On Little Money & Little Time

Remember the great “hunting trips” I’ve gone on lately?

Bargain and Treasure hunting that is.

Here’s what I’ve done with some of my fabulous finds.

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CHROME WINE RACK  =  GUEST TOWEL HOLDER
Cost:  $2 @ Local Family Pathways
Time:  5 minutes to fasten it to the wall, and roll my towels.

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SET OF MUGS  =  WASHCLOTH & NOTIONS HOLDERS
Cost:  $3.00 for two matching mugs @ Family Pathways
Time:  Zip . . . just filled em’ up!

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The fun washcloths included, are from a bundle that was a hostess gift from my recent visitors. THANKS AGAIN LADIES.

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TIP:  I purposely don’t buy the matching cloths when I purchase towel sets.  The bath and hand towels are hung for use and decoration.  Matched washcloths are VERY expensive, and you go through them more quickly.   So what I do is buy bundles of good quality cloths in neutral colors.  That way I get quality AND quantities and stay within my budget (and some extra décor too)!

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You’ve seen my wall collage here.

The little cup & saucer below, were found at a color tag sale.

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CUP & SAUCER
Cost:  $1.75/set @ Family Pathways

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A quick, new arrangement of the collage shows them off.  Don’t worry, the saucer is NOT going to fall and break this time!

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On my birthday shopping trip with Hubs, I bought the pretty vinyl for a laundry room project.

VINYL SHELF COVER
Cost: $5.99/yd @ JoAnn’s Fabrics
Time:  15 minutes.  I just measured, cut and glued.

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  • This heavy Vinyl can just be trimmed to size. It will wear without raveling.
  • I folded my front bottom edge back and made a slot for the weight.
  • Then just hot glued to my shelf unit.
  • A pretty way, to cover laundry necessities AND make the top surface waterproof.

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I can set my wet watering can and $0.99 Goodwill bucket with gardening items on top without worry!

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Today, I’ll end on another “orange” note.

My studio has a south-facing window I love to accent with colored glass.

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I recently switched from blues to oranges with this beautiful glass vase @ $1.75 found at Discovery Thrift.

I can hear my regular followers groaning at the artificial flowers.  Yes, I still don’t care for fakes as a rule BUT . . .

  • These are convincingly realistic looking
  • Cost only $1 per stem @ Crafts Direct, and . . .
  • They were my mom’s favorite flowers and remind me of her every day when I go in there

More color and fun soon.

Meanwhile . . . don’t stress about it, just start it!

Later – Cheryl

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Killer Pain . . . but Man, Was It Fun!

Last week was almost MY last week!  After three straight days of shopping, the walking nearly killed me.  Two of my cool and crazy cousins came to visit, and Thursday noon through Saturday evening, all we did was shop!

Well, not all . . there was the talking . . . and the eating . . . and all the laughing.  Not much sleeping though & all that walking . . . yikes.  Hubs said it didn’t kill me, it did me good.  Okay, yes, I’m still alive (barely) but my new best friend is ALEVE!

We ladies are three of a kind, so we set out to visit as many thrift and 2nd Hand stores as we could find.  My area is chock full of em’ so no problem.  And we got some deals!  Can’t remember theirs (or even all of mine) but here are some of the things I found. ARTZZLE.COM Milaca Discovery Thrift was having their “Third Thursday Sale”, where each month on that day, everything is 30% off EXCEPT furniture which 15% discount.  Last month, I purchased a beautiful wooden  bureau (for $63) so I didn’t buy big this time.  The cute strawberry themed items @ $2.50 were all I left with.

Our local Family Pathways in Princeton, was where I found the vase, cup & saucer and these fun foam stamps..  Plus a glass casserole w/lid, a chrome wine rack, and a couple of miscellaneous things.  FP has “color tag sales”.  On our visit, green tags were 20% off; 40% off on yellow, and 60% discount on lavendar tags.  I spent around $9 for all my items. ARTZZLE.COM

Princeton Used Clothing Center  also has toys and household items.  And I recently started volunteering for them, so we had to stop in.  They were having 50% off on hardware items, and any clothing or fabrics, etc. was $3 a bag for all you could get in one. ARTZZLE.COM

No kidding, I got everything pictured for $3 . . . the clothes and the beautiful table cloth. There is absolutely nothing wrong with anything.  No spots, tears, nothing.  It’s all washable.  The slacks also have a casual accompanying blazer, and the pieces are inter-changeable.  Love it!  It’ll be great for the wedding I’m attending in November.  The table cover will work for several different holidays and occasions.

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At the Elk River Goodwill  it was twenty minutes to closing when I discovered a 10 books for $2, green tag sale.  I used my time wisely!   Picture books, funny quotes and sayings, decorating books . . . wow!  All hard-cover except one.

ARTZZLE.COM At a local “Thrift with a Twist”,  my cousin Robin pointed out a sandwich cooking gizmo.  Brand new with a little spatula and instruction booklet, she said it was perfect for me . . . easy, fast and step by step directions.  (She knows I hate to cook).  I bought that and a set of 4 glass mugs for $5.

My final great find was at “Savers”,  the pitcher below.  At $5.99, this was my biggest expenditure, but hey . . . it matches those $2 glasses from a recent garage sale! ARTZZLE.COM The ladies come up every summer and we always have a blast.  But in planning for next year, we decided to

  • Day one – shop
  • Day two – relax, gossip, talk design and decorating
  • Day three – shop, eat out

That way I won’t have to take so much ALEVE.

Hey, what fun finds have you come across lately?  Share with me.  You can email any pictures.  My address is on the About Page.

As always, try not to stress out, just get going!

Later – Cheryl

Small Changes ….

… can make a Big Difference.

Anyone feeling anxious or rushed yet? You know … those holiday hurries and worries that usually start about now? Before the big boys come out; those crates and boxes of lights and lovelies, try to keep calm. There are still “easy little” things you can do to spruce up a bit for Thanksgiving.

1. Add FLOWERS or a COLORFUL PLANT

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Our piano is always the “elephant in the room”, but I love it, and it’s actually very easy to decorate with.
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Here this nice, big plant adds brightness and draws the eye to the colors and themes in the photography wall grouping. This was a quick buy at the local Big Box store, for under $10.

TIP: BE SURE to have something under your plants to protect your fine furniture from any moisture or spillage. Mine is both in a plastic lined basket AND I have a clear plastic plate beneath the basket.

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WIth the piano, a dramatic change comes with simply opening the lid (and I get a lot more “oohs and ahs” with the lid up)!

2. Swap out Wall Art

Refresh your main rooms quickly by swapping your wall art with something from a different room.

In the above photo, note that the wall display photographs have been changed. Below, both the wall art and plant are new. A larger watercolor (mine) is now paired with one of my silk floral arrangements.
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3. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Don’t sweat it but don’t forget it either! Switch out your accessories from room to room.

Yes, Thanksgiving is still Fall, but if you’re tired of pumpkins and Halloween colors, try trading the orange lamp in the living room for the lighter one in the den. Put the pumpkins out on the front steps and bring different Autumn colors into your rooms, with glass, metals and books.

Earlier Autumn version of living room.
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Quick change shot.
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Credenza before …
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… and after
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Coffee Table before …
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… Two different vignettes for Coffee Table. These are nice examples of how colorful scarves make easy accessories for decor and fashion. Nice double-duty items there, and very affordable at your favorite thrift stores. I never pay more than $2 per scarf.

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A few new, colorful kitchen towels and pot holders are always an inexpensive and quick refresher. Likewise, a new bath towel set or two.
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Items above were all purchased new at Wal-Mart and my area Discovery Thrift store for between $1 and $1.50 each. I began buying one or two a trip, a few weeks before the holiday season, so no big financial bite all at once.

Replace throw or accent rugs if they’re showing wear. Especially around holiday seasons, many of the major department and big box stores have fantastic sales on household items.

The end of year holiday seasons are also the “colds” season. It’s a good idea to have tissue available for guests. Buy a few pretty boxes while you’re at it. Just another simple way to add color, so why not?
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Final TIP: Books are always wonderful decorating accessories. Yes, use them for their colors, but I like to display several picture books as well. People seem to enjoy having something fun to do during those “slow periods” before and after the holiday meal.
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That’s it for this time. Remember my articles aren’t absolute must-dos … just suggestions and ideas to get your imagination going. I hope you’re sharing your favorite posts with friends. I’d love to have them join us too!

As always, don’t stress, just start.

Later – Cheryl
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When things just don’t come together

Hi everyone. Sorry no posts yet this week. After two attempts, I had a lot of good ideas, yet nothing was cominig together. But you know me, three is my lucky number, so let’s hope the third time is a charm.

Everybody has times when things just don’t gel well. Interiors don’t always come together when we’d like them to, either. But hey, it’s your home. There’s no time limit on buying the right couch. Registering a polished style by a certain age, is not a requirement. You won’t receive a bad grade if you try the wrong paint color. So relax.

Last weekend my guests and I relaxed … by shopping. We explored a huge antique store in Elk River, had a sandwich lunch in a quaint little bakery there and hit some great thrift and outlet stores on the way home. Was that ever fun and look what I found.

Not sure what I’ll do with the three bright buckets but for now they are hanging on my studio rack, just looking pretty and making me feel good. They were $1 each at the Elk River Goodwill.

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At the moment, my living areas have several different tans, browns and metallic colors so this rug pattern is a perfect addition. It’s also a triple duty piece, as it can be used in two other rooms as well.

Look closely and you’ll see a furry black face on a chair in the family room. That would be Fozzy! He’s never far away from me.

The 5 x 7 new rug was a bargain for $49.99 at the Milaca Unclaimed Freight outlet. An 8 x 10 would have been a better fit, but that pattern & size weren’t in the store, and though only $99.99, it wouldn’t have been in my budget either. So, I took the leaf out of the dining room table, and got a fresh new look.

Below are some fun finds from an earlier trip to Discovery Thrift Store in Milaca, Minnesota. Not a formal grouping, just wanted to show each of them to you.

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The apple cookie jar jumped out at me on the shelf and $2.99 was budget friendly. The cup & tray set was a new item, still in the box. Another good deal at $2.99, with modern colors and a funky design. These mini books are popping up everywhere lately. They’re fun and just the right size for a party favor or an accent on a gift package. This is one of three purchased for just $0.49 each.

We all search out decor ideas, we want and work for a certain look, but sometimes it just doesn’t come together right away. Decorating is meant to develope with you over time, not for you on a scheduled date. Part of the fun is in the finding, the collecting of the treasures that will tell your story.

Please don’t be like a former neighbor of mine, who never felt competent or comfortable with any aspect of decorating. A living room stood empty for years. I visited one day and the door opened to reveal a fully furnished frontroom. Every item in a styled showroom had been purchased, and set up exactly that way in her room. As a stager and showroom stylist, I have to say it was beautiful. But it was staged NOT decorated.

“There, it’s done” she proclaimed. “Now I can forget about it”, and she did just that. In all the time we knew them, it remained a forgotten room, just an acceptable way to greet visitors. Her “proper” tree was displayed in the window every Christmas for passers-by to see, but no flames ever warmed the fireplace. No one ever snuggled on the cozy couch in front it.

There IS a difference between Staged and Decorated. Catch an upcoming post for more info.

Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of your week and remember, don’t stress, just start.

Later – Cheryl

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