Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thrifty Finds VII

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International celebrity fan-mail envelopes…found at an estate sale.  Will be added to my vintage shop…I'll give you more details when I officially revive the shop
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Well loved and tattered hand sewn quilt for $2 found at a local thrift store!!  I'm spending the chilly evenings curled up under it while I slowly patch it up.
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Toy Beetle
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My accessories pile keeps growing…also going to be added to my vintage shop someday soon.
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Big flea market haul!
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1950s chairs bought for $10 at a small local flea market!  We finally got rid of the old bulky chairs we had and replaced them with these.  Now I'm on the hunt for a cool table…maybe a future DIY!
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Oh, how I love the St. Vinny's Halloween section.  Found this gorgeous 1950s dress for $8
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Brass bracelet from 1930s/40s.  Found it at a flea market for $1 and wear it almost everyday!
WWI era small flag.  Another great $1 find at a flea market!  The seller apparently inherited an entire estate and just wanted everything gone asap so almost everything they had was a dollar!  
Nail/screws sack found at an estate sale.  I love how the eagle has screws in it's grasp!  This will be transformed into a new product very soon!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Simple Living: Downsizing to a Mini-Fridge

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We have officially downsized from a full size (18 cu. ft) refrigerator to a (4.4 cu. ft) mini-fridge with room to spare!!
I know, most people can't fathom making such a switch, but for us it was more than easy!  Our full size refrigerator was practically empty all the time, and that's not because we dine out a lot.  Here is why the switch was so easy:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Scenes From Summer

This was my first summer in Madison and I enjoyed it at much as I could!  Corey and I went on weekly dates to places in the city we hadn't seen/been to before.  I have a few more things to do on my list before it gets too cold and my holiday rush begins!

Beetle Time
I spent a good chunk of summer riding in this piece of machinery…going to car shows and simply going for a drive.  Surprisingly I didn't take any photos of my old moped this year. I rode it regularly, but mostly for quick runs to the post office or the library.
1976 yellow volkswagen beetle
vintage volkswagen beetles
1976 yellow volkswagen beetle urban

One thing I definitely made time for over the summer was, as my dad likes to say, "therapy" aka enjoying the great outdoors! Thankfully, I live only a few blocks from a couple of gorgeous lakes, a short walk away from the botanical garden, and too many parks to count within 30 miles (including Devil's Lake State Park).

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Devils Lake State Park with my love
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More Devil's Lake
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Botanical Garden walk
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Picnic Point Park trail
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More Devils Lake
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on Lake Monona
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Ombre water

I go downtown quite often for the farmers market, coffee and shopping.  Unfortunately, I seem to always forget my camera!  Here are a few pics I managed to find.

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View of State St and UW from the Capitol building
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Visiting the capitol building with family and friends
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Painting at the top of the dome inside the capitol
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Favorite local band:  Boo Bradley
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I love antique wood flooring
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View of downtown from my neighborhood