Friday, March 10, 2017

Thrifting & Other Things

I once again have been missing from my blog.   Last week Scout was sick and I spent two days taking care of her.  Thank goodness I did not get sick again but it wore me out!  Friday was a day of rest and reading.  This week I've had 3 days in a row of Dr/Dentist visits for my Mom.  She is doing well but we needed to catch up on some appointments and they came all in one week! 

I did manage to slip into a thrift shop or two (or three) and while I didn't buy much I do love my thrifty finds.

This tiny little nativity was .25 and I love it!  Already stored with the Christmas decorations.
I think this little shelf is going to see a makeover and the hold more of my orphan S&P collection and only .50

The next three items were only. 25 each!
I haven't bought an egg cup in a long time but this was so sweet and made in France!
This crazy cat mug will go on my art desk to hold pens or brushes!
A very cool cork screw with a bakelite handle will be a gift for a friend who makes wine (good wine)!

A quick stop at Goodwill
I have been looking at these magnet boards but the price of $10 has stopped me, I'm cheap er thrifty I tell ya, so for .77 this one jumped in my cart! 
Two strong pieces of foam board .77 will hold my watercolor paper down while I paint

This little ceramic dish was also .77 and is wonderful for mixing a batch of watercolor for a wash.  My new watercolor hobby has dictated some of my recent finds! 

A last stop at Habitat for Humanity
This lovely serving dish
Bordallo Pinherio and only $2.99

I have made a few purchases using coupons at Michael's and Hobby Lobby
It is really important to find my supplies as cheaply as I can.
A small watercolor pad for making cards and a paint pallette all bought using 40% off.  I also bought a white ink gel pen. 

All these goodies are for my newest passion!  Watercolors! 
I am still in the practice and learning phase and try everyday to at least paint a little bit. 
(now is a good time to leave if you are tired of my new hobby...I totally understand)
Different techniques and using an ink pen for details on some of the paintings.
 Learning to mix colors
Practice with different brush sizes
Textures (my least favorite exercise so far) and finally a little painting
Lupines from a tutorial
I have some new tutorial's I plan to watch this week and paint more flowers.  I really do love them.  I'm having quite the good time with all of this. 

Alas, I did not return to Junk in the Trunk to see if the pink and black vase from last post was still there.  It is out of my normal path so maybe soon.  If it's there good, if not I seem to be ok with that also.  

Wishing you JOY,

Linda

24 comments:

Brenda Pruitt said...

Woe is me...I gave away all my egg cups. And now with Easter coming up, I have no Easter decor. Love that photo of you and Scout in the sidebar. You have the same smile!
Brenda

Miranda @ My Restless Soul said...

I love the cat mug! It's so cute!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Lovely and useful finds (and amazingly low prices too). Extra hugs for Scout - the best thing about Grandchildren's hugs is that when you give one you get one too. Love seeing your watercolour progress.
Joy

Susan said...

Love your finds (as usual)! Your watercoloring is really progressing; are you having fun! Have a great weekend, XOXO

Sue said...

love your water colors...your doing so good...you know Denise is going to Kennesaw State taking art classes and she just started doing watercolor...so proud of you both....And the Kliban cat mug...never give it away ro donate it when you don't want it anymore...Heather loves those cats....she had one all through her childhood and adult life...a stuffed up one she called BooBoo Kitty....

Chatty Crone said...

I am glad you are feeling better and din't get sick again! Got your mom all doctored up. You are just into everything aren't you? Love the thrifts and I love your watercolors - you and Denise are doing great. Happy ST. Pat's! sandie

Susan said...

So happy you got a little thrifting done, Linda. Wonderful and great prices, too. Also happy you were able to pitch in, Grammie style, to help with Scout while she was sick. I'm sure your daughter appreciated that immensely. Take care and have a super weekend! Susan

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

Your cat mug is by B. Kliban - I've resold several of his things on eBay. A mug like yours went for $18 there a couple of weeks ago. Hang onto it until Christmas and I bet you could make a few bucks on it!

Claudia said...

Love your finds and your watercolors are looking very pretty, indeed! Glad you're feeling better and getting some rest, my friend.

Vicky Hunt said...

Great finds Linda! I'm glad to hear you didn't get sick again and I hope Scout is all better! Your painting is so pretty and the exercises look like fun. Have a lovely weekend my friend!

Hugs, Vicky

Melanie said...

You have a lot going on with taking care of your grandkids AND your mom. I hope you are taking care of yourself, too! That cat mug you found at the thrift shop is so cute. Stay well, my friend!

Rose L said...

I am considering taking watercolor classes, but may experiment on my own first.

Marigene said...

You find so many interesting things at the thrift stores. I have to say the kitty mug is my favorite.
Hope Scout is feeling better...and that you don't get sick again this year!
Have a great weekend, Linda.

Jann Olson said...

Your watercoloring is looking wonderful Linda! I am wanting to try my hand at some pussy willows. You found some fun things.
hugs,
Jann

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Sounds like a tiring week...hope you can find some time to relax with the watercolors! I love seeing your pretty work! Fun finds, too!

My thrift store addiction said...

Aww what a week! Love your finds though--especially the egg cups! Hope you have a restful weekend!

Cheri said...

Linda, you are doing so well with your watercolors, what a nice hobby for you. Hope we can do lunch soon or breakfast.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

So many nice things here, as long as you don't drop out of blogland for good we can handle you being absent at times

Mereknits said...

So many great finds Linda. So sorry your little granddaughter has been ill. IT is just everywhere isn't it? Love your watercolors, you are doing a great job with them.

Nancy Blue Moon said...

I like the Kilban cat mug too...I do enjoy seeing your watercolors..You are doing so well Linda!...the more I see your progress..the more I am tempted to give it a try...Could you tell me where you are getting your lessons from?

Jeanie said...

You had some wonderful finds! Every now and then we have to go on a spree!

And I am very impressed with your painting, mixing and the lovely flowers. You're really working it and that makes me want to go back to my little pink house and do it over again! Very nice -- keep at it; you have a flair!

Rue said...

You're really coming along on your watercolors, Linda. I love that painting :)

That crazy cat mug has Fat Cat, a cartoon character from the 70s. I have a cardboard Christmas ornament of him wearing tennis shoes, that my mom had when I was a kid :)

xo,
rue

Ginger said...

Good morning, Linda! I just finished reading and commenting on your post on Ron's blog from yesterday (Ron is a former student of mine, and we share the same birthday!), so I wanted to pop in and tell you hello and that I'm very impressed with your painting. Great finds on your shopping sprees! Have a great day! xoxo

Katie Mansfield said...

You have wonderful painting skills. Great finds.