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Jan 23, 2016

More Thrifting Scores! French Country Vintagey Crafts w/Thrifted Goodies, Lots Of Eggs Again! V Day Decor

More Thrifting Scores! 
Last week I stopped at a thrift store I hadn't been to for a while. I really scored! I had found out I'm moving into a larger space at work soon and was looking for a few things to brighten up the space. Here's my score- my snowman above is actually a tree topper but fits perfectly in the top of my entertainment center

I found this at a local feed store, 80% off

perfect for my dining room shelf

For my new office space, a small mettalicy bamboo mirror to reflect some light and a dry erase board for my cubicle wall

Remember the plain wire basket a while back?

French Country Vintagey Crafts w/Thrifted Goodies-
I stumbled on to so many great ideas recently! My taste for decor ranges from Scandinavian/Swedish country to French country. There are so many similarities! I think I have some major Spring Fever! While we haven't had the snow the East is getting we've had more than usual. It was also colder earlier here. Anyway, I found the basket above, just wire and lavender that needed some minor repairs. I had to think about what to do with it for a while. I came up with this- I lined it with spare white burlap, stitched it to the upper edge, put some pebbles in the bottom, filled with floral foam and used leftover sunflowers. Whala! It's now on my shelf, looking down right Spring-ish!

To the right of it is the vase I bought recently, topped of with a moss sphere, recycled from another topiary of mine

What to do with these? Paint them with my new sample of Restore Paint, a thick, pudding-like chalky paint. More later on that...

my old bathroom mini soap crate before...

I got the graphics from Thegraphicsfairy, tons there FREE! Not quite done, but French country!

other side

I got this faux planter idea from Confessionsofaplateaddict, same graphic, it's mini orange crate from the grocery store!

I found the bird graphic and it was too cute! These aren't quite done either, will finish and distress tomorrow

Medium sized crate, for something else fun

other side, maybe for yarn?

I added some more sunflowers to my iron bar above my kitchen window

I recently saw this at Hobby Lobby but I'm not sure if I like this enough to make my own

what do you think???

Lots Of Eggs Again!
Our wonderful girls are laying those delectable eggs again, 3 per day! We were down to 1 or 2 eggs per day most of the winter. Poor Ellie, my Barred Rock, molted during the worst of the cold weather, poor baby. I had 2 very thin Trader Joe's French tarts, both with cheese, veggie and herbs. I decided to top them with eggs, but since they were frozen I poached the eggs separately, then added them at the end with herbs. OMG, talk about great. WOW!!!!!! I will do that again soon!

V Day Decor-
We took down the last of the winter decor today. I deep cleaned and put some regular decorative things out again, and then some red and Valentine's Day things. I keep it very minimal-

looking more like Spring!

My fun kitchen window

I just added some red floral things to the mini greenhouse conservatory, all thrifted

More red and fun little birds



Mama Pea said...

Please! No, no! Not spring yet! I'm still wanting more laid-back winter. And, eeek!, who knew Valentine's Day was coming up so fast? I like to decorate with splotches of red, too, come February. Love your Valentine wreath . . . so pretty. You truly are the Queen of Thrift shopping and great ideas. Always so interesting to see your pictures and read your posts.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes Mama, I hear you, I'm not ready for yard work! I did get lucky finding some of these goodies :)

Vickie @ said...

Your valentine wreath is just lovely! You also scored big with all those thrift store finds. Thanks for sharing.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks Vickie!

Jennifer@MyFlagstaffHome said...

Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!


Little Homestead In Boise said...


Michelle said...

Love your decorating ideas.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks. Pinterest is great eye candy for me :)

Acorn to Oak said...

I just love it when I find lots of great treasures at the thrift shop! So fun! I love the graphics you found for your boxes. They look great! Sounds like you're having a lot of fun as you look forward to spring!

P.S. Thanks for stopping by for a visit at my blog and for taking the time to comment. I couldn't respond back as your comment didn't have an email...just a "no reply". I hope you don't mind me commenting back here. Thanks for the advice about making our raised beds less deep to require less soil. That's a great idea. We might do that on any more that we build. For the ones we have now, we filled the bottoms with clippings, leaves, and even an old bale of straw. It helped quite a bit to lessen the amount of soil we used. :-)

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks and you're welcome!

Candy C. said...

Oh My!! The egg topped tarts look divine and I LOVE your French Countryfied crates!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks Candy! It's fun to play with different crafts and thrifted stuff :)

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