Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Table

Hi everyone!

Wow, I can't believe it is almost Easter! That came up quickly! 

Today is my mom's birthday. So A big Happy Birthday Mom! I love you!

Here a simple Easter tablescape.  I am using new, old, vintage, plastic, paper and regular dishes. Everything was so inexpensive.



I started with a pastel plaid tablecloth that I bought years ago at a thrift store for $1.29


I used these pretty pink and purple placemats bought at CTS  for .28 cents each. And these white ceramic bow napkin rings (set of 6 bought at a thrift store for .98 cents for the set. I had a 50 % off coupon)


Each setting is a different combination of the pastel plastic dessert plates and bowls. I bought the dessert plates and bowls in sets of 4 for $1.12 at Kroger.


Wavy charger from CTS for .97 cents each.


Okay, I did pay the full retail price of a $1.00 for the package of paper plates and paper napkins at CTS.


I used the white frosted thrift glasses bought at an Estate sale (6/$1.00) and then I used the different pastel colored vintage glasses from a thrift store for 1.75 (set of 6)

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All of the little Easter doo-dads are from CTS  (clearanced to .25 cents each). Don't you love to pick up holiday items after the holiday and then rediscover them the next year!?


The napkins were gifts.

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I hope you all have a very Happy and Blessed Easter!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

How To Make Jute Wrapped Easter Eggs

Hi everyone!
I can't believe Easter is only a week away! It sure came up fast this year! 

I made these jute wrapped Easter eggs last year and thought I would share you them with you today.

You could use colorful yarn or all pastel colors of yarn to create these. It doesn't have to be jute. 

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According to the different blogs I visited to research the “How to” instructions, it seemed pretty quick and easy. They said this is all you need”
Cheap plastic eggs
Hot Glue Gun
You can pick up but the glue gun at a dollar store.
Okay, I have all of that. So here we go!
A little tip to start that wasn't mentioned in the “How to” but, after the first egg, I did this and that was to do a quick gluing the two pieces of the plastic egg together.

Start by putting a dab of hot glue on the end on the egg and glue down the end of the jute. Then you start going in circles adding hot glue and the jute.

I did two eggs following these directions.
That was all I did! It took way too long and the hot glue dries super fast, at least faster than I could circle the jute around the egg. And it gets messy.
So that mess ends up on the finished eggs. You just can’t pull each of the gluey glops off the jute.

I discover two issues, besides having the patience of a two year old, Hot glue wasn't working for me other than the ends (it secures the jute quickly) and use a thicker jute because it holds better and it is faster.

Okay, on to Diann’s revised version of the craft!
Grab some cheap white glue and mix a little bit of water in it to thin it just a tad. Grab a brush to paint it on the egg.
First thing, besides making sure you have a decent manicure and not chipped off polish like me, is to use hot glue to secure the end of the jute and wrap a few times around it. Then paint the white glue mix on to the egg and start wrapping the jute around the egg. Make sure you turn the egg as you wrap so you can get it tight and close.

Once you wind the jute all around the egg, use another dab of hot glue to fasten the other end .
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You can see the difference between the glue in the picture above.

I think I will make more of these. I have seen them embellished with vintage lace and ribbon or even other colors of twine/jute. 
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For right now, I am leaving them natural. I kind of like them simple.

For more Easter DIY ideas, check out my Easter Board
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

An Irish Tea

Hi everyone!
And Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Just a small and simple tea today to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
I found this green and gold teapot years ago and it has become one of my favorites. Along with a simple white creamer. No markings on either of them.
The little green and gold teacup is so dainty.
Are you celebrating the holiday today?
According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity.
St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish
Source: Wikipedia
Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Shamrock Table

Hi everyone!
I really don't have any St. Patrick's Day dishes. But, I have plenty of green dishware! And that is all you really need to create a St. Paddy's Day table. Pull out some of your green thrifty finds, mix and match and create a fun table to represent the holiday.

I did a green and white table starring my Shamrock plant. I have had this plant for about five years. It is nestled in an old Ironstone tureen.
I picked up these pretty ironstone rooster dishes years ago at a fun little antique shop. I miss not going to this particular little store, it was close to a place that we used to camp on a regular basis.
The store was this long narrow building. In the front was all the gorgeous expensive antique dishes and accessories. Then you would walk through a door to another section and that would be where the antiques that were a step down in price. Then you would walk through another door into a specialty room. Still generally out of my price range. Finally in the very back would be the thrift store area. And off to one side there was a walk in closet room (this building at one time was a home) and in this room was stacks and stacks and boxes and crates filled with odds and ends dishes. All super cheap. A lot were just one of this design, one of that or chipped dishes. Basically no whole sets and some minor damage to the dishes. Well, that is where I found these. I just sat on the floor and started going through all the boxes. I love to unearth little treasures! I found 3 dinner plates and two salad plates. At a dime a dish, I was thrilled to take these home!
The stack starts out with a dark green plain dinner plate from the Dollar Tree. Then one of the rooster ironstone plates followed by a mossy green salad plate (bought at Kroger a few years ago for .50 cents) and then top with another of the ironstone rooster dishes. So, the 4 stack cost $1.70.
The glasses are our everyday glasses. The on the rocks glass was from a set of 4 I bought at a thrift store for $1.00. And the darker bubble glass was bought years ago at CTS at a marked down price of .50 cents each. So both of the settings dishes and glassware came out to a whopping $4.90!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic day!
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DIY Dishwasher Detergent Recipes and Results!

Hi everyone!

Well, I feel like I should say, “I took one, or in this case, 3 for the team!” LOL

Here is what I am talking about. I have been making my own cleaners for about 15 years now. I started because of one reason….money! Cleaning products can be so expensive. And I really needed to cut my budget drastically. I have a Pinterest board with different DIY cleaner recipes and I thought it was time to test them out!

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So, here is the latest…”Saw it….Pinned it….Tried it!!”

Before I go any further, I must tell you my dishwasher is a cheapo model. Not the very cheapest but, a far cry from an expensive one. So, I know everyone's dishwasher will be slightly different. These are MY results.

First up…The most simple recipe:

1 cup of Borax & 1 cup of Washing Soda

Simply mix the 2 cups together and use a tablespoon per load of dishes.

The results:

Not good at all. Dishes were filmy and still cruddy.

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Second Recipe:

Same as above except you add 2-3 tablespoons of regular white vinegar to the rinse agent dispenser.

The Results:

Not much better. A little bit less filmy but, that is about it.

Third Recipe:

1 Cup of Borax, 1 Cup of Washing Soda and 5  Lemonade unsweetened Koolaid packets (for citric acid).

The Results:

This recipe cleaned okay. I would use this (since I now have it made up) in a pinch when I am out of dishwasher detergent. However, it wasn’t the miracle cleaner that folks are saying it is. It is not what I would use as my everyday dishwashing detergent.

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That was the results of the three DIY dishwashing detergent recipes I found on Pinterest. I took all three of those pins down from my board. I will not recommend any of them.

For just for this post, I thought I would try a Dollar Store Brand dishwasher detergent. This one comes from The Dollar Tree.

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I was pleasantly surprised at how well this one worked. I really hadn’t expected it to do as good of a job as it did!

Have you tried any DIY cleaning recipes you found online? If so, what were the results?

I am going to continue trying the different recipes I find and I will post them with my honest opinions.

Here is another “Saw it….Pinned it…Tried it” I posted.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!





Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February Tackle List–Free Printable

Hi everyone!

Well, there have been some changes around here this past month. Troy has gone back to work full time and I started a small side business. I know, like I don’t have enough on my plate already! LOL

Organizing my time when my businesses are home based is becoming quite a challenge. When you don’t have a mandatory time and place to be, it is so difficult to develop a regular schedule!

Let me just say, anybody that tells you that owning and running your own business is easy, do me a favor and just smack them! Seriously, you have no start and stop time. You are working on or thinking about your business 24/7. And what’s worse, you aren’t getting paid for all those hours! You are hoping that they will pay off in the future. You don’t have anyone come up to you and say, “Great job!” or better yet, “Clock out!” LOL

So, trying to keep my home running smoothly is very important. After all, my home is also my business. If I have constant chaos in my home, my businesses will suffer.

So, making and doing these monthly tackle lists help me out a lot. I can’t do these big projects in a day. Even if I physically had the perfect body of a 20 year old, I still have businesses to run here at home.

Time, money and energy are all part of being thrifty. People think of being thrifty as just a money thing. So not true!


This month for our February Tackle List we are dealing with our kitchen cabinets. Since I got this list up late, the first week (which is half gone already!) is a pretty simple assignment. Just scrub down the fronts of all your kitchen cabinets.

But, next week we delve into a bigger project. Just know that going into Spring your kitchen cabinets will be completely cleaned and you won’t have to worry about anything but wiping the fronts down for quite awhile.

I was able to make this free printable only 2 pages this month. You can tell I am new to this free printable creating! LOL I’m getting better! Just click the picture to go to the printable.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


If you missed January’s Free printable tackle list, just click HERE!



Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Thrifty Groove Weekend Round-Up From Bloggerland

Hi everyone!

I thought it would be a nice change of pace to feature some other blogging friends. So many fun blogs out there and so little time right? And I like the idea of sharing some blog posts from bloggers you may not know or follow.

So, let’s check some out…..

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This is such a sweet idea for Valentine’s Day! My friend Jennifer from “Days of Chalk and Chocolate” shares an easy tutorial to make these Valentine’s Day Fabric Hearts.


My friend Evey from “Sweet Song Bird” is sharing her gorgeous Vintage Blue Buffet Redo. I so wish I had a basement or garage. I have several pieces of furniture to redo and Evey is inspiring me like crazy!

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How cute are these printable Free Valentine Gift Tags! My friend Stacy at “Anastasia Vintage” has they available for anyone to print off.

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Another awesome redo from my friend Karen Marie at “Dragonflies & Lily Pads”! Check out how Karen Marie Transformed this Ikea Craft Cabinet into a one of a kind piece.

Thank you ladies for some fun inspiration!

I hope you are having a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to Reuse and Color Epsom Salts for Valentine Decor

Hi everyone!

I love to use Epsom slat for that whole snowy look during Christmas and winter decorating. They are pretty cheap and they can be reused. A simple DIY idea for Valentine’s Day is to reuse some Epsom Salts and turn them pink and glittery for candle jars.

How to reuse and color Epsom Salts for Valentine Decor

This is one of those easy and thrifty little DIY projects.

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During Christmas I used a bunch of various jars with Epsom Salts and candles in them. As you can see, I really do use my candles.

cleaning the epson salts up to reuse

There is no reason to throw out the Epsom salts. You can reuse them and change up the color to reflect a different holiday. So, just empty all the jars into a bowl.

sift through the epson salts to clean them

Pick out all the large chunks of candle and then sift the rest to get the smaller pieces out.

add food coloring to epsom salts for decor

Now add drops of red food coloring. You can always add more until you get the right shade of pink.

whisk the color in

Grab an old whisk and mix. At this point you can also add some pretty sparkly glitter.

Reusing Epson salt and coloring it for valentine candle

See, super easy and no out of packet expense! Find a jar and pour in some of the Epsom salt and add a tealight or a candle. I used an old jar candle and just glued a scrap piece of white lace around it.

How to make pretty pink epsom salts for Valentines Day

So easy and chea…thrifty!

Are you ready to add a little Valentine Day charm to your home? Just simple little additions here and there is really all you need and it will make you smile!

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me. Have a wonderful day!