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Mar 11, 2017

Spring? Thrifting, Upcycled Dough Bowl, Farm-Style Pie Sign

After the Snowmaggeddon we went thru this winter, I never thought spring would come! After some mild weather and rain it appears it has-

Chives are up

Rhubarb too


ground cover


I let the chickens out this afternoon into the main backyard since it was about 60. They ran out the gate at a high rate of speed!

Spotted some wild bird food
They had a blast digging thru the wet soil

Grass is greening up

Our neighbor's cat (Princess) Posie, was watching the birds

Our (Empress) Anya, however took a nap on her favorite blankie, love her!

I went to Goodwill today with some donations. While I was there I bought five pairs of pants for Grand baby River, marked down 1/2 price, score!

He's getting big, and we babysat last night, what fun!!!

I also found a candle holder buried on a shelf. I had plans for that!

I also bought a small terracotta pot with faux blue flowers for my kitchen window sill, $1.99-

 All about $13.00. Score!

Upcycled Dough Bow
I saw this bowl/candle holder at Goodwill for $3.99. When I spotted it what I saw was a dough bowl. It just needed some deconstructing. It is a heavy resin, whitewashed wood look. I tried to remove the screws at the base of the candle holders. No luck. I thought to look underneath the fabric on the bottom- 


I removed the fabric and both the nuts with a small wench. Now it's ready to fill with some natural elements or vintage goodies, and the 2 holes won't show. So for $3.99 I'm happy. Someday I may get an expensive, wood vintage one, but this will do for now.

Farm-Style Pie Sign-
I had seen this farm-style sign all over the internet and Pinterest for a few years. I could never find one in the Cost Plus stores sadly. I wouldn't pay a lot of shipping for a $15.00 item, so I gave up. I went there to buy some teas today while I was in the area. They have a awesome collection of Twining's teas and great prices. While I was looking for something else I spotted the sign at their store! I couldn't believe it! I need to decide where to put it in the kitchen or dining area. I love the simple lettering and shabby, distressed edges-

I also found some more Slap Ya Mama Cajun sauce from my post 2 weeks ago, 1/2 price! I bought 4 jars., and 2 boxes of their Cajun rice/beans mix. Checking out the clerk asked me if I had a coupon and I said no. She said "I have one" and gave me 30% off everything! My $14.99 pie sign was $10.00. Score! Teas and food items discounted too. I HAD A GREAT SHOPPING DAY! 


Kristina said...

Lots of fun! I went shopping yesterday, but it may be awhile before I have photos to share.

Mama Pea said...

Is River adorable, or what?!

I do declare, I think the good shopping buys just wait for you to come close to them!! (Homemade pies are kinda my specialty, so I'll have to keep my eyes open for that sign!)

Rain said...

I love the sign so much! Great bargains, I love days like that. I'm jealous of your spring weather! The chickens look so great out in the yard. Nice photos! I'm still not sure what a dough bowl is though!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

I hear you, I have to grab my camera or sometimes I forget!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

I have learned to listen to my thrift store radar pinging! Maybe some Shopper's intuition going on there.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes, I was so happy to find that cute little sign. It's going to be warm for the next week or two after that who knows? This is usually about the time of year it starts warming up though. A dough bowl is a bowl traditionally used for a place for dough to rise. They're usually made out of one piece of wood that is carved out and hollowed. They can be pretty spendy but are very nice looking. If you Google them there's tons of images online.

Rain said...

What a great find! I did check the images online and saw some really big table-sized ones! I just use the microwave to raise my dough but that is really a nice addition for the kitchen. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled this flea market season!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

There are different sizes, my faux one is smaller, but $4.00! They're used mostly for decorations now...

Leigh said...

All your spring photos look so great and then the photo of River! Nothing can top that for adorable!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks, it's just hard when he won't sit still!

Susan said...

What an adorable baby! I cannot believe your shopping luck! Wow! How I wish I could see something green about now. Unfortunately, we are supposed to get more of the white stuff tomorrow. Blech.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

I do seem to have my "radar"= time to go to a thrift store! After our heavy snow I'm ready... said...

love that sign! may need to run up to cost plus this weekend! Found you via a party at Abbotts at Home! laura

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes pretty cute!

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Oh that adorable. I do major thrift trips too and resell on Ebay to supplement our small income. Our goal is to survive under the poverty line. Always a challenge but it can be done. Fortunately we have the land to grow 100% of all our meat. Great blog, I'll be back!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Sorry I didn't answer this sooner, it went into the spam folder, but thanks!

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