Friday, March 15, 2019

Thrift scores and letting go (for a moment)

The past couple of weeks have flown by!  We managed to squeeze in a little fun between school, doctors, and extracurriculars:  some good thrifting happened, plus National Pancake Day, and a little roadtrip. . . .  Here's a quick run down in this week's Seven Quick Takes.

1. Thrift scores. . . .

I found some really beautiful fabrics!  Aren't these gorgeous?  I can't wait to start cutting them up and making new goodies from them. . . .

thrifted fabric, thrift score via refabulous, upcycle, repurpose
Top to bottom:  a souvenir bandana in a map print, a skirt, vintage pillowcases, 
two bright floral dresses, and lastly, a navy skirt in 100% linen.

2. And also. . . .

A bag of trim, bias tape, rickrack. . . half-off, so I paid $1.

thrifted, notions and fabric, refabulous upcycling and repurpose

These are perfect for the buntings I make!  (I try to use thrifted / gifted / bartered materials in these as much as possible.)

3.  Thrift STEAL. . . .

And this.  Oh, my goodness, this. . . .

thrifted painting, refabulous, vintage thrift score

I first picked this out of the bin just for the gorgeous frame!  And then I saw the oil painting. *swoon*  The bluebonnets, the mesquite trees, the lone oak tree. . .  it reminds me of the area of Texas where I grew up.  I've hung the painting in my dining room, and I smile every time I walk past.

vintage thrifted paining, thrift score, via refabulous
it's really big, and VERY heavy!

Oh, and it was only 5 bucks!

thrifted oil painting, thrift scores on refabulous

The frame does have some damage on one lower corner, but I'm going to leave it alone for now.  I can't decide if I'll repair it or not.  So far, I'm leaning towards not.

4.  And my final recent thrift score. . . .

I love, love, love vintage luggage, especially these travel bags.  We use these on overnight trips, and the kids love them, and I love how durable they are.  If you can find them (and they aren't smelly,) I highly recommend snapping them up!

vintage travel luggage, thrifted via refabulous

I already own 4 or 5 of these, and am always looking to buy a few more when I come across them in thrift stores.  They're usually pretty cheap (around here, anyway) and did I mention durable?  ;)

5.  Pancakes on National Pancake Day (aka Fat Tuesday). . . .

fat tuesday, national pancake day, pancakes dairy free recipe, via refabulous

We use this recipe. . . . so good!  We make them dairy-free by using coconut milk in place of cow's milk in the batter, and Melt Organic for butter.  They never miss the dairy!  (We also quadruple the recipe. . .  because hungry boys.)


6.  A much-needed road trip. . . .

Our 2nd oldest daughter came to visit us last week, so we took a daytrip to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.  I hadn't been there since I was in college, and we only live a couple of hours away now.  I don't know why we hadn't visited sooner!

carlsbad cavern, new mexico, roadtrip, via refabulous

carlsbad cavern, new mexico, roadtrip, via refabulous

carlsbad cavern, new mexico, roadtrip, via refabulous

We arrived late in the afternoon, so there were hardly any other patrons there.  It was so quiet and peaceful. . . .

carlsbad cavern, new mexico, roadtrip, via refabulous

carlsbad cavern, new mexico, roadtrip, via refabulous

We were the last people in the cave, and a park ranger walked out with us, turning off the lights as we went.  He answered all of our nerdy questions, and pointed out some really cool things that aren't on the official tour.
carlsbad cavern, new mexico, roadtrip, via refabulous
I recommend going during the week, and late in the afternoon.
And if a park ranger ever asks if you want to see something cool,

7.  And one of our annual Lenten traditions. . . .

Today we went to our parish's prayer garden, where there's a beautiful Stations of the Cross installation. . . .

catholic stations of the cross, outdoor stations, lent, lenten traditions with children via refabulous, catholic family

I prefer outdoor Stations, as wiggly kiddos don't disturb other people, and the kids seem to enjoy the novelty of praying outdoors in a special place.  Somehow, they seem to focus better.  (And if the littler ones don't, it's OK.)  We've been using these little pamphlets for a couple of years now to observe this devotion. . . .

catholic stations of the cross, outdoor stations, lent, lenten traditions with children via refabulous catholic family
you can find these here if you'd like to download your own free copy.
yours will look a lot prettier and neater than mine. . .
my old printer was really crummy and wonky.

catholic stations of the cross, outdoor stations, lent, lenten traditions with children via refabulous catholic family

It felt really good to let go a little during the past couple of weeks, and remember how much we need to laugh, relax, and just be together.


Nolan trying to time his running speed. . . . it didn't work.

Aaand tomorrow, I'm heading to the GOOD thrift store in the morning (it's only open 3 days a week). . .  wish me luck!  Have you found any good thrifted treasures lately?
And how about your Lent, if you observe it?  What family traditions do you have during Lent?
Talk to you soon.

I'm linking up on Kelly's blog, This Ain't the Lyceum for Seven Quick Takes!


  1. Love it all the fabric is beatiful and cant wait to see what you make ! Your family is beautful yall are an inspiration. Lent has been hard this year, I think some years, you do extra and some years you try and do better with what God sends you, that is our lent this year. We are all watching a show together at night(currently jeeves and wooster) and we have given up candy but we are failing miserably thankfully we have a few weeks left to get back on track ! We say the Stations everynight at home and we broadcast them on the tv with the chrome cast, everyone takes a turn leading the station, we have a google slides that we made up with the St Alphonsos Liguori ones ! Good luck in your hunt tomorrow !

    1. I feel the same way about your beautiful family, Jamie. That's amazing and wonderful that you say the Stations every night! We're lucky to do them on Fridays during Lent! And I love your method.... that's so neat. Yes, I definitely agree that some Lents are much harder than others. Some years are just plain hard, just surviving, and others we're able to do more. This Lent has been somewhat easier, and that's a little scary for me... we haven't had an easy Lent in YEARS. I'm grateful, though. Maybe this is a bit of consolation? Love you, friend!


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