Monthly Archives: April 2011

Wire Basket Redo

The wire basket I found at a garage sale last Friday has a new jacket. I gave it a triple coat of my fave spray paint, Oil Rubbed Bronze. Now it’s ready to hold the gardening gloves in the garden closet. But maybe its too pretty for such a mundane task now.

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Garage Sale Season

One of my favorite annual neighborhood sales began yesterday. It’s a large, upscale neighborhood with beautifully mature trees and gorgeous landscaping. It is a true pleasure to drive through the neighborhood in search of garage sales: lots of quality merchandise, often (but not always) low-end prices, pleasant people. I love it when the husband is given charge of the sale and he takes just about any price offered.
What did I find?A wire basket for my garden gloves in the garden cupboard: 50 c
A toy drum for the Grandma box: $1
2 antique kitchen gadgets: 50 c each
A large French chocolate sign: $1 (thanks to the husband left in charge!)
8 Irish linen napkins, one never used: 50 c for all

The label on the new linen napkin

And one utilitarian item~a rice cooker: $5

I have never owned a rice cooker. And until 2 1/2 years ago, I had never really noticed that they exist. When Heather and Jared moved in, Heather wanted to keep her rice cooker in my kitchen because Jared loves rice. I thought such an appliance was a space-waster: after all, a saucepan cooks rice just as well. And then I ate rice cooked in one. It is far superior in flavor and texture; I was hooked. They moved into an apartment last week and there went the rice cooker. So all is well now that Heather found me my own at a garage sale yesterday.

I’m linking to Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures party.


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A Little Sizzix Action

Table numbers for the upcoming Seder at church.

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A Quick Project

Heather needed some canisters for her new kitchen.

A friend had four empty coffee cans she didn’t want.

After cleaning them out, I used a few sheets of 12″x12″ scrapbook paper to cover the sides. Each can took two sheets ~ the cans are 6 5/8″ tall and 19″ around. Double-stick tape holds the paper in place.White cardstock labels printed on the computer: 60 pt font; Harrington Bold.


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