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It was meant to be: Thrifting Thursdays (almost)

My love and I, we are united at last.

It's love

There was a minor cosmetic surgery when this moved in – the orange knobs were removed and replaced with these great knobs I found at Lowe’s that look like old ceramic, handpainted knobs. (Actually old would have been even better)

Please ignore the blurriness, my good camera was out of charge.

Filled with my fabric and sewing supplies. I need to organize the fabric and refold the messy pieces, but I wasn’t feeling nearly that organized tonight.

Oooh ... all the fabric in one place

Although I still need to work on the organization inside, I am trying to incorporate soem old containers to hold sewing supplies. My favorite is the antique ice bucket.

Also, not sure how old the cabinet is but it is lined with this amazing contact paper that looks like it’s straight out of the 60s – funky fruits and veggies in blue, lime green, and muted brown. It’s pretty awesome. A smart person would have remembered to take a photo before loading it with craft supplies.

Can you tell a lot of my sewing is for baby gifts? (Pink and blue thread :))

United and it feels so good.

(For more vintage fun, vist here)

July 21, 2010 at 9:36 pm 12 comments

Thrifting Thursdays – Bargain Birdies. Oooh, alliteration.

Today’s Thrifting Thursdays find takes the cake for cheapness, and was one of my first buys after I purchased this house.

These little bird cards were found at an antique mall for 25 cents a piece. I picked out 7 of my favorites, and framed them in cheapo glass with no framed edges found on Target’s clearance shelves for $1 a piece. So, the main focal point of my living room cost $8.75.

Flanked by a beautiful fan my mom brought home from a trip to China

April 15, 2010 at 6:07 am 6 comments

Thrifting Thursdays

Posting two similar thrifting finds in succession may lead you to believe I have a bigger collection than I do, but this is another of my favorite thrift store finds, for under $5.

This lovely lady resides next to my husband’s side of the bed, because I’m pretty much the coolest wife ever. (Or, because I think it’s cute. You be the judge. :))

For more fun vintage finds, visit http://www.coloradolady.blogspot.com.

April 8, 2010 at 6:02 am 6 comments

Thrifting Thursdays – a little birdie

To be honest, I’ve had this so long I don’t remember exactly where I got it. I do remember that I paid less than $3 for this tiny treasure. I love birds and decorating with birds, and we have framed bird items all over the house. So when I saw this petite version, in this darling frame, I couldn’t resist. For more thrifting and vintage fun, visit here: http://www.coloradolady.blogspot.com.

For size comparison

April 1, 2010 at 5:27 am 9 comments

Thrifting Thursdays

For the longest time, I struggled with what sort of decoration to put on the wall of our one and only bathroom in our house. It is so, so very small that is painted white, as are the cabinets, and our towels, rug and shower curtain are all in neutral colors. I am not a neutral colors person – but when your whole bathroom is about 4 feet by 8 feet, you do whatever you can to make it seem larger.

The mystery of what to put on the walls was solved with a trip to the St. Joseph Ave. Antique Store. This store is beautiful, which is especially impressive as this street holds few businesses and mostly rundown buildings and homes. It is a beautiful brick building with stunning hardwood floors and an original soda fountain. Not to mention, impeccable antiques, most of which I can’t afford.

However, one day, I discovered these awesome, cheeky, vintage pinup girl calendars. There was a slew but I selected my 3 favorites, and I can’t remember exactly what I paid for them – less than $10 a piece. I then framed them in clearance frames I found at Target that cost $3 a piece. I love how they look, a little bit risque but still classy.

Buying these was also pretty entertaining. I was speaking with the co-owner, who told me with some disgust that her husband collected old pinups and had finally decided to get rid of some, which is why these were in the shop. I thought it was cute and almost quaint that she was worried about his pinup collection – it seems so innocent compared to modern times.

March 25, 2010 at 6:16 am 13 comments

Thrifting Thursdays

Today’s Thrifting Thursdays features one of my favorite bedroom decorations – these beautiful mirrored sconces found for $5 a piece at the Rusty Chandelier, the world’s best vintage decorating store found right in St. Joe, Mo. Check out more beautiful vintage things here.

These beauties are on either side of the main windows in our bedroom, which is also on either side of our bed. Can you get more romantic than mirrors, candles, and that ornate iron work?

March 18, 2010 at 6:28 am 10 comments

Thrifting Thursdays

So before you declare a triumphant return from the almost dead … you should probably make sure you have triumphantly returned from the almost dead. Alas, still fighting some sort of illness off. However, I wanted to make a very special post for Thrifting Thursdays. This probably doesn’t completely count – as it was a gift, and not a thrift – but I think it fits.

This, along with the beautiful quilt featured in an earlier post, was one of the most meaningful wedding gifts we received. Matt’s aunts gave me, collectively, this Pyrex bowl that belonged to his grandma, who unfortunately passed away before I could meet her. This came along with a copy of a family recipe book they had put together. Each of the grandkid’s wives receive one of the grandma’s bowls as a wedding present. What a neat tradition. It was especially neat in our case as I collect Pyrex bowls just because I like them – and this one obviously means so much more. Matt’s grandparents didn’t have much, and his grandma cooked all of the meals for her very large family. They had a huge vegetable garden and his grandma used everything they grew, canning much of it to make it through the long South Dakotan winters. I’m sad I never got to meet his grandparents on that side, as I would have loved to seek their gardening advice. However, I am thankful that thanks to his kind aunts, a piece of his grandma will always be a part of our kitchen.

See other great vintage items here.

March 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm 12 comments

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My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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