Friday, June 13, 2014

Purging Extraneous Clutter...

Simplicity is key. Less is more. Get back to basics.

For the past two years, my life has been about purging and being intentional about what I keep. I am intent on living with what I love, and getting rid of extra "stuff."

My goal: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris 

I am NOT a minimalist. But...I want less. Less stuff, more experiences, more meaningful relationships, the REAL, GOOD stuff. 

Still...I want my home to reflect my personality, my taste, and have enough "stuff" in it to be cozy and remind me of people I love and places I have been.

These candle sticks represent a visual illustration of what I am working towards in my life; getting rid of extraneous stuff so I can enjoy the solid, enduring blessings of life.

Most likely, this pair of thrift store silver plated candlesticks was used at a wedding reception. I get it. 

The white bows weren't working for me, but I loved the design and patina.

So, after I took the "before" photos, I ripped off the ribbons.

Ahhhhh. Much better. If candlesticks could talk, they'd sigh with relief like I do when taking off my church shoes or my underwire bra. 

Sorry for the visual there, but I know you can relate. :)

Word for the Day:
Luke 12:34
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Possibly Linking With:
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sundays at Home
Mod Mix Monday
Make it Pretty Monday
Vintage Inspiration Tuesday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Scoop
Wow Us Wednesday
What’s it Wednesday
Cottage Style Party
Drop it or Swap it Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations
Share Your Cup Thursday
Feathered Nest Friday
Furniture Feature Friday
Frugal Friday
Junkin’ Joe
Party Junk
Show and Tell Saturday

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Thrifty Life Thursday # 21 Features, and TLT #22 Link Party

Three of anything makes a collection, right?

These antique insulators were picked up at one of my favorite thrift stores, all at different times. The smallest one has a star on it, The one in back has "Whitall Tatum Co. No. 1 Made in USA" and the large one on the left reads, "W. Brookefield 45 Cliff St. NY Pat. Jan 25th 1870." 

While they may not be worth more than a few dollars each, I bought them for less than a dollar each, and I just think they're charming! 

This week, due to my late party, we had a small gathering. Nonetheless, I had a hard time only picking three very wonderful features!

Have a look at the goodies this week:

 Oooh, MAMA! Could you just eat this with a spoon? Joy at A Vintage Green shared this vintage beauty and plenty of other authentically chippy paint finishes that will charm your flip flops off!

Deanie's Stash shared a one-of-a-kind handmade trunk, along with a wide variety of other thrifted pieces. LOVE the history of this one! I think I may be developing a strong attraction to trunks - this is the second week in a row I've been charmed by one.

Julie from Renaissance Mermaid caught my eye with this charming green vignette in her summer sun porch. LOVE it!
I'm totally loving the bits of green in her otherwise neutral sun porch. We all need a sun porch, methinks. 

I'm giddy just thinking about what kinds of treasures you junk detectives have ferreted out this week! I seriously LOVE to go through your links - and I am happy for you and your finds...only slightly envious at times...I promise. : )


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. 
      • Though it is not a requirement, it would be lovely if you would follow Revisionary Life some way - via Bloglovin', Blogger, Pinterest or Facebook 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. 
      • 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
       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.