Sunday, June 21, 2009


Last week was incredibly busy here. I've been so excited about my new favorite past time, blogging, I've fallen way behind on everything else! Plus, I've been fighting off a flu, it's winning. So I'm a bit under the weather this weekend.

As some of you already know, I love blog parties! As I've partied about, I've noticed that several have combined the blog party of the day. So, I thought I'd give it a go.

I've wanted to participate in Blue Monday hosted by SmilinSally and I love participating in Today's Thrifty Treasures every Monday, hosted by Rhoda at Southern Hospitality. Since the themes for Monday coveres both blue and fabulous finds, I've combined them.

If you are new to blog parties and would like to see what all the excitement is about, I've included a link at the bottom of this post that will take you to the hosts' post that also includes a list of all the participants! Give it a go, you'll love all the wonder posts that each participant contributed! You get loads of idea and do a lot of ohhh and awww; and see some creative and fabulous blogs!

Without further ado, I present my first Blue Monday and Today's Thrifty Treasures!

First are my Three Wise Monkeys.

I first picked up two of them at Ross ($3.99 each) when I lived in Texas a few years back. I search all over the store for the third, but they only had the two. So, not really knowing why, I bought them. All the while I wished I had the third. As fate would have it, I went back a couple of weeks later and there was the third one(also $3.99). I was shocked, it was the exact one I needed. No other ones around, just that one. About a year later, after I moved back to the SF bay area, I went to the nearby Ross store and came across the stand ($2.99) which I knew would suit them perfectly!

Last wednesday, I went to the Salvation Army and picked up a set of blue transferware plates. I paid more than I wanted, but I knew they wouldn't reduce the price for 30 days. Chances of this set lasting that long was highly unlikely.

The dinner plates were 4.99 and the others were 2.99 each, they had four of each. They only had three sets cups and saucers and those were $4.99 a set.

Now some of you may remember this little ceramic vase

I mentioned that I tried all sorts of colors, aqua, sage, pink, antique white...I promised I would reveal the final color, so here is what I chose...Tah-Dah!

To see Ceramic Vase Makeover pop over to my How To page. The inspiration for the color was this pretty metal pitcher I picked up ages ago. I remember it was under $5.00.

Thanks so much for stopping by and viewing my parties favors!

Be sure to stop by Today's Thrifty Treasures and say hello to Rhoda and view other fabulous finds and also go see SmilinSally's Blue Monday for lots of pretty blues and all the lovely blue contributors blogs!



Kathi said...

Love the blue pitcher and now the vase looks just as pretty! Your mosaics are lovely, I haven't visited you before, but I'll be back!

Jennifer said...

Love the plates ... I think they were definitely worth it!

Ivy Lane said...

Loving all your treasures! Especially, the blue transferware!

Barb said...

Love your vase makeover and the blue transfer wear was a good deal;..
Barbara jean

Chanda said...

Those little monkeys are adorable! I think the dishes were worth it!

Barb said...

I just could not wait to tell my friends about you.
If you do not want me to post it, I'll take it off. =0))

barbara jean

movingonlady said...

I love the monkey's. very cute.
The dishes are a find. Very pretty.

I just had to see what you were up to.

The Tattered Cottage said...

Seeing those wise monkeys reminded me of the calendar I made for the grandmas of our family. When my twins were 3 and my youngest was 2, I had them pose like that and took a picture, then put it on a calendar for the grandmas :) Love the dishes!! Great re-do of the vase, it looks so pretty.

ellen b said...

Hi Tina! Love the dishes you found at Salvation Army. The after on your little pot is fabulous! Love the new look!

Kammy said...

Hi Tina,
That is just crazy - must have ment to be ....just crazy ! I love your bargins and that re-do !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Anonymous said...

Love your thrifty finds. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm off to look around your blog now.

Boo-Bah said...

I love your monkeys. You were so lucky to find the third one. The dishes are beautiful and I think they were a bargain.


printersdevil said...

I love a thrifty shopper!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Tina, I love your monkeys and the stand for them is perfect! You might want to check out to see how much your china is really worth. I'm sure a whole lot more than what you paid for!

LV said...

I love all your great finds. The monkeys are so cute. Great post.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love, love, love your three monkeys, and you did find the perfect stand for them! I like the way your vase turned out as well.

SO glad you joined us for Blue Monday, and yes, blogging is addictive. Hope your flu is better soon...

Happy Blue Monday...


Sheila :-)

Itajeff @Something To Share said...

the blue monkeys are cute!!! Love all you blue collection. Thank you for sharing.

Happy Blue Monday

Lots of luv,

Irene Toh said...

Nice Ming blue monkeys and china..

Bonnie said...

Love all your blue, especially the monkeys. How cute! What are the odds of finding the missing one?

P.S.Thanks for visiting me at cottage hideaway, it was great meeting you.

Ashley@AshleysBusy said...

Great Finds! I've been looking for red transferware unfortch, it seems like it's more difficult to find. Also love that you painted the vase white. It really is the best color to showcase flowers.

Go ahead and make a chalkboard, it really was easy!!! Have a great week :)

Regina said...

I like the blue plates. Nice images.

KayC. said...

What great finds! And thanks for your tutorial...I want to paint some ceramic plates to use for decorative purposes. Your information is very useful.

Smilingsal said...

I love your monkeys and the backstory about finding the third. The tray is a perfect fit. Your other blue and white dishes are a great find.

Now, I noticed a blue and white cat over on the side of one of your pictures. I do hope that you share that one Monday. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

bj said...

Those little monkeys are the cutest things!! love 'em

Knitty said...

Your monkeys are so cute! Love your vase transformation too.

I'll be back later to read other posts of yours. Nice to meet you!

Courtney said...

Those monkeys are the cutest! And I love the trasferware. Good finds!

Mary said...

Tina, this was a lovely post. Thanks for sharing your treasures with us. I think you got a fantastic deal on the hear no, see no, speak no guys and your transferware is lovely. Have a wonderful day.

Embellished Bayou said...

Those monkeys are so cute & I love the color you chose for the little vase! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Teri said...

Oh, I love the monkeys and their tale. The flower vase transformation is beautiful!

Sue said...

The monkeys are just adorable in blue/white, which I've never seen them in before. I'm off to read your instructional post.... thanks for showing your gorgeous transferware plates/cups. Sue

grannyann said...

Oh my gosh, I love your monkeys!!!! What a find and to find the 3rd later, "who'd a thought".
I like your pot redo.

Blue Creek Home said...

I have that set of monkeys but dressed in different china. I'm glad you found the third guy.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Very nice blues! Those monkeys are so cute and I LOVE the blue transferware! Thanks for sharing and Happy Blue Monday.


Jenny said...

Beautiful! I love the little vase makeover and the stand it's on. It's adorable!

Lindsay-ann said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I have enjoyed visiting yours. I love those blue and white plates and the fun monkey trio. I love finding bargains like those. Your vase makeover looks great too.
Hope you are having a 'Happy Blue Monday'.

Elizabeth said...

So many great blues, and that stand for the monkeys is a real find!

Anonymous said...

What a pretty post. How nice you found that perfect stand for the cute little blue monkeys.
Happy Blue Monday.

Southern Lady said...

What cute little monkeys. You were really lucky to find the third one, and the tray is perfect for them. I love your dishes and little white vase, too!

Becky K. said...

The monkeys make me smile...the plates make me say "ooohh" and the vase just makes me wish I would do more projects. Awesome!!!

Kim said...

I love, love, love the blue & white plates. And it was meant to be that you found the third monkey & the tray looks like it was made for them. And I like the color the vase ended up being. Looks great with the pink roses in it. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment.

Kelli said...

Lovely finds!! Your site is grand!!

The Stylish House said...

Hi Tina,
I love your monkeys and that base you found is perfect for them to sit on. It’s it wonderful when life works in our favor even in little ways, such as finding the 3rd monkey. I can’t believe how that base fits them so well; it looks like it was custom made for them. Your dishes are really nice also and I agree they would not have lasted. Your blog is lovely and I want to see more of your mosaics so will poke around a bit. Cathy

Maria Berg said...

Cute monkeys and it is fun that one holding his eyes covered one the nose and one the ears, MB

Anonymous said...

What a lovely blue post! I enjoyed every bt of it.

marmielu said...

Oh my golly! That transferware is a great find. I would have bought it, too. Funny, when I was younger, I really didn't like the stuff, but now I seem to keep noticing it.
That vase turned out well. Nice choice of color.
Mary Lou

Victoria said...

The plates are beautiful!

Love your tablescape from last week too. It is lovely...looks straight out of a magazine!

Linda said...

You were smart to get those blue & white dishes - soooo pretty! I have to tell myself, that they are still a deal - even if they are a little higher than I wanted. Linda

susansspace said...

Great post, Tina! Love the See no, hear no, speak no evil monkeys! Glad you found the 3rd one to complete the set! Also LOVE the transferware. A very nice pattern!
Blessings, Susan (Mimi)

Painter's Place said...

How lucky you are that you found all of this neat stuff. You were smart getting the first two, because, like me, you knew you would be on the hunt for the third one.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tina, You have found yourself some fabulous treasures. I wish we had a Ross in our area. I have heard about that store from other bloggers.The monkeys are so cute and I just love the dishes. You have a beautiful blog here ♥ I hope you feel better soon. Happy Blue Monday!

hip chick said...

Oh I love those little monkey's. I have had that same sort of thing happen to me before also. It makes you wonder where the heck the other one was hiding.

The White Bench said...

Hi Tina! Looove your transferware plates!!
Thanks for stopping by, and for your lovely comment!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Those monkey's are adorable! Good going on the blue transferware - it's one of the things I collect.


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