Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thrifty Life Thursday #36 with Features from Last Week, and a Very Cool Feature for Yours Truly!


This week, I've gotten maybe a third of the way through my vintage industrial/fancy French living room revision. It's been really, really fun...even more than I had imagined.

This is the area in front of the only window in the room...which is naked. On purpose.

I moved the trunk that used to be the coffee table there. On top of it, there are currently a few items that may or may not stay...but one thing I like is the lamp. I spray painted it mustard. At first, I didn't like it. It looked too slick, but not really glossy or shiny enough to look "mod." In this living room, it needed to be distressed.

So I attacked it with a piece of sand paper and it was much better. 


Both the shade and the lamp are thrift store purchases.

Most recently, it looked like this:


Before that, it looked like this for about 5 minutes:


Even before that, it looked like this:


Gotta love the thrift that keeps on giving...

Before I show you the 4 (yes, it was a hard, hard week to pick, and there was a really good reason for 4 picks...) features this week...

I have to share.  I was honored to be Vintage Blog of the Week at Adirondack Girl @ Heart! 
Diana did in-depth digging around my blog...and shared stuff I had forgotten about. It was so kind and encouraging, I seriously asked her if her day job was in public relations! 

Diana has a great eye for thrift store finds, and she shares information as well as her pricing on items she finds and sells. You definitely don't find many bloggers who are that open regarding the pricing, and I get it, prices vary by region, but still, it is refreshing. Check out her post on vintage crackle glass...very informative. 

She features a new vintage blogger each week, as well as a collectible item, a faith post, and her weekly finds. If you haven't visited yet, you're in for a treat! Thanks, Diana, for the honor of being your featured blogger this week. :)

This weeks Thrifty Life Thursday features include another surprising feature by Audrey from Timeless Treasures... (Why do I continue to be surprised by this dynamo? I should just assume it is something great and go on, right?) 


I kid you not...I opened the link (the very last one at the party), started reading, and began laughing out loud...from pure joy and amazement! 


She can take a random pile of her cool, thrifted junk and put it all together, including wiring, spray paint it a pretty color, and make something totally surprising and wonderful! A SOLAR CHANDELIER. Anthropologie would want to sell it for a zillion dollars. 

The clincher? It is for her secret garden. She grows tomatoes, pumpkins and things...Lord, give me energy and creativity like Audrey! And, she's doing this in the middle of a MAJOR bathroom renovation. It takes me weeks to rearrange my living room...

SOMETIMES, your steps get ordered in a way that seems like more than a coincidence. The next two features are sort of like that...

Cindy, from Consider it all Joy, shared a furniture makeover that turned out really nice. (She genderizes her furniture projects, too...) I emailed her and told her I wanted to feature it. 


Pretty, right? She uses it in her dining room for table linen storage. Then, I read another post, and found something in it that Cindy needs for her sweet piece...

Dianne, from Deanie's Stash ALWAYS finds stuff I have never seen anywhere before. This week, she had vintage candy vending machines, erector sets, type writers, shaker lids...yes, plural. 


She ALWAYS shares truly awe-inspiring vintage finds. And then I saw these...



And I had only JUST seen this at Cindy's blog...



So I wondered if I might do a little match-making...and maybe these girls could barter...

Last but never least, Vickie from Ranger 911 posted about an adorably quirky, pink vintage clock she found recently. 



Then she added the singing birds, and her dad's pink wool baby booties...I am turning all mushy inside from the charm! But wait...there's more!

This eclectic vignette includes several more components...one of them is an adopted ancestor...in the form of a vintage framed photo of a little girl. The near-scowl on that pretty little face was the icing on this tasty 4-layer cake!



Kudos, everyone, for your originality, creativity, resourcefulness and kindness. You add value to this life...though we have not met in person. I look forward to seeing what you bring next week!

THRIFTY LIFE THURSDAY #36

Gathering Guidelines:

This is a gathering for people who enjoy hunting for treasures 
that may have previous experience or lived a former life elsewhere. 

Please share items that are second-hand or are composed of second-hand materials.

Types of Posts to Share:
    • Home decor, furniture, collectibles, garden items and even wearables are welcome, as long as they have a second-hand element.
    • Please, no food items, new pieces from "real" stores, or crafts, unless made with upcycled, thrifty finds.
    • Hand-me-downs and curbside finds are welcome, as are items found in thrift stores, garage sales, antique shops, flea markets and other interesting places.
    • Treasures may be listed as you found them, or with your updates, tweaks, and re-purposes; befores and afters are both welcome.
    • Items need not be "vintage" but must be pre-owned or second hand.
    • Posts including Etsy and other shop links are welcome! For visitor enjoyment, please link to your blog post, not directly to your Etsy shop. 
    Etiquette:
      • Though it is not a requirement, it would be lovely if you would follow Revisionary Life  via Blogger, Bloglovin' or subscribe via email. Links are located in my sidebar to the right.
      • Please link your post (not your blog address) back to Revisionary Life.             
      • Please visit at least one other party friend.
      • I'd love for you to comment and introduce yourself if we've never met before. :) Otherwise, don't feel obligated to leave a comment. 
      Features:
      • Featured items must meet the criteria above. 
      • Only posts that link back may be featured.
      • I will try to leave a comment or email you and let you know if you were featured!

      Word for the Day:
      Hebrews 10:24-25
      24
       And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 
      25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, 
      but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see 
      the Day drawing near.

      Sharing with Ivy and Elephants - http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com/





      14 comments:

      Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

      Such fun features! Thanks so much for hosting!

      Deanies Stash said...

      Revi, thank you for the feature. I will have to see if I can get a caster to her so she will have enough. :o) I love the lamp. The end result was so much better than any of the other stages it went through! A wonderful transformation that will have a much longer life!

      Hugs, Dianne

      Donna Wilkes said...

      I love those sweet booties with the pink clock. That must be a cat lamp - it has nine lives. Thanks for hosting.

      Leslie said...

      Wow.. looking good!!! I can't believe the lamp transformation!!!

      WTG on your feature!!!!
      I love what she did with that chandelier. I've been working with solar lights here this week.. I am trying to make "Harry Potter" floating candles that I don't have to turn on and off. : ) I may just have to find some old chandeliers. : )
      Have a great day!!!

      Rita C. said...

      Revi, that lamp, and your brave hand, are a winning combo, every which way! Your features this week are so fun, and I loyally follow Diana, so I was happy to read about you there. This is such a fun party, thank you for hosting us. Rita C at Panoply

      Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

      Thanks so much for hosting! So cool about the feature.

      ThrifterSisters said...

      Yay! I love finding new blog parties. Thanks so much for hosting this one. Looks like fun :-)

      ~Erica

      Jann Olson said...

      Love the features Revi and congrats on being featured! I will go visit Diana. Have heard the name of her blog, but not real familiar with it. Love the mustard lamp! Thanks for having us over!
      hugs,
      Jann

      Diana Petrillo said...

      Thanks for the shout out, Revi--you're post is getting lots of visitors :) Hope you see some new ones...

      Gigi Harlan said...

      Thank you so much for hosting the party! It's always fun to join in and see what everyone is up to, especially you. I love the lamp re-do!

      Audrey said...

      Amazing what a little paint and a "Riva attack" with some sandpaper will do. Beautiful shaped lamp ... love it !!! So glad you are having fun with redecorating. I don't blush very easily, but really blushing with all the sweet comment on my solar chandelier. Thanks for the feature and as always for inviting us to the party every week. Fun and interesting people come to your party. Oh yes, congratulations on the well deserved featured by Diana Petrillo.
      Blessings,
      Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

      Joy@aVintageGreen said...

      Thank Revi for hosting Thrifty Life Thursday no. 36. Love the features and the lamp transformation.
      Joy

      My thrift store addiction said...

      Beautiful makeover on your lamp, Revi and congrats on your feature! Thanks for hosting! Cecilia

      Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

      Thank you for the sweet compliments and featuring my clock, Revi! And congratulations for your blog feature!! Now I want to know where you find the energy to get all this stuff done and work full-time, too?! I'm working every day this week, and I'm lucky to get dinner on the table!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to host your party again this week. Now I'm off to read your feature....

      Vickie