{christmas collections} blow molds

it takes time for the christmas to come out and get organized.

lots of stuff to move around.

the last few years i have started to collect vintage blow molds.

it started with a small snowman and a santa…

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last year, i added another santa…

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today, i found this…

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and, these…

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it’s beginning to look a lot like, well, christmas.

home is…christmas collections {more to come}.

the perfect mason jar tumbler…and a coupon code

If you know me in real life you have probably seen me carrying around one of these…

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My friend, Erin, {@tweetpotatopie on IG…go follow her feed…it’s gorgeous and she is so creative} has created the perfect vintage mason jar tumblers complete with glass straws and lids.

These are NOT the reproduction mason jars…they are the real vintage jars!

Her etsy shop is now FULL of tumblers perfect for holiday gift giving. Think hostess gift, teachers gift, or a gift for yourself!

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For this new batch she has teamed up with the mason bar company who is now supplying the lids!

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She has even added gorgeous hand-decorated burlap bags perfect to use for your gift giving.

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And, even better?! She has given me a coupon code to share with YOU! Use the code “stephanylove15″ to get 15% off your order of $10 or more!

Go, now. Shop. Give handmade. And, buy one for yourself, you won’t regret it!

homeis…using stephanylove15 at tweetpotatopie.etsy.com to save 15% on your order of $10 or more.

rain and sunshine

It takes both rain and sunshine…

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to make a rainbow.

Meet Grand River Hoji Rainbow, our new black lab puppy! We call her Rain, Rainy, or Sweet Girl…as Lorelai likes to call her.

This was her very first adventure with us…cutting down our Christmas tree!

She came from the litter of tiny puppies that the kids got to hold in October when we visited Idaho.

You’ll be seeing lots more of her.

home is…plenty of rain and sunshine to make rainbows.

 

i find it hard to fit in

I always have.

Here I am, working towards my fortieth birthday, and I still find myself trying to fit in.

Like going to the party in high school because you know all the “cool kids” will be there.

Not knowing what to say.

Not knowing how to act.

Hoping you can just fit in.

I never did.

Oh, I could hang for a little while, but eventually I did something to screw it up.

I never got too close, knowing it probably wouldn’t end well.

I still like to go to the party and try to fit in.

It’s still so uncomfortable.

And, not only is the party “in real life”,  the party is online…

Instagram.

Twitter.

Facebook.

Blogs.

There’s a party every minute of every day.

And, I still don’t know where I fit in.

Oh, I can hang for a little while…

i just don’t get too close…

because it probably won’t end well.

But, I keep trying to fit in…

home is…like groundhog day.

well, hello there november

so, i AM going to finish up the 31 days of secondhand, created and thrifted…i promise.

blogging everyday is serious stuff.

not to mention, a trip to great wolf lodge, a visit from ryan’s mom, the making of costumes, a sinus infection and double ear infection, and celebrating halloween slowed me down a bit.

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the good news…now i can throw in some christmas stuff and not feel like everybody will say, “it’s not even halloween yet!”

at any rate, i’m here to blog…not everyday, but i’m here!

the little guy has a couple of days off and today we went to Schoolhouse Electric while his sister was at school.

i am on a lighting kick in our house…changing it up…making it fun.

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i have found a couple of cool older fixtures and one needed a special “shade”…i knew Schoolhouse would have it!

then, we came home and cleaned his room…together! it was a mess. so glad that task is done.

we also had our family photos taken last week…Pfaus Photography continues to provide perfect photos for us. check her out if you are local…her mini sessions are perfect for a family with small kids…quick and always in a perfect setting!

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oregon offers the most perfect backdrops for family photos!

home is…hello there, november.

 

{31 days} fall for afghans

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There is nothing better than to snuggle under a soft afghan when the rain (or snow) is falling outside.

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Or, to curl up under one around the backyard firepit.

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Or, to layer another one on top of the bed for those extra cool nights.

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I have knitted and crocheted blankets over the years…it’s time consuming.

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A definite labor of love.

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When I come across these beautiful works of art for $4.99 at the thrift stores I cannot pass them up.

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That striped one was the first afghan I ever thrifted.

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The “one big granny” square above was found on “black friday” two years ago. The only store you will find me in on Black Friday is a thrift store!

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This gorgeous afghan is made to fit on a twin sized bed…208 squares…that’s an enormous amount of love.

home is…{31 days} thrifted afghans are perfect for fall.

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{31 days} pallet xylophone

 

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~secondhand and created~

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…pallet parts and pieces…

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…power tools…

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…paint…

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…and a puppy dog helper.

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{You can see another spray paint project that I have been working on…trying to add more color to the backyard!}

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Once all the boards were painted I just screwed them into the partial pallet.

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I just lightly spray painted the pieces so that they have a weathered look.

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The final product makes me smile.

home is…{31 days} a secondhand and created pallet xylophone.

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{31 days} love rocks

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Ryan’s mom found this rock while we were finishing up Magiquest at Great Wolf Lodge last weekend.

I immediately thought it was a Love Rock.

Yesterday, I noticed Love Rocks posts popping up in my Facebook Timeline…it’s been a year since a terrible tragedy started this incredible gift of sharing love.

If you aren’t familiar with the Love Rocks story, please visit the following pages to learn more:

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Love Drenched Life

Today, Lorelai and Nana (Ryan’s mom) had a special day to spend together. Lorelai wanted to play Candyland and do crafts. So, I bought rocks and pulled out my stash of thrifted vintage sheets and secondhand fabric.

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And, even better, they invited me to help them make some Love Rocks!

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You can learn how to make the Love Rocks here.

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home is…{31 days} secondhand and created love rocks.

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{31 days} a quick stop at goodwill

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As I sit at our craft table and write this the kids are huddled on the pull out sofa in the playroom awaiting their Nana’s arrival. It is dressed in vintage sheets and a vintage quilt…all found at Goodwill.

It’s dreamy.

Today, I played the roll of “courier” for my husband and found myself halfway to downtown Portland with an hour before I needed to volunteer in the little guys classroom. I figured my time would be better spent {read: “I would have more fun”} at Goodwill than I would cleaning up more messes before Nana’s arrival.

So, I tried to figure out how quickly I could make a spin through my favorite Goodwill and get back to the elementary school to take care of Friday Folders…who doesn’t like a challenge?!

I filled my cart…I almost always do at this Goodwill. However, I’m going to show you a few of the things I collect that I actually passed on…

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These two typewriters were in great condition in their original cases, which were also in great condition. I passed on them because I have two typewriters in my collection almost exactly like them. They were each $29.99…not cheap, but definitely worth it if you want to add one to your decor.

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This scale was OK. Again, I have a big collection and can be choosy, but if you were just starting a collection, or really wanted to add to your collection this one would be a great addition. It was $13.99…more than I would be willing to pay because I have found others that I like better for less money.

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Globes. I almost ALWAYS buy them when I see them at Goodwill. I didn’t buy this one because the stand was plastic and they wanted $13.99 for it.

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Vintage Fisher Price. I don’t have either one of these in my collection, but I have gotten picky about what I want to add to my collection. I went through about six months where I bought anything and everything vintage Fisher Price. I kept a lot and sold a lot in my Etsy shop. Right now, these are not items I want in my collection and I am taking a break from selling vintage Fisher Price at colton+cadence, so I passed. They were $4 each.

Tomorrow I will show you what I DID buy.

Stay tuned…

home is…{31 days} thrifted, or not, during a quick stop at goodwill.

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{31 days} globe pendant light

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It’s much like my tutorial for the mason jar pendant light, but easier!

Supplies:

  • globe
  • pencil
  • exacto knife
  • light kit (i get mine at IKEA)

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How to:

1. Cut globe in half…most globes are made of cardboard or chip board and are put together as two pieces at the equator. You can cut along the equator with an exacto knife, but there usually a supporting ring of thick chipboard at the equator that you cannot cut through. I actually put pressure on the equator (with my hand, elbow, or knee) like you do with those pop open cans that cinnamon rolls come in. I do it all the way around the equator…careful not to crush the globe…and it usually comes apart on it’s own without any cutting!

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2. Trace around your light socket at the top of the globe and cut a hole with your knife. There is usually a metal ring in between the layers of the chip board at the top and bottom of the globe (where they usually attach to their stands). This is usually the same size as the socket, so if you hit metal, just cut to the outside of the ring and you should be OK.

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3. Insert your light kit into the hole and secure.

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4. Insert light bulb. I always use a low wattage (40 watt) or fluorescent bulb for safety since the globes are made of paper.

You can also embellish you globe on the inside or outside like I did with these…

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You can also see my “how to” in the October 2014 issue of Old House Journal

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home is…{31 days} a thrifted and created globe pendant light.

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