Thrifty Things Friday #52


Hi everyone!

First I want to thank each and every one of you for being part of my 3rd year blog anniversary! And the winner of the 3rd week magazine giveaway is…….

Ginger at


Congrats Ginger!

Today also marks the 52 TTF which means it is the 1 year anniversary of Thrifty Things Friday! I got this party handed down to me. Linda at A La Carte passed the torch to me.

I know that this party is one of the smaller Friday parties out there. And to be honest, I have never pushed this party or really promoted it. I probably should have but, I kind of like the intimacy that a smaller party gives me. I really enjoy visiting each of you who stop by and link up. I know I never could visit everyone if this party was huge. Wow, I sound like the “anti-blogger” don’t I? I don’t mean to.

I have had a lot of regular bloggers who join my party each week (or pretty close to each week) and I can almost always look at the thumbnail and know which one  belongs to each blogger. And I really like that. I have had the opportunity to get to know you a little bit because I pop over and catch up at least once a week.

It’s kind of like a family. And for those of you who have recently started joining the party, I am slowly getting to know you as well. And I really like that. So, I just wanted to say thank you for joining my little weekly party. I really appreciate each of you!

And one last surprise before I start the party.

I want to thank Linda for handing down this party to me. And she is always a supporter of the party and links up all the time. So, as a small thank you, Linda (she doesn’t know about this until she reads it! LOL) I want to give you a 1 year magazine subscription as well! Even though I already know what your choice of magazine is, you still gotta email me girl! LOL

Okay, on with the show!  

Last year, after Easter, I picked up some things at CTS that were clearanced. One of the things I picked up was this cute little pastel Easter egg tree. This wasn’t just clearanced with the other Easter things. It had a lot of damage so, it was in the “super reduced” area. It was originally priced at $13.99, which I thought was insane and not something CTS usually has priced that high. But, in the super reduced clearance area it was marked down to .39 cents.


You can see the damage. I figured one of 3 things would happen to this little tree.

  1. Repaint or glitterize the little damaged eggs
  2. Cut off the good eggs and use them in another project
  3. Throw it away


Well, I had just redecorated the little St. Patrick's Day topiary I had.


And after that redo, I had all of these.


Hum. How about turning the little egg tree into a blooming Easter Egg Tree? So, I cut the stems off these little white flowers and glued them on the damaged eggs.


Nothing real fancy schmancy but, I think it looks kind of sweet.


I think the .39 cents turned into a cute little tree. What do you think? Was this makeover worth .39 cents?

Okay, on to the party!

I’m joining:

Show and Tell Friday

Tickled Pink Friday

Home Sweet Home Friday

Feathered Nest Friday

Flaunt It Friday

Inspiration Friday


  1. Thanks for hosting! Such fun to join in.

  2. You little egg tree came out wonderful. I like it better with the new additions you made. "Clever Girl"!!!
    Thank you for being our New Hostess with the Mostess!

  3. First of all thank you for taking this party over for me last year! With the birth of my Grandson I wasn't sure I would have time and you were a natural choice to pass the torch to. I've tried not to miss a single party you hosted this year! What a sweet surprise to give me a one year subscription to a magazine! I will email you of course!

    I love your little Easter tree makeover and think adding the flowers was perfect! Extra sweet and very thrifty. Thanks Diann for being such a great friend and mentor to me. I have come a long way baby in my blogging and I owe so much of that to you. Aw shucks, enough mush! Hugs, Linda

  4. Your 39¢ went a long way, Diann! Adding the little flowers made the egg branch so much more spring-like. I am so very glad that this party has stayed personal and small. The big linky parties with 300+ entries are way too big. You can't visit everyone- you'd be online for a week and that is for just one party! Not to mention that people don't visit much these days- they link and run and rarely leave comments. Not like it was in the "old" days! LOL I miss the intimacy. When I first started blogging, Rhoda's party was the first link-up I ever did. I used to visit all 80-something (and that was a lot back then!) of the party links because I wanted to meet some friends. With all the parties out there these days, I have decided to become more selective and start monitoring where the traffic is being generated and who is leaving comments. Congratulations on the year anniversary of hosting! hugs, Sue

  5. Congratulations to Ginger! She's a lucky girl!

  6. Diane, you did good girl. You got your creative juices going!

  7. That little tree is adorable!!! Yup 39cents was a bargain for sure!!
    Thank you for the party again this week! Gosh Friday comes around before I know it these days!

  8. Congrats and thank you for 3 years of blogging and 1 year of hosting TTF, Diann! I have really enjoyed your blog...always fun and interesting.

  9. Congratulations on three wonderful blogging years and on your one year hosting anniversary. Thank you.
    Your tree is adorable and so thankful that you rescued it.

  10. Congratulations to Ginger on her subscription win! And thanks to Linda for starting this fun party and to you, Diann, for continuing to host it! I love stopping by to visit and contribute when I can. Your blog is a fun place to visit!

  11. Congrats on 52 weeks! You were the first Linky Party I found... I think it was in August or September of last year. I enjoy linking up at your party and I have found some really cool ideas here on your blog and thru' the party! Thanks for hosting.
    Congrats to Ginger and to Linda too!
    I love your white flowers -- a perfect addition to your egg tree!
    Have a great weekend!

  12. So cute, what a great idea. Congrats to the winners and thanks again to
    you for hosting!!

  13. Congrats on the 3years and Ginger (winner) is so sweet. Love your Easter stuff. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  14. Congratulations on your 3 year blogging anniversary. Fun Easter thrift update. And 52 weeks of hosting - congratulation too. Thanks for hosting.

  15. Congrats on #52!!! I can't believe it's been a year since Linda handed the party over to you. How time flies! Thanks for picking up the torch!!! Your little egg tree looks so much better now that you've added the flowers! Great idea!!!

  16. That was a good solution - it looks cute!

    Congrats on 3 years of blogging!

    Acutally, I prefer smaller link parties. This way I can actually make it to most people. In the larger ones I really have to limit myself and don't get to visit everyone I would like to.

  17. Happy anniversary! :) This is my first time joining in with your link party, happy to be here!

  18. Congrats and thanks for hosting every week! Your tree is cute! I was to CTS today, but no great bargains!
    I am late linking up, we had to leave really early this morn to get to Gparents day 90 miles away.
    I agree, I think the visits back are impt. It may take a few days , but I try, as I know you do!
    Linda is a great gal!

  19. Thank you for hosting once again!

  20. Great purchase and great fix. I envy all of you that have CTS. I will do my best to link up one of these days. Happy Anniversary!! Have a great weekend!

  21. Hello!
    Congrats on the anniversary of this party!!
    I don't join up every week because I don't always have great buys to share but I do also like the fact that this is a smaller party. I like the blogs that are smaller and more personalized and the ones that you do not feel that you are looking at a professional business blog. Same thing with parties. Even though I do join the larger parties, I can't help but feel your post is just a number, one out of 300 - 400 ones...
    Blogging is supoosed to be fun and personal and I always get that feeling when I visit you so keep up the good work!!


  22. Love the topiary! I'm your newest follower. I just started my blog yesterday. I hope you will come follow me.....or meet me at the Thrift Store...ha..


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