First Day of First Grade – Thrifty Style

My oldest, G, started first grade last week! I couldn’t believe he was going to be in school all day! He was so excited and very ready to start, so when it came to taking pictures before school, I heard NO complaints!! That’s a rarity in this house, so I went with it and kept them to a minimum just to keep the peace. 08-21-2013 First day of First Grade-0873

G goes to a charter school so he dresses by the dress code, which is somewhat dull, but it makes mornings soooo much easier. We do have creative freedom with shoes, accessories, outerwear and backpacks. SO, during my thrifting last spring, I tried to pick up a couple of things that I knew he would love for this year.

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The shoes are Lakai Selects, he LOVES them and says they’re the most comfortable shoes ever! I couldn’t argue with the price since they were brand new when we picked them up, extra laces still attached in a zipper bag. $5 for a new pair of pretty expensive brand new skate shoes, I’ll take it!

08-21-2013 First day of First Grade-0877The backpack and lunch box are Pottery Barn from a couple of years ago. We have these awesome stores in Utah that carry Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Sundance and other high end cast offs. Some of these are miss stitched backpacks, luggage, towels, bedding, etc. So when I saw these for $1.50 for the backpack and $2 for the lunchbox, I grabbed them and a set for my 2 year old, because as we all know if big brother has it, he has to have it too.  All of them had names stitched into them, but it only took about a half hour for all four pieces, some scissors, seam ripper and tweezers and you can only tell if you get SUPER close!

Love that back to school shopping didn’t cost me an arm and a leg! How did you keep costs down this “fall” season??


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Happy Friday!!! It’s another great weekend for thrifting! If you are near me, the cloud cover makes for a little relief from the scorching hot weather we have been having, which always makes for better rummaging!

The past couple weeks haven’t been SUPER successful at yard sales and I haven’t been able to hit the thrift stores as much as I’d like, my 6 year old isn’t super fond of running from store to store, but he started school on Wednesday and the little munchkin is a much better thrifting companion. Onto just a few of my finds this week: 


Cute green suitcase to go with a couple of others under my boys new bunk beds for storage. (I’m thinking of filling them with bricks so they don’t try to go under the bed… stellar mom moment!)


Aren’t these cameras cute?! I was so excited to find these last week at a yard sale for a whopping $1.50 total! The seller also said he had an entire garage full and he’d email me once he had the path cleared to them! creamandsugar

Yeah, I have a serious  milk glass addiction!


I’m still holding out that my party pooper hubby will let me get a vintage glamper, he’s more of a “haul your stuff in, haul your stuff out, backpacking” kinda guy… so it might be a LONG time before I get one. BUT…. that doesn’t keep me from gathering up cute goods to put in said glamper!

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These framed pages from a grammar book were so cute, I could hardly resist… although, I have NOWHERE to put them. So into the resale pile they went. The date on them is 1826, UNREAL!

Plan book

My Daddy was a home builder for a good portion of my young adult life. It’s in my blood. I love house plans, looking at houses, not just for the decor but for the architecture and design aspect. So this screamed my name from a little box at a marching band yard sale.

Look at what my friend Brie found this week! Vintage postal scale. Serious cuteness!!! Thanks Brie!!!


What did you find this week? Seriously, send me a link, email me a picture! I’d love to see!

I’m also thinking about starting a linky party on Fridays, whatcha think?

The Cottage on the Hill – Master Bedroom (before?)


Happy Tuesday! We’re finally getting things settled here, and just in time for school to start! Hope you all have had a fabulous summer and have hit at least a few yard sales to find fabulous treasures!!! I know I’ve found my fair share and they’re finding their homes around my house. Come see!!

This master bedroom is the only room in the house I’m not sure what to do with, so I’m going to start with it since it’ll probably have the biggest transformation. This room has this wonky window on the only wall the bed would fit. So, that’s my main challenge for the room. Any suggestions??




These chairs were $5 a piece at a yard sale, and they were redone in a fabric I love, they were just done really poorly. The bones are great, and I think they’d look awesome in a deconstructed French style and I’m planning on doing it myself!… so be on the lookout for that post soon!



The big pieces in this room were handed down, the dresser is from my childhood bedroom. I’m currently debating on keeping this dresser in this room or getting a long and low style dresser to replace it. That wall kinda screams for a longer dresser, right?


I am in love with this little terrarium! I picked it up off the yard sale site right after we moved here and the little Jell-O molds are from a yard sale. Sadly, my succulents aren’t doing so well anymore, most of them have died off… anyone else have this problem???


I still haven’t hung much on the walls in this room besides a few wedding pictures and the little saying that was in a wedding card from an old family friend.

Master-0662See what I mean about that window? Ok enough with the window. This room will be the first to get a makeover. Here’s my list of things I’d like to do!


* Reupholster the chairs with a tan linen

* New dresser

* Decoration for above the bed.

* New lamps for night stands.

* Curtain rod and curtains.


What have been your favorite room transformations lately?? Send me a link!


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I’ve been on a hunt for things to decorate the new hilltop cottage and I’ve been lucky to find some GREAT things at even more FABULOUS prices!


Adjustable height table (retail price is about $100) for $10 from a yard sale!

072513 Friday Findings-0838My new sewing table, freshly refinished and distressed by an amazing artist – FREE well… traded for a photo shoot! The chair needs a lot of love, but I got it at a yard sale last weekend for $5.

EditedLove this little terrarium and the vintage jell-o molds under $10 for all.

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Couch that I’m going to be reupholstering soon for $30 off the Facebook Yard Sale site (seriously, if your area hasn’t caught onto this yet, start a page! Invite your friends! Get rid of your “junk” and make money doing it without the hassle of a yard sale! It’s seriously fabulous!)

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Chairs that I will be reupholstering as well. I picked them up from local yard sales for $5 a piece!

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Nice little clock that I picked up at a yard sale for $1

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Bird Cage picked up at a thrift store for $7. What I won’t show you is the one I picked up for $3… then sold for a nice little decorating profit!

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Sheet music for my studio wall… don’t judge the mess on the table, more finds and items I’m working on selling… see the little flowered tin in the back there? I picked that up for a quarter!

072513 Friday Findings-0834Bathroom jars – yard sales, thrift shop and the “tree” was a gift.

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And of course, MORE milk glass!


What did you find this week?? Leave me a link, I’d love to visit and see the goodies!!



What’s been going on around here!

Well, lots and lots of changes have been happening around here keeping life exciting!

At the beginning of May, my men and I moved to a beautiful rental just a couple blocks from my son’s school. Up until then, we’d been driving a half hour each way to take him to school, so to find this beauty was such a blessing! We’re in the middle of summer vacation with so many activities and sleep in days!

What this house looked like before we got in.

Living Room/Dining Room

Living Room Collage


The Boys Room: That wall is gonna be a CHALLENGE!

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kitchen master bedroom


There is so much space in this house! We feared not having enough furniture to fill it, but thankfully I’ve found some good deals and we did have enough to give this house some charm. My biggest challenge has been the vinyl sayings and pictures the last owner put all over the place. The basement is the only space that has escaped the vinyl madness.

While I think it’s sweet to put up motivational and inspirational sayings in your home, I am one of those people who likes different things all the time. That’s why chalk boards, printables and art prints appeal to me more than vinyl does. Vinyl seems a little permanent, even though I know it’s not, and it’s been done to death here in Utah, thus my aversion to it. We were given permission to pull down what we wanted, but I don’t want to change the house too much. There are a few that will stay (the huge saying in the boys room and the dandelion in the powder room… more pictures of that to come… and I’ve covered a few of them with larger paintings.) but the ones on the main floor will be coming down.

Stay tuned for updated pics of our new hilltop cottage!


Friday Findings * Instagram Style

I’ve been a little quiet… Lots going on, lots changing around these parts! But one thing hasn’t changed… I’m addicted to my local thrift shop! Here are some of my finds from the past few weeks. I’m thinking I would like to start having a linky party every Friday, but want to know if you, my fabulous readers, would be interested??? Let me know!


Mail sorter. Love that I found this and how well it turned out despite my hasty painting.


Vintage Pyrex. The multi-colored stripe one is rather rare. I even got the salt and pepper shakers with the original lids to match!


Isn’t she cute!?!

Vintage Dooney? Yes, I think so! She was buried beneath a pile of hats.


This guy is going in my boys room! Redo to be debut’ed soon!!!


PS if you’d like to follow me on Instagram, I’d love to have you join me!! @TrilalaO



Christmas PJ’s 2012

We all have the tradition of Christmas PJ’s. Most open them Christmas Eve, and we used to as well, but this year I decided to do things a little different. I really wanted my kids to wear theirs to our family events and have pictures taken in them before the actual morning of Christmas. Because, let’s face it, not everyone looks their CoverGirl best on Christmas morning, and my boys are no exception. So, my boys got their jammies the first week of December, after bath time of course, so out came the camera!

I’ve always loved the catalog Chasing Fireflies. I have to black out the prices mentally, though, in order to look at the beyond adorable goodies. So, while trying to come up with an inexpensive solution to the Christmas Jammie situation for this year, I saw these plain pj sets at Target and immediately thought “MONOGRAM THOSE BABIES!” I picked up one size and then hunted down the other at another Target just shortly after Halloween (yes, Halloween.) Thankfully I have 4 at my disposal around my son’s school.

I hopped onto Etsy, picked up some wool felt in teal and when it arrived, I used my handy dandy freezer paper stencil,  Heat n’ Bond, hand stitch technique that I use for almost all my applique’d items.

The boys LOVE their jammies, would wear them every night if they could. And, they’re versatile enough to wear until it gets warm!

What did you do for Christmas PJ’s this year?

Triana’s Christmas Decor 2012

It’s been a little quiet around here… seems to me that a little fun decor show and tell is in order!

My decor this year hasn’t changed a whole lot. With the exception of omitting most of the lime green from my decor I kept it pretty much the same.

I did however, add a few new little treats in with the standby’s!

The milkglass collection got a little love from some vintage ornaments I found at the thrift store. The love sign is from an AMAZING company called Caravan Shoppe.

The top of the TV cabinet also got some vintage love from some ornaments, the ornament hanger box and the tealight holder. Are we sensing a trend yet?

Last year’s advent calendar is back, although I think a new one is in order for next year. I’m thinking we may need to go a different route. Also, isn’t that plaid mug just too cute?! It goes so nicely with the vintage thermos I found that matches a large one my hubby’s grandpa had in the garage. Oh and, see the stack of washi tape up top? If you haven’t heard of washi tape, I strongly urge you to pause your reading, head on over to Etsy and find a washi tape dealer. NOW! That stuff is too good not to share!

This was my birthday present from my hubby. Thank you to West Elm for creating such a beauty! I was in heaven when I saw it!

Now, if I haven’t sung the praises of my local Facebook yardsale site enough, I got all these trees (plus about 5 more and fences,etc. for $2. The little vintage white house is a thrift store fine (as are the jars) that I spruced up a bit. Ok, I think that might be it with the vintage hehehe, maybe… maybe not. You never know with me!


Our tree is real this year, and with a real tree comes “character” Our tree had a sizable gap in the front, a little bit of a curve to the trunk and one side that’s a little too long. The hubby likes to tease me that it’s a “Charlie Brown” tree…. but, goodness, I love this little tree! To fill the gap in the front, I decided that I’d copy Taylor and make a glitter house… only I didn’t glitterize him for fear that my boys would get ahold and sprinkle my house with glitter love.  I also found a use for the umpteen berry baskets I received in a giveaway!

Thanks for touring!!!

Send us a link to your Christmas decorations, we love to see how everyone decorates their abode’s for Christmas!