August 7, 2008

Creative juices are flowing~

In my twenties (don’t start doing the math, just know it was a LONG time ago) I purchased my first home. It was an older home built in the early 60's, it was tiny but it had character. I was newly married (not to my Mr. Man) we were both still in college plus working to try to make ends meet. There was very little money left over to decorate our humble abode ~ did that stop me? Oh no! I got creative and oh so thrifty. I became well acquitted with the flea markets and thrift stores in my area of Tennessee. I learned the fine art of negotiating. Little by little I was able put together an adorable home (if I do say so myself and since I am the one writing this~ I say so). The years of thrift shopping and creating something out of nothing left me with some 'one of a kind' treasures.

Almost 20 years later (I know you are doing the math) I still find so much joy in junkin’ (what I affectionately call treasure hunting at thrift stores, flea markets, and salvage yards). It is a treat to come across a ‘rare find’ or unique piece. The cherry on top is when I purchase it for next to nothing, it is exhilarating, thrilling, invigorating… I know I know enough adjectives~ I just really want to convey that finding a ‘treasure’ can be inspiring. It might be the piece that inspires an entire room change or adds the finishing touch.

Okay enough set up, the reason I am taking this walk down memory lane is to let you know about future posts I’ve been considering~ “Have a look around” what I am thinking is sharing bits and pieces of my home with you through pictures and stories ~ basically ‘inviting’ y’all in to ‘have a look around’. Our home is by no means perfect, and we like it that way. It is lived in, comfy, welcoming and from time to time inspiring.

Here is a little peak into what I'm thinking~

While beach combing over the weekend Bella and I found a heart shape rock, we were so excited with this find, anyone watching would have thought we had found a gold dabloom. Last night we pulled out an old frame, some scrapbook paper and the hot glue gun (my favorite tool) ~ this is what we came up with.

It is now a treasured piece proudly displayed in our home

Do you have something unusual that you have framed? Or do you have something unique or meaningful that came to mind as you were reading this post? If so please share, you never know what may inspire someone!


Ashley Winters August 7, 2008 at 7:50 AM  

I don't have anything framed to share with you, but I also love shopping for bargains, especially clothes for my kids. I have found some beautiful clothes at second-hand stores that look expensive, but were purchased for only a few dollars.

Joannah August 7, 2008 at 10:59 AM  

That's such a great idea!

My grandmother's china is one of my most precious possessions. I'm so honored that she decided to give it to me!

Colleen August 7, 2008 at 12:26 PM  

LOVE IT!! I too love all our treasures we have found along our travels around the world. I have them all setting out or in glass jars and bowls. I may have to try and frame something! One of my favorite items I have framed is a beautiful tapestry that comes from our trip to Greece. I fell in love with it when I saw it, but did not want to spend the money on it so quietly just admired it. Well, my hubby surprised me with a tapestry and it was the exact same one! I never even said anything to him that I loved it so much.....he was just drawn to that one. It's very special to me.
Thanks for helping us remember those special treasures in our home!

mah-meeee August 7, 2008 at 12:29 PM  

seriously, you have such a creative mind and oviously a great eye for decorating.... please please come to my home and help me!

Michelle August 7, 2008 at 2:09 PM  

I love decorating, too, so I'm all for getting a personal invite into your lovely home. The framed rock is something that you will treasure because you and Bella found it together. I have several pieces of beautiful framed art, but my favorite two are of the girls hands and then another of their feet. I just love them!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! August 7, 2008 at 4:06 PM  

I love this post....what a great piece of art for your wall!

You know I love to decorate....I will have to think on this one....

We want to see more!!


mamamia August 7, 2008 at 8:04 PM  

I spent many of days in that "adorable" home. You had it decorated beautifully. Remember when we started stenciling Nothing was safe , if it didn't move it was subject to being stenciled. Aahhh! You know, we may have even stenciled moving objects if they moved too slowly. Because we had some mad stenciling skills. My other favorite memory of that house is Chicken Divan, Pineapple Bake, and Fruit Tea. Those were your signature recipes in the day.

Amanda August 7, 2008 at 8:12 PM  

I absolutely love that framed rock!! I got a really expensive frame, for really cheap, when I worked at Michael's Arts & Craft store. I took a picture that came in another frame that I needed for a picture I painted. Well, the useless picture reminded me so much of the marketplace in Guatemala, so I used my discount to have it framed along with some Guatemalan money beneath the picture. It's hanging over Flor's bed now.

Paula August 7, 2008 at 8:15 PM  

What a perfect way to save the heart shaped rock. My sister collects those too, she paints them.

Kim August 7, 2008 at 8:23 PM  

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I just have to tell you that my youngest son (now 14) use to collect heart shaped rocks for me all the time. I've kept all of them but never really knew what to do with them. Your idea is perfect! I love it.

I'll definately be checking back to find more great ideas!

Wendy August 7, 2008 at 9:55 PM  

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you come again!

Denise C August 7, 2008 at 10:53 PM I am certain...we were sisters separated at birth!!! *wink*!!!
I too LOVE the search and find of a great bargain...such a "rush" of pure bliss!
I adore it....I do most all of mine in malls and stores though....the clearance tables, racks know..those places back in the deep dark areas of a store...(not front and center)!
But after reading your post...I may have to step outta my box and go for the thrift stores and the flea markets etc....
Ok...second reason I am sure we are sisters...I too have more glue guns than I care to admit to having...I fix absolutely everything with my glue gun...from hemming Chuck's pants that might come out..(until I can get them to the cleaners or to my Mama... to sew it for me) "creating" valances in Chelsi's just about name it I fix it with a glue gun!!!
And, oh my dear I frame anything unusual or special, you ask.......well...I FRAME EVERYTHING! I mean everything!
If I like it... then it is framed and in our house...from Chelsi's first little ballet tutu outfit to her first ballet shoes to her bow that matched the whole outfit...and a picture of her in it!!!...and her first finger painting masterpiece....her hand print in plaster....the list goes on and on!!!
So....I have to tell you...I cannot wait to peek into your lovely home...share on!!!!
And BTW....I am in Tennessee too...are you still in my state?? I am thinking...a blog meeting is in order!!! OR possibly a Bargain shopping spree!!!
Hugs and Love!

Growin' with it! August 8, 2008 at 1:20 AM  

what a sweet and creative way to get to know you! thanks!

Tiffany August 8, 2008 at 12:08 PM  

I LOVE this idea! I have a heart shaped rock and was SOOOO excited to find it years ago.
I love the idea of framing it!
Thank you for sharing!

Barrington August 8, 2008 at 12:10 PM  

You are so clever!!!!!

When john and I had our very first little apartment right after we got married, my claim to creativity was to put a table cloth and lamp over his giant speaker.

Hope you have a great weekend too!!!

Marla August 8, 2008 at 1:35 PM  

I would love to take a peek, what I've seen looks awesome. I have a shadow box with mementos of Daltons baby stuff, blood presue cup, anouncement, passy and even his belly button thingy. I love looking at it, it takes me back to those first precious moments of his life.

Tami August 8, 2008 at 7:32 PM  


Can't wait to see 'bits and pieces' of your abode!

Thank you for the awesome idea about framing the rock! My DH found a heart shaped one for me while walking on the beach here in NH, and I have it with my collection of sea glass. What a creative way to show off a special item!

sara August 9, 2008 at 12:26 AM  

Oh, that is precious! I don't have anything off hand - but loads of ideas? Does that count? And supplies. I should really do SOMETHING, eh?

Stacey and Dewey August 9, 2008 at 12:31 AM  

Oh I love the heart rock, I would have been screaming and yelling too at finding it. And how clever to frame it!!! I love that you are going to share your decorating secrets. I'm NOT creative in coming up with ideas myself. But I'm great a copying ideas :)
Have a great weekend!!

a Tonggu Momma August 9, 2008 at 8:11 AM  

I love this idea! Am I allowed to join you? Although ours won't look nearly as pretty.

As to the heart-shaped rock... what a great memory for her and you, to treasure for years to come. We frame lots of nontraditonal things, including -- a pen-and-ink poster of a children's Christmas play I once performed in ... Chinese stamps we purchased while on our adoption trip ... maps of places we've lived ... a key to a house now no longer standing (a family home from generations ago).

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie August 9, 2008 at 8:38 AM  
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Anna Grace`s Jie Jie August 9, 2008 at 8:40 AM  

You are SO creative!

Kerry August 9, 2008 at 10:24 PM  

Beautiful! And I bet that Bella will always remember creating that with you.

I too love to find a fabulous deal. And little pieces here and there make a house a home.

Thank you for sharing. I will have to great creating.

Jonni, John & Sofia August 10, 2008 at 1:34 AM  

I love junkin' too! I just love the beautiful creation you and Bella made. These type of things mean so much and you guys did a beautiful job. Now you will always think of that day on the beach with your little girl when you see it. :)


Oatsvall Team August 10, 2008 at 11:26 PM  

love it ... i love to find a good bargain for my home ... i love making my home feel warm and welcoming ... i try never to spend to much money on home stuff because w/ 4 kids who are quite energetic i don't want something broken that cost more than say $30 .... hee hee ...

Dianne August 11, 2008 at 1:35 AM  

I would love to have a look around your house. From what I can see, you are very creative and have great taste.

Finding Normal August 13, 2008 at 10:24 PM  

When Addison did her first fingerpainting in March with her OT with Color Wonder stuff, I had the forethought to snap a picture before it faded. I blew that up to 8x10 and framed it for her bedroom. That's my only weird framed thing. I love the rock!

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