Thursday, December 16, 2010

I went thrifting!

While I appreciate and occasionally shop Nordstrom/Neiman's/Sak's etc, I receive greater joy in hunting and digging and elbowing searching my way to extremely thrifty finds.  My greatest find so far has been a top handled Speedy 30 Louis Vuitton handbag for $5.  And it wasn't even one of those plasticy obviously hot off the press in Thailand bags.  Alright, it's probably fake but I did find it at a Goodwill in San Antonio located precariously close to Alamo Heights.  

Before I reveal my fabulous thrifting finds... I found this picture on my phone and had to show you. We recently came to the conclusion that Wyatt has a strong gag reflex.  Our doctor confirmed this last week.  I wonder where he gets it from...


Anyway.

My friend Kimberly and I drove up to Wichita Falls today with our boys to hit up a couple of the local thrift stores.  Here is her son, Kollin, and Wyatt playing standing next to each other at Bible study.  Kollin is three months old and he's a doll!  Wyatt gets so excited when other babies are around.  He does his machine gun laugh, bounces up and down, and reaches for them.  See excitement below.
 


A leisurely day of thrifting and this is what you get:
A large sack of Avent bottles, nipples and dishwasher container for $2.  Seriously?  I was about to order 76 more of these from Babies R Us because I've been washing the three that I have OVER AND OVER AND OVER. 


My friend Val had just sent me a link to a sale at Ballard Designs. These beauties had been knocked from $70!? to $40 for a set of three.  I was tempted but restrained myself. And good thing.

Everyday Silver Pillar Candlesticks - Assorted Set of 3

Because I snagged this faux set of three for $8 at Goodwill today! Well, one of them is a lamp but I'll probably group them together anyway. 



Glass cheese cover-turned-cloche- $1.50
Mustard yellow and grey damask frame- $1.50
Candle warmer to positively SQUEEZE the last scent out of my Bath & Body Works 'Winter' candle- $1.50


5 pairs of pants, 4 shirts, 5 onesies, a pair of overalls and a set of PJs for Wyatt- $16 at $0.99/ea
(His arms currently look exactly like sausages stuffed in 6-9 month size casings) 
Box of swim diapers with one missing- $2
Veggie Tales VHS "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?"- $0.99
(Yes we still have a VHS player. It still works, why get rid of some of my favorite movies that we already own on VHS?)


Rob was proud. :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Our House for the Holidays

I really enjoy blog browsing for holiday and regular decorating inspiration.  I don't think our house is quite 'inspirational' yet but we're getting there!  I also enjoy before and afters.  My next post will be completely before and afters of the main rooms in our house.  But for now, here's our Christmas decor.

BEFORE
(Thanksgiving)


Giant glass vases $8/ea at a garage sale
Faux gourds, pears, pumpkins and harvest garland were freebies from my Mom's incredible floral stash. 


AFTER
(Christmas)

 

Lovely tree and cardinal wrapping paper- $8 from The Container Store
Branch from our fresh Christmas tree
Everything else I already had in my Christmas stash.



"Reserved" sign-wedding leftover
Silver hammered platter-wedding gift
Rest was Mom freebies.


Christmas card display- gift
 Mercury glass candle holder-gift
FABULOUS giant mercury glass acorns from Home Goods-$15 each!?!?


Skinny white pillar candles from Wally World in the 'candles used to pray to saints' section-$2/ea
 Saint candles covered in -ironically- book pages from an old Hispanic 
Baptist hymnal wrapped in twine. 
Faux branches I stole from a greenery arrangement in my living room. 



I poured coarse rock salt into the bottom of the platter to look like snow. 





My sweet friend Val saw the acorns at my house and a few days later 
called to tell me my acorns were featured in Pottery Barn's Holiday magazine!  I looked online and saw them hanging like this
 (look at the 'Family Giving' entryway), 
but our entry doesn't have a high enough roof.  So I browsed through the other entryway inspiration photos and saw under the 'Santa' scene a large mass of ornaments hung by ribbon. Again, short roofed entry, so I hung the chandelier of ornaments on an extended hook next to our door.


Two trees $18/pair at Wally World.




Christmas wreath- gift
Antlers woven into wreath- Rob found while hunting




My kitchen island display:
Gold charger- $1 garage sale'd
Candle- $3 Wally World 'Pumpkin Spice'
Mossy pebbles- Mom freebie
Sign holder- wedding leftover
Grinch Hymnal Print- done by yours truly




The other side of the Grinch print:
"Great little One whose all-embracing birth, lifts earth to Heaven, 
stoops Heaven to earth"




On my desk:
The Baptist hymnal itself, displayed on an easel, opened to 
"Despliegue El Cristiano" with a sparkle snowflake marking my spot




Garland over my entry way mirror sprinkled with ornaments, 
crystal droplets, and sparkly snowflakes!



BEFORE


0.2 Seconds AFTER