Sunday, August 9, 2009

Today's Thrifty Treasures & Make Your Monday


Once again it's Rhoda's (Southern Hospitality) yardsale/thriftstore linky party! I've actually become a bit more discerning in my thriftstore shopping! Before, if I knew where I would use it I would buy it! But I've recently been going through some of my "stuff" and realized I really have a lot of "stuff". So we rented a small U-Haul last week and I donated a bunch of "stuff" to Goodwill - a lot of "things" I had originally bought at Goodwill! I'm not sure where I'm going with this - only to say that I'm sort of tired of shopping for shopping sake! But I do have a couple of things to share with you today ~ smile!


Remember when I made this "Inspire Me" board? It's a visual reminder of the things that I'm working toward in my personal life.



Here's the post that explains what it's all about and how to make one How To Make an Inspire Me Board.


As some of you know, I'm re-doing my office/guest room to make it more "me" and I came across this great frame at Goodwill and knew I'd want to use it in my office. The inside of the frame is a sort of suede material. Anyway, I don't really need another blackboard so what to do!



So I tried it out on my Inspire Me board and it really gives it some oomph! I didn't even need to paint it as it's a sort of burnished silver and works really well with the fabric.




I was going to nail it to the frame but realized that wasn't a good idea so I hot glued it!




The artificial light makes the frame look gold below but it's not.



You can see a bit of the bookcase that I'll start painting this week! Here's peek at a few of the things I have on my board. You can click on the picture above to enlarge it and view everything.



I also found this wonderful faded yellow matelasse for the guest bed for $14!



AND I found this absolutely perfect blue toile planter at Goodwill last week! Brand new! How perfect is this for a room that's going to be blue and white toile!!



It was less than $3!! I love my Goodwill! I told the manager that the last time I was there. I told her she has the best selection and the nicest employees!



Edited to add this post to Kim's:Make Your Monday linky party. Be sure to check out her blog for more creative DIY ideas!


I'll be back to my normal postings now. We had a wonderful vacation! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you all have a fabulous week!


54 comments:

Carmen said...

I like the memo board you made it is fab! I also like the matlesse and for that great price!

Debra from Bungalow said...

Great stuff! I love shopping at Goodwill too. The memo board is so cute and I'm a sucker for matelasse.

Jennifer said...

Great memo board redo! Looks so pretty!!

~~Carol~~ said...

That frame finishes off your inspiration board perfectly, like it was meant to be! I am very green with envy right now over that matelasse! I've been wanting one for a very long time. What an incredible price too!

Audra said...

I love your inspiration board, how could it not inspire? I have had the same issues with purchasing items with out a definitive place or use in mind. Now I have to be *selective* it has made the thrill of the hunt even more rewarding.

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Ok sign me up for a stay in the guest room....lol
I love everything about it the lamp the old window and the board is perfect in my book nothing prettier than blue and whit....... that blue and white toile is divine...
HUgs
Linda

Cheap&Sweet said...

That planter is too cute! Now I want one.

Sue said...

What a perfect complement that frame was for your memo board, Manuela! I love toile for so much. I'm working on my guest bedroom now, and it is the shabby chic/cottage-y look. Blue/white toile comforter for the bed. so soothing....
hugs, Sue

Elizabeth said...

I love the idea of an "inspire me" board. Now I have to make me one! Pretty matlesse too. Goodwill is one of my favorite stores!

Storybook Woods said...

Well I do not know what is next, but it is very beautiful. Clarice

Persuaded said...

I really like the idea of that 'inspire me' board.... I really think I will have to make myself one for my sewing area! Thanks for the inspiration;)

the undomesticated wife said...

Great use for the frame!

Holly said...

Great finds! I love the matelasse. Don't you just love when you find exactly what you're looking for, like the blue toile? :)

Southern Fried Gal said...

I can't believe your previous project fit so perfectly! Your other finds are so sweet!

Sharon said...

Manuela,

Great finds! I love how the "Inspire Me" board looks framed, perfect!

Thanks for sharing your goodies :)

Sharon

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

You do get the best goodies! And I'm so glad to hear that you had to go to the Goodwill to make a drop-off...we did that a month or so ago and it made me wonder "DO I BUY TOO MUCH?" And I think I do and I have to get better at being choosier...if you have tips, let us all know! I love your frame and board and that lovely toile tin piece! LOVE IT!
XOXO
Joni

Richella said...

Good for you! Imagine how glad the Goodwill store was to get your U-Haul of stuff! And then you found some wonderful new things: a lovely reward for your generosity of spirit, I'd say.

Jen R. said...

Love your board Manuela!

The Tattered Cottage said...

I LOVE your Inspire Me board. . . I'm going to make one for myself :)
Great finds!
Toni

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I do like your "Inspire Me" board - great idea. You really did good on the matelasse and toile planter.

Cheri Peoples said...

LOVe the MEMO board-great project.

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june@craftyniche said...

Your memo board just a great idea! And your planter looks so cute! Love it all!

Ally0005 said...

Your board turned out so cute.
I have to find a place for my girl’s school schedule other than my board since both girls are in school.

Ally

Kitty Scraps said...

Wow, you hit the jackpot with your finds. I am jealous of the matelasse, I've been on the hunt for one for the last year but sadly won't pay full price *smiles* you got a great deal. And your inspire me board is perfection, love the toile fabric you used on it.

scrappy quilter said...

I too have become very selective in what I purchase anywhere. It seems I always have to declutter and I'm kinda tired of it.

I love the memo board...so pretty!!

mary'smom said...

I really love your finds. Your office is going to be beautiful.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love the inspiration board and how you framed it.

I really need to make another trip to Goodwill, just to see what I can see!

Julie said...

You sound like me...
I'm always moving,changing, altering, or replacing the small decor pieces in my nest. (the feathers...) With the prices that Goodwill offers us, it doesn't really hurt anyone or the purse, and it keeps me thrilled with the ever changing view in my favorite place. (Home)
Love all your deals. Fantastic.
When you see something from a distance, like the trashcan, doesn't your heart just pick up a beat or two? :-) love that toile.

Rue said...

Good morning Manuela :)

That memo board turned out absolutely darling! Pretty good for someone that's tired of shopping right now ;)

xoxo,
rue

Jennifer said...

I remember the "inspire me" board and just love the idea! The frame really adds to it, and great that it fit! Your guest room is going to be just beautiful! I can wait to see it all put together! =)

Hope you enjoyed your week with your daughter. We started back to school today. I miss the kiddos, but wow, the quiet is just wonderful!
Happy Monday!
Jennifer

jskell911 said...

I just love it all! I am always inspired by anything tiole and that matalese is to die for!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

You have great vision Manuela! The "inspire me" board is great!

glorv1 said...

I like the memo board. I once knew someone name Memo, short for Guillermo. Hmmmmm....anyway....I think it's great that you always find the things you need and restore, restore, restore. You go girl! Have a great week.

Colleen said...

I know exactly what you mean about shopping. Last year before we remodeled/redecorated our home, I went through every inch of it and got rid of a LOT of "stuff" that I just had to have at one time or another. Since then, I really think about purchases. I have left many things in the stores that before I would have bought. It really feels good to gain control of that part of my life. There will always be things for sale that I love but that doesn't mean I have to bring them all home!!

Love your memo board!

Betsy said...

Love the memo board...that is such a great idea and the colors look great in your room!

Terri and Bob said...

Totally love the frame with the inspiration board.. but where is your inspiration?? Oh, I just remembered, you said it was a personal inspiration board... answered my own question!

Carrie said...

The frame is perfect for the new look you are aiming for!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, this is like the tenth time I have visited your blog and I can see why you have so many comments. You are so very talented at decorating, my husband is making me a potting bench after seeing your post on that, it was amazing. Do you do any interior decorating. Your eye for color and your creative abilities would do well in this field. Anyhow love all your cool ideas, I'll be visiting often. Thanks for sharing.

Angie said...

Love the addition of the frame to the board. That room is looking beautiful!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Hi Manuela! You found some really lovely things, I think the frame is perfect for your inspiration board.

Marie said...

Hello Manuela - love your inspiration board! You did such a fabulous job on it. So pretty! You've "inspired" me to make my own. Thank you for sharing.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Kammy said...

Great memo board - redo !
Kammy

Twice Remembered said...

Manuela, that frame finishes off your pretty inspiration board beautifully! And LOVE the matelasse you bought - love it! I wish I had more great Goodwill finds like you do! Thanks for sharing!

Miss G said...

The board looks fabulous! I like the things you got and I agree that it is nice to get discerning at times. :) Kelly

Southern Belle said...

I love how you updated your inspire me board, it looks so pretty!

I also wanted to add that you've been tagged. Be sure to stop by my blog! = )

bj said...

I love the memo board..the frame looks just made for it. Loved your other finds, too.
xo bj

Mrs. Dunbar said...

The yellow matelasse is fabulous.

diXymiss said...

Great finds! They look like perfect compliments to your pretty room. The frame finishes off the inspiration board beautifully. You know, I've become more selective with treasure hunting too. Now I'm in de-clutter mode (but still dearly enjoy peeking at all these thrifty treasures)!

Kathleen Grace said...

Too bad they don't give store credits for donations:>) A small u-haul? Goodness! I've begun going through the basement and have a table piled with things for a sale, donating it is beginning to sound better though!

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

That pretty frame is just perfect for your inspiration board! I have a similar frame that I'm wanting to make into a cork board (it's too small to go around my beribboned memo board ;-) )

Lady Katherine said...

Matelasse! I adore, no I love! I want one! So so bad! Girl how lucky you are! Now if I was driving, maybe I'd have your luck! Great planter, love the frame with your inspiration board. Looks wonderful! Your room is going to so lucky! lol Just love it! Oh, love the flowers, and veggies, your hydrangea is great. You have a lovely view and I would think you live in the country! Yes, get a few chick! There are such fun, hubby says he will never eat another egg from the Grocery Store! lol We had chickens for years, until we traveled working, I have slowly building my flock back. Last count, 36 chickens!

Mimi Sue said...

Your guestroom is really turning out cute. Where can I make a reservation? Mimi

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

You are just so creative! You also shop at the Best GW. I'd love to go shop there right now while your returned treasures are for sale again! laurie

Sandra said...

Hi Manuela! I've been away from blogging and getting our son moved to med school! I love your inspiration board!
Blessings,
Sandra