{twenty sixteen} happy friday!

wow. it’s been a while.

i am not sure why the big break. i really have a lot i want to blog about, but i just haven’t made the time to be here.

and, then it is hard to just jump right back into it. i feel like, “where did i leave off? what do i write about now? is anybody even going to read this anymore?”

at any rate, i thought i would just jump right in with some random because that’s a good place to start, right?

my newest collection obsession…
{a beautiful mess} Elsie's Rainbow Glassware Collection

this is the beginnings of elsie’s collection over at a beautiful mess. isn’t it…beautiful?

i don’t have a spot to display that many glasses, but we are hoping to add some open shelving in our kitchen and i would like to display (and actually use) a small collection there along with our fiesta ware.

this is the beginning of my collection…

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{i also brought home that beautiful vintage school desk}

after i posted the photo above on Facebook, my aunt texted me this photo…

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she said that my grandmother had collected them at estate sales and that she would send them to me! i am so excited to add these to my collection!

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anyway, that’s a little bit of what i have going on right now.

happy friday!

 

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.

{31 days} vintage fisher price

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 ~thrifted~

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Welcome to our playroom.

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It’s a happy place.

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It’s where our vintage fisher price toys live.

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They are classics.

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I found most of them on shopgoodwill.com. Did you know you can shop Goodwill online?

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Well, you can. It’s like an auction. You can choose a local goodwill and pick-up, or pay shipping for items coming from other locations across the country.

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Most of the fisher price items are sold in lots, so you can get some pretty good deals.

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Also, if you know exactly what you are searching for it is a nice way to shop without driving all around town.

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So, now you know one of my thrifting secrets.

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I love the graphics.

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I love the color.

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The kids love them, too. They set up little towns and make stories about the people.

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They are adorable.

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The kids.

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And, the toys.

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{You can also read my original post {collecting} vintage playroom from February 2013}

home is…{31 days} a thrifted vintage fisher price for the playroom.

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{31 days} book wagon

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~secondhand~

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I turned a garage sale radio flyer wagon into a mobile book case in our playroom!

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In addition, Goodwill (and other thrift stores) are a great place to find used children’s books!

home is…{31 days} a secondhand book wagon.

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{31 days} mason jar pendant light

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This is actually an update to one of my most popular posts of all time as well as one of my most pinned posts on Pinterest.

We had existing pendant lights in our kitchen, and I was getting tired of the shades so I cut some holes in mason jar lids and used the mason jars as “shades”.

After posting a photo of my kitchen on Instagram, I decided to write my first ever tutorial for a mason jar pendant light!

{I find my light kits at IKEA, but you can find something similar in the lighting section at Lowes or Home Depot}

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: After noticing that air needed to be vented from the jar somehow, I added some vent holes to the top by tapping extra holes in the lid with a hammer and nail.

{You can also read my original post {diy} mason jar pendant light from July 2012} 

home is…{31 days} a created mason jar pendant light.

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{thrifting} curating christmas

 

I know, I know.

Thanksgiving is still 3 weeks away.

We are not forgetting to be thankful around here, I promise.

Here’s the thing.

I generally avoid Goodwill and Value Village (where I do the majority of my thrifting) from the end of August until Halloween.

However, once November 1st hits, the Christmas begins to trickle in. You see, they hold all the Christmas stuff that comes in throughout the year and put it ALL out between Halloween and Christmas.

So, I curate.

I gather to add to my collection from years past.

Here is what I have found in the last week or so…

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I collect Santa’s and love these handpainted clay molds from the 1970’s.

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Thinking about painting this guy…or maybe glitter!

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I passed on one of these last year and wished I hadn’t. So, I bought one from Etsy at the end of summer. My friend, Erin, (@tweetpotatopie) told me where to find a star topper (my other one has a hole in the top) and I purchased some extra bulbs…just in case. Well, I found this beauty for $7! She was missing most of the bulbs, but that was OK because I had an entire bag of extras at home!

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I can’t pass up a blow mold.

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Or, a good santa mug from Japan.

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And, this stitchery…well, it practically jumped in my cart!

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This little guy is a bank…so cute!

home is…the most wonderful time of the (thrifting) year.