Floweraholics Anonymous

Hi.  My name is Jaime.  And I am addicted to flowers.

The first step is ackowledgement they say.

But how am I supposed to kick it if Goodwill keeps providing me with such lovely flowered cover things??

For so cheap??

I don’t know, but its best just not to fight it, I think.

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Small hanging canvas, .99.  Priced on the spot.  Reasonably:)

Is it not the cutest thing ever??? I ’bout had a heart attack when I picked it up.

This is known as a GBISHA- the ‘Goodwill bargain induced shock heart attack’.

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Standing Photo album/frame, $2.99.

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Hanging Jewelry Organizer, $.99!! The cheapest I have seen them is $9.99.  Anywhere.

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Little blue flowery journal, for my songwriting ways, $.99.

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Three mason jars, $.49 each,

used to make tealight on water candle holders like this:

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So pretty!?

Tealights were $2 for 20 at Family Dollar, one of my other favorite places to shop.

They have candles like this on the bar top where I work, and I loved it so much I wanted to copy it at my house.  I knew Goodwill has mason jars a lot, so I popped over to get these, and found them along with all my other great items as well.

Pretty simple:

Just fill the mason jar with water.  Place the tealight on top.

Immediate pretty and romantic ambience.

What I DIDN’T take home:

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This awesome Mossimo from Target (donated, not purchased from Target by Goodwill) striped boatneck pocket shirt for $4.49.

Why you ask?

This:
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Normally, I would buy the shirt/item, get home, and notice the indiscretion.  Somehow I noticed it before I purchased it this time and couldn’t bring myself to buy it.  For the best I guess.  $4.49 more in my pocket.

A GREAT day at Goodwill, I’d say.  I love all my items so much, and do not care how flowery or feminine they are.  I am flowery and feminine and am proud of it.  I may have to change my decor ways someday when I get married…but we’ll see.

Until then….

Thanks for stopping by!

Go out and support your local Goodwills and thrift stores!  They do great work!  (For both our closets, homes, and society 😉

-Jaime

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Valentine’s Day Surprise and Cheesecake

Disclaimer: This find IS NOT my own.

K, I’m glad we got that out of the way.

But it was given to me by the One who was half responsible for making me aka my MOM.  So it counts.  And it’s hanging in my room now too along with my other lovely things.

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My mom (and anyone else who talks to me for five minutes) knows that I love flowers and music.  Not necessarily in that order.  Safe to say 3/4 of my clothing probably have flowers on it, as well as my hoome decor.  I am not ashamed or scared to admit that fact.  Yes, I am also 29 years old.  Not six or seven like the kids in the classroom that I work in.  I think it would be safe to say I would have been a ‘flower’ child had I lived in that decade.  Well, maybe.  I’m not so sure about the lifestyle, just the title.

Anyway, I digress.  In addition to flowers, I love music.  I have played piano since I was 5, and sang for even longer.  Suffice to say it is beyond my passion, and I just spent three years in Nashville trying to make it my career.  Another self plug- you can hear a couple of my songs at www.reverbnation.com/jaimenelson.  I hope you enjoy.

So the mother of all mothers saw this frame, while looking for Valentine’s gifts for my wonderful nieces and nephew, her grandchildren (crazy how I made that connection, huh???I know) and added it to her pile to leave waiting for me Valentine’s Day morning.

What a lady.  Who needs a boyfriend?

Well, that may be a stretch…I take that back.  I would like one.  For sure.

I really do love this canvas though, so pretty.

And I just realized, it has a THIRD thing that I love.  Fancy writing in a foreign language (French??).  Making me have absolutely no idea what it is saying, but I can only assume it is something beautiful and heartwarming.

It could be saying, “you suck” for all I know.

But it sure looks nice.

I hope you all had a beautiful Valentine’s Day.  I assume you are all the type of people that don’t get hung up on the fact of having or not having a ‘boyfriend’ to share the day with.  There are so many wonderful types of love in the world to celebrate on such a day to be depressed over not having just one specific kind.

Make yourself a cake,

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as I did, and move on.  How can you be sad with this in your life???

Looks delicious, right??  Well, it was.  Raspberry white chocolate cheesecake with chocolate wafer crust.  All of those words should not be in the same title.  Too much goodness.  But its not.  It’s heavenly and perfect.

Here is the ‘quick’ recipe:

Crust:

2 cups chocolate cookie crushed mixed with 6 T melted buttteerrrrrr yummm

Raspberry swirl:

2 T cornstarch, 2 T sugar, 1/2 water, and 10 oz frozen raspberries brought to a boil together in a saucepan for 5 minutes until thick.

White chocolate mix:

Melt 2 cups white chocolate chips with 1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream etc in a double boiler

Cheesecake!!!!:

3 packages cream cheese softened, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar.  Mix this with a blender on high speed, then mix in the white chocolate mixture.

Layer the cream cheese mixture over the crust with 3 drops of 1 T. each of the raspberry swirl twice and then swirl it with a knife all pretty like.

Bake in a 9″ springform pan at 325 for 50-60 minutes.  Open the door and turn off the oven when it’s set on the edges and let it cool in the oven so the top doesn’t crack (too much).

Cool a couple hours and enjoooyyy!!!  I did.  It is delicious.

Lastly, I would like to give a shoutout to some viewers I had the other day all around the world:

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The world is so big and yet so small!!  I love that no matter how far apart we are, and different cultures we live in, we share a similar bond and interest.

Happy thrifting and living!  Please share with me your finds and stories:)  I’d love to hear.

-Jaime

“Life is too short not to spend it smiling.”

Purses, Khakis and Home Decor for the soul…

Purses, khakis and home decor for the soul….

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Awesome wooden purse with top metal clasp, $6.99

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 New from Target Mossimo fun pinkish red khakis with belt and tags, $4.99

(that light follows me around…you’ll notice)

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J. Crew wide leg flat front khakis, perfect condition, $7.99

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Large framed flower Wall Art, $20

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Retro diner statement wall art, $9.99

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Mint Condition Vera Bradley quilted purse, $17.99

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Find of the year…Computer table (slash excess of jewelry and hat table in my house….), $12.99.

I did not purchase either one of the purses, but thought I should still share with you what amazing stuff you can find there.  The wood purse is truly one of a kind being all solid wood, and such a nice pattern engraved all over the outside, for only $6.99.  The Vera Bradley is a steal as well, as her purses start at $50 and up.   I already have this same exact purse (thanks Mom) in another pattern, so didn’t really feel spending $18 on another was completely necessary.

I love my new pink khakis.  There is really not much more I can say about that.  I’ve worn them two days in a row, the first two days that I owned them, and they are now in the wash.  I would like to point out that the lovely J.Crew blue striped blouse I am wearing with them I purchased, not at Goodwill, but at Savers, another thrift store (I do shop elsewhere) for $4.99.  The whole outfit was under $10.00.

Speaking of ‘ol J.Crew, I also love my J.Crew khakis.  When will you ever find J.Crew khakis for $7.99??  Such a good deal.  I especially loved when I found these because I had just gotten a job at a school and felt I needed more than just jeans to wear, so I went to Goodwill looking specifically for khakis and slacks, rather than perusing the aisles for whatever treasures I can find.  And I found these that could not have been more perfect for what I was looking for.  Goodwill wins again.

Need to redecorate or decorate for the first time?  Goodwill has ya!  These two pieces, both very different, are awesome!  Just like the purses, I did not get either one because I am about to get a roommate and I am not sure exactly what her tastes are yet or what kind of art she even needs.  But I would have gone for the retro diner shot if I had because…A) It’s the cheaper one B) It’s the more fun one:)

I DID, however, buy. this. desk. $12.99!!! Are you joking??  Goodwill sometimes doesn’t quite hit the mark in it’s pricing.  Sometimes it is in your favor and sometimes not.  This price, $12.99 for a dark mahogany computer desk with a working sliding drawer, was definitely a price miss, and in my favor.  If there hadn’t been three of the same price tag on it, I would have assumed a stray price tag had landed on it.  But it didn’t, and now I am super organized and productive now that I have it…I mean, I will be:)  It’s only been two days.  And it is very nice that my computer (and hats and bracelets) now has a place to call home, in addition to my bed and the floor.  It is no longer in danger of being sleepily stepped on in the morning.  Happy day for him.  My computer is a male apparently….

So happy with all my finds lately!! I hope you enjoyed looking at them!

Are you a treasure hunter, or do you go thrifting on a mission looking for something specific each time?  I am very impressed if you do!

Happy thrifting,

-Jaime

Pillowcase Gifts…and other fun things

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Gap navy blue skinny capri khakis, stitching down the front leg, just my size (and taste)! $5.99

Vintage Couture wall art, just my taste! $gifted from my Mom, the original goodwill-aholic {and role model}.

New from Target black Champion fleece jacket, $12

Purple and orange Avia workout pullover hoodie, $3

New from Target brown faux leather boots, just my size, $15

I wore the top outfit to work today, and thought I’d share it with y’all!  The pants and boots were purchased within the past two months at my local Goodwill boutique.

The wall art was sitting on my bed waiting for me when I got home as a gift from my dear Mom.  She knows of my love for all things Vintage and Couture, and so found it hard not to snap these up for me.  Not much better than coming home to gifts sitting on your pillowcase, am I right?

The black fleece has served me very well in my homecoming in September to CT and to a very harsh winter.  I came home from warm TN with not much winter wear to speak of, and Goodwill (plus some great Christmas sales at Old Navy) have helped stock me back up.

Lastly, the Avia workout top was another of my purchases I bought with the grouping I blogged about last night, in “A Smattering of Things”.  I knew there was something missing in that post!  The morning I found and purchased this top, I said to  myself, “I need a workout pullover for when I go to the gym or want to run outside with my dog…”

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(I just happen to have an adorable picture of him.  Baker Jones.  Black lab/Shepherd extraordinairre.  Look, I can spell extraordinairre:)

and in true Goodwill fashion, I found one.  I love when that happens.

Lastly, I will share with you some action shots of my new Forever XXI cropped knitted sweater:

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(You see?  Way in the corner….:)  Watching my adorable and crazy nephew Luke,

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and after a wonderful last minute potluck dinner with friends in the second.  It’s versatile enough for both events.  The mark of a great sweater.

The gal on the left is my thrifting compatriot:)  Her pants (which you can’t see…because I smartly deleted the picture in which you could…) are White House Black Market from Goodwill, for less than $10.  You’ll have to take my word that they look great.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please share with me your finds and thoughts and go out and support shopping second hand, good causes, and saving money!  Experience the thrill of the hunt:)

-Jaime

Give Goodwill a Chance

I got ‘let out of school early today’ (i.e. I left after nap time began) to ‘get stuff done’ before I leave for vacation this Saturday…to be honest, I did run some vacation related errands (picked up some road trip snacks and groceries to take with), but somehow had just enough time left to make a quick stop at Goodwill.  I had to see what .99 Wednesday had to offer.  It had a few things. 

For one,

this amazing framed wall art for &7.99, in perfect condition. 

If you all don’t know by now, or are just joining this fun blog, I. Love.  Flowers.  If I went to count the number of flower related art that I have hanging around my apartment right now, well…it would be high.  That’s really about it.  I have a lot of it, and this adds to my collection quite nicely.  A nice bouquet of yellow flowers to display on my wall morning, noon, and night. 

Continuing on with the home goods theme, I found this interesting piece of furniture…

and since I couldn’t put my finger on what it was supposed to be (a wall hanger to hang coats, etc, a shelf…), I decided to make it a bench to put at the end of my bed. 

It will be covered with pretty pillows and what not, and probably some shoes beneath.  Construction phase has not been completed, or started, yet.  I plan to take the knobs off that I am guessing are meant to hang stuff with, and refinish the painting, but I wanted to share the item just the same.  A finished version will come soon, I’m sure.  With my defnition of soon being very loose, hooker-esque if you will:) 

And as far as .99 wednesday goes (the color of the week is .99 on Wednesdays and Sundays), I found four items.  Here is my favorite of the four:

A light pink cropped jacket from Forever 21….0.99.  I think I already noted that, but hey, the $0.99 price tag can’t really be noted enough. 

I realize the above photos are not in prime viewing position, but my computer has been acting up, and this is how you are going to see these items.  It’s a-better than nothing.  And better than me screaming at my computer. 

All in all, I would say it was a half hour well spent.  Which, on that note, I would like to add an argument in favor of shopping at Goodwill.  Often, in my discussions with some people, whose names shall remain….nameless, about shopping at Goodwill (which not so surprisingly happens in discussions with me), they will say “yeah, if you want to take time to look through the racks.”  And I say, “I beg to differ” (except in a much cooler way).  This shopping trip proved my point marvelously.  I would like someone to show me where they can get wall art, a bench for the end of their bed, a cropped jacket and two short sleeve shirts in just a half an hour (and for $24 I might add, if we’re even going to include price in this discussion).  It doesn’t take long.  Yes, you have to look through racks of clothes you may not like that much in order find two or three that you do, but you have to do the same thing at department or ‘regular’ stores.  It’s just not as glamorous.  The difference is, in malls, you have to walk from one store to the other; at Goodwill, you get hundreds of different brands all in one little package.  You’ll have to get your walking in elsewhere. 

So, don’t come to me saying, “yes, Goodwill is great, if you have the time to look”, cause I will wholeheartedly disagree, and will probably, if I am feeling like myself at all, give you many examples to back that up.    

Happy shopping!! (at Goodwill)