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September 09, 2010



I AM having a good day---writing and feeling the Fall breeze through all the windows and doors.

Have a bright, beautiful one yourself!!


Looking fab Kim...have fun at your event !!


What an adorable find! Cute, cute, cute!
Have the best time this evening...

Warmest wishes,

Shannon Olson

very cute! so feminine and lovely and a great deal!!


You look adorable! Have a wonderful time this evening. La

Carrie Merth

Cute dress!! Love the red accessories.


Too darn cute for world Kim.
My kind of dress. Now will you wear your cowgirl boots with it? That would even be better.
Have fun tonight. I thought you were going to tell us that you were hosting a dress swap party. I would have scooped that dress for sure : )
Love You dear Kim
Love Claudie


So very cute!!


I Love that is so you!


Love the detail! Cute dress, you look wonderful!

Erin Parker

Very cute.

A Vintage Girl

Looks Hot! You got it going on! Have a great time.... I went on a thrift store shopping spree just yesterday with my girlfriend and I got a bag FULL of clothes for under $20.00!!! I really love some of the items I got. I never really bought clothes there but now I am addicted and the price is RIGHT!


Hey Kim, You look like some hip, young movie star in this photo! Love the dress!


Kim you and your adorable dress match you and
your adorable home. Have great fun tonight.
Oh and thanks for the smile!

Kimberly Padilla

Kim you look so pretty! Have a nice time with your friends tonight. Blessings!

Barbara F

You look great Kim, have fun tonight, wish I was there!

Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse

Whistle, whistle! Simply stunning ~ have fun!!


Very cute.....have a fun time with your gal pals.


Kim, you look so adorable...a perfect match for daisy cottage! Have fun at your event tonight. Hope there will be pictures to share soon! xo, Christy

Sarah  at meandmyyellowhouse

It looks wonderful on you! What a pretty hostess you're going to be tonight! I love ladies' nights - I'm sure yours will be just lovely in your little cottage ~

Happy fall ~

Kathy Charniak

You look so pretty in your new dress. Love that you accented with red. Have a great time at your party tonight. I'm watching my grandaughter, have a pork roast in the oven, baking rolls, all is well today in my world. Love fr ILLinois, Kathy

Lynn Paterson

Have fun tonight......the dress is cute. I have one similar that has lace on it, that my Mom left me. Same color. It will look adorable w/ the boots.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

What a great find, Kim, and it fits you fantastically! I can't do clothes at the thrift store. Sometimes I think I can and when I look at a top or whatever that catches my eye I alway find a stain or something that just brings me right back to my "I don't get clothes at thrift stores" motto. You, however, did very well.


Don't you just love a bargain? I do. Now, if only I was as small as you. :-( You are a doll.

Enjoy your get-to-gether tonight.


Alice from Arkansas

Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Lavender Hill Studio

Love it! You find the best things Kim!


cute cute cute i love thrifty shopping, you make $5.00 look like $500.00 you go girl

Patty O'Malley

Beautiful dress! What a lucky find! Have fun tonight!


Oh girl, you look amazing. Love it!! Have fun!


adorable! have fun!


Lovely Lovely Lovely!!!...


Katsui Jewelry

That is an adorable dress and I love your blog. You and such a good writer and photographer and I am a sucker for any site with an adorable dog! Your house seems so charming...I wonder if that is really the one in the header!

Thanks for an enjoyable time, complete with music!


Cindy S

That is one sweet dress and it looks so nice on you!
Hugs, Cindy

Southern Queen Bee

You look fantasic. What a great deal that dress was. I always get busy cleaning when I have company. Have a great night.


Love your dress. You look GREAT!


SO CUTE!!! What a great little treasure :)


The dress is cute & you are adorable! Have fun!! :)

One Heart

So pretty. I agree with Christy, perfect match for Daisy Cottage. I like this picture for your profile much better. Take pics of the boots. Red boots! Love it!!!

Melesa Garrison

Well, aren't you the cutest little thing and the red boots will top off your darling dress! I love me some thrifty shopping, girl ;) I hope you have a fantabulous evening with your girlfriends! Don't work too hard today...everything already looks perfect and I know you are always cleaning and tweeking every little thing to perfection. God Bless, M


LOVE the dress!! Love your hair too - do you have natural curls? I have been trying to achieve this look with no success.

P.S. - hope your event went well. I am sure a great time was had by all!!

Elizabeth Marchus

Hi Kim,
You look Marvelous Darling! What a great find! My sister and I just went thrifting and she found the cutest top ever (I didn't) maybe next time I will.
Have a fun evening.
Big hugs~Elizabeth


You look awesome. I always loved those white cotton dresses. I bought my first wedding dress, a long white cotton with embroidery, at Joseph Magnin dept.. store ( in Sherman Oaks, Ca), in 1974. The 70's was the height of the granny dress craze. Then, I was a size 4, probably like you are now. Anywho, after I wore it for the wedding, I wore it til it fell apart. Have fun tonight.


I love your dress. It is everything a summer dress should be - the lace, the pin tucks, the sheer (is it lawn?) fabric. As my grandmothers would have said, "It looks very ladylike." And yet it is perfectly in style right now!

Julie Harward

That is could not look cuter..with the boots too..wowza! :D

My Blessed Serendipity Life

Have fun with the girls!



Too Cute Girl!! I love a bargain!! Have Fun tonight!


Rock that $5 dress!!!!


You can sure feel confident in this dress. You look great and you'll feel pretty. Enjoy!


You are gorgeous!!*smile* ~Mandy


What a pretty dress, Kim! It looks so feminine and comfy. :) I like the idea of the boots!


You look lovely. What a great style on you. Have fun with your girl friends. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us. Blessings.....


Hi Kim
WHat a cute dress! I hope you have fun with the ladies coming to your house.
Hugs, Rhondi

Patti VZ

So cute!!! And so you!!! love it!

Farmhouse Country Style

So very pretty! I can't believe the price, that was a steal! Enjoy it, you look great!
Take care,

Kitchen Witch

Too stinkin' cute; what a nice figure you have. Have fun things at my house (although I love it) always leaves me in a tizzy! : )

A Romantic Porch

That dress is darling and so are you my dear! xo rachel

Michelle/Princess At Heart

Wish I had as much luck at my local thrift shops!! You look great :) Have Fun!


Just look at you, you look great. Hope you have a good time with your friends. I love to thrift store shop, never know what you will find but it will always be a bargain. Hope you have a blessed day.


Adorable...the dress and skinny minny YOU!



Good lord girl, you don't less than half your age.

Keep up the good work thriftin and lookin so spiffy.

Just lovely, indeed.


What I meant was you look less than half your age.

Time for bed, my brain is sleeping.

Wonderful pic- and would love to know what kind of gal gala you had!

Catherine McShane

Kim, I am a newcomer to your blog, and it's just lovely! Reading your posts here is fun, comforting and inspirational all together. The photos you post are great too. In today's post you are holding a camera - if possible, could you say which camera it is? I am in the market for a new one, and yours takes great pictures.

Catherine in Austria


you look so fancy, dancy kim, what a nice pick of a dress.
it looks great on you. look, those boots were made for walking, you go girl with your jewelry and all - have yourself's a great time!

love ya, maria - cottage feel-

Rose - The Center of My Self

You are just the cutest in your new white dress, Kim! So versatile, too. There are just so many different looks I can think of for this! I love the idea of your red accessories and the fabbo red boots. You are so teeny tiny! Love the hair, girl! I remember the first time you posted a pic of yourself ... very reluctantly. Great to see you owning your look with confidence cuz you are truly awesome, my friend!

vicky morse

How Cute ! Love the dress. You look beautiful . Have a great time.


Cute dress.

Hope you had fun with your groupl


Beautiful dress! Nice price too!
Xxx, Nina.

Josephine Tale Peddler

Beautiful dress and great price. You look great, Kim. So slender and lovely. Have a sparkly weekend. xx


You look lovely! Have fun!!!


Good job! Great find! Love Love Love it. The dress is adorable and I hope you had a great time


Kim- You look amazing - has usual!! That dress was ment for you to find. I hope you had a good time with your gal pals! Hugs~ Lisa :)


You are so, so pretty Kim. I love your little white dress and your red jewelry and boots will perfect! Have fun :)


Barbara Anne

Lovely dress, lovelier you!

Hope the party was fun!!



You look so cute in that $5 dress. I have a white eyelet
dress I bought for $5, too. I love the way it feels
when I wear it...comfortable! Fun to dress it up with beads and boots!
I just went to Bunco last night and we did appetizers, too.
I made a baked broccoli dip, but your meat ball recipe would be easier. I have had it made with cranberry sauce.
I hope you had fun! One of our Bunco ladies came after having a face lift - she looks great! ;-)


Love the dress! You look darling! Love the dining room too. You bring such cheer my way. Cindy OKla


I love it! My favorites are thrift store finds also. You got a peach this time!

Carol Adams

Just look @ cute little, teeny, tiny you!!
How do you do it, girl!!


That is such a great dress. I love it when I score something so fabulous at the thrift store!


Looking Good!


New to your blog. Love the dress and also am a HUGE fan of goodwill. Enjoy!


$5.00? SCORE! Do you ever feel like you shouldn't tell people about all the great stuff at thrift stores? I struggle with wanting to tell everyone about the great stuff I find, yet not wanting even MORE people hitting the thrifts, more for the rest of us who already know! :)


Fantastic find!

I love to share my bargains with my bargain loving friends. We get giddy over such fab deals.

Love the red jewelry!!


I wish I still looked as cute as you do in such a SMALL SIZE. :)

Thanks for the recipe, I'd forgotten about that one. I immediately pulled out a recipe card to add it to my card file (giving credit to YOU, of course).

My favorite Crockpot recipe is so simple. I take a round roast (easier than chuck roast since you don't have to "defat" it when done) and pour in two cans of Cream of Mushroom soup. Sometimes I'll add fresh mushrooms or a small can of mushrooms from the pantry.

I cook this on slow all day, until the meat is fork tender and a delicious gravy has been made. Since my kids are all grown, I now serve part of it with mashed potatoes and put part in the freezer.

Most often I place the second half of the delicious beef-gravy mix in a casserole dish and top with mashed potatoes to pop in the oven (a quick shepherd's pie).

Recently I made the Crockpot recipe and circumstances prevented us from having it for dinner. I just put the entire amount in a Zip Lock freezer bag to be pulled out yesterday when I needed a quick meal. It is definitely a cool weather favorite.

Esther Sunday

Such a precious critter. I love you.


You look fabulous! I can't believe you got that dress for 5 bucks! I'm SO going to try those meatballs...they sound delish!

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