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Happy Halloween… Vintage Style ๐ŸŽƒ

This black and orange QUILTED dress is my costume today!  I’m going as a 60’s girl ๐Ÿ˜Š

  
The bottom half of this dress is seriously quilted!! I’m going to be so warm when I take my kiddos out tonight!!

   
 
There is even a pocket –  perfect for for keeping a secret candy stash!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  
(This dress was half off at an Estate Sale – so it was $1.50)

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Simone is going as Laura from Little House on The Prairre. She got her outfit from a church sale for $2.

The older lady that checked us out said she had made the dress and hat for a barn dance she attended when she was young.

   
 

Hey good looking…. Whatcha got cooking?

Finally! A cool crisp fall day!! ๐Ÿ

… And I have a large stock-pot boiling on the stove…


Is this a large pot of stew? Or chili?

I wish – LOL!!

It’s a boiling pot of soapy water filled with old painted-on door hinges!


The kids were rather disappointed when they found out I wasn’t cooking them something to eat.

Here is a before picture – with about 50 years of paint..

Hopefully tomorrow I can show off some shiny vintage hinges hanging on our doors ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐ŸŽถRolling… Rolling…Rolling๐ŸŽถ

We took the kids to the park last week so they could rollerblade.


They had such a great time rolling around the park.

I casually mentioned that I think I would like a pair of rollerblades for my birthday…

… and wouldn’t you know that the next thrift store we went to, Edison found a like-new pink pair of skates, just my size, for $14!

So yesterday, we ventured back to the park! I laced them up (it had been about 15 years) and hit the pavement rolling. ๐Ÿ˜Š



My husband even dug his skates out of the garage!


This is how I would describe my roller blading experience…

* super fun

* I didn’t fall

* my ankles hurt crazy bad

* I will definitely skate again ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

My husband wasn’t so lucky…


The wheels to his skates literally crumbled apart within minutes of skating!


When we got home, Josh looked online to see about buying new wheels… But… 8 new wheels would cost $40!

So- we made an impromptu trip to Goodwill…

Josh found a pair of skates for $6, removed the wheels and put them on his skates.

2 refurbished skates…


  We also managed to find a pair of rollerblades for Eli since he just had rollerskates! The first thing Eli did this morning was test them out!

  

My daughter’s Vintage Barbie world

My daughter is 10 and has a great imagination for pretend play!

Over the years, she has had many play areas set up as tiny little lands… Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Ponies, Barbie, Polly Pocket.

I would find a deal at a garage sale and buy a bulk amount for real cheap.  She would play with the toys for several months and then lose interest. I would then pass the toys onto other family members…

Here is Simone’s current mini-play world set up under her loft-bed…

  




The funny thing about these vintage Barbie play sets is that I was originally going to sell them in my Etsy shop…

But when I saw my daughter’s eyes light up as we set them up for pictures, I couldn’t resist offering them to her! โค๏ธ

(The hardest part of my shop is that when I find products for it… I want to keep them or give them as gifts to the people I love – LOL)

An old fashion lawn mower

No… We didn’t get a goat LOL!

We did get this vintage push mower, though, for $4 at a garage sale! My husband haggled the price down from $5! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  

  The boys were so excited to mow the lawn! Eli kept insisting that the mower was his and that he was going to “lawner the grass”! LOL  

  
Well… The mower was harder then it looked and he was unable to push it despite a galliant effort!

Andre was next and he managed to cut a few feet of grass –

  
Edison was a trooper! He put his back into it and cut the whole front yard!

  
Eddie was so proud… As was I!

I like how I could trust him to be safe with this simple tool and he liked that I trusted him โค๏ธ

Draw your own playmat map

I just enjoyed a vacation with my family! It began about two weeks ago when I took a break from my phone which meant no blogging and very limited Facebook! This past week we went to a cabin in Ohio and enjoyed time with family and the great outdoors!

  
  

I packed activities for the kids to do for when we were just hanging around the cabin. 

My favorite art project was making our own playmat map… My daughter loved it and I enjoyed helping her!

  
It all started when I bought a racing playmat map from the thrift store for $3.

  
It was cute and clean, but since it had been washed, the foam backing was beginning to flake off.

  
Solution

I sewed an old white curtain to the back of the mat.  This protected the foam and created a blank canvas for our own map to be sewn on.    

 * I sewed the curtain on like you would sew a pillow together. Don’t do that! It have a nice edge and the white side layed flat, however the original car map side was lumpy!  Next time I would just sew the material flat into the backside and not worry about unfinished edges!

I gave Simone a pack of permanent markers and she let the creativity flow!

1. She drew a simple map on a piece of paper as a rough draft.

  

2. She got started by drawing with a black marker and then her and I would fill in the pictures with colors.

  

The playmat turned out so adorable!

  
The boys enjoyed driving their cars on the new mat, and Simone was excited to bring it home to play bunnies on it!

* maps could be drawn according to preference: dinosaurs, favorite cartoons, space, inside a house,

Painted furniture and a short love story โค๏ธ

On Friday, we moved my sisters-in-law out of a condo and into their new house. I could go on and on about how helpful my kids were during the move…. But then I’d just be bragging ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, this post is actually about the patio furniture we inherited during the move. ย The metal set was my husband’s grandmother’s… And what makes it so special is that it’s where my husband and I met… and where we fell in love at! โค๏ธ

I was 18 yrs old, had just moved out of my parent’s house, and was taking out the trash. ย Josh was 27, had just moved into his own place, and was letting his dog, Rockie, out.

We said “hi” to each other… And then I started talking and just never shut up!

We would sit on the furniture on his porch- me thinking ย he was the smartest handsomest man ever… And him thinking I was a bit odd ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

2 year later we hopped a train and eloped โค๏ธ

Fast foward 16 years from when we met… When I found out the patio set was up for grabs I quickly asked if we could have it.

We took it home that day and I immediately began the process of cleaning and spray painting it (with Eddie’s help of course)!




I find it very romantic that my husband and I will grow old sitting and talking on the same furniture we fell in love on! โค๏ธ

Vintage ice bucket for sidewalk chalk storageย 

As usual, I bought something because I thought it was cool… not knowing what I would use it for!

This vintage ice bucket was unique in that it was tall and almost a piece of furniture rather than a bucket. It can stand on the floor rather then needing to be on a shelf!

  
Soon after purchasing it, the kids were outside playing chalk.

  
With all the pop-up thunderstorms, I got nervous the chalk would be left out, rained on, and ruined.

Then, I had a brilliant idea…

  
I could store the chalk in the ice bucket! 

It’s waterproof so if it gets left outside, all will be well!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  
When chalk isn’t being played with, I can store the ice bucket (secretly filled with chalk) in the sunporch!

  

A sawed-off bunkbed

I didn’t think the day would ever come… But my daughter got her own room! It’s kinda surprising since my children have always wanted to sleep in the same room! They grow up too fast ๐Ÿ˜ข

I suppose it was time… Especially considering this is the FIRST thing she did…

  
We didn’t want to go out and buy a bed – so we did the most logical thing…

My husband sawed the metal bunkbed in half and Simone got the tall half.

Simone’s loft bed

 

…with a secret hide-out below!

  

To make the room super cozy and special, I hung up some Vintage Holly Hobby curtains! Holly has red hair and freckles just like Simone! โค๏ธ

  

I know Simone appreciates the move because I’ve heard her on numerous occasions say- I can’t believe I have my own room!! 

A gift for the animal lover

Eli is a dog lover!

He wore a puppy outfit that I found at Goodwill for $2 almost everyday for 6 months! He only stopped because he outgrew it!

A friend from church noticed his love of puppies and wanted to make him a special gift…

  
(This was over a year and a half ago and I still tear up at this picture! It was such a sweet gesture during a hard transition to becoming  gluten free)

She had seen a picture of Eli in his costume on Facebook, so she printed it out along with a homemade label that said PUPPY CHOW.

She glued the label onto an empty glass jar (probably a pickles or jelly jar). Then she added her homemade gluten-free chex-mix “puppy chow”.

He still has the jar and he fills it with treats.

It would be fairly easy for anyone to make this kind of gift!

  1. Find out the child’s favorite animal
  2. Find a cute picture of the child and a picture of the favorite animal 
  3. Try looking through old magazines for animal pictures
  4. Think of a cute name like Puppy Chow or Kitty-Cat Food, or Bunny Treats…
  5. Glue the label and pictures onto the jar.
  6. Secure and waterproof with packing tape 
  7. Hand wash only!!! Do not immerse in water!
  8. Fill with a food the child can have
  9. Make a child happy by giving the gift to them ๐Ÿ˜Š