Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Thrifty Trip Tuesday #5

I almost feel guilty for calling this a “thrifty” trip since everything in this cute shop is so very adorable.

We take a vacation to LBI (Long Beach Island) with my husband’s family every other year.  We rent a large house for us to stay for an entire week…Saturday to Saturday!  I will be blogging soon about this amazing year…so come back to see the house.  It was AMAZING!

A few years ago, prior to Hurricane Sandy, while on our vacation I had ventured into this store.  At that time I had barely started my blog since it was shortly after our fire.  I had yet to dive into redoing furniture. 

It was a day I had taken to myself…the fire was fresh, and my mom’s heart attack had just recently happened.  Needless to say, I had a breakdown of sorts.  This was a day that I just went…
shopping to clear the mind.

I remember that day very clearly.   It was the store that sparked a few inspiration ideas for me.  I just loved everything.  And, this store was just what the doctor ordered...

So…I had to go back while on this vacation!  When I walked in…the smell and the familiar surroundings gave me such a peaceful feeling.

Artifacts Consignment Boutique is owned by Amy and she is such a sweetheart.  The first day I had gone in I spoke with Melissa.  Who was so very kind and just dove right into the conversation about painting pieces with me...  I was seriously in heaven!

I had to go back to see if Amy was in the next day and introduce myself.  I couldn't leave the island without just saying hello at least... I am so glad I did...

I seriously could have stayed and chatted shop with each of them all day long, but they had customers in and out.  It's a busy little boutique...and rightfully so.  When you are as friendly & welcoming as they were...well who wouldn't be drawn in.

Amy also has a flower shop on one side of the store called The Container Garden.  I spied several fresh flowers & potted plants around that were to die for!

Not that I would call this place "thrifty"... It is far from Thrift Store.  Someone took the time to turn a piece of furniture from drab to fab or to find those special finds to clean up & bring into this shop for someone to enjoy for years to come!

Lots of reloved furniture, great salvaged items, and upcycled articles made this place feel like I was right at home!

You can see the love that has gone into each piece for sale.

Ahhhh...that beautiful yellow scale. 
The enthusiasm by both Amy & Melissa when talking with them about painting furniture...and finding vintage pieces. Their eyes lit up.  You could feel & see the passion the two of them have. 

I love connecting with others that have that same love & passion for bringing new life into something old, worn & tired!

I wish Amy all the very best, and so happy she made it through Hurricane Sandy for me to visit her again.  I will be back to visit in the years to come.

And, if you are around LBI for vacation, it is a must to go in and shop!  And, if you are on Facebook...go like Amy's page to keep up with the amazing pieces she has coming in & out of her shop.

I need to have these....  To die for!

With much love, peace & happiness

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tide Oxi vs. Paint brushes

Note:  The FTC wants me to let you know that I received something for writing this post.  This post is sponsored by Tide, but as always all opinions are my own…I would’ve written this information anyhow.  

I was super exited when I was asked to try out Tide Oxi for many reasons, but the biggest reason is I seriously love so many products from P&G.  

The Magic Eraser has saved me more than once when my girls decided to color (errr more like take a sharpie rather than colors) and write on their playroom wall!! 

Pretty much every day I either have a paint brush in my hand or something to craft for my booth.  So, how could I use Tide Oxi in my everyday life? 

My mind swirled with ideas.  I decided I wanted to see what would happen with all of those paint brushes I fail to clean up after I am done with painting.  After putting in a full day of crafting, using stain, paint and Modge Podge my hands were covered in all 3…

I washed my hands with a little soap, Tide Oxi and water, and within no time my hands were perfectly clean and it was gentle on my hands.  No dark stain on my hands!  No glue sticky hands, and the paint lifted right off.  I was amazed.

I took Tide OXI out of the laundry room… and into my sink cleanup area.

Tide Oxi vs. hardened paint brushes…

I then took all of my brushes from the day (which by the end of the day were hard) and washed them.  Super clean and easy! 

My dirty, paint and glue hardened brushes were now clean.

I used a little soap, Tide OXI and water.  Not only does Tide OXI smell so good, it left my brushes soft.  

Since writing this post, I have also used a little Murphy’s Oil Soap mixed with the Tide Oxi.  The mixture is simply my favorite way to clean my brushes.

I now keep a jar with a scoop next to my sink where I clean my hands & brushes for easy access.  It doesn’t take much so a tub of the Tide OXI will last me long time….even someone that uses her paint brushes pretty much on a daily basis.

Some of the other things I’ve used Tide OXI on since seeing how well they cleaned my brushes –
  • I had several pieces of furniture to clean prior to painting.  Most of the time I just use a little TSP or a water/vinegar/lemon mix, but the pieces I had were coated with years of grime.  I mixed my Tide Oxi with a little water and used a sponge to scrub. (I used 1 part Tide Oxi to 4 parts warm water)
  • I had an upholstered chair that needed to be cleaned.  Again just mixing a little Tide Oxi with water, it cleaned the chair up nicely leaving it smelling fresh. (I used 1 part Tide Oxi to 4 parts warm water)
  • And, in the laundry…my shirt that I had gotten stain on it from staining the top of a table.  Normally I use old clothing but I had walked through the garage & I saw I needed to do a little touch up.  Like with food, I usually walk away wearing paint or stain.  I mixed a little Tide Oxi & water and sprayed on the stain and let it sit for about an hour.  I threw the shirt in the wash & to my surprise…no stain!
You can bring the cleaning power of Tide to your entire home.  From the driveway to the garage, from the basement to the laundry room, almost no household stain is safe from the virtually limitless cleaning power of Tide OXI Multi-Purpose Stain Remover.

Some great things to note about Tide Oxi –

  • You can pick it up just about anywhere.. Home Depot is my go to since I am there all the time! 
  • Mixing it with warm water to clean around the house not just the laundry room
  • Using it to lift stains from clothing.  In my case it usually stain or paint, my husband it is just heavy dirt from working in the yard, my girls it is usually markers, glue, watercolor paint and food stains. It works for the entire family..
  • It has a lovely fresh smell, but not an overwhelming take you over smell.
  • Oh there are over 225 uses but I’d clog up this entire post if I attempted to name them all.  You can get more ideas from Jonathan Scott of the HGTV show, Property Brothers here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2-dCXmHsZY

    I hope this tip helps you in cleaning up your paint brushes.  I know I am happy to have discovered it!

    Much love, peace & happiness

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Thrifty Trip Tuesday #4

    This weeks trip is on vacation and will return next week.

    As a family we needed time to reconnect. And, we are doing just that. We've been super busy with all sorts of life happenings.  We are getting ready to head back to school soon and I am trying to soak up the last moments of my girls before the busyness of life of school returns.

    I am working furiously on getting as much furniture refinished/painted before winter comes along.  I hear we are in for a rough one.  And, if that is the case I won't be able to do as much painting.

    In the meantime I am giving you a sneak peek of some furniture I've completed and will bring to you on the blog very soon.

    I can't wait to show you the before & after of this chest.  It went from a truly boring piece to a fun chest that I put on wheels.  

    A side buffet table that I added beautiful embellishments in order to take it from boring to fabulous!!

     A aqua cupboard that I used some vintage wallpaper that I found at the Country Living Fair.  This was a fun country piece that turned out so lovely!

    And, a bench recycled from an old armoire.  I save this lovely piece from heading to the dump!!!

    On Fern Avenue blog will be on vacation this week, but promise to be back next week with lots to bring you!!

    Much love, peace & happiness