Monday, June 27, 2011

Dusting off the blog...

Ok...ahem...hello?  Is there anyone still reading my blog?
I know there have to be a few of you still out there...I hope.

I have been MIA...
Wish I had a better reason for my sabbatical, like a summer vacation in France!
Nope.
A summer by the Beach?
Bigger No...
Uh, I was hiding from my instant celebrity and the random paparazzi?
No...Nope, Nada.

Instead I was in flare up mode and have spent the last seven weeks trying to get back on track.
I have rested.
I have slept, 
I have cursed...maybe once or twice.
I have cried and begged.
I have stopped and listened to my body
I am now ready to deal with the aftermath and turning over a new leaf.

I thought about this blog.
I felt sorry for my little blog and for the direction I haven't taken it.
Then I realized that I am all of the things I listed here, I still love being frugal, 
I love, love, big puffy heart love decorating and creating oh...and treasure hunting.


All I need is to write, have my great followers/friends I have made blogging,
my family and my health.  Oh...and my cats who diligently saw me through
this last flare up.

Even though they didn't clean house worth a darn, they sat on my bed, on the couch and outside the bathroom door.  
Now that is love people...
when your fur baby puts it's paw under the door to play footsie with you. 
Real love.

I am not going to stop blogging...but I  am making changes to this blog.
  I need a new color scheme and I want to make it less fussy.

I want to show you all the crazy things I thought of doing while imprisoned resting.
I want to show you how I am down sizing and clearing out.
Because I know others are doing it...and I may need some hand holding as I make my way thorough this.
I love my stuff...but I just don't have the energy to own it and to be bound to it all.the.time.

That being said, I wanted to tell you I am back and I have missed you all.  Every single one of you.



TTFN...

Audra


btw...Happy Birthday to my Mother who would have been 77 today.  I wish Heaven had visiting hours!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day!

To all the wonderful women who are mothers, step-mothers, surrogate mothers, stand in mothers, mother mentors...Happy Mother's Day.


Missing my own mother today, more than words can express.


Hanging out with The Teenager enjoying the day.  Making memories that hopefully he will pass on to his children.


May you all have a blessed Mothers Day! 


Audra

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bountiful Baskets Haul

I haven't bought produce from Bountiful Baskets in a while because, well, to tell the truth, I was a bit put out with the selection of items the last two or three times I have bought from them.

This week, the offerings renewed my zest for this fantastic co-op.

Vegetables




Fruits


For $16.50, this is a frugal deal that can't be beat.  Jicama...can't wait to try this in a salad!

Happy Saturday!


Audra

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Trying My Hand at a Table Scape...

I must warn you...take a step or three back because I have finally jumped in, more like tiptoed into the table scape group.  You know them, those "cool" ladies who set a table in the most creative and unique ways.

Leigh over at Tales From Bloggeritaville,  Margene over at In the Middle of Nowhere (who taught me it doesn't have to be matchy matchy to be gorgeous!) and of course
who sets a gorgeous table every.single.time.

There are so many talented women out there that set gorgeous tables...  
The kind of tables you want to sit down at but not eat from,
because you don't want to mess them up?  
Yeah, those kind of tables.

Mine is not that kind of table.  So go easy on me...

Just for the record...I always set the table for dinner.  
Just not too fancy and rarely with a center piece.  
I am kind of simple like that, just sayin'.

Did I mention I have three cats that believe the dining room and kitchen tables 
belong to them exclusively?
Ok, I got to quit stalling, 

Dining room table Table Scape numero uno for the Frugal Missus.




 I didn't have a gold or banded napkin ring so I settled for the spirally black set, from Pier One.
These are the dishes I picked up last weekend from St. Pete's RePete Boutique.
Gold Pier One chargers located at Savers Thrift Store $9.00.
I chose the leopard print goblets to show my wild side!
 Rattan bowl picked up for $1.00 at garage sale. 
 Filled with vase filler from Marshall's.  The entire bag was $7.00

 I used the woven jute bag to fill in the bottom of the bowl.
Then as luck would have it, today while wasting time before Doctors appointment, I popped into a Thrift Store next to his office.  Found six of these napkin rings for $3.00
Exactly what I needed to offset the brown linen napkins. 
Don't worry, I removed the price tags after taking the photo.

I hope you enjoyed my first West Indies inspired table scape.  
I hope it will be the first of many to come.

Bon Appetite!

Audra

Monday, April 18, 2011

Changing with the Seasons

I have two book cases, side by side in my family room.
I love them...
they are on the smallish petite side, dainty and painted shoe polish black.

I bought them from my dear friend Yvonne when she changed her style to a more modern look.
I am sure I will never part with these as they are perfect for displaying my finds...
oh and they do a great job holding books as well.

Here is what they looked like before I gave them a cleaning out.
Of course over the few months, they have managed to get a bit full with other stuff.
  Looking kind of junky.

I wanted to give them a Summer fresh look...without breaking the bank.

Or even spending any cash at all...so I shopped around the house and after a few attempts, 
came up with this.

Voila!

Moved out the spindles and replaced it with a few remnants of things that remind me of summer.

and
I added silver touches here and there....


along with my little French primers tied in twine.
Behind the silver clock is a copy of my favorite book of all time.
To Kill A Mocking Bird.

When I find my other box of shells and star fish, I may tweak it a bit more. 
For now... I am pleased with the results.

I like the simplicity, I need more of that in my life.


Audra

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Yard Sale Find...

Slowly easing back into things, have been down and out with flare up,
then respiratory infection and bronchitis.

To say the least I haven't been out looking at the yard sales.

Our community had their Community Garage Sale this weekend. 
I wasn't going to participate, since I was still recuperating, 
but The Teenager and Fly Guy
were so helpful to get all the tables set up and I had all of the things 
in boxes ready to be set out.

and...our HOA only allows four sales a year, January, April, July and October.  (Dang them!)

We started to set up at 5:30am and were hit hard at 6:30 am! 
Early birds...got to love them. The first group purchased nearly 1/3 of my items!

No pictures of the sale because between 6:30 to 8:30 am we sold all but a few bags of clothing.
Since I was tired and hot... it was already 84 degrees,
we backed up the clothes to take to St. Pete's RePete Boutique.

On our way by 9:00 am we hit a few sales in the neighborhood where I didn't find much.  Perfect weather, don't know why this community doesn't have more sales?

I found six of these flutes for $2.50
and this little silver clock for .50

and these silver Restoration Hardware candle holders for $5.00.
I love them tarnished, though I might polish them up later.

Headed over to Litchfield Park to St. Pete's when I saw a yard sale sign.  I detoured.
As we pull up I spied this....
Both The Teenager and I said..."OOOOH! Look at That!"
I headed over to ask the price...when I realized that one of the people running the sale is a former neighbor and father to College Diva's best friend for life.  We had a lovely time catching up and found out the sale was put on by his former neighbor who moved to Litchfield Park six years ago and now is being transferred to California.  

I asked the price on the Pagoda Bird House.  He wanted $35.00, had offered it for $25.00.  Before I could say anything, he lowered it to $20.00.  Yes, a still little bit steep, but this is over three feet high and I knew it would be a signature piece.

Besides, I love unusual bird houses and this fits the bill.

Headed to St. Pete's where I found this set of dishes for $15.00!

29 pieces for $15.00!
They look great with the flutes I picked up earlier in the day.

Headed home happy and in need of a nap!

Linking up to Thifty Treasures with Rhoda at Southern Hospitality.

Ta Ta For Now!
Audra

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fortuitous Happenstance....

Was it serendipity?  
Perhaps a chance circumstance that put me on the path to secure the items I had been thinking of.  After all, isn't that why we shop Thrifts, Garage Sales, Consignment and Swaps?

  The thrill of the hunt, the rush of rush of adrenaline when we locate a "find" and the joy when we bring it home to love.

This is what fuels me, every Saturday without fail that I can, to get out and drive around hunting for treasures.

Being held hostage by my body and nasty flare ups, I haven't been getting out and about much.  This past Saturday I woke up, drank my tea and realized I felt the best I had in weeks.  

Grabbed the keys and hit the door....

There were two community sales and four Rummage Sales.  One of them didn't start until 9:00 am, giving me two hours to hit the neighborhood sales.

Look what I found....


All for five dollars.  I have salad plates and bowls in this lily pad design, can't wait to use them in a table scape.
Then there was these...
 Copper pot, about 16 inches high an 11 inches across.
 Potpourri holder...I plan on making it into a terrarium, a la Pottery Barn
Five yards of milk chocolate velvet chenille fabric.  I have plans to cover the kitchen chairs in this...and make a few pillows as well.  All this for $10.00

Stopped at a moving sale ...nearly tripped over my feet to get to the goodness within that Garage!
I saw these...

and did this....
Because I knew that they were...they just had to be...
Yes!  Fist Pump and Happy Dance!  I saw these seven pewter candle stick holders covered in wax...
and asked if they would take $10.00 for them instead of $15.00 they were marked. 
A little hot water and patience...
I also found these lovelies
and these...
and this...
Linen look vase from Pottery Barn.  Sigh....

My sister says I can spot Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Ballard and Williams Sonoma at 50 paces. 
I can tell you I get all tingly when these items are near...Spidey Sense?

I spotted this set of light yellow dishes from Home by Target.  It has been my desire to get away from the Tuscan reds and golds and get back to a simple clean palette.  I thought these dishes would mix well with the white dishes I have been wanting.

The dishes I currently have are beautiful but heavy and get possitively nuclear hot in the microwave, in spite being microwave safe.

Getting a bit tired, I decided to stop at the Rummage Sale then head on home.

A little surprised to see the rummage sale set up with individual sellers, kind of like a swap meet or flea market.
  Sixteen sellers, with everything under the sun...with a variety of prices.  
I made a quick run through to see if there were any treasures.

Then I did this again....
because I spotted these on a table.
a nearly complete set of Pfaltzgraff dishes and....the yellow looked like it would match the yellow dishes I had in the car.
Instead of walking a block down the road to may car, I said a quick prayer and bought them for $10.00.
The pattern is called Key Largo, which was discontinued in 2002.  
These dishes are in excellent condition, not a nick or chip in sight.

Bonus!

and they match perfectly with my new-to-me yellow set.  What are the odds?
Fortuitous Happenstance!

As I was packing up the dishes, the seller brought out these mixing bowls...did I want them?
Uh...Yes! Yes I did!  She said one was missing so she only charged me $3.00 for the set.  

I washed them, admired them and put them in my cupboard.  I may have opened the cupboard doors a few times to look at them...because they are so perfect!


Now to find the off white dishes I have been thinking of...
Oh well, there is always next weekend!


Bonne Chance and Happy Hunting.

Audra