Weekend Shopping with My Friends in March

As I was scrolling through some photos on my phone to share with you, I realized I don’t think I’ve ever formally introduced our little dog to you!

You’ve probably seen him show up in some of our furniture makeovers because he doesn’t leave my side! He follows me e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e. 🐶

His name is Barkley and he is a Lhasa Apso – Shih Tzu. He is a ball of energy! He also has high anxiety. We’ve had him for about 3.5 years and he is a rescue.

This poor little fella spent his first 1.5 years in a kennel 24/7, he was very underweight, had matted hair, and quivered when my hubby walked across the room in his boots.

The first weeks he wouldn’t leave my side and was scared to death of my husband.

Trucks going by scare him, he hates motorcycles and is stressed out when we leave the house.

His name is Barkley but the first three months he lived here, he never made a sound. But once he warmed up to us and our home, he has let loose and now he loves to bark!

Lucky me 😂

Barkley brings a spark of joy to our lives and we are glad to have him. Especially my hubby. He and Barkley are best buds.

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Saturday shopping

This week my shopping buddies have gathered some of their fave online finds for us. It’s always fun to look into someone else’s shopping cart, isnt’ it?

Be sure to check out their links and pop over to their blogs to see what projects they have worked on recently!

Reinvented Delaware – Cindy

  • I’ve been on a copper cleaning binge lately. My handmade copper pots needed a little help and Earth Brite is the best copper cleaner I have found. It’s all-natural and easy to use. It works great on thrift store brass candlesticks too!
  • One of my good friends bought me warming slippers and I love them! As I age, my feet get cold while we are watching TV at night. Thirty seconds in the microwave and these cozy slippers warm my feet to the perfect temp!
  • Usually, I wear contacts but I still like to have readers around when I need them. I found these reading glasses on Amazon and I love them because they don’t look like drugstore readers. Let’s stay in fashion ladies! BTW, I just moved up to 2.5 🤓
  • My friend convinced me to get a wobble balance board. It’s a great tool to strengthen my core and my balance and that’s especially important as I get a few years older. I want to be steady on my feet for my grandkids!
lynn from living large in a small house

Living Large in a Small House – Lynn

Spring is In the Air

I don’t know about where you live but it’s been unseasonably warm here in Illinois (with a few days of snow sprinkled in).

Between the weather and the refresh we did by painting our great room area with Sherwin Williams Color of the Year, I have nothing but spring on my mind.

I pulled my spring/Easter decor down this past weekend and everything is looking pretty worse for wear. I really need a new wreath for my front door. Here are the ones that I have my eye on.

Diane from South House Designs

South House Designs – Diane

Spring is really trying hard to take over, so let’s get ahead of our Spring chores and Outdoor fun with our shopping today.

  • I’m treating myself to garden kneeler and seat. to save my not so young knees and back. I chose this one because it a good value for the deeper seat/kneeler. Many seat/kneelers are only 6 or 8-inches deep (that’s like the kneelers in church)! This one is over 10-inches deep. Plus, it comes with two bags. Perfect for bug spray, water bottle and phone in one. Garden tools in the other.
  • This is the year to add irrigation to this house like we had in the last house. This is the irrigation kit I’m going to use for the large balcony we have across the back of the house. And this irrigation kit is for the large in ground bed we have surrounding the crushed granite patio. And no irrigation system should be used without a timer. This one is perfect for us because it can run the two irrigation systems independently.
  • Good clippers or pruners are essential. This pair is designed for ease of use, specifically for arthritis sufferers. Fortunately, that’s not me, yet. But I’m not one to turn down any ease of use. They are at a good price right now, but if you are just getting started with gardening, or don’t really have that much to clip, here is a good pair that is a bit more budget-friendly.
  • It’s important to celebrate a job done! Cold beverages anyone? Love a rolling cooler patio cart. This one is my favorite. Why? The extending shelves on the sides for pouring, mixing and having nibbles at the ready! The lid even has a glass shelf for glasses, garnishes, etc. The inside is divided for the option to keep food cold, but dry on one side and ice and beverages on the other, or all ice and beverages. If that’s a budget buster for you, then here’s a great option. I prefer this one because the bottom shelf is easier to clean than the lipped shelves on most of the others.
  • I discovered these fly fans at the outdoor tables in Dallas restaurants. They work!!!! So to keep our guests, and ourselves comfortable outside, I LOVE can’t survive without these fly fans. Run on battery or usb. Great for camping too. TIP: set one on the floor around your ankles. No more biters. You’ll be amazed!
Anna from Sky Lark House

Sky Lark House – Anna

  • Spring is my favorite season and I love to switch things up in our home to reflect the season. I love using the mint scented Mrs Meyers dish soap. It (almost) makes doing dishes enjoyable.
  • I also like to switch up our bedding. Now that the temperatures are in the 40s, we don’t need our heavy down comforter. This block print quilt by Studio McGee is perfect at the end of our bed. It is just warm enough to keep you comfortable during spring nights.
  • Now that March is here, I am so excited to start growing plants from seeds. Most notably, Zinnias and Celosias. I plan on using these seed starting kits from Burpee. Each kit is less than $12 for a tray of 36 cells!
  • If you like to grow your own veggies or flowers, this raised garden bed is fabulous. A raised bed is a great way to protect your plants from animals and you can place it in an area that gets a lot of sun.
  • I finally decided to replace my tupperware and love this set by Rubbermaid. Also, just between you and I, the teal color lids are what sold me. It’s also BPA free, dishwasher safe and microwave safe. Oh – and all the containers nest in one another so your tupperware is always org anized.
Lora from Lora Bloomquist

Lora Bloomquist – Lora

  • Recently I went to our local Arboretum Spring flower show and picked up these beautiful resin earrings from a vendor. They’re so pretty! I gave a pair to Happy Girl for her birthday, too. I think they’d be perfect bridesmaid or Mother’s day gifts. Some crafters will custom make them, also. Check HERE for an amazing collection of styles and artistry. Perfect for Spring!
  • With Easter coming up, I love to pull out my few pieces of cabbageware. This bowl was my mother-in-laws, but I found the 2 cute bowls thrifting. Vintage pieces can be found HERE. You can find beautiful newly made cabbage dishes HERE and HERE. Such fun tableware to collect (or register for;)
  • Our mattress is old and I’ve not been sleeping good. Someone suggested we try a memory foam mattress topper and it has made such a difference! Every night I feel like I’m crawling into a hotel bed, it’s so comfy and cushy. So much more inexpensive than getting a whole new mattress. You can find the one we have HERE.
  • One of the best purchases I made through the years was a pair of green glass lamps. I swap them back and forth from our bedside tables to the living room depending on the season. Green is such a neutral. I still love these lamps years later. I can’t find my exact pair, but I rounded up a beautiful collection of green lamps HERE.

County Road 407 – Cindy

Cindy can’t join us this month but she will be back next month! We miss you Cindy!

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. Cindy I’m so sorry to hear you were sick last week! Ugh. COVID really knocks the wind outta folks. Love Barkley 🩷 I love when he shows up – photo bombing your photos and videos. Happy Weekend!

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      He’s the king of photo bombing!! Thanks for the well wishes Anna!

  2. Barkley is adorable. I’m so happy he’s adjusted to his new happy life.

    Sorry you had COVID. We sadly lost our baby girl Peanut. It’s been an adjustment for her
    brother Reeses and us. She was precious

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. We really get attached to our furry kids. Big Hugs Cindy 🥰

  3. Cindy@CountyRoad407 says:

    I love Barkley! We had a Shih-Tzu for 15 years, had a Lhasa-Poo for 16 and his brother is still kickin’ at 18 years old! He still acts like a puppy although a tiny bit slower. He’s my sidekick as well. You’d think after 18 years he’d realize I’m not going anywhere so he should stop following me even to the bathroom. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      Eighteen years is a long time! He must really love you Cindy!

  4. Wendy McMonigle says:

    Awh, Mr Barkley is looking so handsome.
    Your copper looks fantastic, I will have to try some of Earth Brite.

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      It’s so easy to use Wendy. I love the stuff!

  5. Great recommendations! Fun to meet your sweet doggie;)

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      He’s a little cutie for sure Lora! Great shopping with you!

  6. Barkley is such a cutie pie and is lucky to have you guys, Cindy. I know rescues aren’t always easy (we’re on our 4th) but the love they give back is priceless. I’m not sure if it will help or not but we give Piper Reggie chews and they’ve definitely helped her anxiety. It doesn’t cure it or take it away completely but her stress levels are a lot better when she has them and it might help Barkley too. Can’t wait to dive into all your links. You guys always find the best stuff! Sending you hugs and keeping you in my prayers that you make a full recovery post Covid, CoCo

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      Thanks for the tip CoCo! I will have to order those chews. They just might help. He takes a prescription to and that helps for about 4 hours. The afternoons are the hardest on him. We love him though!