Did you know I am having a love affair with Maxx and Ross? TJ Maxx and Ross Dress for Less, that is. Yep, I love ’em. Can’t get enough, in fact. Why do I love thee? Because they have great deals on awesome items. Like this stoneware bowl by Target. Original retail price: $11.99, Ross price: $3.49. Sold!
I guess the bowl was designed to hold baguette, but it actually works really well as a fruit bowl. I also found this ugly gold decorative vase for $6.49.
I do have a plan for it, just need to carry it out. Then, I found a large decorative outdoor planter for $6.99, talk about a deal! The cheapest thing Home Depot and Lowes had in a similar size was $30.00. Both TJ Maxx and Ross are great places to look for bedding, too.
The comforter in our guest room came from Ross and I recently picked up a set of King sized 400 thread count grey sateen sheets from TJ Maxx for $29.99. Yep, it’s love at first sight.
If you recall, Hobby Lobby had a 50% off sale on all glass items a couple of weeks ago. On my first trip, I left with a few canning jars, a small apothecary style lidded jar and a tall glass container for spaghetti. When I returned home, I realized the tall jars would be perfect for our pantry, so I went back to buy 6 more. Add a few pretty labels and we were done.
Well, in that same trip, I picked up the larger apothecary style jar and another footed, covered container for our main bathroom. I filled the largest with soap, the medium with cotton balls and the smallest with Q-tips.
This is the bathroom our guests use, so I wanted to keep some often used items out to limit searching. And I love that everything is white and pretty.
We haven’t had any visitors since this addition, but I hope it is useful. If not, I still don’t mind looking at them. What about you? What do you do to make your bathroom more guest friendly?
I was at Hobby Lobby yesterday looking for various craft items and wandered down their glass aisle. Boy, am I glad I did. All glass items are 50% off! So, I brought these home.
The decorative lidded jar on the left was originally $5.99, so I scored it for 3 bucks. Our new spaghetti jar was only $2.50 and each canning jar was only $1.25. I don’t need those right now, but I do use the same type for our vacation jars, so I figured it would be okay to have a few on hand.
Once I returned home, I regretted not buying more. I think I’ll have to go back before Saturday, when the sale ends, to get various sized jars for other purposes.
I guess I’ve been doing more retail therapy than usual. It has to be becuase so many cute things are for sale this season. Like these Power Ball-esque letters from Pier 1.
Aren’t they cute? And for $2.00 each, they don’t break the bank, so I got one ball for each member of our family. My glass thrift store jar was a perfect vessel for displaying my new purchase, too.
While wandering through Pier 1, these pillows caught my eye.
I love the texture of both, although the round red pillow seems uncomfortable and impractical. I might try to make a similar version of the green pillow, though. The Pier 1 version is made of felt, so it should be cheap and easy to work with. We’ll see if it will make the cut. Pun intended.
I also liked this lamp.
After Pier 1, I stopped in TJ Maxx and found matching white rubber backed rugs to replace our old bathroom rugs.
Note: don’t send a straight man to buy a specific color rug. I sent Ben out to buy white rugs. What did he come back with? CREAM! There is a difference. So, we finally have nice quality matching white rugs, all for the low price of $7.99 each. Who’s happy? I’m happy.
Do you ever see an item that is so ugly it’s cute? Or wonder if something is cute and endeering or kitschy and ugly? I know I do. I think a few personal kitschy/cute items are fine, so long as it is only a few. I’ve gathered some of the items I can’t quite decide which way I lean toward more.
These little guys could be cute in the right setting, especially becuase they are made to look like your family.
I would like to buy a plain set to make my own, but you get the idea…
This print is simply adorable, not even a hint of kitsch.
It’s similar to my Love Tree print, too.
Maybe that’s why I like it?
If only I had a place to put something like this.
Which reminds me, I still need to figure out how to make a terrarium (or two or three) for my house. Of course, with my love of all things miniature, I would need something like these and these.
I have been loving faux bois lately, so these coasters would be a great fix.
Although, so wood (ha!) these. In the right setting, of course. Maybe the boys’ room? Hmmm… Of course, I would have to make my own. You know I’m too cheap to spend $45.00 on pillows!
I actually made a pillow for my boys becuase I was inspired by this little monkey.
So, that’s that. What are your opinions? Cute or kitsch?