February 29, 2012

Thrifty Thursday #49

So last week I was a little mopey....there had been only slightly over 100
links to  Thrifty Thursday  the week before and I thought that everyone had abandoned the party....

Well...SURPRISE...because there were 189 AMAZING projects that linked
up last week!!  THANK YOU!!  I enjoy seeing what you all
have been working on!!

I had so much fun looking through this week's links!  Here are a few that really caught my eye!

Dr. Seuss Day is almost upon us and Fancy Frugal Life shared these 
adorable outfits to make for the celebration....

Remodelaholic designed this chicken coop and did it all for very little money! 
How many of you all have chickens?  I'd love some, but we aren't allowed....zoning!

....and just because they are cute...the chicks....

Mama With a Dash of DIY Drama took a plain, boring chest of drawers and 
turned it into this gorgeous conversation piece!

The Real Housewives of Riverton shared this delicious-looking 
recipe.....banana split cupcakes!!  YUM!

Savvy Young Something used paint to add a herringbone pattern to this stand....gorgeous!

My Fabulous Life created this beautiful, sentimental piece of artwork as a cherished memorial to her mom.....

Finally, it's not too late to make a pair of these adorable potholders.  
Country Momma Cooks is sharing a free pattern and tutorial!

If you were featured this week, feel free to grab one of my buttons!

Here are some very simple suggestions for the party:

1. Please become a follower (would you Linky Follow??) of Thrifty Decorating.
2. Be sure to link to your POST and not your blog.
3. Please copy and paste my link button somewhere in 
your post or blog so that others can link back.

You can also party with Johnnie 

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February 28, 2012

Old Farmhouse Room Redo

I have a friend, Lori, who lives in a beautiful old farmhouse...complete
with gorgeous wood trim, nostalgic charm, and crooked floors!

Lori has been battling breast cancer and her amazing life group from our church
came and did some renovations to her home.

As Lori has been recovering, she has gotten the itch to make more changes to her home.
One of the places that she has really wanted to change is her son's room.

Here are some of the "before" pictures.  I apologize because they were taken
on my camera phone so they are very blurry!

The room was covered in outdated wallpaper and just overall had a feeling of falling apart...

Lori asked me to stop by and give her some ideas of how to inexpensively 
bring changes and life to the room!

On a side note, Lori was planning on throwing away the dressers in the picture
above...I gasped and said, can I have one and give it a second chance?

This is what I did with it!

Since Lori had "new to her" furniture to put in the room that was blue,
I suggested a calm blue for the top of the walls and beadboard wallpaper for the bottom.

I also suggested painting all the trim in a bright white and adding 
painted chalkboards to the closet doors.

Here's what Lori did.....

Lori and her mom removed all the ugly old wallpaper and painted the walls a
beautiful soothing blue color.  They added the beadboard wallpaper to the 
bottom and painted everything a gorgeous crisp white.

She taped off rectangles on the closet doors and added chalkboards
with chalkboard paint.

I love how she added a black light and a map of hiking routes on
the Appalachian Trail!

 I suggested she accent with white frames, so she took frames that she already
owned and spray painted them white and added special photos and memorabilia.

Doesn't her "new to her" furniture look perfect!

Truly, it feels like a brand new room!  And mainly, the transformation was
the result of elbow grease and paint!

And because we all love a good before and after...

You don't even notice the beautiful original wood trim in the before pictures!
The paint and beadboard wallpaper just make it *pop*!

Great job, Lori!  This was the type of remodel that I love....I
get to be the idea generator and someone else does all the work!

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February 27, 2012

No Peek Chicken

I spend my Monday's giving piano lessons from about 2 pm until 6 pm with
no time to make dinner.....so on Mondays I need a meal
that is easy to prepare and cooks itself....

This is a favorite "Monday meal".....


1 box Uncle Ben's Long Grain Wild Rice (original recipe)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can water 
(You can add another can of water for moister rice.)
Chicken breasts or tenders

In a greased 9 x 13 pan, mix the box of rice, cans of celery and mushroom soup and 
one can of water.  I always add the extra can of water because I like moist rice.

Arrange the raw chicken on top of the rice mixture....

Cover and seal with foil......

Bake at 350 degrees for 2 1/2 hours and "Don't Peek!"

Your house will smell amazing!

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February 26, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Ideas

For some, St. Patrick's Day is know as one of those "lesser" holidays...
celebrated by some and ignored by others.

Growing up....my family basically ignored it and then, I met my husband!
St. Patrick's Day ranks right there behind Christmas in his mind!

I'll never forget our first married St. Patrick's Day....I had never before
set my eyes on corned beef or Irish potatoes!

Let's just say that it was the LAST time I ate corned beef!!

Here's some Pinterest Inspiration to get you inspired for St. Patrick's Day this year!

{Rag Wreath}

So glad that there's a lot more to this holiday than corned beef!

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February 25, 2012

Winner of the Minky Blankie!

Congratulations to....

Kimberly said...

I let Faith know you sent me on Facebook (Jason Rubio).

Woohoo!!  Kimberly, you win the Minky Blankie!!  I'll be contacting you soon! 

If you didn't win, don't fret!  Faith is offering Thrifty Decorating

Just enter the code "ThanksThrifty" until March 12th!

You can head over to Mom's Creative Touch and 
design your own custom blanket today!

There are 16 Minky options, 27 satin options and 
17 cotton options to choose from....all at 20% off!!

Thanks so much, Faith!

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February 24, 2012

Sheet Music Wreath

I should have posted this months ago, but, I just forgot!

If you have an empty space on your wall that needs to be filled, you can fill it 
for pennies using a sheet music wreath?  My friend, Jenny, made one for over her fireplace.

Just cut a circle out of a piece of cardboard and start gluing!  HERE is 
a tutorial for how to make it using wire coat hangers!

I'll be picking a winner of the Minky Blankie tonight!!  You still have a 
few hours to leave a comment!

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