Does spring fever have a grip on anyone else? You know, that itch to go out and start digging in the dirt even though you know full well that the ground is probably still hard as a rock and that there is still lots of time left for the snow to fly! It makes me want to draw garden blueprints and buy every flower in sight at the grocery store to liven up the last days of winter while I impatiently (insert me tapping my foot) wait for official season for digging in the dirt to arrive!
My case of spring fever is at an all time high this year because we have had waves of unusually warm temperatures here in the heartland. When you are out cleaning up the yard in t-shirts in February, and bulbs that shouldn’t make an appearance for another month are already standing tall, it makes it really hard to remember that is still winter! While it may be way too early to start breaking out the gardening tools, it is the absolute perfect time to peruse your spring decor for gaps that you can start looking to fill in preparation for the calendar to announce the official start of the spring season!
It’s happened to all of us. You are out and about doing a little recreational vintage shopping and spy an object that stops you in mid meander. We’re not talking a fleeting glance or passing fancy here! But, rather, a subtle gasp accompanied by an immediate flip flop of the heart while your brain simultaneously starts racing with all the reasons that this is the perfect object to satisfy every life issue that you have ever faced! Okay, maybe not every issue, but you know with all your being that it is a VERY special find!
You turn over the price tag and the age old internal debate begins. Is it really worth the asking price? Could you do better? Is it in the budget? Those pesky questions that are the rational side of your brain endeavoring to recapture your attention in order to bring you back to an emotional state that will enable you to make a wise purchasing decision. It is the eternal dilemma for every flea market and vintage aficionado!
My most recent brush with this dilemma happened when I came upon this pretty little girl while wandering through an antique mall a couple of months before Christmas. My heart did that little flip flop, my breath caught a bit and that’s when it happened–I fell just a little in love with her!
We interrupt our regular DIY and decorating shenanigans to spill the beans about how you can save money simply by doing your regular shopping! While I don’t consider myself cheap, I do consider myself to be thrifty! Unfortunately, so many of the traditional methods that allow you to spend less involve way too much time consuming research. Let’s face it, with jobs to excel at, families to take care of, dinners to get on the table and a home to keep up, nobody has time to for that! So how’s a girl supposed to save some mullah? Here are two of my personally Designing Wilder tested answers!
Birthdays are funny things! Sometimes they come with much fanfare and hoopla. Other times they come with quiet moments and sweet reflections. This year mine came with one of my very favorite things–a chandelier.