Monday, January 30, 2012

Flea Market and Etsy Finds and Where They Are Now

Hey guys!  Hope you are all great!!


I was able to go to the Nashville Flea Market this weekend and despite the rain and not many vendors, I still was able to find a few new treasures.


Several of the things I found will go into my etsy shop, but of course, some will make there home here in my house.






I know I am going a little crazy with the number 9, but I just can’t help myself when I find one.  I love the size of this one!  For now, it is tucked nicely under my kitchen cabinet.



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Be still my heart…I found this beautiful blue/green chest that is perfect to hold our school books in the dining room.  All of our stuff just hides away in here so nicely. 



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This great wooden carrier was a last minute find.  Love it holding my beautiful blue bottles.  But, alas, it is headed for my Etsy Shop.  I just really don’t need anymore totes. 



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Last, but not least, I bought my beautiful new European Grain Sack table runner from a gorgeous etsy shop, Jamie Kay



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I love this runner on my table and love the beautiful New Zealand shop I bought it from.


Speaking of shops…I am really trying to head in a new direction with my shop.  I would love to be able to show you how you might could use some of the items that will be for sale.   I know that presentation is huge and I want to present my items well.  I want to give you good ideas that you could use in your home.  


I have so much fun shopping with all of you in mind and setting things up that I think you might like.  I hope you will enjoy some of the new things I am doing.


Ok, friends, I am off to see who wins America’s Next Great Baker.  Can I just tell you how much I want one of those cakes?  I am such a dessert freak.


Have a great rest of your night, friends.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Stacks of Books

Hey friends…new and old.

When I look around at my house, I see lots of favorite things that I use to decorate with.

I love galvanized anything and have acquired several pieces in the last few years.  I love old bottles, especially my favorite blue green color.  I also love old books and have quite a few stacks of them lying around.  I think books are great filler items which, in my opinion, means they fill a space nicely and add good texture.

bath books

Books and hand towels sit in this great old locker basket in our guest bathroom.

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A stack of old books with great patina fills this little area in nicely on our bedroom dresser.

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An empty space under a little chair is filled up with two very worn books.  All of this sits atop an old white cabinet in our living room.

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Books and vintage white pitchers go well together.

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These cubbies have always been difficult for me to fill.  Books seem to work nicely.

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This stack of books give great height, color and texture on this white secretary.

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And, the best Book of all…the Bible.  This Bible has been passed down for generations from my dad’s side of the family.  Such an honor to have it in my home.

Great thing about books is that you can generally find them very cheap.  Most of mine have come from thrift shops, yardsales, and a few were passed down from my grandmother.  Cool thing is that she would write her name in them and if she liked them or not.  Love that...

Linking up over at the sweet Joy's at Savvy City Farmer

Coastal Charm 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Lighter Side of the Kitchen

First of all, let me say THANK YOU!!!!!

You ladies are incredible and gave me some great advice about my kitchen cabinets.  I will let you know what we decide.

I do have a lighter side to my kitchen that I want you to see.

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If you spend much time with me, you will know that I have old windows all over my house.  I love using them with the glass in them, with chicken wire, or with nothing but the great old panes.

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I picked up this old men’s cologne bottle at the flea market recently.  Isn’t it great!
Still using my Christmas greenery in my galvanized bucket because it still looks so good and fresh.

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window 3

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Still love my runner that I picked up at Pottery Barn over the summer and love the old wooden cutting boards against the nubby texture.  Of course, the galvanized pitcher is icing on the cake for me.

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Flowers 17

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Table 7

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I always had bare windows in my kitchen until recently.  I have always enjoyed being able to see out into my backyard.   Then one day I saw a beautiful window that Michelle from Emerald Cove had softened up with Wal-Mart window panels and I knew I had to try it.

These panels were cheap, beautiful and truly did soften my whole kitchen.  I love them! 

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Now you have seen the other side…the lighter and softer side.

Thank you again, my friends, for all of your helpful advice.  You ladies are one smart and talented bunch and I appreciate each one of you.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Question About Oak Cabinets…HELP, PLEASE

Hey my friends!


I have a question and need some help.


A lot of you who have followed me for awhile know that my kitchen has the dated “orangey oak” cabinets.    I would love for them not to be orange oak, but they are and that’s how they will stay because my husband has put his sweet foot down that they cannot be painted.  (bless his heart, he has let me paint and change  so much in our house, but this is just something he doesn’t want painted)


So that’s where the question lies…


I heard something about a wax or something that you could use on wood that could alter the color or maybe tone it down.  I have little information on it, actually.


Do any of you have any knowledge about this "wax”? 


What about something else that I might could use?


I would probably do the same thing on my same color oak fireplace.


Okay, are you up for giving me some friendly advice?


I really really really would love to hear what you have to say.


You know that feeling you get when you truly want to change something and have for quite awhile and just don’t know what to do and can’t do what you want?  That’s where I am .  Not desperate but eager.


Here are my cabinets…


oak 1


I took the two glass cabinet doors off the middle section and painted foam board to put in the back.  (suggestion from another sweet blogger)


I also just changed out my cabinet knobs from shiny brass to black.  The hinges need to be changed, but that’s yet to come.


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I am trying hard to lighten my kitchen in other ways, but these cabinets will forever be dark.  But, do they have to be orange?




I know you ladies have major talent and would love for you to pass some along to me.


Thank you in advance.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cutting Boards, Iron Stone and Silver Cups

I am always on the hunt for great vintage items to add to my shop.

This weekend, my son and I went hunting, digging, and exploring and brought home some awesome treasures.

Take a quick look in the SHOP when you have a chance and see what we found.

slver cups 4

platter 1

cutting board 3

I will be adding more great stuff throughout the week so keep checking back.

Thanks, friends!

****Would love for you to LIKE me on facebook*** (more details to come)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sweet White Flowers

Hey sweet friends!


I have to show you the wonderful flowers that my sweet little girl made for me.


I am in love!


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flowers 5 yes


Aren’t they just beautiful? 


What a sweet and perfect gift from my sweet girl to me.


Perfect way to use your white tissue paper. 


Have a beautiful day!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Old Books and Burlap

Hello to you all. 

How are you?  (I really do care…not just asking to fill space)

I know that we all love texture, right?

When making the three wreaths that I have made over the last months, I knew they would each one add the “just right” texture where I needed it.

See what I mean…

door wreath 1

door wreath 2

I love the soft textiles against this hard grainy wood.  This wreath also happened to be the garland that graced our fireplace during Christmas.    I made this out of lots of cut up pieces of burlap, an old lace tablecloth, an old white sheet and just whatever other scrap fabric I could find.  (it took a lot)

This next wreath hangs in my guest bathroom in the center of a great old frame that I picked up this summer at the fleamarket.

bathroom wreath 3

Again, I love the softness against the hard wood frame.

Over my fireplace, hangs the first wreath that I ever made.  This is my favorite because I absolutely love the fullness of the wreath and the different shades of the old book pages.  I purposefully used different books to try to get a variation of color.

mantel wreath 3

mantel wreath 2

Hard mantel…soft wreath….good combo.

I so prefer using wreaths like this that I have made over something bought. 

For someone who is really not very crafty at all, these were easy.  You know me…I like easy.

Hope you are all having a great week.  Blessings to each one of you and thanks for coming around and spending your valuable time with me.

Partying over at:  Momma Hen's Coop

Monday, January 9, 2012

Pinecones and Hydrangeas

Hey my friends!

I hope you are all wonderful!  We are busy about homeschooling and getting ready for my son to start back his college classes.  Time flies, doesn’t it?

I have my house back in order from Christmas and New Years and am enjoying getting back into a routine.  I am a routine kind of girl.

As I have been getting things put back together and have been throwing away and boxing up, I have noticed that I am not always sure what to use this time of year to fill my enamel pitchers and galvanized buckets.  Spring and summer are easy with all the beautiful fresh flowers.  Christmas is easy with beautiful greenery.   But what about the long winter months?
I have found that I tend to start pulling out my faithful and beautiful dried hydrangeas and mixing them with pinecones.

Do I have any idea if you should use hyrdrangea’s during winter?  No, but I love them and they work just great for me.  And, this girl uses what works.

When putting my dining room back together, I incorporated hydrangeas, pinecones, mercury glass, galvanized buckets, wire baskets…OH well, just a little bit of everything that I love.

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I am so glad that you don’t have to follow any set design rules when decorating your home.  Use what you love… where and how you love it!  I guess that’s my design rule.  Smile

Have a great rest of your week and be blessed.


Friday, January 6, 2012

Galvanized Oil Can and the Number 9

My sweet children know me oh so well.

All three of my kids ordered my Christmas gifts off of Etsy this year… without me knowing. 

Cool, huh?

I will show you what my girls  got me soon, but today I want to show you what my son chose for his mama.

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This beautiful little oil can came from Urban Farmgirl's etsy shop.  Isn’t it great?

He also found this wonderful number 9, which, of course, is my favorite number.

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I wish I knew which shop this metal #9 came from so I could tell you.  If/When I find out, I will let you know so you can visit her shop.  (edited...found at Creative Artifacts)

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See the little word “joy” in the background.  Yes, that’s what all of my children bring me.

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Didn’t my son do just great with my gift?

***Before I tell you the parties that I am linking up to tonight, I want to give a congratulations to someone.

CONGRATULATIONS to my “sister” Becky from the beautiful and inspirational blog,  Buckets of Burlap.   Her home was featured in  not one, but two, beautiful  magazines this week.    This lady has an eye and a heart for beauty and her home is farmhouse fabulous, to say the least.

I am most positive that all of you already follow Becky, but if you don’t, you have to go to her blog and see what she has been up to in her dining area  and what her plans are for January.  I, for one, can’t wait to learn from her this month. 

Not only will you love her style, you will fall in love with her and her family just like I have.  Oh, and her husband, Mr. Buckets, is one outstanding carpenter.

Okay…now I am heading over to LaurieAnna's for her Farmhouse Friday party.

Also linking up over at Donna's at Funky Junk Interiors