Healthy Snacks and cheap thrills

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I’ve been grabbing fruit from Costco lately, cuting it up and making delicious bowls of fruit. I cut all the fruit up in one night and then package for eating throughout the week. It’s pretty delicious and healthy πŸ™‚

I found these great ribbons at St Vinney’s this weekend. They are pretty large spools and it was under $5 for all of them. I love great vintage ribbon finds!

I’ve got some new Pyrex and Fenton up in my Etsy. You should check it out because they are lovely πŸ™‚

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I had a pretty good weekend an hope you did too! It was actually pretty successful, if I do say so myself. On Saturday morning, I helped with some gardening at church, and just decided to make a day of it. So, after that I went over to a nursery that I had a coupon for and stocked up on some plants, replanted all my planters, and planted some stuff down in the flower bed too. It’s pretty swell, I must say. AND…I’m super stoked to have fuschia’s in all my pots on my balcony! I know it seems silly that I get excited over this dumb stuff, but come May, it will be gorgeous on my deck πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to hang out there and read under my super cool umbrella. The last thing I have to do is get an adequate pot for my herbs. I’m having a little trouble with that, but hope to find a solution soon. It might have to be two smaller pots, so that I don’t have to move this gargantuan one.

On my way to said nursery, I happened to swing by a Rummage Sale at a church! What luck! I picked up a couple of doilies and 2 pairs of earrings for $3.50. Total steal. Then when I got to said nursery, I noticed that it’s practically across the street from one of my frequent thrifting shops, so I swung by there too, and totally scored on some awesome placemats, and a couple aprons. Believe it or not, I totally didn’t intend to do any thrifting this Saturday, but apparently, it was fate that I should! So, check out these sweet steals:

My favorite purchase of the whole day: These super sweet $3 white loafers. Super comfy.

Awesome apron for a friend: total stead, I’ve been steadily growing my gingham apron collection. It is so much more fun to bake and clean with an apron, seriously.

These super cool placemats and table topper. Crocheted in the most perfect colors for spring/Easter! Available in my shop, click the photo!

This red Pyrex casserole is most likely from the Friendship pattern, but doesn’t have the lid. However, it doesn’t even look like it’s ever been used, super sweet!

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at embroidery lately. I don’t know how to, I have never done it, but I know it can’t be that hard. So, I might try that soon.

We made so much progress cleaning this weekend, and picked up more boxes at storage, so, it’s gonna be a mess again. AND, I won’t have any time to deal with it until at least Wednesday evening. Totally, lame, but whatever, things are happening, and for that I’m grateful! Plus, hubs set up the DVD player in the room again, total score!

Saturday Steals

We went to the NW Flower & Garden Show last night, then finished off the evening with Blue C Sushi. It was a great night if you ask me πŸ˜‰ Driving toward the waterfront at sunset was beautiful. I really do love this Emerald City.

I’m thinking of a new segment called Saturday Steals to post here for you guys. Wherever my travels bring me on a Saturday, I’ll share the steals here πŸ™‚

Vintage Pink and Gray Polaroid

Vintage Pink Shoe Trees / Stretchers (I also have yello)

Wonderful Bee Sugar Jar for my office, only cost $1!!

Can I just say that I love how indifferent he appears to be about the photos I’m taking around him.

Alphabetical Files for crafting

Vintage Blue Apron with embroidered hearts...so cute!

Vintage Crocheted Apron

Amazing Steals

One of the most important qualities for a thrifter to be successful is persistance and lack of disappointment.

It’s important to keep going even if you don’t find anything in one place after ten visits. Every once in awhile, that ten second stop will come in handy.

Yesterday I decided to stop by a semi-out of the way thrift store on my way home and found 23 pieces of Noritake “Carolyn” for my mother in law. It was her china pattern, and in amazing condition! It was in better condition than hers are! Get this, it was an amazing $35, what a steal! I also picked up a glass boot, and a little owl statue at the same place. Needless to say, I was excited.

After that, I felt on a role and went by another place that happened to be on my way home. I picked up two spaghetti forks. How ridiculous are these things? I think they are pretty funny, so I couldn’t resist. At the same place, I found four little owls. It’s my new thing. I love cute little owls.

Tuesday I stopped by this smaller thrift store on the way home, and almost left after going through the small housewares and office section, but decided that I mine as well take a tour over to the furniture section. Good thing I did, because I picked up the most beautiful little Smith-Corona Silent Super typewriter. Little did I know what a gem I had snagged until I got home and did a little research on this pretty puppy. It’s so cute, but I’m not keeping it, because it’s really not that functional as far as a useful craft item. I’m sure this sweet puppy will make someone a very happy home=-eoi It’s in amazing condition too. No dust bunnies, or knicks. I’m truely amazed by it. When this puppy sells, it might be my biggest income earner. The biggest return so far was $55 on some Pink Gooseberry Pyrex bowls and refrigerator set, so I think I stand to make a little more on this item.

In other news:

This is day three of my weight loss competition and I think it’s good so far. I don’t feel overly deprived and I’ve exercised Monday and Tuesday. I’ll exercise again today after work, when Adam gets home. Tuesday I did my first full P90X program. I did the Kenpo X which I quite enjoyed. So, I think successful so far. It will only getter from here.

Etsy Update and general

Sorry this bad boy sold in 2 hours...

Listed some more items in the shop today. I didn’t have time to do any thrifting this weekend, so most of this stuff has been just sitting around. I have a couple more things to list tomorrow, too. Hopefully I actually get that done. But here are the other two listings for today.

My youngest bother got engaged recently, and I’ll have get to be a bridesmaid. So, I’m excited for wedding stuff. I always find it a little sad when someone gets engaged, because I’m past that point in my life. If I want to plan another wedding I have to get divorced, which I don’t want to do, for the record. However, I am elated for them, and it’s even more motivation to loose some of this friggin’ weight.

Speaking of weight. My company started a competition. Basically it’s The Biggest Loser for our employees. Top prize is $2500 and it starts tomorrow and goes until mid April. So, I signed up. I need to loose weight anyway! Unfortunately, I work for a huge company so there could be some serious competition out there. I’ll keep my fingers crossed though. Tomorrow is my first weigh in so I expect some high numbers. I bought bunches of healthy food today, so that’s a start right?

My list from last week, didn’t make a lot of progress, so I’m posting it again for this week. In my defense, I had an uber busy week.

  1. Give Wicket a bath
  2. Clean the wood floors
  3. Completely clear the kitchen counters
  4. Get Christmas stuff to storage
  5. Dusting
  6. Laundry
  7. Clean off my dresser
  8. Clean my walk-in closet

I went and tried out Bare Minerals with Marlies (future SIL). I like it and have used it the past two days. I’m going to try it out for the first week and see how it goes. I think it’s good face stuff. Still not sold on the eyeshadow and what not, but I like the face stuff. We’ll see. I told Marlies to ask me again in a month.

This is the wood case that I hope to get from Adam’s work. It’s a library file and I love it. It comes apart in the middle, so would be two pieces with threeΒ  rows of drawers.Β  I think it’d be great for my studio re-do.

I’m going to scrapbook this, but wanted to share here too πŸ™‚ Adam and I keep separate toothpaste. I think the state of each tube really shows some of our key differences. My tube is obviously the pretty, non-mangled one.

That’s all for now. More later.

Love,

Asia

Finishing Up December and some great Thrifty Steals!!

I love this advent wreath

December 20 New person. She came into your life and turned it upside down. He went out of his way to provide incredible customer service. Who is your unsung hero of 2009?

—–> I’m gonna give it up the random black guys with pick-up lines like, “Sexy…sexy” to the tune of that song. I don’t know why they are attracted to me, or what might make them think I’m interested, but I appreciate that they appreciate me.

December 21 Project. What did you start this year that you’re proud of?

—–> I started quilting. I like it and the idea of it. I see more patchwork in my future.

December 22 Startup. What’s a business that you found this year that you love? Who thought it up? What makes it special?

—–> I’m gonna say that I thought up my own business. I thrift shop and find vintage wares, then re-sell them on Etsy. Sometimes I break even, sometimes I make a little extra, but I like that it keeps me busy and thrifting.

December 23 Web tool. It came into your work flow this year and now you couldn’t live without it. It has simplified or improved your online experience.

—–> Web tool? That’s a tough one. There isn’t really a new one, that I didn’t know about before, but I would say that I am a much more consistant blogger these days. Though Win7 has been pretty great!

December 24 Learning experience. What was a lesson you learned this year that changed you?

—–> Appreciation: I’ve learned to appreciate everything that I’ve been blessed with. An amazing husband, a stable home, wonderful kitties, family that loves me, faith, my cooking skills, etc…

December 25 Gift. What’s a gift you gave yourself this year that has kept on giving?

—–> probably my quilting class. It really stirred something in me.

December 26 Insight or aha! moment. What was your epiphany of the year?

—–> Adam actually helped me come to the realization that I am relentless in most things I do. Everything is balls to the wall and full effort.

December 27 Social web moment. Did you meet someone you used to only know from her blog? Did you discover Twitter?

—–> Um, I started following someones blog because she posted one of my pics. That’s about it.

December 28 Stationery. When you touch the paper, your heart melts. The ink flows from the pen. What was your stationery find of the year?

—–> Oh man, I found these cute cards at St. Vinny’s. I also found these flocked Christmas cards at a house sale.

December 29 Laugh. What was your biggest belly laugh of the year?

—–> The one I can remember is when I thought up a clever “joke” on Adam. I thought (still think) that sprinkling jumping jacks on his side of the bed for him to “discover” when he gets up in the middle of the night would be hilarious πŸ™‚

December 30 Ad. What advertisement made you think this year?

—–>eTrade: I love those darn babies talking to the computer; “it was on the cart path! Why don’t you try reading the rules sometime you shankapotumus.”

“β™« take, these broken wingsβ™« — stop that, it’s not the time– β™« and learn to fly again β™«”

December 31 Resolution you wish you’d stuck with. (You know, there’s always next year…)

—–> Probably the whole losing weight thing, like every year.

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Now that I’ve finished that a little early there are some other things to be updated.

First off, these are the cute pencil rolls I made for my cousins for Christmas. I have wanted to make them for awhile, and over all there are a couple things I’d note. I would have made the sections thinner, but lesson learned.

Here are some steals I came across this past week….

Beautiful Pyrex Butterfly Gold Casserole’s

Click the pictures to buy in my Etsy Shop!

These beautiful new Pyrex cups. We are doing a tea party in May and these might be the perfect cups for it.

Some Christmas Steals that I’ve gotten are here… The cow has a broker ear, but I still like it, the house that could hold candles or cards I receive, I’m thinking those little pipe cleaner/bottle brush trees are gonna be a new collection :),

AND my best favorites steals that I just picked up today?!?!?! I’m seriously stoked. First up: This Calphalon Stainless Steel Saute pan with lid. Retails for $170, no joke folks. I said one hundred and seventy dollars.

Guess how much I picked it up for?! Okay, you’ll never guess. It was $12.99!! That’s like a 92% discount. Holy Moly!!

Next steal is this super awesome fondue pot. This Bodum 15 piece stainless steel fondue pot retails for $89.99

And what did I get this practically brand new steal for?! $7.99 people. That’s a whopping 91% discount. Man, can I seek the steals or what?!