I am really not into shopping. Yeah, I know, that sounds weird, considering that I am a female. Really, just about everyone alive likes to shop for something. Stereotypically, women are all about shoes and clothes and house stuff, and men are all about gadgets and electronics and yard stuff…right? I’m honestly not a big fan of shopping for much of anything. Really.
Except (you knew that was coming, right?) for when I’m feeling…down, blue, overwhelmed, exhausted, overworked, under-appreciated, and just plain ICK. That’s when I want to shop.
Thankfully, though, I want to shop for cheap stuff. Specifically, cheap stuff that I can make look less cheap. So, since life has been kicking my ass lately, I took an hour on Saturday morning and went (by myself) to a yard sale and a thrift shop. And it was awesome. It wasn’t near as good for the soul as a good night’s sleep would have been, but it was something.
One of the things that I was looking for on this excursion was a plethora of small glass vases, preferably with interesting textures. I found this great blog post at Starshine Chic with tutorials on easy Summer crafts, and I just fell in love with the beautiful little blue vases. Since you really can’t get much easier than dumping craft paint in a vase and rolling it around, I thought it would be perfect to try to do with Sadie. Plus, we really needed some cute colorful
crap knick-knacks for our mantel (more on the impossible-to-decorate-mantel later).
So anyway, went to the yard sale and the thrift store, and was not disappointed in the selection of small glass vases at either location.
All of this above, plus three small plastic bins and a quart of moss-colored house paint, cost me four dollars. This is definitely my kind of shopping. I get to purchase new things to bring into my home, AND I don’t have to feel guilty about spending the money. Rock.
Check out the cute texture on the vase on the left. I love that one. I didn’t see anything else like it, so I knew I had to have it.
So, following Sunshine Chic’s instructions was really easy, and Sadie and I did four that turned out super cute. One is for the mantel in the kitchen, one is for the mantel in the living room, and I think the other two are going to live in the dining room (you know, one day when we have our house clean and every surface is not covered with toys or boxes of wipes or laundry and there is actually room for knick-knacks and decor).
I used “Magnolia White” craft paint for the white one, “Jamaican Sea” for the blue-ish one, “Soft Apple” for the small green one, and then I mixed what was left of Jamaican Sea and Soft Apple together to do the tall one with the horizontal ridges (because I was not about to waste what was left in either bottle, duh). I think they turned out super cute.
And now I want to paint, like, everything that is glass in my house.
This is definitely something I’ll be doing again. Really, what a cute, cheap way to add some color…love it! And doesn’t the white one kind of look like milk glass?
And I love how much fun Sadie and I had doing these. Anything that we can do together is huge for me. Not to mention that I got to work with her on some major fine motor skills during the whole thing (squeezing the paint out, holding it over the little vase top openings, rolling/rotating the vases when they were drying, etc.)
And it just makes me happy to look up and see such pretty colors, you know? One day, we’ll get rid of all of the drab paint in our house and get some light happy colors in here, but until then, I’ve got my happy little vases and the promise (from Kyla) that I can have more Mommy thrift shop/yard sale time if I keep acquiring such affordable cuteness.