Friday, July 30, 2010

Gone Thriftin'

The boys and I hit some garage sales this morning. We had the best time! I passed up some treasures but did manage to bring home a few, a coffee maker (ours broke), books, a purse, twin sheets, a mirror, a new carpet spot cleaner machine, clothes and more for dirt cheap!

I also got a few pretties for our home. :)

I'm sorry but I cannot get enough of cute baskets! Especially cheap ones! 50 cents! Woo!

This basket was $1! The fabric was 10 cents each!

The bottles I actually got yesterday at a garage sale for $1 each. A little more than I would of normally spent but I liked the combo of these 3. :) I think they will go in our master bathroom when that is made over soon. I love their color.

As for now I'm just enjoying this display in my dining room. :)

Probably the deal of the garage sales was this big Ironstone pitcher for $1!

It has a big crack in it but it's still pretty.

Look at the wonderful detail. Don't you love thrift finds?! I enjoy this so much more than going to a store or mall and paying outrageous prices! Plus it's the thrill of the find when you find that special treasure among all the junk. :)

Do you have a local salvage yard in your area?! If you do, you should check it out! We have EcoStores Nebraska right in Lincoln. This place is filled with every part of a house you can think of to be resold. Instead of going to a landfill these things can be prettied up and put in your own home.

I scored some excellent old molding (needs cleaning) with chippy white paint for 30 cents and old coat hangers for 10 cents each there! This will be a wonderful towel hanger our master bathroom! Not bad for 60 cents!

I also bought some knobs and drawer pulls to add to the vanity and cabinet in there as well. There we 25 and 50 cents each. They'll just need spray paint. Now I'm kicking myself that I didn't go there for stuff for our recent bathroom remodel. I go there when I have no kids with me. Not a fun place to have little ones with you. LOL And yesterday afternoon I was kidless (Thank you Aunt Lisa!). If you live in the Lincoln area, EcoStores Nebraska is having a wonderful sale in August, so check it out! I have a few things I would don't buy the stuff I want. LOL

Well today is time again to share you yummy summertime recipes over at And Baby Makes Five! Colleen is my bud and I know she would love for you to join in on the sweet fun!

I'm sharing another zucchini favorite!! I made this last week and yes I admit I ate most of it! LOL I hope you enjoy this easy, yummy recipe!

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups white sugar
2 cups shredded zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 pint fresh blueberries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 4 mini-loaf pans.

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini. Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Gently fold in the blueberries. Transfer to the prepared mini-loaf pans.

Bake 50 minutes (1 hour, 20 minutes for big loaf) in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.

This recipe made 2 big loaves! And yes, I almost ate 2 loaves of bread! LOL A warm slice with butter is heavenly...oh, I'm drooling just thinking about it.

Have a super weekend. I hope to back soon with some completed projects to share!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dreaming of a Getaway

I'm still working on my desk and bed the meantime I've been dreaming of a bedroom "getaway" for our master bedroom. Here are some pics I have been drooling over. Enjoy!

Have a Great Wednesday!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Flag Banner

Happy Monday!

Remember this flag photo (source unknown) I shared the other day. Well it was an inspiration to another To-Do Project for Son #1's room! He loves maps and flags, so this is perfect!

This was super easy to do! I cut up muslin fabric into rectangles. Son #1 didn't like the look of the edges cut off at angles so we let them stay as is. We did cut one flag with angles because he just loves Ohio's State flag! So hello to any of you Ohio readers! :)

You also need craft paint and water. It was much easier to paint the fabric with the paint a little watered down. And the most important requirement to this project is a cute helper. :)

Son #1 went through his atlas and picked out 7 countries he wanted. Plus 2 state flags: Ohio and Alaska. And the unofficial Nebraska state flag (Huskers). He picked out red ribbon for us to hot glue them on to. Attach to wall and easy peasy!

The ribbon was 1/2 off from Hobby Lobby. And I did use some watered down glaze to kind of age the flags down a bit.

Ode to season will be starting soon. Our state loves college football season!

The memo board is from Goodwill for $2.

It was in great shape but missing a button. The buttons were too cutesy anyways, so we ripped the rest off. I had son #1 pick out some buttons out of our button stash. They are a wide variety of colors so I primed and painted them silver to go with the silver elements in his room. Then I just simply hot glued them on.

We're getting closer to getting his room finished. We'll be working on his desk and Son #2's bed this week, so stay tuned!

Have a Great Day!

Keeping It Simple

The Girl Creative


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Zucchini Coming Out Of Our Ears!

Wow! Thank you so much for your kind, kind comments about our New Bathroom! I appreciate each and every one of them!!

It's that time of the week to share you yummy goodies over at AND BABY MAKES FIVE!

We have been blessed with a lot of zucchini from our garden so I've been experimenting some recipes. A found a couple keepers from the Internet and though I would share. They are both super YUMMY! I hope you can try them yourselves!

 Spaghetti with Zucchini and Parmesan

1 box Barilla Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti
4 each small zucchini, diced
to taste sea salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 cups cherry tomato
4 leaves fresh basil, cut into strips
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

BRING a large pot of water to a boil.
SEASON zucchini with sea salt.
COOK Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti according to package directions.
Meanwhile, HEAT olive oil in medium skillet, add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
ADD zucchini to the skillet and sauté for 2 minutes.
ADD cherry tomatoes and sauté until skins are slightly blistered and the tomatoes are heated through, about 2 minutes.
DRAIN pasta, add to skillet and toss with basil and cheese.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Combine the egg, oil, milk, lemon juice and vanilla; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini, chocolate chips and walnuts. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until muffins test done.

I wanted to share another blast from the past makeover I have done. I bought this BRIGHT Yellow shelf at an auction for $1. Poor one was bidding on it so I raised my little hand and it was sold! It needed a little TLC but it was worth my $1 investment. :)

I added leftover beadboard to the back from our Kitchen Reno. I first painted it red then painted it black purposely leaving some red showing through. I then added some dark walnut stain. It made a wonder cubby for our mudroom area! (Ignore floor...another project, another day. :) The baskets were 1/2 off from Michaels.

Well I'm off to work tonight. I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Labor Of Love

Come along and watch the journey of the past 5 months.

Here is the bathroom BEFORE! Oh where to start what was wrong with this room?!!! Original 1960's cabinets, white/pink/blue countertops, faux tile panel wall, VERY LARGE mirrors, outdated everything....

And with embarrassment, we had this house for 3 years before touching this room. Other rooms were more a priority.

2 homeowners before us remodeled this beauty. Isn't pretty? You would think they remodeled this in the 70's but NO FOLKS, it was mid-90's! They did a terrible job! My favorite was the faux venision plaster look. It looked like they stuck their hands in joint compound and smeared it all over the wall.

Don't you love the toilet paper roll IN the wall? And access panel.

I'm embarrassed to show you this but this was the water damage around the tub. Instead of fixing the problem the old homeowners filled up the rotten areas with silicone.

Here is the BIG cabinet behind the door. We debated to keep this or not. But we did and I'm glad because it is WONDERFUL storage!

Here is during...We started reno in February. I should say hubby because he did most of the work! Love you, honey! He took down all the drywall and most of the subfloor because there was so much water damage! Oh and he fixed the small leak that was the culprit of this big mess!

See the "special" cutout for the toilet paper roll? Looks like a lot of work for such an ugly thing...

Another view of the mess. Thankfully we had 2 other bathrooms. So at the end of working in there we would just have to shut the door.

We found some original 1960's tile behind the countertops. Now we know why they did the faux plaster treatment on the cover up the squares from the old grout.

Don't you love the bathroom light? We're pretty sure it was the original. It's okay to keep if the original if you really like it but don't you think you would at least tape off the light when you are painting the ceiling OR wipe it off when you have seen you accidentally painted on the light?!! You would think? There is a lot of "that" in our house. I LOVE our house but don't like dealing with old homeowners oops!

More mess...

Hubby is pretty handy. When he tore all the walls out, he moved the outlets around to more convenient areas in the room. This particular outlet was located right below the hand towel holder (the towel holder had no other place to go). So when we dried our hands, water dripped all over the outlet. It had a circuit breaker but it just seemed unsafe to me...

So before I make the big reveal and lots of pictures...I just want to express how much I love my hubby of mine. He worked hours and hours on this bathroom. He put off many projects this year to finish this! He works very hard for our family, so I know he's tired and wants a break when he gets home. He did 99% of this project. I just had the ideas, painted and decorated. So thank you hubby for being the greatest!!

So won't you come in?!!!

Wall color: Bamboo-Pittsburgh Paint
Ceiling/Trim: Delicate White-Pittsburgh Paint

Pictures will be quite random since this is a bathroom with lots of angles/close corners.

We (hubby) put up drywall then added panelling on top. Beadboard was added to the ceiling.

Oil Rubbed Bronze...yum. We got the sink (Price Pfister) and shower/tub (Delta) faucets at Menards.

We got the towel racks and hooks at Wal-Mart of all places.

Gotta love Goodwill! Toothbrush holder (for our boys) for $2!

Goodwill again: cup for 99 cents. :) I gave both of these a GOOD washin'!

The soap pumps are not matching but both oil rubbed bronze. I stole them from the other bathrooms. :)

My new favorite store: TJ Maxx! I haven't been in this store probably in 10 years. I was at Best Buy one day and TJ Maxx was right next door so I took a stroll on over...glad I did because I scored me some pretty plates! These were probably $15 total. Added a splash of red because it's my favorite color. :)

We bought the vanities unfinished from Menards. I painted them the same color as the trim/ceiling color but distressed them a little and added Early American stain made by MinWax. I wanted it a little lighter than my normal "Dark Walnut" stain I use.

The knobs/pulls are from Wal-Mart.

They did have oil rubbed bronze pulls/knobs but it was cheaper to get the silver and brass ones and then paint them with Krylon-Oil rubbed bronze.

In reality, this chair is being replaced with a Potty Chair...but for picture taking purposes, I thought this looked much better. :) Now if my 3 year old, stubborn son would actually use the potty chair, we would be in business!

I love our new wood floor FAUX real!! Laminate "wood" planks...the peel and stick kind. They look and feel like wood! Got these at Menards. Hubby placed them down in a random pattern.

The hand towels are from TJ Maxx. Cheap!

Pale yellow vase for $1 at a garage sale. :)

The light fixtures we actually reused from our old bathroom. The metal was silver before. I sprayed painted them a textured oil rubbed bronze. Oh and whenever I spray paint metal, I use a car spray paint primer. Works great!

The mirrors were found at Wal-Mart-Better Homes and Gardens. They are big! And I love the trim.

I opted for hooks instead of a towel rack since they are easier to hang for 2 little boys. Soft white towels from TJ Maxx. I like the look but I also got white because my 3 years LOVES ghosts! LOL He pretends he's one after his baths/showers. So gotta have white towels for play!

I got this pretty fabric at Hobby Lobby on clearance.'s pinned.

I used our old shower curtain. I'm sure I got it at Wal-Mart many years ago. :)

I took 1/2 off ribbon from Hobby Lobby and just tied onto the rings for a little color. I decided to do every other ring, I thought it might be "too much" with every one.

Remember the old light fixture with paint marks and all? It was replaced!

A little closer...much better. Oil rubbed bronze again. Again this was from Menards, I'm sure on sale, I think for $10 for 2 lights. The other light went in the hallway just outside the bathroom.

Here's a closer look at the wall and ceiling. I told hubby I wanted to do this in every room of the house now. He said he's on vacation!

Hello rain can shower! I took the first shower last night and it was wonderful!

Matching tub fixtures. The tub/shower surround is from Home Depot. It is a NO caulk system! Gotta love that. We still caulked Around the tub and shower.

A clickable drain stopper. It opens and closes with a flick of a toe. And no foot modeling contracts in my future...

The toilet view.

My mom made the Kleenex box. (It's made out of old lathe)

Here's my mirror that I redid the other week. My mom made the box with lavender. It was made out of old beadboard from on old house. And the pitcher was $2 from a garage sale. Oh and the shelf I made. It was supposed to be the other way around but I liked it "upside down". It's okay to change my mind, right?

I even spray painted the old fan cover. It was silver before with white ceiling paint on it....grrrrrrr.

Are you tired of pictures yet? LOL Here is the cabinet that is behind the door. I painted it an old blue color (left over from my son's room), then sanded and stained.

I even kept the old handles, but spray painted them.

The sinks are from Menards again. The are so big! I can take a bath in these things! LOVE them!

Basket from Goodwill. Great for a trash can and it was only $3!

Well that is the end of my tour. I hope you stuck around to see the whole post. Sorry for the picture overload but I wanted you to get the full picture. The items that we got like the sinks, faucets, vanities, shower, paneling, beadboard, drywall, subfloor...were all on sale. We were patient and waited and in the end we saved a lot of money!

I catch myself taking extra trips to the bathroom for no reason. LOL It feels like a Bed and Breakfast OR just not my house! Now I want the rest of my house to look/feel this way. Hubby's on vacation so I guess I'm on my own...I guess one project at a time.

Thanks so much for your visit and comments!



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