Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Wishing all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Be safe, healthy, and wishing you all a prosperous 2014.

Best Regards,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Garage Sale Find and Future Furniture Makeover

Front View

With the holidays fast approaching, I've had little time to work on any of my pending projects.  With that in mind I decided to share this awesome garage sale find.  Driving around one Saturday afternoon, I saw a garage sale sign and of course I had to stop.  I was particularly looking for small furniture pieces to repaint.  The family having the garage sale shared that due to a disability they have regular garage sales to make money for groceries.  I was touched, so I gave them my phone number to let me know when they have sales in the future. 

So, now back to the find of the day.  Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe this is a storage side table.  It has a pull out to set a beverage on, a storage compartment, and a place for magazines in the back.

I think it will make a great creative project. 
I'm thinking something a little shabby chic.
What do you think?

Top/Side View

Back View

I think my photography skills are getting a little better.

Have a blessed day,

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thrift Store Lost its Lease

I'm not sure if I'm happy about this or sad; but a local thrift store has lost its lease.  They don't want to move their inventory; and after speaking to the owner today; she doesn't have a new location yet.  They have to be out by the end of the month.  So, do I go load up on the bargains; or do I save my money?  Especially at this time of year.  Sadly, it isn't the most organized or clean thrift store in town; but I could find some real treasures for future project.  Not that I don't already have 4 or 5 waiting to be done.  What to do, what to do.... any advice from my readers?

What would you do?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Painted Vintage Telephone Table

Hello everyone!  I want to thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog.  I know I'm not the best photographer in the world; so is the case of someone who suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  Regardless, I certainly give it a try. 

I've wanted to try furniture makeovers after watching Cash and Cari on HGTV; but like many other hobbies; supplies and tools were a little more than I could handle financially.  So the desire was delayed for a while.  I'm finally getting around to picking up things needed to get some of these long awaited projects completed.

Painted Vintage Telephone Table
(Used as a bedside table.)

Below is a vintage telephone table that I picked up at an estate sale a couple of years ago.  I hand sanded it, then it sat next to my bed for quite a while.  I think I paid $25 for it on 50% off day.

I picked up this previously mixed quart of Valspar Signature paint at my local Lowe's.  I thought the color was pretty; and the closest I could identify it to is Babbling Brook.
Sold as is with no refund was no problem.

I thought I'd be frugal and "smart" by creating my own concoction of paint and plaster of paris.  At first it worked really well; but after just a few minutes the concoction began to dry and thicken up; making it difficult to work with.... as you can see below after an hour or so it even began to separate.  It was a disgusting mess.

But the project wasn't a total loss....  After fighting with the messy glob, I used the paint straight out of the can for the 2nd coat. I'm happy with the color and results.  All that's left is waxing.

I'm not fond of over distressing pieces of funiture.  Do you think this needs a little distressing?  I kind of like it as is. 

Have a wonderful blessed day!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Week of Inspiration

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I for one was off from my fulltime day job all week.  So I spent a little time window shopping and looking for inspiration.    Not much Black Friday shopping for me.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the furniture makeover I completed.  Here's a sneak peak.

Now for the Week of Inspiration

The piece below is an updated kitchen cupboard I saw at a local auction company's sales floor.  Isn't it a beautiful piece?  Displayed with vintage chicken/rooster ceramics among other joyful accessories.

Ticket Price:  $799.00

This piece is situated in a very good friend's daughter's bathroom. 
A cute little corner shelf repainted in turquoise with the
inside painted a contrasting burgandy.

This little piece is in the same friend's home. 
A nice little side table next to the sofa.

And finally, this piece was seen inside the ladies restroom at a local
car wash/boutique. 

Ticket Price:  $495.95

Friday, November 22, 2013

Top 5 Places for My DIY Inspiration

To be inspired..........

I admit, I'm not the most artistic person on the planet.  Heck, I'm not even the most artistic person in my family.  I have a strong desire to be creative but coming up with a new idea is not my strongpoint, so I thought I would share the top 5 places I get inspiration...

  1. Fellow bloggers.... there are hundreds if not thousands upon thousands of individuals who blog and share their DIY projects with the world.  Almost every day I read several blogs that I follow.  They have the most amazing ideas and yes - I will be borrowing them (giving credit where credit is due of course).
  2. Search engines....I search using google, bing, and yahoo on a fairly regular basis using the "image" option.  This process often leads me back to #1 above.
  3. Magazines.... most recently Country Living; especially since I subscribe to that one.  It has some of the most wonderful articles and pictures that inspire me.
  4. Pinterest.... I'm new to pinterest, and don't always remember to go there; but what I have seen, pinned, and followed have been great ideas.
  5. Facebook....I've been on Facebook for a few years now; but only recently started following folks who share their DIY projects

So there you have it.... I want to personally thank all of the hard working, creative people out there who share their projects, tutorials, and pictures.

Where do you get your inspiration?  I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

5000 Views and Counting

Yesterday Blondies Bargain Adventures reached the first major milestone in the blogosphere.  Thank you to all who have helped me reach this goal within 6 months.  It is now time to review and reassess my goals for this blog.  If you have favorite topics and/or suggestions for increasing activity I welcome your suggestions.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Oma's Cabinet Gets A Makeover

The piece below is an inherited piece originating from my honey's (TJ) Oma (Grandmother).  After her passing, his mother brought it over from Germany.  At some point the old paint had been stripped with the intention of refinishing; but it never was completed.... that is until now.

The piece sat in a "shop" primarily used for mechanical work for the past 7 - 8 years.  It had lots of dust, cobwebs and such that needed to be wiped down.

The drawer hardward was damaged.

The legs were aged; and we liked the look.  So, just minor repair was made to one leg that was loose. 

The holes gives it character.

The drawer needed a little minor repair.

and... so did the door.

Then came the sanding.... and believe it or not; I really liked this part!

After the wood glue dried, TJ sanded the drawer and the door.

I wasn't sure what supplies we would need so I brought it all.

Martha Stewart Living Metalic Paint in Copper Red
Plaster of Paris to rough up the paint texture a bit.
Finishing wax
220 sanding block
Sponge roller and tray
Sponge brush
and Paint brush

After smoothing out the wood with the sanding block; we were ready to paint.

I was not fond of the bubbles left by the sponge roller; so we painted the whole project with brushes.

First coat; and we were pleased with the color choice and the way the paint adhered to the piece.

After the door was painted; TJ had a vision.  How would it look with an Edelweiss flower painted on the front?  So after some research and letting the paint dry overnight.... the flower was a "go". 

TJ waxed (except on the door) while I was at our other home doing laundry  lol....

It came out beautifully. 

The information below is copied (source:  http://www.germansteins.com/german-points-of-interest/#Edelweiss

Legend of the Edelweiss

"According to Alpine folklore, suitors proved their love by climbing high crags of the Alps in search of the flower. Tragically, many suitors fell to their death or died of exposure to the weather. The Edelweiss is still worn today and featured on German beer steins as a decorative symbol of love, bravery, strength, and dedication. Its popularity with the German and Austrian emperors earned the edelweiss the title, "Flower of Emperors and Kings.""

New hardware (I could not get a good picture of the drawer pull to save my life).

And finally the finished piece.  We are happy with the result and I can't wait to get started on my next project. 

What do you think?  Did we do Oma justice with this makeover?

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Monday, November 11, 2013

A Day at Wurstfest 2013

My usual topics for this blog are adventures in trying to save money; but occassionally you have to forgo the usual topic and just have a fun day with the family. So is the case of this post.

10 Day Salute to Sausage (and bier).... Since 1961 - an event celebrating German culture and history.

Look here for the History of Wurstfest in New Braunfels, TX

I bought a new hat.... doesn't it look fun?  Are my eyes closed?  lol  It was a beautiful day, so I could be squinting.

A nice young man offered to take our picture.  No, I hadn't had too much to drink; I guess I just look a little goofy; which fits in with the jester hat just perfectly.  My companion (honey) wore his usual hat... my handsome Bavarian cowboy.

As my son walked around he took this picture and I since it turned out so well; I wanted to include it in our fun day post. 

My son tried on my hat.  I think he looks very handsome.

It wouldn't be Wurstfest without a little beer... We stuck with the theme and had Warsteiner.  I'm not much of a beer drinker; but this was pretty good as long as it was cold... and by the way; its just a myth that German people drink warm beer.

And the food is to die for..... porkchop on a stick (not pictured), brats (not pictured), and a family favorite: funnel cake.  Who doesn't love a good funnel cake?

Music in the big tent was great.  This band's finale was an emotional rendition of the National Anthem.

Boerne Village Band

And from my honey's origin of birth.....  Those ladies put on a great show.

Die Bayrische 7

My daughter and I; she takes really good pictures too.

And of course... we couldn't pass up the giraffe cut-out photo op...

I hope you enjoyed this post about a day of fun for the family.  Have a blessed week; and see you next time.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Spend Less, Shop More: 2013 Walgreens Black Friday Ad Scan Leaked Online

Spend Less, Shop More: 2013 Walgreens Black Friday Ad Scan Leaked Online: The ad scan for the Walgreens Black Friday sale has leaked online this morning! This is actually a three-day sale that kicks off in sto...

Thanks to Jennifer for keeping up with all the great savings opportunties out there.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Long Awaited Updated Flooring

I'm really excited to share this home update with you all.  While I cannot take credit for the installation; I can take credit for picking out the flooring at our local Lowe's.  After waiting somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 years for my bedroom and hallway floors to be updated after a major flea infestation resulted in me ripping all of the carpet out... the long awaited update has been done.  I think it is absolutely beautiful and not surprisingly it has really reduced my personal level of anxiety.

As you can see in the upper portion of this picture; we were walking on the concrete slab for a very long time.  Although this picture isn't the greatest quality and was taken the day before the hallway was completed, it can give you a sense of how much it was desperately needed.... and its ALL DONE!

Best part.... labor was provided FREE of charge by my honey. 

8 mm Toffee Oak by Style Selections at Lowe's

Here is a picture of the sample I picked up to show my friends.  Coloring is off a bit; but it is a beautiful floor now.

Now if only I can organize all my clutter...

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Am I a Sewist Now? Finished Vest

Since I only sew on the weekends, this sewing project took a little more time than I would have preferred.  But being a newbie, I wanted to take my time to really pay attention to the details.  I realized early on that this probably wasn't a beginner project.  That's another reason I took extra time with it.

The main thing I learned is not to cut the pattern out until AFTER you check the measurements.  I learned that the hard way in a FAILED sewing project.  So, with this one I cut out the largest size; which is pretty accurate. 

I checked the cut pattern pieces against my dressform before proceeding to cut the fabric.

Skirt $2.99 @ GW

The front of this project is from the thrifted skirt above.  The back and lining are from thrifted fabric scraps.  All purchased from GW.

After cutting out all of the pieces, and reviewing the instructions I decided not to put on the lapel.  It just seemed difficult and I'm not sure I would like a lapel anyway.  I had forgotten how to transfer darts from the pattern to the fabric; so this was a little bit of a challenge for me.  So, I used some tissue paper to outline the darts for the back.

Then after studying the instructions more, I realized I forgot to cut the lining.  So... pause a couple of weeks until I got around to cutting those pieces.  Meanwhile I was able to attach the interfacing to the designated areas.

And now.... for the finished project.


Front with Lining

I saw no instructions to add buttons or hook and eyes; so I assume this vest is to be left open.  There are a few imperfections; but I guess that's to be expected from a beginning sewist.

When the weather gets a little cooler I plan to wear this vest with a long sleeve white button down shirt.  What do you think?  Am I a Sewist now?