Mix It Up

December 20th, 2008 in blog, projects     
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Heres the scoop.  Found at a thrift store for $1, this gorgeous vase that resembles sundae glassware is filled with seasonal greenery and berries.  Paired up with a 49-cent red-handled ice-cream scoop and youve got a pretty sweet bouquet.    
Bright, shiny things always attract my eye.  When I saw this vintage blender on a table that said Free, I snatched it right up!  Even though I dont use it, it still gives my kitchen a nice clean sparkle that I love.   
A tricycle tire gives this area something funky to look at. 
I find these jars between $.99 and $2.50 each at thrift stores and garage sales.  As you can see we need our hot chocolate accompanier and Twizzlers within arms reach at all times.   
Make a hot cocoa station using an old wood box, a vintage thermos and a generous amount of your favorite mugs to treat your guests with some warmth for the season. 
Dont forget to collect the 25-cents.
My hot cocoa station box started out just like any other old and dirty wood box would (refer to photo).  I cleaned, primed and painted it white.  I then added a couple coats of chalkboard paint to the front panel in order to start my hot cocoa business.         
This fabulous vintage drink cooler was found at a charitable thrift store.  (Another plus regarding many thrift stores are the funds they raise for charity). 
A vintage banana split glass holds a votive and a few pieces of natures seasonal decor.
Soup and vegetable cans have got to be the least expensive item you can decorate with.  They are also quite handy gathering pencils, scissors, crayons, clothespins, magnets....
This $3.00 miniature cake plate, found at a barn sale a few months ago, may be small in size but it really works big in my kitchen.  It stands between my stove and coffee maker so it holds all the important things we need to make life easier in the kitchen. 
The only items I purchased new are the larger pepper grinder and salt shaker.  The rest can be found at thrift stores and flea markets on any given day.  
Heres the scoop.  Found at a thrift store for $1, this gorgeous vase that resembles sundae glassware is filled with seasonal greenery and berries.  Paired up with a 49-cent red-handled ice-cream scoop and youve got a pretty sweet bouquet.    

Here's the scoop.  Found at a thrift store for $1, this gorgeous vase that resembles sundae glassware is filled with seasonal greenery and berries.  Paired up with a 49-cent red-handled ice-cream scoop and you've got a pretty sweet bouquet.    

Did you ever notice how the homes in decorating magazines are filled with a mix of vintage pieces with new? Well I sure do and I love every bit of it. I would like to share a few of my junk and thrift store finds from my kitchen to show how inexpensive and easy it is to make your home more inviting. (I also have a little project I completed in there so check out all the photos.)

To be honest, our kitchen appliances are practically the only thing new in our kitchen, so you won't see too many "new" pieces in these photos.

Stay warm.



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Comments (16)

doggbo writes: I enjoy having my tea bags ect in old jars it just seems to say welcome to vistors who spend alot of time in the kitchen.I am making a jar for my marshmellows now I didnt think of that now my chocolate will be complete! Posted: 8:33 pm on April 10th
pofolksdecorator1 writes: Hi Candy,
Adorable stuff! I've been wracking my brain for a centerpiece idea. I have a glass vintage pitcher, all I need is the greenery and red! Thanks. Annie (pofolksdecorator) Posted: 10:54 am on February 28th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Thank you everyone!

Lovemystuff - That is a great story about your dad's mugs. They are my absolute favorite too and anytime I find more at thrift stores or flea markets I always add them to my collection. Thanks for posting! Posted: 4:01 pm on December 31st
LoveMyStuff writes: Love everything! You know everyone has a favorite mug or cup to drink from, and the ones you have in your box are my dad's favorite! I remember drinking my coffee and hot chocolate in them as a little girl, and my dad still does! I am having the best time tonight. Glad I logged on! Posted: 9:35 pm on December 30th
Meadowview_Farm writes: Candy...May I please stop over to your house for a milk shake or something --- the pictures just invite me right in! Thanks for sharing!
Kari Posted: 12:03 pm on December 23rd
shabbychick writes: Love it all, Candy!! Sweet and simple - love the little cake plate and the striped drink cooler!

Happy Holidays!

Kathy Posted: 12:49 pm on December 22nd
thefrogprincess writes: Everything is so inviting! I love the look of glass jars filled with edible treasures. Posted: 12:07 pm on December 22nd
roadtriplouise writes: Love your decorating vintage mix, the tin cans are so simple, but make it all come together.
Ann Posted: 2:15 pm on December 21st
suewhitney writes: Candy,

Once again....delightful! I love the crisp, clean, and inviting look of what you have done here. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Happy Holidays!
Sue Posted: 9:41 am on December 21st
1DesignChick writes: Oh dear I'm afraid I'm coveting...the Pelican Cooler. Fantastic! All the pics are lovely. There's nothing like fresh greens and berries, too. Sweet! Posted: 10:43 pm on December 20th
CottageElements writes: Candy, your arrangements are wonderful! You have such a great eye and are great at all the little extra touches. Love the chalkboard paint on the vintage box and I always am a sucker for cake plates. You are a great addition to the team!

Lani Posted: 10:31 pm on December 20th
Designcafe writes: Hi,
Love your junk arrangements. I think I have the same taste as you do.... love,love,love, also the Christmas card and typewriter arrangement... have a great holiday. Posted: 4:56 pm on December 20th
georgiamoon writes: Very cool stuff. I can see why Sue wanted you as a contributor. This post looks a lot like one she would do. Very well photographed and displayed. Easy and simple ideas are sometimes the best. Good job Candy, Georgia Posted: 2:19 pm on December 20th
Gardenjunky writes:

Wow! is all I can say. Love your things. You would never know that you got them so inexpensive. You sure have a
great knack of displaying. I will be using a few of your
ideas for myself in the next few days.

Carolyn Posted: 1:36 pm on December 20th
bolmscheid writes: Great ideas ... so warm and welcoming ... I'm a softie for the color red and old wheels ... thanks for sharing!

Brenda Posted: 11:36 am on December 20th
LuAnn writes: Candy:

Love your kitchen ideas and holiday/winter items. You have given us all inspiration to create our own "warm" kitchen. Especially liked your small cake plate for frequently used items. Good job!

LuAnn Posted: 10:08 am on December 20th
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