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The Thrifty Jewell

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We’ve been on vacation for a couple of weeks and it’s sadly coming to an end. We’ve spent the time at our house at the lake in Northern Michigan and it has been wonderful. We have had wonderful weather and enjoyed great outdoors. At the beginning of our vacation, we took my grandsons to Dinosaur …

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We have had so much rain and our lake water is so high! We got a new dock and I was looking at the old dock and suggested to my hubby that we make a boardwalk over the beach area that is covered with water out of the old dock. It turned out great! Here …

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I’m on vacation right now and I love taking pictures. I’ve been practicing taking pictures of hummingbirds and boy is it challenging! I have a canon 6D and I still have a lot to learn, but it sure is fun! Here are a few pictures of hummingbirds I caught. I have spent hours and only …

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It is Walleye Season in Michigan. Fishermen come from all over to fish for some of the best. We have caught many Walleye in the Detroit River and Lake Erie. Here is a picture of my husband and one of the Walleye he caught. Good times! Here is my fish recipe. It is great for …

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I spent the day painting this beautiful vintage Queen Ann side table. It came out way better then I expected! This piece is going in our Master Bedroom at the lake. I got this piece and a matching Highboy Chest from a friend. I’ll be painting the Highboy next. This was how it looked when …

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I love old windows! I have made several different home decor items with some that I have collected. I’ve had this old window in my collection for sometime now. I decided to use it in my guest room at our lake house. Since we are in a “stay at home” order because of the corona …

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We are in quarantine! Our state has called a Shelter in Place. We’re fighting the Corona Virus. Our household is thankfully ok. I hope whoever is reading this is doing well also. Hopefully we beat this global pandemic soon and it will be a thing of the past. I needed something to take my mind …

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We have been slowly decorating our dream lake house room by room. The house was already beautiful and move in ready but I just want to put my own touches in each room. This will be our place to retire in a few years so it is a work in progress. You can read my …

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Here is my take on the faux wood letter blocks. I see a lot of these with the word “HOME” or “LOVE” and I wanted to make one with the word “LAKE” since we have a place on the lake. I used the foam blocks from Dollar Tree, painted them with Waverly chalk paint in …

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We have been spending the week at our lake house and it is wintertime so there is not a lot of outside activities. Sure we have gone for walks on the frozen lake and had some success at ice fishing but it has warmed up enough for the lake to get slushy on top so …

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