Sometimes I have ideas that call for vintage or antique materials. However (as much as I wish otherwise) I don’t have the money to actually go out and purchase them all (is there anything else in life where old = expensive?)
I bought 5 yards of crisp, new, bright white lace for a child size tablecloth recently, but I really wanted to achieve the antiquey, vintage feel without the antiquey, vintage price. Using some common household supplies, I was able to get the aged look I was going for.
My pops is a total green-thumb, and anything garden related is instinctual for him. I guess that trait skips a generation though, because I have a habit of loving my plants to death. I either drown them by overwatering, or fry them in what I consider a nice sunny spot, or strangle them in a small pot, or, or, or… My dad keeps trying teach me though, bless him.
Anyway, as well as being a gardening genius, daddy has a natural affinity for animals that frequent his green oasis. This includes hummingbirds, as we have sat back and counted as many as 15 hummingbirds feeding at his many feeders at one time. Yes, I know they are territorial – it’s actually kind of funny to watch them chase each other around.
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As I’ve perused the blogosphere over the past few months, I’ve been seriously inspired by all the imaginative, creative people that turn the old into something new and beautiful. (Seriously, just visit my “Reinvented & Repurposed” Pinterest board if you want an afternoon full of creative motivation.)
With Earth Day just around the corner, I thought I’d dig into my recycling bin and pull out something beautiful. And maybe I can help save the planet in some small way, too. =]
Although I don’t entirely change my decor, I do like to add a few cute additions to acknowledge the holidays. However, I refuse to spend ungodly amounts of money of my holiday decor – no matter how much I want it.
I went through this exact scenario the day before yesterday as I was browsing the local mall with my daughter. As we were walking through Restoration Hardware (one of my favorite inspiration stores that I have never been able to afford), my daughter saw this Easter pillow in the catalog we picked up and was immediately charmed.
“Mom!” she cried. ”A bunny! Can we get it for Easter? Please?”
“Sure,” said I, ignorant and unaware of how expensive this darling, unassuming little pillow was. But when I searched the page and found the price, I couldn’t help myself – I started laughing.
It was $75 (not kidding). And that was before shipping. Haha, yeah – no. C’mon now… Do people actually pay that much? Maybe I’m just too
cheap chintzy frugal for my own good.
Restoration Hardware, $75 for pillow insert and bunny cover
As I mentioned in my first post ever, I have a trash-digging
obsession habit thing. If I see something old and mangled that I consider to have “good bones”, I just can’t help myself – I’ll rescue the poor thing and bring it home. Usually all it takes is a good cleaning and some prettying up and viola! You have a cheap (in some cases free), and an (almost) brand new little lovely for your home.
I don’t know if I should be ashamed or proud to admit that I’ve repeated this process so many times that I’ve even got my family in on the act. Our newest rescue was a GORGEOUS lampshade that my stepdad
salvaged liberated from the trash pile at his work. I knew this lampshade would definitely have good bones, because where does my stepdad work?
At The Ritz Carlton. And they’re known for choosing things with good bones! ^_-
When I first clapped eyes on this baby, I was in love. It was big and Frenchy (ie: expensive-looking). Score!! However, I was also a little confused. ”Umm… What’s wrong with it?” And then I saw it: a bit of a smudge. (They were going to throw it out because of that? Huh.) Oh well; their loss is my gain!!