Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Farmhouse Valentine

Cute little way to add some rustic flare to your decor for everyday or Valentine's Day.
Vintage little letter cubes from old Scrabble games.

I've had fun coming up with word combinations with these cute cubes.

So sweet!  I've got a batch of cubes with black letters and I'll be offering those in my shop soon.  You can purchase these in my shop now over on Etsy.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mason Jar Snowman

Mason jars are really "the thing" these days.  I've had a love of them for forever though.

I love the vintage ones...the blue Ball Jars with the zinc lids.  

But I digress....mason jars are all the rage for creating.  There are so many neat ideas out there.  Just type "mason jar craft" in Pinterest and you'll see what I mean!  LOL

I painted a clear mason jar with a cottage white paint and painted the lid black.

Glue on some black buttons (and crooked too for that extra primitive look) and add ribbon of your choice.

  I like the wired ribbon since it hangs nicely and you can arrange it however you like.

This "snowman" mason jar ends up being such a cute addition to your holiday decor.

It's simple, quick and easy enough for the kids to make too.

Hope you are having a great December!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Brown Transferware and Fall

A few weeks ago, after blog hopping and playing around on Pinterest (a lot!!), I realized that I really loved brown Transferware.  I adore the way it looks grouped with white Irontone!

I didn't own any pieces and never purchased any when I was out treasure hunting (for me or my shop).   I found these sweet berry bowls last week.  They are part of the Harvest Clarice Cliff Dinnerware set (made in England).  I am kicking myself because I didn't realize how adorable this pattern was and I didn't pick up more pieces that day.  It's very delicate and dainty.  There were bowls and plates to match and I am going to run back tomorrow for more!

I found these in the last few weeks too.  The marking on the back calls this set "The Traveler" by Kingsway Ohio, USA.

Put together, these pieces look amazing.  I love them.  Right now some are going in my shop and some will stay with me.  I haven't started my inside Fall decorating yet but when I do, these will be front and center!

Happy Thrifting and Happy Fall!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Flowers For Fall

I'm not really a "yellow" person but one of the perennials we have is a Black Eyed Susan.

They really are a "happy" flower, I think.  Don't you?

I just LOVE the way an old mason jar looks holding a bunch of seasonal flowers.

Our gardens, here in NJ, were horrible this year.  We had too much rain and way cooler days than average.  None of my hanging pots made it and I didn't even bother planting annuals.

I am looking foward to getting fall potted plants going.  The weather is cooling down and it has me in a real Fall mood.

Have a great week!


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Thrifts

 Wait, what????  It's August already?

 I do NOT know where time is flying to these days!

Summer is hard for me to get out and treasure hunt.  Kids are home,  traveling, visiting, bad weather!  

I have managed a few thrift shopping trips.  This is a small part of what I've managed to collect this summer, so far.

I am always on the hunt for the "usual suspects" as I like to call them.  Ironstone, pitchers, milk glass, etc.

Every summer, we travel to upstate NY to visit my husband's family.  There are some neat old shops up there and I usually find some treasures.  This year was no different.  I've been on the hunt for a vintage marmalade crock and I found one in a dusty old shop!

Some of these goodies I will keep for myself and others will end up in my shop (decisions, decisions).

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

DIY Banners and Buntings

I have fallen in love with banners and buntings.  I especially love the ones made out of vintage hankies.   I can't sew, so I need to do some digging around to find some DIY ways to make "no-sew" versions.

I LOVE vintage letter cards.  Last year, while thrifting, I
was so excited to find an entire, barely used, vintage Probe game with all the letter cards! 

I enjoy coming up with words to fit the seasons.
I'm loving the warm weather and the lazy days of summer that we are finally having here at the Jersey Shore. 

Linking up with Pieced Pastimes today.

Have a great week!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Christmas In July

It's July and they tell me half the year is over.  How is that possible?

I just want to enjoy the warmth that we are FINALLY getting and yet, it's that time of year again.

Time when retailers celebrate Christmas In July.

I just want to be at the beach!

I've always hated how the seasons are rushed, but once I opened my Etsy Shop

I have had to keep up with the trends.  It's a little fun digging out the holiday ornaments and listing them.

Check back for my Christmas In July sales coming soon!

Meanwhile, I'll be dreaming about the sea!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I Love Pitchers

I love ironstone but  my favorite pieces usually end up being the pitchers.

I can never pass up a new find when I'm out treasure hunting at thrift stores.

Most of them end up in my shop but a few I can't bear to part with.

I love using them as small vases and in groupings.  They are adorable.

Right now, they are filled with dried Baby's Breath.

I also love dried Hydrangea and usually you can find a little pitcher/creamer filled with some.

Just hung up this shelf.  It was just what the space next to the (ugly) black, flat screen TV needed!

Here's to Spring and filling my little pitchers with real flowers from my garden.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring But Not

Well, the calendar may say Spring, but the weather didn't get the memo.

I have a batch of these vintage letter cards (from an old 1970's Probe game) and they are great for displays.  I make banners or display them on vintage flower frogs.

I've been anticipating the warmth and sunshine.  

Too cold to paint outside and the long, cold days leave me uninspired.

I've been doing a little "computer house cleaning" and came upon some photos of past creations.

All of these were painted awhile ago and sold.  All living happily in their new homes.

Hoping to get the painting/creative itch soon.

I am linking up today at Debra's Common Ground Be Inspired Party.

Sundays At Home at Thoughts From Alice

Take a peek and join the fun!
Have a great weekend!


Monday, February 3, 2014

White Hearts and Monday Marketplace

Are these not the cutest?  Sweet vintage heart shaped doilies!

I have two of these cuties and I actually forgot I had them.  I've never seen heart shaped doilies.  Perfect for this time of year!  They'd make a precious bunting for a wedding too (wish I had more or I'd do just that!)

We are in for more rain/snow on the East Coast, today.

Perfect day to do your online shopping!  So glad there are online "fleas" to go to for our "retail therapy".

I am joining up today with Etsy Cottag Style's Market Monday.

Come visit the virtual flea market and have fun shopping!
(click link below to visit Market Monday)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Patina and Whites

I've shared how I'm really into the Farmhouse and whites going forward here in our home.  It fills my home (most of it, now) and my shop.  The beauty is that almost everything in my shop can be displayed.  I don't have to find places to store it all!

I've also come to really love the vintage and worn look of silver.   I adore pairing it up with the whites and especially ironstone!

The more tarnished, the better.  Love adding a pretty ribbon and just laying these on my dining room buffet for more added charm.

I LOVE this style shaker.  I don't come across too many of these and I always scoop them up when I do!

I found a few more of vintage creamers recently and love posing them in a grouping.  I usually sell them but I am so smitten with these anymore that I am going to start keeping more for myself.  I LOVE using these for small bud vases around the house.

We got MORE snow here at the Jersey Shore and all I can say is I'm ready for winter to leave the building.


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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Vintage Valentine's

I've shared before that I love using vintage scrabble pieces to spell out seasonal words.

This one is great since it can be left out all year.  But since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I figured it was appropriate to share.

Another fun way to decorate is with vintage letter cards.  These are from a vintage 1970's Probe game.  I was so happy when I came across an entire (never used) box while treasure hunting!
These are great to make banners with.  I also love using the letters propped up in a large metal flower frog.

These are sweet.  Children's little Valentine cards to give out to a friend. 

I just love their sweet faces!

Have a great week!

Linking up with:
Pieced Pastimes: Saturday Sparks

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Farmhouse Style

This is my year of change.  

Lots of changes....

In my life, my faith, my home, my shop.

Gone is the fussy, flowery, "lots of pink" shabbiness that I've loved for years.

Changing over to palette of fresh whites.

In my home.

In my shop.

Dreaming of creating with more whites.  

Finding treasures to re-purpose and give new life to.

It's softer, peaceful and calmer.

I find it to be everywhere too lately.  On my thrift hunts, it catches my eye.

  Changing my collections.  Ironstone, Silver, Prairie style, Farmhouse Style.

Joining up today with:
The Dedicated House's Make It Pretty Monday
Knick of Time Vintage Inspiration Tuesday
Timewashed's Blissful Whites Wednesday
French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Waiting For 2014

Saying so long to 2013.

Looking forward to new year!

Working on myself and my faith.

"...he leads me beside still waters"  Psalm 23

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cottage Style Christmas

The house has been decorated now for a few weeks. 
I really scaled back this year and I love it.  

The mantle has really gotten a "make under" this year.

Cloches filled with silver and white balls.  Mercury glass candle holders (that stay out year round).

A glittered Christmas house with faux snow and "smoke" coming out of it's chimney.

Domed cloches that I purchased from Home Goods last year.  I added faux snow to the one on the left.  The one on the right sits on top of a crystal candle holder.

Simple and sweet.


Joining up with:

Fishtail Cottage - Cottage Christmas House Party
From My Front Porch To Yours - Christmas Mantle Party
The Dedicated House's Make It Pretty Monday
Cozy Little House Tweak It Tuesday
Common Ground - Be Inspired
Etsy Cottage Style - Cottage Style Entertaining

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Simple Beauty

I love vintage ornaments.
I love Shiny Brite ornaments
I love displaying them around the home on plates, under cloches and in candy dishes.

I love the colors on these.  The candy reds that aren't quite red anymore.  The blue and blue/green stripes.  The indents.  

Years ago, I "met" a group of women on a Parenting Board.  About 15 years, to be exact.
We've never met in real life, and I've never actually heard any of their voices.
One of them, Kim, found this box of heirloom ornaments and was kind enough to think of me and send them to me.  
In the TRUE spirit of giving, she thought of me.  It warms my heart.

I hope you are able to slow down, be intentional and enjoy the true reason and beauty for this season.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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I am joining up with:

Common Ground's Be Inspired

Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House


Friday, November 22, 2013

Shabby White Holidays

It had been a long time since I got creative.  I suppose I really am a temperamental artist.  I can't seem to create when life is a tad overwhelming or we are too busy to breath sometimes.

I love repurposing old ice skates.  There are so many ways to make these over.  The great thing about them is, they don't have to get put away with all the other Christmas decorations.  They are adorable winter decor.
I like to use vintage jewels, ribbons and lace to bling them up.  

This was a fun piece to make too.  Just using a paper mache deer, I painted it white and again, used vintage milinary and laces for added bling.

I am ever Thankful for my blessings (too many to list).
I hope you have a wonderful week and if you celebrate Thanksgiving, enjoy your loved ones and remember those gone before.


(To see where I am linking up this week, click the "Places I Party" link above)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Farmhouse Fall Finds

Fall is the kick off to the holiday season.  I am loving the smells, weather, colors and the FINDS I see all over the Internet.  As I look around Etsy and the web, I can't help but fall in love with Fall!

In keeping with my love of Farmhouse and Shabby Chic, I've collected a few Fall Favorites to feast your eyes on.  Check out this re-purposed and chic sweater!

Gorgeous Ironstone Platter for your Thanksgiving table!

Gorgeous hand made grapevine wreath for your rustic holiday door.

Adorable hand made cards!  Love these critters!

I hope you've been inspired today.  Be sure to click on the "Merchant" link to visit the shops featured here!



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