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28 March, 2010

Coffee Talk...and Some Frenchy Pillow Finds!

IMG_1262This week’s thrifting finds are a double feature…Coffee Talk and Pillow Talk! First, I have made a few changes in my coffee bar. You have already seen my French coffee press ($1.91) and my cinnamon shaker ($1.91). Now I want to show you…


IMG_1263  …my new basket for my Tassimo T discs! Can you tell what it really is? It’s a silver cracker server that I found at Goodwill for only $2.92! You could also use it to store extra teaspoons and, of course, for crackers, but I like to try to find a more interesting purpose for my GW hunting trophies if I can.


page1This wonderful hand painted (fait main) French cafĂ© au lait cup (99 cents) from a past post seemed to go along with my coffee bar. I added one of my Quimper plates to dress it up a little. Françoise…I have your cup and I’m not giving it back! lol


IMG_1273 Won’t you have a cappuccino? I’m addicted! Now, grab your cup and join me for…


IMG_1277 …a tour of my new pillow finds! I love this one! It was only $13…a real steal for a nice needlepoint throw pillow! And…do you notice anything?


page It’s very Quimper-esque!! See the little man in his Breton garb and the stylized Quimper tree? Love it!


IMG_1278_1 It has found a place in the French country chair in my dining room! (That’s Sticky Paws on the chair…keeps the staff from using the rush seat as a scratching post! Of course, I remove it for my guests!)


IMG_1276I found this tapestry pillow at a flea/antique market for only $12…and it came with a down insert! Woo hoo! I have seen a nice down insert for a pillow this size cost as much as $50! Here’s a trick, though…you can find expensive down pillows at Goodwill for under $3.00!  I have changed the inserts in almost all of my pillows for down at a very low cost. Just give the pillows a karate chop, and if it stays, the insert is down! It doesn’t matter what the cover looks like because you are buying it for the insert.


IMG_1274 But my favorite find is this needlepoint pillow for my black and white toile bedroom! Roosters and sunflowers…could you get any frenchier?  lol And it was only $13! I actually saw this one on line for about $45! I love the scalloped edge!


IMG_0993 And finally, a nod to our lovely webmaster, Kitty, who never tires of posing among the pillows…nothing could be more beautiful! And…notice how she matches the decor!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please visit these wonderful ladies and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Today’s Thrifty Treasures
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
See you next time! A la prochaine!

69 comments:

  1. But you didn't talk about your French press! Back in 1980 I tasted my first cup of coffee from a french press and I was hooked. We have a coffee maker for when the house is full of people but in the morning I want my coffee from the press.

    I just love the repurposing of the cracker server!

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  2. Your pillow finds are wonderful and very Quimper-esque the one!
    GW is amazing when you have a repurposing eye...
    Thanks for sharing...
    Hope your Sunday is sweet!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  3. Hi Deb - beautiful post once again. I just love the little cracker holder and I like to find different uses for things too. I love what you did with it. My first cup of coffee was shared with my grandmother when I was 8 years of age. I'll never forget it. And, of course, enjoyed seeing your kitty looking so beautiful amongst the pillows. Have a wonderful week. Deb.

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  4. Debbie, you are so smart. I would never have thought to use the cracker tray for the coffee, but it is perfect. The tray is gorgeous too. Your pillows are all just wonderful. What great finds. The Quimper one is beautiful, I love all the detail and the rooster one of course stole my heart. I have one like the pretty blue and yellow with the bow. I love it too. Hope you are all doing well. Hugs, Marty

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  5. I love all the pillows, Debbie/ The cracker tray is beautiful and what a brilliant idea for it's use!

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  6. Hello Debbie. Love the pillows and Kitty is so cute!
    Wonderful find and post as always.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Have a lovely day and MM.

    Regina
    Daily Living

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  7. Oh my gosh- what a steal on those pillows!! Just beautiful!! My coffe area is probably my favorite part of my kitchen- at leats it is first thing in the morning!! Great post!
    xoxo Pattie

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  8. pillows, did someone say pillows!? I love each and every one of them but the Mr Rooster pillow was made for your home. I loved having coffee this morning with you, I helped myself to a latte disc out of your pretty silver holder, You are very clever at repurposing my dear friend, Happy Sunday! Kathysue

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  9. What a great use for the cracker server. I just love to see what you find, those pillows are gorgeous. Love the "quimper" pillow, it just screams Debbie. My favorite shot is of Kitty among the pillows, just adorable. Hope you are having a great weekend. Hugs, Kat

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  10. Oh my goodness! I love every pillow. Good idea about the down inserts at GW. I have bought seeral good pillows from the gW too. But I am really jealous of your beautiful needlepoint pillows! Smiles, Marla

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  11. So love the silver cracker server and how you have used it. And the blue ribbon tapestry pillow is to die for! What great finds you had at Goodwill. I need to check out our local GW for treasures too. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Debbie, you do find the best treasures!
    The pillows are gorgeous, especially the rooster with the scalloped edges. The Quimper-esque would be perfect for a little boys room, too.
    The cracker holder is a great idea for the coffee discs, just the right size.

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  13. I'm lovin' the rooster pillow and what a great tip for finding down pillows while thrifting! Judi

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  14. Okay, I think you need to come to Oklahoma so you can teach me how to find great deals! ;-)
    The rooster pillow is amazing!!!

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  15. Good Morning Debbie! I'm sitting here drinking my coffee but yours is much more elegant than mine! I love, love needlepoint pillows...you must have the best Goodwill store ever! Everything looks perfect! I love your style! God Bless! Lauralu :)

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  16. Thanks for the lesson on how to know if a pillow is down. Karate chop! Love it...lol.

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  17. I am *so* jealous of your finds...our GW and other thrift/charity shops do not have any silver and no pillows..very little in the decor department...I keep going back and looking and still find nothing to love or even repurpose...sigh!

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  18. Well, girl! It just doesn't get much better than this! Those pillows are to die for! Love, love, love the rooster pillow, especially. And that silver cracker server! Woo-hoo! I love that you're using it for your own "stuff"!

    Grins!
    Pamm

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  19. Debbie, I'm telling you what, you are the best shopper and I'm pleased to see you in real-life action! You have such great vision and really have blended everything so beautifully. Love the "other" use for the cracker holder - both useful and cute! Hope we'll have some great luck tomorrow "on the hunt"! Linda

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  20. The cracker server is genius!! I laugh every time I see "coffee talk." Reminds me of that old SNL skit, "Cwaawffee Tawlk with Linda Richmond." ;)

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  21. Ah now you just made everything look so wonderful. Gotta' love a coffee bar! Where did you get your rooster pillow at such a bargain? Love them all and Kitty is just gorgeous.

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  22. The pillow and the cracker basket ... what wonderful finds! Great photos to show it all. You have a great eye.

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  23. Debbie, I think you are the master at finding wonderful things. I don't know which is my favorite, though the pillows are really calling my name. They look perfect in your home. You have a terrific eye. Great job! Love seeing all your treasures. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Oh Debbie. What beautiful finds. I love those tapestry pillows. Beautiful. Hve a nice week.

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  25. Debbie, I really enjoyed seeing your finds! Love the silver piece and all the cute pillows. That little man caught my eye right off the bat! Great find there, and I love your Quimperesque cup! I keep my eyes peeled for Quimper at a good price, and one day, I'm going to find it and send it to you!

    Saw the pics from Georgia which were lots of fun. I missed you SO much over our girls' visit and wished you could have come with Claudie and Julie. Have been sans computer access and will be again for several weeks. Long story that I put on my blog, but I will see you just as soon as I return. Keep the light burning...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  26. Oh my! I think you must have the best Goodwill EVER! Love your pillows -- I'm going to have to try the karote chops next time I visit ours (wonder if they'll make me leave?)

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  27. Love your coffee bar finds! Great idea for the cracker holder, too. Those pillows are gorgeous! You got some great steals there. I stopped looking at needlepoint pillows when I would see them selling for over the $100.00 mark.

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  28. Awesome finds, love all of the incredible pillows, love your kitty too! I'd like to take you with me when I go out and shop, you are a master at finding wonderful things!

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  29. Great finds. I really like using the cracker server for the discs - great idea. Pretty Kitty!

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  30. I love the little silver seashell tray! The pillows are gorgeous too!

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  31. First off being a coffee lover, I loved those cups! You have a fabulous collection of beautiful pillows, all so unique! Have a great Monday!

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  32. Ok, now that I'm done drooling over those beautiful finds, I can thank you for sharing your beautiful images at MM. :)

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  33. Hello Debbie! Wow those really are some great finds for sure! Beautiful...

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  34. What fabulous finds! I love your pillows! I think we may share the same Goodwill (on 41, perhaps?). I love your kitties, too!

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  35. I love the needlepoint pillows...especially the Quimper style one. What great deals you got too.

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  36. Oh my gosh those finds are wonderful!!! I love the picture of Kitty posing in the pillows:).

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  37. J'aime un cafe au lait s'il vous plait! Ton chat est tres jolie! ;0)

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  38. Great finds! I am having my mom's chairs reuph and they have down cushions...should I tell him to reuse the down?

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  39. Wow! You did really good on your pillow hunting, Debbie. I love all of them!...Christine

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  40. Nice finds! And I particularly like the caddy that you use for your coffee discs. It is so much nicer to come up with alternative uses for thrifted finds!

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  41. Saw a comment by you on Garden of Daisies and loved your blog title. My hubby tells me I'm a plate addict too, along with being a wooden chair addict. And these are all flea market addict finds. Loving your blog.

    You might like this post of mine
    http://www.thedustycellar.blogspot.com/search/label/Transferware

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  42. Debbie , I really love the Rooster pillow

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  43. I Love your Blue and White China. I am a big fan of it. It is beautiful the way you have displayed it. Your dining room sort of reminds me of mine. I am now one of your followers. Thank you for sharing!.

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  44. More fabulous finds! I love the coffee holder, very pretty! Never had the Tassimo, we ended up getting a Keurig, storing the cups not so pretty, your idea is very clever!

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  45. Oh, what wonderful finds! I love your repurposing of the cracker tray...your coffee bar is terrific!

    Loved the pillow too :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  46. Your cat photo made me laugh as the cat looks so content:) Honestly Sue and I must come and check out your goodwill store because you find the best things there.
    Joyce

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  47. Hi Debbie,
    The cracker server is perfect for the Tassimo pods and I love your "Quimperesque" pillow. What amazing finds!!
    ~Maggie~

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  48. You've found some real treasures! And Goodwill is such an outstanding organization, too!

    Amanda

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  49. LOVE your pillows. You do find the most charming things. Best of all is what you do with them.

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  50. I think this thing ate my comment!

    Scribbler

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  51. The cracker holder - great idea! Very creative.

    Hope you'll drop by AtticMag to give JaneT some advice on making a bench from a vintage bed. #81 on Met Monday.

    Allison

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  52. Hey Friend! SURPRISE! I'm ONLINE and blogging to boot! Le Boot that is! lol I know, that doesn't make any FRENCH SENSE, right? Well, I'm slap happy cuz I'm visiting for the first time in like six weeks. I posted some pics with all of us when Claudie was here, you'll have to drop by and see them. Didn't we have the best time? Hey....I adore your Silver finds at GW and those pillows are AWESOME! My favorite is the one for your B/W Toile room. Love that rooster~ We must set a coffee break time and go to GW together again soon~ :) Hugs friend~ ~CC

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  53. Ok, I'm dying over the pillows! Love, love, love them!

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  54. I love Kitty!! and I love the silver cracker tray - I have that on my list of "things to search for a Goodwill" - my list is somewhat of a scavenger hunt - a true challenge for me!

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  55. Debbie, you must have your black belt in bargain shopping! I am always impressed with your special finds. Those pillows are just wonderful additions to your already beautiful home.

    Pat the kitties for me, will ya? The Webmaster "Kitty" looks EXACTLY like my old Shultzie kitty. He was sooooo silky & I miss stroking his fur. :(

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  56. Debbie, I see you struck the jackpot again with your finds. Love those pillows. I just saw a cracker holder like yours at the flea market for around nine dollars I think. You got a very good deal. Love how your kitty matches the bed. Now that is styling!

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  57. Love your treasures but I really like your silver cracker server! I have a crystal cracker server but now I want a silver one! HA! Be blessed. Cindy

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  58. Great finds! I am always on the hunt for good pillows!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Jody

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  59. That cracker holder is perfect for your coffee! Don't you love when things work out that way!

    I can't believe you found those pillows at Goodwill. I've been keeping my eye out for needle point or tapestry style pillows for ages. I've seen them go as high as $300. I haven't found any i could afford. I noticed the quimper style on the one right away. What good luck for you!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  60. What a unique use of a cracker holder! I love it!
    Those pillows are beautiful!
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  61. Thanks for coming to my party with all your awesomr treasures...luv that silver cracker holder and your pillows are so nice...the rooster is my fav:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  62. Thank you so much for finding me and getting linked up. It still doesn't show to me, so I still don't know what this is all about. Love your coffee set up and your new pillows are awesome. Thanks so much. Hugs, Marty

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  63. love the cracker holder and the pillows, Lezlee

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  64. Love love that cracker holder - way to be creative ! YOu really hit the jackpot !
    Hugs and Happy Easter !
    Kammy

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  65. While visiting antique shops in Mt. Dora, Florida this past weekend, I saw a silver cruet set. I wanted to buy it and create a saladscape...but, I thought that would be 'copying' the great "Miss Debbie!" I'm still drooling over that post of yours!:) Anywho...love the cracker holder for your coffee disk and of course, I LOVE the pillows. I just don't know how you get the kitties to pose so perfectly and look so pretty!

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  66. Hi Debbie, I just love how Kitty blends in with everything! Oh, and what an ingenious use of the cracker holder. By the way, how is the Tassimo coffee? Hope you are enjoying your week!

    Bonnie

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  67. I love all of your finds. The cracker holder is adorable. I can't believe how well all the pillows go with your decors. What finds.
    Hugs,
    Carey

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  68. Hello! I'm loving your blog! I've spent quite a bit of time drooling over your posts and pics and now I'm a follower! so glad I found you!
    Love your pillows. Great finds!
    Tell the 'staff' hello kitty for me!
    Doni

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie