October 27, 2014

Do You Really Need Another Vintage Thermos?

Woo hoo! This girl got a little shoppin' in this weekend and I'm feeling good!

I don't know about you, but if I go too long without getting out to a good sale or thrift store, I start to get a little antsy. A little twitchy even.

But no worries, I got my groove on at a barn sale. And all is right with the world.

Look what I found!!!

Vintage Skotch Kooler - found at a barn sale

It's a Skotch Kooler.

I've seen a few of these at flea markets and yard sales, but they were always beaten up and rusty. This one is in next to mint condition, so I grabbed it up.

Can't you just picture this holding a Christmas tree in a few weeks!!!

A bonus of buying this cooler is that when I got it home I found this vintage Thermos stowed away in it.

Vintage plaid Thermos found at a barn sale

It doesn't match the cooler exactly and it's a Thermos brand instead of a Skotch Kooler brand. But hey, it's almost like I got a free Thermos.

And that, in my book, is a good day!

I also bought this wood casing that came from the top an old door frame.

Wood casing from an old farmhouse door frame

When I was walking into the barn sale, Kimm from Reinvented was walking out.

She had a piece of wood in her hands (not like this one, but similar) and mentioned that she might hang it on the wall over a door or window in her house since her house was newer and didn't have casings around the windows (same here).

So when I saw a bin of these at the sale, I immediately stole her idea.

Jadeite bowls? Not sure. They're NOT marked Fire King on the bottom, so I'm skeptical.

Fire King Jadeite square bowls found at a barn sale

Do any of the Pyrex, Fire King, vintage dinnerware lovers out there know for sure?

I found this vintage Redmon style picnic basket in the 99 cent bin at the thrift. I do not need another picnic basket, but for 99 cents . . .

Vintage Redmon basket style picnic basket found at a thrift store

And at the same thrift I found this head.

Mannequin head for Halloween found at a thrift store

I think it's used for hairdressers to learn how to do hair?

Now, when I bought it, I was going to use it in Halloween decor. But with the recent world events dealing with severed heads (sorry, don't know how to make that sound more pleasant), it felt disrespectful to have a random head used as holiday home decor.

So instead of using it for a ghoulish Halloween scene, I dressed her up with a Halloween hat from Target and a plaid scarf and she went from horrifying and dark to sort of darling and oh so sophisticated.

So now that all is right in my neck of the woods, did you get a chance to get out and get your thrift on? What'd you buy?


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October 25, 2014

Inspiring Halloween Posts To Check Out

I don't know about you, but Halloween sort of snuck up on me this year. One day I was lighting off 4th of July firecrackers in the backyard. The next, it's the end of October and the goblins are getting ready to knock on my door for their Snickers Fun Size candy bars.

So since I haven't done much around the house here, I thought I'd show you some Halloween posts I found on the internet. You know, from people that have their Jack O'Lanterns in a row.

Jamie at Anderson And Grant made this very cool vintage looking Jack O'Lantern. And get this. She made it from one of those bright orange cheapo plastic buckets that are a staple at the thrift stores this time of year.

Image via Anderson And Grant

October 22, 2014

Painted Mason Jar Halloween Craft

Need a quick and easy craft to get you in the mood?

In the mood for Halloween that is. I can't help you with your other "mood" issues, but I hear they make little pills for that.

Well, I think I've finally perfected the art of covering a glass jar with paint!!!

Halloween Painted Mason Jar Craft - a fun five minute craft for fall.  via houseofhawthornes.com


I know, I know. It doesn't seem like it would be awe inspiring and that hard to do, but I can't tell you how many jars I've painted and they've come out mediocre at best.

October 18, 2014

A Hotel For Chickens

I've been thinking of opening a hotel. A hotel for chickens.

Because for some reason, the neighborhood chickens find my house to be quite egg-ceptional. Hardy har har.

Do you remember a few months ago when I talked about a chicken that kept coming around our house?

He was a rooster and eventually went back home to where he lived. But only after he drove me nuts for a few days with all his cock-a-doodle-dooing.

Well, we have another visitor now.

I think this one's a girl. She just seems more dainty and lady like.


Plus she doesn't crow in the morning if that means anything.

I think I'll call her Shell-y. That is, until she checks out of the Hawthorne Inn and goes back home to roost.

Any chicken sighting in your neck of the woods?


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