Archive | January, 2013

Challenge Complete

29 Jan

No I didn’t buy these post caps at the thrift store, but they’re key to my projectDSC_0002

Emma decided she also liked one of my finds, and she photo bombed me. I love this photo and really wish I had taken the tag off before this happened.

Photo bomb

How could I say no to this face? He was priced a little steep for the circumstances at just under $5 but it was love at first sight. As you can see above we have a few giraffe’s in baby girl’s room. This guy is a great addition to the family. Hi there little guy

I passed on the sassy cow and Ted the deranged bear, but this little monkey was so hideous that he sort of deserved a makeover. His little tongue sitcking out was sort of charming as well.


I’d like to give a big thanks to poor little Larry in 2006 who really bombed his plaster painting I picked this guy up for cheap and gave him a new life. Also Larry, I’m really sorry that whoever you gave this to thought so little of it they gave it to the thrift store. I hope you don’t have a complex now!

Thanks 2006

I gathered my ceramic animals, my post caps and my gorilla glue and ala Katie Bower I started to whip up some bookends. Let me briefly revisit the last time I used gorilla glue: Circa 2003 I glued my coffee table to my apartment rug because I didn’t read directions. I’ve learned since then, right?

This stuff is no joke

First I removed the felt thingeys on the bottom of the Giraffe (and the hair that didn’t belong to me).

peel off the felt

And read the directions.

Or not.

I totally didn’t.

YOU should read the directions. It prevents you from doing stupid stuff like me.

Here, here’s the directions.

You learn.

I didn’t.


follow directions

So I set them up to dry…. aren’t they quite a strange pair?

Hurry up and wait

Now if you followed directions you don’t have to do this step. If you’re like me, you get to scrape the excess glue off the giraffe’s butt and sand the bottom trying to keep your project from looking like a hot mess.

glue ooze

Once cleanup has been completed and you find the spray paint you want (I chose a champagne color and my trusty husband did the spray painting so that my baby still has a chance at being a child genius). A few even coats and Ta-Da!


We have bookends. The base and the color help unify two strange animals who each tug at my heartstrings.


Look at that face… I think I love it so much because it looks like Sam our golden retriever.


I think he’s where he was meant to be.DSC_0029

Even the sad little monkey has never seen a better day!


Young House Love Thrift Store challenge complete, homage to Katie Bower also paid by redoing her bookend idea in my own style. Now baby girl has some bookends unlike anything anyone else has, for better or for worse!

To see more people take on the challenge head on over to Young House Love .

To see what fun I had finding these critters and why I took on this project look here.


Up For The Challenge

28 Jan

I’m a huge fan of some other blogs, namely Bower Power and Young House Love. In my head we are friends, in reality I just read their blogs and aspire to be like them. So when Young House Love put out a challenge, and I had time to accept, I jumped at the chance.

The challenge: Go to a Thrift Store with $20 and find some goodies. Also take some photos of items that relate to the Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis song called Thrift Shop.

I’ll be honest, I don’t have a soft spot for white rappers like Sherry does, I’m more of a Celine Dion kinda girl, but I turned up the song and bopped my head along with it on my way to the local thrift store of choice – UNIQUE.


I’ve purchased a few special buys here in the past  and we picked up some supplies for a show my husband did but otherwise I haven’t had a ton of luck  but  I like to dream big.


One of the first things I found that had potential was this tower of drawers. Imagine it painted with the knobs switched out. It could be really cute, and at $9.99 it was a steal. When I revisited it later it was apparent someone else thought the same because they had snatched it.

This dirty little exersaucer  has so much potential. I just got a Jeep that looks sort of like that (not quite that color though) and had visions of baby girl going around the house in this to be like her momma, but just couldn’t bring myself to touch it.

Nice Ride

The song references big a$$ coats. I had trouble referencing the song. Here’s my contribution, a row of big a$$ coats. Sorry John and Sherry, I’m not that witty when on my own. Perhaps I need a sidekick.

Big A$$ coats

Then we move on to Ceramic Animals. There must be something here, right? Well lets just look around. We have the ceramic version of TED:

Ugly Teddy

A sassy little cow:

Sassy Cow

Nope not taking either of those home. How about another aisle?

Where do you put this?

I’m not sure where exactly you display that pillow or for what circumstance you would purchase it but hey, someone loved it.

I never really wandered down the children’s aisle before. But now that I have a reason coming in just 6 weeks I thought I’d take a gander. I now know where to get naked Barbies and can sleep well at night.

No Words

Whenever I’m in here I get the sneaking suspicion that I’m missing something good in these bags. I just can’t bring myself to sort through them though. One day I will evaluate the bags.


Finally, I missed this trunk on my first pass through furniture land. It was pretty awesome. A coat of paint and a refresh on the hardware could take it to the next level. It was more than I’m looking to get into being 8.5 mos. preggo, so I passed on that as well.

Trunk With Potential

So what did I get on my trip? All $7.88 of my find? Stay tuned to find out.




To see more people take on the challenge head on over to Young House Love .

To see what fun I brought home and what I did with the project look here.

Baby’s First Socks

1 Jan

I’ve lost a lot of my knitting time because I don’t commute on the train anymore. I’m not complaining trust me, but that means wrapping up other projects and getting baby projects on the needles has been slow. Today I finished up my first item.


There they are, some socks from Debbie Bliss’ Simply Baby book. Soaking in the sink to be blocked. They are usually done in two colors but I only did one because I was using some leftover silk I had and there was nothing as soft to go with it. The silk was from a project long ago that I gifted. I can’t wait to see these on her little feet! 10 weeks left!