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I found this large frame and canvas at a garage sale several months ago for $10.

I thought it was a steal because the frame alone is worth more than that.

The art that came with it, eh, yuch. Not to mention it was just a paper print that had been glued onto the canvas. And it looks like someone already started painting over it.

So, the frame has just been sitting on my mantle, all by its lonesome for several months.

Recently I placed Luke’s first non-watercolor “painting” up on the mantle. And the more I looked at it, the more I liked it! It was fun, colorful and it was my baby’s :)

!Lightbulb!

I could have Luke paint over the canvas that came with frame! And it would be an original piece of art, and it would mean more to me than any other painting ever could, AND he would have so much fun doing it. (he LOVES to paint!)

After putting it off for a few weeks, I finally decided it was time.
I prepped the canvas by rolling 3 coats of white acrylic paint over the print.

Then it was time for Luke to go!

Here are some important tips:
PREPARATION:
1. Begin by recruiting a well-rested, well-fed, paint-loving, non-paint-eating, happy and excited 2-year-old (if any of those qualities are missing, ABORT!)

2. Cover a corner of your kitchen with cardboard and plastic.

3. Strip your toddler down to his skivvies or put them in an old shirt (acrylic paint does not come off once it dries).

4. Choose the colors for your toddler since they prob haven’t had a chance to take a class on color theory yet.

5. Have at least 4-5 clean brushes on hand. El-cheapo kids’ brushes from Wal-mart is what I used.

6. Squirt the paint onto a plastic plate or cheap plastic artist’s palette, also from Wal-mart.

7. Recruit a spouse/helper (willing or unwilling) to be nearby – just in case your toddler decides to jet from the designated painting area and decide to go hug a white wall (we were fortunate not to have this happen).

8. Put on your painting clothes and your most patient self.

9. Have a large roll of paper towels/old towels and baby wipes on hand. You will need them!

Although Luke did all of the painting, it was not without a little direction from mama :)
TECHNIQUE:
1. Let him choose his first few colors and just go for it!

2. After he uses 4-5 colors, switch his brush out for a clean one. This will keep the colors from becoming muddied. (and the switching of the brushes didn’t appear to stifle his creativity any ;)

3. Suggest to toddler that he should paint on the white areas. This will get your canvas covered much faster and keep the colors from mixing too much and turning into the color of dirt.

4. Keep an eye on the paint palette and top off the paint with fresh paint as needed. If they use the same brush for multiple colors, there will be a lot of cross-contamination.

5. Once the masterpiece is completed (mama makes this call), remove from the area and let dry.

6. Supply your toddler with poster board and let him use up all of the paint from the palette.

7. Paint a purple “Mickey Mouse bear” for your toddler per his request.

8. Throw in a little bit of learning by painting his name on the poster board.

9. Show toddler that if you paint his hand, he can make hand prints. Let toddler dictate which color he would like for you to paint on his hand.

10. Then suggest he paint his feet, sit back and watch the real fun unfold!

11. Once baby is completely covered in paint, take some pictures and then it is time for a bath.

12. Take a minute and enjoy the feeling of being a cool mom or the mom-I-had-always-hoped-to-be. Smile :)

Aaaaaaand, for the piece-de-resistance!

Amazing abstract art or just a pre-school painting?? You Decide :)

After all, art is very subjective, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And what is more beautiful than a cost-effective, memory-inducing, sentimental, colorful work of art?

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1. I’m pear-shaped
2. I heard white accentuates your problem areas (see #1)
3. I don’t like to wear shorts
4. I can’t wear them after Labor Day
5. I once saw a salesgirl at BR whose white linen shorts were, umm, hmm, kinda, sorta, transparent?!
6. I tend to spill food on myself
7. I have a fear of sitting in something not-white
8. I am currently unsatisfied with the amount of jiggle in my Jello (see #1 & #2)

Those are all the rational reasons I could come up with.

But I’m pregnant, irrational, and it’s 90 degrees and HOT here in TX!

A good bargain has a way of making this girl throw out her “rule” book and go for it! Plus they were super comfy on the belly :) Baby likes. Momma likes the $5.99 price tag!

I had heels on instead of flats, and my legs looked not bad! … but who am I kidding?! I have an almost-2-yr-old, I’m hot, and usually tired… so kinda unrealistic that I would wear heels, but flats, yes!

SHORTS MotherhoodMaternity Thrifted, BLOUSE: Unknown Thrifted, BELT: Unknown Thrifted, SANDALS: Merona Target

Oh, and here’s the belly at 16 weeks! 1/2 human, 1/2 food baby… I’ve had a lot of Ramen and Kraft mac n’ cheese! Don’t judge, baby’s palate is still underdeveloped at 16 weeks ;-)

I will never be the one to complain about warm weather and sunshine!

Except for this little instance :)

This is our expected forecast for the next 10 days!

Again not really complaining!

Except that I have some awesome winter thrifting finds that will now have to wait until the fall, heck, probably until next January to be worn :(

But before they are boxed away and forgotten, here’s a look at some of my favorite winter finds of the year!

A plum corduroy, little-house-on-the-prarie dress. Fits like a glove… but it might need to be a little shorter, and the sleeves might need to be shortened too.

DRESS Unknown-thrifted BELT The Limited SHOES Preview-Nordstrom Rack

A cute classic gray wool skirt. So versatile! But the thought of wearing wool in 80 degree weather makes me nauseous… soo hot..

SKIRT Gap-thrifted SHIRT H&M BELT thrifted SHOES &9.99 shoe store

And for my favorite find of the year! A cape! Never thought I would want one, until I tried this on. So classy, so throwback, makes me want to call everyone “dahlin'”.

CAPE MaxStudio-thrifted JEANS Lucky-Nordstrom Rack BLOUSE Unknown-thrifted SHOES Guess-thrifted

Here’s a close-up of the beautiful tailoring

and the back, sooo pretty :)

We have now had 12+ hours of non-stop rain and thunderstorms. It’s dark, dreary and wet outside.
The perfect antidote: bright, happy thrifted clothes :)

Remember when I bought these for my sister’s birthday?

Well I am sad embarrassed to say that I am just now (1 month late) sending them to her… (sorry Nomers!)

I went ahead and tried them on… just to give her an idea of what I did with them.

Can’t wait to see how she wears them!

#1
BEFORE:

kinda frumpy, but I loved the bold stripes!

AFTER:
I hemmed the skirt, did nothing to the shirt.

SHIRT thrifted/ JEANS refashioned/ SHOES thrifted/ NECKLACE thrifted

SKIRT thrifted/ TOP thrifted/ SHOES BurlingtonCoatFactory/ NECKLACE WRCA RanchRodeoTradeShow

And you can even wear them together now!

hubs even took a break from his prison snack (rice cake & water!) to show appreciation for this one ;)

#2
BEFORE: (house slippers and compression stockings?! yes indeed, you now know my deepest, darkest secret :)

AFTER:
I hemmed the skirt, ripped off the collar and used grey bias tape in its place.

DRESS thrifted/ BELT TheLimited/ SHOES $9.99shoestore

too old-timey schoolmarm for you?

Get rid of the bun, grab some modern accessories, your highest chunkiest heels and roll up those sleeves!
Voila! Modern SchoolMarm!

Decent enough to wear to church or to instruct young minds, but still hip enough to hang out with and not embarrass your 20-something friends

#3
BEFORE:
I rarely buy pink, but the pattern was so lovely!

Kept it simple, letting the shirt shine!

and since this one’s for the birds, aren’t these cute? they came in a 3 pk for $4.99 at Target!

Happy Birthday Nomers!! I hope you enjoy them!! Love you!

Ok, I’m going to officially diagnose myself with a sixth sense.

I will call this sense my thrift sense.

cheesy, I know.

Last Friday, I threw carefully strapped the baby in his car seat and went a-thrifting.  The estate sale I hit was a GOLD MINE!  Unfortunately, I could not set baby down due to fragile things everywhere… so I bought nothing :(

Then  I hit a thrift store…

mustard yellow velvet recliner… too much work.. same for the mid-century side table.. I bought nothing.

THEN……

As I was about to turn into my neighborhood, the thrift sense kicked in “well, surely someone around my neighborhood is having a sale… the weather is so nice…”

So, I kept driving..

AND there it was!  a tiny cardboard sign just down the street.. GARAGE Sale!!!!!!!

And the first thing I saw in their garage…… the EXACT tables I had envisioned for my dining room, Yes, just that morning I thought, “I would love to find some super cheapo, metal framed, square with modern lines side tables”.

there they were!  Indeed, the paint was chipping off of them (easy fix) but for the price ($3!!!! each!!) how could I resist??!! I almost felt guilty buying them for so cheap! They are solid and will look soooo good once I clean them up!

And then there was this giant frame with cheesy reproduction poster glued to a canvas… I bought that too! I will prob paint over the poster(looks like someone already started on the right side with white paint)

.. but I kinda like the  gold almost coppery look of the frame.

And a large bag of misc. buttons!  oh my buttons, makes me want to go replace some of my boring buttons with some of these cute fabric-covered ones.

And these adorable dog coasters which the seller said came from her home country, Portugal.  We were just there!

(note: do not give cork coasters to baby in back seat.  He will chew but not swallow Lassie :(

Aaaand to top it off a beautiful, healthy, lush chive plant!
Total cost: $20!! on the nose!
still not convinced you should at least try thirfting? Maybe the finds on ApronThriftGirl will change your mind! Love that chevron patterned blanket!

There it was, on pg 15 of the March 2012 Jcrew catalog, an outfit I already owned!

Well, not really, but I happened to have copycats of all the pieces.

I love that about a great catalog – maybe you won’t purchase anything from it, but it might inspire you to do something different with what you already own.

And I would have never put these pieces together!

Here is the inspiration:

Aaaand, here is what I had! Did I mention the cardigan IS JCrew? and I found it at a consignment store! with the tags still on! yay!

Cardigan-(JCrew) thrifted / Skirt - thrifted / Shirt (IZOD) thrifted/ Shoes (BCBG)- circa 8 years ago / Necklaces - Anthropologie and Forever 21

What is that you say?
It’s not a true comparison without a side-by-side shot?
You asked for it!

I made my first official purchase for my living room remodel.

A bird!

I’ve kinda been on a bird thing lately – bird shirt, bird earrings…

speaking of!
a bird flew into my windows last week!
and not because they were squeaky clean!
Those windows haven’t seen Windex since last June!
Scared me silly! thought someone threw a rock at my house!
Poor thing, it was pretty shook up!
It sat on the concrete in the same position for several hours.
When hubs got home, I told him to go rescue it.
Well, as he walked towards it, it hopped away and then flew off!!
yay!

I digress.

I found this bronze? beauty at a local thrift store for $6.98.
When I’m thrifting, I hate to spend more than $5 on one item (anybody else?).
but this was a beauty!
I love the clean, fluid lines of its shape. and it’s a very heavy metal.
It doesn’t have any markings on it, so I’m not sure who the artist is or if it’s just a reproduction of some sort.

Either way, I love it!
If you really want to be inspired to go thrifting for home decor, apronthriftgirl has a thrifting share party every Monday!

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