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sharon’s pick

Amber from Follow The Yellow Brick Home had a great Easter Weekend Junkin’ Finds.  She found several things that are on my junking “want” list.  Great patina abounds on her finds.  My favorite find is an old rusty golf ball basket and a model Eiffel Tower.  Go check it out, she only hit three sales and spend a mere $8.  I would love to go junkin’ with Amber anytime!

kathleen’s pick

Dany from My Little Old World has made me smile in a big way. Not only has she shared with us the teacup and other goodies she received as a participant in The Enchanting Rose 10th Teacup & Mug Exchange, but she also shares with us her adorable Augustus bunny rabbit as well. If you’ve ever thought of joining in the teacup exchange, this is the post to read. And as far as adorable pets are concerned, I have always wanted a lop eared rabbit. After seeing the photos of Augustus my desire for a rabbit has been rekindled — just don’t tell my husband! Thank you, Dany,for making me smile!

cecilia’s pick

When it comes to setting a charming vintage tablescape, Lora from Create & Ponder is a girl after my own heart. In Add Luscious Layers to Your Tablescape, she shared step by step how to style a gorgeous garden-inspired table set with lovely vintage layers. These pottery serving pieces caught my eye, but you really must pay her a visit to enjoy the attention Lora pays to every single detail of her sweet spring tablescape.

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the world’s best chocolate peanut butter fudge

The World’s Best Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge you say, well at least my kids think so.  This fudge is sumptuous and there is just no better word to describe it.

Only an expert can find the minute differences that make a system better than the rest. Kids know the best fudge and financial experts know the best trading program in the stock market. They keep track of every program that is launched in the market and checks their features. They can easily identify if a program is genuine or not. The unanimous verdict about BTC Profit is that it is the perfect program for novices and expert traders alike in the niche of digital money. This is as simple as eating a chocolate fudge while the trading process is taken care of by the robots according to the instructions set by you.

When you really need something self-indulgent, this fudge is what you want.  The recipe is my adaptation of one in Southern Living back in the 90’s.

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chocolate peanut butter fudge

2 1/2 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Cocoa

1 Cup Milk

1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup

1 Stick of Butter divided

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter

2 Teaspoons Vanilla (if you like)

1 Cup Chopped Pecans (if you like)

Combine first four ingredients in a Dutch Oven and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves.  Add 2 tablespoons of butter and stir until it melts.  Cover and boil for three minutes.

Remove the cover but continue to cook until the candy reaches 234 degrees or use the old school soft ball method which entails the candy forming a soft ball when you release a small drop into a cool glass of water.

The candy will be extremely hot so handle with care.  Remove from heat and add remaining butter but do not stir.  Add the vanilla and pecans (if desired).  Let cool for 10 minutes.

With an electric mixer,  beat candy until mixed well and pour into a 9-inch square buttered dish.  Cool, and enjoy.

Yields 3 dozen 1 1/2 inch squares

I omitted the vanilla and chopped pecans but I did place a few pecans on top.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge both decadent and yummy!

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Comments

  1. Jann Olson says:

    Sounds yummy Sharon. I can only eat fudge if there are nuts in it, so the pecans are great!! Isn’t that funny? Without nuts it’s just too sweet for me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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My Thrift Store Addiction ~ How to Shop Texas Antique Week Like a Pro

To shop for antiques you do not have to be an antique dealer necessarily. Many of them just pick up antiques as a weekend hobby. All that you need to know is what you are looking for and have the correct approach to settle the deal.

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sharon’s pick

Leanna from Faeries and Fauna shared a tour of her charming home decorated for spring. The decor throughout her home shows a light but lovely spring touch.  Something as simple as toning down her three-tier stand with birch bark makes a huge impact.  My favorite vignette is the two rabbit sentries guarding their prize carrots in a galvanized tub but be sure not to miss the giant carrots Leanna made for her granddaughters. Hop over to the Faeries and Fauna Spring Home Tour to see which vignette is your favorite.

kathleen’s pick

You don’t have to be a wine drinker to love Pat from Bringing French Country Home’s latest estate sale find. You just have to love French vintage. And that I do! Pat was lucky enough to score a rare French vintage wine crate that I would have fought for myself. She brought it home and styled it beautifully. To be honest I’m jealous but in the best way! Stop by and visit her French Wine Crate Find. Awesome score, Pat!

cecilia’s pick

True confession time: As an avid gardener, I’ll admit that until very recently, I’ve been somewhat close minded when it comes to faux flowers. However, after discovering some very thrifty and realistic looking blooms for my latest project, I’ve adjusted my attitude. Jennifer at Decorated Chaos not only knows this secret, but in How to Shop for Faux Flowers she also shares her tips for arranging realistic looking bouquets, plus a source that might surprise you! If you’re like me, and not easily convinced, pay Jennifer a visit and see for yourself!

If you enjoy the rustic look of reclaimed wood, then you’ll want to run over to Anika’s DIY Life where Anika takes us step by step the process she went through to Build a DIY Emerson Buffet. She clues us in on how to mimic the look of reclaimed wood in order create her wonderfully handsome buffet–not to be missed.

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Permission: By linking up to Vintage Charm you assert that the photographs are yours (or you have permission to use them), and you give your hostesses permission to feature them on social media or a blog post, with a link back to your blog. You assert that your post content is also your own work.

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simple sunday ~ easy easter cloche

Welcome to Simple Sunday.  I am so glad you joined me today

Today I’m putting together an easy Easter cloche and vignette in the foyer.

This time I gathered the guts to take my daughter with me shopping and yes it was fun. I realized why it is important that your child is involved in your projects and how they too learn in the process. Read the following link on the benefits of taking your child shopping.

They would love to give you a hand and help with your shopping. You could give them responsibilities to hunt for an item or compare some stuff before buying them. The little older ones can also help to pull your trolley for you.

One great benefit of shopping with kids is that you get to try out on some free samples. Yes, these are indeed good and you may have experienced this before.

You also learn to control your anger when you are with kids out shopping. You may want to frown and shout at them but being in public restricts you from doing that. Even if you want to unleash your anger you still have to control yourself.

I also got to teach my child why she should not buy some boxes that are made to be expensive for no real reason. I taught her frugality which I believe is important. She learned how to look at the bargain stuff and make sure that we keep track of how much we are spending on our next project.

The best part, however, was that taking her shopping with me gave me access to the toy aisle. I got to play with the toys which I would not have done if I had been shopping alone. And the other good thing about this shopping experience was that my child felt so involved and it was a great outing for her as well as for her mamma.

First, I gathered a few things to use in my Easter cloche – three cover-less books, cute bunny, vintage Easter postcard, small green flower frog, a bird nest, and some pastel Easter eggs.  Before I began putting the cloche together I placed a twig runner over the chest.

I picked a vintage Easter postcard to include in the cloche held by a little green flower frog.

I sat a little pot of daisies on Easter egg plates beside the cloche

to complete the Easter vignette in the foyer.

The cloche and vignette came together very quickly.

Thank you for joining me today.

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simple sunday

Welcome to this week’s edition of Simple Sunday and hope you all remembered to spring forward an hour last night.

I don’t have a project to share this week but a trip my daughter and I made to Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta this weekend.

Ok accept it or not there are a few benefits of going shopping with your kids than buying on This Internet site.

You get to talk to yourself out loud when you are with your kids. It just makes the others feel that you are talking to your kids and you do not become the center of attention.

For kids too it is important that they go shopping. Yes at times you may be bothered about the tantrums but if it just to window shop and you have no real agenda or a huge shopping list to take care of then take your kids along with you.

If you aren’t familiar with Scott’s they have three markets.  The markets are in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta Expo Center on the second weekend of every month, Columbus, Ohio, at the Ohio State Fairgrounds November through March on specific weekends, and Washington Court House, Ohio, at the Fayette County Fairgrounds specific weekends.  See their website for details.

There are two large buildings filled with fine antiques, silver, rugs, and art but my favorite shopping is outside the south building.  It is where I make most of my purchases.

Lots of great architectural items in this area.

There were bins and bins of all types of salvaged metal pieces.

I loved these lanterns but couldn’t find anyone to give me a price.

This is my heart’s desire in a window, well almost.  I’ve been looking for a window something like this one but not exactly.  These were a tad on the expensive side and like I said not exactly what I have in mind.

A plane photo bombed this picture.

I didn’t make very many photos inside but this booth of floral arrangements always catches my attention when I go to Scotts.

They have some funky art and unusual items such as a glammed up dinosaur.   (This photo was mostly for my grandson who loves dinosaurs.  He was appalled that anyone would do this to a perfectly good dinosaur.)

Love this bicycle wheel upcycle as a hair bow display/keeper.

This brush and mirror caught my eye.  The vendor was originally asking $50. So do you think I bought it?  Come back for Vintage Fascination to see if I did.

Thanks for dropping by today!

snickerdoodle create~bake~make link party #172

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Shabby Chic Makeover of a Hollywood Regency

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vintage fascination no. 116

Welcome to the 116th edition of Vintage Fascination.

I have always had this fascination for vintage stuff and it is said that this is multi-layered psychology. It is the excitement that makes people want to hunt for vintage products. It gets easy to find the trending stuff in the local market but when you go looking for vintage things then that is where you really have to hunt. Here are some helpful resources on buying vintage items.

My best friend and I got in a couple of hours of thrifting and antiquing on Saturday afternoon and I have a few things to share with you.

No way I was passing up this large white enamel basin edged with red around the rim.  It has quite a few bumps and bruises but it is perfect for my purposes.   It is 24 inches in diameter.

My Mom had these type baking pan when I was a mid-century kid.  The cake pans measure 9 inches across.  Made by Bake King bakeware they have metal slides to get under the cake for easy removal.  These pans bring back fond memories of cakes baked by my Mom.

A Fire King creamer and sugar bowl in the Anchor Hocking Fire-King Swirl-Golden Shell pattern will match some other pieces I bought about a year ago.  This creamer and sugar bowl included a cup but I didn’t picture it here.  The whole set is in excellent condition and I have a saucer to match the cut.   Anchor Hocking Fire-King made this pattern from the period 1965 – 1976.

This re-web kit for lawn chairs brings back memories.  Not so much of re-webbing chairs but of the chairs themselves.  My parents had chairs like the ones on the package where they sat in the evening after dinner and watch the neighborhood kids play until dark.  My sister and I were among those playing kids.  It was such an innocent time in our lives.  I digress.  I have a little project in mind for this webbing but I’m not sure it will work.  I’ll share it with you if it works out.
 I picked up three Little Golden Books.  Old Mother Hubbard, The Fuzzy Ducking, and The Jolly Barnyard.  They are so sweet and unless valuable they are great for crafting.   My friend Diana at Adirondack Girl @ Heart recently wrote about collecting Little Golden Books.  She gives you the skinny on how to see if you have a first edition or valuable LGB.

Simple Sunday

Welcome friends, I am so happy you are here.This week I’m showing you a little St. Patrick’s Day decor in my kitchen.

I won this adorable green vintage inspired post box from Tania at Little Vintage Cottage back in December.  She had a contest on her blog sponsored by Bits of Vintage to give away a vintage inspired post box to one lucky reader who turned out to be me.  I was beyond thrilled to be the winner and this is the first chance I’ve had to use it.

Since it is almost St. Patrick’s day

Here is more about St Patrick ’s Day. This is a celebration that takes place in many countries but it is especially important for the Irish community. Green clothing is worn on this day. The celebration calls for some Irish food and drinks all of which are dyed in some green color as a symbol of this celebration.

St Patrick’s day is celebrated on the 17th of Marchand people march in the pride parades and eat cookies that are green and shaped like a clover. Shamrock is the symbol of St Patrick’s day which is the clover plants leaf and is also the symbol of the Holy Trinity.

Patrick was born in a middle-class family to a clergyman at the time when the Roman Empire was about to end its rule in Britain. When Patrick was just a teenage boy his house was attacked and he was abducted. Patrick was transported to Ireland and there he was sold as a slave to the king and here he worked as a shepherd. Because of his existence that was totally alienated he began his search for God. Almost after 6 years of being a slave, Patrick heard from God who told him that he would return back to his native place soon. Patrick traveled 200miles from where he departed to Britain.

Patrick found his family back but his experience had changed him. God seems to be directing him to be a priest and he started his service towards God. After 30 years of escaping from the slavery, Patrick felt that God was calling him to return to Ireland. God blessed Patrick’s work in Ireland and it was St Patrick who brought the gospel to Ireland.

Read Full Article on why St Patrick’s day is celebrated.

I decided to use the post box to create a little vignette of sorts.  I started with a little greenery.

Then I clipped a pretty green bird in the greenery.

Next, I tied on a vintage style shamrock with some twine.

What self-respecting St. Patrick’s Day vignette would be complete without a leprechaun?

Thank you for joining me today.

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Welcome to Simple Sunday.

I’ve wanted to create a Fairy Garden for a couple of years.  So when Dollar Tree had most of the Fairy Garden supplies I needed it was a sign that the time was right.

To be able to search for the craft supplies you just need to be clear in your head about what you want. Once you know what you want to make and have searched for ideas online then all that you need to do is to list out things that you want to purchase for the décor. It does feel interesting for many to visit a local craft store and get the supplies but one could also try purchasing them online.

Make sure that you buy your craft supplies from online stores that are reputed. The well-known ones will make sure that they write down every detail about the product that they are selling and also include loads of pictures so that you know what you will get. The descriptions that they use are specific and an easy to read format which is informative and in plain language. In addition, they would be using titles, tags, and attributes so that a simple search can get you to the product.

The photography of the product lets you know whether the item is what you are looking for. The best part of online shopping for your craft supplies is that you do not need to go anywhere to buy the supplies. You can order them online and the product gets delivered at home to you. Also, browse through the recommendations that you may see at the right-hand side or below the product. You may actually end up finding some supply that may have not been in your list but looks great to add to your craft.

This link takes you to a reputed online craft store from where you can do your craft supply purchases.

My Dollar Tree didn’t have all the pieces I wanted including a fairy, so a trip to a larger Dollar Tree near me is in order.  Today is just a miniature preview.

A white pedestal from my stash serves as a base.  I covered it with moss.

My granddaughter picked out this house.  We actually bought two houses.

A path made of white rocks leads to the Fairy house front door.

A sweet little bench is a perfect place for a Fairy to rest.

The gnomes are on guard until the Fairy comes home.

Gnomes are protectors

and good luck charms.

vintage fascination no. 114

Welcome to the 114th edition of Vintage Fascination.  When you read this post I will be in South Florida visiting my younger daughter.

I didn’t do a lot of thrifting last week since I was getting ready for my venture south; however, I have a few things to share.

This wooden bowl marked “Made in Occupied Japan” was a surprise find last week.  It is from the late 1940’s.  It has a small crack on the side but it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

The items designated as “made in occupied Japan” were exports.

All packaged together was a sweet little tea set with a pine cone motif.  It was a bit of a mystery purchase because I couldn’t tell what pieces were in the package until I got it home and opened it.  Several pieces of the pretty little tea set are missing but it was just too pretty to pass up.

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The remaining pieces of the tea set include teapot, creamer, sugar bowl with cover, four teacups, and three saucers. There is a larger plate has a repair.  Manufactured by Grantcrest of Japan this is a charming mid-20th-century toy tea set.

I walked away from this pretty hand embroidered dresser scarf (table runner) with crocheted blue edging because it had a hole near the middle.

Crochet is a technique that is done using needles and it is performed on a crochet hook. It uses some fiber and other materials as well. In most cases, one uses crochet thread or yarn or some other materials.

The crochet experts use the basic stitch patterns and combine them in different ways to make some interesting patterns. These could be patterned or plain, monochromatic or colorful. Read more on crochet patterns here.

Then I went back and grabbed it since a cute centerpiece or bowl would cover the little hole.  It has flower pots embroidered on it giving it a kind of outdoor vibe.  So I am going to use it on the table on my deck.

An adorable double handled baby cup was sitting right next to the Grantcrest toy tea set.  It was less than a dollar so you can see that I couldn’t pass it up.  Besides a new collection is beginning to take shape.

It is Kirk Stieff pewter with a cow jumping over the moon on the bottom and clouds and stars on the side.  So sweet!

Thanks for joining me today.  Hoping the sun comes out soon here.