Succulents Add Color In The Bathroom…

I asked Dwell by Cheryl for some tips on how to update my bathroom.  I’m still working on her list of recommendations like painting and purchasing a new shower curtain.

One recommendation that I implemented right away was adding succulents.  Wikipedia says that succulents are:

In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents or sometimes fat plants, are plants having some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Succulent plants may store water in various structures, such as leaves and stems.

You can purchase them at Lowe’s Home Improvement or Home Depot stores.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Tutorial | Pure & Simple

On a recent thrifting trip with Dwell by Cheryl, she spotted a glass globe for $1.  I walked right by it, but her creative eye suggested I use them for succulents.  SOLD! For a $1! 🙂

The globe would top a terra cotta saucer plate with the plants residing inside.

Thrifted Succulent DIY Planter

The terra cotta saucer matched the color of my counter top, so I decided to update it with a little DIY.

Step 1:  Wash the globe with warm soapy water.  Air dry.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 1

Step 2: Prime the terra cotta saucer.  Let dry.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 2

Step 3:  Mix up your white wash paint.  White paint + water.  Mix well.  The runnier the wash, the more coats you will need to cover.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 3

Step 4: Paint the saucer.  Air dry in between coats.  Paint a total of 2 coats per side.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 4

Step 5:  Lightly sand the edges to give it an aged look. 150 grit.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 5

I had originally planned to sponge on some gray paint to give it more of an aged look.  That step was omitted — I loved how this turned out!

Step 6:  Add globe.  Carefully add potting mix, succulents.  Gently water.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 6

TIP:  Be sure to use the Cacti & Succulent Potting Mix.  I also use a spray bottle to water it — much easier to control the flow and spray. 

MiracleGro Cacti Potting Soil

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Final

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Close Up

They have a beautiful home in my bathroom!

Cost breakdown:

  • Glass globe = $1
  • Saucer plate = already had on hand (I believe they are a $1 at Lowe’s or Home Depot)
  • Primer & Paint = marginal as I used so little
  • Succulents = $3.98 for a mini 4 pack
  • Succulent Potting Mix = $4.98 for a medium bag (again marginal)
    • Total =  $7-ish

Easy Peasy project!  What do you think?

Until next time…

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Metrolina Expo {Recap}…

What is the difference between a flea market and an antique/collectible’s show?

Metrolina Expo Glass Jars

There was no shortage of Mason Jars

I have no idea.  You?

I grew up roughly 3 miles from a flea market.  I believe I have been all of 2 times to said flea market.  I just remember there being a lot of crap.  Cheap crap.  I like cheap but I also like pretty and cheap.  Big difference.

WARNING: This a photo dump post of my Metrolina Expo finds.  Be sure to check out my Facebook album for more pictures. 🙂 

Pyrex was not hard to come by

Pyrex was not hard to come by

The Metrolina Expo hosts a monthly antique + collectible items + flea market festivity each month (first weekend).  This past weekend just happened to be one of their two big mac daddy shows.  I am so glad I went!

Brass Attack! It was everywhere and I was in heaven. :)

Brass Attack! It was everywhere and I was in heaven. 🙂

I’m a newbie to this outdoor market thing.  I went and left my cash at home. What do you do mean they don’t take credit cards?  Haven’t they heard of square?

Animal love & Vintage Salt Shaker

Animal love & Vintage Salt Shaker
Clearly I like the 3 brass animals — yes they came home with me. 🙂

I tagged along with Dwell by Cheryl on Friday.  I was overwhelmed, overstimulated, and overly excited.  She basically had to drag me through the show in order to cover as much ground as possible.  We arrived at 10:30am … and left at 4:30pm.  I was exhausted!

Birds of a feather flock together.

Birds of a feather flock together.

I went back yesterday during the last hour of the show.  I wanted to buy a birdhouse that I spotted on Friday.  Raymond said we needed a birdhouse.  When that man speaks about something fun and decorative, I listen!

We bought a similar birdhouse for the patio! :)

We bought a similar birdhouse for the patio! 🙂

A few of my other finds …

Metrolina Expo Finds

There were so many ideas to inspire DIY projects!

Paddles turned hooks

Paddles turned hooks

I loved these DIY wooden planter boxes!  I might make some for our patio! :) Oh Daddy... I need to borrow that saw ;)

I loved these DIY wooden planter boxes! I might make some for our patio! 🙂
Oh Daddy… I need to borrow that saw 😉

Doorknob Hook on Distressed Wood

Doorknob Hook on Distressed Wood

A few other items that caught my eye:

Vintage dishware is all the rage!  I actually found this exact dish at Goodwill a few months ago.  I knew I should have bought it! ;)

Vintage dishware is all the rage! I actually found this exact dish at Goodwill a few months ago. I knew I should have bought it! 😉

I was on the lookout for antique hooks!  I loved this one!

I was on the lookout for antique hooks! I loved this one!

What a gorgeous faux mantle!  If we didn't have a fireplace, then I would have scooped this up.

What a gorgeous faux mantle! If we didn’t have a fireplace, then I would have scooped this up.

This would look great on a gallery wall! Love the colors

This would look great on a gallery wall! Love the colors

I had the absolute best time at the show and so thankful for the company on Friday!  Have you ever been to an outdoor show like this before?  Any tips and recommendations for when I go back?  

Until next time…

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Thrifted Frame + DIY Tutorial…

I have several obsessions.

  • Wooden Frames
  • Wooden Animals
  • White ceramic anything
  • Milk glass
  • Mason Jars
  • Thrifting
  • DIY/Crafts
  • Antique glazing
  • Clearance Oops paint

It is no secret that I love to thrift.  I even have a Facebook album dedicated to my unique and fun finds.  I attempt to be a DIY maven.  I see these couples and women on Pinterest doing some amazing work.  I long to be just.like.them.

I can transform a wooden picture frame like nobody’s business but building a fireplace surround or a chalkboard key organizer.  That is a different story.

I long for the days of a house.  The ability to have a workshop with actual tools.  The ability to plants flower … in the ground and not just in containers.  The ability to decorate a porch or a front yard for the holidays.  The ability to grow a full garden … not just in containers.  The ability to raise chickens.

I might have daydreamed a little too far. 😉  You get the picture … I kind of want a house so I can have dedicated work stations and a garden. 🙂 Chickens or not.

Since I don’t have the space for many tools, I don’t tackle large DIY projects.  I stick with easy ones — like painting a wooden frame.

Goodwill Thrifted Frames

I couldn’t pass these up!

Goodwill Thrifted Frame

I saw this bad boy at Goodwill a few weeks ago.  Raymond rolled his eyes and said, “Another one?”  Yep!  Another wooden picture frame my good fella. 😉

I loved the detailing on the corners.  I did not love the color.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it but proceeded to sand and prime as if I had an end result in mind.

Goodwill Thrifted Picture Frame - Sanding

Goodwill Thrifted Frame - Priming

Don’t you love my antique bedsheet? 😉

 

Behr Clearance Oops Paint

I wanted a lighter shade of blue so I mixed it with white acrylic paint

 

Behr Oops Paint Blue

 

Goodwill Thrifted Frame - Painting

 

Prior to the glazing

Prior to the glazing

Goodwill Thrifted Frame Complete

 

I have wanted to frame this since the day I brought it home … 5-ish years ago.  This was a happy accident.  Happy that it fit.  Happy that the colors matches the Alpha Delta Pi crest. I cannot wait to add it to my Art Gallery Wall in my office! 🙂  

 

DIY Goodwill Thrifted Picture Frame Tutorial

  • Remove the backing and glass
  • Clean the glass with windex.
    • I sometimes use alcohol to get off all the “junk”
  • Sand the frame
    • I prefer a sanding block over sand paper
    • 150 medium grit is my preference
  • Using a washcloth, wipe down the frame
  • Prime the frame
    • Spray primer is easiest
    • I use Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X Coverage Primer
    • It rocks!
  • After the primer is dry, Paint the frame
    • Any paint will do. Acrylic. Indoor.  Spray.
    • I’m slightly obsessed with the Clearance Oops Paint from Lowe’s & Home Depot — the color selection is varied
    • Both sell miniature containers of paint that customers have returned for a deep discount.
    • I used my $0.50 Oops paint from Home Depot and some white acrylic paint
    • Use a paint brush to cover the frame.
  • Repeat with a second coat is desired
  • If you are going for a more aged look, then I recommend lightly sanding in between coats
  • I also sand before and after glazing
  • Antique or age the frame with glaze
    • I’m also obsessed with antique glazing
    • I use Martha Stewart Living Metallic Glaze in Black Coffee (Home Depot)
    • Wipe glaze on with damp washcloth
    • Let is dry for 10-15 minutes
    • Wipe off with dry washcloth
    • If there is more glaze in one area that you want, then wet the washcloth and rub it over the glaze
    • Glazing really is SO simple!
  • Let it dry.  Add picture and backing and voila!

What have you thrifted and given new life to recently?

Until next time…

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Clothes Mentor & Why I Love It…

Thrifting has become a major hobby of mine for the past few months.  I will go weeks without hitting up a thrift store, and then I get the junkin’ bug and *bam* I’m back in the Goodwill searching for another Hermes tie.  (yes, I have found 2 Hermes ties to date)  😉

What I like about thrifting is the thrill of the hunt.  The prices are unbeatable.

What I don’t like about thrifting is having to sort through the crap to find the occasional “Oh my, is that Burberry?”   If I am looking for something specific (style & color), then it might take several trips to Goodwill or the like in order to find it … if ever.

Clothes Mentor

This brings me to Clothes Mentor.  It is above Goodwill and below consignment stores.  (I blogged about my experience at FiFi’s Fine Resale here).  The prices at Clothes Mentor are awesome.  It is organized beautifully (by style, then size, then color).  It is like shopping in a boutique store — really!

They are opening another location in the Charlotte area.  The one I frequent is off Kings Dr near the Melting Pot.  901 S. Kings Dr., Charlotte, NC

If you are shopping, then be sure to grab a loyalty card.  $10 = 1 punch on the card.  Checking in on Facebook also = 1 punch.

They have two large sales per year.  I accidentally happened upon the first sale and will definitely be going back for the next one! 🙂

If you are selling, then I recommend dropping off your clothes and coming back after lunch or the next day.  It takes a little over an hour.  You will also walk out with cash, if they decide your clothes are sellable.  They give you 1/3 of what they sell it for.

Example:  GAP Maxi Dress will be sold for $18.  You will be offered $5.94 for that one item.

Check their website for more information on the buying/selling process.

Back to the fun stuff.  Here are some of my goodies:

Banana Republic Shift Dress | $18

Banana Republic Shift Dress | $18

Vineyard Vines Polo Shirt | $12

Vineyard Vines Polo Shirt | $12

BCBGeneration Shirt | $8

BCBGeneration Shirt | $8

Polo Sport Nautical Shirt  | $14

Polo Sport Nautical Shirt | $14

UNISA Ballet Flats | $20

UNISA Ballet Flats | $20

I love them all! 🙂  I’m working on becoming more fashion forward and I give mad props to my friends who help push and support.  My {Fashion} Spring/Summer board on Pinterest is coming together! 🙂

This outfit is my ultimate spring and summer inspiration! 🙂 I need to buy some stacked bracelets, statement necklaces, colored britches, and TOMS! 🙂

Source: Daily Mail

Source: Daily Mail

Have you had any luck buying name brand goodies at resale shops?  How about selling some of your items?  

What is your favorite fashion trend for spring?

Until next time…

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April Resolution {Make Time A Priority}…

April 1st.  I love the first day of a new month.  3 months are in the books for 2013.  🙂

My dear friend Sally commented on my recap post of my March goals.  She mentioned that 2013 seemed to be slipping away and flying by.  I agree with her and always feel the same way.  Where did the time go?  

“If you do not take control of your schedule, it will take control you.  The key is not to prioritize what is on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.”

This was a great quote from my February “To Read” book: Life On the Wire.

Also from the book, “Starting small is easier than starting big.  And starting now is better than waiting.”  

I encourage you to start now.  Commit to a goal — just one goal — for the month of April.  See it through for the next 30 days.  Reevaluate at the end of the month.  How did that commitment make you feel?

I’m a big believer that small is better than never and always easier to commit to than perfect.  If you wait for perfect, then you will wait forever.

New month and new goal.  As I’ve said before, I continue to improve upon my previous month’s goals.  I just add another goal to the mix; I build upon my foundation.  My January goals feel like habit.  February is getting better.  March still requires focus and discipline.

April is the month I resolve to make time a priority.

April Resolutions

I will value my “yes” and my “no”.  I will not die a slow death from a thousand opportunities.   Before answering or committing to anything, I will stop, think, breathe.  Focus.  Streamline. Enjoy.

  • Take better care of myself
    • Continue to drink water, exercise 3 days a week, and eat more fruits and veggies.
  • Get up earlier
    • My wake up time for the month of April is 7am, and it started today.
    • I love my mornings!
  • Read a new book
The Circle Maker Book

Source: Amazon

I worked with Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, on a time makeover.  More to come on that, but tracking how I spend my hours and days is an eye opening experience   When I feel that my life is out of control with too many “yes”s, I plan to track my time.  I move forward you first need to know where you are.

How do you make time a priority?

Until next time…

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Monthly Goals {March Check-In}…

Another month in the books … almost!  I think we are all SO ready for spring to arrive and stay that it is making us a little crazy and impatient.  Waking up to 30º weather is less than ideal when the calendar says March 28th. 🙂

Staying true to form for my third month, I’m checking in on my March goals.

My January recap can be read here.  My February recap can be read here.

March Resolutions

I’m consistently focused (and doing well I might add) on my January goals.  Drinking more water, eating more fruits and veggies, and not skipping meals.  All good.

I worked out a total of 12 days (that includes this coming Saturday’s workout which I hope to squeeze in before more thrifting with Cheryl). 🙂

I’m consistently waking up at 7:15am — I plan to move that back to 7am for the month of April.  Life is a marathon not a sprint.  I’m making progress even if it may be slow. 😉

I finished reading Getting Things Done and Rhinoceros Success.  I LOVED Rhinoceros Success and highly recommend the easy and short read to anyone.

I am now slightly obsessed with rhinos. 😉

I finished my book review of Rich Dad, Poor Dad.  I have 3 chapters left in Life on the Wire before that book review is complete.

I did pretty well this month!  I had to focus and force myself to make time for reading and typing up the book reviews.  I tend to do this in the early mornings before I start my day, before I check email, before anything.  If I put it off, then it won’t happen.

Come back next week for my April goals! 🙂

Until next time…

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Guest Blog Roundup…

Is it Wednesday already?  Where has the week gone?!  I’ve been a little quiet this week as I’m spending some time regrouping and decluttering.  Yes, even the organizer needs to declutter. 😉

I wanted to round up a few guest blogs in case time is on your side and you wanted to check them out:

{1} Jessica, from Savvy Southern Parent, asked if I would guest post about organizing.  I wrote so much she broke it up into two segments! 🙂  I guess I can talk for days about organizing.

Part 1: How to Get Organized When You Are Overwhelmed and Feel Defeated By The Piles

Part 2: How To Get Organized When You Are Overwhelmed

{2} I’m blogging over at SouthPark Magazine this week about Organizing Your Long-Term Storage Areas

Organize Your Long-Term Storage

{3} I’m sharing some organizing “tools” to organize your closet over at The Charlotte Moms.

Tools To Organize Your Closet

{4} I asked my dear friend, Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl, for some decorating tips regarding my bathroom.  She wrote an awesome post complete with pictures and suggestions.  Slightly embarrassed that it is so boring and bland. 🙂

Decor Tips For An Apartment Bathroom

You might see a few more cameos on her blog here and here.

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While you are there be sure to leave some blog loving.  All bloggers love comments!  {really we do} 😉

Lastly — my new blog and IG friend Mari from Crab+Fish wrote this awesome post about thrifting.  If thrifting is something you enjoy, then hop on over and check it out. 🙂

And don’t forget — if you are on IG, feel free to follow me.  Besides posting drool worthy thrift finds, I like to take snapshots of my day to share with all of IG. 😉  Sounds fun, right?

Until next time…

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Buying Organizing Supplies from HomeGoods…

I have been in a HomeGoods kind of mood for the past few weeks.  I love thrifting and second hand shopping, but there is something magnificent about being around new stuff.

I snapped some pictures for inspiration when it comes to buying organizing supplies.  Sorted by room and function. 🙂

 

ENTRYWAY

HomeGoods Entryway Table | Pure & Simple

 

Great shape (not too big and not too small).  I love all the drawers.  Perfect for those odds and ends that we tend to need when heading out the door.

HomeGoods Entryway Table | Pure & Simple

 

Another great option for the entryway.  Surface area? Check!  Storage options? Check!  Baskets would be functional on the lower shelf.

BATHROOM

HomeGoods Bathroom Storage | Pure & Simple

I love this cabinet!  Functional and stylish!  Overflow beauty product storage could go in here along with towels.

KID’S ROOMS

HomeGoods Truck Book Ends | Pure & Simple

 

Kids love books and little boys love trucks.  This truck bookend set would look great on a bookshelf corralling those unruly books.

HomeGoods DIY Knock Off | Pure & Simple

 

Easy enough to recreate if you were looking for a specific color and design.  Adorable for a kid’s room to hold their works of art.

HomeGoods Kids Organizer | Pure & Simple

 

This would be adorable in a little girl’s bathroom for hair bows  bracelets, mini purses.  I would spray paint it another color.

MAIL/HOME OFFICE

HomeGoods Mail Sorter | Pure & Simple

 

Easy way to use up wall space for a functional need.  Store mail, magazines, catalogs in this holder.  It is wide enough to hold all the above.  When full, dump and sort.

HomeGoods Crate | Pure & Simple

 

This would be cute if you had several family members.  Each square could be their “inbox”.  Like a PO Box. 🙂

This big guy came home with me:

Ceramic Owl | Pure & Simple

What do you think?  Does he fit right in? I’m still working on the other decor options. 🙂

Pure & Simple Home Office

And don’t forget to have a little fun while shopping for organizing supplies! 😉

Jennifer at HomeGoods | Pure & Simple

Feel free to check out my Facebook album where I upload more ideas and pictures from shopping and thrifting trips. 🙂

So what do you think?  Helpful?  Do you love HomeGoods?  

Until next time…

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How To Navigate An Estate Sale…

I had a pretty amazing weekend — my first weekend “off” in months! 🙂  Saturday was all about thrifting, Sunday was all about DIY.

I attended by first estate sale on Saturday with Dwell by Cheryl.  Read her post about the sale here.

I love these silver pieces!  And those placemats?!

I love these silver pieces! And those placemats?!

 

You don't see pieces like this at Goodwill. ;)

You don’t see pieces like this at Goodwill. 😉

I tend to be a nervous type when it comes to something I have never experienced.  I have been dying to go to an estate sale for over a year.  Either I wasn’t too convincing in my asking of friends, or I was just too scared to go by myself.

Caring Transitions was hosting an estate sale in Lake Norman.  That is in my backyard and decided I was going.  I asked Cheryl if she was interested and boy am I glad she said yes! Her decor eye was necessary for me.  You see I need to update our apartment with some decor love.  I’m functional not fancy so I have no idea what I am doing here.

Estate Sale | Kitchen Items for Sale

Back to the sale … I digress. 🙂

Mari over at Crab+Fish gave me some great advice regarding the sale:

  • Take some bags so you can cart your finds around
  • Be sure to negotiate
  • The more you are buying the better your negotiating power
  • Take cash (if a smaller sale)
  • Credit cards are accepted (usually) if ran by a company

BTW – if you don’t already, then I highly recommend following both Dwell by Cheryl and Meandering Mari on Instagram! 🙂

Love this picture!  Needs a mat and better frame.

Love this picture! Needs a mat and better frame.

We arrived at the sale and the house was rather packed.  Be prepared to be overly stimulated.  Between the items laying around on ALL surfaces and navigating through the house with all the people, I was a bit overwhelmed.

Cheryl was digging through some piles. :)  That print came home with me btw. ;)

Cheryl was digging through some piles. 🙂
That print came home with me btw. 😉

I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but had a fabulous time imagining what “grandmaw” did in the house.  I guess that is part of the experience of buying up someone’s house basically.  I would say “Grandmaw liked scarves!” or “Grandmaw picked an interesting wallpaper”.  I had a good time. 😉

I loved these pictures!  Must do project?

I loved these pictures! Must do project?

If you are in the market for something particular, then I would recommend going the first day.  We went on the second day and everything was half off.

So what did I come home with and how much did I spend?  I spent $31 and got all this plus some twig/branch stuff:

Estate Sale finds

The books are either for my coffee table or for my gallery wall.  I like “stuff” on the wall and adding pictures from books is a great way to get said stuff on said wall.

Estate Sale Finds | Picture Frames

Estate Sale Finds | Picture Books

Estate Sale Project | Frames plus Picture Book

The frames were $2.50 each.  The Seashell book was $1.  This went in my bathroom to kick start my bathroom decorating project! 🙂  And yes I notice it is upside down, some yahoo pointed that out on IG.  😛

After looking through my pictures and knowing that everything was half off — I’m kicking myself for not buying more.  I guess we should ask first about any sales. 🙂

I started the day looking like this:

Jennifer | Estate Sale Day

And ended the day like this:

Jennifer sick at end of estate sale

I clearly cannot hang with Cheryl.  Must.Bring.More.Snacks!  We thrifted several other places .. stay tuned. 🙂

To learn more about estate sales in your area, sign up at EstateSales.net.

I might try another sale this weekend. 🙂  Have you been to an estate sale? Got any recommendations?

Until next time…

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{Guest Post} How To Organize Your Bathroom…

I’m guest blogging over at SouthPark magazine.  I’m in the mood to redo my bathroom which inspired my post:  Bathroom Organizing with Style & Function.

Be sure to drop by their website to read the full post. 🙂

I also ran across this great story on Houzz yesterday:  Decluttering — How to get the help you need.  I thought it might be of interest if time is on your side. 😉

Until next time…

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