Sunday, November 2, 2008

Eight Years Ago...

Very early in the morning, eight years ago today I went into labor with baby #2. No big deal except that I was at home in KS and hubby was at a conference in WY. I wasn't due for three more weeks, but I guess the baby had his own opinion on that. So, I got my three year old son out of bed, drove him across town to my dear friend's house and then drove myself to the hospital. A while later another sweet friend came to the hospital to be with me. She stayed by my side and was right there....

...when this guy entered the world. He was healthy and strong. That was definitely a day to give thanks. I had a healthy baby and I had wonderful friends who were there for me. In case you were wondering, hubby got home a couple hours after delivery.

Here is a quick little project I did a couple of weeks ago. I've had this old screen window (minus the screen) for several years. In this house I decided to hang it in the dining room, but it was looking pretty bare.

I found these chippy old plates at the thrift store. I'd never seen them do this. The white "paint" has come off around the edges and the underneath is black. Most people would probably look at them and think "trash", but not me.
I turned them into "treasure" with a few simple steps. I took a couple old dictionary pages and printed "Give thanks" on them. Then I just cut them out in a circle and glued them onto the plates, added plate hangers and ribbon and hung them in the windows. I do think I still need a punch of color somewhere, but at least I have more than a bare wall now. Not bad for a quarter! I think that is what I paid for the two plates. Everything else I already had.
This old scale came from the antique store. Yes, sometimes I do a little shopping of my own when I stop by to check on my booth. It was half price and I just thought it would be fun in my kitchen. It looks good outside with the pumpkins and gourds, too!



Just in case you think all I ever buy is things for the house or to resell in my booth, I thought I would tell you what I got for $20 at a garage sale on Friday. For boy #1: 1 hoodie, 1 jacket, 4 shirts and 2 pair of pants (all Aeropostle or American Eagle). For boy #2: 1 hoodie. For Sweet Girl: 1 skirt, 1 shirt, 1 pair of shorts and 4 pair of pants (all Children's Place). I have no idea how I would afford to clothe three kids without garage sales, thrift stores and hand-me-downs. I promise you they wouldn't be wearing Aeropostle and American Eagle!


I hope each of you has a wonderful week. Hubby is out of town all week, so it is going to be a long one for me!

{"She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes." Proverbs 31:21}

11 comments:

Corene said...

Love the birthday photo!

I think it's funny that I'd recently decided a vintage scale would look perfect on a shelf we found for our kitchen, as well as being useful for dividing bulk foods for our food club and preparing packages for overseas friends. So I'm keeping my eyes open! :)

Most of my kids' clothes are used, too, and I appreciate being able to get better quality clothes this way. My kids love "shopping" from their tubs in the basement.

Brooklyn said...

Beautiful plates!!!

Don and Dixie said...

Such a handsome young man! The plates look really good in the old screen frame! Never seen them turn black like that. Sounds like your weekend buying was successful. What did you get to keep you warm? Have a good week!

Molly said...

Loved that photo of "boy #2"...he's
such a cutie! You're a garage sale genius! Amazing what wonderful bargains you find. Your husband and children are very blessed. Hope your week goes smooth. Call me sometime.

the voice of melody said...

Those plate are beautiful! They have a certain charm about them. :)

Sorry to hear your hubby is out for the week, but hopefully it will go by fast.

Many sweet blessings!

Heidi of Everyday Cookies said...

Happy Birthday to you son!

Love your plate hangings! Perfect as they are!

Thrifting is almost the only way a family can cloth themselves these days with the prices of food and gas so high! Plus it's better to reuse and recycle, right???

*Heidi*

Jean Tuthill said...

Those plates are really cute and I love how you printed on the dictionary pages. Great picture of your son. I like the scale, too, I have two old ones and they are my favorite antiques that I have.

Southern Fried Gal said...

Cute boy! You are so creative! Love the plates!

Michelle said...

Phil - I am very disappointed in you. Missing the birth of your son, missing the trip to the ER... you are no fun!

Beckie said...

I totally love those plates. GORGEOUS! I want some.

Jill said...

Oh I like your plates! I just sold a scale like that in my etsy shop (did consider keeping it too!)