Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thrifty Thursday-Plus a Tablescape

Ba-da-da daaaaah!
Welcome one, welcome all to Thrifty Thursday here in Bloggeritaville. It's also Tablescape Thursday so it has to be a party! Grab yourself a Thrifty Thursday button and let's get started!
For those that don't know, Thrifty Thursday is a show and tell of sorts. It is time for you to showcase your thrifty find. It can be an old find or a new one. It might be something that you found at a thrift store, a consignment store, flea market, garage/yard sale, antique store. It's it was a thrifty find, then it meets the requirements. I am not picky, It can be a great pair of boots & a killer vintage dress, jewelry, home decor, even fishing lures. It is your thrifty find. Tell me about it. Where did you find it? What is it? What do you plan to do with it or how do you plan to use it in your home? Do you want to sell it? Thrifty Thursday's are about the thrill of the hunt...and the treasure you found. show and tell!
Today for Thrifty Thursday I am going to take you into the bedroom. My bedroom.
The love nest.
It's where Big Daddy and I retreat to escape these characters:

Who am I kidding? Sometimes I retreat to get away from this guy too:

But it's all in love. And in the name of sanity.
Are you ready? It's nothing special, but it is full of thirty finds.
What? Whahhhh? Did you expect shag carpeting, black lights, silk sheets, velvet bedding and swings?

Well, then you had me pegged all wrong. And most certainly Big Daddy. HA!
I said I go here to escape! To get away from it all. Again, nothing glamorous. In fact, very unglamorous. But it is cozy. And a perfect place to snuggle. I am big on snuggling, as most women are. I like to snuggle. Like with that little sweet "thang" sitting on the end of the bed. That's Miley.

She's very good at it. She thinks that bed belongs to her. I don't dare tell her any different.
Back to the tour. My bed is actually a thrift store find. I purchased it many years ago at the Goodwill for $200.00. It was actually intended to go in one of the kids bedrooms, but I haven't found the bedroom furniture that I want yet, so for now, it's in mine.
The bedding is also thrifty.
I have two bed skirts on my bed. One, the ball fringe one, I spotted and fell in love with in Ballard Magazine. But when I saw the almost $200.00 dollar price tag, I knew it was not to be. And then I found it.....years ago. I can't even recall where, but it was the same thing and I bought it for almost nothing. It was new. If I recall correctly I might've done some cartwheels as I made my way to the register to purchase it.
The Battenberg comforter at the end of the bed, as well as the battenberg shams and dust ruffle were given to me from my dear cousin Beckie. She has the best "cast offs". I can only hope that I am around first when she begins to toss things. This set used to be in her lake home. (Thanks Beckie, love you!)

The matelasse quilt on the top of the bed was a thrift store find. It still had the tags on it (yes! I washed it anyway!) It is from the "Hotel Collection" and cost me a whole $23.00. I love the whimsical pattern on the quilt.

The pillows:
The "B" was a green clearance item from Kirklands, $6.99. I LOVE, I mean puffy heart all things monogrammed, and as I have said I have the hardest time finding "B" stuff so I was really excited to find it, and on sale-that was a bonus. The gold paisley pillow was a Hobby Lobby find last weekend. It was $8.00 (80% off). Be sure and seek out those aisles, they are worth it.

I didn't get a good picture of my nightstand, but it is a huge antique trunk that belonged to my great grandparents. Big Daddy's bedside table is a marble topped nightstand, a antique store find.

Sadly, you cannot see the pictures above the nightstand, but I got them at Penny's. They have a very "New Owwwlynn's" (New Orleans) feel to them. Think the grand hotel terraces with the wrought iron fencing. On Big Daddy's night stand is a mermaid that I got from EBay for my daughter, who collects mermaids. I don't know how it found it's way to my room? Kids...
Yep. Years ago. Many, many moons ago.
LOL. Thirteen years ago. See the way he looked at me?
Yes, he might get sucker punched in the bathroom at work but it was sweet. It was the look of love, Of admiration. Of.....
Confession, I had to make him pose like that.
I saw a picture, seriously, in the 80's of Parker Stevenson and Kirsty Alley. Remember when they were married? Well, I saw a picture of them posed like that in People magazine ions ago and wanted the same pose. I carried the picture around for years, before the days that beach photos were all the rage and photographers a dime a dozen. When Big Daddy and I moved to Sarasota Florida, I was a preschool teacher. My class had class photos and I asked the photographer if he would take mine and Big Daddy's portraits on the beach. He did. It was hot day, miserably hot, and bright! It was all we could do to keep our eyes open as we baked and sweat more than a pig in a butcher shop. The photographer scheduled us, at what I know as a photographer, the worst time of day to take beach pictures. We also hauled the dog and the six year old kid (Bama). Unhappy folks. Many unhappy folks. Needless to say, to this day I still haven't heard the end of it. And I have that lovely picture bedside to remind of us of that experience.
Clearly, we need some updated portraits. Heck, I am a photographer! Why is it that I can't get my own family to cooperate? I tell you I live with three of them. Now, you can see why I like to escape to my bedroom.
Umm, hmm. Love at it's best.
Finally, I want to show you this french candelabra that was a thrift store purchase.
The little crystals came on it.
It has a marble base with sweet little feet.
How cute! I paid $6.88 for it.
I have had it for far to long not to have put candles in it and allow it to shine as it should. Shame on me. I will do it soon.
Grab yourself a Thrifty Thursday button (at the top pf this post and on the sidebar), and link up your blog and we'll have ourselves a little show and tell, Thrifty Thursday Party! You're invited!

And now, for my contribution to Thursday's Tablescape.....

My friend Susan of Between Naps on the Porch host the Thursday Meme called Tablescape Thursday. I find Susan very inspirational. And my goodness, her porch! I'd love to nap there myself. Anyway, I am playing along today in Susan's Tablescape Thursday.
And I cheat yet again today. This tablescape is from a store in Homewood called, Harmony Landing (who I just recently found out the logo was created by fellow blogger, Joy). Harmony Landing always has creative ideas, the entire store is a pleathy (I think I made up a word?) of inspiration.
For example this spring tablescape. I love it because it is simple. I have a bounty of white dishes, many of it ironware, that I have collected the thrift store. They work in so many ways and themes.

This tables uses basic white dishes and couples those with bright spring colors, as in the placemats and napkins and accessories. Little birds nest were put on each plate, a certain sign of spring. And a sweet gift to give, if you hosted a luncheon.
It's a basic table, perfect to build on. This could be Easter, spring, easily made into a beach or summer theme...the possibilities are endless.
Thanks to all for participating in Thrifty Thursday! And thank you to those who have popped by from Susan's Blog, Between Naps on the Porch. I love new friends!
Join me for next week's Thrifty Thursday!
UPDATED EDIT: My apologies, but I am going to request that you do not click the last entry on the Thrifty Thur called Athella. I have had a couple people have issues with that link. I am sorry if you are Athella, but because of the problems, and computer issues I don't want to contaminate anyone's computer with a potential problem. I don't know how to delete a link from Mr. Linky. I wanted you to use caution. By no means am I saying that link has problems attached to it, but because several had problems (myself included) I wanted to forewarn.
I will be responding to comments later today (even though I did personally through email, I just like to here as well). Thank you all for leaving one! It means alot)
Mr. Linky:


Mari said...

I love your room! The bed, the quilt, the monogrammed pillow, the pictures - it's all great!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Leigh!
Your room is so a cocoon...great escape! Love the pic of you and Parker...errr...Big Daddy!
Looks like the shop you found has some fabulous things!Thanks for sharing!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Keetha said...

Oh Leigh!!! I was so excited about being first that I hit "enter" BEFORE I put in my URL. So, #1 is going to some random football post from early fall!!! Can you delete it? Number 2 is the RIGHT one.

The picture of Big Daddy "looking" at you is a pure "Awwwwwww" moment.

If you get this comment twice (I thought I already posted it, but it isn't here) PLEASE delete one of them!!!

You're the BEST

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Great finds, beautiful bedroom!

Bama Belle said...

Love the glimpse inside!! Beautiful. My how comfortable that looks!!!!

Kirby3131 said...

There was so much in your post! Goodness. I love that the mermaid is on your husbands side of the bed - makes me laugh. The candelabra is gorgeous and I loved the sepia toned picture and the slight angle. A photographers eye for sure.

I love being a part of Thrifty Thursday. Thanks for putting it together.

xinex said...

You have a beautiful family! Love your bedroom, it has a clean and crisp vintage look to it. And I know what you mean about heat in FL, we have a house in the Tampa Bay area. What a cute little bird on your tablescape!...Christine

Envoy-ette said...

What a sweet husband to do as he is asked! We've got to train them early! LOL!

Martha said...

Love your room. And don't you just love a good find!

Great blog -- I'll be back to visit more often.

Sue said...

Hi Leigh...thanks for stopping by my blog...This Tablescape Thursday is the best, I have met so many new people....I would have loved to see a picture of your old trunk night stand...I just re-did my bedroom...back a couple of posts...and i have an antique trunk also but it's at the foot of my bed...As for the picture I posted that looks like a sketch...I did that on Adobe PhotoShop...I just started playing with the programs and that was what I came up with...I thought it looked pretty cool and it was easy to do....Sue in Atlanta

ceekay said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. I have visited you before...probably just didn't leave a comment. Shame on me! I have the same monogram pillow on my bed...just with a K.....
The tree card holders were also from Target after Christmas. I believe they "went" with the white bird dishes.

Chandy said...

All of the pictures are just gorgeous! That table is so adorable... I was just in Kirkland's today and I didn't find anything. :( But I did score big time at Ross and Pier 1!

Great choices for today!

jennifer said...

The matelasse quilt was a bargain! I have looked at those at Tuesday Morning repeatedly and they are not cheap.

Your sactuary is beautiful! I look forward to having a permanent residence so that I can decorate our home to suit us.

Fifi Flowers said...

Your table is sooo CHEERY!

Betty Jo said...

Thanks Leigh for letting me play along on Thrifty Thursday with my recipe! It doesn't exactly fit your theme though.

I adore your bedroom and all the wonderful thriftiness on your bed.

Your kids are darling and that's an awesome portrait of them. Love the photo of you and hubby too. I'm from FL originaly and know first hand the pain of photos on the beach in blazing sun.

Now I'm off to visit the other thrifty ladies! ♥

Candy said...

Funny little story about your characters and hubby, he looks pretty laded back. Lovely table and great thrifting. Come by and see some of my finds.
Enjoy, Candy

Shelia said...

Hi Leigh and it's so nice to meet you! Oh, what a beautiful bedroom and I love hearing all of your stories. Your tablescape is great too! Now how have I missed you? You're my kind of gal. I hope you don't mind, but I'd like to add you to my blog buddy list!
Yes! I'm entering your name in my giveaway! Good luck and please come back and see me sometimes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

jerseygirl211 said...


Thanks for the visit to my blog, it's always nice to meet someone new. I wish I could take pictures as great as yours, our daughter is the one in the family who always takes the good pictures, so I rely on her. I'll have to come back and check out more of your blog. Have a great day.


LauraBeth said...

As always, an inspiring post from Bloggeritaville! Sorry I couldn't participate in Thrifty Thursday this week, but I just couldn't think of anything particularly thrifty. Maybe next week I'll do the furniture in our guest bedroom - dad and I refinished it ourselves!

philben5 said...

Love the room! Elegant and classy. I have that same candelabra!

Tracy said...

Hi Leigh (btw, my middle name is Leigh). Thanks for coming by my blog for Tablescape Thursday! Your bedroom looks really cozy, great thrifty finds! I love that little chick on the nest in the tablescape photo, so cute! And the placemat (or maybe it's your header - ??) has me dreaming of summer. Oh dear, and spring is still weeks away!

Victorian Garden Gourmet said...

Hi Leigh,
Thought I'd pop over & see your Tablescape Thursday. Your Blog is always relaxing like a warm, tropical breeze.
Your linens are lovely-you really lucked out!

tardevil said...

Love your tablescape! I can't wait for spring. I hope to play along w/ Thrifty Thurs. next week. I have the photos, just haven't put them together in a post. Love your monogram pillow & that mermaid!

Maya@Completely-Coastal said...

It's that simple..., setting mood and tone with place mats!

Belinda said...

I agree...I like the versatility of white plates, and they do look so great against bright colored placemats, like these lovely, vividly shaded green ones. Very pretty! I LOVE your thrifted candleabra too! That was a super lucky find! And, of course, the photo of you and your husband is just perfect...I truly loved reading the story behind it as well, so cute! :-)

Maryrose said...

Hi Leigh,
I loved your post.... your stories are always so charming. I noticed the picture on your nightstand right off and loved it and after hearing the story behind it I love it even more. Your bedroom is very cosy, and I might try your Thrifty Thursday, (fun idea)
Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I will be back. Maryrose

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Oh how I enjoyed this post! It was great fun looking at your thrifting finds in your bedroom. Heck, I could like to you with my Tablescape post today because many of the items I show are from thrift stores!

I truly laughed out loud at your "posed" picture on the beach...I mean not the picture itself ~~ it's charming and romantic, but the way you made your husband pose! Too funny!

I also loved your cute, springy tablescape.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really enjoyed our visits today.


Keri said...

Your bedroom is AWESOME. It's a haven. Mine is a disgusting mess. LOL! All the clutter from the main part of the house gets thrown in our room when unexpected visitors show up and that's where it stays! haha :)

P.S.He loves you.. said...

Wonderful job!

It's not easy throwing together a place that is both pleasing to the female and male did it!

whated to join by sharing a past's thirfty but done a while back!

Hope this is ok!

ellen b said...

Oh your tablescape just pops with that great shade of green. I like it!

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi Leigh,
Thanks for stopping by and visiting me. I have enjoyed meeting you. First, I love your table. It is adorable and the fresh green color makes me long for warmer days when my lawn will once again be green rather than yucky brown. I really like your thrifty bedroom finds. I love to find a bargain. My motto is "Never pay full price for anything!" Especially love the little pillow with the "B". I have a thing for monograms. All smiles in NC,

Elaine said...

Your bedroom looks so lovely and comfortable....a real retreat. And I love love love that shade of green in your placemats!
Elaine :)

Phil Hoover, Chicago said...

Loving your blog,'s a great read.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful room! I love the beach photo!

Great tablescape, too!!

Dream Mom said...

Love the thrify finds! And that bed is pretty amazing for a thrift store. Don't you just love that! I thought your bedroom looked very romantic. Love that you imitated that pose! He does look like a man in love. (Buy hey, if it were a lie, you could see it in the pictures so it must be true:)

Lulu said...

I SWEAR, I've been meaning to join in on this because I've got so much junk, I mean stuff, to show off! Next week, NEXT WEEK! And thereafter.

BTW, Hobby Lobby is one of my all-time FAVORITE stores! I got all of my bed pillows there, and when they have the 1/2 off sales, you just can't beat the deals! It's also my favorite place for scrapbook supplies. Sigh.

Charnita said...

Love the look at your home. And I was SHOCKED at no mirrored headboard or SWINGS! Thanks for my books and goodies. Love you and we soooo need to get together and chat. Maybe we can sneak away to SantaFe one night soon for a drink.

Keetha said...

Athella's link doesn't seem to be working - - - - sad face.

"J" said...

I'm so sad I missed out yesterday!!!! I will pick back up when we get back!!! I went home early from work...SICK!!!!

I'm here today...I feel better!!! Thank the GOOD LORD!!!!! Thank you!!!!!

I love the beach picture of you and big daddy!!!! Yall are soooooooooooooooooooo freaking cute and in love!!!!!

"J" said...

I'm so sad I missed out yesterday!!!! I will pick back up when we get back!!! I went home early from work...SICK!!!!

I'm here today...I feel better!!! Thank the GOOD LORD!!!!! Thank you!!!!!

I love the beach picture of you and big daddy!!!! Yall are soooooooooooooooooooo freaking cute and in love!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Love it! You do a great job decorating. Love your thrify finds.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Your post is making me laugh my head off..."...It was all we could do to keep our eyes open as we baked and sweat more than a pig in a butcher shop..." Hahahahaha! :-)

If I were to come to your house, I'm fairly sure I would distract you long enough to make off with your ball fringe skirt. ;-) The bed itself (STUNNING!) may be a bit more difficult.

I scored a doozie of a thrifty find today. Will try to get my act together for Thursday...

Leigh said...

Mari- Thans!!

Kathleen- HAHA! Yes! Fun memories!

Thank you so much, Kimm. And thanks for stopping by Bloggeritaville!

Thanks Kristin!The mermaid is funny! Glad you saw humor in that! Thanks for the compliments! Your da best!

Bama Belle-Thanks sweet friend!\\How are things at the Breland household? You remain in my prayers.

No sweat, Keetha!I dont know how to remove it. I tried and couldn't, not a biggie though. I will go to #2, others will figure it out too.
Thanks for the compliment on Big D.Hugs, my friend!

HI Shelia,I am nothing less of honored and humbled at your kindness. So sweet! I thank you! Glad that we have found a new friend, my dear! And thank you for adding me to your giveaway! I am most appreciative!Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

Jersey Girl-Thanks D!And thank you for stopping by! I do hope you will drop back by!

Laura Beth-Hey Girl!No sweat! I just appreciate you dropping by! And I think that would make a great Thrifty Thursday for next week. I remember how fabulous it looked. My favorite was that bookcase! Love it! Join us!Thanks Laura Beth! PS Glad you had a nice getaway with the hubs!

Tardevil-Thanks Girl! I appreciate that and would love to have you!

Hi Donna,Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You are welcome to link up to the thrifty Thursday link too, that way you can catch visitors from all ends. I would love that!
I have had such a fun time "chatting" with some great people, you included. Thanks again!

Linda-Thanks Girl!!! But let me tell you what happened, the other night when I was laying in bed, I felt by bed moving! I got up and looked underneath and two of my dogs were pulling on that bed skirt and it had separated from the seam! I could kill them! I don't sew. I am going to have to find someone who does. To top it off, I put the puppy (who was pictured in the post) into bed with me. A bit later I heard a noise that only brings terror....sounds of her trying to vomit. I sat up and if she were channeling the exorcist, she threw up all over my bed. Not a was all over the quilt!! I had to get up and change the sheets and wash them. So much for rest, Thank goodness it came out. Welcome to my world. LOL!

To all of you, thank you for stopping by, for levaing comments and if you played along- BIG HUGS! I hope to see you again next week!