Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Striking Gold!

I love garage sales! I just wanted to say that loudly and freely to the world. I remember when I was younger I would have just died of embarrassment, if anyone saw me at a sale. I’d duck down to the floorboards of the car, while my mom was shopping. Now, on the other hand…I will hold up traffic to get to those treasures. I have even trained my girls to look for those beautiful signs. I have really pushed that yard sales and thrift shops are good places to save money. I think it has worked, because since they were about the age of two they’ve called Goodwill “The Treasure Store”. And still beg to stop.

Anyway…Memorial and Labor Day weekends are great yard sale weekends in our area. I have done a post about it in the past. This last holiday weekend I was pickier than usual. I normally collect lots of goods, but considering last year I sold almost everything we owned I proceeded with caution. I tried to find furniture items mostly. Things I would definitely use or could upcycle and sell. One sale we pulled up in the drive and I saw stars!

Many people have bucket lists of things they want to do over their life time. Well…I have one for garage sales.
I have looked years and years for these vintage lawn chairs. I know there are reproductions, but there’s nothing like the real thing. When I spotted them I had to contain my excitement. If the lady selling knew how badly I wanted them she might not come down on the price. I’m not much of a negotiator, but something got into me that day. There were only two chairs (I wish there had been more) and she wanted $10 a piece for them (which is an extremely good price). I felt like I couldn’t justify spending $20 for lawn chairs that I didn’t need. However…I could possibly justify $15. I was playing psychological games with myself…Dave Ramsey would be harassing me if he were there. I looked causally at the lady, knowing this is the second day of her sale. And she still had lots to sell. So…I blurted out “WILL YOU TAKE $15 FOR BOTH”! She paused and sighed and said, “yes”. Now they are mine and I love them.

I’m going to sand them down and paint them bright red. I’m hoping to do it today, but that depends on the rain. As soon as I’m done I’ll post these beauties.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Chicken Coop Remodel Part 2

The chicken coop make-over took about two weeks. Working at part-time speed. And let me tell you... I was more than glad when it was over. Dad was too. I think if I added or changed one more thing he would have disowned me.

First thing I have to say about my father is that nothing he uses goes to waste. He tore down a fence someone was getting rid of and has recycled every bit of it. From the recycled fence he added slats to the doors and completely covered the back side.

I painted the inside and out. My mother thought red would be a great color for the inside. Needless to say...we found out later chickens are frightened by the color red (which I will tell you about that in another post). The outside color of the coop matches the color of our house.

Dad pulled the chicken wire off and I spray painted it black.You wouldn't believe what a difference a small change like this made. 

I bought a 9x5 roll linoleum flooring, for easy cleaning.  Dad attached it with  washers and screws for easy removal.

After painting, we cut a large branch and hung it from the ceiling for the birds to roost.

I added old wood crates for their beds (until we build nesting boxes). Dad attached a shutter for easy entry. And lastly to complete, I added a farm house picture. 

So there you have it!

Have a restful night.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Chicken Coop Remoldel Part 1

The girls and I have wanted chickens for years.Thanks to the Fraley family and my extremely handy father, we were able to get them this year.
The Fraley's gave us a great chicken coop they weren't using anymore.


Dad and I gave the coop some TLC...

Part two tomorrow...

Long Sabbatical...


Hello Readers. I think it has been forever since we've talked. Hope all of you are doing well. The girls and I have been through great changes over the last year.  The biggest change was we MOVED! I sometimes miss the old Rented Cottage, but it was necessary. Living paycheck-to-paycheck, robbing Peter to pay Paul and never saving was not good. First, I decided to start selling my most prized possessions. I thought it would be difficult; however, it was the complete opposite. Freeing myself from material things was LIBERATING! I was selling on Craig’s List, Facebook and I had a yard sale. I gave to friends, donated and then had my Dad take a load to the dump. So…I pretty much depleted everything we owned (with the exception of Lilly and Maddie’s things) and moved. The worst part of moving was finding a new home for my cat (my other cat was lost in the move). We were able to keep our dog. Also, I had the best neighbors and amazing soil for gardening.

    Now we are in our temporary Rented Cottage until we can buy a permanent (hopefully) home. The new Rented Cottage is with the parents.The girls are really enjoying country living. They love running around barefoot, playing in the stream and going on BIGFOOT hunts. Horses are their new love. They've been saving all year to buy one.

We also have eight chickens and two ducks!

Lilly says the birds need entertained, they get bored. She visits them no matter what. Even if she is wearing dressy sandals and a mini skirt.

 I’ve debated back-and-forth if I should start blogging again (since I’ve taken such a long sabbatical). Now I have more time than I’ve had in years to write and work on projects. The girls are having regular visitation with their father, leaving me lots of free time. I’ve become a member at Mary Jane’s Farmgirl Sisterhood, which it’s like Girl Scouts for grown-ups. Also, I'm into couponing. And yes...I have a stock pile.
I’m so glad to be back! Talk to you soon.

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Friday, October 26, 2012


 Pink is definitely a signature color at our house. Most of the girl's furniture has been painted pink. The awful metal cart I posted last night, I spray painted a very glossy (Barbie looking) pink. I am really happy with how it turned out (the pics don't do it justice).
Before painting, I sanded and scraped the loose paint (which was loads of fun). The cart was very rusty. I probably got some lead poisioning. Just kidding.
Moving on...
 With the left over paint I made a DIY chalkboard.
Lastly, I posted this side table (that was white) a while back. I freshened her up with a lighter satin pink.
Now it's time for bed.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thrifty Junk Thursday no. 10

Hey folks! Tonight it's going to be a short post. I've been working all day.
I got this awful metal cart from a garage sale for $3.
Most people would pass this treasure up, but not me. I can't wait to show the redo tomorrow.
Have a restful night.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thrifty Find Updates and More...

Good evening. Hope all is well. I'm finishing up my mini vacation. I stayed home, hoping to accomplish a long chore list (but you know how that goes). I was finally successful with painting my bed. I love it! I will be posting pics soon. I have painted a ton this past week. Tonight I'm going to share a couple of pieces.
This side table I got for only $2.
Next, here is a Thrifty Thursday from a couple of weeks ago. I think I may need to stencil something on the front.
And lastly...
from this past week.
I got this vintage shipping box for $5 (a splurge).  I've never come across anything like it before. This I found at a garage sale, along with the side table.
See you soon.

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