{31 days} a quick stop at goodwill

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waiting for nana

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} pyrex collection

 

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Remember back on {day 4} where I posted a photo collage of a bunch of the things I collect and then encouraged you to display your collections? Well, this post is about how I display some of my pyrex collection as storage in my sewing hutch.

{That little jar was covered with a vintage tea-towel that I received from my grandmother. Just used mod podge to stick it on and the wrapped twine around the top and hot glued it!}

The pyrex is stacked on top of other items, stacked on top of other pyrex, and used to hold trim and fabric.

And, a mini-globe bank that I picked up in Central Oregon.

I also use some of my vintage scale collection to hold the pyrex.

{I also have a huge collection of Mary Engelbreit stuff…not thrifted or secondhand, but from the dollar bins at Michaels.}

Through thrifting, I have been able to finally turn my house into the home I had imagined on a budget that is realistic.

home is….{31 days} a thrifted pyrex collection.

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{our home} is what thrifting makes it

I started “thrifting” a few months ago.

I’ve always liked to go “treasure hunting“…at antique stores, the Farm Chicks show, and other local markets/shoppes.

Initially, I went through a run when I would stop at a Goodwill almost every day of the week.

Through thrifting, I have been able to finally turn my house into the home I had imagined on a budget that is realistic.

It has recharged my creativity…for crafts and interior design.

Not to mention, I’ve started a few collections…

Vintage children’s books, map puzzles, embroidery hoops, vintage toys, globes, scales, vintage board games funky old artwork, and vintage pyrex.

I no longer go everyday, but you can bet if I drive by a Goodwill that I will most likely pull into that parking lot for a quick look around.

These photos are from my sewing desk…I don’t actually sew there, but it stores my sewing machine, fabric, and other pretty stuff.

It makes me happy.

Oh, and I have ALWAYS collected Mary Engelbreit stuff.

What recharges your creativity?

Do you collect anything?

home is…creatively recharged.

{thrifting} on a whim

This morning started out with Lorelai asking to paint.

She didn’t just ask to paint, she asked if she could paint a picture for me.

How could I say no?!

Ryan left for a business trip and about 30 minutes after he left the house I got this e-mail from him:

“Did I really leave my phones at home?”

Yes. Yes, he did leave his phones at home.

So, the kids and I were quickly out the door to Fed Ex.

Since we were already dressed and in the car I figured we should swing by a couple of thrift stores we hadn’t been to in a while.

We found some stuff…

hoops, pyrex, a wooden step ladder…

a Yahtzee from 1975, a red colander for plants, a globe…

milk glass bowl with a beautiful flower pattern from Germany, a yellow Samsonite train case with the key…

and some very cool vintage suitcases.

home is…deciding to do something “on a whim”.

no balloons

For the first time in the five summers of living in this house we did not make it to the Tigard Festival of Balloons.

I love to get up early beginning on Friday morning and walk down to the park to watch the balloons launch.

Unfortunately, it was rainy.

Friday.

Saturday.

And, Sunday.

When my 5:20am alarm went off each morning, I listened for the rain, heard it on the roof, and went back to sleep.

Here are a few photos from years past…

And, you can see my posts from last year here and here.

It all worked out ok as baby girl woke up on Friday morning with a fever, so we spent the day lounging and fighting her fever.

By Saturday she was getting some energy back, so we headed out to goodwill while the boys washed Ben and took Odyssey for a swim.

We found a couple of treasures…

so, I have new projects to work on.

By Sunday afternoon, the sun began to come out…

These horses were out on my drive home from Trader Joe’s.

And, I was able to get out and enjoy my happy place a little bit.

We weren’t able to cross balloon festival off our summer list, but we’ll be working on some other items this week.

Stay tuned for a peek into our home later this week…

Oh, also…

Source: kellehampton.com via stephany @ on Pinterest

Kelle liked my yellow dress!

home is…no hot air, but lots of rain.

full

Lately, I start my mornings outside in what I call the best seat in the house.

Odyssey likes to share my coffee.

Yesterday, I found this knocked over.

Kind of a bummer.

growing up

I signed the little guy up for camp this week.

Every morning.

As of yesterday morning, he had only gone to one day.

Monday.

He was brave.

After a little bit of a struggle {read: he was hugging me and my legs and not letting go} he walked into the big gym and played along side with kids twice his age.

When I picked him up, he looked so little.

His Batman backpack dwarfing his body.

He wasn’t happy.

He wanted to be with his mommy.

He hurt his toe.

It was cool outside, and they were in the pool for a long time.

I kept him home the next two mornings.

Yesterday, Ryan was home.

He wanted the little guy to go.

I totally understand the lesson he wanted to teach…you sign up for something {and Poppa works hard to make the money that pays for things} and you follow through.

The little guy went to camp.

He walked into that big gym.

He was brave.

He looked so little.

He IS so little.

I wanted him to be home with me.

I cried the whole way home.

When I got home, I cried as Ryan hugged me.

I have to admit, I signed him up for camp for selfish reasons.

I thought I would need the time away from him.

But all I want is to be with him.

And, baby girl.

They are growing up.

Right. Before. My. Eyes.

selfish reasons

I couldn’t wait to pick him up.

Baby girl and I mailed a colton+cadence order and made a quick stop at Goodwill.

Then we went to pick up the little guy.

I told him how brave he was.

I told him how proud I was of him.

I have to admit, I was telling him those things for selfish reasons.

To make myself feel better.

He had fun at camp.

When we got home, I pickled some cucumbers while the kids had a little lunch and quiet time.

Then we went on an adventure.

Local farm stores…

and, Sonic for ice cream…

before dinner!

We played outside in the backyard until Poppa came home.

Baby girl was exhausted after her bath and was asleep the second her head hit the pillow.

The little guy was having trouble going to sleep, so he got to come downstairs and play outside with the neighbors while Ryan and I worked in the garden.

Sometimes big boys get to stay up past bedtime.

I have to admit, I let him stay up way past bedtime for selfish reasons.

To spend time with him that I had missed in the morning.

To redeem myself.

And, to make myself feel better.

Filled.

home is…learning from our mistakes.

breaking the rules

Yesterday morning I took a trip to Goodwill with the kids.

Usually, if they follow my rules, they each get to pick out a toy.

My rules are stay close to mommy, no running, and stay quiet.

They are usually VERY good at following these rules.

Yesterday was no exception, and they each found a toy.

The little guy found a Batman action figure from 2003…I hated to open it because it was new in it’s packaging and worth at least twice as much as we paid for it, but his happiness was worth ripping the packaging open once we got home.

Baby girl liked a little car with a pig in it. While she was riding in the cart and holding her car she realized that it actually  made noise and drove on it’s own and wanted to get out of the cart.

She immediately put it on the ground and let it go.

Oink!

Oink!

Oink!

ZOOOOOOOOM!

It raced down the aisle.

And, she raced screaming and giggling after it!

Breaking all my rules.

I have never seen her so happy about something.

She and the little guy set it on the ground and let it go again.

Oink!

Oink!

Oink!

ZOOOOOOOOM!!

I tried to keep them quiet as an employee looked around the corner to see what the noise was about.

She said, “I love to hear children’s laughter.”

So, I let them laugh.

And, run.

We were on our way towards checking out, anyway.

Baby girl screamed and giggled every time the car drove away.

This was one time that I didn’t mind them breaking my rules.

{Although, I think I came back to haunt me later in the day when they thought breaking my rules was OK when we were at the veterinarian learning how to give Hobbes his insulin injections.}

home is…sometimes breaking the rules is worth it.