$5 Goodwill Challenge & Fireplace Decor Tour — Fall 2015

Beginning last January I began to dip my toes into the waters of YouTube. It took a while for me to actually get up the courage to post a video after thinking about it for months. One of the first people I began following was Hillary from My So Called Home . I found her when I was searching out planner videos (yes, that’s a thing and it’s addictive). Every season Hillary has a $5 Goodwill Challenge. The challenge is to go to Goodwill, other thrift stores or garage sales, spend $5 or less and then incorporate what you purchased into your seasonal decor. I have wanted to participate since I first saw it, but with the impending move last fall and then the remodel since we have moved, I haven’t been able to participate. I am so excited to finally be able to join in the fun!! 

Now, I did spend more on my decor than $5. Mainly because all of my decorations are still in storage. 😉  But I did find some things from Goodwill that fit the parameters of  the challenge. I’d like to take you on a tour of my fireplace and share with you what I upcycled and bought new. I hope you will enjoy the tour here and on YouTube and that you will be inspired to try something new.   photo Fall20fireplace201_zpsh52pexqe.jpg

I created this mercury glass mason jar by using Krylon Looking glass spray paint. It was really easy. I sprayed the jar on the inside with the paint. When that was dry I sprayed a mixture of white vinegar and water on the outside and immediately sprayed on the paint. Then I dabbed the water drops with a paper towel. I had never created a mercury glass affect before and was quite pleased with the result. I purchased the flowers at Michael’s for .79 each and have 3 stems in the jar. The paint was a little pricey- $8 for a small can- but I was able to paint 3 items with it.  So for the whole vase and flowers I spent about $5.

 The candle next to the vase is 2 votive candle holders with one inverted. The one on the bottom has a bigger mouth and a slightly bigger base which gives it good stability. If I were going to have them down where they could be knocked over I would have glued them together, but since they are up high I haven’t. Not having them glued has come in handy when I am turning off the LED candles. I purchased the candles at Walmart. The smaller ones are 2 for $2.97 and the larger one is $2.97.  I purchased the votives at Dollar Tree for $1 each. For each of the raised candles I spent $3.50. 

The garland that is draped on the mantle is actually made up of 4 garlands from Dollar Tree. I thought they looked a little sparse, so I twisted them together to get a fuller look. I spent $4 for the garland on the mantle. 

This pumpkin was one of those pumpkins we’ve probably all had at some time or another. It was orange and I’m sure it used to have a top. I actually like it better without the top and stem for some reason.  I tried to make this a mercury glass pumpkin, but found out it doesn’t work on something that isn’t clear. I liked the affect anyway and now and glad it is slightly different from the mercury glass pumpkin. It doesn’t look quite so matchy- matchy (that’s a technical decorating term in case you were in doubt 😉 )

I did really well at Michael’s this week when I was finishing out the decor. They had a 40-50% off sale on all of their fall decor. This sign was among the many wonderful decorations on sale. When I went in the store I had one idea of what I wanted, but when I saw this sign, I knew it was perfect. It was originally $9.99 but I only paid $6. The sign sat a little lower than I wanted so I bought a Styrofoam rectangle at Walmart and some brown felt. I used straight pins to attach the felt to the block; it isn’t super obvious and puts the sign up where it needs to be. The votive holder is another one from Dollar Tree.  

This pumpkin, which is also topless, was the clear glass type. I bought this one at Goodwill for $1.99.  I spray painted it using the same method I did with the mason jar and was really pleased with how it turned out. 
 

This birdcage was our first thrifting  purchase once we moved to north Louisiana.  We got it at Goodwill for $5. The LED candle in it is another one from Walmart, which was $2.97 and the leaves are a garland from Dollar Tree. I like that the bird cage can be changed up for different seasons. It’s also not too large and the size fits well on the mantle. 

I thrifted this basket a while back in Texas. It is one of the few decor pieces I had out of storage and it fit perfectly on the hearth. It is filled with Dollar Tree pumpkins that I spray painted cream and purple ( $6 ), two metallic pumpkins that I bought at Michael’s for about a dollar, and a bunch of flowers that were from Michael’s or Dollar Tree which were also a dollar. The silver pumpkin is resting in a cloche type glass lid, which I purchased at Goodwill for $1, and it has some Dollar Tree leaves in it. The basket is wrapped in two garlands from Dollar Tree. 

I knew that I wanted pumpkins to sit on this side of the hearth but was unsure what I would find when I went shopping. I was so excited when I got to Michael’s and they had exactly what I wanted and for 50% off.  I never would have paid full price for these, and I am so in love with them!! Can you fan-girl over pumpkins?? The largest one was originally $30, and I paid $15 and the smaller one was originally $20 and I paid $10. The green glass candy dish was from Goodwill and I paid $2. The dish contains metallic painted acorns that I got from the Target Dollar Spot for $3. 

So here’s my breakdown:

Goodwill: $12
Dollar Tree: $19
Michael’s : $38
Target: $6
Candles: $7.50
Paint: $16 out of pocket but I have 2/3 remaining of both the cream and the purple paint 

All in all I’m really pleased with how things turned out. It was fun to have a vision for a space and to have it work out the way I envisioned it. 

Have you decorated for fall yet? Do you ever thrift shop for home decor? Why or why not? 

Time For New Beginnings

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For a while I have been wanting to get back to writing but the Lord has been putting things in my path to prevent that. I am now at a place where I feel the freedom to write and with Gene’s blessing am starting on this adventure once again. In the last year the Lord has shown me many things, though it has taken great hardship and many trials to learn the lessons He has had for me. He has reminded me of the ministry He has given to me of serving my family, and how that should be my primary focus.

Though my primary focus is my family the Lord has also called us to be a light into the world and to encourage one another. That is the purpose of this blog. I chose the name, “My Titus 2 Journey”, because my life has been exactly that. He has taken me on a journey that has taken me through many dark valleys, but also some glorious and amazing mountain tops. I want to share the things He has taught me and is continuing to teach me as I go on this journey. The picture in my header is one that I took on our 25th anniversary trip to San Antonio. It is one of the walkways in front of the Alamo. When I look at it, it looks like a walkway you would travel through to start a grand adventure. While our lives may not be fraught with the adventures of Bilbo Baggins or the other Hobbits, our life is still a grand adventure full of unexpected twists and turns. Our ultimate goal should be serving Christ as we go through our days looking at every experience to see what He is trying to reveal of Himself to us.

 I hope to encourage women to be who they are in Christ and to follow the model of Titus 2 in this endeavor. I will be trying some new things as I begin again. One of the new things will be an online Bible study through the My Titus 2 Journey Facebook page. The first one will start on Aug. 5th. I will post more details about it tomorrow.

Please leave a comment and let me know how you are doing. If there is a specific topic you would like to discuss, let me know and I’ll consider a post about it.

May the Lord’s face shine upon you today!

Calendar Organization

Now that school has started it seems that our calendar is quickly filling up. As the holidays approach our calendar will become even more crowded. I found myself struggling with trying to juggle my calendar organization the other day and this idea popped into my head. It has already helped me tremendously & I hope that it will help you also.

I do use the calendar in my phone, but I am a girl who loves her paper. I have tried going paperless on many things and I just can’t do it. Besides, who wouldn’t want to use a calendar that has my all too cute grandson on it?

 I had several people we were trying to schedule to have over for dinner & a trip that Gene has to make for work that still has no set date.  I got post-it note strips and wrote the names of people we were trying to schedule and Gene’s trip. I placed the strips that I had an idea about a date for on that corresponding date. For those that I wasn’t sure about I put on the bottom of the calendar.

 Because these notes stick & re-stick it made it easy to juggle things as I was trying to schedule them. I am very visual, so having it where I could see it to make changes made things much easier.

 

Once the date was firm, I would then take off the post-it and write it in pencil. I used to write dates in pen, but things can come up and plans will have to be re-scheduled and I hate marking through things, I’m just neurotic that way.

I hope that this tip is helpful to you. Do you have any other ideas/tips on organizing your calendar? Please share them, I love to hear great ideas.