Friday's Find: Shutter Love

Thank God it's thrifty Friday, Friends! Today's feature is this rustic Vintage shutter from my favorite haunt.  I love the challenge of repurposing thrift store treasures.  My mind is already spinning and I have a pretty good idea how to best put this single shutter to use!

Vintage shutter

May Flowers: Low Maintenance Roses

Happy Wednesday! Today is the last of my May flowers series and I am sharing a beloved Southern favorite: roses. I have over 20 rose bushes in my garden--can you tell I adore them? I think there is a misconception that they are fussy plants but the varieties I have are actually pretty low maintenance.  In general, roses need to be watered at the base of the plant for their roots, not all over the the leaves.  Over watering and wet foliage tends to make them more susceptible to disease.  Other than that, they withstand our scorching heat, are cold hardy and produce glorious blossoms. These miniature roses are one of the first I planted and started in a gallon pot! Their tiny velvety red flowers expand across a corner of my yard for a breathtaking display.

Red miniature roses

Simple Pleasures To Enjoy At Home!

Greetings Friends and Happy Memorial Day weekend! These days it seems like the emphasis on Memorial Day is where to go for what sale.  Now you know how I love a good sale, but in our fast paced society of instant gratification, it can be easy to lose sight of the true significance of the day. I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude to all of the veterans who have served our country.  I encourage those of you with young children to take a few minutes of your holiday weekend to discuss the unsung heroes in your lives. You may be traveling or celebrating with friends and family.  Maybe like me, you like to make the most of your long weekends by working on extra projects around the house. While there is certainly nothing wrong with that, sometimes I need to be reminded of simple pleasures--celebrating the ordinary.  Can you relate?

Simple pleasures

Friday's Find: Vintage Hazel Atlas Creamer

Hello Friends! So glad you stopped by for another thrifty Friday! Today's fabulous find is from my recent trip to Denver when I went to see Dear Firstborn graduate with honors AND be honored as Outstanding Graduate in Art History! Pardon me while I brag a little--I am just so proud of her!  After all of the graduation festivities, DF took me to a sweet little antique shop with great prices where I scored this pretty Vintage pitcher. It is the perfect yellow for my kitchen and don't you love it filled with Blue Sage? The inside has a milk glass look, like many Fire-King and Pyrex pieces. However, it is not marked and I have not been able to find any like it. If anyone can identify the manufacturer. Update: Vintage Hazel Atlas Platonite Creamer I sure would appreciate your feedback and as always, I would love to hear about your most recent treasures! 

Vintage Hazel Atlat Platonite creamer

Until next time, happy hunting!

My Thrift Store Addiction

May Flowers: Fragrant Honeysuckle

Happy Wednesday Friends! Today's May Flower is actually a blooming vine: fragrant Honeysuckle.  It has to be one of my all time favorites and on Spring mornings, you can find me standing by my garden gate deeply inhaling its intoxicating aroma. Honeysuckle also makes a great privacy plant forming a vast scented curtain of greenery.  In my climate it stays green year round.

Fragrant honeysuckle

Three Different Uses For Cosco Carts

Greetings Friends! A few weeks ago, I shared my Vintage Cosco cart makeover.  As promised, today I am showing three different ways I use these functional little carts.  All three were thrift store finds--yay!  Some just required more TLC than others.  First, my kitchen cart doubles as storage and the perfect display for my Vintage Jadeite and Fire-King dishes.  Can you believe this is the original paint? 

Vintage Cosco serving cart and jadeite display

Friday's Find: Silver Bunnies

Greetings Friends--glad you are here on thrifty Friday! As a gardener, I am often drawn to birds and bunnies, as you may have guessed from The Bunny Chronicles. When I first saw this precious pair at an estate sale, they weren't priced and I feared might be for display only.  Even so, I picked them up determined to find out and was thrilled when I was informed "Yes, they are for sale, how about $1.50?"  Um...yes, please! Guess what I found out when I got them home?!

Vintage sterling silver bunnies

May Flowers: Vibrant Blue Sage

Happy Wednesday Friends! While we didn't have much in the way of April showers in my area, I would still like to share some of my favorite May flowers this month. First in the series is today's feature, Blue Sage.  Its vibrant blue spiked bloom creates a showy display and has brought more than one visitor to my door to inquire its name. It is often mistaken for Bluebonnets and even Lavender.  Once planted it grows like wild, plus it is drought tolerant and is one of the very few plants the deer absolutely will not eat--I promise! 

Vibrant blue sage

It is so lovely it has become a favorite backdrop for photo shoots including this one featured in Style Me Pretty...

Black Bean Taco Salad

Happy Mother's Day! Hopefully you are being treated to lunch today but here's an easy, healthy meal for another day.  When the weather is warm, I am partial to salads.  This tasty recipe is a guilt free way to satisfy taco cravings without skimping on flavor. Substituting nutritious black beans instead of meat provides lots of cholesterol lowering fiber, iron and antioxidants. Plus, it's so easy to prepare, you'll be out of the kitchen in no time! 

Black bean taco salad

Friday's Find: Lovely Vintage Tablecloth

Hello, I'm so glad you stopped by today on thrifty Friday! It's no secret that I love Vintage linens of all varieties. I found this divine little table cloth at an estate sale. Since I change up my kitchen table often and didn't have any cloths in these colors, I snatched it up in a hurry!  Wait until you see how well it matches some Vintage dishes I have from a previous find...

Vintage tablecloth

The Bunny Chronicles Volume 2

Happy Wednesday Friends! When nearly six weeks passed without any Foo Foo sightings, I must confess I was a little concerned he may have gone to Bunny Heaven, but I am happy to report he is alive and well and... has a sibling! 

Baby bunnies

Vintage Cosco Cart Makeover

Hello, so glad you dropped by today! Have you noticed these Vintage carts at antique shops? When Youngest Daughter recently moved, I inherited the one she found at a thrift store and used on her patio. As you can see, it was pretty grimy when I got my hands on it but it just needed some tender loving care....and spray paint! 

Cosco cart makeover

Friday's Find: Little Coral Dress

Hello Friends! It's another thrifty Friday and I am really excited about today's fabulous find.  One of my friends and I were just discussing coral as a trend for Spring fashion.  It also happens to be a good color with my blue eyes and fair skinned complexion.  So I was delighted to see this lovely LCD hanging on a thrift store rack--you will not believe the price....

Like new thrift store dress