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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday 25

Hello, lovelies! Happy #thriftscorethursday! Today is special because we are welcoming a special guest host, Tanya from Dans Le Lakehouse! We are kicking off a series of guest hosted Thrift Score Thursdays and I’m so excited about the chance to get our fun hashtag party out to a wider audience!

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Do we have any #thriftscorethursday newbies here today? No worries!

Simply share a picture of any recent thrifty find on Instagram or Twitter (or both!) using  #thriftscorethursday!

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The Facts:

- You can share any thrifty finds with us – whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd - this hashtag party is open to all!
- Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! We'll be keeping up with the hashtag all week long to find our favorites for the following Thursday.
- Each week, Trisha from Black and White Obsession and I will pick a favorite thrift score or two to feature! So please note that by linking up with #thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

The Features:

I’m so in love with this oil painting Gretchen from Boxy Colonial (Instagram: boxycolonial) shared last week! She recently posted about her kids’ Hobbit gallery wall and I think this painting would be right at home there! It just screams Middle Earth/New Zealand for sure, right? Also, I totally have a thing for secondhand original paintings!

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Julie Ann (Instagram: vintagerainlove) found this lovely midcentury sofa for only $35 at the thrift store! I just love the blue tweed fabric and the incredible shape… I’ve been keeping my eyes out for the perfect midcentury sofa for quite a while, so I’m very jealous! Doesn’t it look incredible in her home? (I’m also have fiddle leaf fig jealousy over here)

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Lastly, I just can’t get over this gorgeous vignette of thrifted finds from Instagrammer gogodecoro! I snap up old copies of Little Golden Books whenever I find them, and I would buy this one for the gorgeous cover alone. The vintage scissors are awesome, the little dishware set is fantastic, AND I had a very similar pair of saddle shoes as a toddler that I was understandably obsessed with. So basically, this whole picture is fantastic, and I would have bought every single item myself too!

Also, I need saddle shoes stat.

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My Find:

My #thriftscorethursday find is this huge gold-framed oil painting of a little girl who Bryan instantly declared creepy. I mean, I get that something about her facial expression is a little off-putting… But I already told you I was a sucker for old original paintings, and it was priced at a point where I could have bought it for the frame alone. And I have some plans for little Ethel here. (That’s what I’ve been calling her in my head.)

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I love the idea of upcycled art – taking a very traditionally styled painting/portrait and adding a whimsical and unexpected element to it. I can’t say 100% for sure that’s what I want to do, but I whipped up two Photoshop mockups of possible ideas.

We have hipster Ethel:

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I LOVE the glasses on her. And I brightened up the flowers with less-dingy-70’s colors. And who doesn’t love pinwheels?

And we have also-kind-of-hipster-ish animal mask Ethel:

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Totally Wes Anderson, right? I found these awesome free printable animals masks here and here. Ethel just rocks that fox mask! But the raccoon is a close second-favorite.

So, I’m dying to know - which is your favorite? Or do you have your own Ethel upcycle suggestion? Darth Vader helmet? Guy Fawkes mask?

And now it’s your turn to share your #thriftscorethursday finds! What did you score?


Brynne
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Be sure to check out the finds and features from Trisha & Tanya!

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Also, as I mentioned at the beginning of the post, we are opening up #thriftscorethursday to guest hosts each week… Are you a blogger? Do you love thrifting as much as we do? Let’s partner up! Send me an email for more information!

Thrift Score Thursday Guest Host Call




Monday, July 21, 2014

Artist Spotlight: Inkstruck

Hello friends! This artist spotlight is long overdue - today I am so pleased to feature the lovely work of Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio!

I ran across Zakkiya’s blog a few months ago and instantly connected with her sweet and whimsical illustration style!

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Throughout this post, each picture is linked to its post on Zakkiya’s blog – simply click through for the full story.

I asked Zakkiya to tell us a little about herself…

Hey everyone. My name is Zakkiya Hamza and I run an art & illustration blog over at Inkstruck Studio. I’m Indian by nationality but currently live in Qatar which is in the middle east. (I know you probably have your Google maps open right now). Although I’m an architect by profession, art has always been my first love. I’m primarily a graphite artist and realism is my forte but I love trying out different mediums, techniques and styles. I’m self-taught and all that I’ve learnt about art is through lots and lots of practice. Apart from blogging, I run an online store, which sells paper goods, original illustrations and prints which also goes by the same name as my blog at Storenvy. One of my biggest aspirations in life is to travel the world. My current obsession is learning how to glam up my blog and I hope to venture into design in the near future as well.

She is one creative and diversely talented girl! I especially love how she shares so much of her creative process on her blog – you’ll find progress shots and tips for most pieces as well as a list of materials used.

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I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you today - these Easter bunny illustrations first got me hooked!

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And quite possibly my most favorite of all and one I’d dearly love to add to a gallery wall:

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Don’t you just love it all? Anyone else inspired to try their hand at a little watercolor? I hope you’ll stop by Zakkiya’s blog and shop to explore further!

Brynne
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday 24

Hello you guys! We took a week off from #thriftscorethursday last week because my awesome bff TST cohost Trisha from Black and White Obsession and I were partying together in Atlanta for the Haven blogging conference! But you guys still totally brought it with your Instagram shares and it was so fun to get to scroll through them with Trisha and gush over our favorites together! I probably drooled on Trisha’s laptop over a find or two ;)

But first, before we get into this week’s features, let me introduce #thriftscorethursday for any newcomers! (And if that’s you, welcome!!!)

Thrift Score Thursday is an inspirational and outrageously fun hashtag party on Instagram & Twitter (although Twitter seems to be the quiet corner of the party most times) where YOU get to share your thrifty finds with US!

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Simply share a picture of any recent thrifty find on Instagram or Twitter (or both!) using  #thriftscorethursday!

The Facts:
- You can share any thrifty finds with us – whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd - this hashtag party is open to all!
- Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! We'll be keeping up with the hashtag all week long to find our favorites for the following Thursday.
- Each week, Trisha from Black and White Obsession and I will pick a favorite thrift score or two to feature! So please note that by linking up with #thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

The Features:

Morgan from Charleston Crafted (Instagram: charlestoncrafted) shared this incredible brass diamond-shaped etagere she found on Craigslist.  I’ve spotted this same piece before, but never in a price range I was willing to snap up. Whether it’s Milo Baughman or just Baughman inspired, I’m so jealous, Morgan!

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Jamala from Viva La Vintage For Your Home (Instagram: urvintagegirl) scored this Bernhardt Mindy chair that retails for over $900 for just $18.50 at Goodwill! I bet she feels amazing about it!

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I am just nuts over this gorgeous embroidery shot Vanessa from Tried and True (Instagram: triedandtrueblog) posted! This cross-stitched tablecloth had no stains, holes or funky smells, which is pretty much the holy grail of thrifted textiles. I love the colors!

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My Find:

I’ve actually had this little postal scale for quite some time now, but it was originally a Goodwill find. I’m not sure if it can quite qualify as vintage as it’s only 29 years old, but the design is pretty cute, isn’t it? Plus, it’s so fun to compare prices for first class postage to today!

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Well now we want to hear from you! How did your thrifty travels go this week? What did you score?

Brynne
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I'm an admitted Craigslist addict, cheapskate, and dyed-in-the-wool DIYer with a weakness for anything brass and a penchant for hyperbole. Read more...

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