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Many dreams came true today for snow lovers here in Minnesota. We are having a very warm winter. I love everything about Minnesota except the snow.  Today our driveways were covered once again in a big blanket of snow.

I stayed inside, and called it a snow day. A good excuse to stay in my sweatpants all day and craft.  I started working on name tags for our upcoming workshop at The Farm Chicks show in June.

I love making unique name tags for all the attendees that go along with the workshop theme. With the theme being County Fair I knew I wanted to make prize ribbons.  With over 100+ crafters attending it’s a good thing I am getting ahead start.  I started die cutting the pinwheels with a die cut template and then assembled them together. My favorite part was matching all the paper colors together.

I’ll make sure to share more once I have them finished.

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It has been 2 weeks since my eyes found this beauty of a pink velvet couch.  I was in a new area of town having a meeting when on the way home I spotted a thrift store sign.  I turned my car around at the stop light, I had to check it out.  Signs outside said 50% off.  My heart started racing and I jumped out of my car to go inside.

Walking inside new stores is always an adventure. Everything is new and overwhelming. As I began walking around I didn’t really see anything that was of interest, until I spotted this pink velvet couch.

I took a quick photo of it and sent it to my thrifting pals and continued walking around. I had found one item and went to go check out.  As I began walking out the door of the mom and pop thrift shop I asked the guy, ” How much do you want for that pink couch”  the guy looked at me and said ” how about $10.00″.  It wasn’t until then I knew I had to have it, “sold” I said.

The only problem is I didn’t have our truck for 2 weeks. My brother has it up at school 2 hours away and wouldn’t be coming home until then.  The kind man said he would hold it for me. If I was at the goodwill, I wouldn’t of had a chance.

IMG_7634I had my brother pick the couch up for me on his way home. As soon as the truck pulled into the driveway I ran outside.  She was just as pretty as I remembered her to be.

I don’t think this couch has hardly had anyone sit on it.  There are no stains, or rips to be seen.

As we started taking her skirt off she just shinned fancy and modern.  You can still see some of the skirt that hasn’t come off yet in the photo above.  Those upholstery staples are hard core.

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I think it’s time for me to trade my SUV in for a truck.

  • February 2, 2016 - 7:24 am

    Gwen - Holy cow! TEN BUCKS?

    I would have strapped that thing to my back and hoofed it home!

    What a find…

    xoxo

    GwenReplyCancel

I have been dreaming of a pink typewriter since I first laid eyes on one. I came across a pink royal at an estate sale this fall and have kicked myself for not getting it. At the time it was over my budget and something I had not budgeted for.  Ever since then I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

One night I got this crazy idea to search all the states on Craig’s List to see if anyone was selling one. I had been looking on ebay and they were just crazy priced. State by state I went searching and just like that I found one in the middle of Washington.  I squealed out load and immediately sent them a email asking if it was still for sale. I left my email inbox screen open on my computer just waiting for a reply back. I went to bed and of course could not sleep.

Long story short, the man selling the typewriter thought I was a scammer and would not sell it to me.  I think when I asked him if he accepted paypal and if he would be willing to ship it he got a little worried.

My heart was broken.

I texted my friend Sara who is from Washington hoping she might be able to help me out. Sadly she lived a few hours away. I was crossing my fingers she might know someone who lived by that might be willing to help me. And guess what, she DID.  I could not believe it. Her friend Kim lived in the exact town as the typewriter.  Lot’s of text messages and a day later she had the typewriter in her hands. A trip to the post office and 5 days later I had a big box waiting for me on my door step.

I still can’t believe it all worked out, it was defiantly meant to be.

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  • January 27, 2016 - 9:40 pm

    mara - congrats! so happy for you and many happy “returns” : )ReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2016 - 1:54 am

    Leanne - What a beautiful typewriter – I now know why you have been dreaming of it since you first saw one. I only ever knew they came in black or grey..
    Yes you were meant to have it xxReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2016 - 3:59 pm

    ellen patton - I love that typewriter! I collect them — I have about a dozen in my apartment — but no pink one. Yet! Good find!!ReplyCancel

I have been having so much fun playing with all the papers and accessories from the new BLOOM collection by Maggie Holmes. It has me dreaming of spring and warm weather.

This year I am challenging myself to try write more letters to friends and family. I love sending happy mail packages but not every-day can I sent a surprise package. If your like me, anything in the mail box that isn’t in bill form is pretty happy .

Today I am gust posting over on Maggie’s blog. Hop on over to see the full tutorial and how to make these cute D.I.Y envelopes.

 

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  • January 26, 2016 - 3:05 pm

    Denise Leavens - Feeling really stupid. Followed the blog link to check out the DIY envelopes, but can’t find the post!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2016 - 9:36 am

    Lauren - Me too! Can’t find the article. :(ReplyCancel

    • January 27, 2016 - 8:45 pm

      amandarydell@gmail.com - Lauren, it should be working now.
      xo.ReplyCancel

      • January 28, 2016 - 2:22 pm

        Lauren - Awesome! Thanks!ReplyCancel

It’s pretty obvious that I love a good find at the thrift store.  I normally make my rounds on Tuesday and Thursdays. The two days I am usually out and about. Depending on the day I can be out for a quick 30 min or a couple hours. My route can lead me to up to 10 stores +.   And Thursday is 30% off  at most of the stores.

Every trip is different, which make it so fun.

This weekend I had a few Craig’s List pick up scheduled. My mom is my road-trip pal, always along for the adventure with me.

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I started clearing out photos off my phone and thought I would share with you a few things things that have landed in my cart lately. The girls at  The  White House co.  ( Katie and Sam ) and I are always sharing our finds with each other.  I’m pretty sure our group text sends over 100 messages a day.

Vintage books + flashcards are two of my weakness. I never buy books unless they are on sale or if I have a coupon. Flashcards are always cheap and I will never pass them up.

thrifting3A 1945 world atlas.  I couldn’t stop smiling when I found this.  Every state has its own page too.

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Sometimes I take photos of things I have seen. This vintage buggy was so cute, but had a hight price tag of $60. Sadly, I had to pass.

A set of 4 pink depression glass. You bet they came home with me. They were only .99 each.

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It’s all about color friends. This set of old cookware made my eyes fill with hearts. I grabbed one pot for a upcoming project.  I am always on the look out for props for projects.

thriftingpansGlobes. Another item that usually will land in my cart. This was the first time I found a metal one.  They come in a variety of sizes, mostly known for piggy banks. This one is a fun medium in size.

The cuteness of this cat is the only reason why I got it. It was made in Japan so I know it was older. thrifting5Any kind of paper divider in a cute box get me weak in the knees.

I always grab item’s that are out of season, mostly because people aren’t looking for them. I love this yellow/mustard yellow cooler.

thrifting7I wish I could bring all the treasures home with me. If I don’t set a budget for the day I tend to go crazy. Setting an allowance really helps me decided if an item is really worth getting .

In the end if you love it and it makes our heart skip a beat grab it. It won’t be there next time you come.

 

 

  • January 26, 2016 - 6:53 am

    angela fransen - Hi Amanda — LOVE your blog and that you’re a local TC gal. Would you sometime share your fave thrift shops that you love to hit? It’s fairly easy to find those common places, but I am always on the lookout for the places I wouldn’t come across easily!

    Thank you — I hope to attend an event in the near future!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2016 - 2:01 pm

    Kristina B - I love seeing what you find! Whenever I go thrifting I NEVER find cool stuff but I not very persistent. And we don’t have cool shops like these near me. Would love to see more posts like this!ReplyCancel

    • January 27, 2016 - 8:45 pm

      amandarydell@gmail.com - Hey Kristina,
      the link should work now.
      sorry about that. Maggie just posted.ReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2016 - 9:02 am

    Diane - You and your mom are twins!!!ReplyCancel