Another Thrifted Gift

If you watch my thrift hauls on my YouTube Channel Wishes and Weeds, you’ll see that I will frequently pick up monogrammed mugs, as long as they are priced less than a dollar.

In this video, you’ll see how I turn a few thrifted supplies into a small but appreciated and impressive gift.  I traditionally give one of these as an “onboarding” gift to my social work students on their first day of their practicum placement as a little “welcome”.  Watch the video for tips to quickly put one together yourself:

Finished Project with a VideoTutorial

If you caught the YouTube Video of the my thrift haul from two weeks ago, you saw the fantastic bargains that I got at a church rummage sale.  One the items was a wooden plaque in the shape of the whale.  I was excited to get home and start on an overhaul of this piece to add to the nautical bedroom theme I’m working on.  I followed the progress of the project with a video – and here it is:

I’ve hung the finished wall decor over top of the dresser that I painted a few months ago, surrounded by other thrifty finds that I’ve featured in previous thrift haul videos.  Two pieces – the framed picture of the Bluenose II, and the lamp – have been previous “find of the week” for me.  I really like how this bedroom is coming together.

My son the sailor is planning on a visit home this coming weekend – I hope he likes the changes that are happening in his temporary room!

May 2018 Country Living Magazine Read-Thru (Part 2)

Page 31 “Modern Magpies”  Features full page exposées of collectors – I think I found a couple of kindred spirits in these pages: Jesse Lauzon’s pottery and ironstone are swoon-worthy, and Erica Swagler’s hand-coloured engravings are sooooo charming.

Page 68 “Americana Pickers”  A great article about the 1 MILLION antiques sourced for Cracker Barrel restaurants.  We don’t have Cracker Barrels in Canada, so we visit often when on vacation south of the border.  Hubby always orders the chicken fried steak, and I crave the Apple & Cinnamon Oatmeal.  On our last visit in February, we had breakfast at the Cracker Barrel in three different states over nine days.  But I digress – this is a really interesting article which will answer all of your burning questions about “I wonder where they got that…” You can read the article online HERE: Cracker Barrel Antiques Warehouse.

Page 80 “Because it’s a Designer’s Secret Weapon”  Designers predict what is going to be the next big thing in vintage.  Wouldn’t it be really fantastic if we could make such predictions?  I’d love to be able to source the next big thing before it catches on, in order to get in on the ground floor and find the best example at the cheapest price now.  It’s shocking to see how prices for THE piece of the moment (think Pyrex sets, and rusty old kitchen scales) have exploded.  I went to an estate sale a few weeks ago, and the asking price for a full set of Primary Pyrex bowls was $175!!!!!  I’ve been seeing photos on facebook of equally astronomically priced finds in thrift stores, irrespective of condition in even incomplete sets, and more modern designs.  I’ve also been finding really inexpensive depression glass, right next to turn-of-the-century (that would be the 21st century!) Corelle. It’s just bizarre.

Any ideas that you think are going to be the next big “thing” in vintage?

Page 93 “Cooking with Collectibles” Gorgeous photos of popularly collected kitchenalia: jadite, copper, wooden bowls, cast iron, and Dansk cookware, accompanied by equally yummy recipes.  I like using my grandmother’s kitchenware in my day-to-day cooking, and Hubby has become an aficionado of cast iron. He regularly whips up something new in his treasured vintage pieces.


Thrifted Gift: a Pinterest Nail? or Fail?


I found this image (below) on Pinterest and saved it to my “Crafting Inspiration” pinboard.  Unfortunately, the photo wasn’t actually linked to a “live” website, so I cannot give credit where credit is due. This past week, I gathered together some thrifted supplies to recreate my version of this “frame”.

I shot a video of the how-to tutorial – and it took me a total of 6 minutes from start to finish.

Impressive and yet inexpensive!

My Greatest Weakness…

Confession time.  My greatest weakness….is magazines.  And they are so damn expensive…but I can’t resist.  Those glossy covers, and beautiful photographs, and exciting and interesting ideas advertised on the front covers alluring and bewitching me to dive in.  My most recent guilty pleasure is the May 2018 issue of Country Living.  Would you like to have a read through with me?

The cover – – oh my!  The pastel pink and turquoise , the beautiful horse show ribbons, and the call to “Let’s Go (Bargain) Shopping” – how could I resist?

The theme for this issue is “The Thrill of the Hunt” – – definitely speaking my language!  I have absolutely experienced a frisson when locking my fingers on a beautiful, or rare, or very, very underpriced.  Country Living…you get me.

Page 8 “Editor’s Note”  invites us to antique alongside Editor-in-Chief Rachel Hardage Barrett’s Instagram account @rachelhardagebarrett.  While you’re on Instagram anyway, why not follow my account too?

Page 12 Sherwin Williams Ad  written in tiny letters in the corner is a call to “Download our ColorSnap app for color inspiration in the palm of your hand”. (You have no idea how painful that was for me to spell colour incorrectly twice! LOL).  I can’t believe the incredible features of this app – ColorSnap.  These are heady times indeed people! I’m absolutely GIDDY with the possibilities!

Page 17 “Wild for Mint Green”  yaaaaaaaaaaas! In the vintage world we often see turquoise and pink as the “must have”, but nothing says “retro” to me quite like mint green, in all of its shades.  The gorgeous jadite tea cup filled to the brim with wild daisies made my heart skip a beat.  And turn the page and there’s a handy guide to how to spot genuine vs. repro jadite with illustrations of maker marks.  Alas, no jadite, but here’s a few of my recent finds in mint:

Page 22 “Polished Party Barn”  My eye was immediately drawn to the collection of vintage hardcover books in the bottom left corner. But $59 per foot?  I can copy that for about a tenth of the price – but I had to check out to see what is on offer.  Check this out!  I am SO stealing this idea! Paper & String Books by the Foot. But if you think you can stand an explosion of vintage eye candy – check out the ColorPaks. whoa…I can even tolerate spelling colour and pack wrong to share that l’il linky poo!

Vintage books are irresistible to me.  Pop onto Pinterest and poke in “DIY Vintage Books” which is TEAMING with dreamy ideas.  I often use vintage books to style my painted furniture for photography. I’ve sold the books used in staging along with the piece of furniture a couple of times too, because the buyer liked the look so much. I also incorporate books into my crafting.

Page 24  Ellen Christiansen  A short feature about the set decorator for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – a series which takes place in 1958 New York City.  I haven’t seen (or heard) of this show – but I’m going to be checking it out! Okay …who am I kidding…. I found the first episode on YouTube and I’m watching it right now… OH THE PYREX!!!

Okay ….so that’s enough for one day. My mind will explode with all of the great finds, websites, images, and information in the first 25 pages.  I’ll share some more of this issue in the coming days.

Please leave a comment to let me know what you think about this post, and if this sort of content is something that you are interested in reading.  Also, are you as much a sucker for magazines as I am???

Researching Pyrex Online

If you caught my YouTube Video from Friday, you’ll see the nifty covered Pyrex casserole I got at an estate sale.

I can’t say that I know very much about Pyrex, except that some of it is HIGHLY collectible!  In a recent issue of Country Living Magazine, I learned about one rare Pyrex dish that sold for over $4000!!!!

I’d like to share a fantastic resource for you to use if you, too, are researching your treasured Pyrex pieces.

The Pyrex Potluck site is administered by The Corning Museum of Glass. It is the best and most comprehensive source for pattern information manufactured by Pyrex.  And if should be!  Corning made Pyrex!  I’ve been to the Corning Museum of Glass while we were on vacation a few years back.  It is well worth an afternoon if you are in the neighbourhood of Corning, NY.  It’s south of the Finger Lakes District in New York State.

The really cool thing about this site is, you can filter your search by colour, image, theme.  For example, in looking for the pattern name for my bright dish – I poked “sunflower” into the search box, and it found my pattern – even though it’s a DAISY, not a SUNFLOWER!

And you get great information – dates of manufacture, who the designer is, a comprehensive list of the pieces that were made in a particular pattern, several images, and sometimes images of advertising.  I am so glad I stumbled upon this truly helpful website, and I’m particularly glad that all of the information is accurate!