Secondhand Surplus

Monday, August 31, 2009


Yesterday, we lost the newest member to our family, and my heart feels very heavy with the weight of loss.

He came into our life so unexpectedly, and left way before we were ready. He is irreplaceable, and there will not be another to fill the hole. I am sad that I didn't get the chance to take more pictures of him, and I am also sad that I didn't spend a few extra minutes snuggling with him.

For the last two weeks I did get to wake next to him every morning, and anytime any of us took a moment to sit, he would be right there on our laps.

I am thankful that his last days were spent in the warmth of our home and our hearts.

"Chicken Wing" will sure be missed.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

craigslist find

FREE; Portland OR
(don't ask why I was looking in Portland)
For free I would definitely be able to find a spot in my entry for this retro tandem seating.

craigslist find

Eames style lounge
St. Louis MO; $50

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

where have I been?

In no particular order, here are some of the reasons it has been a week since my last post. The first photo is of a cool danish style magazine rack I picked up at a thrift store, for about $2.The second photo is of hopefully the last member to be added to the family farm. baby J named him chicken wing, and thinks that my new magazine rack is a perfect place to stuff him. The third photo is a sampling of the crap I've been stuffing in my car and dragging home from random alleys. I took this photo for a before shot, so more about that strange, stinky piece of furniture later. The next photo is of a thrifted rug that I love. I didn't think that I would the the color as much as I now do. It is old and a little tattered, I'm not sure if it is Persian or what, It is 6.5'x9.5', and cost less than $20, So in my book it will work perfectly. (sorry my pics are in the wrong place, switch the last two images) And last but not least, is a picture of my cabinet makeover. We took the doors off, painted the inside white, replaced the cheap piece of particle board, and organized. The new shelving needs to be painted white, but everything looks so pretty that I haven't wanted to remove everything to paint, so I am going to give it until the weekend.
So, there it is in no particular order the things that have been keeping me away.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lamp Makeover

Just a little before and after. I got this lamp for about $3 from a thrift store. I used it for awhile as is, but wasn't happy with the color too much. I primed the lamp with a gray primer, and used a flat black spray paint,(I've really been into flat paint lately). I then used a metallic gold paint on the inside. You can't tell from the pictures, but instead of a regular bulb, I used small round completely white bulbs, so as to not take away from the gold interior.
I love the way it dressed up such a blah $3 lamp.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

craigslist find

Cute little danish modern couch; St. Louis MO $40
I have a couch and matching chair that I got a few years ago for $8, and I considered that a deal. Furniture min this style is becoming a lot harder to find on the cheap, but I still think $40 isn't bad.

Friday, August 7, 2009


Imagine me, my husband, and baby J, a bunch of kids crap scattered around, out in the middle of nowhere, with a beautiful stream out back= HEAVEN
*via Remoldelista

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Just random inspiration, I have saved these pics for some reason or another.