Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Joyful Creations

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,

   The joys of having my own craft room continue to amaze me. I just love thinking to myself "I have a few minutes why don't I go upstairs and create something cute." I can't share all of my creations because one of them is a christmas present, but I will be able to share one of them with you all. I have seen so many people making pin wheels on Pinterest and in blog land, and I wanted to give my hand at making one too.

I chose old music sheets because they are super cute and easy to fold. 

I began to fold the first piece and I did not measure anything I just guessed about how much I wanted my folds to be. If I can avoid using a tape measure I WILL! 

The first half of the pin wheel

Now that I have both sides of the pin wheel complete I can make a circle by gluing them together

I used glue dots to connect the two parts of the wheel

Then I took spray glue and sprayed the front of the wheel and sprinkled glitter on top (thanks to my mother in law I actually had spray glue on hand because she was sweet enough to give me her can)

I used a wonderful "M" that I had in my stash. I knew this "M" would go to good use. I bought it ages ago, and was hanging onto it for just the right project. I plugged in the hot glue gun at this point to adhere the Merry to the pin wheel. Regular glue would not do the trick, but the hot glue worked perfectly. 

I had some sweet snow flakes ribbon which I cut out individually and attached using glue dots

This was my favorite touch to the wheel. I punched wholes in each fold and then I threaded this fun ribbon through each hole

TA DA! The final product came out so cute

I love how old and vintage it looks. 

I hung it on my tea cart, which is sitting next to my Christmas tree

This project was so easy, and so much fun to create. 

Have a lovely day!! Try to make some time to create today because it is so much fun.

The Joyful Thrifter

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Joy of Pyrex

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,

  I love using my Pyrex, but there are only two of us so I can only use them for their specific use for so long. Using my Pyrex for unconvential uses is one of my favorite things. Pulling out my snowflake Pyrex was a wonderful treat for me this week, and I wanted it to shine.

I suppose it glows more then shines, but it still looks lovely.

What unique ways do you use your Pyrex?

The Joyful Thrifter

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Joyful Tablescapes

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,

   I gave you a little sneak peak of my Christmas table scape in my treasure hunt finds post, and now I want to share the whole thing.

I love setting up my table for Christmas. This is one of my favorite holidays, so I always like my table to be lovely. Now time to share some wonderful meals around this festive table. 

After I got married my mom asked me what pattern I wanted my Christmas dishes to be in, and I instantly responded "JUST LIKE YOURS!" I grew up waiting for Christmas to come so we could use the special Christmas dishes. These are the perfect plates, and I love bringing them out at this time of year.

 Do you remember this mouse cage? I finally got it cleaned up and made pretty. There was definitely mixed feelings on this little cage, but I think it turned out very cute. (please ignore my vacuum in the background of this picture)

 Love my vintage mason jars filled with old Christmas lights.

Tis the season for jolly and cheer! Oh how I love Christmas time!

Do you have something special that you remember always bringing out at Christmas time?

The Joyful Thrifter

Linking to My Front Porch to Yours since I don't have a mantel I used my tablescape. 
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Treasure Hunt Finds

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,

  It was such a lovely Thanksgiving weekend, and still continues as I still have one full day off before returning to work.  I got to go to the thrifty stores with my Mother in law and that was such a fun time. We went the day after thanksgiving and got some splendid deals.

Salvation army was 50% off everything, which as you all know is my favorite. Who doesn't like cheap on top of cheap? Anyways I finally found another Pyrex pitcher, but this one has the orange and yellow lemon slices on it. It is so cute. I paid $1.77 for this beauty! Can you believe that?

(this is also a sneak peak of my christmas table scape)

This super cute Christmas moose was FREE at goodwill because I found him amongst the 200 free items marked in the store during the Black Friday sale.

 I paid $1.77 for these woodsie reindeer friends. I think they are so cute, and they look hand made. 

Snow man with skinny legs, now doesn't that just put a smile on your face? Of course again I only paid $1.77. Salvation army has such such strange pricing, but oh well. 

This owl was marked $2.35 and the cashier said that was way to much, so she lowered it to a mystery price and I still don't know how much I paid for him. It's ok though because I know it was cheap. He is so cute and little. I am not sure what to put inside his wood stump. Its not quite big enough for a candle, but I don't know what else could go inside either.

Very sweet pillow case in perfect condition for $0.50. It looks hand made, but I can't tell. I plan on using this in our spare bedroom whenever we acquire a bed.

A pretty banged up copy of Christy copyright 1967. I just love that book, and thought it would be fun to have an older copy of it, and at a $1.00 it was totally a fun buy.

This is my favorite find of the weekend. I am not sure what to call this, but I knew it was cool when I saw it for sale at a Porch sale. Yes I did just say a porch sale. The lady was just sitting on her porch going through a box of cards and selling her stuff on her porch. I asked her how much she wanted for the "shelf", and she looked at it for a minute and finally said "how about $3.00?" SOLD! 

I think it is so cute! Not sure what to do with it yet, but again SO CUTE!

Hope you all had a wonderfully thrifty week!

The Joyful Thrifter

Here are the lovely sites I enjoy linking up with. We get to share more fun that way:

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Very Joyful Thanksgiving

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,

   Today was such a lovely thanksgiving day spent with Mr Joyful Thrifters family. We all helped in getting this wonderful meal prepared, and had a great time doing it.

The table was set so lovely and ready to be filled with friends and family

The food was finally ready to be enjoyed to all who gathered at the table

This is a traditional yummy jello dish, and it tastes amazing!

To finish the meal off was a yummy piece of pumpkin pie

Happiest of thanksgiving wishes to you all!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Baking Joy

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,

    Whenever I see anything Mountain Dew I always think of my Father in Law because that is his favorite drink. So when I saw this recipe on Pinterest I knew I had to make them for him.

Mountain Dew Cupcakes
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
3/4 cup Mountain Dew
1/4 cup of lemon and lime juice (juice from 1 lemon and 1 lime)
zest from 1 lemon and 2 limes (separate into 2 piles, one for buttercream)
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Beat butter on medium for 30 seconds.
2. Add sugar and lemon, lime zest. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy.
3. Add eggs one at a time, Scrape sides of bowl in between additions
4. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add to mixer bowl. Turn on low for 5 seconds.
5. Add the Mountain Dew, lemon/lime juice, and lemon extract . Mix to combine.
5. Scoop into cupcake papers about two-thirds full.
6. Bake for 18-20 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.
Mountain Dew Buttercream
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
4-5 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Mountain Dew
Juices from half of 1 lemon and half of 1 lime.
Lemon and lime zest (rest of zest from cupcake recipe. Or zest from half of 1 lemon and 1 whole lime)
1 teaspoon lemon extract
neon green food coloring (yellow and blue if you dont have green)
1. Sift powdered sugar into a bowl or onto parchment
2. Beat butter at medium-high speed until creamy
3. Add half of the sugar, turn mixer on low for 5 seconds.
4. Add the Mountain Dew, zest, and lemon extract . Beat until combined.
5. Add food coloring to the desired color.
6. Gradually add remaining sugar until you get to the consistency and sweetness you like.
(Recipe Via All Things Cupcake)

Baking would just not be as fun without using Pyrex

I just love pulling out baked items from the oven. Its so exciting to see a mushy substance turn into something warm and inviting to eat. 

Well these cupcakes made a big mess of my kitchen, but it was so much fun

I love the color of the frosting

Zip locks make icing cup cakes so easy

I am so thankful for my cupcake carrier that my sweet sister gave to me. It made bringing these up to Riverside so much easier. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Eve!

The Joyful Thrifter

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