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Some of Life’s Greatest Treasures

I think when a Grandparent gives you something they value, it is one of the most greatest treasures in life! The picture above is my husband’s Paw-Paw & Big Grandma. I believe they were dating in this pic, soon to be married! Aren’t they a stunning couple! I think back on the time that I knew Big Grandma (never met his Paw-Paw because he passed before we married) and I think she had a good life with lots of family surrounding her. That was one thing about her is that she loved her family and she loved helping anyone when they needed help!  Right around mine and my husband’s first anniversary, we had our first daughter and anytime Big Grandma came to visit, she would always bring diapers! She knew how expensive those things were and babies are expensive! It was like she just knew when we always needed something and that’s just how she was! I remember the first time she had a stroke and I really thought we would loose her. I was so scared that when I spoke with her on the phone, I started crying and told her how much I loved her. We had her for many more years before she passed. I will never forget telling her that we would be naming our 4th daughter after her….her eyes just sparkled and she said “Really?” I told her “Yes!” and boy was she proud! It wasn’t long after that, just two months, before she passed away. She never got to meet our little Jewell but I know she is looking down and smiling at our rainbow baby!

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This antique milking stool was my husband’s Big Grandma’s.  He said she didn’t have many possessions as a child, but I wonder if this stool served as many purpose’s, in her childhood and as she grew up. I have explained in my last blog that we acquired a antique key from her home, when we were cleaning it out, as we were getting ready to renovate it. The stool was also an item that we picked out that day because Big Grandma wanted us to have it. Our oldest two daughter’s were small at the time so we decided the stool would make a great “time out” stool or we could use it to stand on, when we couldn’t reach things in the pantry! We’ve had it in our home for at least 15 years now and I love thinking back to that day, when we came home with all of our treasure’s from Big G’s house.

Here’s a little throw back pic of our two youngest daughter’s on their first trip to Disney World!

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Please check out my blogging friends to see what they have found on their thrift store, estate sale, yard sale or family heirloom searches!

Love~Shae

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https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/my-thrift-store-louver-door/

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Thrifted Treasure ~ July

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https://throughavintagedoor.com/2019:07/10/July-thrift-store-find/

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https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/my-thrift-store-louver-door/

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Vintage Washboard – July Thrift Challenge

 

 

 

June Thrift Challenge Blog Hop

Hey ya’ll! I have teamed up with several blogger buddies for June’s Thrift Challenge. This month, we have changed up our challenge a bit. The rules are to purchase an item from a thrift store, yard sale, garage sale, estate sale OR revamp/upcycle a piece you already own which no longer works in our home. As always, there is no set budget but we like to keep it as budget friendly as possible.

With the change in rules, I knew immediately what I wanted to do. When my Grandmother passed away, 11 years ago, I was allowed to go through her personal belongings and pick out what I would like to have of hers. One of the items I chose was this red quilt.

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Over the years, my own little family used it for picnics, beach trips and nap time and as you can see, it had had it share of wear. I placed it in a box in our attic to save and hopefully one day, repurpose it.

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When the challenge rules changed for this month, I literally jumped for joy, at the idea I had to make pillows from the quilt. It was super simple!

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I grabbed a pillow cover that I already had and used it as the pattern for my pillows. I cut two pieces of the quilt for each pillow and sewed together, added poly-fil and wa-lah, the pillows were complete! Quick, easy and free! I had all of the supplies on hand for making the quilt pillows. The poly-fil is super budget friendly. You can grab it at Joann Fabric and Craft Store for around $5-$10, depending if its on sale or you use a coupon. You can check out my under IG highlights “DIY Pillows”.

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I hope you will check out my friends to see what they have found for our June Thrift Store Challenge! I promise you will not be disappointed!

Love, Shae

https://thefarmhouseeclectic.com/2019/06/24/thrift-store-challenge-rustic-bench/
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https://lecultivateur.com/2019/06/24/thrifted-treasure-june/

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https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/mirror-mirror-at-the-thrift-store

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https://throughavintagedoor.com/2019/06/23/thrift-store-challenge-makeover/
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https://www.thehousehouse.com/thrift-store-finds/thrift-store-challenge-june-2019/
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http://www.clochesandlavender.com/thrift-store-challenge/

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June Clearance Challenge

For this month’s Clearance Challenge, I knew exactly what I was going to use for the challenge. I headed to our local Five Below store before our vacation (check my IG highlights/posts) to grab a few items for our newly renovated pop-up camper. Do y’all know what amazing items they have in this store and all for under five bucks?! Ok, ok, let me show you! I bought a black and cream boho chic rug and a cute little gray fuzzy foot stool for the camper. Both were $5 each!

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I also purchased a gray and white plastic outdoor mat for $5. It worked perfectly for our “front porch” area on the outside of the camper.

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But, perhaps the best bargain of all was the felt letter board that I found on clearance for $1! It was regularly priced for $5, but when I got to the register, it was on clearance for $1!

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See? You really can decorate your home or camper, while being budget friendly. I hope you take a moment to hop on over to each of my friend blog’s and see what these creative ladies have found on clearance. I promise you will not be disappointed!

Lots of summer vacation vibes from our family to yours!

Love, Shae

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https://lecultivateur.com/2019/06/10/top-shelf-clearance-challenge-june/

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https://stilettosandshiplap.com/clearance-challenge:-one-item,-four-looks/2952/

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https://thisfulllife5.com/2019/06/10/hallway-update-clearance-challenge/

 

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https://www.thehousehouse.com/clearance-challenge/june-clearance-challenge/

DIY Anthropologie Basket Challenge

I love teaming up with my blogging friends when they ask if I’m up for a challenge! Terrie from @decorateandmorewithtip asked if I would like to be involved with her Anthropologie challenge and I knew I couldn’t say no! Today, I want to share with you a challenge for a DIY Anthropologie basket! I wanted to try making mine look slightly different from the one in the picture.

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I used this rope from the Dollar Tree and a crochet yarn from Hobby Lobby. I only used two strands of the rope and a very small amount of the crochet yarn.

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I started the basket by winding the rope around and wrapping the yarn around the rope, two layers at a time. I used my crochet needle to push the yarn through the rope.

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It was relatively easy to make and I could have easily made it a lot larger. I have enough rope and yarn to make another basket!

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I think that it definitely did not turn out how I envisioned but it is definitely a start and something to work with or build on in the future! I added my Christmas cactus to my basket and styled it in our newly renovated pop-up camper! I hope y’all enjoy checking out my friends and how they each made their own version of this basket!

Love, Shae

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Decorate and More with Tip ¦ Pandora’s box ¦LeCultivateur

This Full Life 5 ¦K’s Olympic Nest¦Barnhousemess

Uncommon Designs¦Savvy in the Suburbs¦Chasing Quaintness

Sweet Southern Grace¦Bluesky at Home¦Through a Vintage Door

 

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Clearance Challenge: Beautiful Décor Can Be Budget Friendly

I have been wanting to add more touches of summer to my front porch décor. I decided to head to my local Hobby Lobby and browse to see what I could find! It didn’t take long for my creative juices to start flowing! I just happened to see this galvanized wall planter for $9 and thought, by adding greenery and flowers that it would be the perfect touch for welcoming guests into my home.

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I knew I had several hanging eucalytpus bushes from Hobby Lobby that I could use in my planter. I always buy them when they are on sale for 50% off or use a Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon, which will make them $7-$8.60, depending which coupon you use.

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I also grabbed one cream wisteria stem , along with a pink flower stem set and one columnea bush . I also purchased a green weeping willow hanging bushes. Remember, all of the greenery and flowers were all 50% off or items i already had on hand! The “hello” sign caught my eye and it was also 50% off and for $12, I thought it would look great above the planter!  I actually took apart the wisteria and pink flowers to spread throughout the planter.

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I spent around $35 dollars to update a beautiful spring/summer look to our front porch. Before shopping, I always check my décor to see what I have on hand, before purchasing any other items. A lot of times, I can “shop” my own décor in my home!

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Check out my friends below to see what they found on their Clearance Challenge for the month of May! I hope y’all have a wonderful week!

Love, Shae

Emily, LeCultivateurTara, Stilettos and ShiplapTerrie, Decorate And More With Tip Lindsay, The Farmhouse Eclectic Dori, This Full Life 5Jodi, The House house

 

Easter Tablescape Blog Hop

Hey y’all! Today I am joining a fabulous group of bloggers for a “Easter Tablescape Blog Hop” hosted by my friend Dori of  This Full Life 5 . Are you ready for some Easter and Spring inspiration? This hop will bring you tons of Easter and Spring ideas!

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I am so excited to be sharing my Easter tablescape with you today! I have only created a handful of tablescapes but I quickly realized that I really enjoyed creating different tablescapes, as it allows me to show my creative side!

For my Easter table, I wanted to incorporate why we celebrate Easter in our home by hand lettering Matthew 28:6 with my chalk pen. I decided to use a roll of natural colored craft paper  from Hobby Lobby. You can use your Hobby Lobby coupon for 40% off and its less than $5.00. The paper has cut lines on the back side, so it makes it, easy cutting! I also wanted to use neutral colors and textures. I love using my rattan charges from Michaels, along with my white Pioneer Woman dishes. I found the last two sets of the white Pioneer Woman dishes from our local Wal-Mart for just $20! The pink glasses are also Pioneer Woman and the clear glasses are just mason jars in different sizes. I added eucalyptus with lavender along with lambs ear and mini hanging succulents to my dough bowl that my husband made for me.

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I was able to create this entire tablescape with items we already have in our home. I paid under $50 for every item on this table! I love sharing ways to create a tablescape on a budget. After Easter, I can simply removed the table runner and keep the table set for Spring! Thanks for stopping by! Please check out all of my friend’s Easter and Spring inspiration with their blog link listed below.

Love~Shae

Victoria at The Home Envy

 

DIY Chalk Painted Furniture

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Have you been searching for the perfect diy chalk paint recipe? I have a tried and true recipe right here! The best thing is it is very budget friendly for under $45!! Last week, I decided that one of our daughter’s furniture could use a face lift, per say. After all, this furniture is a good 15 years old. We have moved a few times and it had a few dings in various spots. Those natural “dings” on the furniture would be perfect for chalk painting! I could sing chalk paint praises, all day long! It is the most hardiest paint that I have ever used! I absolutely love it!

CHALK PAINT RECIPE:

1 c Latex Sherwin Williams Ibis White

1/2 c Baking Soda

1 tbsp. water

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DIRECTIONS:

Mix 1 c paint and 1/2 c baking soda very well with a plastic fork, until you see no lumps. Then your going to mix the water until incorporated well and there are no lumps.

I use a  Wooster Paint Brush  from Home Depot. You do not want to use a cheap paint brush because you will be left with bristles in your paint and lots of brush strokes. I can not stress this enough!

The very first thing you are going to want to do is clean your piece very well with a damp cloth. Next is lightly sanding your piece. The reason is so that it gives the chalk paint a little something to grab onto. After sanding, clean your piece really well with a damp cloth again.

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As you can see in the pic above, this was before cleaning and sanding, it definitely needed to be cleaned.

When you begin painting, paint in the direction of the grain of the wood. So, if your wood grain is horizontal, you are going to paint, horizontally. If the direction of the grain of your wood is vertical, you will be painting vertically.

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When you are painting a long piece of furniture, like a dresser, I like to have one long paint stroke, at a time. I will start at the top and go all the way down and continue until the entire top piece is finished. Chalk paint dries really quickly, so you will need to work fast. When you have the entire piece painted with one coat, the paint should be dry within a couple hours, you can lightly sand over the first coat. You are going to be sanding in the direction of the grain of the wood. I use 120 grit sand paper for sanding.  I like to lightly sand in between coats because it will lessen the chance of having a lot of brush strokes. After each sanding, wipe down your piece with a lint free cloth.  Most pieces are going to need three coats of chalk paint, depending on how much coverage you are wanting for your piece. I always do three coats, with light sanding in between and wiping with a clean dry cloth.

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In the above picture, I wanted to point out that sometimes when you are lightly sanding in between coats, that your piece may automatically start to kind of distress itself. That is ok, so don’t let it worry you. After you have painted all three coats with lightly sanding in between, you are now ready to distress your piece. I don’t like super heavy distressing, so my distressing is somewhere in between light to medium distressed. To distress, you are just going to take your sand paper and lightly sand in the areas of your piece, as to where it would naturally wear.

Now you are ready for your wax! Waxing provides a wonderful layer of protection for your chalk painted furniture. I always use two coats of Martha Stewart Vintage Clear Wax  from Michael’s. It is under $10 with a coupon. Depending on the amount of items you are painting, will determine how much wax you will need. I needed two bottles of wax plus a little bit of another bottle. I painted six pieces of furniture. A bed with headboard and footboard, dresser with mirror, side table, desk and chair.  I think it is best to use a lint free cloth with your wax. You do not want to have any dust or hair that can get trapped in the wax, as you are applying or as it is drying. To apply the wax, grab a quarter sized amount and begin waxing in a circular motion until you’ve waxed your entire piece. Allow the wax to dry for several hours and apply a second coat. Once the wax dries, I allow 4-6 weeks for the paint to cure before setting any heavy items on my chalk painted furniture.

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A6D4CF41-DD75-470A-927C-D1CFC1D155BBYou can also check out our You Tube Channel for a more detailed video of how to make your own chalk paint and painting your furniture piece.

Much love~ Shae