Thursday, March 12, 2009

Birthday Shopping





Flowers from my daughter



Hello everyone! I had a great birthday! Thank you so much for the lovely birthday wishes. I took myself shopping as a birthday present to myself. Do you do that? I gave myself $50 to spend so I of course headed to TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls and Hobby Lobby.




I found some plates that I've been wanting for about 5 years! The Thomas Kinkade Cottage series by Spode. I first saw them in Victorian Trading Company catalog but they've always been more than I want to spend ($7o!). So I was super excited when I looked on the bottom shelf in the dish section at TJMaxx and saw three plates! I'm missing one in the series (the last one if you click on the link). They were only $3.99 each! TJ Maxx Rocks!! I really do think that I'm lucky with dishes!!









Unbelievably that & the easel holding the plate below is all I bought there! I couldn't believe it myself. I haven't been shopping in TJ Maxx - really shopping - since I guess last May maybe. I think that's when they told my husband they were eliminating his job. Then they fortunately changed their minds and kept him on in a different position at a greatly reduced salary. So it's been a while since I've bought more than just a plate or something on clearance there. I used to go shopping at TJ Maxx at least once a month before the budget cut backs! But I had a really fun time looking at everything and got some ideas for things I want to make.





Went to Ross, which I don't usually go to often since that store is always a mess and there's always one cashier and 20 people in line! But I found this cute black and white harlequin glass plate for $1.99






I went to Hobby Lobby and walked out empty handed!! I know.....I'm shocked too! There just wasn't anything I really wanted. It's funny how frugality just becomes a normal part of life after a while. Oh well, that just means I have some extra spending money this month.




My husband and daughter got me this for my birthday! Isn't it great. I've been eyeing it in a gardening catalog for a few years now.




The seat swivels all the way around and there's a little basket on the back so you can have a place for your tools. Can't you just see me scooting around my yard pulling weeds LOL! If only I could get him to pull me....



....no chance of that! Mostly he's flat on his side sleeping when I'm outside working.

Well we are done with birthdays and anniversaries until the fall. It's all been lots of fun but I'm ready for some structure and routine!



46 comments:

salmagundi said...

It's fun to get out and, at least, look once in awhile. I've found that if I get out to look, I don't miss buying as much. Love the Thomas Kincaide plates. Sally

glorv1 said...

I'm glad you had a nice b/day and treated yourself to a nice day. You always get lucky finding plates. Have a great Friday.

Heather said...

great birthday presents. i love shopping at those 3 stores too! your dog is so cute!

. said...

Wonderfull dishes.

Alfazema

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Oh Manuela...Happy Belated Birthday...and many more!

Lisa said...

Happy birthday! It looks like you had a day! I agree with Sally...it is fun to get out and look, even if you don't buy anything. The plates are beautiful and the gardening seat is so cool. I know it will come in handy!

Mrs. Rabe said...

So glad you had a lovely birthday!

Lorri said...

Happy Birthday! So glad you found just what you were looking for. Have a wonderful week
Hugs,
Lorri

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Our birthdays are two days apart! You didn't tell me before :) I see it now in your post below...well Happy Birthday!
I love your new plates :) And scooter :)

Susie Q said...

Happy, happy birthday Manuela!!
Yu deserve to treat yourself to a nice day out and the plates are so pretty!
Oooh but I am drooling over your garden cart. I NEED one just like it!!

I hope that this year is filled with great joy for you and your family. No one deserves that more...happy birthday!

Love,
Sue

Rue said...

Happy Birthday Manuela! I hope you got your wish :)

I'm so glad you were able to find those plates. They're beautiful!

(((hugs)))
rue

Ally0005 said...

You got some really cool stuff. I went to Hobby Lobby on Tuesday and walked in got what I needed and walked out. I've never done that before. It's getting colder of course today was so bad.

jenjen said...

I'm glad you had a nice birthday Manuela! Those plates are so cute!

And I love that harlequin one! I can never find anything good in Ross...

I also love that little gardening wagon/stool. So cool!

XOXOXO
Jen

june@craftyniche said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! You got some really great gifts! I need to go back to TJ Maxx! Last time I went, I bought a pretty table cloth and four matching cloth napkins.

Vee said...

It's great to have the chance to get out and do what you love. And somehow the dishes come to you because you draw in what you love. You see them when no one else would because they were meant for you! They are lovely.

That little cart is missing its pedals! How will you get about on that? LOL!

Kelli said...

Sounds like you had a perfect Birthday!!

Kelly said...

Those are some great birthday gifts to yourself. Glad to hear you had a good day. Love that black and white glass plate!

Kathleen Grace said...

Happy Birthday Manuela! I have never seen the Thomas Kincaid plates, they are beautiful:>)

Linda's Blue Gate said...

What a sweet daughter to get you flowers..... and I love your garden seat/ tote..... sweet Maxie.....
Yes .... I do the same thing..... I took myself out and bought ME some new clothes .... something I rarely do...
Glad you enjoyed your birthday....
HUgs
Linda

Betsy said...

Happy, happy day! Wonderful gifts from those who love you! :)

Melanie said...

Ok, I really need to find a TJ Maxx. I've never been to one and that's the second time this week someone has mentioned what I'm missing.

I'm glad you had a great birthday!

Susan said...

Happy Birthday! I love those plates! They are beautiful! I need to see if we have a TJ Max here! I usually pick out my own presents!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I am so glad to hear you had a good birthday! AND that your treated yourself to some birthday money and found some beautiful plates! I actually "gave" myself a little bit of extra cash for my birthday last year, but can't remember what I bought! :) Have a fantastic weekend! :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

You always find the best stuff! I love that harlequin plate!

And your garden scooter is wonderful!

Happy Birthday!
xo
Penny

Melissa Wertz said...

Happy Birthday M.! I am glad that you had a wonderful day and found those plates. Isn't that fun!

Gracie said...

I love the plates so very much. I think it's great you had the chance to spend as you like as a birthday present.

hip chick said...

It sounds like you had a nice birthday shopping day. I love your little ride on thingy.

Paula said...

Happy Birthday! That's a really neat cart that your family purchased for you. I've not seen anything like it.

Rhonda in OK said...

belated Happy birthday wishes!

and I think with my cranky back, I need to look for garden seat helper likes yours.

Gretchen said...

Happy belated birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful birthday and I've put a picture of your garden cart on my wish board. Sometimes waiting and wishing for something is more fun than going right out and buying it. This economy doesn't allow that now for most people.

You really inspire me.

Gretchen
birdnestcottage.typepad.com

Barb said...

Maneula, I love your plates from TJ Maxx...isn't that store the best?

Our Ross stores are like the way you described. They used to be fabulous but now they are always in a mess....too bad.

Barb~Bella Vista

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did good - very nice Birthday presents! Beautiful flowers and great prices on the plates. Glad you had a nice day.
Glenda

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Hi Manuela, A belated Happy Birthday to you.
Love all your new goodies...esp...that harlequin plate.

Susie Q said...

Love the TK plates...I'm selling my daughter's old dresser this weekend so maybe I'll take some of the cash and hit TJMaxx...who am I kidding? Of course I will! Our Hobby Lobby is having a great clearance on fall/winter items...cheap enough that I'd be find with buying and painting them...along with a spray paint thingie!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday! My favorite store is Marshalls!! ...and my B-day is next Tuesday. I was just out visiting new blogs and found yours. Enjoyed my visit!

tami said...

oh don't get me started on ross and hobby lobby. since we have had no money for so long i haven't been going and oh do i miss it!!
i love the plates! and i also love the simpleness of the pic with flowers and that white sofa. beautiful!

tami said...

i forgot- HAPPY BDAY! :)

Sandy said...

oh, happy late bday!

Sue said...

Isn't it fun to spend a little money on yourself now and then...I was just about to buy myself a new LLBean outfit for my trip next month to Jersey and had to get meds from the vet today for Boo...Just medicine $113.60!! can yo imagine what it would have cost if I actually took him in.... And a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Lady Katherine said...

I love your dishes! I will keep an eye out for the one your missing! I love your garden helper! Blogland has turned me on to all the stores you mentioned. I got to go twice this past month! Spent too much! So I will not get to go for a while1 lol I need now more place to store all the dishes I have bought! I am considering using an old iron table with wooden top with drawers for a buffet and build a shelf above. At least until I can find the antique buffet I want. Hubby stole a rod off it, now I do not weld and he says I can. Trying to get him to fix it. Welding is not my thing! Plus I do not want it to break with my dishes. lol Great gifts you bought for yourself! I have tulips up! Yeah!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That sounds like a perfect day!
Love that black and white plate~ super shopper!!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

What a deal on those plates!!! They are so beautiful! Victorian Trading Company is so expensive!

Jen r. said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!! I love your birthday things.. I can't wait to see your yard in full bloom! Jen

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Great way to spend your birthday & how neat that you found the plates you were wanting. I love it with that happens! Big happy Birthday hugs from me!

Storybook Woods said...

Looks like you had a lovely birthday. Great deals. My mom has thoses Thomas Kinkade plates, they are soooo pretty. Clarice

Betty said...

Happy Belated Birthday Manuela!

I like your bird picture...Betty