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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


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

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

this weekend

My mom was with us for Easter weekend.  It was fun, even though I did feed her hotdogs for  lunch on Sunday.  I hadn’t really planned ahead on that meal!  Oops!  She did get to spend a lot of time with Ollie and Wesley though.  We, of course, had to hit a couple of Goodwills this weekend.  I found my skirt and shoes that I wore for Easter there.  Mama found her cute overalls and turquoise top.  Ollie got a cute vintage Easter romper(which I managed to not get any pics of ).  Our church was packed today!  The service was really great and they had the wooden cross out front covered in flowers.  It was really pretty! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter weekend as well!


Furniture facelift



I found this chair awhile back for $4.99 at Goodwill. It desperately needed a new look! I love all the chevron patterns that are out right now and decided on one by Heather Bailey. The old fabric was a pain to rip off but definitely worth the extra work. I pinned my fabric around the chair with the wrong side facing out. Then, I stitched it kind of like a slipcover. Last, I stapled the fabric under the seat and then put the arms back on. Voila. New chair!

goodwill hunting sneak peek

Here is a sneak peek of just a few of the vintage items that will be in my shop soon. Let me know if there is anything you're on the lookout for.

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