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Feb 6, 2016

Apple Currant Bread Pudding, Decorating A Silver Wire Basket, More Snow, Hen Field Trip, Winter Garden Survivor!

Apple Bread Pudding-
When you have tons of eggs it's time for an apple/currant/walnut bread pudding! I bought some bread since I didn't have any stale (we don't eat much sliced bread) and went to town. I used our own home canned/home-grown apple slices. It puffed up HUGE! It was great both warn and cold. I used nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon. It was delish.

sorry for the blur, but you get the idea...

Decorating A Silver Wire Basket-
Last week I bought my thrifted silver plate wire basket, for $4.00. Now the question was what do I do with it? I did some googling and decided to do this-

I liked the idea of a lime green-ish Hydrangea I saw online and found some at JoAnn's Fabrics for a buck, clearance! I also bought some purple/blue flowers. I used floral foam and some spare Spanish moss. I think I may re-do this with regular green moss at some point so the wire will show better. For now I like it!

some indoor Spring!

More Snow-
We got another 1" dusting of snow 2 days ago, then horrible fog Thursday morning, real pea soup. It's pretty when it's snowy! We've never had this much steady snow in one winter for a really long time. 

Gwynn, (Celtic for white) seeing something yummy!

Hen Field Trip-
The poor chickens have a big, muddy run right now, so I let them out for an hour or more this afternoon. It was 45 today and cloudy but nice. They were in hog heaven! I let them dig thru the yard around the established shrubs. Mommy's good girls :)

too excited to stand still!!!

Winter Garden Survivor!
It's so funny how things in the garden work out sometimes. Last summer I bought an Italian Parsley plant at Home Depot. It did great all summer. I mulch everything in the raised bed late in the fall/early winter and don't bother pulling anything out. All winter I kept seeing some green. It's the parsley! Somehow it survived even through weather in the teens. That's one tough Italian!

Jan 30, 2016

Early Spring Robins? Finished Faux Planter, Thrifting Scores!!! It's A Small World After All

Early Spring Robins?-
After our cold, torrential downpour all day yesterday we woke up to 28 degrees, blue skies and sun! I was outside about 9 and saw the most amazing thing- tons of Robins all over. Our yard, across the street and next door. I spotted these guys a bit later using our heated (thrifted of course) birdbath. WOW, does this seems early for robins?

An American Robin, smile for the camera! 

 Ground doves came by too

My bushy tail needed a drink too

the sun hitting our red twig dogwood, it was redder in real life

Finished Faux Planter-
I went to Hobby Lobby today for the last of my supplies for my vintagey French crafts. I finished this with moss, lavender, yellow flowers, and a small white bird. Last week I added some brown glaze on both sides to make the paint look more aged-

My small crate, now filled with soaps in our main bathroom, I haven't decided what to put into my medium sized crate yet...

Thrifting Scores!!!
I went to Goodwill today to find some work clothes for spring. Wow did I score, again! I got 4 new tops and a denim jacket for work. I spied this wire basket and thought it was junk metal. It was heavy, and greasy, dirty and dusty. I flipped it over and saw a stamped name. I checked on my phone and it turned out to be a silver plated. For $5.00 I brought it home. After a simple scrubbing with hot water and dawn it looked like silver again! I found one on eBay for $25.00. I really like it and will use it somewhere, or gift it.

I didn't even polish it, just soap and water!

Painted concrete bird about 6" long, $2.00

A working, wire french clock with doors that open, $4.00. Not sure what I'll put inside?

Fun little bunny from Hobby Lobby, 1/2 price, for Spring

Also Spring-y, sheep from another thrift store, 99 cents each, new, and ceramic! They had Pier One stickers underneath for $10.00. I found the large one on Etsy (sold) for $29.00, can you believe it??? It's funny as I had wanted some ceramic sheep and rabbits, now I have both. Now if I only had some land and real ones, and goats!

Clearance pot for $3.00 filled with left-over flowers from my stash

It's A Small World After All-
I've done this little blog for several years now. When you have less than 100 "followers" you think not that many people read your blog. That can be deceiving! When I look at my stats above it shows most of my visitors are from the U.S., not a big surprise. Interesting where others visit this blog from, and it paints a very International picture! On the list below Russia and France came in too, fascinating! It just goes to show that you never know the impact you make even with small actions. I even have readers in Poland! So, hello out there to my International readers, leave some comments sometime and let me know where you're from!!!

Jan 23, 2016

More Thrifting Scores! French Country Vintagey Crafts w/Thrifted Goodies, Lots Of Eggs Again! V Day Decor

More Thrifting Scores! 
Last week I stopped at a thrift store I hadn't been to for a while. I really scored! I had found out I'm moving into a larger space at work soon and was looking for a few things to brighten up the space. Here's my score- my snowman above is actually a tree topper but fits perfectly in the top of my entertainment center

I found this at a local feed store, 80% off

perfect for my dining room shelf

For my new office space, a small mettalicy bamboo mirror to reflect some light and a dry erase board for my cubicle wall

Remember the plain wire basket a while back?

French Country Vintagey Crafts w/Thrifted Goodies-
I stumbled on to so many great ideas recently! My taste for decor ranges from Scandinavian/Swedish country to French country. There are so many similarities! I think I have some major Spring Fever! While we haven't had the snow the East is getting we've had more than usual. It was also colder earlier here. Anyway, I found the basket above, just wire and lavender that needed some minor repairs. I had to think about what to do with it for a while. I came up with this- I lined it with spare white burlap, stitched it to the upper edge, put some pebbles in the bottom, filled with floral foam and used leftover sunflowers. Whala! It's now on my shelf, looking down right Spring-ish!

To the right of it is the vase I bought recently, topped of with a moss sphere, recycled from another topiary of mine

What to do with these? Paint them with my new sample of Restore Paint, a thick, pudding-like chalky paint. More later on that...

my old bathroom mini soap crate before...

I got the graphics from Thegraphicsfairy, tons there FREE! Not quite done, but French country!

other side

I got this faux planter idea from Confessionsofaplateaddict, same graphic, it's mini orange crate from the grocery store!

I found the bird graphic and it was too cute! These aren't quite done either, will finish and distress tomorrow

Medium sized crate, for something else fun

other side, maybe for yarn?

I added some more sunflowers to my iron bar above my kitchen window

I recently saw this at Hobby Lobby but I'm not sure if I like this enough to make my own

what do you think???

Lots Of Eggs Again!
Our wonderful girls are laying those delectable eggs again, 3 per day! We were down to 1 or 2 eggs per day most of the winter. Poor Ellie, my Barred Rock, molted during the worst of the cold weather, poor baby. I had 2 very thin Trader Joe's French tarts, both with cheese, veggie and herbs. I decided to top them with eggs, but since they were frozen I poached the eggs separately, then added them at the end with herbs. OMG, talk about great. WOW!!!!!! I will do that again soon!

V Day Decor-
We took down the last of the winter decor today. I deep cleaned and put some regular decorative things out again, and then some red and Valentine's Day things. I keep it very minimal-

looking more like Spring!

My fun kitchen window

I just added some red floral things to the mini greenhouse conservatory, all thrifted

More red and fun little birds


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