Sunday, June 29, 2008

I love TJ Max

I find some of the best buys there. This weekend (after severe cabin fever, not to mention the lack of buying dishes lately) I thought I would trek out to TJ Max to see what I could find to appease my dish-a-holic needs. Now, being a dish-a-holic on a budget, I try to keep an open mind for what could work in a table setting, using things that were not neccessarily ment for "tableware". As I was roaming thru I noticed on the clearance aisle a stack of boxes containing a dish ment to hold 3 pillar candles and flat marbles (see photo above).

I had seen these before when they were offering them at full price and did not give them a second thought, but, when I see something on clearance I really try to think of what I could come up with. This candle pillar display had been marked down to $8.00 each. Now, I thought, how could I use this in a different way? Volia! I could use the wrought iron base as a charger plate.

This set does come with the clear glass plate you see on the front of the box along with the candles and marbles (save them for something else), you could even use the glass plate to dine off of.
And for all you Shabby Chic enthusists you could just simply spray paint the wrought iron white and it would fit right in with that popular look.
Considering that I have seen wrought iron chargers for $30.00 and up, I figured that I got a pretty good deal, now these might have gone down even more, but I needed a certain amount of these to do a table, so I figured I'd go ahead and buy them for the 8 dollar price. So for me it was a good deal.
I hope this encourages some of you to look at objects with an open mind with thoughts of how you can substitute items ment for one task to do many.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Blue and White Hens and such

Hi all, I am finally able to post, I am still having computer issues, but hopefully this photo and message will work.

This is just a simple display I did on my dining room table. These items will be going in my kitchen once I am finished with my small reno. I will be going with all open shelves in the upper cabinet area (all the upper cabinets are gone which were almost useless), so until I can afford a total redo this will enable me to show and use my collections of dishes. Pretty and practical I hope.

P.S. those of you who have personally emailed me, I am not ignoring you, unfortunately I am still not able to access my email. :(