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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Thrifting Fun

Today after dropping our pup off for her grooming appointment, I hit up a bunch of thrift stores, and found some terrific treasures!
 I am so thrilled about this first find! A vintage 3 tiered wooden pedestal!  I nearly squealed with excitement when I found it!   I have never seen one like it before, and this is a keeper!  I am going to paint this beauty Heirloom White (I know, big shock!!), distress her a bit, and use her in my craft room.  I think it will be perfect for holding supplies like punches, spools of ribbon and seam binding, and lots more. 
I am in love!
 I am always on the lookout for pretty mirrors, so I just had to snap this lovely one up!  While I love the way it looks now, I plan on putting this in my Etsy shop, so she will receive a paint/distressing treatment.
 This pair of vintage framed floral prints are much prettier in person than they are in these photographs!  The prints are textured a bit to make them appear to be hand painted (though they are not).  I plan on painting the frames, and putting these in my shop as well.  Not sure what color to go with, any ideas?
 I really love the colors!
 I was also thrilled to find not one, but two pairs of huge decorative vintage spoons and forks!  They are much larger in person than they look here!  The first set is wooden, and is well over 2 feet long!  The second set looks wooden, but I'm really not sure, I think they may be ceramic.  (They are nearly 2 feet long).  Don't worry, they are going to look 1000 times better when I get thru with them!  After a good cleaning, and some painting and distressing, I think they will look super cool, and will be making their way to my Etsy shop.
I found much more than these things here.  I will have to share more with you another day.

 Emily doesn't look too thrilled with me, she hates going to the groomer!
Hope you are having a good week. We are in for a huge snowstorm here at the Chateau!  Between tonight and Thursday, we are supposed to receive up to 16" of snow!  Yikes! Each time I hear the weather forecast, they keep increasing the accumulation!  After all of my thrifting, I went to the grocery store, and it was jam packed with people!  Everyone had the same idea:  stock up now, who knows when we will be able to make it out again! 
Have a great week, and keep warm & cozy!


Tete said...

You sure got some good stuff today! Love the tiers and it will make a great work out of craft supply organizer for you.
I can't wait to see the spoons and forks painted. I have never seen them white, should be cool.
Emily doesn't look very happy at all. We do our own grooming, but they have a new place open now and we are going to give them a try after winter weather is over.
I have freezing rain here- they were calling to 10-20 of snow on top of that. I am so hating this season for sure.
Stay warm and inside!

June@I will craft said...

Great finds. I can't wait until the afters.

Kim K. said...

I love seeing your 'before' shots. Great minds think alike. We're hitting the grocery store tonight too. We're all hoping for a snow day from our schools/work on Wednesday!

Ann said...

I think you got those things from my Mom or at least the tier thing and fork/spoon? Just kidding but she had them in the kitchen growing up! Can't wait to see the finished product.

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Hi Donna ... Oh, look at poor Emily! Must she go to the groomer when she would rather just hang out with you? Such sad eyes! Love all your latest treasures. Those LARGE cutlery sets are totally cool ... I've seen them used in a few other blogs!

NanaDiana said...

Well, you don't even have to ASK us what color to paint those frames...cuz we ALL know that you are painting them white! White. White. White.

Those old spoons are neat...and I'll bet you are painting them too..ummmm...maybe...WHITE? Can't wait to see your things re-done. And I know that top one is gonna be really cute when you get it painted and "frenchafied".

It is snowing here and has been all day...but we are supposed to get the BIG snow later this week..yeah...can't wait! Hugs- Diana

Kelly said...

Love that pedestal....stay warm!


Debbie said...

Oh Donna...that three tier pedestal will work out so great for your crafting goodies. Anxious to see everything you found all painted and pretty.
Hunker down, and stay warm, my friend.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

That picture of Emily reminds me of my cocker spaniel Danny...he hated the groomer and he would give me that exact same look!
Your treasures are wonderful. You asked us about what color the frames should be...how about Heirloom White!!! You are so cute!
I have been out of the loop for a couple of weeks and it's nice to be back visiting again.

Claire said...

Love the three tier tray-fabulous find!!Claire

Susan said...

Hello Donna,
What great finds! They will look even better once you put your Heirloom White magic on them. Can you believe all this snow everywhere? We just got 11 inches last week & have 2 more snowstorms headed out way! Enough!
- Susan

sissie said...

Hi Donna!
I love the wooden tray. It's going to look great when you finish it!! You found lots of good stuff.
I hope the storm isn't too bad. Stay inside and keep warm.


LuLu Kellogg said...

Oh Donna....you need a huge blowtorch to melt all that snow!!

I am drooling over that three tiered pedestal!

Emily looks soooooo sweet!

Have a great week and stay warm!


Donna said...

Yep...we in for the same storm as you! Yuck...just hope we can keep the electricity on!! Had an ice storm once that knocked it all out for 24 hours and it was awful!
My dog hates the groomer too but yours really has the "look" that says it...funny that you caught it!
You are one amazing gal with finding and restoring treasures...fun to see!

Christine said...

That three tier tray is amazing!!! What an astounding find--I cannot wait to see it finished. Glad you are keeping it for yourself :)! That puppy's face is priceless...

Tete said...

Came by to answer your question about the lights. The clear is at the front door and the blue one is the back door...near the fire pit. We put it in last summer so we could see to get down the steps without the bugs hanging out right at the door and letting them in everytime we came and went.
It worked. I like the blue over the green. I just couldn't put a red one in...I am already known as the cat lady, but I sure don't want to be living in the cat house.
Hugs- Tete

Erin said...

LOve those finds Donna...Have you noticed that I am steering clear of the brownie post? I am afraid to look, lol!

Lynn Richards said...

Maybe if you give Emily a brownie she will forgive you!
The 3-tiered tray...I can't wait to see it finished!!!

Carol said...

I'm having a really hard time deciding whether the mirror or the pedestal are my favorite, so I think I'll drool over them both! Great finds!


Love of the Sea said...

Donna Donna Donna - you know I love that pedestal. As you know - I have a thing for pedestals. I can see why that is a keeper. I wouldn't give that one up ...BUT if you ever change your mind....

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That is a great stand that you found! I'm sure you will give it a great face lift! Poor Emily! You guys stay warm :)