Fun Friday- Bargains!

So, on the first Fun Friday of the new year I thought I’d write about some fun bargains I’ve picked up fairly recently.

First up is this fabulous lamp-


IMG_1231I thought I’d show it from a couple of different angles. If you look closely enough you might be able to make out an image of me in my pj’s taking the photo. Ahem.

I should back up for a bit of back story. The weekend of Trav’s birthday we (all of the Buttons including Daisy and Amanda’s boyfriend, Daniel) headed to Birmingham to have a late Christmas with my parents and also to make sure they were okay since my dad had been in the hospital and my mom was sick. It was kind of a lot to deal with. And putting a birthday party, Christmas and hospital stay in the same sentence is weird but we’d already planned the party. Anyway, after we’d established that everything was okay and were heading back home, I asked my mom if she had any end tables that she didn’t want anymore. Which she did and was kind enough to give to me. I’m not posting pictures of that yet because I haven’t decided how to refinish it. For now it holds this lovely lamp- which was quite the bargain.

A couple of weeks ago I decided that a shopping trip with my girls was exactly what we needed. We planned to go to Target (x2 since there are 2 in town), the mall, Pier One (for me since the girls hate that store), and TJ Maxx. I’m not sure at what point we ran out of steam but it was before we’d hit the mall. Chloe and I were tired but my little powder keg of energy (Halle) still wanted her mall trip. I appeased her by offering to go to American Signature Furniture instead- it’s one of her favorite places. As we looked all over the store, and I do mean *all over*, I noticed that there were quite a bit of items with 75% off tags. I didn’t pay much attention to any of it because I didn’t plan on buying anything. A little later the most gorgeous sunset I’ve seen in a while caught my eye. I gasped and pointed it out to the girls and we walked over to the window for a closer look- and I stood right next to a beautiful, mercury glass lamp that had a 75% off tag on it. I looked at the price tag and even though I hate math I knew that 75% off of $100 is $25- SOLD! I’m not sure if American Signature is still having that clearance sale but if your in the market for lamps or accessories you might want to check it out.

The moral of the story here is that one should always take time to appreciate a sunset.

Next up is a fabulous quilt-

IMG_1007I found this a while ago, maybe in autumn? I was shopping at Target and happened upon a clearance end cap where this lovely quilt was marked down from $79.99 to $23.98! It’s king size and we have a queen size bed but we’ve used a king size comforter for a few years and it’s been just what we needed for sleeping harmony- since Travis tends to hog the covers.  It also solved the problem we have every winter where our room looks like we’re a couple of poor college students huddled under whatever old comforter we drag out of the closet. This keeps us nice and toasty since I put it under our current comforter and it keeps me cool when the weather is warmer since I can take the comforter off the bed and not be embarrassed about it.

As an added bonus the girls love it too.

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January is bargain season, happy hunting!

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Pinterest Favorites- Bedroom Edition

Today I’m posting a few of my favorites from Pinterest. Like this lovely slipcovered headboard.

Pinterest Favorites 1

Better Homes and Gardens

This turquoise would be fun in Chloe or Halle’s room.

Pinterest Favorites 3

Better Homes and Gardens

I love the pattern on this headboard.

Pinterest Favorites 2

Better Homes and Gardens

I don’t actually even remember pinning this one but apparently I was in a super fancy mood.

Pinterest Favorites 4


I’m mostly a jeans and t-shirt sort of gal but I think that every girl occasionally likes to slip into a little black dress, pumps, and red lipstick. This is the bedroom version of that.

So, out of the four do you have any favorites? Today my favorite is #4 but that could change tomorrow.

It’s the Little Things

A few months ago I went shopping a bit south of Franklin and as I was driving back I saw a huge roll of hay with a “for sale” sign tacked onto it. I immediately got excited at the thought of finding a place that sells giant rolls of hay. My next thought was, “What in the world would I do with a giant roll of hay?”  Followed by, “Why don’t I get this excited about shoe shopping?” I find that as time goes on, it’s the little things that make me happy.

Like finding a glass, cobalt blue bottle of water. I’d seen these on a TV show (Frasier maybe?) but I never knew where to find one- apparently I’m not privy to suppliers of upscale water. But on the same shopping trip that I found this picture frame, I also found these pretty cobalt blue bottles of carbonated water. I’ve been using them since then to put hydrangeas in.

These haven’t turned blue yet but I like the green-white blossoms.


They’re equally pretty with blue flowers or pink roses- I’ve tried them all. It’s a nice alternative to my regular clear vases and it cost less than $2. How about you? Do you have a favorite alternative type vase? I’d love to hear about it.

Upcycled Cans: Finished

Before I started actually making my Upcycled Cans I lamented that I’d given away my fabric stash last year. Once I started making them though I remembered why…

I should never be allowed to work with fabric. Ever. I couldn’t cut straight if my life depended on it.

Once I got past my initial freak out I came up with an ingenious plan…a legal size envelope and a chip clip. In desperation, I’d searched for a piece of paper to make a template and found out that a legal size envelope happened to fit perfectly around the outside of the can. To keep the fabric still so I could cut it I clipped it to the envelope with a chip clip. Yeah, I’m good like that.

Even though my fabric skills are dreadful (or maybe because they’re dreadful) I could not be happier with the way these cans turned out. Travis has even asked me to make one for his new office…in something manly of course. Manly fabric is usually really ugly though so we’ll see how that goes.

From the top.

Yes, I did one in green. And I love it. I love the crisp white too…I can’t really pick a favorite.

I’ve got two more fabrics and a bunch of cans to do…because this is kind of addictive once you get started. I also have a plan. I’m going to get a mat and roller cutter thing, that’s probably not the technical term, and see if I can cut straight like that. Then I can make more of these.

So, thanks again to, Ginny at Darling Adventures for this fantastic tutorial. If you made these cans with us share your link in the comments.

A Painting Primer

We had a very long weekend with Travis off on Friday, Amanda coming home and my parents coming into town. It’s amazing to me how quickly I forget all of my responsibilities. Dishes pile up, school didn’t happen for Halle and laundry is piled in baskets in the living room.  I guess it shouldn’t really be surprising considering I talk to my parents from the moment they walk in the door until the moment they leave. I’m glad we only live 3 hours apart.

The weather was perfect to have a fire outside and we roasted hot dogs, sausages, and marshmallows. It was so much fun and is the easiest entertaining ever!

My parents and kiddos

What does any of that have to do with paint, you might ask? It has nothing to do with paint, it’s just a peek into my weekend. My beautiful, stressful, exciting, good-news filled weekend. I can’t spill the good news just yet but we had some really, really exciting things happen.

On to paint!

I was at Michael’s last week trying to find some frames for art. I was really into painting a few years ago and stopped because I ran out of space to store them and didn’t have enough frames to put them in. I recently gave some away (my favorite one) and rediscovered some things that I’d shoved in a closet. Now I have one framed and I’m trying to decide whether or not to frame the others. As it turns out I don’t love them quite as much as I remembered. I framed one of Chloe and Halle and Halle shouted, “We made it on the wall, Chloe!!!” I didn’t know the wall was such a big deal but I’ll keep it in mind.

This is a matted frame that I got for $8. The watercolor paper is 11×15 and the matted area was almost too big. Michael’s had a pretty big selection and they’re so inexpensive that it would be easy to do a grouping on a bigger wall.

Michael’s also has paint. Lots and lots of paint. I’d purchased most of what I have from JoAnn but they didn’t have a very big selection and last time I was there I couldn’t find it so maybe they don’t carry it anymore.

Chloe and I love the paint aisle. If you’ve never bought artist paint before it can be a little intimidating so I’ll break it down for you.

First you have academic level paint.

It comes in lots of great colors and is good for home decor type projects. You could pick up a few canvases and paint them in your favorite color scheme and group them in 3 or 4 behind a sofa to give it an inexpensive pop of color. I don’t really like the texture of these paints but they’re about 5 dollars a tube so you could get quite a bit of colorful bang for your buck.

Next is level two paints. I like the texture of these a lot better and at 10 dollars for the biggest tube it’s still not terribly expensive.

Then we have level 3 for professionals. This brand is the favorite of an artist that has a column on that I’ve been reading off and on for a few years now. I’ve found her tips very helpful and you can find her here.

The first time I bought a tube of this was from an art shop and I was so happy I was nearly giddy. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. The cool thing about these is that they brush a line of paint across the top to show you the color and whether it’s opaque or translucent. That’s what the black bars at the top are for. The price difference in the paints depends on the materials used to make it. In this case cobalt teal is $14 and phthalo green is $10. The history of paint colors and what they were made of is fascinating (to me at least).

Watercolor is also a great medium to work with but I’ll stop so as not to overwhelm you and so that I can finish school with the kiddos. The most important thing, I think, is if you want to paint just jump in and do it. You might discover that you love it and have a knack for it. Good luck!