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Monday, March 26, 2012

109th Table Top Tuesday

Welcome to the 109th Table Top Tuesday.  With all the Spring Fluffing everyone is doing there is so much eye candy to see and so much inspiration. I can't wait to see what's new this week.  I really do try to make the rounds each week and see what everyone links up, however sometimes real life gets in the way and I just can't.  Please forgive me, I appreciate everyone that links up, so when I can't make it around to see your link and comment it really bothers me.  I will continue to do the best I can and I am so happy to see that you are all getting a lot of comments from others that are making the rounds.  Great job you guys.

I showed you all some fun things I found at GW this last week, so of course I had to play and find a home for everything.  Love this little frenchman with his jug and basket of grapes, and cows are always wonderful.  This one has a great crackle patina.

I put them under my rooster cloche with a small cluster of grapes.

I just love his wrinkled brow, looks a lot like me. lol

They fit perfectly and are a fun vignette.  Maybe I need a little straw for the cow.  Hummmmmm

Ok, a little rafia and he looks a little more comfortable.

 Yes, it looks much better.

 Then as I was playing, do you see a change here.

 Yes, the rooster got replaced with the pig.  Do you do that, I change my mind all the time.  Hard to leave well enough alone.  Oh, well, I can always put the white rooster back, but the pig is fun for now.

Someone suggested that I try the wife I found last week with my new frenchman, and they are right, they make a great couple too.  They were probably suppossed to be together, sometimes GW just doesn't get these things all priced and out at the same time.  At any rate, they are fun to play with and she looks amazing with both my frenchmen.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I can't wait to see all your links.  So, let's get on with the party.

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 and I will get your information to Shabby Apple so they can contact you.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Frenchmen, Cows, Silver, Pears, Grapes, Shoes

What in the world, well that is what all I found at GW this last Tuesday.  There has been nothing for quite a while, so I almost didn't stop, but so glad I did, I found some great treasures.  It was Senior Day, so everything was 25% off the price marked.

I found another little frenchman, this one is carrying a jug and a basket of grapes.  Love his cute little outfit.  The cow is also a great find, I love to use them in different vignettes.

The little cow was $2.99, and has such a pretty crackle finish.

 A better look at the little frenchman, love the wrinkles in his brow.

 He was also $2.99

 I have been looking  for a simple plate rack, and this one has such a pretty finish, bronze with just a touch of gold peeking through.

 $1.99 was a steal.

Two more silver trays.  One really large and one the size of a cake plate.

 $1.99 for the small

 and $2.99 for the large one.

 Two more cows.  I thought these were so cute.

 See, it's a hook, Can't you just see an apron or tea towel hanging from these.

 More $2.99 treasures.

 Two sizes of apples and pears and a bag of grapes.  $4.99 for the bunch.

 Two vintage shoe lasts, and priced at $2.99 also.  Seems like someone priced almost everything that price.

I am having so much  fun playing with these new toys.  As soon as they find a home, I will show you where they are.

So what have you found out thrifty shopping.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Egg-xellent Spring Foodie Friday-Stuffed Peppers

I am thrilled to be joining Michael at Designs by Gollum for the Egg-xellent Spring Foodie party.  This has been such a fun grouping of parties and nothing could be better than to top it all off with food.

This is another one of those really easy meals to put together and oh so good.  Your family will think they are eating a fancy gourmet treat.  Easy Stuffed Peppers.

One pound of ground round, a can of cream of mushroom soup, chopped onions and bell peppers.

 I am only making 2 large stuffed peppers, however you can make 4 medium ones with one pound of ground round.  Mix in one egg, 1/3 cup chopped onions, pepper and garlic to taste and 1/2 can cream of mushroom soup. Fill cleaned -decored peppers and place them in a deep baking dish.

 I used 2/3 of the ground round for the 2 of us and have 1 patty left over which I will freeze for another meal.

Fill the 1/2 can of left over cream of mushroom soup with water or milk and stir well.  

 Pour over the stuffed peppers.  Cover with foil or a glass cover and bake in the over at 425 for 1 to 1 1/2 hrs.  Peppers will be soft and meat mixture will be well done.

I put a couple of potatoes in the oven at the same time to bake and finish the meal off with a veggie.  Prep time is about 10 minutes, so this is one of those great meals to put in the oven and forget it.    There will be enough gravy from the soup to spoon a little on the potato too.  So good.

Enjoy, this will become a family favorite.  Be sure to join Michael to see all the fabulous dishes everyone has cooked up.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Time to Get Your Skin Ready for Spring

We are all getting our homes ready for Spring and really enjoying all the fluffing and cleaning we are doing.  So looking forward to Spring and warm days, beautiful breezes and gorgeous flowers. This is the time of year that we also get out all those Spring and Summer clothes and see what we need to add.  Well just like our homes and wardrobes need a good cleaning and sprucing, so does our skin after all the affects of the winter weather.

As a teenager I grew up on the beach in La Jolla California.  I would burn and tan and burn and tan every single weekend without one thought as to what it was doing to my skin.  Then as a single mom raising 3 children, I used the excuse that I didn't have the money and the time to primp.  All those years have done a real number on my skin.  It is more like leather than anything else, my pores are huge, and the wrinkles are more related to crevices.  Now in my 70's I try to take a little bit better care of my skin, but I am still not a primper.  I look for things I can do once a week or something I can do in 5 to 10 minutes a day.  I did just have a facial and a day at the spa, but that will probably only happen once every few years if that often.  So I have a few things that I try to do at home.

I do try to use an Exfoliating Body Scrub at least once a week.  I use this one on my face also, always leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth.  Find something you like and try to use it every week, it doesn't have to be expensive and there are even a lot of homemade receipes that work.

We all know about these two products.  I use the Neutrogena Deep Wrinkle Serum every night and every morning.  I also use the Lancome Renergie Lift Contour under my makeup.  The deep wrinkle serum makes my crevices feel sooooo soft,  love that.  The lift contour seems to tighten my skin especially around the eyes.

 When we were heading to Maui in Oct. I bought this little travel size of Aveeno to go in my suitcase.  It is a great little moisturizer.  It is one I will use more often.  The price is super, so give it a try if you havn't. I keep one of these small ones in my purse all the time.  Perfect for your hands and arms if they feel dry.

 With older skin I find that I need make up that gives off a soft glow.  Anything matte just seems to make me look even older and tired, but a little glow looks fresh and vibrant.  L'Oreal Visible Lift gives off a really soft glow to my skin and there are several shades to choose from, so it is easy to match your skin tone.  I think less is definitely more and only use this under the eyes and around the nose and mouth.  Blend in well.

 This is a little bit of magic in a bottle.  Whenever you are feeling especially tired and look especially drained, a little bit of this gives some extra glow to your face and seems to erase all of the dreary blahs.  It really perks up the eyes.

I love this stuff to add a little bit of sunshine to my face.  Lack of suntan during the winter makes me look so washed out and this adds just the right amount of sun to my face.

 Nothing shiny, just a glow and a touch of sunshine, works wonders for the skin, and those wrinkles look so much softer.

Now I am definitley not a beauty or a beauty expert, but I think we can all do a few things to make us feel and look better.  So while you are fluffing the house, remember to take a long hot soaking bubble bath and treat your skin to a little pampering too.  It doesn't have to be expensive, drug store items work really well .  (I am not associated with or paid by any of these products, just things that I found that work for me)

So, what are your beauty secrets and what works for you.  Share so we can all try something new.