Thrifty Tricks.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Oh my goodness, who would have thought the time would fly so quickly!?! It's already Thrifty Thursday and I haven't been a good thrifter as of lately. Today I thought I would share some of my little thrifting tips and tricks that help me when I'm on the hunt at my local goodwill, flea market, and thrift shops. Sometimes hunting for thrifty finds can be overwhelming and you can get discouraged my the amount of junk everywhere. Hopefully this will help guide you through the junk so you can find some amazing vintage pieces for your own home.
The first thing I like to do is mentally prepare. Know what you like, what your looking for, and what your willing to pay for items that you find. If I know I only have $20 to spend I always head for smaller items, so I can get more bang for my buck, unless one big item really jumps out at me. Know exactly what you need, and know when you need to walk away. Do you have to have it? Will you obsess over not buying it if you walk away? These are the types of questions I ask myself when I find things that grab my attention.
Now get to browsing! Look at everything, top to bottom, dig if you have to! I've learned that a lot of times at flea markets sellers have items stashed in boxes underneath tables and at goodwill items are stacked on top of each other. I have found so much "rusty gold" as Mike and Frank would say, hidden beneath piles of boring junk. Don't be afraid to move things around, get dirty, and leave no dish or glass unturned.
Negotiate. Prices at flea markets and certain thrift shops are not set in stone. If you feel like the item is over priced, or that you can get it for cheaper, speak up! Most sellers don't want to pack up everything after the day ends, so they may drop the price for you in order to just get rid of it. I have brought home a bunch of amazing items that I got for a steal, or free, just because someone didn't want to hassle with bringing it home with them. There is never harm in asking.
I ended up with three of these chairs for free because the seller didn't want to pack them up, what a steal!
Then bask in the glory of your thrifty purchases! I always feel such a sense of accomplishment after I score at my local thrift stores. Nothing is better than shopping without breaking the bank and the items you find at thrift stores are unique and cheap! Double score!
I'm no professional thrifter but I do get a bunch of lovely comments from all of you about my purchases, so I hope this will help you in your thrifting adventures! Good luck everyone and make sure you link up your thrifty finds with us so I can take a gander! 
Have a fantastic day!

This link party was created to bring together all of you thrifty bloggers! So link up with your blog post showing your recent thrifted finds! 

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Pretty Platters.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I get so excited about hosting parties at my home. Marli's birthday is a few weeks away and I'm starting to get in the planning mode. One thing that goes hand in hand with party planning is menu planning, but what's the fun of making beautiful appetizers and treats if you don't have a pretty way to serve them? These mid century platters are the perfect way to serve all of your guests goodies without pans and paper plates taking away from your festive food table display. 
This little guy isn't quite a platter but a fun little cheese tray that would sure be a hit around my house.

One. // Two. // Three. // Four. // Five.

Which one is your favorite? I'm really in love with the boomerang pattern on number two!

Back to our regularly scheduled programming...

Sunday, January 27, 2013

If you don't know already, I'm a huge foodie. I love trying new things and making food as fresh and healthy as possible, though sometimes I can't resist my love of cheese, bread, and baked sweets. I haven't had much time for cooking recently, but I have been collecting quite the pin board of yummy recipes to try once things slow down here. Here's a little taste of the food I've been drooling over.
 I'm always down for a good dip, and this Gouda fondu just sounds sinful.
 I really know how you can go wrong with the flavor combos going on in this bread pudding!
 I always love sliders, especially for the kids. This black bean and sweet potato recipe sounds so yummy and fresh!
 This would be such a great side dish for the holidays! I always love new takes on the classic sweet potato.
This brie and bacon grilled cheese sounds delicious, but they took it one step further with fig jam! I could totally go for that.

Now that I've probably got you wishing that you had a snack, go ahead and link up to The GFC Collective. You wont be sent food (sorry), but lots of new blogging buddies will be sent your way! 
Have fun!

Welcome to the weekly "GFC Collective" party :) This is a link up for bloggers who want to gain followers and meet some awesome new bloggy buddies. I have met some pretty neat people by following them with GFC. It's so easy to keep up to date with all of my fav blogs :)

Not sure if this is the blog hop for you? Listen to what other bloggers have to say...

"Im dropping by to let you know that I love being a part of your blog hop!  I have been meeting really nice bloggers.  Bloggers who are actually friendly and want to connect! 
Im putting the blog hop button on my side bar, like, permanently!  Everyone should know about it. 

Just thought I'd share with you. 

Thank you."
-Vickie, Oh Abby Day

"Just to let you know, your blog hop is the best I've participated in for gaining new friends!!! I couldn't believe the results!! Thank you!"
- Danavee, This Vintage Grove

Has the GFC Collective done wonders for your following? Let me know, shoot me an email at peacoatsnplaid(at)gmail(dot)com

The longest week of my life.

Friday, January 25, 2013

I want to start off by saying thank you to all of my lovely readers who sent their positive thoughts and love my way this past week. It seriously means a lot to have such wonderful support from all of you and it's definitely helped get me through. I feel like I have been absent here for months but in reality it's only been a few days, thank you guys for being so patient with me during this unplanned blog break. 
I've needed to be around my friends these past few days, losing one of us has definitely brought us closer together and made us realize how much we all rely on each other for love and support. Yesterday we spent the whole day at his house with his family remembering all of the amazing times we had, all the times that seemed so insignificant. Who would have know that all the simple things will be what we miss the most? I don't know how many times I wanted to text him yesterday and then remembered that I couldn't.
 I think most healing feelings came from a card discovered in his desk drawer. It was written to my husband while he was in bootcamp, two days from coming home, but was never sent. In the card he expresses his love for my husband and the friendship they shared and in a way it brought us a little closure, knowing how much he missed Jared while he was gone and how much he respected their friendship. The first thing I'm going to do is frame that card.
Last night was his memorial and it was a beautiful thing to see all of his loved ones gathered together celebrating his life. I loved hearing his siblings tell stories about the young Jeremy I never knew and it was comforting to hear from them how much they loved all of us for being supportive and keeping him safe. I didn't know how hard it would be to sit in that room and hear all of his favorite songs play but I know this is only the beginning. There are going to many rough days ahead but I'm trying to think positively and take them in stride.
Tonight we are getting together for shots in his honor because honestly,WWJD? (What Would Jeremy Do)
I'm so glad to have friends that are closer to me than my blood, who care deeply about one another, who are always down to help(or celebrate), and who make this life much more easy to live.
Peace, Love, Fritz.

"We will be friends until the day we die, and if there is a place after death we will be friends there too."

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I try not to get extremely personal here on the blog, but I'm so struck down by tragedy I don't know what else to do besides get it out here. Yesterday I lost a dear friend of mine. I keep thinking I'll wake up and it will all be a hoax, some sick joke he created to make sure we all still care.I haven't woken up yet.
 I met him eight years ago, before I even knew my husband. He was one of those crazy friends that constantly came up with ideas that would undoubtedly get us in some sort of trouble, but in those days I was down for anything. We would party and sit under the stars and talk about the universe and all the secret mysteries it held. He questioned everything around him, a quality that I will always admire. He never took anything at face value, he always had to dig deeper for the truth, for the meaning of life.
I remember the days after I met my husband (they were best friends), the three of us did everything together. We would take long drives and listen to our music blare with the windows down through winding country roads. He helped me find my soulmate and when I was scared of love, he shoved me towards Jared knowing that we were meant for each other.
There were times when I hated him, when I was so frustrated by his lack of faith in himself. I could see that he was greater than the path he had chosen, I think we all could see it. I was so hard on him sometimes, begging him to see his potential, begging him to get help. I wanted him to be there for my husband, there to watch my children grow up. I never thought he would be taken so quickly from us.
Sometimes I think that he was too much for this world to handle, he was too passionate, he loved too deeply. He would have done anything for any one of his friends. He would have went to the edge of the world and back of any one of us.
Addiction is a disease that not many can overcome. Even with a heard of people behind you for support, it can still be the biggest mountain to climb. I have lost too many of my close friends due to addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with their addiction, never be afraid to be that friend who sticks their hand out, never turn your back, never give up. You never know when you could be saving someone from themselves.
For more information on addiction and how you can help read more here.

Rest In Peace Jeremy Fritz. 2.17.88-1.21.13

Valentine Time.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Valentine's day has been on my mind ever since I started seeing conversation hearts and stuffed bears in every seasonal isle at Target. Now that it's a few weeks away, I'm in a panic to find some super cute v-day ideas to get us in the spirit! Of course my only solution was to search Pinterest and I found some inspiration that has got me headed in the right direction. Here are some very lovely valentine pins that are perfect if your planning a party, having date night with your honey bunny, or spending it as a family.


Have a great day and make sure you link up to The GFC Collective!

Welcome to the weekly "GFC Collective" party :) This is a link up for bloggers who want to gain followers and meet some awesome new bloggy buddies. I have met some pretty neat people by following them with GFC. It's so easy to keep up to date with all of my fav blogs :)

Not sure if this is the blog hop for you? Listen to what other bloggers have to say...

"Just to let you know, your blog hop is the best I've participated in for gaining new friends!!! I couldn't believe the results!! Thank you!"
- Danavee, This Vintage Grove

Has the GFC Collective done wonders for your following? Let me know, shoot me an email at peacoatsandplaid(at)gmail(dot)com

Shop Love // Elizabeth Pawle

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Recently I stumbled upon Elizabeth Pawle Illustrations on Etsy. I love illustrated pieces and wooden brooches so naturally when I found her shop I was smitten. My absolute favorite item in her shop has to be the Peppermint Mountain brooch! I love the color of course and how it pops against the white glacier like mountain behind. Here are some of my other favorites from her shop! Go stop by and check out all the other amazing items she has available!

Current Projects: Sweet Treats//Personal

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Yesterday I mentioned that I had been hard at work makings some pretty sweet editions to the handmade shop. I've been dying to share this with you guys for over a week, so if you've been following me of instagram of twitter you may have seen several previews of what's coming. Marli's fourth birthday is a month away and she's been begging me for some new play food. We've gone through so much plastic and cardboard food and it always ends up disgusting or destroyed, so I hate spending the money. Why buy more junk? I decided that I was going to make her some new kitchen food, somehow, someway. I thought about fabric and felt, and then it clicked, crochet play treats! I can wash them and they aren't dangerous when thrown, perfect! I took a whack at it and ended up becoming obsessed. I taught myself all kinds of new tricks and stitches and ended up with a really great set of treats for my daughter.Since posting a few photos to show my friends and family I've gotten a great response, four orders of various treats! I have had such wonderful feedback and encouragement so I decided that I will be listing them in the shop soon. I haven't quite decided if ! should list them as groups or individually, what do you guys think?

I've also been working on a few personal projects. Marli wanted me to make her a blankie awhile back so I've been trying to slip it in between orders, just to give my eyes something different to stare at.
I've also been knitting  this heart patterned scarf. By the time I'm finished with it it will probably be 85 degrees outside, but I love having a little busy work that I can always come back to.
A few more granny squares for a blanket I'm making for our master bedroom!
Hopefully I have a very productive weekend and I'm wishing you the same!

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