Monday, July 6, 2015


I found this street sign many years ago at an
antiques flea market. The vendor said is was
 an old cast iron sign from San Francisco.
 This weekend I decided to hang it over the
archway from the kitchen/breakfast area
leading into the living room.
 I took down the chalkboard sign that was
previously there.
This is such a better place for it than where I
had it. Don't know why I hadn't thought
of hanging it here where we can see it.  
It was in my laundry room. On the back wall 
with the antique washboards. I spent a few 
days cleaning out the laundry room; all the 
cabinets, even the tops, and all the stuff up 
there, under the utility sink, organized all the 
cleaning supplies, reorganized the shelves
 on this make-shift bookcase made out of 
old bifold doors. That's when I remembered a
 friend suggesting that that sign really needed
 to be somewhere where it can be seen. 
"Too cool to hide" were her words. 
So here's it's new happy home. 
I'm liking it in here. 
Welcome N MAY ST


Friday, July 3, 2015

Fabric Repurposed Tennis Balls

I've been wanting to find a craft that uses
my old dead tennis balls and here it is!
This is a no-cost project. Love that!
 It repurposes things I have plenty of. 
Love that! It takes no time
 and no skill. Love that too!
 Here's my stash of repurposed fabric, 
you know, old shirts, sheets, etc. 
Everything gets dumped in here. 
In the entry way of all places, but it's
 in a basket, so nobody knows and it's handy
 for "lightbulb moment" days.
I pulled out the red, white, and blue pieces.
 Have lots of used tennis balls. I you don't
play tennis, ask a friend that does, or call
your local club. Save the empty cans too.
I use them to store everything!!
 Cut/tear your fabric into about 1" strips and 
cover the balls tightly, overlapping new
 strips as needed. 
 I used pins. I save (doesn't everybody?) 
those tiny head pins that come with new
 stuff. Those are better, if you have them.
  Now just pin down the last strip
through the fabric (not the ball)
It will hold just fine. Pile the
finished balls in a bowl, pin side down. 
Here's my family room coffee table vignette.
Think of all the other colors you can use
 for every holiday or your decor. You can
 even store them back in the tennis can 
when you pack-up. 
In addition to the tennis ball craft, you 
may notice my fun avatar. You can create 
your own using the app Bitstrips. Then
 you can use it to annoy your family when 
you text them along with pictures. My
 daughter Kim and I have been texting 
each other and having so much fun! 
My granddaughter is begging
us to stop :))

Have A Star Spangled Weekend!!
Links: Between Naps On The Porch,
Facebook, Common Ground, Home Sweet Home,
The Girl Creative, Somewhat Simple,

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How I Set A July Table

How I pulled together my Americana
themed breakfast table using things I have.
I brought out some of red dishes and a
few accessories to add to the blue
and it was done in no time.
Here's how I started. 
I'm using 2 kitchen towels for a 
country-style table runner. My red 
Coke crate is so Americana. 
 I filled it with an oil lamp because I like to
have candles or this lamp for a flame. It's
 nice to light it for dinners. I also added
Longaberger S&P with basket, extra
  plates, and a white ironstone creamer.
A red transferware tea set and a
hand embroidered apple tea towel are 
at one end.
This orchid is still in full bloom, so that's
included. I always like to have a fresh plant
or flowers on the table.
 I wanted to mix and match my blue and
 white dishes with the red.
 I tried several combinations.
 I liked all the combinations.
 There will be a constant mix each day
as I set the table.
 Here's another set-up.
 Ruby glass salad bowls. 
This is a good way for me to use some
of my incomplete sets. 
I love playing with dishes. 
I added extra blue and white pillows to 
the back of the wicker chairs to complete
the color combination. 
Everyday table setting for July.
Didn't take me long and I get to use 
play with the things I have. 
 Now time to sit and enjoy our morning joe
and a strawberry pancake...yum!


Monday, June 29, 2015

Red, White, and Blue

It's time to show your colors!
 It's time to use the Americana mugs I 
found thrifting this year. I'm always on the 
look-out for holiday mugs for 25¢.
See that post 
 It's time to display this hand embroidered
kitchen towel I found at a craft fair in NC.
see that post
 It's time to hang the scrap fabric wreath 
I made using a wire hanger, t-shirts, 
and old denim.
See how to make one here.
It's time to mix in some red and white 
transferware with my blue and white dishes.
See more red, white, and blue dishes here.
I'll keep this color combination all summer.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

The One That Got Away

Look at this beauty! It's an ornate armoire
that was in perfect condition. It was in a color
that would work in my house without painting.
It would make the perfect fun, functional
"Pinterest-inspired" wine bar
It was at my favorite thrift store sale
in Ft. Lauderdale last week. But it was
 already SOLD! 
I wasn't even looking for one, but now
I'm on the hunt. The inside had two shelves
and 4 drawers on the bottom. Perfect set-up
to repurpose it for a wine bar. 
 Hello gorgeous! 
Just look at that price! $29.00 !!
That's just crazy! 
Anyhoo, check out my Pinterest board
on CABINETS. I have lots of inspirational
pictures of cabinets and armoires
that are repurposed. This is what I
would have done with it. Lovely....
There are lots more ideas !
Check them out. 


Monday, June 22, 2015

5 Tips For Shopping Thrift Stores

Here are my top tips for thrifting.
1. Have a master list. Things that you are
on the lookout for. Mine is getting longer all
 the time. Each time you go you'll find
different merchandise and something
from your list is bound to be there. 
I keep mine on my iphone. I give the list 
a quick glance before I head in. I can often 
find my missing pieces like Corningware lids
or items from sets.
On this trip I found the vintage ice tong
that went with my vintage ice bucket I
found last year. The tongs were 12¢. 
 I found a bag of cookie cutters for $1.00. 
I'll use them for tree or gift decorations. 
 I'll add them to the cookie cutters I've
collected in the glass jar.
2. Serendipity is a wonderful thing.
Of course there are always things to find
that are not on your list at all, but you just
can't pass up. Think about gifts for
friends or seasonal merchandise, 
I found this set of 4 cups with saucers 
that are for espresso or Cuban coffee. 
All for less than the price of an espresso!
I love to use platters. This 14" one from 
Bavaria was $1.50
A set of silver plated coasters for $1.50 will
 be pretty in a table setting using my
  silver plate chargers found last year.
A big cup and saucer for cappuccino, coffee, 
tea, or cocoa. $1.00

3. Dress comfortably. Wear a t-shirt under
 your blouse in case you want to try
something on and don't want to wait for
 a dressing room. Use a cross body purse
 to keep your hands free and your
 money safe. Grab a shopping cart.

4. Have measurements for the spaces in
your house that need  a picture,
mirror, or furniture piece. 
Carry a measuring tape.
5. Watch other shoppers that seem to know 
what they are doing for inspiration. I would
never have thought to look through the bowls
to find these great pottery pieces if not for
 the lady carefully looking on the bottom
shelf for handmade pieces. 
 I love this blue pottery bowl. I see them at
craft fairs all the time. This was a steal
 for $1.00 and it's a size I can use daily.
 Ideas: scrambled eggs, pancake batter,
and grapes. Pretty enough to leave out.
I've now added pottery bowls to master list.
 This larger bowl is a beautiful terracotta
 color. Ideas: Potato salad, fruit, pinecones in the fall.
 It was $1.50!
Handmade pottery,
my favorite find of the day!
Most important, thrifting is fun! 
It's an adventure! It's a hunt! It's a mystery!