Welcome! I’m Gael.
Hi there! Why don’t you kick your shoes off and get comfy so we can have a chat. I live in the Jacksonville, Florida area and love Disney, the beach, vintage markets, and think anything looks better painted aqua. I like to decorate on the cheap – it’s a fun challenge – but appreciate value, too.
Thrift Around the Clock is a blog filled with easy thrifty tips and projects to inspire you to you beautify your home and bring ease to your world. Real life practicality rules, but Signature Style makes it sparkle. Join me as I peel back the
years of clutter accumulation layers to reveal a welcoming personal style.
What You WILL Find
- rental friendly decorating
- household tips
- easy food
- updated thrift finds
- coastal-inspired decor
What You WON’T Find –
- How to build a sectional (Did you build that table you pinned?)
- Living room without a TV (Because we live in there)
- Posts devoted to baking soda (That dead horse has been beaten.)
- “Heart-centered” or “thought leader” ( Because *gag*)
- Formal and fancy rooms (This is not a museum.)
Why Thrift Around the Clock?
Thrift isn’t only about saving money but is a philosophy of managing all resources thoughtfully. Time. Money. Energy. Mind.
Because Before and After were already taken. I’d tried them both with little result. Seriously, though, I’m in a time of transition, and that is an opportunity. We hurriedly moved into a rental when erosion caused structural damage to our house, sending us back at Go, no $200 collected. My husband is retiring from the Navy soon, and our youngest of 3, Mairyn, has graduated. (Not that we’re happy or anything, but we have survived teens.)
Our middle son, Connor, is trying to move to Europe. Our oldest son, Cameron is a pain warrior who lives with us.
We’re (code for I’m) downsizing, decluttering, and prepping for a maybe move. (It’s like a regular move but without the certainty.) Who knows where this will take us, but what I do know is 1) We have too. much. stuff. 2) The “someday” projects need to happen or go. 3)Life isn’t going to magically open a time portal for crafts and decorating. So I’m discarding my gold medal in procrastination and taking action.
On A Personal Note –
We must have accessibility for a disabled son, which mostly means enough space to navigate his walker or wheelchair. I blog about accessibility concerns under Chronic Illness and Travel.
It’s time to truly heal from losing a house. I’m not sure how much I need in savings to feel like buying again. Our credit says go ahead. I need more time.
I’m passionate about improving my son’s quality of life and hope to help others. I’m an Arthritis Foundation ambassador which has taken me to D.C. for advocate with Congress. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and the military. Read about our journey with psoriatic arthritis, pain, Asperger’s, migraines, and asthma here.
- roadside rescues rock
- Dr. Pepper and duct tape can fix anything
- style without comfort makes as much sense as wearing stilettos
- in Pinning, fast and furiously
- in Good Enough
- Most importantly, that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father