Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sneak Peek

Here is a little snippet of some vintage items I have acquired over the past couple of years.

The majority of these items were found at auctions (and yard sales) with the intent of reselling them in my Etsy store. However, after not making a single sale (and getting tired of paying to renew the listings), I "closed shop" and these items have been sitting in storage ever since.

I've decided it's due time to drag these (and other) items out and open a vintage pop up shop. Items for sale will range from home decor to vintage clothing, all of which are in great vintage condition.

I haven't worked out the details as to when these items will be available, but I will definitely give advance notice here on the blog as to the when and where.

If you are interested in any of the items above and need/want further details, just leave a comment and I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Windchime Inspiration


Above are a couple of my favorite windchime images. (Found via Pinterest). Recently, I have been adding some whimsical touches to a storage shed located on our property, and I'm really wanting to make a windchime for that extra dose of whimsy.

The picture on the right has been a long favorite of mine. My sister (after seeing I had the image pinned) even managed to find a biscuit/cookie cutter almost identical to those in the picture. Now just to find the perfect array of bits and baubles.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nature Instax

Do you find yourself saving/putting back certain items waiting for just the perfect occasion/reason to put them to use? This is exactly what I have been doing with my Instax Mini.

I was gifted this camera two (maybe three) Christmases ago, and up until a couple of weeks ago had only used it twice. (In over two years, I had taken a grand total of two pictures.)  I really have no great excuse for basically hoarding this camera, other than I didn't want to waste it. (Which is exactly what I was doing by not using it.)

Above are the first two shots I took while getting reacquainted with this camera. On the left is a shot of some climbing roses. It's hard to make out in this shot, but the picture has a gorgeous shabby chic/antique quality to it. The photo on the right is the remainder of a robin's eggshell.

Pastels aren't the color palette I tend to gravitate toward, but I am loving how those colors show up on film.

How are you at putting items to use?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Birds Interrupted

Introducing the three tiny inhabitants currently residing in the nest I posted about here.

(My favorite part is from  1:15-1:21).

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Make Your Own Outdoor Chandelier

I'm guest posting over at A Creative Princess  today.  If you are interested in making your own outdoor chandelier, you can find the how-to here.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Shelf Restyle

Regardless of how many times I vow that I will not begin a new project (until I complete some of the numerous works-in-progress I am currently neglecting), I still find myself unable to leave these (what I call) diamonds-in-the-rough behind.

A couple of weeks ago, during my lunch break at work, I decided to check out a couple of local yard sales. (Three of them to be exact.) I was lucky (?) that I found some great things, the shelf above being one of them. I knew immediately when I saw it that I wanted it, but when I looked for a price there wasn't one marked. When I asked the lady how much she was asking for it and she said $1.50 I couldn't get it in the car fast enough.

It's true width and height doesn't come across well in this Instax photo, but this piece is quite large. I look forward to seeing how much of an improvement I can make on it.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cutest Shop Ever

This past Saturday, my little sister graduated with a Master of Art degree in Sports Management, and this post should probably be about her great accomplishment. However, I don't know that she would appreciate me publishing pictures from her graduation ceremony for the world to view. Therefore, this post is going to be about a very cute, and very eclectic, shop we stopped in on our way home.

Anywhere that has a pink, plastic flamingo in the flower box has to be good.

I love love love the brightly painted flower pots, and the use of bowling balls for a garden border.

I have been wanting a bottle tree for years. This one was made from welded pieces of rebar. (If you aren't familiar with the history of bottle trees, you can read about them here.)

These pastel painted doors were out in the back of the shop. I'm not sure if they were merely for decoration or for privacy. Either way they fit in with the aesthetic of the shop perfectly.

Such great design/decorating ideas at every turn!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

We Had A Party

This past weekend, my sister and I put together a little birthday party for our mom. (Her actual birthday is April 26th, but with that falling on a weekday we decided to postpone having her party until the following weekend.)

Anyone who knows our mom knows that she is a huge fan of country music singer Toby Keith. Using this knowledge, and taking inspiration from one of his more popular songs, we organized a small-scale celebration that any Toby Keith fan would recognize and appreciate.

We kept the decorations, or tablescape rather, very simple by keeping to the red theme in every aspect of the decorating and supplies. The letters for the banner were cut out of glittered card stock and strung using fishing line.

Can't forget the most important part of any birthday celebration, the cake! In the shape of a "Red Solo Cup", of course. (A little of the lettering got smeared during the transfer from box to table.)

Overall, I think the party was a success. The birthday girl enjoyed it, and that is all that really matters.

Happy May Day!