Zucchini Chocolate Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting




Chances are you will receive one or two zucchini squash from your gardening friends or neighbors about now. I am not a spice cake fan, but I have a recipe from one of my coworkers for chocolate zucchini cake that is WONDERFUL!

Use What "You Have" Vignettes


I have been crazy busy here lately with new hardwood floor installation, work, a new consignment shop booth, and getting my daughter off to her first post-college job.

I just changed up my dining table vignette and coffee table vignettes with stuff I found around the house.

 Since it's already getting cool outside during the overnight in northern Minnesota, I brought my upcycled sewing machine drawers with soup cans of ferns inside.  I also moved my garage sale terrarium with blue and white dishes to the dining table, along with vintage metal flower frogs.

Vintage Inspiration Party No. #203

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Why I Chose Shaw Engineered Hardwood Flooring for my Living Room

I am so pleased with the new hardwood flooring I had installed in my living room last week.
Shaw Jubilee Engineered Floors in Honey Spice

I chose a Shaw Engineered Hardwood, "Jubilee", in the color Honey spice.  An engineered hardwood has a hardwood veneer or wear layer, but is not solid hardwood, making it an economical choice.  Engineered hardwoods can be re-finished just once or sometimes twice, but at 59 years of age, that sounded pretty much like a lifetime to me!  

Vintage Inspiration Party #202

Welcome back to the Vintage Inspiration Party. We are so glad you're here!
The VIP is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered. You can also share projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations. repurposed and upcycled
Take a look at what your hosts have been up to recently!
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Four Minnesota Rustic JUNK GARDEN Tours


This year I had the privilege to share not only my junk garden tour but also the tours of three of my friends as well!

Kitchen Chair Update

I have had four antique oak chairs with vinyl seats around my antique round pedestal table for many years.

Another Repurposed Photo Holder for my Gallery Wall

I picked up this Ritz wooden foot scale at the antique shop yesterday for $6.

Vintage Inspiration Party #201

Welcome back to the Vintage Inspiration Party. We are so glad you're here!
The VIP is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered.  You can also share projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations.  

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updated jewelry displays and upcycled picture holders

Chalk Painted Vinyl Tiles


My husband is gone on a fishing trip for a couple of days.  I hate this old floor in our foyer.

Thrift Shop Wooden Notepad Holder Repurpose

I purchased this wooden notepad holder at the thrift shop a couple weeks ago for $2.  The framed top portion looks like advertising for Casablanca Bar and Grill.  The wooden piece across the middle holds the notepad in place with bolts and two wingnuts.

Dana's Fun Outdoor Junk Decor & Gardens


Remember when I purchased two old gears with my birthday money last month?  I got them from my friend, Dana.  Dana and her daughter own and operate West Tischer Cottage, a fabulous occasional shop in Duluth, Minnesota.  West Tischer Cottage sells vintage, upcycled and repurposed items as well as painted furniture.

Well, when I went to pick up my gears, I fell in love with all of Dana's outdoor junk vignettes, and returned last night with my camera.  This old fence vignette is situated on one of her garage walls.

Vintage Inspiration Party Number 200!

Welcome everyone!
Would you believe that today marks the 200th Vintage Inspiration Party?!!
We are so glad you are here to join in with us & there are some party giveaways for you as well, so don't miss them below!
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Rummage Sale-ing and Junkin'


I haven't had much time this summer for junkin' or upcycling or repurposing.  The truth is, I changed jobs.  I quit my job selling furniture, (at 59) and went back to my previous job at a real estate title company.  It's termed part time, but during the summer, it can turn to full time on any given week.  I didn't have too hard of a transition, however, I am 10 years older than I was when I used to be a closer, and I am not as good as multi-tasking as I once was.  Evenings are busy tending to flower gardens.

I decided at 7:45 this morning to check the newspaper for garage sales.  I left the house with little primping five minutes later, and headed for the first sale. Although these are still made, I think this Brannock Device is vintage.  I bought this for 50 cents and JUST for fun.