I believe in the world of flea markets. You really can get awesome stuff with character for next to nothing. Here in SA we have a few different flea markets but the best I’ve been to by far is Busseys. With our tiny little apartment I can only have a few big pieces or else it gets cluttered and I want those pieces to be functional and reflect our style. While on the hunt for a cool, good sized, full of character coffee table I went to Busseys and guess what I found? THE coolest, best sized, full of character coffee table that I had ever seen.
I saw it sitting there yellow with a brown stained top. The little casters on the bottom sold me on it. When I asked the seller what the price was he said $5! It was a gem and it was meant to be mine! I stuffed it in my back seat and brought it home. I used my good friend the Magic Eraser to clean it up a bit and got some bright turquoise paint to paint the top of it. For a grand total of $15 - the table, magic eraser, and some paint - I got my favorite piece of furniture ever.
The coolest things don’t have to be the most expensive things. Tap into your creative side. Look around before you spend a bunch of money on something, you might just find a gem and find it for a good price!
Now go find a flea market!
It has been a long while since I last posted. I suppose life just got in the way. With a new year (well a month into it) and a new semester of classes (which I should be studying for right now) I feel surprisingly unmotivated to, well, do anything! I am slowly getting back into the daily grind of things since the end of the holidays. Who knew a holiday hangover could last into February? Either way I have a few goals to accomplish in the next year.
- Get fit again!
- Decide on going to grad school or not, and if not, hopefully find a “grown up” job.
- Go on a long road trip.
- Learn to share my feelings and ideas more freely.
- Become more confident!
- Learn to be content.
- Last but not least: Continue to grow in Christ and follow His will for my life.
That is just a few goals, concrete and abstract. The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote above has been inspirational to me and hopefully I will go from being unmotivated to motivated soon!
On another note, I have been thinking a lot about how God gives us free will. Why does he let us do what we want? He could make us do whatever He wants, yet He lets us choose. Just a thought.
No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies To Die For - thats the name of the cookies I just made. Okay so they’re not too beautiful but why does that matter they’re gonna get eaten anyway!
In the link at the top you can go to the website with the recipe, but I’ll give you my modified version of the recipe:
2/4 cup of sugar
6 packets of Splenda (equivalent to the sweetness of 1/4 a cup of sugar)
1/8 cup of butter
1/4 cup milk (I mixed the milk with a bit of water)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups of quick oats (but you can use old fashioned oats)
1. In a saucepan mix sugar, splenda, butter and milk and bring to a rolling boil. Get a sheet of wax paper out and ready on the counter.
2. Boil for one minute stirring constantly.
3. Remove from the heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Stir til the peanut butter is completely melted then add the oats.
4. Mix everything together then drop by the spoonful onto a sheet of wax paper.
I added the Splenda so I wouldn’t feel so guilty about eating these delicious little cookies! Really you could add any sweetening substitute and I am sure they would be great. They really turned out fantastic and they are so stinkin’ good. What’s even better is they took me 10 minutes tops to make. I still have mine cooling on the counter top but feel free to put them in your fridge when you finish them.
Happy (no) baking!
- Strong and barely controllable emotion.
- A state or outburst of such emotion.
Yesterday morning my husband asked me: What are you passionate about doing?
My response: Gosh, I don’t know. He keeps asking me the same question. It’s really made me start thinking. What am I passionate about?
What are you passionate about doing and being?
Just a thought.
My vinyl record bowl. I love this thing! It was super easy to make and I use it to put my tv remotes in but it’d be great for a candle or anything! This idea is great for an unused vinyl record or a warped one. You can always go to the flea market and hit up a vinyl sale box and find a old vinyl for a buck or two.
Here’s kind of a step-by-step process of how I did it, but you can also Google a video of how to do it! The way I did mine was different than most of the videos online for it but it’s just as easy.
Supplies: Dishtowel, vinyl record, and a stovetop!