Monday, February 10, 2014

Getting back into the swing of things

It's been nearly a year since I wrote a post for my blog.  Truth be told, there have been so many things crop up in my life that needed my attention.  My health has been rapidly deteriorating, I have had to leave work and now am on Long Term Disability while trying to get approved for Social Security Disability.  This has been a long arduous proceedure, making me feel more and more frustrated.

Not wanting to turn my back on this blog, I have been trying decide if I should keep it up or close it completely.  I don't know which direction to take this blog, it's neither a frugal money saving tip blog, or couponing blog.  It's me, just telling who ever wants to read it, about my life and my search for beautiful things to decorate my home.  It's not a decorating, DIY type of blog either.  There are so many other beautiful, informative and helpful DIY and Decorating blogs out there that I feel intimidated and hesitant to try to compete.  This is just me, my finds and my little tips and tricks on how to live fabulously on a shoestring budget.  

With this being said, I am taking the initiative to try to keep up with this blog, I may decide to change the name to Junque in my trunk, a play on my hunts on Fridays and Saturdays to find treasures to bring home.  I hear from several people how they could never do what I do, looking for items on the driveways or in thrift stores. This surprises me, because it's not that difficult to go to garage sales and thrift store...I suppose it's the actual looking at something and seeing it's beauty with a coat or two of paint or new fabric.  Finding a shower curtain and turning it into seat covers for chairs or a table cloth.  Using high end silk curtains to cover an ugly glass shower door, or collecting black and white photos for a collage wall in the hallway.  All these things are simple in my eyes but to many they claim they would never think of using these items in the same way.  I never think of this as a talent or a gift, making me less likely to want to post it for others to read.

With this being said, I am going to give this blog another shot.  I am not sure where it will take me, where I will take anyone who reads it, but I am sure that it will be chock full of hints, tips and finds.  It would be lovely if you decide to come along for the ride.

One last little thing, I found these lovely linen finger tip/guest towels at a yard sale last Saturday.  I paid .50 cents a piece for two of them.  They are no longer offered at Pottery Barn, I sure wish I had four, who knows perhaps I will find more in my search.   I can't wait to see what I will decide to use them for.  I promise to keep you all posted.
I also picked up four pink flameless candles for $5.00.  A steal actually, since they came with a remote that allows tthem to be dimmed or flicker and has a time set for 2, 4, 6 hours.  I am amasing quite a collection of these flameless candles, mostly in white or ivory, so the pink is a new color for me to try.  I plan on mixing them in with the ivory candles to give off a rose glow. Another post on this to follow. 

I encourage each of you to stop into your local Goodwill or community thrift store this week to see what treasures you might find.  It's always exciting to find a special something to love and enjoy.

Until next time....


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Model Home Art At Cheap Prices

Bonjour mes amies!

Things have been hoping over here at Maison La Frugal Missus.  I took a much needed vacation to North Eastern Utah to visit my brother and sister-in-love and had a wonderful time just relaxing and enjoying the cooler weather.

Now that I am back in the Valley of the Sun and the temperature is rising to the low 100's....I decided to spend a few hours last Saturday garage saling with my Partner In Crime, Tracy.  

We hit a few sales, but nothing was really catching our fancy.  Then we saw a sign that said Yard/Art Sale!

Tracy did a drive by, but I begged her to stop...I had just remarked that I needed some new art work for the guest bathroom.  I wanted to keep the travel poster feel that I currently had but with a different flare.

I had a free to me poster that I picked up a couple of months ago at a sale.  The lady having the sale said it had a small tear so I could just take it.  Music to my ears!  I rolled it back up and put it in my "I will use this one day pile".  You know what I am talking about right?  Great stuff that you just don't know what to do with but too good to pass up?  

Before I get on another tangent...back to the sale.  I walked up and there were twenty or more pieces of framed art, all different styles and sizes.  The gentleman running the sale, stated he had gotten all of these from a model home subdivision that had sold out and they were in storage.  The company told him to take them, get rid of or keep they didn't care.  What!  I was so overjoyed!  So many lovely prints to choose from, so little space to hang them.  Then my eyes spotted this amazing picture.

Sigh...It was perfect!  I was sure it would coordinate with the other poster I had picked up for free.  I happily paid the man the $10.00.  

As I started to leave I looked a little closer at the larger pieces of art work to see if I could find a coordinating frame for my free poster. Sure enough, there was another piece with a similar frame and the linen matting.  Since it was a bit blemished, I asked the seller if he would take $5.00 for it.  He did and I did the happy dance in my head all the way to the car!

Imagine my surprise when I got home to find the free poster matched the framed art perfectly.  Don't you just love it when that happens?

There it is in all it's glory!  To say I squealed would be an understatement.  I was so thrilled that I got to work without even taking any pictures of the steps in between except this one showing my "high-tech" weight system to adhear the poster to the other poster board.
 A couple of cans and some rubber cement and this missus is ready to go!
If you look just below the race cars grill you will see the blemish.   It's difficult to notice the blemish once it was matted. 

For a $15.00 investment I have two great pieces of art work in my guest bathroom! 

Wishing you great finds as you hunt for treasures!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thrifty Thursday and Garage Sale Finds

In so many parts of the country, garage sales haven't started up yet or they are just starting the season of sales.  Fortunately I live in a state that has the type of climate for year round sales, even when the temps are in the 110 plus degrees.  In those five hot summer months the sales start earlier and end early so it pays to be the early bird.

Here are a few things I have found recently.  I seem to be on a furniture kick lately...the prices were too good to pass up.

This Wardrobe/Armoire was $15.00 at a sale I stopped at on Sunday.

I love that it had enough space for all my casual clothes and even some hanging items. It allowed me to free up some hanging space in our walk in closet for my husband.

The glass was removed by the previous owner, so I am thinking a piece of fabric covered card board or light weight wood.  I can always change out the fabric if I want a different look.


I am excited to see what I can do with these doors.  Fabric, wallpaper, scrap book paper?

One of my most favorite sales is in a gated community in Litchfield Park.  I have been going for nearly six years now and always find the greatest treasures.  Since this community only has two sales a year it's worth the wait, especially since one of my favorite sellers is always changing their decor.

I picked up this book case for $20.00.  I have been wanting one for the longest time, but could never justify the cost.  I was thrilled when I saw this, because I had the perfect place for it. 


It's the perfect fit in the family room and houses our extensive DVD collection and my fathers radio.

 Side view

Here is the  E I found at Goodwill for .99 and painted then gave it a distressed look with antiquing glaze.

It was a bright fuchsia and originally came from Bombay Company Kids.  Forgot to take a before picture of the front, I was so excited to paint it...but here is a small portion on the back of the E. 

 A gift bag bought for .50 cents becomes art work in a frame I paid .25 for

A Coldwater Creek boho chic skirt for $3.00

Perfect for the hot summers here in Arizona.

Trio of candle sticks $6.00.  The original prices were still on the bottom, they paid $175.00 for all three. 

 I currently have them on my table outside of my bedroom.

Flameless candles lit at night. (I have since moved them to the other side and put the lamp here, because I am spontaneous like that.)

Also on this table, I put this lamp. (which use to be where the candles now are...because that's how I roll.)

I paid $1.00 for the shade at one sale and $2.00 for the base at another sale.  
I haven't decided if I am going to introduce it to my bff spray paint or not.

I have been drooling over all of the French pitchers I see in Pottery Barn and Ballard, but they are way out of my decorating budget.  Imagine how thrilled I was to see this..

 It's hard to tell but it's 24 inch high.  I paid $5.00 for it.  I couldn't wait to put it on my shelf in my kitchen.

And then finally, a little something my husband bought me for Easter.  That man gets me, he really gets me.

He found this at Goodwill for $14.99 and used a 20% off coupon bring it to $11.75.  
Got to love a man who shops thrifts and finds great deals for his wife!

Thanks for stopping by, I will have more pictures of more finds each week to share with you.  Have you found any great deals or decorator finds lately?

Until Next Time...


Monday, April 29, 2013

Blog Silence

It has been quite some time since I visited the blog, guilt rushes over me when I think of all the things I wanted to write but didn't, things I had to share but didn't.  Then I wonder why I even keep doing this to myself.  So I wait and let life get in the way, as is it's nature.

 I haven't found a niche for my random creativity.  What I do know without a doubt is...if I let this fall to the way side and don't keep it up, even if no one reads it, then I will be sorry for doing so. This is my diary, my journey and pieces of me.

While I have been on a roller coaster with my health, I am still finding it difficult to adjust to life outside of work.  Though I am finally getting the hang of sleeping in after several years of having to be up at 3:30 am for a 5:00 am shift.  

Life continues to change around me and while I am not so much in the world, I am thankful to be aware and able to enjoy the slow mornings and lazy afternoons.  

I appreciate more, expect less and know in my heart there is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

I have begun to decorate in earnest, without pressure to have my home look like anything but a reflection of what makes me happy since I am the one living in it 24/7.  I have even managed to link my blog to a Facebook page!  Now to get my sister-in-love to help me put the buttons on my site. 

So once again, here I go with a renewed sense of purpose.  I hope there are still people reading this blog, but if not, that's ok, because I read it and I still smile when I write about my life.

Many Blessed Days To Come....


Monday, March 18, 2013

Goodwill Find

Often I am  asked by friends and family, "What garage sale/Thrift Store did you get that at?" or "Where did you find that?".  No matter how the question is phrased, the answer is usually the same.  "I found this at Goodwill".  Today's find is a perfect example.

Four 20 ounce mugs perfect for a cup of tea or coffee if that's your thing.
Cafe Belle Epoque Mugs- Rosanna Inc.

Four brand new Cafe Bell Epoque Mugs, just waiting for me to find them and bring them home.  The size first captivated me...I am always on the look out for over sized mugs for my beloved cups of tea.  
Then I realized each had a French Cafe design.  That's all it took to make my heart sing, as I double love anything French. 

These mugs retail for $44.00.  These were marked $1.99 each and with a 20% off Goodwill coupon they were $1.59 each.  I'd call that a fantastic savings.

Head on over to your local Goodwill and see what goodies you might find.  

Happy Shopping!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

MOPS Consignment Sale

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) consignment sale is one of my five most "not to be missed" sales on my agenda. 

Held twice a year in the Spring (March) and Fall (October) the sale brings together donated items and consigned items from the MOPS members.  As the name implies, there are incredible amounts of children's toys, furniture and clothing.  Along with the those items are house hold items, furniture, home decor, clothing and shoes.  This sale is not to be missed if you are in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Held indoors at the Trinity Luthern Church in Litchfield Park, the perfect venue, rain or shine.

 I would like to thank the ladies of MOPS for allowing me pre-sale access to take a few pictures.  You know how difficult it is to shop and snap pictures.  Warning...there are quite a few pictures.

Forgive the picture quality, I left my camera at home and had to rely on my trusty cell phone camera.

 Usually the tables are full of infant and toddler clothes.  This year the pickings were a bit sparse.
 Each area is clearly marked with identifying signs and sizes.

No shortage in the toys though.  Makes me wish my kids were little again.  My son would have loved that remote control dinosaur.  My pocket book would have loved the price...only $3.00.

 A little tykes basketball hoop for only $5.00

 Books priced .25 to $1.00
 I was so tempted to get this!

 More baby items.

Larger toys, baby items, strollers and rockers.

No shortage of great new and nearly new shoes.  Wish I had grabbed those pink tennis shoes!

 Collection of toiletries, purses and ball caps.  I did pick up a travel size bag of Evelyn & Crabtree Rose body wash, soap, lotion and talcum powder in the pink case for only $1.00!
 Wallets, belts, bras, socks and metal earring holder.
 Mens shorts and t-shirts.
 Men's Polo and Dress Shirts.

Women's Plus Size Clothing

 Sorry for the blurry picture...woman's miscellaneeous clothing, priced .25 to $1.00
 More Woman's clothing.  I was fortunate to dig around and find a few maternity tops for my niece for $1.00 or less.

 A few of the pictures from outside.  As I mentioned, this sale was definitely low on donations, usually the sale has three or four times as many consignments or donations.

 No shortage of Christmas decor
 This buttery yellow beauty almost came home with me for $5.00.  I just couldn't figure out a place to put her, she just needed a little tlc.

 Purchased this head band for my daughter who just cut off her hair into a Anne Hathaway/Ginnifer Goodwin style.
 These World Market chair pads came home with me for only $5.00.  Original price tags still attached, $12.99 each.  I plan on using them on my patio chairs.
I picked up a few other items that I haven't photographed yet.  Juicy Couture flip flops $1.00, six porcelain white and blue soup bowls $2.00, Dremel tool box $2.00, Pottery Barn Linen table cloth $2.00 and a set of four napkins for $1.00.

Even without as many donations as in previous years, there was no shortage of shoppers and happy customers.  I can't wait to see what the Fall Sale will bring and I plan on donating to the Trinity Lutheran MOPS, as the proceeds help fund their field trips and purchases for the class room.

Until Next Time....


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sick in bed and blog lovin'

Been a few weeks since I last posted.  I had been feeling pretty good and started to get some things done that I had put off for way too long.  You know how that is right?  Always have the best intentions but then life gets in the way.

I shopped a little at Goodwill and a couple of yard sales, found some great things to share with all of you and also took a trip out of town to visit my family in Northern Arizona.  Thought I would take some pictures of my Aunt and Uncles home and the creative garden decor my Aunt has lovingly placed around her property.

Then wouldn't you know...bam I injured my hip just walking in a store (yep...I am graceful like that) and was down for the remainder of our visit.  Nice to visit with the family but didn't get many note worthy photos of my home town.  Sigh.

Home now and sick, sick, sick.  Flare up has got me down for the count.  So I may not have many pictures to share with you but I am happily visiting as many of your blogs as I can to spread some blog lovin'.
view from my bed.

Happy Thursday's to a pain free weekend and lots of happy times with family.