Sunday, November 4, 2012

Recent finds

I've been taking pictures of some of my finds lately, but I'm just getting around to posting them. I'll tell you, I am happy October is over with. It's bad when you think the holiday season is going to be slow compared to the last month.
I mentioned in an earlier post that the Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a must stop in Moorhead. I found this lovely lock there. I haven't found a place for it yet, but I will. 

I really don't know what I'm going to do with all this gift wrap ribbon, but I love it. It's one of those things that I had to have even though I don't know why. The day I do need it though, I'll be happy I have it.  

I also found these roller skate wheels at the ReStore. They'll go among all our sports stuff. 

I know I don't need any more wrapping paper, but I couldn't help it. Look how lovely that paper is! I just love the poodle one. 

This was a happy find while I popped into a thrift store recently to waste some time. I don't mind that the label is torn. Gives it some character.

The box is loaded with flashcards. The cards are bent up as I'm sure they got a lot of use. There are some really fun ones. I had to take out the one that said "wart" and put it among my Halloween witch stuff. 

I found this golf scorecard holder this weekend while getting a little me time before the whole deer hunting season kicks in. This is another find to go with all our sports stuff. It's also perfect for holding a picture.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Mad Hatter Tea Party

For my daughter's 5th birthday party, we had a Mad Hatter party. She had a tea party the birthday before, but around her birthday I discovered Everything Alice. I knew we had to do an Alice in Wonderland themed party the next year. Really, I think I just wanted an excuse to visit more thrift stores for "party supplies".

I had a lot of things left from the year before, but I added a lot more to fit this theme. I found some great heart shaped plates at Target on clearance after Valentines Day.

 Another great thing about a tea party is you can put out lots of sweets like cupcakes and brownies. We also had tea sandwiches and deli roll ups.
For this cake stand I decoupaged some scrapbook paper underneath. I also added some flags in some of the treats with Alice in Wonderland quotes on them.

Another great clearance find was these monogrammed plates and napkins I found at Hobby Lobby.
I was pleasantly surprised to find these "Poker Chip" chips at Dollar Tree. It might be hard to tell in the picture, but these chips are in the shape of hearts, spade, diamonds and clubs.
Of course, the white rabbit had to be represented by a clock.
It was fun collecting all the mismatched cups and saucers.

The flower napkin rings are new, but of course I did not pay full price for them. They were found at a thrift store too. The napkins were actually hankies.

The kids dressed up formally for the tea party. Since it was a Mad Hatter tea party they dressed funny. Here my son has two ties and two jackets on. My other son had three ties on his back.