A Vintage Christmas…Sorta

I love vintage things, but unless I make some lucky  finds, I can’t usually afford them. I was spoiled with great thrift stores when we were living in Madison. Houston thrift stores leave something to be desired. The ones with … Continue reading

Remember that Bunting?

The bunting I showed you over and over again, in various stages of completion? It took hours for myself and several helpers to cut and sew and iron and attach until it was all done. Then it took hours and lots … Continue reading

This is what happens when your favorite antique mall has a store wide sale…

Things are rather busy here. I’m frantically trying to finish some Christmas gifts before we head home to PA late next week, and Ad is working his little tush off to finish his thesis. Fortunately, I made some time to … Continue reading

Thrifty Therapy

This weekend has been a little emotional because Ad left for his 3 month internship in TX Saturday morning. I’m an emotional person to begin with. I get misty eyed pretty darn easily, and Ad’s departure was no exception. I spent most of the day Saturday in pity party mode, watching copious amounts of Midsomer Murders on Netflix and eating cold pizza in my pajamas. Today I kicked myself into gear, did a bunch of housework, and then hit the thrift stores.

I got these little beauties for next to nothing.  Two cups and saucers, two small snack plates, and two small bowls for $4.00. I don’t know anything about them because there are no markings.


There is some definite wear on the bottoms that indicates use, but there is no crazing on the glaze and the design seems more modern, so I have no idea how old they are. Mid century modern? Or just modern? They are very similar in shape and feeling to some other mid century china that I have, but I’m too much of a novice to be sure. Either way, I needed them.



Some other vintage goodies that I felt I could not do without…


These might be the silliest thing I’ve ever purchased, but I was instantly charmed by them.



They’re stained, and have some small tears, but they’d be perfect for a shabby chic Christmas display paired with some old bottle brush trees.


And last but not least, a minty Vernon Kilns Modern California creamer.  The pictures show it as a light blue, but it’s definitely more of a mint green.


It’s Art Deco, instead of mid-century like most of the other pieces I have, but the color is so perfect that I think it will blend nicely.


Now for the obligatory Skelly pictures…


He spends a good part of the day standing right here, watching people outside. Unfortunately he drips and drools on my little terrarium, so please ignore that dirty glass. It’s impossible to keep it clean, but that’s the window with the best light.


Hope you have a nice week! Skelly and I will be here, ruling the roost.



Thrifty Thursday, A Day Late

It’s a good day, that involves thrifting and sun hats.


Us pale folk must protect ourselves, so a good sun hat is pretty essential. Yesterday I was busy shopping, and gardening, and cleaning, and finishing the last paper of graduate school. Yay! I was so busy that I didn’t have time to post this as intended, so it’s just a day late.

Here’s a look at my thrifty finds for the week. I got these terracotta pots for a great price, $1.50 each. They’re now home to some nasturtium seeds that are waiting to sprout.



Some vintage lacy sewing bits to sell in my Etsy shop


And a super cheap embroidery hoop that I used to frame this newly finished embroidered Tufted Titmouse, also for sale in my Etsy shop.



I bought myself a wee graduation present… a pair of these pink dessert goblets.



This will be a good weekend. I have good friends coming to stay to help me celebrate my graduation. It feels good to done! Evenings and weekends will now be craft time, instead of homework time, and that’s pretty exciting.

Thrifty Thursday!

I’ve been fairly well behaved recently, as far as thrifting goes at least. There’s a thrift store 4 blocks from my house, and I’ve managed to stay out of it for about a month. But after class today the sun was shining, and I wasn’t quit ready to go home for the day, so I went in for a peek.

And lo and behold, a big old set of vintage Royal China Ironstone Star Glow dishes caught my eye. My dad first got me interested in mid century modern china and decor a few years ago, and I’ve been a fan ever since.


I got 6 dinner plates, 6 small bowls, and 6 small plates for under $30. The small plates are actually saucers I believe, but they were being sold w/out their cups. I figure that if I ever stumble across the matching cups I’ll buy them, and if not, then I’ll just keep using them as plates. You can’t be picky when you’re thrifting!  Starglow is definitely not the most desirable mid century modern china motif,  but because of that it’s one of the most affordable .

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Plus, I’ll get a little kick every time I use them because it’s the same set of dishes that the Weir family uses on Freaks and Geeks, arguably one of the best TV shows of all time.