Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thrifty Trip Tuesday #1

I often talk here about my finds that I transform.  I also talk a lot about auctions and attending many of them.  I love the hunt & walking away with something that I got for a bargain.  That is what this blog is all about :)

Often times it will either need to be repaired, patched, or used for scrap pieces.  I just love being able to see past all the flaws to get to the beauty, I mean isn't that what life is all about!?!

On Tuesdays I will be bringing to you a chance to take a ride with me on a Thrifty Trip to see what I have picked up.

I am going to go back in time and bring some of the oldies up throughout the journey.  There are some weekends that I either spend my free time with my family, come up empty handed or there just wasn't any places I found that was worthy to go thrifty treasure hunting.

I don't always disclose my picking places, and I won't always disclose my purchase price...sorry just the way this trip works out.

Without further ado today I am going to take you back to one of my favorite online auctions -

One of my first true thrifty finds was this beautiful French Armiore.  You can read here about this beauty.

Disclosure: When I purchased her I had just really started blogging so please pardon the content.  And, unfortunately the pictures in this post are all old & prior to knowing how to truly take good pictures & the importance of editing them.

You can get the idea of just how gigantic this girl is!  I bought this along with the next few pieces at this online auction & paid just $25 for her.

She sits in my basement & serves as my storage for my crafts and painting materials, such as brushes and stencils.  She will have a home there for a very long time for many reasons - one because I love her and two she's a monster to move (ask my husband...sorry honey)!!

The next piece is this very old armiore.

You can see in the above picture that it needed some love.  The rope trim was coming off, and it was dirty...really really dirty!!  But, look at that mirror!!

It sat in our living room for a while

 ....and then I moved it to our guest room.  

What you can't see is just how warped this armoire was.  Unfortunately the door would not stay shut and I to use a nail on the inside for the latch, but every time I needed to get into it I seemed to catch my arm on it :(

I didn't just get rid of it, and the warped sides were too much.  I upcycled it in a few ways.  That mirror is stunning and so it is re-purposed & will be heading into my booth space soon (well as soon as I decide I no longer want need it).

The top comes off of the drawer and so the drawer I have turned into a bench.  I will be showcasing it on the blog very soon so be on the lookout for it. I was waiting on some fabric and just got it!  The bench is lovely!
I recycled the top part (where the mirrored door is hanging) as craft storage in my work area.  I've added shelves and it holds my fabric and wall paper along with my Silhouette Cameo and supplies.

On this trip the last thing I picked up is these side tables that I transformed into beautiful shabby chic tables.

I had originally picked these up in hopes they'd work for my sister in law.  But, they were just a little too big for the space she intended for them.  I got them for such a great price for the pair that I was fine with making them over into these beauties...

I painted them a dark steel grey with a lighter grey underneath.  I lightly distressed them and added super cute knobs to match.

I hope you enjoyed this trip down a thrifty journey and you will come back each week to see what I've picked up & what I did with it.

Enjoy your week!!

With much love, peace, & happiness!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Life happenings & projects on Fern Avenue

Last Wednesday was a big day for me..  You can read about it here, if you'd like.  So, it turned the week into festivities :)

A great friend of my husband's birthday is a couple of days after mine.  Every year since he had the big 4-0 birthday we have been meeting up and floating the Delaware River.

The first year (3 years ago) we floated sans kids.  The last 2 we've brought all the kiddos with us.

They are all old enough to enjoy it now.  And, to understand where the bathroom is located :)

Every year has been a great time & this year did not disappoint.
Catching my husband diving off the cliff!  We always make a stop here for a little fun...

Saturday we had birthday party festivities at my in-laws with more family/friends.  I asked for a lobster/clam bake, and my husband really kicked it into high gear!

It was a celebration of an eating feast!!

We had steamed clams, raw oysters, lobster, salad, roasted potatoes along with great conversation, laughs and a fun time had by all.  We were missing a few of our awesome friends, but summer birthdays can be hard to schedule.  

The kids swam, ate junk food and played the day away.  And, then returned for a little night swimming!!

My awesome little family!!!

Needless to say by Sunday I was exhausted and just really didn't want to do much.  But, I had sold another piece of furniture and needed to run over to the booth to clean up and re-access what I need to bring in.

For dinner I made a lobster/clam pasta dish that was to die for!  I simply can't rave enough about how amazing it tasted.

We usually never have leftover lobster or clams, but my husband went above & beyond on the amount of food he purchased.

Good for us the next day!!

I have been busy working on several different projects & I will write soon about them... But, I will give you a peek into what I've been working on lately.

I did this cute shutter into a chalkboard.  More to come on this super duper simple diy project for less than $5.00

I am working on these cane back dining chairs for our dining room.  There are 6 of them and they are in great shape.  The cane on a few of them needs major repair so I am doing something completely different with them. However you will have to wait since festivities last week took me away from finishing them up.

And, I completed this cute chair that I recovered with beautiful fabric from OnlineFabricStore.  I absolutely love that place & if you are in the market for fabric...I'd check the site out!

I was picking out some paint at Home Depot recently for a few more projects in the making and using this great fabric...

In other news

Newburgh Vintage Emporium, where my booth is located, made the Mid Hudson Times.  Part of my booth was pictured in the write up... Exciting!

The bottom right picture is mine...

Come back tomorrow to see what is in store on the blog starting every Tuesday!

Much love, peace & happiness

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

40! Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to me, 

Happy Birthday to me, 

Happy Birthday dear meeeee...

I am not usually one for all this attention, but I have to say it feels pretty darn amazing.  

I say if this is 40 then BRING IT ON!  I have been asked many times if I am feeling down or bad about turning the big FOUR OH... Nope not at all.  In fact I am feeling pretty darn good!  

First...  there is nothing I can do about it.  My birthday is gonna happen no matter what I do about it. So, why not embrace it!

Second...  I don't really feel any different today than I did yesterday.  Oh wait my back is hurting, and my knee, oh and my neck!  Ok maybe that's because I was painting chairs yesterday.. 6 of them in fact and there was a lot of squatting, bending and standing sometimes all at the same time (wait can you squat and stand at the same time...ok so maybe my mind is going just a little).  My body is not 20 anymore..got it!

Third... I am living a pretty fulfilled life.  I mean I have a wonderful husband, 2 lovely daughters that are healthy & full of love, family & friends that love me unconditional through my flaws, quirkiness, and my desire to talk all things DIY & blogging. 

Fourth... I am doing what I love.  I have a husband that fully supports the idea of me trying to make money with my painted furniture & DIY projects along with blogging.  After the Haven Conference he realizes that my friends (bloggers) are actual humans & not computers that I am conversing with (I brought pictures home to prove it).  

My painting furniture is my passion.  I love my work & being able to provide new refreshed pieces.  I feel accomplished.  I had the corporate gig at one point, and I loved it during its run, but the hours would kill me now with a family.  I enjoyed what I did & there are days I miss conversating with other adults on a face to face level.  But, I am loving even more having a day that is flexible where I can be home with my girls, be here for husband as a wife & partner, to help care for my father and to have sit down dinners each night with my family!  

Fun stuff from today...

I learned I share a birthday with Harry Potter, oh and Monica Lewinsky.  

I share a birthday with one of my 4 sisters..we were the only 2 delivered by a woman doctor, and the only 2 to have anything to do with horses...

Did you know the month of July was named after Julius Caesar?

I am a baseball fan & love the Yankees...  So in 1925 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hit his 1st of 23 career grand slammers!!

On this day in 1984 Miss America Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown to first runner-up Suzette Charles. Pageant officials had asked Vanessa to give up the title after nude photos of her were published.


·         Gorgeous Grandma Day
·         Hot Enough For Ya Day
·         National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
·         National Hot Dog Day

So I have no reason to despise turning 40.  Nope!! I chose to embrace it...

I look forward to what this year has in store for me.  I hope you will enjoy the ride with me...it's gonna be fun & adventurous!!

With much peace, love & happiness

~ Lynn