Sometimes the Stars Align

I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a beautiful Saturday in August and we were out on our usual garage sale route. It was one of those jackpot days where it seemed like every house had something perfect for us, and all at the right price.

Before we knew it, it was nearing the end of the day and our van was almost full. Dustin was ready to call it quits, but I had a gut feeling there was something out there waiting for us. We followed the signs to one more garage sale and there they were.

A pair of beautiful cane backed chairs, and it was love at first sight. Sadly, I couldn’t think of a single spot for them in my home. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to ask how much they wanted for the pair, so I tracked down the homeowner who was sitting in her garage on yet another matching cane backed chair.

I asked her the price for the few chairs, and she responded that they belonged to a dining set and that the price was flexible. She pointed to a small cluster of a few more chairs, which would bring the total up to 6, along with a matching antique round table! My heart started to pound with more excitement. I’d been wanting a dining set full of personality for quite some time.

However, I did have a few concerns…

1) The table seemed a little too small for my liking, but no worries, the owner quickly informed me that the table came with not just one, but two leaf extensions.

2) Obviously the piece was a bit worn down, out-dated, and needed a face lift, but I figured a little elbow grease would go a long way to bringing it into the current century.

3) The price. We were pretty close to hitting our garage sale budget for the day and the sign taped to the table read $100, already marked down from $150. I knew I didn’t have that kind of cash on me.

As I stood there drooling, Dustin gave me that “Really, more furniture?” look I know all too well. Even though it was a steal of a deal at $100, I knew I’d have a hard time convincing Dustin to spend the money on something we didn’t really need.

The owner sensed my hesitation and said, “It’s sat at that price nearly all day and hasn’t moved and I want it gone. I’ll sell it to you for $50 if you’re interested.” I couldn’t help but let out a small uncontrolled squeal, but Dustin kept his poker face. He examined the furniture thoroughly while the owner and I patiently waited. Then, with a pretend less-than-impressed look on his face he said, “We could do $35.00.” Did he know what this was?  $50 was a great deal so I looked at her expecting to hear a counter to his price, but she simply said “Great!”

I think I may have literally skipped back to the car to get the money – I couldn’t believe what we had just scored. It wasn’t until I got out my purse that I realized we were a little short on cash. I frantically searched our car for loose change and finally came up with $32.50.  I brought it to her hoping she wouldn’t take offense to an ever lower offer, but she didn’t seem to care and seemed thrilled ho have the dining set gone.

Sure, the kids looked like they had been buried alive in their car seats once the chairs were loaded, but I think even they’ll agree it was worth it.

Our next steps include getting them ready for our new dining room…can’t wait to show you what we’re doing to them!

And so sorry for the lack of before pictures, we weren’t in blogging mode back then and didn’t think we’d ever need them!

Please Pass The Peas

When Kelly of Eclectically Vintage invited us to be part of the “Pass It On” project we weren’t sure exactly what we’d be getting into. But when we received a manila envelope last week in the mail with these vintage gardening spoons, we couldn’t be more excited.

Not only were these spoons an exciting gift to receive, but we couldn’t believe how thoughtful the gift was. Kelly had read our post about spring gardening and made these spoons with a metal stamp kit.  She stamped each vegetable that we plan on growing this year.  Seriously, this is one of the most creative and fun gifts ever!
engraved spoons
The spoons are the perfect way to mark where we’ve planted our spring veggies.  The spoon stands proud as the budding peas emerge.
garden spoons
Now that we’ve received our gift in the Pass It On project, it’s our turn to create and mail off to couple of bloggers a homemade gift from us.
gardening spoons
The idea is to perpetuate the attitude of giving by sharing with others.  Hopefully the giving chain will continue, brightening the days of hard working bloggers everywhere.  In the end, it’ll be fun to track the chain backwards and forwards as it expands.
Pass it on project
We owe Kelly a big thanks for including us (she is after all one of the original founders of the project) and we look forward to passing on a couple of gifts in the coming weeks.

PS – If you’re interested, Kelly actually sells these on her Etsy store named…wait for it…Eclectically Vintage.

PSS – If you’re into gardening like we are, you’ll want to check out this What is Bokashi page from Bio Bokashi, full of ideas on how to Bokashi.  You’ll love it!

Our Sinister Blog Plot

If you joined us for the first edition of our bi-monthly Repurpose, Remodel, Reveal party (and it’s actually still going on for a few days more if you want to link up a transformation) you may have noticed a shout out to a linky party going on with the theme of “What do you want your blog to be when it grows up?” hosted by a group of 10 awesome bloggers.

We had to get in on the action, so we’ll be taking a slight breather from home decorating, DIY, and thrift finding for a moment to talk about our future plans, aspirations, projects and sinister plans to conquer the blog world (insert hearty cackle here).

Becoming Blog Overlords
When we first started the blog, we thought it would be cool to have someone regularly read our ramblings. That is, outside of our mothers. We’ve since discovered that:
1) There are quite a few of you that come back for a frequent dose of The Rooster And The Hen.
2) Our mothers don’t read us nearly as often as we thought.

It’s all good. Mom gets a weekly call to tell her in person what’s shaking and you stop by and leave comments, send us emails, chat with us on FB and Twitter or follow Whitney’s pins. What we’re trying to say is we like you. We really really like you.

But we want more, lots more. So when our blog grows up, we’d love to have lots of blog paparazzi – the good kind that follows you on social media or lines up like Storm Troopers to watch you take control of the Death Star – not the kind that shows up at your house, sneaks pictures of you on vacation at the beach, or goes through your garbage. That’s creepy.

chainsaw projects

The (Not So) Secret Plan
If there’s one thing that makes our day, it’s when blogs add us to their reading list under a “home decor” or similar category. We’ve been known to do a craft here or there, but the main focus for our blog is identifying problem areas, visualizing the transformation with a mood board, executing the plan using creative and thrifty means, and finally revealing the projects. It’s the pattern we’ve used since the blog started, and we like how it plays out like a story.
Mood boards
When our blog grows up, that’s one thing we don’t plan on changing. We’d like the blog to be one of the places you head to for inspiration both from us and those that link up at our party. We’ll try to keep the ideas fresh, the content flowing, and the mood light. Just don’t expect us to reveal the secret identity of our treasure lairs and hunting grounds – super villains have to have some secrets (but we have a shocking lack of self-control so probably will anyway).

Finding Trusty Sidekicks
Our house has plenty of projects that still need conquering, such as:

Our very neutral dining room.
neutral dining room
Our beat-up play ground, and lifeless yard.
play ground
Our blah basement.
Just to name a few.

We plan on blogging about all these projects (and more), but we don’t want to do it alone. We’d love to find some sponsors to fill up our side bar as well as a guest blogger from time to time. We have some high hopes of inviting bloggers to stop by as guest judges and help find their favorites in our RRR linky parties too. All in the future…

We’re taking our diabolical plans on the road to link up with the party going on right now. Go ahead, one link-up won’t hurt….Buhahahahaha…

It All Started With Paint
Thistlewood Farms
The Space Between
Eclectically Vintage
The Cottage Market
Primitive And Proper
ReFresh ReStyle
Stay At Home-ista
Bliss Ranch
Top This Top That
Adventures of Our Fami-Ly

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