December 31, 2012

Top Ten Thrifty Finds From 2012

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Mine was absolutely magical!

Lots of time spent playing with my son, putzing around in my house and just genuinely enjoying all the fun and festiveness of this time of year. I am so glad I took a few days off from blogging to just unplug and enjoy everything.

Oh, and I ate a bit too much, but that is what New Year's resolutions are for, right?

I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon of top ten countdowns for the year. I love a good bandwagon. Who doesn't?

But instead of top viewed posts or top DIY projects, I am doing my top thrifting finds for 2012. Because, hey, thrifty is what I do best.

So in no particular order, here are my most favorite thrifty finds for 2012:


1. Toy Phone   2. Watering Can   3. Enamelware Basin   4. Turquoise Typewriter   5. Croquet Box


6. Toolbox   7. Ice Cream Churn   8. Ceramic Christmas Tree   9. Fire Extinguisher   10. Gurley Candles

I've used each and every one of these in my house. Some of them over and over again.

I have used the heck out of that turquoise ice cream churn. Everything from a flag holder at 4th of July to a fall flower vase. And that ceramic Christmas tree was a hit and a half at Christmas in my dining room. The toolbox is still the centerpiece on my kitchen table and the toy phone always has a place on the shelf in my living room.

The only one of these that I haven't used is the fire extinguisher. Don't get me wrong, Sparky was a fun find, but I am scared it's going to blow up my house. And really, how ironic would it be that I would need a fire extinguisher to douse the explosion caused by my fire extinguisher.

It has left over, very old fire extinguisher chemical in it and I need to get it drained before I bring it inside and finish cleaning it up. Yes, I know I bought it six months ago.

OK, well that's it for now. I'll be back to my somewhat normal posting schedule this week.

Have a fun and safe New Year's Eve!



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December 20, 2012

Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas

It's official. I'm signing off for Christmas break.


Gotta put my Mommy hat on and produce the Christmas to end all Christmases around here. Or as much as I can get done in the next few days.

Wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday season! See you soon!

The tutorial I used for making my blackboard art was from Rachel at Holy Craft. The wreath design was from The Graphics Fairy (I used a simpler font for the word JOY than she shows). And the Santa pitcher was a thrift store find - he was pretty battered and dirty, but hey, he was winking at me. What's a girl to do.



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December 18, 2012

Every Time A Bell Rings . . .

So I've been playing around with creating a printable holiday chalkboard piece for you, but I couldn't find a saying that was doing it for me. Deck The Halls, Let It Snow, Joyeux Noel - they all seemed to be done to death.*

Then all of a sudden it came to me. My favorite line from my favorite movie!!!

Free holiday chalkboard printable - Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings - Christmas


It's A Wonderful Life!

Oh, and that's the name of the movie too.

And how did it come to me, you ask? I glanced at my holiday header. With bells on it.

Sometimes all you have to do is stop trying so hard and it sort of smacks you in your holly loving face.

You are welcome to print it out. It is sized as a 8x10 print.

*No offense intended for those that have made something this year that says Deck The Halls, Let It Snow or Joyeux Noel - please feel free to bash my NOEL sign on the front porch all you want :)



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December 17, 2012

Pam's Holiday Home Tour Part 3 - The Living Room

This is the last installment of my holiday home tour series for this year. With the events on Friday, I was hesitant to write about this today. It just seems so trite to be discussing cute Christmas decor when so many children in Connecticut won't be celebrating any Christmas at all.

But then I thought that maybe some of you would want a little levity in your day. I know I do. With all that has occurred this weekend, it is easy to get glued to the tv trying to figure out how this could have happened. I have felt the need to step away from the tv remote for a while and just look at pretty things for a few minutes, so thought you might be in the same situation.


My prayers and thoughts are with the victims, their family and friends and the emergency personnel of the area.

My buddy Frosty and I would like to take you on a tour of the living room today.

December 13, 2012

Pam's Holiday Home Tour Part 2 - The Dining Room

Are you wondering what to do with all the Shiny Brites you inherited from your mom or grandma? Or Aunt Martha's light-up ceramic Christmas tree? Or all the vintage Christmas decor you accumulate from the thrift stores?

Decorating with vintage Shiny Brite Christmas decorations along with other vintage holiday decor


I don't know about you, but I never walked by a vintage piece of Christmas decor at the thrift store that didn't jump into my cart! And I also have a boatload of vintage Christmas decor from my mom's house.

In my home, the dining room is the place that I like to display the majority of the vintage Christmas decor. It seems to make more of an impact when grouped together.

But you could designate any room in your home as THE place for vintage Christmas. Or all the rooms.

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

I'm going to warn you up front, this is a photo rich post, so not a lot of compelling commentary.

But plenty of Christmas eye candy.

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

OK, just breaking in here to say this is the ceramic tree that I got at the thrift store in October. I told you I'd put it to good use.

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

And here's where I put my Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer vintage sheet music that I had made into a free printable for you.

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

OK, I'm back to shutting up now. Carry on.

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

Vintage Christmas Shiny Brite decorations for your holiday home decor

If you want to see more of this year's holiday decor you can check out:

Home Tour Part 1 - The Kitchen can be found HERE
Home Tour Part 3 - The Living Room can be found HERE
My Holiday Front Porch can be found HERE


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December 12, 2012

Pam's Holiday Home Tour Part 1 - The Kitchen

Over the next few days, I'm going to take you on a magical mystery tour of the holiday decor in some of the rooms in my house. Today is the kitchen. Or as I like to call it - the thrifty, vintage Christmas fun-o-rama!


I kept the table rather simple this year.

December 10, 2012

My Holiday Front Porch

I kept going back and forth on whether I was going to use blow molds on my front porch this year or not. On one hand, they are fun and vintage looking. On the other hand, they can be a tad bit tacky if not done correctly.

Originally, I was thinking of the big old candles, one on each side of the door, but then thought they'd be hard to keep standing in the wind tunnel called my front porch. Decision made. No blow molds would grace my porch.

Two days after I had decided that I was definitely, under no circumstance, putting blow molds on the porch, I ran across jolly old Saint Nick here at an antique store and sort of fell in love with him.

December 9, 2012

Tinsel Hanging 101

For those of you born after 1970, I thought I'd share my technique for hanging tinsel, also known as icicles, on the Christmas tree.

First, look all over creation for a store that actually sells tinsel. Not as easy to find as one would think. It's almost like tinsel isn't a popular Christmas tree adornment nowadays, but we all know that isn't true!


Through much scientific research, I have found that it is most eye pleasing to place three pieces of tinsel on each branch. No more. No less.

Gingerly select your three tinsel strands by grabbing them in the exact middle of the strands (a tape measure may be helpful) and placing them onto the branch 1.29 inches from the tip.


You may want to hold your breath when doing this, so you have a steady hand. If not, you may twist the tinsel and crease it and no one wants to look at mangled tinsel. Select three more strands and repeat.

Throwing of tinsel onto the tree in big gobs is strictly prohibited. We will have none of that! Applying tinsel is an art form and should be treated with reverence.

After spending an entire delightful evening painstakingly applying tinsel to the tree, stand back and admire your shiny, sparkly creation.


Seriously, this was the first time in probably 40 years that I have put tinsel on a tree. Did it a lot as a kid and then kicked the habit around the time they invented fake trees and twinkle lights.

It was sort of fun to decorate with tinsel this year. At least for the first half hour.



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