Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Marshall's Love

Had my eye on this for a while.

I first spotted it at Home Goods for $50, then Marshalls for $25.  Finally got it on clearance for $9.99.  Suh-Weet!!!

Here she is on top of my fridge.

Also got that sweet apron from Home Goods.

Hey, did you see something else on my fridge????

The first picture of my baby!  You can't tell from the picture, but it looks just like my husband.  At least that's what his mother said.

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

It's A Match!

Bought this beautiful charger at a yardsale for $1 last year.

But didn't know what to do with it, so I stored it away until today.  That's when I found these guys at Walmart for $12.

Same colors!

I think it's a match made in Heaven, don't you?

See that garden stool in the background?

Got it on clearance from Home Goods last year.

Same colors!

See that clock on the wall???

Got it at a moving sale for $5, then paid $35 to have it fixed - it ticked, but it didn't tock......(Stacy!)

Wait for it.........

Same colors!!!!

Yeah, I kinda like it!

Don't forget to enter my CSN giveaway here!  There's still plenty of time, so spread the word for an extra chance to win!


Friday, July 23, 2010

Have You Heard Of This??

Not sure if you've heard of this or not, but there's a site out there that keeps an ongoing list of all giveaways available in Blogland!  How great is that?  You can enter hundreds of giveaways for just about anything, as this site is open to any blog, not just home decor.

The site is called Giveaway Scout and click here to go to their site.

And remember to enter my CSN giveaway here too!

Have a wonderful weekend and stay cool people!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I cry "UNCLE"!

I hate to do it, I really do, but I give up.  I.just.can'  All my hard work, all the money spent on flowers and hanging baskets, all the watering, all the weeding, all for nothing.  I didn't even get to enjoy it.  Any of it.  I had dreams of sitting outside each evening, watching the kids catch lightening bugs and playing catch with the dog, roasting smores in the new chiminea, enjoying the fruits of my labor, cocktail in hand.  That last one went out the window about three weeks ago anyway with news of my impending belly.  But as for the rest, it is now nearing the end of July and I haven't sat out there once!  Not once!  At seven o'clock in the evening it still feels like high noon.  I watch the news and see the weather and it pretty much looks the same across the country.  So we are in the same boat.  I hate this boat - get me out!!

There is one thing that has brought me some pleasure outdoors.  I seem to have attracted lots of birds this year.  Maybe it's the pregnancy thing.  Maybe the mommy birds feel safe having their babies around me, like I can relate to them.  Or it could just be the fact that I have quite a few birdhouses in my yard.  Yeah.  That one.

Let's take a peek on the front porch.  Now you must be quiet, their mommy does not like it when her babies are disturbed.  She puts on quite a fuss.

Let's get a little bit closer.

Can you see them in there???

How bout now?

Yep, they look hungry to me.

I can relate guys.  I feel hungry all the time too.

Are you stuck indoors?  What's bringing you pleasure during these dog days of Summer??  Will there be a sudden baby boom next Spring???  I'm not talking about birds!

Enjoy your "hump" day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm Having a CSN Giveaway!!!!

Hey there Bloggeristas!!!  I have great news!  The wonderful people at
CSN Stores contacted me recently about hosting a giveaway!!!    What's more,  I just reached another bloggy milestone - 400 followers!  So what better way to show my heartfelt appreciation to all of you than to offer you the chance to win $50 towards the purchase of any of the great products at CSN's over 200 online stores!

You can find just about anything you need for ANY room in your home via CSN.  How about new dining room furniture, or a new kitchen set?  

You could use your winnings towards the purchase of this sweet dinette,

or maybe this chic pub set!

There are so many things to choose from it's amazing!  

Here's how to enter...

~ Become of follower of my blog, and leave me a comment letting me know you're a follower for one entry ~

 ~ Blog about this giveaway or post it on your sidebar for another entry ~

And be sure to visit CSN Stores to see all of the fabulous things they have to offer for your home and garden !!!

A lucky winner will be chosen on Tuesday, August 3rd.  That gives you 2 whole weeks to enter!  

This contest is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

Thanks and good luck!!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gimme a Y! Gimme an A, Gimme an RDSALE & Giveaway News!!!

Last weekend, Yardsale Betty and I braved the heat along with my BFF Denise in search of bargains.
I see tons of crystal decanters at flea markets and yardsales and never get excited about them - they all look the same to me.  But liquor tags are a different story.  I lurve these!  (Who doesn't like a little bling with their Brandy?)  I scored one a while back and then tried to find more on Ebay with no luck - too expensive.

This sale had a box of five mint condition crystal decanters WITH liquor tags!!  I even liked the decanters.

The brass tags are not as valuable as the sterling silver, but I love them anyway.  They are also interchangeable.  You turn them over and they say something different on the other side.

Rye?  Rye not!

My fave - Vodka!

Gin & Tonic would be great in this heat!


Scotch anyone?

All five for $2!!!!  Yippeeee!

At the same sale, Betty scored a series of hardcover books for just $5. 

I also added to my turtle collection with this terra cotta outdoor votive holder for $2.

And had to have this crystal serving bowl for $1.

Rounding out this sale were a couple Christmas items.

Both for $1 a piece.

At the next sale I found a pair of silver candleabras  - $5 for the set. 

Look closely and you'll see my cable modem hidden in the background and an empty picture frame - cause I'm lazy like that.

Not so noticeable from a distance.

And lastly a fern for $2 from an estate sale.  Yes, you heard me right.  I walked out of an estate sale with a $2 smelly fake fern.  

I strongly recommend this product for cleaning fake greenery, especially if you don't know where it's coming from.  

It has a funny odor, but that wears off.  You can pick this up at Michaels or A.C. Moore.

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you enjoyed your stay. Don't forget to enter my CSN Giveaway here  for your chance to win $50 towards the purchase of anything from their online store~ 

For this post I'm linking up to the following parties.  Be sure to pay these lovely hostesses a visit to see more thrifty finds from other savvy bloggers!

Thrifty Thursday at Tales From Bloggeritaville
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Twice Owned Tuesday at Creating a House of Grace
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Frugalicious Friday at Decor Momma

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Craig's List Weekly Series #8

For those of you who are new to this series, for the last several weeks I've been sharing Craig's List finds from my area, South Jersey/Philadelphia.  Even if you don't live in this area, and most of you don't, I thought it would be fun to show you some interesting and unique pieces and what they are worth.  If you are in the market for rare antiques or just trying to gain a knowledge for what pieces are worth, I strongly suggest you visit Craig's List and scour the antique category.

Most sellers will try to give as much information about a piece as possible.  So as a regular visitor to CL, I've gained a knowledge of terminology and time-period, as well as an understanding of which pieces are rare as opposed to those that are a dime a dozen.  For this series, I'm showing you the ones I think are either rare, very interesting, or an extremely good value. 

Please note:  Unless otherwise stated, I did NOT purchase any of these items.

I found lots of great pieces this week so let's get right to it, shall we?  

First off is this retro cabinet for $50.  A little high, but I love the look of it and it appears to be in great condition.

More retro goodness - this 60's yellow dining set for $150.

Rounding out the retro category is this set of three teal nesting tables.  

Weird how the colors look totally different in those pictures.

Gorgeous Tole chandelier for $50.....yeah, I was tempted on this one.

It's worth mentioning that it pays to comparison shop - even on Craig's List.  This wicker set for $150 was directly under a similar set listed for $500.  Sellers should also do their homework before listing.  This set included all six pieces shown.

Love this coffee table for only $70.

Another great coffee table, this one a solid cherry drop leaf table for $40.  Can't beat that people.

Or how about this pink/white marble top Victorian coffee table?  Oops, I forgot to write down the price, but it must have been good for me to save this.

I loved this antique bathroom cabinet for it's uniqueness, but not the price - $100.

Beautiful and chippy.  The drawer opens up to store toiletries and there is a bar on the side to hold hand towels.

I love anything that is unique.  Including this antique Anglo-Indian chair made of exotic wood listed for $75, a decent price in my opinion.  But of course I would offer less to start off.

This small wine table is a steal at $15.

Perfect condition and beautiful green leather top.

The wow factor is off the charts on this vintage giraffe throw rug listed at $100.

I thought this antique zither was an interesting item.  Could be yours for $40.

If you have been following this series,  you know that I like to end each installment with a creepy category.  
This week did not disappoint.

The listing reads "Creepy Dolls & Doll Parts".

"Nightmarish dolls, make me an offer that will make their porcelain faces crack a smile.  They've been laying around for a while, not moving."

nuff said..........