I'm back from my 2 week blogging vacation! My 3 grandchildren visited from Delaware and they kept us mighty busy. I've also been busy the past week with some DIY projects and of course, a little thrifting. Stay with me, I'll get to that part in just a minute. Here is a peek!
Are you staying cool? Half the country is experiencing a heat wave. If you have air conditioning, I know you are grateful. As a 50 + women, I still get hot flashes so the additional hot weather makes it unbearable! Thank god for cooling stations across the country for those who can't escape the heat.
Michigan is on the cusp of a drought. Some local counties are already instituting watering restrictions for lawns and gardens.
Many areas in the U.S. are experiencing extreme drought conditions. I pray that things get better really soon. For us gardeners, lack of water isn't good.
Okay, back to the reason that you stopped by. THRIFTING!!
Today I'm linking to Rhoda's Thrifty Treasures Party at Southern Hospitality It's a great party and sure to spark some inspiration so head on over and take a look.
See that mirror in the upper left-hand corner? I bought this yesterday at a local consignment store. It's wrought iron and seems to be very sturdy.
I spotted this a couple weeks ago and thought about getting it but found something else instead. If you regulary visit consignment stores, you know that the price goes down the longer it remains in the store.
Mr. Delightful and I were driving around looking for garage sales on Saturday. We decided to drive to one our favorite local towns. We stopped at the Home Again Consignment store and I found just what I was looking for! The mirror was still there and it was marked down to $11.00. The original price was $23.00. I decided this time that I was going to take it home with me.
I love using mirrors. If you've stopped by before, you have probably seen a few mirrors on my deck and in the garden. Mirrors reflect light and add such a nice element to the garden or patio.
I love that I can keep the shutters opened or closed. The mirror creates the illusion of a window.
Notice all the photos from different angles? Believe me, the photos don't do this mirror justice. It looks fantastic from the street view!
See that little wicker chair? Free!
I made the little pillow for it a couple weeks ago with some indoor/outdoor material that was on sale at Jo-Anne's Fabric.
The afternoon heat was so bad that this is where I sat and edited my photos today.
See that big round mirror? It reflects the garden so I can see my arborvitates from my kitchen table (they are in the far right corner of my yard)
Can you tell I'm just a little bit obsessed with mirrors? I have a few more stored in my garden shed because I don't have any place to put them. I never pass up a good thrifty mirror deal. You should see the one I got at a garage sale for $10.00 (regular price $200.00)
Hubby says I'm going to need a barn soon to store everything. I THINK NOT. I don't want to become a hoarder so now I have to ask myself the following questions:
- Do I NEED it? Well, of course! You know us thrifty shoppers can always find a place for something new.
- Do I have a place for this? Yes! I can give something away or rotate my collections to make room for this item!
The kitchen doorwall opens to the back porch/deck. I'm showing you these pictures because I want to give you a feel for the view that I have from my kitchen dining area.
And.....for the grand finale! Look what I did with the $8.00 table that Rhoda from Southern Hospitality featured a couple weeks ago!
Thanks Rhoda, I've NEVER been featured before.
You made my day/week/month!!
AFTER THE TRANSFORMATION
BEFORE. Oh, how I love the power of paint!
I gave the turned legs an antiqued look with some orange paint.
Let me show you a couple more thrifty finds from the consignment store shopping trip.
The skeleton key shadow box was 50 cents.
The faux pot of oregeno was also 50 cents. I think they make pretty cute little accessories don't you?
Stay cool, keep hydrated. Hopefully, you and your flowers won't wilt during this massive heat wave!
Thanks so much for stopping by! My garden and home are always open for visitors so please stop by again.
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