Thursday, July 29, 2010

frugal friday finds

Have you seen all the burlap runners featured on your favorite decorating blogs and web sites? Google and see for yourself. It's quite overwhelming. Well I wanted to make one so bad and knew I had some burlap buried in a bin in the garage and after several attempts to uncover it, I gave up... only to score several yards at a thrift store last week with plans to do just that.

But then... I found this.

OH. MY. GOSH. I was stunned. It's even more beautiful than your run-of-the-mill burlap runner. It's got these nubby clumps of fringe scattered about. (Double click the pic to enlarge) I had to wonder if it was some sort of silk blend scarf, although it's rather rough & coarse like burlap.

Anyway, it's the perfect size & length for my farmhouse table. And I love its one-of-a-kind uniqueness. And if it falls apart when I finally hand wash it, I will have only spent $2.99.

I don't know about you, but I am wild about anything with words and phrases and numbers. So these next finds made me so happy. Found the It's Time To Dine apron for a dollar at Tiedemann's Family Thrift- you know, my favorite little thrift store.
Notice the tiny metal sign that says Dinner is ready when the alarm goes off~ 30 cents on clearance at Marshall's. Too cute. Too true.

And now to my 2nd best find in July. (my Longeberger purse was #1)
I have seen this 24X24" canvas print several times over the past couple years and never dreamed I'd own my very own. I am all over lemons and dreams and cute little ampersands, so you can imagine my delight!

~It'll Cost Nothing to Dream & Everything Not To~

Found it for $5.00 at the ARC in Tempe. I know! I went on eBay HERE and about had a cow when I saw what they're selling for!

Let's link up to my favorite parties-


The Decorating Diaries said...

Great finds. I absolutely love the apron.


LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

Im so addicted to burlap right now, its actually a major part of my new pillow and accessories line. That runner is absolutely gorgeous. I love your style. Words around the home are always nice. I also like letters...I have them everywhere.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

I love burlap too. I have so many projects started with it. I just need to focus on one at a time. Love the apron. Great find.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Very pretty!! I am hosting a Giveaway on my do drop by!!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

i kindda like you apron! red so bold and yet cottagey! you got great finds here!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I am just loving that sweet apron!! I have a thing for vintage aprons, especially red ones since my Kitchen is red!!


Debbie said...

What a wonderful project you did. I have to be honest I attempted a runner one week and it was a disaster...I made pillows in stead. What a cute little apron too. Thanks for joining in on my party, I really love meeting new people and seeing every ones fun finds.

Evelyn said...

Was wondering...what does ARC and where is it? I live in Tempe and I havent heard of ARC.

Love the sweet apron!

Anita said...

Love everything!! Love the apron and the runner is beautiful!!

Anita said...

Oh I cannot wait to see your sterling!! There is nothing like having something that has been in the family. What a great MIL!!

Ms. Bake-it said...


Came by way of Debbie's party. Love your little apron and table runner. You found some really great items!

~ Tracy

Donna said...

Wow! You found some really neat goodies! The runner is really neat, love the fringe. And I love the lemon print, can't believe what a great price you got it for! I love aprons, too, and yours is really cute! Saw you over at Debbie Doos.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love vintage linen and yes, I am seeing burlap runners and pillow everywhere! Great find! I am visiting from Debbiedoos


Vivian said...

I just cannot believe your thrifting stories! So amazing. They make me laugh for some reason. I love the burlap runner.

Michelle said...

All your finds are wonderful, but the apron is my favorite.

:) Michelle

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, Linda, came over from Sandy's! It's been awhile since I've talked to you. Looks like you are still having fun over here & that burlap runner is adorable.

I do a weekly thrift party too, you should join up sometime.

NanAZ said...

Yeah, Linda I love the "Lemon" sign. It would go great in my house too, when you're ready to get rid of it.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Linda,
What great finds, I love them all!
Really, the runner and the canvas pic, just amazing! You scored girlfriend!
Come by my blog, I put up fair pics for you!!!