~making me happy~

Yesterday morning we had a very brief “snow storm” in other words we had flurries for about an hour or two.   I have to say it was so pretty. Big fat white snowflakes. They melted almost instantly, but were lovely nonetheless.

I love this cardinal.  He and the Mrs. have been with us for a long time.  I love him all the time, but he really cheers me during these winter months. How can you not be happy seeing those beautiful red feathers? His mate is just as beautiful with her golden feathers and orange beak.

Also,

just look at these cute shoes…

I just really love these shoes, my latest thrift store find… ($1.98)

Also, my new foamer tool thingy to top this little cup of java… inspired by this post ~I have the same little silver stove top espresso pot.  In fact it was another thrift store find. After reading that post, I had to dig it out and give it a go.  It was fantastic!

I also found this great little blog Attic 24 it is so colorful and inspiring. I can not get enough bright colors right now. I am really over January. To long, to gray to cold for me.  So,  I have decided to make this cute little bag isn’t it the cutest thing ever??? Love it!

Hope your January is bright and cheery!

Friday night sewing, Saturday thrifting…..

So, I have really enjoyed reading this book~     it then led me to make this wee little elephant….   I am a learn as I go kind of girl~ If I do something once, I learn as I go how to do it and also learn from my mistakes…. 

there are plenty here that I made, but….    my goodness, I still think this little fella is adorable! (if I say so myself!)

Yes, this is a good book, great little projects to do. I will know how to put this little elephant together a little better next time.  I still love him though!

On another note~

I work crazy hours 5 days a week, and I am about over that… as a nurse I am used to working 12 hour shifts like 3 days a week, this 5 day thing is killing me.. It is really hard to do the work thing, come home and be a nice mom, wife, mother to 3 bad dogs, etc.  So, in attempts to find my balance, get a little sanity… Mother likes to go thrifting. It is a SATURDAY thing… a little time just for me.  I can not help but love this little weekly bit of fun..  Of course children may accompany me, but they have to be little soldiers. No crying, whining, or talk of hunger. No, they must endure!  Then, snacks will possibly follow! I am seriously hoping that by seeing how much we can find second hand for a fraction of the price they will learn to live frugally and to not feed the credit card/ live outside of your means beast!  Well, at least know how to find a good deal! I mean let’s be real, I love a bargain!!! Here are my finds for this week~

Hello Kitty long sleeve shirt,  brown rick rack  corduroy dress ~ $2.99

Lamp with very nice Linen shade  ~$6.99

garbage can (new, never used) ~ $4.99

pink leather Mary Jane style shoe, $3.99

3 drawer container~ $1.99

Chunky jade bracelet~ $1.99

green broach ~ $.99

Sewing manual ~ $.50 and not pictured are 8 stoneware bowls for $2.99.

These are things we needed (bowls, lamp, garbage can, we always need kid shoes and clothes), some things are just fun (bracelet, broach) no matter what it is the hunt that is the most fun of all I  suppose.. Happy weekend!