Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thrifty Thursday #38 + a Tablescape

Hi! It's Thrifty Thursday! I am your host, Leigh. Thank you so much for stopping by and additional thanks to those who also participate in Thrifty Thursday! I am most delighted to have you join in..for it's YOU who makes it a "show and tell party". I also participate in Tablescape Thursday the host of that fun carnival is the Hostess with the Mostess...Susan of Between Naps on the Backporch. That's no lie or exaggeration, each week I visit Susan's porch and just long to be a guest at any of her tablescapes...especially those held on the porch.

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Onto Thirfty Thursday....
Thrifting isn't always about what you buy. If I kept all that I bought and didn't ever purge, I would be a horder. No, thrifting is also about reinvention, rethinking a piece other than it's intended purpose, expanding your creativity and thinking outside the box. Like with the burlap sacks that Swampgirl sent to me. (Thank you all for the wonderful ideas, BTW, I will be sharing with you all at some point the ways in which I am using them).
Although today, this Thrifty Thursday, I am giving back to my local thrift store. I love decor magazines, almost to much. I went through so many magazines last weekend and am ready to donate them back to my Thrift. Before I did though, I combed through the magazines and got final ideas for my decorating notebook. I started mine back in 1993. Of course my taste have changed since then and I have kept some ideas, while I have tossed others. I used prepunched pages with plastic pockets to store my photos.

Today I also have a folder on my computer of inspiration photos taken from many of you. I like to refer back to those pictures and "expand creativity" in my own home. My photo inpiration has come from magazines, homes of friends, open houses, showhouses. Today it includes bloggers beautiful home ideas.
Below are some of my saved ideas from different places that I wanted to share with you. It's ways to repurpose those thrifty things:

Country Living
Sort old postcards and photographs by using a weathered old window frame. Crisscross twine and tuck in  family photos, recipes, postcards and memoribilia.

Frame covers of old tattered books. You can color copy and enlarge pages from the books to use as the mats. Mount on foamboard. Hot glue the book covers to the mat, then frame them using old floor grates as the frames!

Shop thrift stores for a side table that needs sprucing up. Use old vintage wooden rulers to make the tabletop interesting. Use a circular saw for a precise cut and then glue onto the tabletop with wood glue.

Southern Living
I loved this idea that I saw in a recent Southern Living magazine and stole it myself.

I love to use things in my home with a story, I love that sentimentality. I am planning to use a  letter was one that was sent to my Grandmother from my Grandfather. I will take the letter to a photo copy store and have them enlarge the letter on paper.  I purchased a cheap frame at the thrift store for six bucks. Now I will have personalized artwork that pops and has sentiment. That I love!

I have really seperated myself from fake flowers, but this is an idea that I can appreciate. My friend Pat used sticks and faux fall leaves placed in an urn to decorate for fall. Might I recommend, use real sticks from the yard. Purchase the fall leaves at Dollar Tree. Cut leaves from the strand it comes on and hot glue to the sticks for a more realistic look.

Going back again those those burlap sacks, I saw this idea on yesterday. Love it!

For my tablescape today I am sharing more ideas, these from Better Homes and Gardens. I loved this tablescape, which is also very inexpensive using things that can be found at the Dollar Tree, Party City and even Walmart. My favorite idea? Using plastic spider rings as wine rings!

What is a tablescape without the food? I invite you to stop by my food blog, PLATES & PLACES, tomorrow for Foodie Friday!

Thanks to all of you for stopping by and participating in today's Thrifty Thursday. Please use Mr. Linky below to link up your blog.I encourage you all to spread the love and visit the other thrifty Thursday participants, for that's what half the fun is. Aside from seeing a cool treasure it's making friends!

Speaking of friends...I want to thank you if you are a follower of Tales from Bloggeritaville. I am so appreciative of that!!! If you aren't, then what's stopping you? Join me in the fun and become a Bloggeritaville friend. I couldn't be happier to have you! Many Thanks! Leave me a "roadmap".

Thrifty Thursday Participants:


Ally0005 said...

I'm so glad you said that "Thrifting isn't always about what you buy" because I'm cutting back on my buying but I will have a great Thrifty post next Thursday on rethinking a piece other than it's intended purpose.

Have a blessed day!!

Dawn said...

Hi Leigh,
I'm early today! Does that make up for all the times I barely made it?

Great post! Love that post card idea. Have you ever visited Gwen at Murphy Grace Home? She's been doing a lot of burlap sack projects as her guy brought home a bunch of burlap coffee sacks.
Have a great Thursday!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Leigh, You hit the nail on the head with your definition of being thrifty! I've got way too many magazines too, but I'm not ready to give them up yet. Thanks for the clever ideas on this post!

Jane said...

Thanks for all the inspiration. I love the old window frame with twine, the framed tattered book covers, and the ruler covered side table (and I have a stash of vintage rulers!) but I love, love, love the enlarged framed envelope....what a fabulous idea to use a letter your grandpa sent to your grandma...priceless!!
I'll be posting tonight....check out my giveaway I posted today!

susan said...

So many ideas and too little time!:) I love the pictures and ideas you have put together!

Mrs. Petrie said...

Thanks for hosting a great blog party! I loved the photos, nice inspiration for future projects.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Leigh! Thought I'd join you this week for Thrifty Thursday! Hope that's okay.

Love all of those neat things you showed us. I particularly love the letter that was enlarged. So cool!

Happy Thrifting...


Sheila :-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Leigh! I cam e over from Sheila's blog and what do I hear and see? My favorite Idol of all ...Bo Bice! I am such a fan of his and I've seen him every time he comes to NYC.. He is such a sweetheart! So nice to meet another Bo Peep in blogland

I'd love to join in on Thrifty Thursday someday ...I love the ideas you've shown today!

Hugs, Pat

Harris Family said...

Oh my word...I LOVE the frame with the old photos!!! And the monogrammed pillow is too too cute! This southern girl loves a cute monogram!

jennifer said...

I have a pile of magazines that I can't part with because I like the inspiration they provide.

I really like the window frame with twine. I never would have thought of that!

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

These are some great ideas. I keep a folder of all kinds of decorating and crafting ideas as well.

I really like the tablescape as well. Still pretty and simple but halloweenish without going oerboard.

Barb said...

love the idea of the old floor grates as frames!!

Will have to keep an eye out for some, although i must say, they are usually hard to find here.

and thanks for hosting.

barbara jean

Barbara said...

Leigh, This is my first Thrifty Thursday and I hope to do more in the future. I enjoyed your post and will be back later to check out some of the other blogs listed today.


Barbara said...

Leigh, This is my first Thrifty Thursday and I hope to do more in the future. I enjoyed your post and will be back later to check out some of the other blogs listed today.


hip chick said...

Great ideas. I think I may use the burlap pillow idea as Christmas presents.

Pat@Back Porch Musins said...

Wonderful table inspiration, Leigh and I love the yard stick table!

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

I think I stink at table-scaping! Whenever I try its soooo pathetic :) Maybe there is a class or Love the cards and love that table with the rulers :)

Kammy said...

I am the same way with the magazines....but, I hate to get rid of them because I find something I missed the first 12 times....LOL ! I love that ruler table too !

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love finding ideas from magazines. And Southern Hospitality is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing and hosting Thrifty Thursday.


Patti said...

Is it possible for you to delete the first Pandora's Box link #4 on todays post...I think I am brain dead and for some reason just can't get this Mister Linky process - I posted it properly as #27...thanks

Julie said...

I love all of these ideas. I saw that same photo of the large postcard (enlarged and framed) I really liked that! Like the window frame idea too. Thanks for the fun party again. :-)

Sarah said...

Great ideas, thanks!!! God's blessings on your day, Sarah :D

Karla said...

This is my first time joining in on your Linky Party! I linked up to my Master Bedroom Makeover because we shopped our house, did some creative rearranging and, most importantly, didn't buy a thing for our "new" room! I figured it certainly qualified as "thrifty"! :)

By the way, LOVE the first two photos in your post! I have those pages from the original magazine in my idea file! :)

~Karla @ It's The Little Things...

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Those are some great ideas! Thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

So many great ideas in this post!! That letter enlarged is fantastic!!
Thanks for being such a great hostess each week and always having such great inspiration posts!


Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE the ruler top table!!!

honeysuckle said...

I enjoyed reading some of your magazine tear sheet ideas. It is such a good idea to collect the things that speak to our hearts. It kind of gives a personality to our souls.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Isn't that a great idea with the rulers? You include some wonderful suggestions. I enjoyed my visit.


The Lazy Peacock said...

Love all your inspiration photos, especially the burlap monogram pillow. so cute!

Kirby3131 said...

I love many thousands of things each day, I swear. I used to try to buy everything that I loved and I became consumed with clutter (because nothing could be displayed because I had too much) that's when I learned how to photograph what I liked and not buy any of it LOL

Thanks for the lovely finds from your magaziines - I really like the postcard enlargement. I've been wanting to do that but haven't found the right card yet. I'm so glad that you have something in the works ready to go!

I linked to TT today although I didn't participate. Hopefully someone coming to my place will find your place!

Kristin - The Goat

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

I love some of those ideas that you have shared. I must save them for my inspirational notebook. Thanks!
Living it up at Lakewood,

Kathleen said...

Good inspiration pics! Love the yardstick idea..perfect for a cabin or cottage!

sherri@lavender fields said...

I love the Halloween theme with a modern edge. Very different from what I've been seeing. Good job!!

nannykim/spindle cottage said...

Thanks for sharing these ideas!! Cool ones!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I'm back....bonjour! :-)

I actually got Southern Living at the airport to read on the plane and I have to say I lovedddddd that bungalow that the oversize postcard "art" was featured in. The now have Cottage Living's old Editor in Chief so I'm excited to follow the mag.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Hi Leigh!

I just did a shoutout on the ruler topped table on my Today's Hot Find section. :) Love that pic!

Funky Junk Donna