Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Few More Treasures

Tonight I'm sharing a few finds from Monday's consignment store stop! I am really happy with my purchases and have been having such great luck lately finding things I have been looking for...:)

I was tickled to find this sweet cow creamer. I have wanted one for a while now to add to my white collection! And you can't beat $2!

I also bought this cute little white pan. It is by Corning and says it is a browning skillet for the microwave. I found one just like it on Replacements for $19.99.....I paid $1.50. I probably won't really use it, but it's cute and white to add to the collection!

I couldn't pass this little cutie up! She looked so lonely on the! I came home and looked her up and found out she is a spaghetti poodle from the fifties. She used to have two puppies on chains hooked to the ring on her collar. She is missing her puppies and her little rose is broken, but she is in good shape otherwise.  That's gold trim you see....not dirt. I will list her in my ETSY shop....maybe someone has the puppies and needs a mama for them...:)

These beautiful Black Forest Fruits salad plates by Heritage were so pretty. They are hand painted and are in perfect condition. I got the 4 of them for just $2! They are &7.99 each on Replacements! I am keeping these for my beginning tablescape collection. If they were vintage, I would probably sell them though!

I forgot to show you these from my flea market trip over the weekend. I got these vintage table linens for a steal.....there is a runner, 4 napkins, and 4 place mats. I got all of it for $2! I don't think they had ever been used, but they are definitely vintage!

I love this little footstool I got for $6. It slides perfectly under my chairs I recently recovered when I'm not using it. I had just told my mama that I wanted to get a little footstool for them and I couldn't believe my good fortune finding this one so soon! I am planning to recover or slipcover it....not sure which yet though! For now it's staying the lovely dated olive green! Funny....that's the color the chairs originally were!

I also got this sweet little violet teacup & saucer for my violets collection!

I love the details on this metal piece. It is about 18 inches square and will look gorgeous with a new paint job!

I love this pretty vintage jewelry box and it is in perfect condition! I am thinking of decoupaging it or painting it and adding sweet little ball few to the bottom. I love the old lock hardware and it even still has the key! I am actually going to use this for my jewelry.

Last thing I have to share is two different white curtains/valances. The first one is a sheer white valance with beautiful detailing....brand new and only $1!

I love, love, love this beautiful pair of sheer white cafe curtains! They have ribbon embroidery in a pretty floral design...:) The pair is brand new and was also only $1! I am just amazed at the deals I get!

Oh....I also wanted to share a precious little painting my sister bought on one of our yard sale weekends. Too bad she spotted this before me....I love it! My aunt touched it up a little and painted a frame for it. Isn't she the sweetest thing? I love the colors in this gorgeous little painting!

Look at the sweet little bird...:)

I looked it up and it is titled Spring Song and the artist's name is Simon Glucklich. I think she gave a couple bucks for this little sweetie which is great considering it is going for $35- $67 on ETSY! Love a good deal! 

Until next time.....

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wildflowers & Indian Fried Tacos!

Tonight I'm sharing a sweet little wildflower bouquet I picked on my evening walk and the yummy supper I cooked! Here's the sweet flowers I picked....pretty little lavender flowers, yellow buttercups, and a few little white flowers with yellow centers. 

Put them all together and you get this little bouquet...:) Not the most beautiful bouquet, but enough to make me smile...:)

After I returned home from my walk, I got busy in the kitchen cooking up some Indian fried bread for homemade tacos. I saw this recipe a few days ago here:

Lil at Cottage Sweet Cottage
I have been dying to make them since I saw this recipe....I love Mexican's my favorite ethnic food! So flavorful...:) I also love bread and knew this would beat a regular old flour tortilla or corn shell! Boy was I right!!! You can see her blog on the laptop screen in the picture below....that's my cookbook lately! When I make a new recipe I find online, the laptop goes to the kitchen with me so I have the recipe handy. This enables me to read blogs as well if I have a few spare minutes.

Here's the dough.....

Here's the dough separated into little balls ready to roll out.....

Here's the dough after I rolled it out.....

Here's they are all fried up and ready to be eaten!

Finally, here they are plated up and ready for the hubs to eat! We (hubby, son, & me) all LOVED them! My son usually thinks things like this are too greasy, but he absolutely loved these. They each ate three of them! I made some corn with a little salsa mixed in as a side. It was yummy with the tacos! 

We will definitely be having these again soon! Be sure to go check Lil's blog out if you haven't ever visited her before! And if you like tacos.....I suggest making some Indian fried bread next time you make them! 
You won't regret it! 
Until next time..... 

Monday, March 25, 2013

A Ladder in the Library!

I don't know about you, but I am tired to the bone this evening! Today was my first day back at work after 10 days off for spring break. It's always hard getting back into the swing of things after time off, but I did it! I even managed to make a run to my favorite consignment store after work and then came home and walked 2 miles with mama. Now, I'm trying to convince myself to get up and wash the dishes...ugh! When I redo my kitchen one day it will have a dishwasher! Anywho, I wanted to share a little space I've been working on. Now, I still have major plans for this room (along with almost every other room in my home) but I figured I might as well go ahead and use some of the pretty decor I have been buying recently and spruce it up a bit. 

This area is at the end of my dining room. I have designated this space my library. I am a book lover and wanted an official library to keep them in. Now....this space isn't official yet since all my books aren't in here yet, but it's a start. Here's an overview of the's pretty small!

The shelf on the left was built by my daddy and works nicely to hold lots of books until I get my floor to ceiling shelves built in! 

This is taken from he window end. Excuse my son;s camo gun case in the! He's been turkey hunting! Notice my recently recovered chairs? I found an adorable little foot stool today at the consignment store to use with one of the chairs! I'll share it soon...:)

Notice the ladder I bought last week? I haven;t painted it yet, but I am using it as is for now. I have lots of treasures on it...:)

The very top holds an armillary (from the yard) and a grapevine wreath leans on it as well. I forgot to take a picture of the paint bucket shelf, but the wreath sits on it as well as a decanter. A couple of vintage tablecloths hang from the bars on the other side as well.

The top rung holds a coupe of aqua blue vintage books, my hubby's grandpa's old pocket watch encased in a thrifty cloche, and a sweet little dish from my china cabinet.

The next rung holds a crocheted doily (made by hubby's late grandma), a pretty candlestick and a pretty vintage, hand painted dish (see the pretty inside in photo above). The next one down holds several vintage books, an orphan lid that belonged to my granny, a sweet little bird, and a vintage ink bottle with an ink well that belonged to the same granny as the lid.

The bottom rung holds a mercury glass candle holder and several old bottles that also belonged to my granny.

I put this metal rack to use that I thrifted a few weeks ago!

The little white cabinet was moved in here until I repurpose it. I have big plans for this little $5 cabinet! On top sits my son;s old marble collection, a picture of my sister and I as little girls, a miniature ice cream table and chairs, a vintage looking tricycle, & a little red wagon with an antique teddy bear and a little pillow my daughter sewed in kindergarten...:)

This is hard to see, but the cover on this old dictionary is so cool. I bought it for $0.50 at a yard sale a year or so ago. I bought it to use the pages for crafts, but when I took the book jacket off and discovered the alphabet pressed in the cloth cover, I quickly decided against it. It is really pretty, but hard to see in the picture! 

My hope chest got a makeover a while back with a new burlap cover! It sits against the back of my china cabinet. I am thinking of covering the back with old book pages or sheet music. What do you think?

A beautiful silver tray and pretty platter lean against the back. In front sits a beautiful frosted glass candy dish that again, belonged to my granny. It has a bee design on! A little green birdie,  a hand painted dish, and a vintage seam roller complete this vignette.

To the right sits the vintage rose print I bought over the weekend and my old bronzed baby booties!

To the left sits an altered book with a poem about sisters &  a pretty teacup and saucer...:)

My $4 consignment store mirror completes the look! The cord hanging there belongs to the china lights up!

Well,  I hope you enjoyed the tour...:) Like I said, I have lots of plans to improve the space, but for now, it is what it is, so I am making the best of it! 
Have a beautiful day tomorrow!

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