Sunday, July 28, 2013

Treasure Hunt Finds

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,
  About three years ago I was at a garage sale and I came across a hand made daisy blanket. I just loved the pattern and the cheerful colors. The lady wanted $10.00 for the blanket and at the time I did not want to spend that much money on an old blanket. I have regretted not getting that blanket ever since. I would think of it sometimes when I would look at crocheted blankets at the thrift stores and I would kick myself for not getting it. Well I went to one of the little local thrift stores this past week, and low and behold THERE was my blanket. It was a bit smaller but the pattern and colors were exactly the same. Guess what I did? I LEFT IT THERE! ugh! I don't know why I did it I just did. So a few days went by and I could not stop thinking about that silly blanket. I hopped in my truck and drove back over the thrift store hoping it had not sold. I walked in and there was my happy daisy blanket waiting for me on the rack. I snatched it up and gave the lady my $10.00. I think it is a bit ironic that I ended up paying the same amount for this blanket. Oh well! I finally have my daisy blanket and I love it.
I just love the detail on this blanket. Someone put a lot of love and time into making it.
What did you find this week? I would love to see your treasures too! You can post your pictures to the Joyful Treasure Hunting facebook page (link on the side bar).
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Fresh Home Grown Veggies

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,
  My dear friend has an amazing garden in her back yard, and when I was over this week she let me take home all the fresh veggies that were ripe. I was so excited because first I got to pick them myself and second there is nothing better then fresh picked veggies from a garden. YUM! I had a blast, and just enjoyed getting tomatoes, cucumbers, and all sorts of fresh yummies. I told her this was just as good as Christmas. She was glad someone could enjoy them because she was going out of town and they would not get eaten. Win win for both of us.

I got to pick all of this goodness! and I can't wait to finish eating it all.
The baby tomatoes have been by far my favorite to eat. I just love popping them in my mouth and getting that amazing burst of flavor. 
Fresh basil is one of the best smells. I have had this in my fridge for about two days and my fridge smells heavenly of basil. I put in my pasta the other day just because I couldn't stand wasting it. 
And look at this beauty. This is the first watermelon they had picked, and I can't wait to open it up to enjoy.
I love gardens, and I hope someday I can have one of my own. Do any of you garden?
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Happy Things on Friday

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,
    Happy Friday! I am so glad its the weekend because I am hosting a book club at my house this Saturday, and I can't wait to have my girlfriends over to talk about books and eat some good food. All in all the makings of a perfect weekend.

Home~~I love the idea of painting just a window in your house a bright fun color. It really brings a wonderful pop of color. It also forces to look out the window and enjoy the view.
Lovely Wear~~ This dress has everything you would want. The fit is great and the pattern is fantastic. 
Crafty Goodness~~ A gold ombre pillow is a great place to lay your head at night. I think you could do this project with all sorts of different colors. 
Back Yard Fun~~ I am going to start saving my cans to make this easy project. A little bit of spray paint and you have an instant display piece. 
Got any extra fun plans for this weekend?
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Guest Post - Erica from Caught on a Whim

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,
   I am so happy to have my first guest post today! Erica from Caught on a Whim is such a sweet girl and has one of the loveliest blogs.  She has fantastic craft tutorials, how to's, and a lot of fun stuff in between. We have been e-mailing back and forth for some time and becoming fast friends, and I nervously asked if she would guest post here on my blog. Being the sweet person she is she quickly accepted. When choosing the topic to discuss she wanted to talk about her new found joy of thrifting. I was more then excited about this topic.

Welcome Erica to Joyful Treasure Hunting!
How long have you been thrifting?

I've thrifted on and off for years, but never really considered myself a serious thrifter. I've been known to pop into shops here and there and see if I had any luck that day. Lately, I've been making a conscious effort to be more thrifty, and even made a goal to get out and thrift at least once a month. It's been a fun challenge. Thrifting takes a different state of mind. You have to go out and know you might not come back with anything. It's not the same as shopping at a store where they have an item in every color and size. But, when you take the time and find a great thrifted item, it is so worth it, because a thrifted item is unique and special in a way that a store bought item can never be.
What is your favorite thrifted find?

That's a hard one, because everything you find when you are thrifting is so unique! I recently found a fun elephant brooch pin that I'm loving right now, but my all time favorite item would have to be this beautiful silk scarf that I LOVE. It makes me wonder how on earth someone could give it up!

Why buy second hand vs. going to the store and purchasing it brand new?

Gosh, there are plenty of reasons! Here's a few... Thrifting is a fun challenge, because it is pretty much like going on a treasure hunt. You really have to dig around to find those amazing items, and nothing beats that rush you get when you find a thrifted gem. Shopping at a store doesn't give you that same thrill. I also appreciate that thrifting is a great way to reduce your environmental impact, because you are discovering and re-using 'new-to-you items' rather than buying new stuff all the time. Plus it is a great money saver. I can go into a thrift store and spend a couple bucks and come out with a bag full of stuff. That's not bad at all, and my pocket book agrees!
What do you go to first in the thrift store? Houses wares? Clothing? Books? Furniture?

Always the scarf bin. I'm the girl diving head first into those bins hoping to come up for air with a great find in hand. I'm not shy about bin surfing. Not one little bit! ;)

Thank you so much for being my first guest blogger Erica! You are always welcome on Joyful Treasure Hunting! Be sure to pop on over to Erica's lovely blog Caught on a Whim.
P.s I would love to interview more newbie thrifters or of course well seasoned ones as well. Please e-mail me if you would like to be featured :)

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Easy Burlap Table Runner DIY

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,
   I love shopping with friends. They spot things you might have missed and you also end up buying things you never would have on your own because you get into the spirit of it all. That happened to mes this week when I met my dear friend at Joann's. I had just planned on buying some yarn and heading out, but you can guess where this story is going. As we were going through the last few aisle she spotted this amazing gold polka dot burlap. Into the cart it went. I could not resist how beautiful it is.
Supplies needed
~1 yard of burlap
~Sewing machine Or a needle and thread

First iron the burlap right down the middle. The crease will act as a guide when you cut the burlap in half
Cut your burlap in half on your ironed line so you have two pieces of burlap
Sew the two pieces together RIGHT sides together
Iron open the seam so it lies flat
Ta Da! You are all done and now you have a beautiful table runner

Have a great Monday!
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Treasure Hunt Finds

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,
  I am so happy to be able to share a treasure you with you good friends. I feel like my finds are so few are far between latley, but then I find one that I love and that makes it ok. My friend and I went to the thrifties this week to hang out and see what treasures we could find. She found a picyture frame and some magazines, and we had a great time. My idea of a great day!

I found this awesome record stand for $6.00. I was so excited to have an official new home for my record player.
Now I have plenty of room to buy more records. So excited to see what new music I can find. 

What did you find this week? I would love to see your treasures too! You can post your pictures to the Joyful Treasure Hunting facebook page (link on the side bar).
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Rusty Bar Cart Make Over

Hello Fellow Thrifters and Friends,
   I have had this rusty bar car for quite awhile. It was given to me at an Estate sale when then lady couldn't believe I would actually want to take it home. I always go for the stuff no one wants. It works out well for me. Anyways I loved its rusty charm for a long time, but I was looking at it recently and decided it was time to give it some new life.

Before: As the guys from American Pickers would say this thing is "Rusty Gold." 
I bought my spray paint at Michaels using my 40% off coupan. I originally had planned on buying my spray paint at Lowes or Home depot but neither store had a pretty gold. Krylon Caramel Latte is nice soft gold. Not to blingy, but at the same time looks a little sparkly. I love this color.
At first I thought I could just spray paint over the rust. 
It was at this point in the project that I realized I needed to get the sand paper out and sand off some of the globs of rust. I knew it would never be rust free because this thing is practically being held together by rust, but an improvement was in order. 
After a long time of sanding and more spray paint (2 more trips to Michaels to be exact) here is the final product.
I think it came out great, and you can hardly see the rust glops.
My record player is happy to not be sitting on a rust any more too.
I just threw these decorations on the cart, but I want to do something different on the shelves. What I don't know, but I am sure something will come to me.

What projects have you been working on? Please share!
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