I am doing this post in collaboration with my friend and fellow blogger Amelia from the blog You Can Always Start Now – we thought it would be a neat way to collab and probably discover things we didn’t know we needed or wanted hahaha. We aren’t going to see each other’s lists until our posts are published.
On my wish list are the following 10 items, complete with links to where you can find them.
Sheepskin throw rug – sheepskin is naturally warm, soft and luxurious. A throw rug like this is so versatile as a rug for low traffic areas or thrown over a chair or side of a couch. I think this one from Crate & Barrel is affordable and it makes me want to run out and buy it.
Santa Gnome from IKEA – I look forward to the new items that IKEA puts out each year and look forward to visiting my local store to see all the wonder that is IKEA, especially at Christmas. This guy warmed my heart and @ $19.99 I think he’d put a smile on anyone’s face. Do you see him hanging out beside the tree?
Amaryllis – is a popular holiday plant. Tall and graceful, this holiday flower bulb can make a statement as a centerpiece on the table and its trumpet like huge flowers look like they are harking the Christmas holidays. Typically, the red varieties of Amaryllis are sold for the holidays, but they come in colors ranging from red to white to pink to orange and petals that are solid, striped or speckled in all of these colors. You can get a kit at most big box stores or even at your local grocery store – I saw them for $8.99 at No Frills last week. I need to go back and get one.
4. A new cookbook – I really enjoy cooking and baking and around Christmas time I make a bit more time to do both. I have seen this cookbook floating around in my travels and liked the concept so it went on my list “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat – Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” by Samin Nosrat. I found one on-line and have seen it at Costco for around $23.00
5. If you like popcorn, you’ve got to check out this next item.
I’m not that girl who buys microwave popcorn as a snack, usually the only time I eat popcorn is if I go to the movie theater. I was recently gifted a bag of this deliciousness and was instantly hooked. I’m adding it on my wishlist as a possible stocking stuffer – hint, hint, family members.
6. Body scrubs & body butters – I particularly like The Body Shop body scrubs and butters, like the British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter starting at $6.00 and the British Rose exfoliation Gel Body Scrub for $22.00
For the most part I’ve been trying to stay out of the thrift stores because I am busy purging and donating stuff to make way for auction and yard sale season AND I find the prices this time of the year a bit too steep.
It is also hit and miss at both thrift stores and auctions as everyone is on their own schedule when it comes time to purge. However, over the last few days the temperature has been steadily climbing and I feel that I am starting to feel that Spring Fever in my thrift hunting/auction going bones.
It is also very hard to resist doing a once around the thrift store when you are there anyway dropping off donations – so I admit I give in and take a look to see if there’s anything that catches my eye.
I did manage to find a few thrifty items, some are for me and some I will sell. I didn’t find all of this on the same day…ahem, I made a few trips to the donation centre.
August Craft Challenge – decorate with a terra-cotta plant pot!
Just in case you are new and this is your first time visiting, here’s the scoop.
For the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) and I do a project or post based on one chosen DIY craft or theme, then we share our results and hopefully have inspired you to join the challenge. (The links to my challenge results can be found at the end of this post.)
Last month was our fabric challenge and the picture to the left shows one of the small pillows I made to use on my Adirondack chairs.
This month our challenge item was a terra-cotta plant pot. I decided to make candle holders as in my world you can never have too many candle holders. Do you agree??
This project was so quick and easy and the combination of colors could be endless. For this project I used a cream color craft paint. It only took two coats. Once it was dry, I sanded the areas where I wanted a distressed look. I used E6000 glue to attach the saucer to the top. It just needs a candle and it’s ready to use.
Another easy, simple, unique idea. Coil Spring Candle Holder.
In the small town I live in there is an event twice a year where people can put on their front lawn or on the curb side, items they no longer want and others can take what they like. After the event whatever is left over is considered heavy pickup and our local waste collectors will take it away for free.
This awesome coil spring was one of the items I picked up during that event and I debated what to do with it until I started thinking about my 12 Days of Christmas.
Today’s project is another simple easy DIY project with items you probably already have around the house.
I chose to paint my CD’s with silver spray paint that I had left over from another project, because I wasn’t planning on using the CD for any other purpose- like music- you could leave them as is and they would still look great.
The hardest part of this project for me was waiting for the paint to dry – you see it’s been below zero lately in my neck of the woods and spray paint doesn’t do well in that type of temperature – so I ran outside, Continue reading Day 3: Use CDs as Candle Holders