Thursday, January 28, 2010

Shopping & Crafting - I Found Treasures

Today I am joining Cindy @ My Romantic Home for Show and Tell. Be sure to stop by her place to see her treasures and all the others wonderful finds.
I am also linking this to Thrifty Thursday hosted by Leigh @ Tales Frpm Bloggeritaville. Be sure to check out all the wonderful bargains everyone has uncovered.

I am also linking to Jane @ Finding Fabulous For Less for Frugalicious Friday. Be sure to check out all the wonderful bargains everyone has found.

They opened a new Hobby Lobby at Arrowhead Center, so a friend and I thought we would go check it out. While we were there we also had to check out Home Goods, TJMaxx, and of course Goodwill on the way home. We had so much fun we even forgot to eat lunch. lol

I have been trying to add to my blue and white accessories, so when I saw this really cute little kitty at GW, of course she had to come home with me for $3.99.

HL was just packed full of all kinds of goodies for the grand opening, and as usual a ton of things were marked 50% off. They had quite a few things in blue and white. This precious little bunny at 50% off was $4.00.

Isn't he just the sweetest!!!

Look at these two treasures. They are both quite large.

You know how much I love my roosters and I didn't have a blue and white one, so of course I HAD to have him. He is so sassy and at 11 inches tall a great bargain at HL for the 50% off price of $8.00.

TJMaxx had the best prices and quite a big selection of blue and white ginger jars and vases all for $9.99. I love this one and it is 15 inches tall.

My white artichoke has been so much fun to decorate with, so when I saw this pineapple at HG, it really needed to come home with me. On sale for $10.00.

When we got home I made us a sandwich and then I showed my friend how to make some really simple and fun tassels. I always use thread spools. You always have a ton of spools that the thread is almost or all gone and they are perfect, even have a hole through the center for the hanger ribbon. All you do is hot glue some ribbon to the bottom of the spool and then glue ribbon and fringe around the spool and you are done.

I made this one for the armoire in our bedroom. Just brown and yellow ribbons and some left over fringe.

No big deal, but it does give a little bit of a finishing touch to the armoire.

This one is for the china cabinet. I glued a DT gourd to the top of the spool with an eye hook inserted in the top and then spray painted the whole thing bronze. For this one I used brown with some white.

It's perfect hanging on the key to the door. Now don't look too much at all the stuff in the china cabinet. I just need more space.

I've been reading that we should pay very close attention to all the little finishing touches in our room. I think the tassel is a finishing touch.

I had a great day with my friend and found some real treasures too. I do appreciate you stopping by, and I so hope to see you again soon.


  1. Hi Marty; Sounds like you had a wonderful day. I love the blue and white you found, and at such great prices. I love you tassels, how pretty they are,, I can even do I have lots of spools,just need the rest of the pretties.. as I have said before I love your gorgeous home.. Thank you for sharing your day....


  2. What a fun shopping day & wonderful treasures you found! I saw blue & white pineapples at Home Goods yesterday, so keep an eye out for them!

    Om my! Thank you so much for the awesome idea to use those old spools I've held onto! Your tassels are beautiful! ☺♥☺ Hugs! Diane

  3. Hi Marty. Sounds like you and your friend had a great time. I got a good laugh out of you two forgetting to eat. I love your blue and white finds. That bunny is so cute! Such good bargains you got, too. Love the tassels. You're right about them being such a nice finishing touch. They really dress up your pieces. Everything about your home is gorgeous and obviously well loved. I want to thank you again for your earlier post on how you put together your flower arrangements. My arrangements are looking better now. Take care, friend. Rosie

  4. What great finds...I love all the blue and white! And those tassels are beautiful!

    Kat :)

  5. Hi marty! You got some steals of deals. I too heart that blue rooster. he is adorable and so confident!
    Great work!

    Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!


    Tales from Bloggertiaville

  6. You got some wonderful things. I wouldn't know what to do if I got to go to all of those stores in the same day! I hate to think how much I might spend!


  7. I want your bunny....I so need it!! I collect bunnies and blue/white accessories. Love the pineapple...definitely want that too. You scored BIG on your shopping spree. Don't ya just love Hobby Lobby's sales!!!! I have been wanting to try my crafty skills at tassel making....don't know how well I will do!

    Thanks for sharing you thrifty steals!


  8. What a fun time! That cabinet in the last picture is gorgeous! :)

  9. Hi Marty - Pleas don't be offended, but I call TJ Maxx, Homegoods and Ross the "Holy Trinity"! And, you can't go to one without going to the other two either!! Ha! When I told that to my mom one day I thought she was going to die! ;-)

    Love all your pretties! Those tassels are gorgeous! I'm thinking about making some for my next craft show in April - I've strted collecting the top parts and a little bit of ribbon, now I just need to get some fringe and stuff! Your's are stunning though!

    Love them - have a good one friend!

  10. Hello Marty,

    Looks like you had a fabulous day! I love all your new treasures, but I especially love the blue and white rooster!

    ~ Tracy

  11. Marty, I am a sucker for anything blue and white and I love your collections. I am so jealous of the gals who have a Hobby Lobby in their area!

  12. Marty, you really know how to find a bargain. I cannot believe all of those pretty blue and white pieces you found and at such fabulous prices! Now, let's talk about tassels - what a great idea, and they turned out so pretty! You are so smart to come up with an easy way to make a tassel. Thank you for sharing this idea.laurie

  13. Boy you have found some great blue and white treasures. And I love that white pineapple. I love when we find "goodies".

  14. I love your tassel...thanks for sharing...Pat H

  15. Oh Marty...
    I so love these tassels. We have got to get together and make some of these darn things. I really would like to make some for Valentine's gifts. They are so pretty.

    I love your blue and white finds. They are just beautiful, and that vase, I can't wait to see what you do with it. I love the rabbit, and oh that pineapple is devine. I need a pineapple to go with all my cherries. It says welcome.

    They opened a Hobby Lobby at Arrowhead Center. Is that out by Arrowhead Mall? I am going there this weekend. Directions please.

    Love the post. I am thrilled mine touched your heart. I love to write.

    Country hugs sweetie and so much love...Sherry

  16. Marty, What a nice way to spend time with a friend and what great blue buys. I love the cat.

    You have given me courage to try and make a tassel. Not crafty here, but would love to make some.


  17. Absolutely love your blue and white things. I never seem to find much of it in my thrift store searches!

  18. That pineapple is great! And I love all the blue pieces - especially the cat! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Fun day Marty! My favorites are the rooster and the pineapple. But I love the bunny. And...what a great idea to use spools for tassles. I have so many of those things. Even some of the long cone spools from the serger. I just throw them in the recycle bin.

  20. Beautiful blue and white finds, Marty!

    I love the tassels, too!

  21. Wow, you really found some great stuff. And I love your tassels. I need to try to make some. Your china cabinet is gorgeous!

  22. I don't know how new you are to Hobby Lobby, but don't ever buy anything there if it is NOT on sale. You can also print a coupon from their website before you go for 40% off if it happens to not be on sale.

    It is a great place.

  23. I love the blue and white. It always feels so fresh to me. Thanks for visting and your comment. Have a great day!

  24. G'day Marty ~ Whoa! What wonderful finds you have ... they are gorgeous.
    I struggle so with blue decorating, but so enjoy seeing what you all do with it.

    Thank you for your sweet notes. Dr. said about another 3 weeks, oy!
    Have a beautiful weekend.

    TTFN ~ Marydon

  25. Oh, durnnit ... trigger fingers!

    I LOVE your tassel creations! They are lovely accessories ...

    TTFN ~Marydon

  26. Ah, my favorite! You found some really nice blue and white pieces...cute rabbit but I love the rooster. I am crazy about that pineapple; how tall is it? You did a wonderful job on the tassels...I favor the one with the little gourd on top.
    Thanks for sharing your fun day!

  27. hi have such a lovely home and your touch is everywhere.It all looks like love and care to me...anniepoo

  28. Wow, you found some great, great buys. Thanks for explaining how to do the tassel. Your is adorable.

  29. You did get some great deals! Great job on the tassels. I have never tried to make one.

  30. You sure did add to your blue & white collection! My fav is that cute bunny! Love the white pineapple too!


  31. So cute Marty! Oh I do love your pretty tassels. Love your new rooster as well.

    Thank you for entering my Spring giveaway! :)

  32. Very pretty blue and white goodies and I love the tassell you made.
    Have a great weekend.

  33. You and your treasures....when you tire of the pineapple....remember me! ha

  34. "The bunny, the bunny, ooooo I love the bunny!"

    Veggie Tales as borrowed by me because it sooooo fits as my comment.

  35. Hi Marty! I love your bargains...especially the blue and white! And your tassels do add the perfect finishing touch...beautiful! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

  36. What a perfect outing with your friend. That is my idea of fun!

    I love all of the blue and white you found.

  37. Hi Marty - I left you an email in your hub's account since your gmail is messed up - I had his from when you ordered the "Welcome" decal from my shop!

    We are getting some snow here in NC! Thank goodness it's Sat!

  38. Oh Marty, you always find the nicest things at great prices. Your tassels are just beautiful. I need to learn how to make these cause they really dress ups cabinets and lamps......Christine

  39. What a fun day! You must have found some good bargains to forget to eat lunch - I NEVER forget to eat lunch lol! Love the blue and white, and that pineapple is gorgeous. But my favorite are those tassels - look at you, I never knew you did these! They are beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Kat

  40. Hi Marty, What a bunch of great finds...Love all the blue and white...

  41. The cat and bunny are VERY cute.
    Just found a bargain myself - bought a really pretty dress at half half half off (or something), approx. $10!

    ♥ Maria-Thérèse

  42. Whoa! Great bargains, Marty. Blue and white -- my all time favorite.

    And now you are giving me more ideas for tassels....


  43. I adore you blue and white pieces. They are just precious!

    Your tassels are incredible!


    Robin :o)

  44. Tassles add just such a perfect little touch don't they? And yours is so pretty.
    I love your home...and this cabinet is glorious! : )
    The blue and white pieces are lovely and the little bunny just hopped out at me!! I adore him! Hmmm...or is it a her?? : )

  45. great bargain and love your cabinet.. lovely..