Friday, May 13, 2011


Sorry I've been MIA lately, but I have LOTS to share!! SO hopefully within the next few days I can showcase my finds and be back online..
But know I haven't gone anywhere!!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Garage Sale season begins!

I've skipped a few garage sales already..not because I don't wanna go but because I wanted to clear my head and space that is so continuously cluttering up my life. But since my 3 year old was beginning to run out of pants and clothes, I knew it was time to start going.. So this week, I decided to spend my Thursday morning out and about, and took Taylor with me. We had about 8 going on at that time, and it definitely was worth it. Not only did I get like 10 articles of clothes for Taylor but I also scored some goodies for myself (which is seldom at garage sales)

That frame was RARE and jumped right out at me.. One thing I love about garage sales, is that they're in it to get rid of it, and will usually throw items like that down to almost nothing.. SO would only make sense that I pay only $4 for it! And the owl figurine is a replica of the "see no evil, hear no eveil, say no evil" monkeys but in owl format. Mr. TT pointed that interesting fact out to me!
A lantern for my sister's wedding.. :)
1970 Praktica SLR film camera with flash. I've handed down most of my vintage camera collection to a friend because she's found more of a love for them than I have, so I know if I don't use this, or keep it, she'll have a wonderful spot in her heart for it. Mr. TT checked, and there was existing film in it! But since we opened it, it was already ruined so we were unable to see what was on it.. I've had NO luck finding anything on this flash tho.. Its a Bell & Howell one and it seems rare. I wonder if it works.. Looking forward to throwing something in and seeing what this baby does! Only paid $2 for this buddy. One of those "I don't care what I get for it" moments. PLUS, there was a early 90's poloroid I passed up only because its not rare, and its also so hard to find film so it wasn't worth it.. even for a buck.

What I've changed this year other than my other years of garage saling, is that I'm looking at EVERY garage sale. Whether its the one that has nothing sitting on the outside so you're drawn away from the lack of inventory, or the one thats overflowing with items I know I have no use for, these little treasures come in the smallest places.. And each are worth checking out. Plus, its a great time out with Taylor too so I love have her tag along!

Saturday's coming and I had originally planned on heading into the city for an E-session with my cousin, but that changed and the weather is going to suck, so we're stickin back.. But I really hope that the girls still go to their designated sitters so that I can get some MUCH needed organization and baking done for Mother's Day. Mr TT has been sick with the nasty bug I got and so he's been MIA and things have been on the backup once again. Hopefully not for much longer!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


So, I've not had my luck at MCC lately, like I used to when I started thrifting weekly, but yesterday I had a good feeling.. Which is rare, but I jumped on it, and went. :) There was TONS I left behind, because we're in the midst of renovating and I just don't have the space for everything. But I did load my cart up with some goodies that, after we paint, just might be great additions to our wallspace (if I can even find room)..

Picked this buddy up for a buck. $1! I was so thrilled but when I looked online at the cost of film, I was shocked. Maybe I'll get lucky and find some at the thrift store one of these days.. but still. Pretty excited about this find!
Two mirrors. These will look really nice down the hallway between my girls rooms. Thinkin of painting them a bright color instead of white.. Not entirely sure yet. I have SO many projects just waiting to be done!
Im really not sure what this is... but I had to pick it up. It almost looks like a DIY gone wierd.. I'll hand it over to a friend of mine and Im sure she'll find use for it..
This is one of my favorite finds.
its unfinished so I can paint it whatever color I wanted. Thinking this is going to be a CUTE addition to Hailey's party and having it a bright pink would be perfect!! 

So I tend to always keep my eye out for owl items. I have a few items but I have a best friend who loves everything owl, so I always keep my eyes open for things that would add to the girls room or that would work for my friend's place. Today I scored bigtime. I haven't quite decided whats staying and whats going..

I really am not a fan of shell art, but found this to be cute considering its a coin bank!
Love these hangings, but not really loving the palm trees/scene in the middle. It looks simple to cut it out but I was reminded from my husband I have a history of "butchering" items by attempting this..
How cute is this little family?!
I also found more mason jar cups, and a few extra jars that I think would be a great addition to my sister's big day next year. Im still not going overboard yet on finding stuff for her day but when you come across something unique and rare, I can't help but snatch it up. I walked out of our thrift store and didn't even find a need to go to others. Maybe sometime this week I'll make a few more stops.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Missing in Action...

Battling one nasty cold since the 20th. I don't get sick often, but this one hit me hard.. Out for nearly 2 weeks, countless boxes of kleenex, and sleepless nights = one miserable me. So glad to be back to myself, feeling great, and ready to catch up.Also miss H had a nasty ear infection that nearly damaged her hearing, but in the end turned out ok!! We're so blessed. :)

Nothing much happened during my down time which is great cuz I hate missing out on things with the kids and the world.. but did catch the Royal Wedding which in all truth, was beautiful. And my little Haileybear turns 11 months today which puts into HUGE perspection that this month will be crazy with getting things ready. Im horrible with distractions of family and friends but Im gonna do my best to focus on everything I wanna get done for her big day.

My oldest, Taylor continues to go to preschool but is ending it within the month. So we're planning a busy but exciting summer ahead.. with lots of trips to the park, beach, zoo, etc! I missed out on their summer last year due to being on bedrest my pregnancy + having hailey premature and spending a month in the NICU and the remainder of our summer in iscolation due to her very low immune system.. so this year they both deserve one rockin' year. And I'll do whatever I can to make that happen.

Didn't get to thrift much other than picking up a few mason jar cups and a cuuute bright pink afghan for Hailey's party.. Also scored for 1/2 price at the fabric store, a dozen 1/2 m "shabby chic" fabrics! Im super excited to make her fabric banner out of this and add it to elements all over the day.

Otherwise, we're just going about our regular routine over here.. Mr. TT is working this weekend and its bitter cold. Just on Friday we had +20 degree weather and now its -15 degrees.. Yeah, welcome to Manitoba.. the province where its not wierd to leave your winter stuff out year round cuz.. you just never know.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Jelly beans were from Dollarama and martini and wine glasses were thrifted (picked up a pack of 6 but ran out of jellybeans so only displayed 4) all 6 for 1 dollar!
Easter's in full swing in the Hildebrand home!!! We're gettin ready to paint eggs, hunt for them, and have a LOT of delicious homemade goodness!!  Paska buns are a regular occurance (easter buns.. a must try!), and the talk of the real reason for easter's flooding Taylor's mind.. which warms my heart more than anything. Telling people that Jesus Christ died for her and for their sins. Her love for Jesus is a massive blessing that continues to overflow.
We have a large back yard so easter hunting's going to be extra fun this year. Most years have been spent at my parents.. inside.. due to snow and wet weather continuing to linger. This year, it looks like +15 (predicted), and sunny.. So hopefully an outside hunt is possible!!
Spring also means cleanout.. I have a hard time parting with items I've put a lot of investing in, and since its gone nowhere, its time to let go. Found another stack of fabrics waiting to find some good homes which hope to be put to good use.
Another garage sale is in the works too.. for May, which gives me a little more time to get things together. Im forcing myself to part with some of Hailey's items even if it breaks my heart.. Like Mr.TT said.. "better like a bandaid, it'll hurt at first, but relief when its over".. so Im bracing myself.

While searching through my stashes, clutter, etc.. I starting putting together some puzzle peices for Miss H's birthday.. Finally put together fabric for her banner which will also serve perfectly in her bedroom. And a few old nick nacks that somehow just fit perfectly. Hopin the weather goes well since its a casual, come and go, bbq/bonfire celebration. Hailey's not into having a lot of attention brought to her (she's like her father), and so having somethin come and go is perfect. :)

Otherwise I have seperate stacks of items for different purposes.. one being DIYs.. and I WILL find time to do that.. I will, .lol.

Happy Easter everyone!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday Treasures

Snow's nearly gone *sigh!* and spring is hopefully coming to stay..
Totally didn't think I was going to thrift this morning due to one of my daughter's scream fest last night (only knowing now after taking her to the doctor she nearly blew her ear drum  but a vein burster and she's got quite the infection.. her ear drum is also super sensitive and the doctors think it hasn't progressed with her maturity). Miss H is my preemie and she's 8 months corrected.. we just went through a preemie assessment but since we had no concerns, they just looked at her inital hearing test from the NICU and said there wasn't a concern.. Wow, can things change fast.. So back to doctor's appointments, and some investigating to see if this is something thats permanent or temporary. But being up till 3am and after her little body couldn't even cry anymore, I finally got some sleep.. she was up a number of times but quickly went back to sleep after that. I had no motivation to go out this morning but felt I just needed to get out and get some fresh air after that kinda night. It was well worth it.
Left our rickidy car (somethings not right with it as it sounds like a squeeky mattress) at my mom's work and snagged her car for the rest of the day.. picked up my best and thrifter Ayne and off we went.. stopping off at Winkler, Plum Coulee, and Altona.. and our back seat was nearly full (with the exception of her nearly 5yr old cutie). I've had a small wishlist and finally just let it go and realized that it'll come to me instead of me stressing and getting uber disappointed if it didn't come around that week.. but long behold.. a few of them came my way.
Cute vintage nesting snack bowls.. thinking future giveaway??
How cute are they so nestled up

Birdcages!! Was so excited to collect a handful of these for the girls room. Each room has a nature theme (owls, birds, etc) so I was looking for these for a LONG time!
Found this cutie for a quarter.
Been on the lookout for a LOT of mason jar (particularly the drinking ones) for my sisters wedding..

Friday, April 15, 2011

Snow in.. april?

Yep, of course, there's a prediction for snow today.. what else would happen in good ol' Manitoba, than to have snow in April, or even May some years?!
Ah well, manitoba weather makes me laugh..

Its been a crazy week getting ready for our first garage sale of the year.. It was bittersweet having to go through the kids clothes, so I just left them. The emotion of not being able to have any more children, and not being able to use these precious clothes one more time was a bit hard to take, and I just left them. We're having another garage sale come May so I NEED to do this then, and will do it like a bandaid.. will hurt at first, but in the end, relief. Its partially our choice that we're not having any more children, but a huge part was the doctor's huge suggestion that we not.. Going through Hailey's journey and having that happen again with added risks and complications, its too selfish, and too risky to put another child through such unpredictable measures.. And thats a lot to take in.

Tuesday, I was so excited to head off to MCC.. I went alone, and I did find a car load, but over half wasn't even for me. I love looking for thriftted items for others and somehow I scored more for someone else than I did for myself. A beautiful lamp (which will be on a different post), a black frame, and some other cute vases and such. But I couldn't leave without picking up a couple things.. I found this..
Im a huge sucker for children's furniture.. and for $4 I couldn't pass it up. Taylor already has a sofa and a recliner (both childrens size) in her room.. and how cute would this be reupholstered!! Its so easy with some simple screws and such in the back and then boom! Stick fabrick over, staple, and rescrew the peices back together.. If its not for me, it'll definitely be nice in some other children's room. :)

My exciting, FAVORITE find of the week is this..
As I mentioned in a previous post, my sister's wedding is country vintage. And I've had such a hard time finding somethin that wasn't too casual, wasn't too fancy for her wedding day.. And since we were getting ready for the garage sale, I came across this.. and thought how perfect it was!! So I brought it to my mom and showed her hoping she'd have the same feelings, and she did!! We noticed a couple spots of food stain, but we figured one good dry clean and it should be good as new! With no price tag, I was unsure of the cost of it, so I asked what my mom would pay.. "20 bucks, I'd say..".. and I agree'd.. but I wanted to see what she offered first.. My heart sank when she said "A buck.."..  A dollar, $1.00!!! So I of course, took it, and showed my sister via email, and she also fell in love with it, so its a done deal. :) This makes me happy due to the fact that we're paying for our girls' dresses.. :)

Im in the process of planning my Haileybear's 1 year birthday.. ONE YEAR.. June 1. Im thinking it'll be "tea party" style.. :) So Im trying to find old table clothes, tea cups, etc..Hopefully everything falls into place.

 My girls are blessed. We came home on Tuesday to some pretty presents from a family friend. She mentioned she had sewed them some pillowcases awhile back which I thought was super thoughtful of her.. Long behold, when she dropped them off, they were also embroidered!! Taylor's a huge princess lover and so of course hers had to say "a princess sleeps here".. and Hailey, who we always call our "Haileybear" says "Sweet Dreams Haileybear".. I love both, and Im so excited for the girls to use them!!

On Saturday, I had a photoshoot in Steinbach and wasn't really planning on doing anything else. Then my sister suggested Taylor coming out for a swim day! How exciting (and convenient).. then my mom was respiting Ingrid (who lived with us for 6+ years before moving), and she wanted to join too, so next thing I knew my car was packed full of props, a cute smash cake, and some lovely ladies ready to head off for the day. They had loads of fun, and pictures turned out awesome.
(heres a little sneak peak if anyone's interested..)
 Spring is here, chilly or not.. so we dragged out Taylor's first big girl bike!! She was super excited and we allowed her to pick out a cute little basket, streamers, and a bell for little added accessories, lol. Can't wait to get her going!!

This has been the skim of what my week's been.. I booked 2 more weddings (Which makes it 3 now for the etnire year).. Im wondering if thats enough.. To the town, I don't do weddings anymore, but when people come up to me souly, and say they want ME for my work, I have a hard time saying no.. So I've taken on a small handful, and we'll go from there.