West End Garage, Cape MayWelcome to “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party No. 128

Greetings from beautiful Cape May! We are spending a few days here with family, like we do most years in the summer.

Grandma rents a big house two blocks away from the beach, and the whole Bleasdale Clan comes and goes as they have time.

This year, the teenage girls all brought their boyfriends, so the group is expanding again. The house is full, and the teenagers will be camping out in the backyard.

While Don and Landon enjoyed the ocean — L wants to stay in the water for hours — I usually explore Cape May. I like just walking around town, and the West End Garage is always on my wish list. {click to continue}


Our Backyard DIY Pallet Deck With $20 Outdoor Rug

by Dagmar Bleasdale on July 23, 2016

Pallet deck, DagmarBleasdale.comIf you have been on Pinterest in the last few years, or read DIY blogs, you have seen how popular DIY pallet projects are.

People make furniture out of pallet wood, or signs, or huge America flags.

We inherited some pallets when we bought our house, and we got more when we did our stone driveway.

Don wanted to get rid of the pallets, but I had other plans for them.

Meet our DIY pallet deck.

Last summer, it looked like this:


Our “backyard jungle” and a pallet deck.

It truly looked like a jungle with tons of vines growing up the trees, and it still does a bit.

Our backyard needs so much help, it’s going to take either years or a lot of money to make it over.

It would be great if we could just hire a landscaper to do over the whole backyard, but that’s not in the budget.

It’s not our priority to spend money on our backyard. I have focused on the front yard and a small container garden on the side of the house so far this summer.

As always, my motto is that being on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t make some improvements.

It doesn’t have to cost much to improve your backyard a little bit every year.

Anyone can make a pallet deck — you can usually get pallets for free since people always want to get rid of them. Just look for them on Craigslist, or contact a local store that regularly gets items delivered on them.

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“Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party #127: Vintage Embroidery Hoops

July 18, 2016
gallery wall with vintage embroidery hoops, DagmarBleasdale.com

Welcome to “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” Link Party No. 127 My office redo is almost done! When Don and Landon were in Washington for three days last week, I decluttered and organized the office, added the big pinboard to one side of the wall, and created this gallery wall on the other side. I have […]

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Pinboard Makeover With Fabric, Thumb Tacks & Juice Can Tops

July 14, 2016
pinboard makeover, DagmarBleasdale.com

I have had this huge pinboard for ages, and this week it finally got the makeover I had been envisioning. This is such an easy update!

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