Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spinach, turkey, tomato, Parmesan Omelette

Hey all, first and foremost, Happy Leap Day! Does anyone have any rockin' plans for this extra day? Maybe breakfast for dinner to switch it up? You can try out my new college kitchen staple: frozen spinach. Frozen veggies are always on my shopping list, and if you're on a tight budget they should be added to yours as well! They are inexpensive and you can add them to any meal.

The other day I was on campus from 9-5 and I hadn't eaten all day. By the time I got home I was so hungry I could barely think straight. As it turns out my best meals often come to me in times of starved desperation...

-Frozen spinach
-Lunch meat
-Parmesan cheese

1. Saute the onions and spinach together [microwave spinach a little first, its way faster].
2. Next I browned the turkey lunch meat my friend donated to my starved cause on the stove
3. Crack three eggs and beat them in a bowl, then pour them into a pan on LOW heat [my dad is the master of breakfast and for once I actually followed his key advice to perfect eggs: low heat]
5. I flipped my eggy omelette disk, although I'm not sure if that's proper protocol 
6. Sprinkle it all in, add cut tomato and parmesan cheese for added deliciousness. Fold. 

Personally I thought this meal begged for Tapatio, but that could just be me. 


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Taylor Swift

I stumbled upon this just now as I was getting ready for class. Nothing like a little tswift in the morning to add a little pep to your step. Well, maybe not this song so much, but it is beautiful!

For more of the Civil Wars click here!


Monday, February 27, 2012

Longing for Summer

As I look out my window and stare helplessly at the snow I can't help longing for Summer. Or at least the California weather I miss so much! Lucky for me I bought my plane ticket to go home for spring break. That ALSO means I'll be reunited with all my glorious sewing, jewelry, and crafting supplies. I can here the music now *reunited and it feels sooo good!* 

This flower reminds me of the Summery things in life, like warm weather and frozen yogurt. Not to mention my love of fake flowers in my hair when the weather is nice. I made this clip with a silk fake flower I bought at a Vintage Flea Market in Oakland. I love these vintage flowers, I've seen them at a lot of different flea markets and online, they are normally hand dyed and made out of silk.  

Dollar stores normally have a surprisingly good selection of fake flowers, go crazy! Or keep your eyes peeled for one of these vintage ones :-)

I normally cut the stem down to about an inch and a half, bend it to the side and then ready my glue gun. Glue the stem down to the top of the clip, them wrap in ribbon. 

 Clip in your hair and you're ready for some Summery escapades!


Sunday, February 26, 2012


su·per·man 1. binder holding my massive collection of photos and magazine clippings that I have deemed awesome  2. a person who is exceptionally athletic, tall, good looking...pretty much perfect

Happy Superman Sunday!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Link up

Happy weekend thrifters! I just got back from a late breakfast and am now watching the snow covered, wind torn world from inside my room. Not to mention painting my nails with a little WSU pride for the game later!

In any event I wanted to take the time to introduce you all to a new aspect of my blog, the LINK UP page. You can find the button below and to the right. I would love to build up a list of your FAB-ulous blogs that readers can access easily. Click on the button and check out the page!

Also, peruse the other pages. I've replaced the drab navigation bar up top for some cute home-made buttons on the right. What do you all think of the change? If anyone else would like me to make them a button, subscribe, grab the Runaway Thrift button from the Link Up page and let me know below!


Friday, February 24, 2012

A Shot of Color

A month or so ago my friend turned 21 and I was scratching my head trying to think of something to give him. Luckily the dollar store had a nice little package of these nifty mini glasses. In the spirit [<--pun intended, haha?] of his special day I gave some of the glasses a little make over. Sadly my selection of manly nail polish is lacking, so I just made a bunch of WSU themed glasses. I made some cuter ones for myself!

All you need is some glasses and nail polish. I got the inspiration from this anthro cup my mom got me ages ago!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

A color so distinctive...

I love Thursdays. Probably because I don't start class until three. As a result I'm laying in bed with a cup of tea, window open and cool air trickling in. I'm sure the sunny sky is a front and the moment I step outside I will be blasted away by a gust of wind, but for now from where I stand it's pretty lovely. 

Turquoise is one of those timeless stones that can't seem to help its self from becoming swept up in fashion trends. It must be its different and distinct sharp blues and greens. In my opinion its the best stone out there, but I might be biased since it's my birthstone [December]. Not to mention I am obsessed with any shade of turquoise, teal, sea foam green, aqua...if it's blue you name it and I probably love it. 

The turquoise necklace above was made by me from my great grandmothers turquoise beads. 
The name means "turkish stone" because it was brought to Europe from Turkey. Turquoise has been worn as a protection amulet for centuries, and was once thought to be a symbol of wealth. Native Americans honored the stone as sacred because of its ability to help them become one with the universe and absorb negative energy.

It is thought that Turquoise increases serenity, meditation energy, wisdom, balance, honest communication, strength, friendship and love.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pizza Anyone?

To say food is one of my biggest passions is an understatement. I love cooking, and most of all eating. Eating on a college budget has done a number on the variety of food I eat though. As a result I try to get as creative as I can for a cheap as I can. Maybe this pizza isn't the best example of this, but it was pretty stinkin' good! And if your friend gives you pepperoni what else are you supposed to do?!

If I can buy something in a can I normally do, and canned pasta sauce is something I normally always have on hand, costing around 85 cents. The pizza crust was a few bucks, and you only add water! I try to never buy cheese because it can be so expensive, but sometimes you've got to give. 

Pizza Crust mix
Pasta Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
(whatever else you want!)


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Some Nights

Today is a little dreary, I've been hiking around campus all day braving the massive wind storm we have here in Pullman. Also I just got back from dropping my friend off at the airport. He was visiting from California, so its sad to see that piece of home leave. Check out some pictures from his visit here!

On another note I hope you've all had the chance to check out the two new tabs on the blog! One is for you other bloggers to link up with my blog, and the other is to check out some DIY projects I've posted in the past. I've become quite the techie since starting Runaway Thrift. 

Hope you all enjoy this up beat tune! 

Some Nights by Fun


Monday, February 20, 2012

A Taste of Home

I love three day weekends. For some reason lobbing off Monday from the rest of the week makes it so much shorter! My plans are pretty simple...going out to breakfast, maybe frolic a little in the meager snow we got the past two days and stare blankly at my mountain of homework. 

I was looking through my stash of pictures and came across this one. It's one of the barn doors at my grandparents house. I'm sure when it's summer time and I go back home I'll have lots of pictures of their property. It's possibly my favorite place in the world. Especially during Spring, when the mustard flowers fill up the vineyard. I'll have my mom take pictures for me this year to share with you all! 

Does anyone else have a favorite place? 


Sunday, February 19, 2012

DIY Bandanna Tshirt

School has been pretty tough these past few weeks, and I am really exhausted! During my down time I've started sewing again. But here's the clintcher...machine-less. I never really understood why Laura from Little House on the Prairie always wanted to play outside more than sew with Ma and Mary. I get it now...sewing pre-machine was a doozy. And my projects have been pretty simple so far! is the first one!

1. Select old T-shirt of choice and a bandanna or scarf you have laying around. Make sure it is aligned and not too wrinkly before you pin it down. I had the upper corner of my bandanna positioned a little above the neckline so that when I sewed it the bandanna would look more apart of the shirt. 

2. Next seam rip enough of the neckline to fit that upper corner of the bandanna underneath it and sew [ideally with thread that matches the shirt, but I only had blue]. Cut excess. 

3. Now stitch around outside of bandanna. If you are using a machine [and I hope for your sake you are!] a normal stitch should be fine. Leave hem for last. 

4. For your hem fold and iron under, make sure the edges of the bandanna hem match that of the shirt. Sew! Lastly turn your shirt inside out and cut out the area of shirt that has been replaced by the bandanna. If you don't the extra fabric may make the shirt look baggy. 

Wrong side [excess shirt cut out]

Note to self: At the end of the day, there is ALWAYS room for your sewing machine in your dorm room. 

Questions? Comments? I love to hear them! 


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Lace Flower Clip

Hey dears! Today I have a little DIY lace hair clip. Sorry I don't have a step by step, but I see this as more as an inspirational guide line for any hair clip project.  

For mine I simply cut out the lace pieces I wanted from a doily and arranged them on the base fabric [maroon fabric]. Next I sewed on said doily bits and added a little glam. 

Then pick the backing [I used some suede I had laying around and happened to be a little short, hence the bare corner] you wish to use and sew on the decked out base fabric. 
Lastly cut out a cute patterned piece of fabric and glue gun to hair pin. 

Any other ideas for this project? I love comments! Enjoy your Saturdays, I love the weekend. 


Friday, February 17, 2012

Get your quirk on...

Sorry for the late post all! I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did...Zooey Dechannel is hilarious. Happy Friday, is everyone excited for their three day weekend??

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Roasting a Bell Pepper

Today I thought I'd share a cooking basic...roasting a bell pepper! I made breakfast tacos with my yummy bell pepper but they are great in salads, pastas, bruschetta, hummus, as a BBQ side and where ever else you'd normally add a bell pepper. It just adds a little smokey flavor, yum! 

Start by cutting the bell pepper and placing it on your hot stove top. At home I do this with a gas stove too. Rotate until the sides are BLACK. It'll sizzle and pop.

This is a poor example for a roasted bell pepper, but my dorm stove top struggles a little. Make yours blacker [here is a better picture to reference]! After you take it off the stove top toss it in a sealed container or plastic bag...let it steam its self a little. It'll make it much easier to peel!

After comes the not so fun part...peeling off the charred parts. I find under running water helps, just use your hands.

This goes for cutting any bell pepper, and that cutting off the pith. Its the bitter white parts inside the pepper. 

Chop [I also cut up onions and tomatoes for my tacos] and add to your dish! 


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Adorned with Clocks

In a past post I (oh so very deeply) explained why I loved watch faces. For a recap click here. I realized I never showed you my favorite way to play with watch faces...and that's jewelry! Here are two pieces from  a line a made a year or so ago. 

Photos by Mr. James Fanucchi 

You can buy watch faces on Etsy (that's where I got mine) or on eBay if you search around a little. Have fun with them...collages and other art projects also make a nice home for these guys. There's another picture of one of my pieces here as well. It was actually the first one I made! 

Happy Wednesday! What would you want to make with clock faces? 


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Improved Valentines Post...

This popped up on my Facebook, and I just HAD to share. It was on the "Buried Life" Fb page. 

"So today I was in Hallmark buying my mom a Happy Birthday card when I noticed this old man standing in front of the Valentines card section contemplating which one to get. I decide to go over and I ask him “Are you getting a Valentine’s Day for your wife?” in which he replies 'No my wife died 3 years ago from breast cancer but I still buy her roses and a card and bring them to her grave to prove to her that she was the only one that will ever have my heart'" -Ravi Patel


Valentine's Day

Hello lovers, happy Valentines Day! Or as I like to think of it, just another day with an excuse to eat excess amounts of chocolate tacked onto it.  Sounds like a plan to me! This year I'm bringing it back to 3rd grade and giving valentines to everything with a pulse.

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Is it wrong that I secretly dig Marilyn's outfit? Maybe it has to do with the studs on the vest and the fact that a BeDazzler is on my list of things to own very VERY soon.

Cheers to the ladies of Sex and the City, "the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous." Happy V day!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Love at first Thrift

Hey guys, today I am coming to you from the WSU library. Luckily I snapped some pictures of this necklace yesterday! Sorry I've been lagging on the projects, I have some good ones I've been working on...can't wait to share! 

Anyway, I am going to go ahead and call this my first thrifted find ever. You're looking at a piece of history here people! Well maybe not. But when I was about 10 or so my grandpa helped me win a large bag of costume jewelry in an auction in Idaho, and this is one of the surviving pieces. 

What was the first thing you ever thrifted? 


Sunday, February 12, 2012


Another Sunday has rolled around yet again guys! For those of you new to Runaway Thrift superman is a binder I've had since middle school that I've filled with magazine cut outs and pictures of things I love. Mainly interior design, but lots of people and half finished collages too. Hope you enjoy superman this week! 

su·per·man 1. binder serving as holder of my massive collection of photos and magazine clippings that have been deemed awesome  2. widely considered American cultural icon. 


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Framed Crafted Wall Art

First thing first: I made a Facebook page for Runaway Thrift! To get to from here look to the right and you will see a snazzy watercolored button with "Fb", click and like! Sometimes I feel so tech savvy...

Following on the V day theme, this crafted wall art is all about loving who you are, and while I'm not sure who said this, "to love yourself is the beginning of a life long romance..." that's my kind of Valentine quote.

Frames are from thrift store, 2 bucks. I used card board for the back and wrapped it in a music sheet, glued down, and the whole shabang secured with nails.

The picture is a postcard one of my old roommates gave me. The lovely design is courtesy of the brilliant minds from Papaya! If you've never checked them out, please do. They have so many beautifully decorated products. 

I got a little handy man-ish and busted out the staple gun to secure the ribbon.
Then there is my personal philosophy, there is NEVER not a place for glitter glue. 


Friday, February 10, 2012

Quilted hearts

Valentines day is creeping closer! Whether you are excited or grudging against the holiday, these hearts are pretty cute. I suppose we could consider them thrifted, I bought them from the garage sale my best friend and I put on last summer. They also double as my christmas tree ornaments. 


I thought that these could very potentially inspire a little crafting...anyone have any scrap fabric laying around?


Thursday, February 9, 2012


My friend showed me this the other day and I thought it was just about the coolest thing ever. The beginning is my favorite, check it out! 

Bernhof: "C'mon Talk"

On another note (<-- haha get it?), here is who I will be listening to all day...
Norah Jones: "Don't know why"

Lastly here is a little heart my grandma gave me when I was younger. I thought it was a nice addition in honor of the upcoming holiday!  


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Knotted Cord Necklace

This necklace is a two step wonder and is great because you can adjust it to be as long or short as your heart desires! 

Select whatever pendent you want to work with, and obviously cord. The length will depend on how long and short you want your necklace to adjust to. Slip pendant onto cord and...

1. Tie one end of your cord in a knot to the base of the other. You can trim the long end after it's tied. 
 [Don't mind that the ends of my cord are curled, it's only because they have been tied for awhile and held their shape.]

2. Now do the same to the other side, and tie the free end to the knotted ends base. 


Polling time...would anyone be interested in a post on wire wrapped stone jewelry? Let me know below! Post as anonymous or subscribe to my blog if you are a regular viewer and comment. Thanks!