Around the House for Pink Saturday 5/1/2010

Happy pink saturday and welcome to my blog. If you visit with Beverly at How Sweet The Sound, you're sure to see lots of lovely pink blogs. I forgot to make note of the ones I visited last week.

I just thought I'd post some pix of things around the house today. I'm so busy doing other things that I pre-schedule these posts for days like this. You can hate me for this, not because I'm beautiful and/or smart. ;-)

Chandelier beads.

I've been thinking of making some different chair covers in white. I'll probably sell these if I do. Anyone interested? Contact me. Four chair covers for a ridiculously low price! Isn't that bouquet of flowers lovely?

Tie back in my bedroom.

Violets remind me of my grandmother. These are the most real ones I've ever seen for being faux.

Tie back in my bathroom.

Little pot of posies on a bathroom shelf.

Gorgeous chicks inhabit this home. Hah!!! ;-)

Home grown rose.....uuuuuhhhh, I mean hand made.

Thumb tacks on one of my memory boards.

Just finished this little sweetie.

Random Thoughts:

I recent was surfing the blogs and came upon one where a woman was so excited about receiving her new cookware. How any woman can be stoked about cookware is beyond me! That's what they have Olive Garden for in my opinion—cooking.

Without patience we cannot please God. This is hitting home with me recently. I seriously am working on it. I am!

The disintegration of rational society started in the drift from hearth and family. The solution must be a drift back. Be part of the solution.

Remember when you found out what your local popular DJ looked like? Uuuuggghhhhh!

I guess we can still embarrass our kids when we're 70 and they're 47 and 48. Our son asked his dad, Love Bunny, a while back if he was going to wear white socks with his jeans when they were going out somewhere together while he was here visiting some months back. Hubs said yes, he was. Son just looked at him as if he were 18 and dad was going to make him look like a geek simply by being with him. Son just said, "Okay." It was funny the way he raised those eyebrows. Son, not Love Bunny!

End of April greetings from Jubilee Furniture!

Welcome! So glad you stopped by to take a peek at what's "new" at Jubilee Furniture. I'm careful to always put the word "new" in quotes - since everything in our inventory is donated and used. So though it's "new" to us, it isn't "new"! Got it? Good, then let's see some of the furniture we added to our 30,000 square feet of warehouse space!

small, wooden, old fashion student desk with chair (chair doesn't match but it's the right size for the desk) both for $40

cream colored changing table for $145 (it's flanked by some white dressers that do not match the changing table)

it looks like two oak bookcases, but it's actually one with six adjustable shelves priced at $195

we picked up many chrome and fabric guest chairs that are in excellent condition and super solid (heavy) - both fabrics are bluish/purplish and I've priced them $35 each. I searched online to see what these chairs might have sold for new and found similar chairs priced at $265 on some super cheap office chair site (just to show you what an amazing deal these chairs are!)

super clean Plunkett sofa for $85 (fabric and style is just a bit dated looking)

Crate & Barrel sofa for $60 - since we have an all sales are final policy and I would rather have happy customers than unhappy ones - here's the low down on this piece. It almost looks like someone washed all the cushions on this sofa and they shrank a little. Can you fix that? I'm not sure, thus the low price tag

these fabric pieces (they sort of look like leather) are very nice - the sofa is a sleeper and I priced it $145; matching rocker/recliner is $125

Ethan Allen sofa for $225

three piece sectional in good condition except for it's faded in multiple area so priced for only $75

vintage TV tables for $15 for the set

love seat for $85 and matching sofa for $115

clear glass top and frosted glass bottom on this coffee table on wheels is fun and priced $95

the one bit of color this week comes from this amazing two piece sofa and each piece opens into some kind of bed (I didn't have enough time to figure out how to open the two halves and I'm not sure what size bed it would open into exactly), but it's so bright and fun just as a sofa! Price? $145

Lots more I didn't have time to take photos of - so you'll just have to stop in either today from 1 to 8 or tomorrow from 9 to 4 and see it all for yourself!


Little Decorated Glass Jars

I just can't seem to throw out a glass jar anymore, no matter how hard I try. I keep decorating them in hopes of selling them soon but I'm so busy I can't seem to find the time to list them somewhere. But it calms me to just sit in my studio and make them. Maybe someday...

And just threw this together. A little shabby chic ragged flower with a covered button. I loved making this. I think I'll wear it on a jacket instead of a t-shirt since I'll just pin it instead of sewing it on.

Working in the Yard 4/28/10

Little eye candy for ya, chicks. This is what my dining table looks like today with all the roses I'm making. These are for sale on my etsy or my selling blog LaMaisonRose. Not expensive at all.

I had Love Bunny home today so he agreed to do some "honey-dos" for me. We bought some stone to "widen" the patio a bit. For two people it should be large enough but with all the stuff we have leftover from our old house it clearly isn't enough room out there. In our old house we had 3 huge patios so when we moved here I had to sell a lot of the wicker and wrought iron stuff. Just too much for here. But I still wanted a bigger patio here after they finished construction but hubs doesn't want to redo the sprinkling system and I can understand that. Hence, we're just adding stones and not interfering with the system.

Love Bunny walking to his shed. Not bad for almost 70 years old, huh? He certainly can light my fire!! ;-)

Could someone please tell me why men have to have shops, sheds and/or storage units for things they will never ever use again?

That bicycle hasn't been used for at least 3 years and then only a time or two but he haaaaaad to have it. It's at least 10 years old now. Sigh...

See those fishing poles up there? I cannot tell you how old they are and he hasn't used any of them for at least 18 years.

And I'm finally getting around to painting this old school desk I bought about a year ago and had stripped. Just a primer coat on top today because it's turning windy.

Random Thoughts and Embellishing T-Shirts for Pink Saturday 4/24/10

Happy pink saturday and thanks to Beverly of How Sweet The Sound for hosting this. I visited with Jennifer at Peacornpopnutssodagumandchewingwater for the first time last week. Now that's a mouthful, but she has a darling blog. Full of beautiful flowers for spring. Go visit her, chicks. Also, I met Olivia, one of my most favorite names, and her blog is Shabbychictreasures. I must say she is delightful. Cute blog and some darling ideas and has a red kitchen. Squeeeeeal! She's a shabby chic fan just like most of us.

I never know what direction my blog will go until I sit down to blog. Sometimes it's decorating this house, sometimes it's camping—squeeeeeealing with fright when hubs mentions he wants to go caaaaaamping and get me away from my iMac computer, sometimes it's a trip to visit our kids or grandkids, sometimes it's a dinner for Love Bunny, sometimes it's a story about decorating the Christmas tree (see it in the sidebar and drool) sometimes it's a visit to our local nursery or an antiques store, sometimes it's about crafting in the studio and making anything I have a mind to that day, sometimes it's a conversation with Love Bunny and his wit, sometimes it's my lack of wanting to be fashionable(!) and sometimes it's just random thoughts and musings out of this old head. Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy your visit here. Ya just never know, chicks, what I'll talk about. But look forward to my hat/cattle/cow tipping post coming up soon.

We've discussed this before: I am NOT a fashionista or diva anymore. About 20 years ago, before we moved here from California, I'd spend about $8,000 a year on clothes. I worked in an office. I don't now. I stay home. I love it. I look like a bumpkin pretty much most of the time. But I figure I'm clothed and modest, which is a big deal with me. I don't flaunt anything. I dress properly for church but don't bother with designer clothes anymore. I have boxes and boxes of clothing up in my garage attic, mainly because they're a size 10; I'm not a size 10 anymore. But we won't go into that.

I do like t-shirts because I wear special garments because of my religion. I don't wear sleeveless things unless I have a shirt or jacket over it at all times. But I get tired of the same t-shirts and blouses so I've decided to embellish these old ones. I mean there are only so many colors we can buy, right? Plus, after looking at the price tags on little t-shirts at Macys today, I figure I can make them cute myself and pass up the outrageous prices. But I do love embellishing inexpensive t-shirts. I cannot tell you how old these 2 below are. Very! I'm changing them. The lavender one actually looks cuter than the photo because the tiny ribbon flowers I made look askew but they are on perfectly straight, I can assure you.

I ruched a ribbon and attached it to this really old t-shirt.

And recently I ordered 3 dresses because I'm tired of wearing the same ones to church. I don't buy many clothes. Didn't you listen?! ;-) But they are relatively plain so I thought I'd make some embellishments ahead for when I receive them next week. I gathered some ribbon, made a custom button and put it on. I think it'll look sweet on one of the dresses. This shirt is bright red and it kind of drowns out the color of the flower so see below for another photo.

Not sure yet which dress this will go on, but maybe the purple one. I love those colors together. But this pin is interchangeable so doesn't matter too much. I'll find a place for it!

I've never made fabric yoyos before and this is my first. I need more practice but my fingers are so dry they are hurting me from doing all those paper roses and handling all this fabric. Sigh...

I know just the place for this one because one of the dresses is turquoise and this should look great on it.

A better photo of this pin than on the red shirt.

This little ragged pin took me about 10 minutes to make. Quick and easy.

So there you have it, my sweet little chicks. Several ways to embellish your t-shirts or blouses without the high cost of buying at expensive stores plus they will definitely not be seen all over the place so you'll be unique...just as you truly are. ;-)

But I'm going to make you work for this one. If you can't figure out how to make them, you're going to have to ask me. I just want to know if someone actually reads what I say. *Sigh*...... :-)


Sally Hansen hair removal glue strips do not work. Hairs have to be 1/4" long to work and I'm not letting my chin/lip hair get that long.
I haven't yet eaten enough pastries to be willing to trade this world for one in which the existence of sugar is not guaranteed by theologians.
I like rain. I like whatever weather God chooses to throw at the world—storm, hail, wind, cold, heat—because the variety and extremes of creation are what make it so beautiful. We had a thunder and rain storm tonight and hubs, and I went out on the porch to drink in the adventure of it.
Real estate ads will sometimes say "wild life" in the area they are promoting. Does that include skunks? I don't think I'd want to live with them.
There's a commercial on the radio for men's prostate problems. Hubs and I get a kick out of it. It asks if you get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. He mentioned to me that he sure hopes he does because he wouldn't want to pee in the bed. He's such a card, that man!
When the health clubs start selling Twinkies and chocolate cupcakes filled with white gooey stuff inside, I'll join. Not until then, I can assure you.

Weekly Update from Jubilee Furniture to You!

Hello! So glad you stopped by to see what's "new" at Jubilee Furniture this week! Before I get to this week's photos, I wanted to remind you of some of the benefits of shopping at our store. Bear with me, this won't take long.
  • Your purchase helps support the programs and services offered through Outreach Community Ministries. Outreach - for over 35 years - has been providing opportunities and restoring hope to those most in need in DuPage County. And doing so not with cookie-cutter programs but by building relationships with our neighbors, learning what needs they have which are not being met and partnering with area churches and organizations to help meet those needs.
  • Offering good furniture at good prices is another reason we opened our doors to begin with - and that hasn't changed - and everyone, no matter what amount is in your bank account, benefits. Our doors are open to all.
  • It's green to shop at Jubilee. Our donors are keeping good, usable furniture out of already overflowing landfills. Our customers are repurposing and recycling items purchased from Jubilee. Earth Day - for us - isn't a single day each year, it's a life style.
  • It's fun! From the table with cookies for the takin', the warm welcome you'll always receive (and if you hate us chatting you up - just tell us so and we'll respect that) to the over 30,000 square feet of inventory - it's interesting and fun to shop at the store. I often tell people - you never know what you might find at Jubilee Furniture!

Though we're only open the two days each week (Fridays 1 to 8 and Saturdays 9 to 4), we pack a lot into those two days!

Now onto other things.

Our 25% off sale wasn't the wild success I was hoping. The stickers are too small and most people didn't even notice them. Those that did assumed the price reflected the 25% off already. So, though the stickers are no bigger than last week, we're going to keep trying. If you see a sticker on a price tag that looks like the following - the price listed is an additional 25% off. I have also marked many more items with the 25% off sticker and we'll see what happens.

And now ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, here's a sampling of some of our current inventory. Drum roll, please!

well worn leather rocker/recliner for $30

I love the print of this slip-covered side chair on wheels - price $40

the clean lines of this three drawer night stand (price $35) and six drawer dresser (price $60) are very modern. No hardware, instead you give a little push and the drawer opens right up!

thankfully we received a number of dressers in this week - which we very much needed. The price of this six drawer dresser with mirror is $65

this photo does not do this amazing dresser justice! This piece and four retro chairs we received are my favorite items this week. The price of this nine drawer dresser and mirror is $135

butcher block drop leaf table for $85

oak table, 2 leaves and six chairs for $75 (solid - all either need refinishing and/or a good cleaning)

so here is a photo of one of the four retro chairs that I'm totally in love with. The turquoise seats are some type of plastic (but not too plastic-y if you know what I mean) and all four chairs are in excellent condition. Price? $100 for all four

sweet black student desk for $50

leather (I think - I have a hard time telling fake from the real thing) rocker/recliner for $85

these brownish corduroy pieces will not last long in the store because: 1) they're very comfortable; 2) they're a color and style which will go with a lot of other stuff; and 3) I've priced 'em to sell! Sofa for $135 and love seat for $95

colorful + plaid + super clean + excellent condition = wonderful sofa priced at $195!

oh, I forgot about this green leather side chair when I was telling you the dresser and four retro chairs were my favorites this week - can I add another favorite? If so, it would be this piece priced at $125

I priced this love seat at $65 and I'm not sure why I priced it so low - it's clean and in excellent condition. Oh well, someone gets an even better deal than our normal great deals!

tufted back, rolled arm wonderful chair for $165

this sofa LOOKS real nice but, I have to be honest with you - the fabric is worn in many places (like the nub of the fabric is worn off - you know what I mean?), so I've priced it only $65

Shoot! I also forgot how much I love this china cabinet - another favorite! The set is ash and the china cabinet is priced $225; drop leaf table, 2 leaves and 6 chairs for $195

southwestern pattern fabric on this love seat makes for a...southwestern flavor! Priced $145 and we have two matching love seat in the store (both in excellent condition, each priced at $145)

I'm off - laundry to fold and breakfast to eat before heading to the store! Grace to you and peace!
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