Weekend Shopping with My Friends in April

March came and went so fast! I was just talking to my good friend Judy about this when we met for coffee and our weekly Bible study time.

I asked her, “Is it a natural thing that occurs as we age? Or is it because we are so busy that time moves so quickly?

Neither of us had a definitive answer to the question. But we agreed that time is moving by in a blur. I remember thinking how busy I felt when we were raising our three children. But I don’t remember the rate of time feeling so fast!

Does it feel like that in your life? Are you sensing the same regarding time? I would love to hear your thoughts.

With that in mind, I am counting my blessings on how my time was spent this week.

  • I spent time with one of my grandbabies, one of my daughters & her hubby, my mom, and my hubby for Easter.
  • I was able to Facetime with our granddaughter and my other daughter who live away. I watched her as she closed her eyes and squealed.
  • I had a solid conversation with my son who lives in Virginia and we shared a deep level of understanding about something near and dear to our hearts.
  • My hubby was home all week on Easter break and we spent time together in a relaxed way. He also helped to update a couple of blog posts for me!
  • My mom picked me up and we shopped at Walmart for spring and summer pg’s together! (you’ll see some of those items later in this post!)
  • I shared coffee and discussed Romans 6 with my good friend, Judy, at a local coffee shop. We’ve continued weekly Bible study & discussion time for the last 12 years!
  • I held a paint brush in my hand and made the cutest Welcome sign for our front porch. (post coming soon!)
  • As for my business, my Facebook group has grown to well over 300 people in just a month. The group inspires each other to find thrift store pieces to recreate and decorate their home with. Our YouTube channel hit 24K subscribers this week! And my blog has had 1000s of people visiting and learning through the DIY projects we share here.

Life is busy. Life is full. I am blessed.

I have much to be grateful for even if it is moving quickly. I encourage you to count your blessings if you are experiencing time moving by fast. Even if time is not moving fast for you right now, I encourage you to count your blessings! 🥰

Projects this Week

Here are the projects we’ve been up to lately. Tap the images to see the post! Our latest YouTube video is below as well!

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Saturday shopping

Some of my blogging friends and I are getting together and sharing our recent finds while shopping online. These ladies are great shopers and finding the most interesting items!

graphic with images of bloggers who shop together for a blog post

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 and repurposing style like you and I do. I’m sure you will enjoy reading their posts!

Reinvented Delaware – Cindy

My mom and I were at our local Walmart recently and found the most comfy pj’s on the planet! I started wearing Joyspun jammies last year and I love this brand so much. All of the pieces I’m sharing are under $20! I’m still trying to choose which pajamas to purchase, but here are the ones currently in my cart!

Diane from South House Designs

South House Designs – Diane

This week’s shopping list is all over the place, kind of like how my week has been.

  • Recently I shared the most amazing terra cotta pots. From the same amazing store, JSH Home Essentials, comes this adorable wrapping paper. I’m obsessed! It comes in a pack of four sheets. I’m going to turn one sheet into some mounted artwork.
  • Sun tea season is here — hallelujah! And I finally found a great pitcher to replace the one that broke last year (after 30+ years). Two signifiant, but simple asks: 1) a lid to secure the tea bags (no more rubber bands and saran wrap) 2) a wide mouth for easy, thorough cleaning + dishwasher safe. Oh, and I want glass, a sturdy handle, and stylish. I love this one, PLUS it comes in three styles to choose from. And super reasonable price.
  • These bookshelves are at the top of my list for our book-loving granddaughter due in August. In this family, she has no choice but to be a book-lover! These are a bit better priced than you’ll find in standard retail shops. And they are handmade with great attention to detail by a small US business on Etsy. And also from Etsy, this amazing set of six stacking, flexible dinosaurs! What kid wouldn’t flip over these?
  • Have you heard of Nathan James, yet? They have a West Elm aesthetic with IKEA price tags! I wish I was in the market for outdoor furniture. I’d be all over this set. And these coffee tables and two of these nightstands, please! And more and more.
Anna from Sky Lark House

Sky Lark House – Anna

  • Have you heard of FiFi O’Neill? She is a talented designer and writer who just published a new book entitled The Romantic Home. This book is so inspiring.
  • Now that the weather has been slowly getting warmer, Mr. SLH and I have been walking about 3 miles in the evening almost every day. These are my favorite shoes to wear. They are comfortable, supportive and cute.
  • I saw this marble dish at Target and had to buy it! It was only $30 and is perfect for the coffee table.
  • This is my favorite sweater to wear in the spring. It’s a fine gauge knit so that it’s not too hot but keeps you warm on chilly spring days. Since it was less than $25 and comes in an array of colors, I bought two.
Lora from Lora Bloomquist

Lora Bloomquist – Lora

  • The birds are building their nests outside my window and I can’t get enough of decorating with them inside! Whenever I spy a decorative bird figure, it usually needs to come home with me. Whether it’s when I’m thrifting or at the target dollar spot, I mix and match different varieties together and tuck them all over the house. HERE are some of my favorites, both old and new. (And follow me while you’re there, too;)
  • I’ve got a stack of thrifted plates in colors to match our bedroom wallpaper. I’m going to hang them in a creative display around the mirror. These easy hangers will make it so much easier than using old fashioned plate hangers.
  • Vintage umbrellas are a fun find and make a statement in your decor. Especially in the rainy Spring, it’s fun to open them up and prop them in a vignette. You can find vintage umbrellas HERE.
  • Pretty, old frames are always a happy find; they can be used in so many ways in decor. I love to have several varieties of THIS handy product on hand to refresh them. It comes in several different colorways and is so helpful for quick fixes.
lynn from living large in a small house

Living Large in a Small House – Lynn

We are heading to California at the end of this month to celebrate our son’s and new daughter-in-law’s wedding. It’s going to be a fun weekend meeting our new in-laws and toasting to the new couple.

I need some new clothes that are both comfortable and casual but fun for the festivities.

  • I found two dresses that are flowy and fun and can be dressed up or down. I can also wear them through the rest of the spring/summer. You can find them HERE and HERE.
  • New shoes are also in order. I need something a little dressy and these wedges will be perfect. I also need some great walking shoes and I love Keds gym shoes.
  • Have you heard of Quince? I love this shopping spot. They have everything from clothing to vintage-inspired rugs. It’s high-quality, high-end items at affordable prices, and it’s all sustainably sourced and made. I love this leather tote that will be perfect for travel. I have a pair of lounge pants from Quince that I live in!
  • Most of my jewelry was either lost or stolen when we were traveling for Annie’s wedding so I’m treating myself to a new bracelet and earrings.

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. What a treasure to have friends and family, and especially the Lord! At almost 60, I can agree, time is flying by. I also live in a small town and grabbing coffee after Bible study for girl talk is one of my favorite things to do. I always enjoy your posts, Cindy.

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      Thanks Cheryl! Best friends who share the same faith are a treasure! Hope you have a blessed day 😊

  2. Michele - vintage home designs says:

    It sounds like you had a lovely week with family and a friend.

    And that photo of your downtown is delightful. I can almost smell the blooms.

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      It was a great week Michele! Spending time with my sweet friend was special 😊

  3. I’m in the market for some new pj’s. Thanks for all the great suggestions! Great minds – I did clothes this month too! 🙂

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      You will love the Joyspun jammies!

  4. Loved hearing about all the sweet family time you’ve had for Easter. And your friend and you have been doing Bible study for 12 years? Wow, that’s faithful! Your p.j. picks are lovely. I really should up my game in that department; afraid I’m a t-shirt and sweat shorts girl-so functional:(

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      My friend and I have been through many books of the Bible together. We are currently in Romans and loving every bit of it! Get yourself some new jammies! You won’t regret it!