Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Cheap D.I.Y.

I stumbled upon this project recently.......


And then I kicked myself for passing up a $2.00 spice rack the week prior.  But another trip to the thrift store yielded a little beauty that would do just fine......

After that ivory coat of spray paint, which I already had in my stockpile of colors, the total for this little redo was $1.48........

What's that you say?  You're distracted by my awesomely awful wallpaper?

Well, don't be jealous.  My 1967 time capsule came with that loveliness.

I'll save a scrap for you when I rip it off the wall this summer.  Please send me your address.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Winner announced Saturday, Feb. 4th!

I cannot believe it, but this is my 300th post.


And that's cause for a celebration!  So in order to share my excitement, I'm gonna host a little giveaway!!!

I recently won a giveaway myself (love her blog) and I thought because of my recent win and number 300 coming up, it was time to party.

Remember when my friend Schlager made a beautiful ironing board cover for me?

Well, she is ready to make one for YOU!

Schlager and I will work together to hand pick a lovely fabric and craft a standard size ironing board cover.       Just.  For.  You.

You can do one or all of these things to win........Please leave separate comments for each thing you do!
  1. Become a follower of This Vintage Grove via Google Friend Connect, email subscription, or RSS Feed and leave a comment saying you are a follower!!
  2. Head over to Schlager's blog Spray Paint and a Staple Gun and become a follower!  Come back here and comment saying you are a follower!
  3. Write up your own post about this giveaway, linking back to This Vintage Grove.  Come back and leave your link in a comment!
This giveaway will be open through Friday, February 3rd at 5:00 central time.  I'll use random.org to determine the winner.  The winner will be posted on Saturday, February 4th!  

And if giveaways aren't for you, well, never fear!  Schlager has a great tutorial you can follow to do it yourself!

Good luck!!!

Linking up with "Whatever You Want Wednesday!"

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What I Wore.....Tuesday

When you have an almost 60 degree winter day, you should wear a dress.  But if you're gonna break out a dress, you should probably wear boots with tights too (it is January).

Belts that match your boots are fun.......

But posing in your classroom, under fluorescent lights, while trying to look natural never turns out good...........

At least the dress has pockets.

And my classroom rug has a chevron pattern.

pleated poppy


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Love and Hate

In June of 1998, I bought my very first brand new car.  Right off the lot.  With only twelve miles on it.

That was a big day.

Here we are 14 years and a few miles later.

Speaking of miles.  A milestone occurred this week.....

Your eyes do not deceive you.  That says 150,000.

Which leads me to the love & hate segment of this post............

  • My car is obviously paid off.  Not having a car payment is spectacular.  
  • Insurance is cheap.
  • It doesn't look old.  I've taken good care of it.  
  • Despite the normal aging a car goes through, it has been a very reliable ride.  Go Ford!
  • Due to the normal aging a car goes through, I've had my share of stranded moments the last few years.  And you never know when that will happen.
  • Because of those stranded moments, I took advantage of the free roadside assistance my insurance provided.  Thus being dropped from the towing part of my policy.
  • The miles.  150,000 sounds scary. 
  • I found three dime-sized paint bubbles recently.  Peeling paint is not attractive.
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If you weigh it out, I have more to love than hate.  I have replaced just about every part that could fail in the last three or so years.  So basically, I'm driving a new car. 

And now I think I should just go knock on wood.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Thrifting Frenzy

I will say this right off the bat......none of the featured items will be making it to my booth.

Vintage Lazy Susan anyone?

Mine was $2.98.  I found one on ebay that sold for $23.00!  It'll be holding cinnamon and oregano before you know it.

Next up, my vintage bathroom scale.....

It works people.  And it's green.  It was $12.99, but I just had to have it.  When the laundry room gets an overhaul, this little beauty will sit nicely on my hexagonal tile.  The hexagonal tile that I did not get when we remodeled the bathroom.  But that I will get in my laundry room.  If only a clawfoot tub would fit in there.

Now for a bright red pillow.  That I paid a quarter for. 

I paid big bucks for a pillow like this at Urban Outfitters.  And did I mention that it's red?  Love red.

Finally, two bowls.........oh, turquoise you know I can't refuse you....

Polka dot Fire King - $3.98.  Pyrex Butterprint - $5.00.

Probably not bargain basement prices, except the pillow.

But the time to buy an antique is when you see it.  Whether it's $12.99 or a quarter.

And you know that I pretty much have no control when it comes to hoarding.

Linking up with Her Library Adventures today!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Day Late.....

Dollar short.....

Guess where I am on this snow day?

Not at home.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Dear Winter,

I really appreciate how mild you've been.  I mean, it's been warm enough to spray paint.  And I love that.

But.  I'm warning you.  I will need some snow before spring arrives.

I realize it's still very early.  That's why I thought I'd warn you in advance.

Just a little reminder, I am very good at snow days.  And I'd hate to miss out on one this winter, as you've had a pretty good track record the last few years.

I believe in you, winter.  Despite what the Farmers' Almanac is telling me.

I believe in you.



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday....

Just kidding.

I did wear it in the dressing room at Old Navy, however.

And I kind of liked the dress.  So I sort of bought it.

Not the boots though.

I swear I did not buy the boots.

But now that I own this Jersey Shore-esque number I have to figure out how to make it work.  Like in public and such.

Sooooo I'm thinking it needs black leggings, boots, and maybe a cardigan?

Or just a scarf?

Scarf or cardigan?  Sir Chester liked the scarf.  But it's your turn to weigh in.  Except if you don't like the dress, leave that part out.

It was only $16.99 people.

Cut me a little slack.

 pleated poppy

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Looking Back....and Forward

I love the yearly tradition of ringing in the new year with BFF's, goooood food inspired by Pinterest, and fun games at Whit's house.  I got to end and begin a year with some of my favorite people.

And I learned that I am terrible at Dance Central.

But enough about that.  Let's look back at 2011, and see what I have planned for 2012.....

2011 Highlights.........

2012 To Do List.........
  • Use all of the Ice Storm of '07 firewood (which is rotting in my backyard)
  • Drink more water (but not at the expense of Starbucks)
  • Finish the special room.  I mean seriously.
  • Take a vacation.  New York City maybe?  Or do we go tropical?
  • Start redoing the laundry room.  I will have beadboard and hexagonal tiles.

Happy New Year!