Thursday, July 10, 2014

Life Thursday #26 with Features from #25!

I found this great basket a while back...

It sat for a while holding some "paint this" and Etsy-bound stuff...

It wasn't was stained a deep red-ish brown - and I don't really have that color anywhere. 

I wanted it white or gray. Or grayish white.

Aplolgies for not posting last night...and prayers requested for my mom, who went into the hospital yesterday with a blood clot in her leg. She'll be there several more days, and she's ticked - she wants to be home doing what she likes!

Anyway, I drove to her town and took a few things to make her stay more acceptable...mostly in the form of chocolate.

Now...for last week's features!

Kimberly, from Camp and Cottage Living, shared a most charming screened porch with us! I LOVE screened porches. Take a peek at how she used a vintage chenille bedspread below, and visit to see a lot more vintage charm.

Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction shared her Secret Garden with us...I will be pinning her garden for inspiration in my own weedy space. 

Michal from Sweet Woodruffs shared a lovely vintage vignette. Not only does it look great, but it holds items she uses daily - Epsom salts, natural beauty products, make-up brushes, etc. 


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  via Bloglovin', Blogger 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.

      Wednesday, July 9, 2014

      Hoarding Numbers

      As much as I enjoy blogging, I think it contributes a great deal to latent hoarding tendencies.

      I have always  been a "keeper" - frugal, and seeing potential in items others pass by.

      Last week, I found some vintage brass numbers and new iron numbers on the same day. The iron ones were from Hobby Lobby - marked down to 20c each! The brass ones from the thrift were .49c each. 

      Occasionally, I will use a number somehow...but mostly I stick them (and letters, too) in a box...

      ...where they wait for divine inspiration for some future project. 

      Or maybe I'll just keep them in a so many of my other mini-obsessions.

      I also hoard letters...but I DO have a project in mind...

      You may have seen it before...

      I want to do a random font alphabet wall for a grandchild's nursery...

      Of course, not all of these will be used on the wall...some are too small. 

      They will not have to all be the same size...but they must look good and be readable from some distance. 

      I suppose I should dump out my box and put the letters in order...choosing which ones I want to keep and use...

      Because I can start being more selective in my letter picking...

      But then again, I will most likely have more than one grandchild who might like an alphabet wall.

      Like this:
      Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at

      Or this:
      alphabet wall. in dr suess play room

      Or this:

      Or some version of this sort of thing. 

      Meanwhile, I am resisting the urge to rent a storage unit...

      Tomorrow night, come share your thrifty things with us!
      We're a small, friendly, junk-loving group. 

      Thrifty Life Thursday

      Word for the Day:
      Luke 12:15-21
      15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid upfor many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This nightyour soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

      Possibly Linking With:
      Nifty Thrifty Sunday
      Sundays at Home
      Vintage Inspiration Tuesday
      Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
      The Scoop
      Inspire Me Tuesday
      Inspiration Exchange Linky Party
      What’s it Wednesday
      Cottage Style Party
      Penny Pinching Party
      Share Your Cup Thursday
      Feathered Nest Friday
      Frugal Friday
      Vintage Inspiration Friday
      Party Junk

      Sunday, July 6, 2014

      Silver Rush AKA Christmas in July

      Last Thursday was quite a day for thrift store-shopping!

      Not only did I find several nice white china and iron stone pieces, I found a number of silver plate pieces as well.

      Four knives - three of which match and one odd one.

      A shallow bowl - it was holding a pretty glass hurricane, which I'm pretty sure was not an intentional set, but it somehow broke in transit. Oh, well. 

      This lidded box had floral foam in it, with the lid wedged open. When I removed the foam, the lid was sprung. Bummer. 

      Since it will not close, I suppose I can use it like the prior owner used it; with the lid open, and some sort of floral poking out the top. 

      Behind it, a thin silver plate tray I almost passed up. It is made in China, and the weight and quality are sub-standard. Since it was a buck, I opted to buy it, thinking I might even paint it at some point. It would be pretty spray-painted...

      This nice little silver plate cup could have been a baby gift...I will probably put a tea light candle in it. 

      I have been scooping up silver plate when I see it, though I have not used it since winter. I will definitely use it again at Christmas, which brings me to a couple more purchases:

      Reproduction mercury glass - not old, but still pretty. Poor man's silver. I also use it at Christmas. Most all my mercury glass is from the thrift store! Some of it is from Krylon Looking Glass. I have bought very little at retail.

      I also found a pair of these...which remind me of childhood Christmas parties. I had one that was red and white from a school party. I found two white ones last week. They will probably be listed on Etsy. 

      Word for the Day:
      Proverbs 2:1-5

      My son, if you receive my words
          and treasure up my commandments with you,
      making your ear attentive to wisdom
          and inclining your heart to understanding;
      yes, if you call out for insight
          and raise your voice for understanding,
      if you seek it like silver
          and search for it as for hidden treasures,
      then you will understand the fear of the Lord
          and find the knowledge of God.

      Possibly Linking With:
      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