Archive | October, 2012

Feelin’ Thrifty

22 Oct

I love thrifting!  Thrift stores, garage sales, consignment shops, dumps.  It’s all fabulous!  There’s nothing much better than finding what you need, getting it for a good deal, and recycling.

Hubs and I have found some good stuff being thrifty.  Games, a small weber grill, jeans, movies, belts, a moose antler and much more.  But, I have to say, our best score was what we found Saturday at St. Vincent De Paul thrift store in Waukesha, WI.

We were walking through the store browsing, when Eric suddenly got very excited.  He picked up his pace a bit and I didn’t realize what he was looking at until I was right there, and then it registered!  A portable dishwasher!  That looked brand new!!  And was a third of the cost of a new one!!!

We had been talking about getting a dishwasher almost as soon as we moved into our house.  We had room in the kitchen, we were tired of always having to hand wash dishes, and it just makes life easier.  It also gives us some more counter space.  We’ve already moved the mixer and knife block and freed up a big chunk of our counter.  Now we can slice and dice without having to bump into stuff.  Or worry about cutting our fingers off.

I know thrifting isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I would highly recommend trying it out.  You never know what treasures you’ll find.  And most stores are associated with great non-profits.  Getting things you want/need, saving some money, and helping out non-profits.  Like I said, nothing much is better than that!


Pal, let me tell you

10 Oct

See what I did there?  Yeah, I’m punny…

This old, beat-up pallet found a new life as a gorgeous coffee table for our living room.  All it took was a little elbow grease, some TSP-PF, and a good stain.

Hubby found a couple old pallets in the burn pile at work.  We took them to turn them into something great.  We started by scrubbing the pallets with TSP-PF (tri-sodium phosphate-phosphate free).  I followed the directions on the box for the use on mildewed decks.  It worked like a charm!  Be sure to wear gloves when working with this stuff.  I didn’t have any, and nothing bad happened, but sticking your hands in the TSP-PF and bleach isn’t ideal.  On the other hand, my wedding rings were SPARKLY after I was done scrubbing!

We then figured out the height and how we’d put legs on the table.  We kept it simple and just used 2x4s.  Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!  I believe the height is 17″.  And the size is 48″x48″.

After this we sanded the whole pallet and added a couple 2x4s in the pallet to make sure it would be stable when we added the legs.  We wanted to be able to sit on it if needed.  And no one likes tipping over when they sit down!

After the table was assembled, we stained.  We had started with a lighter color of stain, but ended up using Minwax English Chestnut.  It was a great choice!

It looks great in our living room and as you can see, we’ve already put it to good use!

Lincoln got to spend the afternoon outside with us while we worked.  He recuperated a little differently than we did!

Our living room is getting closer to being done!  I want to build some shelves for the wall behind the love seat and do some painting and then we’re done!  At least with one room.

Falling for you

5 Oct

It’s a sure sign fall is here when you step out your front door and the crisp, cool air has you turning around and grabbing a jacket.  I love that crisp, cool air.  The skeletons of the trees are showing, the brilliant leaves are falling and there’s nothing better than fall fruits and vegetables.  And turning on the oven!  I LOVE cooking and baking in the fall.  There’s nothing better than a yummy apple dessert baking in the oven, filling the whole house with delicious cinnamon smells!

This week I’ve made some good dinners and dessert.  Irish beef stew, apple crisp (which we ate all of in one sitting – don’t worry, it was a small dish!), garlic rosemary chicken, and blueberry pie bars.  The Irish beef stew took 5 hours in the oven and made the house smell homey.  That reminds-me-of-grandma’s-house smell.  It was wonderful!

I also love watching Gilmore Girls in the fall.  There’s nothing better than watching endless episodes of this fabulous show and crafting.  Most of the time I don’t even watch the show, but just listen and I know exactly what’s going on.  It’s THAT good!  If you’ve never seen an episode, I highly recommend it.  I can also get you other references.  I know people.

I recently found this fantastic idea for some maple leaf roses.  I think this is my days activity.  At least my fun activity…there’s also laundry and dishes and bathrooms to be cleaned.  Well, we’ll see what happens.

Happy Friday!

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