Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Posted by Rhonda at 7:52 AM
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The sofa table is from the Antique Mall in our town but I don't think it is an antique. It is a nice pine Broyhill piece and was just $32.50.
My mom crocheted the afghan that looks a quilt.
I looked around our bedroom a few weeks ago and could hardly stand how "blah" it had become. I decorated it 2 years ago when we had our house up for sale and thought it looked great at the time but since then, I have removed some things and the result was not so great.
I decided it needed a makeover but I had to do it on a very low budget.
Posted by Rhonda at 5:13 AM
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Posted by Rhonda at 1:36 PM
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I have not done much thrift type shopping lately, I have been busy with projects at home and have gotten quite a few things from the newlyweds as they sort their presents and what they already owned. But I had the itch for shopping and stopped at one sale on the way home from work Friday and then got up early to go to one held by bank employees in their bank's parking lot. I spent a total of $6.25.
9 new and/or laundered once kitchen towels - I really like the rooster ones, a quarter each. 2 of them have the crocheted top so they attach to the oven handle and won't fall off
2 Pyrex bowls 50 cents each
candy jar with no lid that I think Jimmy will want .25
3 new billfolds for me - I won't use them all at once but they were brand new and priced low one is Bass and one fake Coach and the other is white faux leather with a cross on the front
Samsonite tote bag .25
Betty Crocker Boys & Girlscookbook - just a quarter and clean but the pages are coming loose from the binding
We got to the first sale a little before 7:00 am and the weather was pleasant but by 7:50, it was already hot. And it was time to come home to the A/C and a glass of iced tea.
Friday, August 10, 2007
I really dislike fast food restaurants and rarely eat at them. But sometimes we do need fast meals at home. I did some bulk cooking for the freezer tonight. I made beef taco filling, turkey taco filling, turkey chili with beans and Roma spaghetti sauce. I try to always keep salad ingredients, grated cheddar, chips, crackers, rice and pasta on hand. A meal can be prepared in minutes as long as we have some of my freezer cooking and basic ingredients on hand.
I have been cooking like this for years and my family is very fond of all these entrees. Jimmy and Nina both called today and when I told them what I was cooking, they said they would be over tomorrow to get some for their freezers. I am happy to help them. Jimmy starts law school on Sunday and the newlyweds are still adjusting and have not yet seemed to find a steady routine and I know they will appreciate these meals.
I counted and I think there are 26 containers, most are about a quart size and 10 are pint size.
First let me say, I know what a luxury it is to have a room dedicated to just my hobbies. I have always done lots of crafts and make-do projects while we were living on a very low budget and raising our children. Now that we are empty nesters and living in a 4 bedroom home, I have a room just for me. It has been very functional but I spent the last few days making it prettier.
The valance is made of patchwork bandanas from Hobby Lobby. I used to have them in the guest room but when I decided to use red accents in the craft room, they were perfect to move in to there. No sewing, they are just folded over the existing rod.
The sewing desk belong to Jeff's grandparents and the stool belonged my grandmother.
I trash-picked the little black book shelf in Nina's college neighborhood.
The hat box holds glues, the red heart box holds buttons, the lunch box holds notecards and the suitcase on the bottom holds ribbon.
I still want to add some more red accents.
I got this idea from Meridith at http://likemerchantships.blogspot.com/ She used a bracket and says it holds her stash of 50 bags. I did not have a bracket but I did find some large nails in hubby's tool box. The nails were free too!
Just an FIY though, if you reuse bags, be sure to remove any to and from tags that might be on them. I once got a Christmas gift in a reused bag from my church secret sister, she had got a gift from her aunt in the same bag and she left the tag on. I had already kind of guessed that she was my secret sister but I knew for sure when I read on the tag "To Cindy, Merry Christmas from Aunt Brenda"
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I might should of titled this post "wedding leftovers" Nina used whole coffee beans at her reception. We bought large vases and filled them with coffee beans and then had blue and brown balloons coming out of the top of every one. The reception room was very large but the twenty five arrangements of coffee beans gave just a beautiful scent to the room. Nina bought 60 pounds of beans from a discount coffee seller in Oklahoma City. When we filled the vases, 30 pounds were plenty to fill them all. We thought guests would take center pieces home with them but I guess they were all happy with candy boxes and no one took coffee.
So now we have lots and lots of coffee beans. I don't drink coffee and neither does the bride but my husband does.
He says it is really good coffee too. We don't have a coffee grinder and I did not want to buy one because we won't use coffee beans normally. My Kitchenaid food processor does a good job of grinding them though.
We have been giving beans to all our friends, family and co-workers that like coffee but we have only gotten rid of half of them so far.