Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Dirty Girls are born!

Two years ago one of my sons was involved in a summer reading program at his school. For the few weeks that this took place I couldn't help but notice another mother who looked much like me...always covered in paint. I really wanted to ask her what she had been working on but I only saw her in passing and felt too embarrassed to ask. Our children were in the same grade and same class that year so I saw her more frequently but still never spoke to her more than a "Hi."  

Then one day while sitting in a diner in our small town I noticed an advertisement for a "Rustique... The Rehab Boutique, Cottage Style Furniture" It sounded like something I would like. I checked for the hours giggling at Monday, "Monday by chance," I still don't know why I thought it was funny but I did and it got me interested even more. This being a Tuesday however, I knew they would be open.  So I took a ride to the shop and to my surprise who was standing behind the counter? The other mom covered in paint!  "Is this your shop?" I exclaimed in excitement. Sure enough it was!  

We began to talk and quickly discovered all that we had in common.  One might think we instantly became the "Dirty Girls" but it would be months before the "Dirty Girls" were born.

Due to us both being in terrible relationships our friendship grew slowly over the fall and winter. Then one spring day we discovered our bond would out last our horrible boyfriends.

After an amazing, fun, and adventurous trip to the dump we unloaded my unnecessarily large vehicle and were covered in rust, dirt, oil, sweat, and who knows what else, I looked at us and I said "Look at us! We are so dirty" Slight pause, "We are DIRTY GIRLS!" And thus the Dirty Girls were born.

 These are some not so dirty dump finds...

Isn't it amazing what people will throw away?

Caroline found these little binocular salt and pepper shakers...

They sit on a shelf in her room as a unique decoration...

The planter we found, I turned upside, it hangs from the original light fixture on my porch...

We added mason jars with hooks to the end of the chains and put tea alights inside for some ambiance at night!

A very shabby chandy...  I love it!

So these are some of the things we do with the "junk" we find!


  1. Really cool light idea! I might give it a shot on my back porch.


  2. I love going dumpster diving. It's amazing what you can find. Nice to see I am not the only one.

  3. I've never seen salt and pepper shakers like that- neat!

    Found you on Savvy Southern Style and am a new follower!

    ~Ashleigh @

  4. So happy to see you dirty girls finally blogging!!! I will be following your adventures for sure~! PS Please get rid of the word verification so you can get more comments. Its a pain in the butt to fill out.

  5. And my friends think I'm crazy for shopping at Goodwill! I would totally beg to go along if I lived closer!!

  6. Just found you on Tip Me Tuesday! Yes, yes, I know it's September and this is a July post....I'm behind, OK? But this looks like it's off to a wonderful start so I'm signed up to follow by email!!! I don't have a blog....I'm just a stalker...