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April Thrift Store Challenge

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I have teamed up with several blogger buddies for a April Thrift Store Challenge. Our rules were that we could purchase one to two items from one thrift store, to keep it as budget friendly as possible, then style in our homes. Challenge accepted! Actually, most items in my picture is from past thrift store purchases, estate sales, yard sales or on sale! I love a good bargain!

I decided to stop by one of our local thrift stores on my way home one day. I enjoy shopping at thrift stores because you never know what you will stumble upon! I went to the furniture section, in the back, looking for a couple of chairs or a antique chaise lounge that I could deconstruct. I have been wanting to deconstruct a couple pieces of furniture for our master bedroom. As I was thinking that I wasn’t going to find anything for my challenge today, I spotted it! The antique wood gable vent louver!! (I call it a gable and the hubs calls it a louver.) I already loved the color of the wood and I had an idea of where to style it in our home. I originally thought I would place this above our kitchen window but no cigar! It was to big! My next thought was to set it on top of our mantel. Eh! I wasn’t feeling it! I decided to set it on the bottom of the mantel and I started playing around with some lavender and terra cotta pots. I loved the look that I was beginning to achieve! I styled my tiered tray, added my diy chalk painted farmhouse books, our diy candlesticks and I loved how my spring chalkboard peeks out of the picture! Best of all, I only paid $1.99 for the gable vent!!

I hope that you will hop on over to each of my friend’s, as they show us, what they found on their thrift store challenge!

Love~Shae

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Trash Talk – Decorate & More with Tip

Thrift Treasure – LeCultivateur

You light up my life – Stilettos and Shiplap

 

 

 

 

 

The Thrift Store Challenge – The Home Envy

Brass Antique Lamp – The Farmhouse Eclectic

Thrifted Jewelry Case Makeover – This Full Life 5

 

 

 

 

 

Thrift Store Find – The House House Blog

Thrift store challenge – Through a Vintage Door

Pretty Bowling Ball – Shabby Queen

Thrift Store Challenge – The Collected Haven

April Thrift Store Challenge – Sweet Southern Grace

 

Clearance Challenge- Aging Terra Cotta

I have teamed up with several of my blogging friends to a Clearance Challenge. We were challenged to find a home décor item under $15. I had been eyeing the succulents at Wal-Mart for awhile. About a month ago, I noticed that they were on clearance for under $4.00 each, so I headed back to Wal-Mart  to find my succulent.

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Now, these succulents definitely needed some tender loving care! This one looked like it had been over watered. I am hoping I can bring it back to life! I did not like the pot that it was planted in, so I purchased a new terra cotta pot for under a dollar! I decided to “age” the terra cotta pot.

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Now, y’all know I love me some chalk paint!  I decided to use my DIY  chalk paint recipe to age my terra cotta pot. My recipe is 1/2 c Sherwin Williams latex paint in Extra White, 1/4 c baking soda and 1/2 tbsp. water. Mix well until there are no lumps.

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Apply one thick coat of chalk paint with a dry brush. With a damp rag, remove some of the paint and allow the remaining paint to dry.

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At this point, you could leave it or add one more coat. I chose to add another coat. I painted another thick layer.

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Once the second coat is tacky to the touch, rub the paint off with your fingers. I also used the damp rag to help achieve a more chippy finish. Please excuse the black spray paint on my fingers. (Project from this morning.)

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Here is the finished result! I love how it turned out! For this Clearance Challenge, I spent $3.50 on the succulent from Wal-Mart and $0.74 on the new terra cotta pot. The painting supplies, I already had on hand. Total spent with tax is $4.60!

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Hope y’all enjoy our Clearance Challenge! Love~Shae

Terrie over at Decorate & More with Tip

Emily over at LeCulitivateur

Tara over at Stilettos And Shiplap

Shae over at Sweet Southern Grace

Dori over at This Full Life 5

Jodi over at The House House Blog

Lindsay over at The Farmhouse Eclectic

 

Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies

 

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This is probably our family’s fav cookie recipe, at the moment! The bits of toffee jazz up our chocolate chip cookie recipe! The cookies are soft and chewy with a bit of a crunch on the outside!

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 c butter (1 1/2 sticks), room temp

1 1/4 c light brown sugar (packed)

1/2 c white sugar

2 eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 1/4 c all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp cornstarch

1 1/2 c semi sweet choc chips

1 1/2 c toffee bits (Heath Bar Bits ‘o Brick baking pieces)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. With your stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars on medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and cornstarch until just combined.

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Add choc chips and toffee bits and mix until incorporated. I like to fold in with a spatula or my hands.

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Drop by rounded 1 inch balls on baking stone or sheet and bake for 9-10 min for softer cookies (just beginning to brown on edges) or 11-12 min for crunchier cookies. Cool on wire rack.

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DIY Flower Market Sign

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I have been planning for months to make a mini flower market display in our entry way. I asked my husband to make the sign double sided and around 30×20 in size. He cut a sheet of plywood, in the size I needed, for the front and back of the sign. For the trim, he used a 1×1 pine board.

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I painted the inside of the sign with Rust-Oleum Chalk Board Paint in School House Green. It reminds me of the color of the chalk board from when I was in school!

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Next, I applied a white wash to soften the green up, just a bit. My technique for the white wash is to add a little water and a tad bit of paint. I use a rag and swipe over the paint in a rainbow pattern!

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For the wording on my sign, I purchased a file from the Silhouette Store called Fresh Flower Market. I cut, weeded and applied the design to my sign.

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This is a simple diy and I love how it turned out! I have even used the sign on my front porch for décor!

Happy Spring y’all! Love~Shae

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Milk Glass Collection

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I fell in love with milk glass a couple years ago, thus the beginning of a new found collection! I originally began collecting milk glass so I could show it off in a corner cabinet that I am dreaming of! We have plans to build one soon! For now, I enjoy decorating with milk glass throughout my home. Everything you see pictured in the first pic, I actually purchased at an estate sale for $15!! It was a steal!

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Over the weekend, I visited my favorite local antique store, called the Brass Bear Antiques. I was on the hunt for a few items and one of those items was milk glass vases! I did find several milk glass vases! Score! Reasonably priced for $4-$6 a piece!

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I feel like there are so many different ways to display your milk glass. From a spring tablescape to a corner hutch or on a tray in your kitchen! Add greenery or flowers and you’ve got a gorgeous, simple vignette!

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Do you ever purchase a antique piece and wonder where it has been? What is the history behind the milk glass? How many owners did it have? Was it given as a special gift to someone for a birthday or a “just because” gift? Do any of ya’ll collect anything that is dear to your heart? Do you have a special antique that was given to you by a family member? You will find many antique pieces, throughout our home. Many of those pieces were given to us by our Grandparents.

XO~Shae

Homemade Doughnuts

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We love homemade doughnuts in our house! These doughnuts are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside! I promise they are not so intimidating once you make them! It is so worth the time and effort!

INGREDIENTS:

2 envelope’s of rapid rise active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water, around 90 degrees

1 1/2 c lukewarm milk, around 90 degrees

1/2 cup cane sugar

1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt

2 eggs

1/3 c butter

5 c unbleached all-purpose flour, divided

1 quart coconut oil for frying

GLAZE:

1/3 c butter

2 c powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

4 tbsp. hot water, as needed

DIRECTIONS:

Sprinkle yeast over warm water and let stand until foamy. About 5 minutes. Mix together yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, butter and 2 c of flour, in mixer. Mix for a few minutes at low speed. Beat in remaining flour, 1/2 c at a time until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled. Dough is ready if you touch it and the indention remains.

Turn dough onto a floured surface and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until doubled. Cover loosely with a cloth.

Melt remaining butter in sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tbsp. water at a time until glaze is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.

Heat oil in large skillet to 350 degrees. Slide doughnuts into oil with spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry each side until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on wire rack. Dip doughnuts into glaze while still hot and drain off excess. Keep wax paper underneath your rack’s for easy clean up.

Hope ya’ll enjoy the recipe!

Love,

Shae