Pretty Small Things: thrifting while packing

As I type this I'm sitting in a car leeching UCSD campus wifi on a break from cleaning my apartment. Why? Because all my stuff is in Oceanside!! Move completed!!!! More on that soon, I promise. In the meantime... just one more post with pics taken in good ole La Jolla.

In the midst of packing, I couldn't help but indulge in a little thrifting. I know that's totally counter-productive and a little insane, but I am who I am. With the cute stuff I found, I'm also glad I am who I am ;)

When I saw this little landscape painting for $4.20 I was pretty stoked. Most of the paintings I've seen around lately have been $20 or more - no thanks! This one is small and has some damage on the frame, but will totally work for my purposes. I've been trying to find a painting like this one to DIY for months. I really can't wait to show you what I've had in mind.

Also in the grab bag was this little brass bird dish. Ever since Tim and I got engaged I've been looking for a ring dish to keep my engagement ring safe and sound while I do the dishes. I saw this little lady a few weeks ago for $12 and just didn't want to splurge. It seems like she waited for me! When I saw her for $6 this weekend I snatched her right up. I need to seriously clean the brass, but that's an easy fix.

Oh and then there's a certain ceramic duck head ($5). Tim thinks it's creepy, but I think it's grand. It mounts to the wall, so I'm thinking this will make for an adorable hook for hand towels. After the eyes are changed up of course... those are a little creepy...

Maybe the most exciting find (actually, no - I was super excited about all of these come to think of it...) was a mother-load of vintage handkerchief, doilies, and table runners. Using self restraint, I left with just a few of the little beauties for a total of $9. They'll be sure to find their way into my wedding and any number of other DIY projects!

So help a lady out - project ideas for my handkerchief bounty?