Treasuring The Journey

Treasuring the journey through life, one footstep at a time.

Pinterest Project…This One is Taking Longer Than Expected May 9, 2013

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Ahh, Pinterest!  The inspiration is endless and creativity abounds and I L-O-V-E it!  Are you on Pinterest?  Do you know what Pinterest is?  OML it is amazing!  (BTW, I am over OMG so I updated to OML)  This post is not meant to explain Pinterest and all of its pinning wonderfulness.  So, back to topic…My Pinterest-inspired Project that is taking a wee bit longer than expected to fully implement. 


So here is a snapshot of my inspirational pins for my ABC wall art project…


Pinterest Board: Pretty Projects



:-)  Those cute ABCs just make me smile.  There are probably a few more pins of ABC wall art examples on some other Boards that I have, but you get the idea. If you want to click through any of those pins, click the image above to go to the Pinterest board:  Pretty Projects


I pinned all of these over 1 year ago and have been working on this project ever since. I am sure many of you might be saying “Geez, take long to finish a project, Iris?”  and I agree this one is taking longer than even I expected, but I did add a layer of complexity to this project and thus it is taking longer.  My challenge to myself was that the letters had to come from 2nd hand sources such as thrift stores, yard/garage sales, consignment store,or off the side of the road, or of the like.  I challenge myself on an everyday basis to not shop retail when possible and this especially applies to creative projects. 


With a project like this, sure it would be easy to go to Hobby Lobby or Joann’s or wherever to purchase my letters of various fonts, sizes, and materials, but it makes it too easy, at least for me.  I want this project to be organic in nature in that by it taking a longer time to acquire the letters and them coming from different sources, they will naturally be different.  So after a year or so of collecting <hoarding> letters, here is how my ABC wall art is coming along.


Angle from A Side





Angle from Z Side



Yes, I have duplicates of many letters.  I like to keep spares for various gift giving opportunities, plus I have other letter-inspired projects in my head swirling around.  ;-)  Not to mention my hoarding issues. I wrote about those issues in my Confessional List.  It is LOL funny.  If you happen to want one of my duplicate letters, let me know.  I am sure we can work out a deal. 


I am still on the hunt for a few letters.  Did you happen to catch which ones are missing?  Funny or ironic to me is that 2 of the 4 letters that I ‘need’ for this project happen to be 2 of my former 3 initials before I got married. 


At minimum I need a , and .  

The ‘T’ I have is too itty-bitty for ‘the look’ I am trying to achieve.


I also think my two letter ‘D’s are kinda wimpy so I would like a more substantial



For the letters that need a little color pop or pattern or texture added, I think that is a great way for Cason and I to spend some time together…Craft time with decorating letters.  Yea!  :-) 


I have the wall space picked out of where I want to install the ABC wall art.  I have opted to take a slightly different approach on attaching the letters to the wall than most of the other projects I have seen.  I want this to be easily portable and moveable so I have a plan up my sleeve and I have already twisted Pete’s arm into helping me.  There will be more to come on this Pinterest-inspired Project in the coming weeks. 


Do you have a project that is taking FOREVER?!?!?  Do tell!  Got a J, V, T, or D you want to donate to my project?  Donations are perfectly acceptable according to the rules that I make up as I go along.   :-) 


Stay tuned,


P.S.  Source for J, V, D, and T.


Thrifty Books Rock my world August 21, 2012

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One thing I love about thrift stores is the endless supply of books on any topic…you just never know what book you might come across while digging in the baskets and bins of books.  Today I found the following books, all priced at 50 cents each.





Titles include:

The Best Things Ever Said About Parenting

The Joy of Parenthood

The Power of a Positive Mom

The Energy Bus

God’s Word for Simple Abundance

Beachcombing at Miramar, the Quest for an Authentic Life

Yoga for Live, Feel Confident

I’m a Big Brother (NO announcement being made, for when/if Cason fits this description, this Mom is ready)

Dear Dad, If I Could Tell You Anything (bought for Pete)

Becoming a Woman of Freedom

Find Your Purpose, Change Your Life

Crucial Conversations

The Martha Stewart Cookbook (because well, it’s Martha!)


Have you read any of these? If you want to borrow one, or two, just let me know!  I am happy to share!   Got any books you recommend I read? 


I always get a juice nugget of wisdom, perspective, advice, or creative idea from any book I read. Of course I will share what words speak to me in these books.  Obviously I am doing a lot of soul searching and all of these books all had titles that match my thoughts right now.  Awesome, thanks thrift store! 


Happy Reading!




Kosta Boda at the Salvation Army October 12, 2011

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Kosta who?  Boda what?  Yeah, me either.  Thank goodness for Google to answer all of our questions.  Kosta Boda is a Swedish glassmaking company and has been making decorative glass for over 260 years.  Why does this matter you ask?  Well, keep reading…


During my lunch today, I visited the Salvation Army.  I was digging in the shopping cart of items that had not been priced yet and came across two lovely cobalt blue swirled glass candle holder lovelies.  Yes, I am one of those people who has little to no shame when I thrift store shop. Don’t be afraid to dig away in those carts – it will be one less thing for the employees to have put on the shelves and it is one of those situations of go ahead and do it and ask for forgiveness later kinda scenarios, at least it is in my book.


Kosta Boda Blue Swirl Glass Atoll Votive Bowl Cobalt Candle Holder Signed




These are Kosta Boda votive candle holders in the Atoll pattern.  They are BEAUTIFUL!  More information can be found here: 


Knowing I had found a treasure, I scooped them up and asked for the price. Drumroll please….$1 for BOTH!  So, yes, they definitely came home with me today.  Woo Hoo!  I found them online at and on Ebay in the range of $25.99 – 29.95 each.  TeeHeeHee.  You can buy them from Kosta Boda as well normally $50, but on special for $30. 


These pictures do not do these glass beauties justice.  I tried to capture the swirl look as well, but overcast skies do not make for great indoor pictures! 







Found any good treasures lately?




Spiffy Spices August 10, 2011

Filed under: Kitchen,Organization,Thrift Store Finds — Treasuring The Journey @ 2:17 PM

Our spice cabinets were driving me a little cuckoo and I had been meaning to re-organize them for the past several weeks.  I had my inspiration on Monday and got to work organizing them.  I found a three-tier shelf riser while thrifting for $1.  They retail for around $7-8 depending on where you purchase it from.  I had organized the spices probably a year or so ago, and for the most part it had stayed somewhat organized.  The past few weeks it had gotten more disorganized than I could handle.  As with all organized spaces, it must be maintained.





Here are some before pictures of our spice cabinet situation.  The third shelf is pretty much useless for me, since I can’t reach anything on it. 


These cabinets are above the stove. 




This cabinet is to the left of the stove.





I took everything out of the cabinets and put it all on the stove. 




Yes, I am aware we have a ridiculous amount of spices.  We probably only use about 20% of these spices.


Besides my $1 3-tier shelf riser, I only wanted to use bins/storage containers I already had on hand.  I did not want to have to buy anything for this quick fix organization project.   I have a plethora of storage containers to pick from, it is a collection, trust me. 


Here are a few after pictures.  Quick, easy, and a lot less cuckoo for me! 


See the shelf riser on the bottom right?  I only used the first two risers.  Our cabinets are not tall enough to use the third row.  You can’t see the labels I made for the top left containers in this picture:  Bread Dipping Seasonings and Bouillon





Close-up of right side of the cabinet above the stove. 

I stored our extra Ground Cumin on the third shelf of the shelf riser.

Why on earth we have two full containers of Ground Cumin is beyond me. 

I have NEVER cooked with Ground Cumin.





Left side of the cabinet.





Close-up of the cabinet to the left of the stove. 

We use the bottom row for our rubs/spices we put on meats.  These are the spices we use the majority of the time.

The labels on these containers are ‘Peppers’, ‘Turkish Seasonings’, and ‘Dips & Sauces’.




We ended up with 4 jars of mystery spices that were not labeled.  I have lived here for over 2 years and we have never used them.  So, I tossed them out.  Smile 


How does your spice rack/cabinet look?  This was quick (took me less than an hour) and cost me $1.  That is my kind of organization – quick and cheap!  And a whole lot less cuckoo!


Hope you are having a great week!




Embroidery Hoop Décor August 1, 2011

I am so excited to finally be able to share this craft project that has been a long time in the making. 




Last fall I came across about 18 various sized embroidery hoops at Habitat Re-Store.  I did not know at the time what I was going to do with them, but knew someday I would use them.  I came home and did a few Google image searches for embroidery hoop crafts and the idea was born!  I wanted to use these hoops in Cason’s (at the time he was called Peanut) room.  Back in February, while tooling around the Blue Door Thrift Store and 9 months pregnant, I came across about 17 more hoops. I did a hoop swoop (could not help myself LOL) and grabbed them before anyone else could get them. Smile All said, I paid a total of $15 for 35 hoops, ranging in size from 3 inch – 14 inch. I wish I would have taken a picture of my huge hoop collection. Many people that came over to our house during that time would ask “what on earth are you going to do with all of those hoops???”.


I at first tried to find fabric and material that I liked at thrift stores and the remnants section of fabric stores, but was not finding exactly what I was looking for.  Prior to finding the hoops, I had purchased a quilt kit at Joann’s fabrics that I absolutely loved.  It is the Modern Collection Quilt Kit in Whimsical Dots Blue.  The regular price was $35.99 and I had a 50% coupon.  I found one on eBay today if you want to buy your own, I have no idea if Joann’s still has them in-stock.  The fabrics were all dot inspired, which went along with my theme for the baby’s room.  I was going to try my best to make a quilt for my baby boy.  LOL!  This was a huge feat considering I am a newbie seamstress.  So, after searching for various fabrics for my hoops, I decided to scrap the quilt idea and use the fabrics from the kit in my hoops.  It worked perfectly!


Here is the Quilt Kit picture:


There are many tutorials on how to put the fabric in the embroidery hoops.  I reviewed a few and in the end I cut many corners.  I popped the fabric in place, stretched the fabric as I tightened the hoops and then cut off the excess with scissors.  Most tutorials say to hot glue the fabric to the inner rim, but I was lazy and did not do that step.  Hopefully my fabric stays put.  I will let you know if any come loose. 

Over several weeks I worked on putting the fabric in place, and then this project came to a standstill.  I gave birth and any crafty projects were on the back burner.  Since Cason’s birth, I have slowly but surely trimmed the fabric and got them ready to be put on the wall.  Pete provided me with some very handy plastic shims to hang on the wall with the awesome 3m photo hanger tabs.  I will post in more detail about how I attached them to the wall later…

So last night, I finally got my tail up on the ladder and started randomly hanging the hoops.  I will more than likely tweak the layout of the hoops over time. It was hard to get on/off the ladder, try to place them, not have the same pattern next to or close to another hoop, etc.  Overall I LOVE it and more importantly, Cason cooed and gooed over them last night and this morning.  They hang right above his crib on the wall.  Way to go Mommy! 


Here are several more shots of my took-me-forever-to-complete craft project. 















Well, what do you think?  Did I mention that I LOVE it!  Every time I walk down the hall, I sneak a peak again and SMILE!  I love how it turned out!  Smile 






Bag o’ Clothes July 13, 2011

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I am a frequent shopper at Salvation Army thrift stores.  They reward me for my patronage.  I wish other thrift stores would do the same.  At the Salvation Army stores in my area, they offer a Super Shopper Club card.  Basics of the card are for every 10 dollars you spend, you get 1 stamp on your card.  Collect 10 stamps and you can redeem your card for a $5 bag full of clothes. 


Super shopper


I have been holding onto my full card for several weeks now.  The past few times I have gone to the Salvation Army, I have not found many clothing items, at least not enough to justify the $5 bag.  I did not want to waste my card!  Today my patience paid off.  I stuffed all of the following items into one plastic shopping bag, normal size. 


Gifts for Others:

– 1 shirt for my cousin, Wendy

– 2 shirts for my cousin, Bess

– 1 blouse for my Mom

– 1 blouse for my friend, Katie

– 3 dresses, 3 bibs, 1 hat, 4 bloomers, 5 pants, and 11 onesie outfits for my future niece


Clothing for Pete:

– 2 t-shirts


Clothing for Cason:

– 1 pair of shorts

– 2 onesie outfits


Clothing for Me:

– 2 tank tops for exercise/work-outs

– 7 short-sleeve blouses

– 1 pair cargo shorts

– 1 skirt


All of those clothes for $5!  Awesome!  If you have a Salvation Army thrift store in your area, find out if they have a Super Shopper card program.  If you are in the Florence, Alabama area, the locations in Florence and Sheffield both honor the cards.  I love the fact they have some type of frequent shopper program and I wish other thrift stores would do the same.


I went to the Blue Door Thrift Store on Tuesday.  I do not frequent this thrift store that often (it is on the other side of town), but I try to stop in about once a month.  I bought several items, but the best one was for my baby, Cason.  I have been looking for a walker/bouncer exerciser for him for the past few weeks.  I have seen many, but most have been very dirty and/or missing several pieces.  I came across a Graco Lights and Sound Walker and it was in fabulous condition.  There was a mommy-to-be looking it over as I spotted it from a distance.  She took a few steps past it and I calmly walked swooped in for it.  $15 and it was in great condition!  Yes, I was giddy with excitement and could not wait to get in home, clean it, sanitize it, and try it out with Cason. 


He L-O-V-E-D it!!!  Check out a few of his pics in his new apparatus. 



Found anything good at the thrift stores lately?  I would love to hear about it if you have! 






I heart 50% off at thrift stores! July 9, 2011

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Friday was a good day at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.  50% off everything in the store.  I was practically skipping to get my shopping cart! I came across a lovely aluminum water pitcher.  I picked up the pitcher for $4!  It is a World Hand Forged aluminum pitcher.  Here are two pictures I found online of it.  The pics I took were not so hot due to lighting issues. Prices I found online for this piece are approximately $35.  We have several aluminum server ware pieces we received for wedding gifts so this piece will fit in nicely with the collection.


Pitcher - side profile



The handle is the coolest feature.


Pitcher - handle





I found these 2 lovely sea life pillow shams as well.  They were a steal at $1.50 each.  You can order them online here for $29.99 EACH!  I think not!  LOL!  These are probably going to my cousin, Linda, for her beach house we will be visiting in October. 


sea life pillow shams



When Cason is older, I hope he enjoys doing some of these science experiments outlined in this book. “How Science Works” by Judith Hann.  It has 100 ways parents and kids can share the secrets of science.  It looks like fun!  Great purchase for $.50.  The sticker on the back was $14.99.  I like my price better!




I also got these books for Cason.  I am hoping it will help Pete and I teach him life lessons.  “Help Me Be Good” book set by Joy Barry.  I had never heard of these books before.  I was able to purchase 18 books out of the 29 book set.  I will be on the lookout for the remaining 11 that I need.  The 18 books I purchased were $.50 each, so $9 total.  There is a full-set for sale on eBay for $42 with the bid going up as I type!  I am hoping to finish out the set for under $15 dollars. 


Help Me Be Good Books



I also got a cute pair of wedge sandals.  Yellow with white polka dots! How fun for summer!  I paid $2 and they are brand new, still with all the original stickers!  If you want some of your own, you can buy a pair on eBay here.


Yellow with White polka dot sandals



I got a slew of other stuff, but these items are the highlights.  Have you found any great thrifty treasures lately?  Don’t you just     L-O-V-E 50% days!


Happy Saturday,