Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Welcome back Scrabble

I’ve been scouring the thrift stores looking for original Scrabble games to use in a little project that’s been brewing in my brain for quite some time.  I’ve seen lots of Scrabble art- big and small.  And this may not be an original idea, but it’s original in my tiny world, and it makes me smile : ) 

scrabble bare.jpg

This set belonged to “Beth”, and she was quite attached to it.  All of the owner’s paperwork was filled out and many of the trays were labeled with her name.  I’m sure she played many games of Scrabble at her friends’ houses, but wanted to be sure she got all of her pieces back!
Well, since this set was from the 60’s, I’m sure that “Beth” wouldn’t mind if I updated it a little…

welcome scrabble.jpg

just in scrabble.jpg

onsale scrabble.jpg

I’m using these little beauties all around my booth on my furniture pieces to attract the customers’ eye and to show off some of my paint colors and finishes.  These are just some basic Annie Sloan colors with a little distressing and dark and clear wax.  But I have more trays and plan to mix some colors and make more eye candy in the near future. 

turquoise distressed table and scrabble tile.jpg

I used a single piece of scotch tape on the back of each word to keep the letters together.  It has worked great!  The “Welcome”  below has been in my booth for a couple of months, and it’s still in tact despite my own kids and other shoppers’ kids playing with it.


Have you played any Scrabble lately?


  Linking up to these great parties:  

A Diamond in the Stuff

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Our Big Hometalk Thrifting Trip

When Debbie at Refresh Restyle contacted me to ask if I wanted to be a part of a thrifting day, I jumped at the chance!  I {heart} thrifting! 

When I found out that Hometalk was sending 8 of us out on this little journey with matching T-shirts, I was beyond excited!

Here, we are before we hit the road.  We paired up in teams of 2, kind of like the Amazing Thrifting Race!  Not really, we were all pretty civil; we just needed 4 vehicles to haul our goodies back home. 

thrifting group shot

We drove and chatted with much excitement!  We got lost; we waited in line to get in to one store while instructions were blasted over a loud speaker (serious business!)  We walked/ran through stores.  We sat on/claimed furniture as our own.  We found treasures for ourselves and for our sister thrifters.

inside thriftcollage.jpg

 Mary and I packed and re-packed our vehicles several times.  Toward the end of the day, I heard bids going on for the last amount of space available in Cherry’s vehicle!


Our Loot:


I’ll be posting some pictures later on of the makeovers or makeunders of the things I thrifted on this trip. 
But for the sake of fun, I wanted to show you a few of the things that we DIDN’T buy!  You know the kinds of things that non-thrifters think all thrift stores are filled with…
Here we go.  Giggle :)

None of this came home with us….

weird thrift.jpg

How about live music at the thrift store on the weekends?  He was singing Elvis, I believe…


We got so much great stuff.  I still can’t believe it.  We shopped ‘til we almost dropped!  Didn’t stop for lunch until almost 4 p.m. 

lunch photo.jpg

Our Thrifty Sisters were Debbie from The Smart Set; Karen and Mary from Cotton*Wood Furnishings; Cherry from Cherry’s in the Garden and More; Sarah from Unto the Rainbow; Ann from Shabby French Cottage Basement; and our Coordinator for the event Debbie from Refresh Restyle.

Besides our loot, our lunch and conversation was the best part of the day!  Girlfriends chatting it up about everything from bargains, to paint, to woodworking, to relationships.  We had the best time!  We are hatching a plan to do another one of these trips very soon…  Thanks Hometalk!

End of the day ~Everyone's haul....

Happy Thrifting!