My Studio has New Light!


Pin It I have wanted to get rid of this UGLY UGLY ceiling fan light since we moved in.  I love ceiling fans but this one was an eye sore! I mean, come on ... it really has no business in being in this creative space, right! It will be replaced by this sorry looking piece ... But, don't be fooled!!!! BEHOLD!!!! My 3 men installed this LOVELY chandelier for me on Valentine's Day!  What a GREAT present! I cannot tell you how much I ABSOLUTELY.LOVE.IT!!!! Isn't she pretty? I LOVE walking by my studio and looking on this $20 GOODWILL thrift store find!  And I didn't even have to do a thing to it!  BONUS! It gives perfect light to my studio and I love being in there even … [Read more...]

Goodwill Denver’s Swap & Shop Evening

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What an evening!!!! There was ambiance, music, beautiful people ... and Goodwill Clothes!!! People brought 10 or more items they wanted to 'exchange' and the volunteers hung them on hangers while we were all enjoying the festivities.  After the show was over, the attendees were able to go through and choose up to 10 items they wanted for themselves. There were vendors at the show as well!  I should have gotten a picture of the food area because IT was amazing too!  Paninies, veggies, cheese bar, crackers, etc!  YUM! And an outfit that was being raffled off ... really amazing stuff here!  This is piece designed by Mondo Guerra from Project Runway {I actually like it!!!} {and I like … [Read more...]

Goodwill Score … Part Deux

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and carrying on.... Yeah, a Columbia Ski Jacket for the boy ... $3.99 {pretty much BRAND NEW!} Columbia Ski Pants {BRAND NEW} ... $3.99 Can you believe the insanity?  I totally bought the oldest's ski gear for next year for under $8. These tags say it all ... Brand New. AND.... a Snozu jacket for me {it's a Large from the kids' department} ... $3.99 ... do you know these jackets go for upwards of $50?!!! A Camo jacket for our youngest!  He loves it!!!  I'll take it for $3.99 So, you see, you can certainly clothe a family on a budget!  I bought all this winter gear AND the clothing from the previous post AND 2 candle pillars with tags on still {that were regular $49.99 EACH … [Read more...]

Goodwill Score!!!

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I had some fun last night doing a little fashion show with my Instagram app on my iPhone... How about my new olive green Nike jacket for $8.99 Don't hate ... American Eagle jeans for $4.99 I love this orange shirt... This jacket is DOWN FILLED!!!  All for $10.99! A cute Talbot skirt for only $4.99 Oh, and this SWEET top ... {I love love love the embroidery detail on this one!} Okay, this is all I'm posting for this one ... I have more I'll share in the next couple of days! xo Tara … [Read more...]

Goodwill Denver … ROCKS!!!

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I love Goodwill Industries in Denver! There is ALWAYS something I find there for a GREAT PRICE! I also love Craigslist, too.  I've been looking on Craigslist lately for a used treadmill for about a month as I'm going to start training for a 1/2 marathon.  And, well, you know it's starting to get a bit chilly in these parts, so I didn't want any excuse not to train. I recently went to Goodwill and what did I find?  A freaking treadmill! Seriously!!! {The leaves are via the boys} For how much, you ask? YES, $54.95. {love the 'tredmill'} We got it home and figured out that the 'safety key' was missing.  Bummer. BUT, I went online and called the parts department, they had one in … [Read more...]

Our Front Room Shelves Makeover ~ and some Goodwill Finds

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A few weeks ago, I posted about doing these shelves Well, now they are all put back and have all the usual stuff put back on them You wanna see? Sure, come on in... The full view Left side I love these two turquoise-y blue pieces, don't you? For one, the colors and the shapes are amazing And two, you guessed, I got them from GOODWILL! ******** How about we hop over to the other side... Right side What do we have over here? If you notice on each, there are those great lime green storage boxes. Yep, Goodwill ... $3.00 for BOTH of them {1/2 off sale day} There are some photos and a bit of Raku Pottery I made a few years ago I love this piece. One thing to know about Raku is … [Read more...]

Goodwill Finds ~ Business Casual Attire Tops


When I went back to work a few months ago, I realized I didn't have much in the business casual attire department in my closet. I knew that my job was only going to be temporary and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on clothes that I'd wear for a little while. Knowing this, I went to Goodwill and shopped ... and shopped ... and shopped. A lot of times, I did hit their 50% off sales on various Saturdays, so my total shopping bill would come out to around $40 on average. Here are some clothes I bought.... New York & Co blouse for $1.50 $1.50 The cute snaps take me back a few years ;) $1.50 $1.50 Ann Taylor Loft  $1.50  So, as you can see, you can dress for the office on a … [Read more...]

Getting Ready for a Craft Show

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What a busy couple of weeks. I was recently asked to attend the Jazz on 2nd Festival in Niwot to sell my wares.  Not planning on selling at any shows during the summer, I wasn't, let's say, prepared. So, I've been a bit busy trying to get everything ready and together making sure I have enough of everything. I've been trying to think of how I'm going to set up my booth so it's not just a lonely looking table.  I want it to be interesting and inviting and colorful.  However, I don't want to spend a lot of money on it {because everything I do is on a budget, you know how it is} So, I've been checking out my favorite places, Craigslist and Goodwill. I got these plantation shutters for FREE … [Read more...]

Studio Update ~ My New Cutting Table

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This is yet another Goodwill find! Are you sick of them yet? Originally $8.99 But, it was 50%. So $4.50 for this bad boy! I've been looking for a high table on Craigslist for ages. Was about to settle for one of those farm tables and just add a few inches to the legs to give it some height. But when I saw this diamond in the rough just sitting there, I just had to have it! Not much in the rough But you know me. Take a bit of spray paint... And get this So much better! And now, it fits perfectly up in my studio! It's not too big. I thought I might want a larger table, but it's just right for the projects I'm doing at the moment. {here's the real life photo, nothing … [Read more...]

What We Did This Weekend ~ Baseball, Golf and Goodwill Finds!!!!


Yes, of course it was another Little League baseball game ...                      The boy hit a line drive right up the middle {you should have seen the other team's faces!}  *surprise* The coaches were talking/laughing about the hit after saying they had no idea where it came from  LOL That's my boy!!!   Here's the other boy, hamming it up as always...   All my boys went to play 9 holes ...   Check out the ball to the right of the pic! I love our camera!!! I had a few hours to myself so I decided to go to Goodwill, you know, just to browse .... you gotta see what a I got ... I'll just show you 2 things I got {I'll post some of the others in another post} Oh, … [Read more...]