When I saw the following comment on my last post this morning, I laughed so hard that my Skinny Vanilla Latte nearly came out of my nose.
Yo, whoa, Lady. That was a fantastic post. I was laughing at your usage of “bendy” and “eleventy billion.” And I was impressed at your mad sewing skills. But what I’m REALLY intrigued about is in your last picture… on your crafting table… is that a cake stand with a tin planter and bird??? Can you take another picture of that close up? I want to drool over it more and then run home and create something like that for myself!!!
Ha! Thanks, Jenelle. I really needed that this morning. Just keep your drool to yourself, as I have a three year old who’s cutting a molar and have more than enough drool to go around right now. Your comment, however, reminded me that I hadn’t shown off my most excellent thrift store find in the history of the world.
A couple of weeks ago during my weekly thrift store visit, I came across a matching mint green cake stand, coffee & tea canisters, and a sugar shaker. They were listed as a set for – get this – $6.99! I took them to the front and asked the cashier if that could possibly be right, and she said the price was correct. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with them, but clearly, I couldn’t leave them at the store.
After giving it some thought, I decided to use them in my craft room since they coordinated with the fabric I used in there. I put the coffee and tea canisters on my bookcase nestled between a chippy bird and my vintage rabbit cotton ball dispenser. There’s nothing in them right now, but I’m sure they’ll be used for storage in the near future.
Let’s take a moment to discuss the vintage rabbit, shall we? It actually was used in *my* bathroom when I was a little girl. There is a hole with a rubber stopper in the bottom. You fill it with cotton balls and pull them out where the bunny’s little cotton tail should be! Have you ever heard of anything more adorable? No, you haven’t. My mother actually bought it years and years ago at an estate sale. I found it when I was visiting them over Spring Break and reclaimed it.
Okay, back to the green kitchenware.
I took the top off of the sugar shaker, stuffed a little bit of floral foam inside, and added some green moss and one of the $2 Pier One bunnies on a stick that Rhoda made me covet.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m working on my photographs. My great friend JJ sent me some tips for shooting into a window, and sadly enough, this is way better than it would have been otherwise.
And lastly, just for Janelle, here is the cake stand. I added a white plate I found at Ross for $1.49, a small galvanized bucket that contains my colored pencils, and another chippy bird. It makes me smile, and that is what decorating my home is all about.
Don’t forget to think outside of the box when you find great things for super cheap! You can easily turn them into treasures when you put your mind to it.
Speaking of turning super cheap items into treasures, did you take a look at the entries in the Five Dollar Challenge? Folks, I was just floored. I cannot believe the wonderful creations that people came up with! It took me so long to get through the entries because I was amazed with everyone’s creativity. Well done!
After all was said and done, I plugged the number of entries into a random number generator and this is the little number that hatched:
Congratulations to Infarrantly Creative! You are the Grand Prize winner! Send me an email at LivingWithLindsay [at] gmail [dot] com and we’ll chat about your prizes.
I had so much fun with this challenge, and I hope you guys did, too. Anyone up to do it again in a few months? I have a new idea in mind that’s really going to stump you…
Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com says
Thanks for hosting the challenge! It was a lot of fun!
Kim @ Forever Wherever says
I really love the pink bunny!!!
Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says
Ummmm that bunny is a MUST have. I looked at it and thought “Is that bunny pooping a cotton ball for a tail?” And then you told me it was. That is freaking adorable.
the BLAH BLAH BLAHger says
Dude, I totally had a similar bunny…but at my pervy house, we said the cotton balls came out of the butt. ; ) PS – the pics ARE better!
i love the $5 challenge. i hope to see it again soon! thanks for hosting it, and congrats to the winner!
love your canisters. what a steal.
♥Amber Filkins♥ says
Oh my gosh, my grandmother had one of those bunnies when I was kid. I LOVED it!! I’m going to call her tomorrow and ask her if she still has it!
Love all that stuff!
Awwwww….love the bunny!!
Kimm at Reinvented says
That cake stand is gorgeous. I’m not usually one to COVET (but I am a liar!), but I COVET that!
I would LOVE to do another $5 challenge. Can’t wait!
Small House says
WOW…you have one heck of a thrift store! Lucky you!
Have a great day.
Where did you find the little birds? I have noticed them around on other’s blogs but can never seem to find them in any of my craft stores. I love them!
This is my favorite post so far for two reasons:
1) I covet the mint green tea and coffee canisters (side note, I just tried to spell green “grean”. Neat); and
2) I’m in the second picture and my arms look really skinny. 😉
Stephanie O. says
Just recently discovered your fabulous blog! I sat one night and clicked over to everyone who participated in the $5.00 challenge. Just loved seeing all the great ideas and discovered some interesting blogs in the process…Absolutely love the sweet green set. What a find! Thrift stores are the best aren’t they?
C. Beth says
You are just so creative! Love all the little decor touches.
And love the solid border. 🙂
You’re the grteeast! JMHO
Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says
Hi, Lindsay, I’m so far behind with my beach trip on catching up with blogs. So glad you got yourself a bunny on a stick too. I haven’t had a chance to check out your party yet from last week, but I will have to do that!
I had never seen one of those bunnies until this post–or maybe I had and just didn’t know what it was. This morning I was at Salvation Army and they had two, in white. I’ll probably see them everywhere I go now!
You are right – I *haven’t* seen anything cuter than that bunny. Adorable.
Thanks for the advice! I have a very hard time thinking outside of the box when I see an item, so your blog helps open up my blocked channels! Also, I have 4 young ones who are prone to touching and breaking what they shouldn't, so I envy most of your things, and realize that someday I can have more pretty, breakable things.