Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Features from Thrifty Life Thursday #38...and a Fallen Ox

Recently, I've found some pretty cool things at the thrift store...for instance this metal rose.

It might be a paper weight because it's heavy. It has a stamp on the bottom that says, "Wallace." The finish could be tarnished silver. I have done a bit of research, and haven't seen anything like it. Does anyone have any clues?

I found two clear glass insulators at Julie's garage sale a couple of weeks ago. I knew I wanted to use them in the living room, and then I remembered seeing some of them lighted on Pinterest...

...and remembered I had stashed away a little lighted base, which was also a thrift store purchase. So, I married the two. LOVE it! I was hoping to find a cluster of crystals somewhere, but this works. The whole shebang was less than two dollars.

Months ago, I found this box made from a ruler. At the time, I had no idea what it could be used for - it is very shallow.

When I was pulling out all the junk I hoped to use in this living room revision, I found it to be a great size and shape to hold my collection of vintage keys.

Features from Thrifty Life Thursday #38:

Updated Trumeau Mirror Medicine Cabinet DIY

First up, check out Joan from ScavengerChic (and do you just LOVE that name?)
She took a very ordinary medicine cabinet, and turned it into a beautiful trumeau mirror!
Pinned it. Whenever I get around to doing my back 3/4 bathroom, I'm so doing this! 

Sandi from The Vintage Cupboard found inspiration at World Market, and made the "fresh baked pies" sign using an old picture frame glass she was going to get rid of. Check out her mini tutorial, and don't forget to show us what you do. 


Jonni from Minnie's Milestones created the sweetest Halloween vignette ever. If you're not a fan of classic spooky decor, be sure to check out her pastel interpretation of a "Merry Halloween" on her stair landing. 

Link Party Hiatus 

My ox has fallen.

This week, I made the decision to put the weekly Thrifty Life Thursday link party on hold for a little while. I need to scale down blogging activities a bit, and get a handle on some things around the house. 

If you saw my house at the moment, you'd wonder why I waited so long...
Not that the party takes up a ton of time, but it takes several hours per week. 

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and then Christmas. I want to be ready, and able to enjoy these times with my family. Every hour of preparation counts. 

Thrift store shopping and will also be on hold for a while...hopefully not too long!

I do plan to continue to post once or twice per week.

Thank you for keeping the party on your back burner for a while...

Word for the Day:
Luke 14:5
And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?”

Monday, October 6, 2014

Industrial Vignette #6 - The Gustavian Desk Area

If you're a minimalist, you may want to close your eyes. (What am I saying? A minimalist probably would not be here anyway...)

If you like as much vintage, rusty, tattered, industrial, cool old junk as you might possibly fit into a given space, keep reading. I have another cram-packed vignette for your viewing pleasure.

Where to begin...maybe at the top. 

The gilded piece at the top of this vignette is not vintage, but it is several years old. Hannah bought one for me at Kirkland's years ago, and then I found this one at a thrift store. 

The "T" on the left is 50 percent off at Hobby Lobby a few years back. The galvanized "M" below it is a new, very recent purchase from Michael's. It cost about $8.

The canvas in the center was a blessing from Linda at Itsy Bits and PIeces...from

It is a study of bird wings by Leonardo da Vinci.

The small "keep smiling" frame was a gift for my 50th birthday from a friend. She also gave me a French Bible box. 

Below that is a vintage souvenir of the Eiffel Tower, and below that is a vintage frame with a number "1" glued inside it. Remember, numbers are clues to Bible verses in this living room...

The other numbers that go with this verse are 1, 0 and 3. 
I needed a 1, and didn't want to stop to go out and buy a new one, so I scrounged around a box of metal junk and found the piece above. 
Guess what it is!

Give up? A broken doorbell. It was in a bag of drawer pulls I wanted, and I kept it. It came in handy today. 

Below the numbers is a photo holder - a recent thrift store find. The letters were found in a thrift store for .27c each. They spelled a few different words, but the one I decided to use was "SEE." I can't remember where I found the clock face, but I know it was cheap, and a long time ago. 

The pumpkin is another Dollar Tree orange one I painted with house paint.  The urn was a thrift store find, as were the books, the vintage folding ruler and the photo frames. The kids inside the frames are something I made myself. To date, they are my favorite projects ever.

You might recognize the thrift store mirrored place mat I tried to turn into a vintage mirror, using a variety of household chemicals. It was not exactly what I had in mind, but it is pretty close. 

This was my inspiration:

All About Vignettes - GOING TO DO THIS ONE!
I pinned this from All About Vignettes a while back.
I tried to trace it back to the original pinner, and lost the trail
at Little Blue I don't know who originally pinned it.

I wrapped it with wire to create an industrial feel and hang it in a creative way. The gold ribbon was found at a thrift store. 

To the right of the wired mirror is a vintage framed Bible verse, left as-is in its original mustard yellow frame. 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 

Below the yellow frame is my rusty hammer head, found for .10c a couple of summers ago at a neighborhood garage sale. More thrift store vintage books and my first Bible. 

The domed glass magnifiers were found in my back yard and at a thrift store. I think the ink bottle was in a box of art supply junk I purchased at an auction years ago. The vintage basked it s new thrift store find. 

The vintage desk lamp is a thrift store find from years ago...

Word for the Day:
Psalm 103:1
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

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Vintage Inspiration Party
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