Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday!

*Exclamation Alert*
Many exclamation marks are contained in this post. (!)

I'm SO excited for this week's Thrift Score Thursday! I love playing this game and have Insta-met so many talented Sister Thrifters! I can't say in words how fully I appreciate each contributor and featured thrifter for being so supportive of each other and every hashtagger who joins the party.

If you are new to the party, here's how it works:
Hit up your local thrift, Craigslist, curbside, freecycle, yard sale, tag sale, what-have-you and share your find/s on Twitter or Instagram using the #thriftscorethursday hashtag. As long as it's something you SCORE, it's in, and today is the last post for Merry Thrifted Christmas! We've seen some awesome stuff during this holiday season. I can't believe Christmas is next week! 

Don't feel like you need to save your scores for Thursday, either! Features are shared on Thursdays but we're all hashtagging and checking out your finds all week long, so when you score it, share it! 

Each week, Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Brynne from The Gathered Home, Cassie from Primitive and Proper and Corinna from For My Love Of will feature one or two finds, so please note that by linking up to the #thriftscorethursday hashtag you are giving us permission to share your finds on our blogs and social media. 

Let's get to it, shall we?!

This Hudson Bay blanket shared by amarabarra gives me the goosebumps! They are hard to come by anymore and they're usually moth-eaten though still gorgeous. This one looks to be in pretty good condition, too. Give her a follow, her Instagram is splendiferous!

This ADORABLE baby deer would look so awesome on my mantle! I'm so glad Michelle shared it! Follow her Instagram feed and check out her blog, they're both totally cute!

Coco of The Crowned Goat has a fantastic Instagram feed so full of delectable eats my stomach started growling when I was scrolling through. Truth! These santa mugs she has are the bomb diggity.

When I spied my first thrift score it was just a little edge peeking out of a big pile of stuff at St. Vincent de Paul. Neither of my scores is explicitly Christmas-themed but both have qualities that make them essential to my Christmas.
On a side note, do any of you nickname the thrift shops you frequent? My bestie and I have a couple different ones for Goodwill, like G-Dub and Will Goodman (I can't quite remember how that one got started) while we refer to St. Vincent's as either St. Vinnie's or San Vincenzo. Why? Because we're a little bit crazy it just makes sense. 
You might find this little feller atop my Christmas tree, as soon as I finish decorating it and take a picture. Christmas is next week you say? Always time to add more trim to the tree I say.

Like I said, my thrift scores aren't blatantly Christmas-themed but they both will have an impact on my Christmas festivities. 

Since I've been working on stocking a bar cart for myself (even though I don't drink that much) I'm OF COURSE looking for the coolest, vintagiest (yeah well it's a word now) bar implements for my as-of-yet-to-find bar cart. This super-heavy vintage glass and metal mesh seltzer bottle will be just the thing! AND I'll use it to make a glorious Christmas-themed cocktail. 

Well that's it for this Thursday's Merry Thrifted Christmas! I'll be catching you on the flipside sometime in January for another Thriftscore Thursday. Until then, keep up the hashtagging, and don't forget to visit these lovelies:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Websites I Wish I Invented

The following post contains some *ahem* language of a questionable nature, depending on who you are. If you are my parents, you might want to skip this one.

So, my daughter and I were out to breakfast before I had to take her to work and were discussing her impending trip to Ireland when the subject of creating a blog name came up. She already came up with a doozy (I can't wait to reveal it and wish I had come up with it myself!) and then was reminded that she had seen this on Buzzfeed or some other such place: 

Some of the names are actually pretty good, some hilarious, some downright bizarre.

That led to me remembering that I sometimes draw a blank when it comes to what I should make for dinner. Most of the time, I'll hit up Pinterest and look through my food board or just troll the food section. Sometimes I feel a little more, shall we say, frisky. When I'm in that kind of mood, I'll hit up this site:

I admit I've gotten some great ideas for dinner from this website. Also, if you click on the "I don't fucking eat meat" link, you'll see a different link at the bottom entitled "I'm fucking thirsty." I give it a solid two thumbs up. Add to that the fact that I am guilty of having used all the major curse words in one sentence at one time (situation called for it, yo) and it's a match made in.. well.. you get it.

*Chuckle *snort, probably.

It's really all about the simple pleasures in life.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

My Very First Bloggy DIY: Dollar Tree Candle Makeover

Soooo...I've been wanting to do a DIY here for a long time but I suffer from a crippling case of DIY envy. I see all these lovely projects on lovely blogs written by lovely women and I freeze up! I have one DIY that's been in draft mode for like three months now, and I keep revisiting it but then it overwhelms me and blerrrggg. Enough of that! I'll get right to it. Kind of. I like a good tangent story, don't you? 

I love me some candles. Everything looks better by candlelight, ergo, I burn them constantly.The only problem with that is candles are motherloving expensive, and who in the sam hill can afford to burn several candles a week? Not this girl. So, after combing the thrift shops and Ross and Marshall's and Hobby Lobby and Joann and Michael's and only finding candles that are WAY too smelly and definitely way over budget, I had given up hope of finding good smelling and/or cheap economically priced candles.

*I'm sorry, but $40 for some wax and a weird blend of something that smells like ocean cotton? What the heck does that even smell like? I'm a Mrs. Meyer's Lavender EVERYTHING ALL THE WAY kind of lady myself, but those are spendiferous too.

That is, until the husband and I went into Fred Meyer (Kroger's for you folks not living in the PNW) and found some great ones that were BOGO but still $15 a pop, then I turned around and saw a whole shelf full of those tall glass candles with pictures of the Madonna or St. Whomever (you've not heard of that particular saint?) for TWO CLAMS. Eureka! I shouted. Well not really but I was shouting on the inside. Husband was like "Those are boring" and I was like "Suck it up friend, they're cheap economically priced" and so we bought a couple of those. They're great! They burn forever! Even better? They're also available at the Dollar Tree! You know, for a dollar. I like to save the cashish as much as the next gal.

The only problem is that they get kind of ugly once they burn down a bit. See?

I've been wanting to dress them up a bit, and I happen to have a bit of gold leaf lying around, so here's what I did:

I gathered some supplies.

Tall glass candles from Dollar Tree
Gold leaf
Painter's tape
Spray adhesive (I used this because I couldn't find the liquid size you would normally use to gold leaf something I'm a renegade.)
A cardboard box to protect your surroundings from overspray
Protective gloves if you've got 'em (or not; it's just that I personally hate getting spray adhesive on my hands and nails which is inevitable because I am the world's messiest crafter.)

Tape off the top of the candle so you don't get spray adhesive on the wax and wick.
Tape off any areas you don't want to gold leaf. I really wanted to cover most of the glass to hide the soot and have more of an organic feel, so I only taped the top inch or so.

Put the candles in the box or on some type of protected surface. (Overspray, mind you.)

Spray on a light layer of adhesive IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA OR OUTSIDE, that junk is not good for your lungs at all. Let it dry for a few seconds.

Apply the gold leaf. Some leafing is strong enough to lift from the sheet of tissue and apply to the object, but with others you'll have to pick up the sheet and press it, leaf side down, to the glass, then pull the tissue away. You can pick up the bits that fall with your finger or a soft brush and lightly burnish the leaf onto the glass. Repeat until you've covered all the parts sprayed with adhesive. I was tapping the leaf on as well.

You might find that if you touch the glue too much it will kind of peel away from the glass. I didn't worry about it because I wanted a messy organic feel. I wouldn't spray again as I think it would create a hot mess, but you could dab on a little glue and apply some more leaf. OR you could use the liquid size you're supposed to use and avoid that kind of issue altogether. Like a smart person.

Remove the tape, stand back and look at your pretty, new, cheap economically priced candles. These would make excellent hostess gifts! Or any kind of gift really. I'd like them in my stocking.

Here's the cost breakdown:
Candles: $1 (plus tax) each x 3 = $3. 29
Gold Leaf: $5.03 (free for me-I already had it on hand as I'm sure many of you do!)
3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive: $6.65
Total: $14.97

Not bad for three pretty candles.

Linking up to the lovely ladies of Found & Foraged:
House of Hipsters
The Big Reveal
Avery Street Design