Fun With Thrifty Finds and Moss

Y’all remember this~Poor thing….it was rejected by it’s owner…It’s lid is cracked bad, but still a beauty to me!


I couldn’t believe that someone would get rid of this…and then when I found out how much it was worth, I really couldn’t believe it!  It was a score at 2 bucks!

DSC07201 The same day I got the picture frame and clock…….so what did I do with these diamonds in the rough?????


DSC07225 I started pulling things together from here and there to create a simple arrangement for the tureen.


DSC07229 Noting was glued, just place inside the tureen carefully!


DSC07239I just fell in love with these antique looking pears!  I found them at The Keeping Room in Oak Ridge, TN.  The Keeping Room is going out of business…So the pears was another great score!  The final price per pear was 1.50!  You will see more about The Keeping Room at the end of this post!


DSC07242 My favorite part of this arrangement is that MOSS!  I love it! And, last week Hobby Lobby had it 50% off!  Making it 2.50 a bag!


DSC07251 Can you see the sun rays???  There is a certain time of day that the sun shines through the front door and highlights this arrangement!


DSC07313 Do you see any more thrifty finds here????


DSC07316 Need a better view???


DSC07320 Remember these???  The gold frame made a perfect display for my grandfathers pocket watch!  And, the Howard Miller clock just looks right at home with the other clocks! 


DSC07317 Yeah, I know….none of these clocks have the same or right time…lol ;)


DSC07321 Here’s a run down of what this thrifty arrangement cost

Red Cliff Tureen $2.00

1 Bag of Moss $2.50 {used in other arrangements, also}

5 pears total used in arrangement and 2 laying on tray $10.50

Feathers….I had most….but bought about 8 stalks at $1.00 ea. total of 8$

Grand Total $23.00  Not too bad!


DSC07326 I really loved playing around with that bag of moss! 


DSC07323 The bunny was another yard sale find…last year….he got a new coat of paint and is now sitting in his all his glory!


DSC07329 I made sure I used every last piece of that moss….I found out the possibilities are endless, when it comes to that fluffy green stuff! 

Y’all go get you a bag and see what you come up with!  I know you’ll have as much fun as I did with it! 


A tribute to ~THE KEEPING ROOM~

the keeping room Do you have any Southern Living Magazines from past years or maybe this year????  Open them up and look for the Keeping Room ads!  Every month, they advertised in Southern Living Magazine for years!!!!  Every ad will be different…and beautiful!!!  The Keeping Room is just mins down the road from me and has always been such a delight to spend time and money…lol ;) there!!!  They have been in business since 1985 and this year decided to close shop!  They are keeping there design service and name, but the wonderful shop they have always had will be no more.  I will miss them!!!!  You can click here to view there website and see some of the wonderful things they do!!!!!  I’ll be showing you a few more items I purchased there in future posts! 


News~I have received a few awards in the last few months and I am sorry I have fell behind in posting those…. that post will be coming up this week, also the Shoe Show giveaway winner will be announced in that post….coming up this week!  

Thank you all for stopping by today and visiting!!!  Please feel free to leave a comment, as I read them all!! 

I have the house to myself today~ which doesn’t happen very often….so I am going to enjoy it!!!   I’ll be around later to catch up with everyone!!!     


Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

SHUT UP!!! I LOVE THAT ARRANGEMENT IN THAT SOUP TUREEN!!!! I have a thang for soup tureens anyway, and when I read the post where you got it for $2 I was SO jealous! THEN I see what you have done with it today and I am in AWE!!!! GORGEOUS!! GORGEOUS!! GORGEOUS!!

I LOVE that moss too!!

I love the inspiration I get from your blog!!

Love the clocks too!!

Lou Cinda :)

Lisa said...

Miss Nancy, you know I love that tureen and now I love what you did with it! And the frame with your Grandfather's pocket watch is precious. Sorry to hear about another great store closing. :( It sounds like they had a good run though. Thanks for the link. Everything on it was beautiful!

Kelly said...

I adore your arrangement with the feathers, moss and pears in that pretty tureen! That's genius! I don't know if I would've thought to do that. Now, you've inspired me to dress up some feather arrangements I have that are a little plain. Love the idea with framing the pocket watch too. That's so creative. Still enjoying your blog. Have a great day!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Nancy...girl I love the way you did that soup I need to do something pretty with mine...the frame and your Grand dad watch Oh I love it all my friend...Now girl I think your wall color is the same as mine in my sure looks the same great choice ha ha!! Girl do you remember the reindeer moss I shown on my blog...will is you want any of that please email me and I'll send you some of it...its great stuff...I use it for wreaths, cloche's and at christmas time on my mantle...I have about 5 bages of it right now from my Pine tress ha ha!! My email is on my profile page...just send me your addy and when I get back from my trip I'll get some in the mail to you...hey it would look great by my couch...May you have a great week my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Nancy,
You did a great job with the tureen. It would have cost a fortune purchased in a store. I love that moss and may have to run over and get some for myself. Love the clocks and how you did the picture frame with the pocket watch.
Enjoy your day!

Lamp Tramp said...

Oohh, the soup tureen looks so beautiful, you re so creative! Love the clock collection!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

How pretty! You got some great buys. I really like what you did with the frame!
I need to finish some of my projects.

Joanna said...

What beautiful arrangements! Oh and I would have never put all those clocks together like that, but it just works! Everything looks so lovely!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oh my Miss Nancy!!! I love all the fluffing of your gorgeous finds!!! The tureen arrangement is absolutely stunning...I love it!!! The display of clocks and watches is wonderful...I love it too!!!

It looks like you had a ball with all of the moss...everything is just too darling!!! I have a special place in my heart for the bunny. I love sweet bunnies...I use them everywhere!!!

I love your have such a lovely blend of elegance and whimsy!!!

Designs on 47th Street said...

Nancy, your arrangement looks super nice. I really love the simplicity of it and the unexpected twists of using a soup tureen for an arrangment. You know one of my favorite parts? The element of surprise by placing a pear in the ladle. :) Very, very well done. Oh yes! I love reindeer moss and use it all the time in my arrangements and other areas in my decorating!

Thanks for all the great ideas in your post today! :)


Colleen said...

Nancy that arrangement is just gorgeous! I love reindeer moss also. So much better to work with than the other kind that is so messy. Your tablescape is stunning! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us!

Lady Katherine said...

Oh, Wow the clock in the frame is so wonderful!!! I Just love the moss! I have to have some! My family room is done in Native Indian and I have an arrangement of feathers, The moss will give it a special touch! I adore the soup tureen. I got to go to antique store in Natchez, I usually buy lots, well hubby was shocked! I have WHITE soup tureen, platters, ect on my list! A large tray. I did find a large tray there, well it was four feet tall, yes it was! No, do not want one that big! lol A few other things. Oh, I found my tables I want, but price really high! Then there is the buffet! Then I take the one I made to the weaving studio. I dreaming! lol Well I just love this arrangement! I made one out of just gourds! I should show some of them. I forget. lol Love all your clocks! Now, I adore the what you did with the ladle! Now I not a fruit person, but I love the pears! I use grapes a lot too. This is perfect!!!

Stacey said...

Hi Nancy. :) That came out so pretty? I love moss too. Keep a bag of it in the cabinet. I'm always poking it in things including at the base of live plants. It just softens the look. You sure got lucky with that tureen.

I love your collection of clocks. What a cute idea. Awhile back I decided to collect little clocks. Bought the first one which was adorable. It fell off the shelf and broke! Never have moved beyond that point. :) I'm glad you reminded me.

Amber B. said...

I LOVE the arrangement in the tureen. It's GORGEOUS! Great job!

CailinMarie said...

oh a shame about the Keeping Room! I'm sure you will miss that shop! I love the soup turreen arrangment - the fethers are perfect! and your collection of clocks and watches!!! LOVE that!
Thanks for sharing!

diana said...

Love the tureen arrangement, Nancy...good work! It's beautiful and I loved the picture with the sun's rays coming through!

Divamom said...

OMGosh!!!! I love how the tureen turned out! You are truly gifted! I'm ready to run out and find me some moss!!! lol

The Fajdich Times said...

I think you hit the jack pot! What a nice arrangement you made:)

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

What a great way to save a beautiful treasure. I love what you did with it and really love your clock arrangement. You are so talented.
Thanks for sharing and for saving that grand old treasure.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Well, you have a gorgeous piece in that tureen & it's beautiful arrangement - a show stopper! I think it is fabulous! Linda

southerninspiration said...

Love all the clocks....and I love the soup tureen arrangement. I made one earlier this summer in a soup tureen with moss and red gerber daisies...maybe I should post that. Perhaps I will do feathers and pumpkins/gourds in the fall! Thanks for the inspiration!


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I'm going to get my soup tureen out and do an arrangement. You inspired me with this beautiful arrangement, Nancy!

There was a shop at the lake called Keeping Good Company that closed this year. I certainly will miss it. It sounds like The Keeping Room was a similar shop.

Cindy said...

What wonderful thrifty finds!!! I love what you did with the tureens, it looks so great! You put everything together so beautifully, I need you to come to my house. Hugs, ~cindy s~

Darlene said...

Hi Nancy,

The decorated tureen looks GORGEOUS!! You do such a fabulous job! Love the clocks all together. They look so pretty in that grouping. Now, when are you going to come and decorate at my home????

Dawn Marie said...

I love what you know what, theres nothing so beautiful as when the sun shines on certain things in our homes. For me, the ultimate is enjoying jazz music and just watching the end of the day.

Angie said...

You have the knack 'cause that arrangement is gorgeous! I have got to get me some of that moss and go to town with it in my house like you did!

Jessica said...

Good morning Fancy~

I just love what you did with the soup tureen but your Grandfathers pocket watch in the frame....stole my heart. I may have to borrow that idea. I just received my Pop's pocket watch and I have my great uncles watch, too. I've been racking my brain as to how to display them. I absolutely love what you did with yours. The cluster of clocks is perfect...and although they don't keep perfect time, the rhythm they share together is quite unique. Lovely display. Thanks so much for sharing!

Hugs~ J

Tammy518 said...

I love the arrangement you did in the tureen! The thrifty clock is right at home with your other clocks, and what a neat idea, to use the frame to display your grandfather's pocket watch. My grandpa had one too, and I remember always loving it.

That's too bad about The Keeping Room closing. It sounds like a really cool store.

Anonymous said...

It was a lucky day for those things to be purchased by you....lovely job Nancy !!!

Enjoy the house to yourself, I love when that could even dust in the nude LOL

Great post....
Kathy :)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I heart that arrangement in the soup tureen - those feathers rock! LOVE what you did with the pocket watch - that looks so great!!!


Unknown said...


I love your soup tureen. You always have such a keen eye.


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Well, good law!! What terrific eye candy you have posted for us today!! Seriously, I especially adore the way you displayed the pocket watch! Just stunning.

Big Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Jane In The Jungle said...

LOVE what you did with the Tureen but have to admit the bunny is my favorite!!

Melissa Miller said...

It's all so gorgeous Nancy!

What incredible talent you have to create such beautiful vignettes. LOVE the frame holding the watch. Too cool! Cute bunny as well.

I have an urge to go buy some moss right now. LOL! :)

Debra from Bungalow said...

Just love the tureen! All of your finds are great and you have them displayed perfectly!

bj said...

Red Cliff is one of my favorite things. I only have a covered sugar bowl but I love it so much, I want to marry it.
Your tureen, plus crack, was absolutely a steal!!
Love the arrangement, the clock, the frame...just love it all, Nancy girl !!

Barbara said...

Nancy, I am blown away by your finds, but more so what you did with them. I arrangement in the tureen is beautiful and I love the moss.

Great finds, great arrangements and just truly great post.


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Sorry it has taken me so long to get back with you...I just love the display of clocks! I am a clock person myself and those are fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for inspiring me to put some finishing touches on my home (I'm a newlywed slowly making her way into the decorating world)and also for making me want to go expand my shoe collection! It is most pitiful.....

I'm sure my husband would like for me to thank you as well! He will love being torn away from ESPN to go shoe shopping and yard sale huntin! :) What am I talking about? He can sit at home- I've got a Mama for that!

Love your blog!

- Ashley M

joyh82 said...

I love how that turned out and really love how you have it displayed with your beautiful clocks.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

That arrangement is gorgeous. You would pay big bucks for that in a shop! Everything you did with that moss looks great. I'm going to go buy a bag of it, but I'm willing to bet what I do with it won't look as great as what you did with it. I have always admired the ads for The Keeping Room. I can understand why you'd be sad about it closing, but I bet you did get some fabulous deals. laurie

Cathy Cobblestone said...

Love the arrangement Nancy - simply beautiful and OH SO YOU! Have a great one! Cathy

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh I need some of that moss . I like the way it looks. Pretty arrangement Nancy ! And love that clock collection.