Aug 24, 2012

Friday Finds

I fell behind on my Friday Finds posts recently, and thinking they weren't too popular anyway, had decided to scrap them completely. Then last week while visiting with my amazing cool and very dear sister in law, I found out that she actually reads them each week! I was so touched by her support, and her interest has inspired me to continue them. So, this week's Friday Finds are dedicated to Caroline, the nicest and sweetest sister in law a girl could ask for. 

When Rosemary over at Villabarnes decides to stay inside and play around with scraps on a hot day, beautiful things happen. Rosemary shares how she painted and decoupaged a plain basket with what she calls "an old grungy look."  I call it charming!   


This gorgeous French Country Hutch was refinished and styled to perfection by Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours.

From My Front Porch to Yours

I found another beautifully styled hutch over at Kate's Place. I absolutely love Kathy's opulent hydrangea-filled box.

Kate's Place
 Sarah from The Winthrop Chronicles shares a wonderful tutorial for making her Rosette Pillow Cover. I really like the shape and proportions of this pretty little pillow. 

The Winthrop Chronicles

 I love chunky letters and almost anything made out of burlap, so these letters shared in a tutorial by Jillian at The Virginia House are right up at the top of my to-do list. I'm thinking of making some that spell out F-A-L-L.      

The Virginia House

Another chunky letter tutorial! I'm head over heels for Jamie's  Nursery Rhyme Letter at Domestically Speaking. Is this not the cutest personalized baby gift for the nursery you've ever seen?

Domestically Speaking

I think I like these adorable suitcase tables so much because of the tapered turquoise legs. Happily, Good Housekeeping tells us where to buy them and how to attach them.

Good Housekeeping

You know how I love garden art. These pretty garden plate flowers are made from dishes and brooches by Tuula at The Thrifty Rebel.  (Oh goodie, more thrift store/yard sale  items to look for!)

The Thrifty Rebel

 Do you shop on Craigslist? It's one of my favorite online sources for local used furniture and yard sales. Kelly from View Along the Way has shared some great tips for making the best of Craigslist shopping.  

View Along the Way

 I have more organic tomatoes coming from my garden now than my family can possibly eat fresh, so I tried making my first tomato sauce this week. YUM! I used this basic recipe from Becky at The Vintage Mixer (without the sugar and with only fresh herbs), then I added some Italian sausage for the best spaghetti sauce ever. Bye-bye, Prego. I'll be making and freezing my own sauce from now on for the healthy taste of summer all winter long. 

The Vintage Mixer

As usual, my Friday Finds are here and there and all over the place (just like me!) I love so many things I find online, and as I finish writing this post, I find I really am happy to be sharing them with all of you. Thanks for the inspiration, Caroline!

And thank you to all who have stopped by today. I hope something you see will spark your interest, too. 

Happy Friday! 


  1. I love to see what others have found round the blog world! So interesting.

  2. How sweet, Laurel. Thanks so much for featuring, and the kind words about my basket.

  3. Laurel, Thank you so much for featuring my Nursery Rhyme Letter! I always love to see your Friday Finds posts! The hutches look amazing and I want to try some of that homemade tomato sauce. Yummo!! Have a great weekend. ~ Jamie

  4. Thanks so much for featuring my hutch!! That was so sweet of you!! Have a wonderful weekend.


  5. Thanks for sharing my tomato sauce! Great round-up!

  6. Oh Laurel I am so glad you decided to continue on with it! It is a great feature that you do. Also thank you so much for including me in your finds for the week!:) Hugs!

  7. Thank you so much for featuring my craigslist tips! Those burlap letters are amazing... and I have some extra burlap laying around... hmm... :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Thank you for sharing your fabulous finds - I look forward to next Friday!

  9. Great finds Laurel! Love those big burlap letters! :)

  10. I like seeing your finds. They are all so interesting. Things I wouldn't have found on my own.

  11. Thanks so much for featuring my plate flowers. It was such a nice surprise. You made my day! Have a great weekend!

  12. I love your Friday Finds Laurel! Keep it coming, please!

  13. Wonderful finds! I love both sets of letters, and thinking about your spaghetti sauce is making my mouth water!

  14. Love all of the Friday finds you picked. I had seen a few of these traveling around blog world myself.
    I wanted to thank you so much for stopping by my Halloween Top Hat blog post and leaving such a nice comment. I am always inspired by those that enjoy my work.
    Have a great weekend.

  15. Welcome back! Hope you are doing well.
    Great links and will enjoy reading through these ones!
    Debbie :)

  16. I enjoy your Friday finds, as well. It's funny about this whole blogging thing. I'm finding out that some of my most loyal followers never ever leave comments. If it didn't come up in conversation, I wouldn't even know they were interested.

  17. I really enjoy checking out your Friday Finds! Wishing you a wonderful rest of the weekend!

  18. Great finds. I always love what Rosemary creates!

  19. Beautiful finds! I am in the process of making something similar to those letters! My first time, so I hope it works out! LOL

  20. Lots of good oohs and ahhs! Love the burlap letters. May have to copy your Fall idea too!


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