My latest thrifty finds & one of my favorite pastimes

I’m back to work today after a fairly busy long weekend spending time with my family, working in the garage on my projects and running around doing a bit of shopping. Monday was Victoria Day here in Canada so we all had the day off. Woo hoo! I wish every weekend could be a long weekend, don’t you? I could get so much more accomplished if only I had an extra day to myself each week!

On Saturday, I left the house early and headed over to our local Farmer’s Market so that I could pick up some goodies for my children (Ukranian chicken dumplings, organic garlic & rosemary chicken sausages and locally-grown baby carrots. YUM!). On the way back I stopped to check out some garage sales and I ended up finding a few cool things this time.

Before I share with you what I found, I have been meaning to show you this Paris map art that I picked up at Home Sense (aka Home Goods) a couple of weeks ago. It was on sale for 50% off so decided that I had to have it. This piece is quite large and it is a steal at that price. I have been searching for a large map to frame for one of my walls and the added bonus is that this map has been transferred onto burlap. I love burlap and the texture it provides in a space! Once I get my living room painted and decide exactly where this is going in the room, I will post some updated photos so you can see how it looks.








Here are the treasures that I found while out garage sale’n (a word I made up) this past weekend. These cute milk glass compote dishes caught my eye so I had to have them. I thought that they would look great stacked up inside each other so made a tiered display with them and added a seeded sphere to the top to give the vignette some texture and interest. I have sometimes seen these compote dishes at thrift stores so now I am on the hunt for a tiny compote dish that matches the other two so I can make a three tiered stand. I think it would look cool on a buffet with candies in each of the dishes at Christmas time, with a candle at the top or with some glittery baubles spilling out of them.




Check out the scalloped design on the edges. This is my favorite part!




I also found this pair of hobnail milk glass candle sticks and a little glass leaf dish. The candlesticks were $4.00 for the set and the leaf dish was only $1.00.




The dish already has some patina as it is losing a bit of its silver leafing on the back. I kind of like it that way so I think I will leave it alone for now.




This cedar storage box and milk glass goblet also came home with me.




I love the design on the top of the cedar box but I don’t really care for its finish so I have plans to paint it in the next little while. I will share the after with you when it is all finished.




I think overall, it was a pretty successful morning of garage sale shopping. How about you? What new things have you found lately at garage sales, in the stores or at flea markets?  I would love to hear about what you’ve found.



I have something else that I have been wanting to share with you…


You may not know this about me, but I have another favorite pastime besides painting furniture and working on other decorating projects for my home! I also love to garden!

I started gardening about 9 years when we moved into our current home. Prior to this, we had always lived in apartments and townhouses so I never had a chance to try out my “green thumb” other than taking care of a few houseplants.

I kind of threw myself into gardening as our backyard started out as a clean slate and something needed to be done with it, and quick! The 35′X75′ space consisted of 50% grass/50% vegetable garden which took up the entire yard. Oh and there were so many, many invasive weeds that I couldn’t keep up!

It took me at least seven years of hard work to get my garden where it is today. We put in a cottage-style wooden shed that my uncle helped us build and also a brand new fence. Most of my backyard is now mulch, trees, shrubs and perennials with only a small grass area in the middle. It still needs a lot of work but since we are planning to move next spring, I won’t be making too many more changes. I am just going to enjoy what I have done so far and try to finish off some unfinished projects to get our house ready to sell. I am hoping that when we move I can create a brand new garden at our new house. I will already know what works and what doesn’t and then I can make a plan so that I can include everything in a space that my family will use and enjoy.

Below you will find photos of some of my plants that are currently in bloom in my garden this week. Hopefully one day I will feel comfortable sharing some full-view shots with you after I have a chance to finish up a few outstanding projects. Perhaps having this blog will help me get my rear into gear to finish up my projects so that I can post the photos here for you to see. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these photos. I know they are not decorating related but just the same, looking at them and sharing them with you puts me in good spirits. So, you may see some garden shots shared on my blog from time-to-time.



In other news, once this rainy weather clears up later this week I will finally be able to take some photos of my Mom’s buffet turned TV cabinet makeover. I can’t wait to show you what she looks like now!


Until next time!








Close-up of a fuchsia pink tulip



 Fuchsia tulips in May



 Purple Pasque flower



 Close-up purple Pasque flower



 Purple Primulas (Primroses) in my shade garden


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  1. Carolyn

    Lovely finds–nice vignette. The map is great. Don’t you just love Home Sense! I’m there at least once a week. I recently bought a nice red lantern with star cutouts, a metal cloche spun like a bird’s nest with a bird on top, a burlap looking table runner with french winery lettering and leaves printed on it and too many other things to mention. Love anything french or nature inspired. Can I ask what the last 2 flowers are please? I would imagine they’re quite hardy being in an edmonton climate. I think they’d be nice additions to my cottage rock garden (which unfortunately a family of muskrats is using as their personal salad bar!). I’ve been growing this garden for 10 years so was devastated to arrive at my cottage to find they had eaten all my lilly pads and shrubbery at my dock and many things in my garden. They love hostas!

    1. Carrie

      Hi Carolyn,

      I could live in Home Sense! I try not to go in there with more than $50 or I get into trouble. Haha! The things you purchased there recently sound wonderful. I would love to see the metal cloche with the bird on top. It sounds really cool! As for the flowers I shared, I forgot to put the names underneath them. Doh! The first two photos are purple tulips (obviously), photos 3 and 4 are purple Pasque flowers. http://www.canadiangardening.com/plants/perennials/planting-pasque-flowers/a/34951/2 I am not sure of the variety but they are one of the first bloomers in my garden in the spring and they are pretty much maintenance free. We are in Zone 3 and they do really well here and they would love it in your rock garden. Photo 5 is a purple Primula. http://gardening.about.com/od/plantprofile1/p/Primrose.htm Again, I don’t remember the exact name although I probably have the garden tag somewhere in my garage. The purple Primula resides in my shade garden on the north side of my house. It is also a low maintenance plant.
      I am sorry to hear about the muskrats. It is devastating to put such hard work into something to have it ruined in an instant.
      Thanks again for stopping by. It is nice to talk to you again and it seems we have quite a bit in common now with our love of gardening.

  2. Jo @ To a Pretty Life

    That map is beautiful! And so is your garden. I love tulips, and it’s sad that mine are already mostly finished! I have a really sunny yard, so they’re always the first ones to bloom in the neighbourhood. Oh well, now my irises are going, and my biggest peony promises to have lots of blooms this year.
    PS: Thanks for the birthday wishes!

    1. Carrie

      Jo, most of my tulips are still coming up…really slowly. Everything is taking its sweet time this year even though most of my backyard gets full south sun all day long. Some of my irises are now up too and my apple and crabapples are in full bloom as well. Maybe things are a little wacky because of the yo-yo weather we had this winter and spring. It sounds like your plants are coming along really nicely. I bet your flowers look beautiful. Yah! I am so glad you like to garden too. Now I have someone to talk to who understands! Haha!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Take care,

  3. Heather

    Hi Carrie! I love HomeSense too – great score on the artwork and the discount too! I collect milk glass as well, I love the pieces you just found! I am your newest follower, please visit my blog sometime and say hello – I love to make new bloggy friends and follow me back if you would like to keep in touch! An Ontario girl here currently living in Virginia! Have a great week :) Heather

    1. Carrie

      Hi Heather,
      Believe it or not I am already a follower of yours! I happened upon your blog a while back and signed up. You have an awesome blog, BTW! It is so nice to meet you and it is also wonderful that you are a fellow Canadian. I also am starting to get quite the collection of milk glass too. It is one of my favorites.
      Thanks for stopping by and for signing up as a follower. I hope we get to chat again soon!
      Take care,

  4. ARod

    great finds I’m a white milk glass junkie and totally love your peices
    the paris map is awesome cant wait to see it framed and up

    1. Carrie


      Thanks for stopping by. I am a milk glass junkie too! :) I just can’t help myself. Every time I come across another piece it needs to come home with me.
      Have a great evening.

  5. Tanya

    You scored some great stuff! You have a wonderful eye, it’s so much fun to head out not knowing what you will find. Love sale’n too!

    Tanya :)

    1. Carrie

      Thank you Tanya for your wonderful comments. I love finding great stuff at garage sales, but sometimes there is nothing good to be found anywhere. I guess that is a good thing because if there was my house could be featured on an episode of Hoarders. Haha!
      Take care,

  6. Janet

    We have same good taste, lol. Love your finds, and your garden. A bit jealouos, there, my allergies are too bad to garden. I haven’t even been posting, my endurance is really low since I was in the hospital on lots of steroids (asthma) in April. Steroids damaged my muscles, so I can’t do much. Today got really carried away with thrift shop and tag sale (where I bought a shirt and the woman gave me a bag full just to get rid of them + packages of I-don’t-know-what-all made of lace for $2! I’ll get pics up soon, I hope. Still haven’t gotten last 3 trips deals up. Bad blogger.
    Now a follower (from Embracing Change) hope you’ll check my blog out.

    1. Carrie

      Hi Janet, I am sorry that you haven’t been feeling well lately. I can totally relate! My daughter also has asthma and it is a pain for sure! Don’t be too hard on yourself for not posting as much as you would like, you have not been feeling well! Hugs! On another note, it sounds like you were about to find some good things at the thrift shop and tag sale. I will have to go and check out your blog and see what you ended up finding.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you feel better soon.

  7. Kristin

    I love the milk glass! Such an awesome find =)

    Visiting from Under The Table and Dreaming

    1. Carrie

      Thanks for visiting Kristin! :)

  8. Stacey

    Great finds Carrie!
    I have got to get out yard saling more this year then I have!
    I love that box!
    I didn’t know you loved to garden – your flowers look lovely!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

    1. Carrie

      Thanks for stopping by Stacey! I haven’t been out yard saling that much this year either. In your case you have been so busy painting up a storm and also with your show that just finished. There is still lots of summer left so you will be able to get out there hopefully! Thanks so much for your comments on my garden. It is another one of my passions that I don’t seem to have much time for lately.

  9. Kim

    Hi Carrie!

    I love your finds!I love milk glass, too! I have a bunch of vases and am just starting to grab up compote dishes when I can.

    If you have time, I would love for you to share this on my link party:


    Thanks and have a great day!

    1. Carrie

      Thanks Kim! I also have quite the collection of milk glass going. It is so fun to collect! I stopped by your linky party and shared my post.
      Take care,

  10. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    Love the paris art and your new treasures are fabulous. Great milk glass and so pretty with the shell ball. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    1. Carrie

      Thanks for stopping by Marty!
      I hope you have a great weekend. Take care, Carrie

  11. Chie

    Hi Carrie,

    Great finds. I love visiting you and drool all you awesome finds. I would say, If I visit your antique stores, GH will get into trouble §;-)

    Happy mid-week to you and your family.


    1. Carrie

      Thank you Chie! You are so kind! Thanks for stopping by. Nice to see you!

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