Along the Journey Hand Picked Faves

Woohoo for 2024!

I remember being excited as a kid thinking about the year 2000. It seemed like an eternity away.

And now we are almost a quarter of the way through the first 100 years of 2000! Unreal, isn’t it?

family time

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s Holiday. We did. Hubby and I were able to visit one of our daughters and her family the day after Christmas. Then we traveled south to see our other daughter and her family and also our son and his family.

collage of family photos

We have five grandkids! By age, Bryant is 16, Ben is 3, Ollie is 1 1/2, Addie is 8mos and Cam is 6mos!

We are so blessed that we were able to spend time with each one in their own way!

recent projects

I took some time away to be with our special people and then I came home sick! That’s how it goes, right?

I did manage to get our Christmas decor put away and I was thankful for that. You can watch on the video linked below. It’s not ground breaking, but maybe it will inspire you to put away your decor if you haven’t yet!

Here are some projects from the past that will inspire you for the new year. Tap the images to read the post!

recent YouTube video

Here’s that video of my Christmas clean-up! Tap the image to watch on YouTube!

YouTube thumbnail graphic with text overlay cabitnet painting in 4 easy steps

thanks for being here!

I hope you are enjoying this project! Let me know if you have any questions. Or leave me a comment to tell me about your project and ideas!

thanks, Cindy 😀

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Some of my blogging friends and I are getting together and sharing our hand-picked favorite finds just ‘four’ you! We will each be sharing four things we are currently loving and we know you will love them too!

You can check the links below for our faves and be sure to pop over to visit their blogs. Each of these ladies has a beautiful vintage-loving style like you and I do. I’m sure you will enjoy reading their posts!

Reinvented Delaware – Cindy

  • Over the Christmas holiday, we visited our kids who live out of state. Their guest room was perfect especially since they had the most comfy memory foam mattress topper on the bed! We slept like babies. Our sound machine helped too!
  • Yep, we took our sound machine! Have you tried sleeping with one of these? They are amazing! You won’t hear any sounds that you don’t want to hear! Of course, I took my pillow. I do not leave home without it!
  • I’ve decided to start walking daily again. I did it for 3 years straight then broke the habit. January will be the month to begin. As soon as I am over this sickness! A new pair of sneakers, some warm exercise pants and one of these shirts with a slit for your thumb to hold the shirt sleeve down will be the perfect motivation!
  • Winter means soup season around here. I cook a pot of soup on Saturday afternoons and hubby and I have food for the whole weekend! My fave is an enamel-covered cast iron dutch oven. This pot is the perfect soup pot not to mention it roasts a chicken and you can make sourdough bread in it! Seriously, it’s the perfect pot!

Sky Lark House – Anna

  • The month of January is all about organizing and cleaning. I purchased this pack of bar mop kitchen towels and loved them so much – I bought them for my Mom and Sister. They are a game changer since they are soft, absorbent and the perfect size for wiping down just about anything. At the time of writing this – they are about $24 for a pack of 12.
  • We have 2 dogs and now that it is winter and it gets dark early, we end up walking them at night. Also, since we live in the northeast, it’s usually 20 degrees or colder outside. So, when I found these warm, water repellent coats with reflective tape for our dogs, I could not buy them fast enough. Now our dogs are warmer, drier and can be seen easier.
  • Using dull scissors in the kitchen makes me crazy and it isn’t safe. Finally, I purchased these Kitchen Aid Scissors and they are great. It makes me wonder why it took me so long to order them when they were less than $10.
  • For the last year I have been mixing collagen powder into my morning coffee. Now I can’t imagine living without this supplement. My nails, skin and hair have definitely improved. As someone who is 50 years old, it’s something I can’t live without.

Lora Bloomquist – Lora

  • For the last year and a half I’ve been living the fasting lifestyle. I’ve been able to reverse my Type 2 diabetes and my insulin resistance! My body is healing from the inside out. If you’re up for getting healthy in this new year, THESE little packets will help you do long fasts. If you want to learn more about fasting, I’ve got a few of my favorite reads HERE.
  • If you think you’re an introvert and want to get to know yourself better, THIS faith-based Christian workbook has been so wonderful this past year. Holly Gerth is one of my favorite authors and she hits the nail on the head with guiding introverts into their God given strengths.
  • Has the January organization bug hit yet? I’ve been wanting to get my office/studio clean and organized for the new year and THIS handy iron/ironing board organizer has been great to conserve floor space.
  • Organizing craft supplies in an aesthetic way is always a challenge. THESE stackable, clear bins have been perfect to organize all my ribbons and twine by color. I can see exactly what I have and they all fit on one shelf. If you’re an out of sight, out of mind person, these will help so much!

one for the road

If you need an easy chili recipe, I am sure you will enjoy this one! Keeping the ingredients on hand is so easy. You will have a bowl of cozy in no time!

Enjoy and have a great weekend my friend! I appreciate you being here and supporting my thrifting and upcycling journey!

ia bowl of chili on a larger plate with tortilla chips, gray napkin all stiting on a cutting board with small pumpkins in the background

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Until next time…

Cindy Rust

Cindy has been decorating her home with thrift store finds for 40 years. She is an avid thrift store shopper who loves to makeover the items she finds into vintage-inspired home decor and furniture. When she isn’t thrift shopping or painting a piece of furniture, you can find her making homemade butter, working in her garden, or painting with watercolors.

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  1. Do Dodson says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful family. I loved seeing those sweet faces. We also made special trips to each of our children’s homes this Christmas. It was so much easier on the them, especially with littles. It was nice to spend one on one time with each family. Happy New Year, Cindy!

    1. I agree Do! Seeing each family was special – we had individual time with each 🙂 Sounds like you had a Merry Christmas!

  2. Wendy McMonigle says:

    You have such a beautiful family, Cindy; so glad you are feeling better.

    1. Thanks Wendy! I hope you and your family are feeling better soon!

  3. Patti Donophan says:

    This was a great post! Thanks for sharing! I loved how you have the pictures arranged and your grandchildren’s names! It’s hard to believe you & Steve have 5 grandchildren! So happy for you both!❤️👶👶❤️

    1. We can hardly believe there are 5 grandkids in under 3 years! Thanks Patti! 🙂

  4. So sorry to hear that you were sick at the holidays, Cindy! I’ve spoken with lots of freinds and family members that spent their Christmas break the same way and we all agreed we need a redo. Gah – there is just too much pressure on December 25th! Loved seeing the pictures of your beautiful family. I could totally fit right in with all my curly hair. Can’t wait to check out all yoru fabulous links. These posts are always filled with the most helpful finds. Sending you tons of hugs and adding my prayers to the others for a full recovery, CoCo

    1. I’ve heard the same CoCo! There is so much sickness going around. And you are right about the pressure of the 25th! We get the Norman Rockwell image in our minds and therein lies the problem. There are 364 other days in the year to spend with family 🙂 Thanks for the prayers – we are on the mend! Big hugs to you my friend!

  5. So glad you got to see all your sweet grandkids and enjoy quality time with your family! Happy New Year, Cindy!

    1. Thanks Lora! Happy and blessed New Year to you too!