Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 Junkin Awards

I did a post in 2010 of my favorite Junkin Finds 
I no longer host that party (Junkin Finds Fridays) but the Junkin Awards will continue and become an annual event!   The categories may change but I will choose my 10 favorite finds each year!

Favorite Pyrex Find
This Pink Gooseberry bowl was found on the first stop on the WLYS (Worlds Longest Yard Sale) and remains a favorite

Favorite find in White
This amazing Milk glass pitcher and four glasses was found at a thrift shop for $20 
Not only beautiful but a great price also!

Favorite find in Red
I know this is mostly white but the red hat qualifies it for the favorite red find of 2011
Again found on the WLYS and only 50 cents

Best find in Blue
These two Blue Birds of Happiness once again found on the WLYS made me so happy...I love this color and for $2 these little guys joined my flock

Favorite find in Green
This beautiful glass canister was only $1.01, found in a thrift shop and truly a beautiful shade of green!

Favorite find in Pink
Of course the favorite pink find had to be a Flamingo!  This 3" Flamingo salt shaker orphan was only 25 cents and was an awesome thrift shop find to add to my collection of vintage Flamingos

Favorite find from WLYS
Finding this Baby Brownie Camera on the WLYS was the highlight of the sale for me and with the low price of $3 was a keeper

Favorite find for Christmas
Finding the adorable Debbie Mumm designed set of Christmas dishes for only $7.50 was such a treat....of course they are still in Texas but I will retrieve them soon

Favorite plate find

I found these Johnson Bros dishes at a yard sale
this pattern is called 'Georgia'...I got 2 dinner plates, 2 square lunch plates and 2 saucers for $3

Favorite find for Tiger
A new category this year but one of the best I'm sure you will agree!  This year I found the perfect wood train set at the thrift store for my sweet Grandson!  At only $5.85 this beautiful train will be a treasure for many years.

Well that's my best of 2011!  I found myself thrifting a little less and really cutting back on my purchases.  Still found many items for my collections but did not add as many items to my Etsy inventory.  Still so much to list and sell first. 

I'm joining Diann for 


Honey at 2805 for

This will be my last post for 2011
I will be spending the weekend with Sara, Blake and Tiger.  We will be having our Christmas celebration this weekend also.  I will have some wonderful photos of Tiger for you in 2012! 

Thanking all of you for your friendship and support this year.  Who knew that blogging would change my life in such a positive way!  For a review of my year on a personal note visit Viewing My World here.   Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year! 

See you in 2012!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I Love My Cubbies!

Blogging has been so much fun this year!  I thought I'd start a review of the year with a look at one of my favorite areas to decorate...the cubbies!
First of all the cubbies are three wooden boxes that were originally intended for CD's but I have stacked and they make the greatest display shelves

The first post of the cubbies in March 2011
 showcased the color green

The first set of shelves I have a mix of green glass and other decorative objects
The second set of shelves has some special items 

In April I used birds

I moved on to 4th of July

Next was Cats to celebrate Charlie's Birthday

Halloween is always fun

Followed by Thanksgiving

And ending the year with Vintage Christmas

I hope you enjoyed this review...stayed tuned for more as we near the end of 2011


Monday, December 26, 2011


I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas weekend.  Mine was lovely!
I started with some baking...I received this scone mix in a giveaway and thought Christmas Eve was the perfect time to try them
Mr ALC and I enjoyed some tea and scones to get our day going...the raspberry white chocolate was delicious! 
A little tea party in front of the Christmas tree
Christmas Eve was spent with my best friends Dennis and Terry...they are like family to me and I have spent many Christmas's with them since my girls are usually in South Ga 
We had a great dinner and watched the movie
"Bridesmaids" which is very funny!
We exchanged some gifts and had a great time as we always do!
This was Tiger Christmas morning at his Grandpa's house.  Except for me all of Sara and Blake's parents and several sets of Grandparents live in South Georgia.  They go there for most big holidays.  I will have a special weekend with them on New Year's when we will celebrate our Christmas also.   I am looking forward to that very much! 
I think this is a sweet family picture
Christmas day was a sweet gift
Quiet time with Mr ALC
Calls from both of my girls
A call to my Mom
A few special presents 
and a wonderful candlelight dinner
I used our Winterberry plates that we bought our first Christmas together
Charlie says it was a wonderful Christmas too!

I am planning some fun end of year posts and hope you will come back to visit soon! 


Thursday, December 22, 2011


Wishing all of you the most wonderful Christmas!

I set a simple table for Christmas today using some salad plates 
I found at the thrift as my inspiration
I found a set of four salad plates made by Sakura for under $4
each plate has a different design
I got a funny angle here but still you can see the design
I only have two of the green dinner plates
So I used two dark red plates for the other two place settings
and I think it works just fine!
I used a diamond point with ruby flash wine glass with the red plates and a green wine glass with the green plates.  I like the mix and match on this table.  Casual but still fun!
A silver napkin ring with a holly cutout and a plain ruby napkin
 I did a very simple centerpiece using a rattan charger, hammered aluminum tray with a handle and filled it with pine cones & dark red berries
A few tea lights for some glow
A cute snowman salt & pepper jumped in to join the fun
Everything on this table is thrifted except my everyday flatware bought on clearance

I'm joining Diann for

Please take a look at my other blog
Viewing My World for some photos of my family this holiday season

Wishing you all a


Tuesday, December 20, 2011


I have been finishing the decorating this week and I'm ready to share the cubbies!
This year I tried to fill it mostly with vintage items
The top has two blow molds I found at the thrifts along with my chippy Elf 
and the choir boy and girl
The first two shelves hold mostly vintage items
Do you remember the little bird with the Santa hat I found at the Longest Yard Sale?  He looks very happy sitting on JOY!
The middle two shelves hold the Lefton Angels I found this year in the thrift shop
I found these cute little blocks and my little vintage deer loves them also
The bottom shelves and a vintage postcard
I put some vintage ornaments from my childhood in this Shiny Brite box on the table
This was from a visit with Santa back in the 1950's
I look like I'm happy to see Santa!

I'm joining these parties
Rednesday at It's A Very Cherry World
Vintage Thingy Thursday


Saturday, December 17, 2011


I was pleased to host a giveaway last month for Shutterfly Holiday Cards
I received a set of cards for doing the giveaway
I took these photos of Tiger and my daughter composed the card...
so easy and I love the results!
I of course had to share it with you and add a little
Merry Christmas from A La Carte! 
I had this ornament made at Zazzle
It's the first ornament for the Tiger tree!
  I will be collecting Tiger themed items all year for the tree and it will debut next Christmas.

I'm linking up with The Tablescaper for
Seasonal Sunday

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas,

Thursday, December 15, 2011


I haven't been doing a whole lot of thrifting lately but I have found a few great finds to share with you today
I found these great restaurant ware pieces 
The small platter and the brown Hall creamer were 25 cents each
I found these little cat face plates and like them except for the bottom guy 
he looks a little angry! 
This cute little doll was only 49 cents (1/2 price day) and is perfect for under my Christmas tree
I like her smiling face!
This little snowman basket with a matching ornament and votive holder was $1.50 and will make a nice little gift for someone

Now here is a thrifty organizational tip...
I have several sets of flatware with different colored handles.  I've tried a few ways to organize them for ease of storage and use and came up with this
It's a wicker basket desk organizer I paid 25 cents for and figured I could do something with it.  I added the flatware, handles up and added pieces of cardboard to separate the different colors
Not only can I see at a glance the colors I have but also I can carry this to my table to try different combos until I get it like I want

I am joining Diann for 
Honey at 2805 for

I also have a fun post about Felt Ornaments 
at my other blog
I hope you will take a look