of construction paper!! Oh, and we had to walk 5 miles in the snow to school too-uphill both ways!! Have you found any great deals lately? Let’s hear about them! Hope you’re having a great imaginative type of day!! -amy

free finds, a new friend, and great food

Here’s a few great things that happened this week! My friend, Sara, from church, saw my dining room makeover post on facebook last week.  She commented that she might have some chairs that I might want that her landlord was getting rid of!  I was soooo excited-FREE Chairs!!!  I hope I didn’t scare her too much with my enthusiasm!

I love the chairs, they are vintage 1948 Sears and Roebuck.  They are gonna get a fresh coat of paint, as soon as the sun comes back out in TN.  Thanks again, Sara!!

Meet my new BFF!  And another great find from this week! A vintage dressform that I found at Goodwill.  Wesley and I named her Gladys and she was a whopping $4.99!!  She’s missing her  stand but, Randy is gonna make me one-Yay! I think I am also going to cover her in muslin-somehow.  Still need to figure out how to do that!

This is what we had for dinner one night this week!! Randy raised the chicken at the farm AND  made this delicious fried chicken himself!!  (Just a side note, these chickens are not our “laying hens”, these were specifically raised for food) It was the best I’ve ever had!! Yum! Hope your weekend is full of great things! -amy

Goodwill finding

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I realized that I haven’t shown anything that I’ve gotten from goodwill lately. So, here are a couple of projects that I will be working on this week.
First up, I finally found a small chest for my side of the bed. The dimensions are perfect. The paint job and knobs-not so much! It will get a new look very soon! Next, is this cute rabbit hook and mirror. I’ve actually looked at this for awhile and finally decided to adopt it and bring it home with me. It will get a makeover as well and will be cute for Ollie’s hats and stuff. Hope you had a great weekend, I better go and get started on my projects.-Amy

Bright and White

I thought I would give you an update on the living room project.  You can see the before here.  I still have a little painting to do but, here are some pics of the space now.

Randy made our couch (he’s a blacksmith, in case you’re new around here).  I covered the cushion with a dropcloth from Lowe’s.  It’s held up really well through multiple washings and bleaching.  I also made the patchwork pillows and the polka dot pillow.  The yellow pillow is from Target last year.  The enormous painting is called “Big” and the artist is Meredith Pardue, a good friend of Randy’s.  It really needs to be moved up about 6″ but it is sooo heavy!  That’s as high as I could hang it by myself!

This is the other side of the room, opposite the couch.  I found the chair at Goodwill for 4.99 and reupholstered it.  My mom and I just made the flag garland while she was visiting.  The lamp, also found at Goodwill was 2.99, and the shade is from Target.  The turquoise chest was actually free from a friend at church.  It was originally brown, of course I painted it turquoise!

Randy made this cute giraffe for Ollie as a Christmas present.  Our living room is part playroom and craft room also!

This is Ollie’s toy cart.  It was originally black and 4.99 at Goodwill.  Are you seeing a pattern?  And three cans of spray paint later, it’s yellow!  All the storage bins are from Target.

This is opposite the window.  I have to say this area is never this neat and tidy.  I usually have the sewing machine set up on the desk with fabric and sewing stuff everywhere.  The white cabinet was originally hanging in the bathroom, but I really needed storage out here more.  Still can’t decide if I want to paint the cabinet or just leave it with it’s chippy paint.  The office chair, that I recovered in two different fabrics, was 2.99 at Goodwill.  It was originally from a local hospital.  I just found the floral painting at, you guessed it, for 1.99.  The yellow and black tile was from an art fair 10 years ago.  It says “magic circles” under the spinning girl. The artist is Asia Wallace.  So, that’s our living room, on a good day, just picture it with toys everywhere and that’s more like reality! Thanks for stopping by! -amy


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