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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Inexpensive (Cheap) Impressive Accessories & A Winner

Well, did you understand all of that.  I know we are all trying to find ways to decorate and make our homes personal and special, and watch the budget at the same time.  I am a huge GW, DT and Thrift shopper.  I always see picture frames and find that most people just walk right past them.  For anywhere from 25 cents to $5, you can pick up some fabulous accessories and totally transform some of your decor.

Here I have a frame that I found at a yard sale for $2 with the glass missing, since it is a 5 x 7 I took the glass out of another frame and put it in this one and then added a picture that I downloaded off the internet.  Now I have a fabulous cow painting that looks really expensive.  The little frame on the bottom shelf came from the DT. (Dollar Tree)

Again showing how pictures can enhance a theme you are displaying in a vignette.


 Since I am displaying a vintage riding hat and a figurine of a rider, the picture ties it all together and enhances the hunt theme I am going for.  This frame is a 1/2 price frame from Home Goods that cost me $4.50.


 The bottom shelf of the bookcase has another frame showing a group of hunting dogs.  This is a DT frame for $1 and a pic that I printed off the internet.  Not only do the pictures add interest to the look of the bookshelves, but they do help tell a story.



 This frame came from Hobby Lobby and was a 50% off frame that cost me $4.50 (originally $9.99).  This has a picture of one of my grandsons.  I also really like to display them on easels.  You can find these everywhere.  I got this one from Home Goods for $6.99.  Both together make quite a statement for around $12.  These easels also display books, dishes and any number of things and give what ever you put on it importance.  That always makes everything look more expensive.


 This frame is a plastic frame I found at GW for 99cents.  I sprayed it gold and then antiqued it with dark stain.  Looks really expensive and my little lambs that I printed off the internet look fabulous.


 Looks a lot more expensive than 99 cents.


I am using a few more on the end table by my chair.  I love to be able to see my family.  Different styles and sizes work great to create a nice vignette.


 The oval one was a yard sale find for 50 cents, the small square is the same DT one, and the larger one is from HL at 1/2 off again.  All three cost me less than $6 and I have tons of pics that I can always use.  Grandchildren, and the larger one is of my dad and I on his 90th Birthday.  He's been gone for 13 years and I miss him so much.  We are having dinner at his favorite restaurant.  Great memories and so fun to see the picture.



This is another one that I found that looks very antique and is a perfect match to the vase and vignette that I am using in the master bath.


 I love this style and it looks very old.  1/2 price at HL for $4.99


 This is one that I have had for a very long time.  I really don't remember, but I think it came from GW or a thrift store.  It has a really cute Bunny pic that I printed off the internet.  I think it looks so expensive and so amazing.


So, if you're looking for a way to find some different accessories, be sure to take a look at all those frames you see and don't forget, they can be revamped with a little paint to become real treasures.  Also the nice thing is they come in so many different styles that you will always find something to go with your decor.

Now for the good part.  The winner of the Shabby Apple $50 Gift Certificate is ------------

                                                        Paula @ Sweet Pea

Email me at astrollthrulife@live.com and I will get your information to Shabby Apple so they can contact you.


59 comments:

  1. every display is so pretty, Marty and so you. I know your home must have such a cozy and welcoming feel to it..

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  2. Absolutely, will take your advice.

    What I love in the US is that you have lots of GW places. Here in Stockholm, have a few and they're not even cheap.

    Hopefully, it's warmer and more people will sell their hidden treasures.

    Enjoy your week-end.

    Blessings,
    /CC

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  3. I love picture frames . Love the ones you have there ! I have so many frames and not enough pictures for them more like I need to buckle down and print my photos off lol ! Have a wonderful day !

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  4. L'ensemble de vos cadres sont parfais et se marient tous bien...
    Gros bisous

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  5. Marty you have some beautiful frames and I LOVE the displays on your bookshelves!! Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. Brilliant Marty - you do have such a wonderful decorating flair!
    Peggy

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  7. All of your frames look so beautiful ~ I can't tell the DT ones from the more expensive ones. Congrats to Paula for winning the giveaway.

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  8. Marty, what site do you get your beautiful animal prints from? Your vignettes are so beautiful!

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    1. There are a lot of sites with free prints. Just google free art and you will find tons. I get prints all over the place. I just "save as" to my computer, then I can resize and print. I did buy some canvas paper at Office Max so I can print them so they look like real art and not just paper prints. It cost about $1 a sheet, so really inexpensive. Hugs, Marty

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  9. Congratulations,Paula! I love all the pictures that you got from the internet, what a great idea. I think my favorite is the bunnies, they are so sweet and the frame is really nice.

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  10. Your bookcase is styled so nicely, Marty. That is a great collection of frames and they look like expensive ones.

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  11. What a lovely selection of frames. They all look really expensive. I won't tell.

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  12. I love your home, maybe because it reminds me of my own . . .and what is more homey that that? I also enjoy shopping Goodwill and yard sales. I have two sister-in-laws that have much more money than I, and they are always asking there did you find that? Through the years they have quit asking because my answer is always the same (secondhand). They love my home, but never think of buying secondhand. In fact my husband's sister had a old trunk that belonged to their grandma. It was found in their father's garage after he passed on. She knew that I loved old stuff, so she called and said, "we are hauling it to the dump, but I thought I'd ask you first if you might want it". Then she went on to say, "It is filled with little pieces of junk, so you will probably want to dump it out before you haul it home". Well, the little pieces of junk, have had a home in my glass top coffee table for the last 15 years and they are treasures from past family members. One item alone, a little mirror advertising Coke A Cola is valued at $250. Can you believe that? We would never sell any of it, because to us it is heirlooms to be passed on to our daughter. I have trouble understanding why some folks prefer modern copycat decorating, to things with a past history. Whether they belongs to family or strangers, I love items that have been loved and treasured through the years. The old trunk is used as an end table by our sofa. Oh my goodness, this has turned into a long letter, instead of a comment. I'll stop before it is a short story. Have a wonderful weekend and come visit my blog. My welcome mat is always out. Your newest follower, Connie :)

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  13. All of your displays look so pretty. No one would ever know that your frames are actually inexpensive.

    I am so excited to be the winner! Look for my email!

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  14. Girl you are so good at getting a bargain. You are someone I would love to go shopping with.

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  15. I love the vintage look to your thrifty frames. I am looking for one at a garage sale to frame my thermoststat.

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  16. Hi Marty,
    If you were to have an Estate sale tomorrow, everyone would be grabing the frames. You sure can frame it! And they look so expensive along with the photo's. It's a gift to be creative, and talent to display it! great post!

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  17. I love it all Marty! You have great budget friendly ideas!
    Debbie

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  18. Marty, your posts are so interesting. Where do you go on the internet for those fabulous pictures?

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  19. I am still looking forward to seeing your guest room done in the hunt theme... Is that still in the works?
    dgmills

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  20. I don't even want to tell you how many frames I have stashed away- It is embarrassing! I absolutely love the way you work your pictures into your displays. You do a wonderful job! xo Diana

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  21. You have a collected a wonderful set of frames over the years and at great prices! I collect old silver frames-I'll have to post about them sometime!
    Karee

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  22. Marty, All of the Vignettes are so beautiful and I agree you can do so much on a budget. I love the Gw and any other thrift store I can find, I often Joke with my husband That I can decorate an entire house with thrift shop, goodies. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Great post Marty! I also love to pick up inexpensive frames when I find them. You have inspired me to get out several that I have packed up.

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  24. how wonderful a shopper and saver and decorator you are!!! I am happy with my .50 sugar bowl I got at Goodwill that was $19.99 in Target!

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  25. Great post on perking up inexpensive frames Marty!! I like the lamb print that you found and printed off via the computer- You would never know it wasn't a "print"! After the creative space is done I have to seal and paint the upstairs landing and am going to put up all our family pictures that have been stored away since the move here. I plan on painting all the frames the same color to give it more of a unified look.

    Boys left today and still am in the middle of the big project but the metal roof on the house is all done so that is a big plus!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  26. What a buy that every one of those frames. But whats even nicer is that you made them absolutely beautiful. Love them in all your vignettes. Also I did not know that about your son. I know you must have such wonderful memories. What a treasure.

    Hugs dear friend,

    Nann

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  27. I look at frames all the time now, Marty! I like to have the smaller size like you show here. I find they are just right for family pictures for even those little prints I can fit in on any tabletop.

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  28. I love the stories that your vignettes tell. Great idea to print pics off the internet. The New York Public Library has a great digital gallery at http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm

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  29. Marty, the little vignettes are put together perfectly...love the way they simply just flow together...great job...

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  30. Some really great ideas, Marty, as usual!
    CAS

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  31. You have such a skill at putting things together. I never would have guessed that some of the frames came from the dollar store if I hadn't just read it with my own eyes. :) Thanks for your tips!

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  32. Oh Marty, how do you do it? You have such a good eye for the hidden beauty and potential in things that seem ordinary to most of us! God bless x

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  33. Marty, I have always admired your vignettes with all those pretty pictures!

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  34. I love all of your frames, Marty. I am always on the lookout for them, too. I save glass from frames that have broken so that I will have replacements when I come across a frame that I love, but that has lost its glass.
    Hugs,
    Laura

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  35. You have some wonderful finds! And they do look expensive! Thanks for the inspiration on this dreary Sunday.

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  36. I'm going through this post and saying "oh I have that frame" or "oh I've done that with copying pictures" too! Your GW acquisitions have done you well! I have a stash of frames. I got rid of a whole bunch of shiny metal frames some time back and then I started to like the ones that look like hand carved wood like some you have. I love T.J. Maxx for carrying a lot of these looks and Hobby Lobby too. You are smart to get some of these accents for such a deal! At least when you change your mind you don't have to feel guilty about how much you spent! Your book case looks great!

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  37. I too print off images to use in vignettes. I am currently working on my Easter tabletop that should be ready for next week's Tuesday party. :)

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  38. Marty, thank you for stopping by and letting me know about this post....I, too, am a 'frame-a-holic" and buy them whether I have a photo for it or not...I can always find a use for another frame!

    Would you mind sharing the site you printed off your cow and sheep prints? I've been wanting to find some of those free prints to use and I love yours.

    Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!
    Judy

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  39. Marty,
    Your home always looks so put together! Love your frames and your prints... expensive look for a bargain price!
    dee dee

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  40. Marty, Your frames always "make" your look. I've "collected" frames for several years, and always look for them in thrift stores or garage sales.. but the funny thing is... now when I'm out thrifting, I look at the frames and think.."oh this one looks like one Marty would like, too. You always get such expensive looks with frames and free internet prints. Thanks for the tips and have a great week.

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  41. Marty this is such a creative and pleasant post to peruse.....thank you for letting us share it with you..
    Joyfully,
    ~Sylvia Faye

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  42. What wonderful ideas...thanks so much for sharing. Now you need to tell us at what site you find all those fabulous pictures! Everything looks absolutely wonderful and you've given me some great ideas.

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  43. I love it decorating with special family photos!

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  44. HI Marty! These are some great ideas. I know you can make a ho hum frame look like a million dollars. Love your shelves too. These are always so hard for me to do.
    Congrats to your winner too.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  45. I LOVE your frames. I'm one of those that goes to the Goodwill and misses the frames! Not anymore! I love visiting your blog and getting the best ideas. Thanks.

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  46. It's not what you spend..it's what you do with what you have..and I didn't learn that until very late in life. I thought you had to spend a lot of money to have pretty things. Have you always known it or did you learn it later in life as well?
    I love your home...it is always such perfection...uncluttered..lovely..
    You HAVE to know how I admire that!
    :)
    Mona

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  47. OK..downloading a picture off the internet and framing it beautifully...WHY don't I think of things like that??!!!

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  48. Your frames look really expensive and you found the perfect pictures and spots for them...Christine

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  49. Hi Marty, wow what wonderful frames. They are ornate and very beautiful. I also was amazed at all the goodness you got
    at Goodwill. You found some amazing things. Loved the plate holder, and the trays. Wow. We have a really good Goodwill and I
    can't believe the stuff I find sometimes. Even my husband will go with me to see what they have. It is great. Well hope your week
    is wonderful. I'm exhausted but happy...all our kids were just here. So I'm pooped! Hahaha
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  50. Your bookcase display looks amazing. I love the riding hat! You are an amazing vintage, thrifty shopper!

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  51. Beautiful, as usual, Marty. My favorite part is that you incorporate personal treasures and of course, your awesome vintage finds! ;)

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  52. They all look so beautiful! I love the vignettes going on in your book cases, and I would love it if you could share where you find the fabulous art to print off the internet. Is there a specific site that you favor?
    Fabulous post, Marty! Have a great week!
    xo-Lisa

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  53. Love your blog, I'm always learning great ideas! Thanks for sharing.


    Jody

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  54. I really love little artwork like that, specially the way you have them displayed, among the books and figurines on the shelves, really nice! You always share so much inspiration with us. I will be linking to your great party later too. Enjoy a lovely week.
    FABBY

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  55. Your frames look really expensive and you found the perfect pictures and spots to display them. Thank you for sharing!

    Greetings from Australia♥

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  56. Hi Marty....I always enjoy your posts...and I totally agree about the picture frames....I LOVE picture frames and buy them even if I don't need them...you just never know!!! LOL Hope you're having a great day!!!

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  57. Always love your displays and all the helpful information in your posts.
    I too love a bargain.
    Kathy @ Nanny Kathys House

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  58. Marty,
    All your framed photos are lovely, dear friend! My all time favorite is that one of the bunnies! Your cabinet display is elegant! You do such an amazing job of arranging vignetes within the shelves! Inspiration abounds throughout this post!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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