{twenty sixteen} happy friday!

wow. it’s been a while.

i am not sure why the big break. i really have a lot i want to blog about, but i just haven’t made the time to be here.

and, then it is hard to just jump right back into it. i feel like, “where did i leave off? what do i write about now? is anybody even going to read this anymore?”

at any rate, i thought i would just jump right in with some random because that’s a good place to start, right?

my newest collection obsession…
{a beautiful mess} Elsie's Rainbow Glassware Collection

this is the beginnings of elsie’s collection over at a beautiful mess. isn’t it…beautiful?

i don’t have a spot to display that many glasses, but we are hoping to add some open shelving in our kitchen and i would like to display (and actually use) a small collection there along with our fiesta ware.

this is the beginning of my collection…


{i also brought home that beautiful vintage school desk}

after i posted the photo above on Facebook, my aunt texted me this photo…

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she said that my grandmother had collected them at estate sales and that she would send them to me! i am so excited to add these to my collection!

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anyway, that’s a little bit of what i have going on right now.

happy friday!


{31 days} vintage fisher price

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Welcome to our playroom.

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It’s a happy place.

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It’s where our vintage fisher price toys live.

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They are classics.

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I found most of them on shopgoodwill.com. Did you know you can shop Goodwill online?

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Well, you can. It’s like an auction. You can choose a local goodwill and pick-up, or pay shipping for items coming from other locations across the country.

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Most of the fisher price items are sold in lots, so you can get some pretty good deals.

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Also, if you know exactly what you are searching for it is a nice way to shop without driving all around town.

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So, now you know one of my thrifting secrets.

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I love the graphics.

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I love the color.

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The kids love them, too. They set up little towns and make stories about the people.

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They are adorable.

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The kids.

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And, the toys.

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{You can also read my original post {collecting} vintage playroom from February 2013}

home is…{31 days} a thrifted vintage fisher price for the playroom.

Join me while I link up with The Nester every day in October for #write31days.
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{31 days} outdoor fall decor

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~secondhand, created and thrifted~


Everything but the flowers and pumpkins was thrifted or secondhand.

I use thrifted canisters, kettles, and colanders as flower planters during the summer. I removed the dead petunias and bought $3 mums and decorative kale to replace them.

The upside down door/shelf, white stool, and white ladder came from a friend down the street who used to own a booth in a local antiques mall. SHE is an ultimate thrifter and has amazing style. When I grow up I want to be like her…seriously.

The red ladder was a $5 garage sale find a couple of years ago.

In the Pacific Northwest, we go through a lot of rain boots…the ones on display are some that the kids have outgrown.

The little guy and I took a trip to a local pumpkin patch on a day off from school and added the mini pumpkins and gourds.

Your outdoor fall decor does not just need to go by the front door where you rarely see it. Put a display outside of your kitchen window so you can look at it when you do dishes!

This display acts as a screen between our deck and our neighbors yard. I can see it when I look out the kitchen window, dining room window, or back door.

It makes me happy!

home is…{31 days} secondhand, created, and thrifted outdoor fall decor.

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{31 days} the perfect table

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~thrifted and created~

One Saturday Lorelai and I took a trip to Goodwill and found the round table I had been picturing in my mind for months.

A large, round pedestal table.

Solid wood.

Two leaves.

It was priced at $59.99.

Less 50%…for only five more minutes.

That made it less than $30!

I jumped on it…especially when I saw another lady eyeing it.

I texted Ryan after I left and said that I would need to use his truck to pick something up at Goodwill later that afternoon.

This is what I brought home.


I had a vision…for the table.

{this is by no means a tutorial on how to refinish a table…i used google and pinterest to find what made sense to me and just kind of dove into the project…which is how i handle most of my DIY projects}

I promptly started to sand the thick speckled finish off the oak.


Every chance I got I would head out the the garage and sand.


I took all the pieces apart.


More sanding.

Then primer.


Multiple thin coats.

After it was primed I put the base back together and painted.


Multiple thin coats.


I had help.


I would let each coat dry completely and then add another coat…alternating between working on the base and working on the top.


This was after one or two coats.


I’m not sure how many I actually ended up applying.

Eventually, it started looking good.


I brought it inside and let is sit for a couple of weeks.

After it was completely dry I put a couple coats of paste wax on it.

This is what we ended up with.



I love how the wood grain shows through.



{You can also read my original post about the un-dining room table from September 2012}

home is…{31 days} a thrifted table.

Join me while I link up with The Nester every day in October for #write31days.
Click here to find a list of all 31 posts as they are published.

{31 days} secondhand, created, and thrifted

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Scroll Down to read day 1::

{day 2} the perfect table

{day 3} a hand painted sign

{day 4} collections

{day 5} outdoor fall decor

{day 6} mason jar pendant light

{day 7} book wagon

{day 8} office supplies

{day 9} pyrex collection

{day 10} flash card art

{day 11} paper bag flowers

{day 12} thrifting on the road

{day 13} vintage fisher price

{day 14} interrupted

{day 15} top of the fridge

{day 16} joy all year

{day 17} globe pendant light

{day 18} a quick stop at goodwill

{day 19}

{day 20}

{day 21} love rocks

{day 22} pallet xylophone

{day 23} fall for afghans

Click above to read the other days, I’ll be adding a link to each day once it goes live.

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31 days.

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Each day in October I will write about something in our home that is secondhand, created or thrifted.

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Some days it will be a combination of secondhand, created, or thrifted.

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Like, secondhand and created.

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Or, thrifted and created.

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Maybe even, secondhand, created and thrifted.

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At any rate, I hope to inspire you.


After all, home is what YOU make it.


home is…{31 days} secondhand, created and thrifted.