Monday, December 2, 2013
Hello and happy Monday evening everyone! I am popping in for a quick post tonight featuring a few recently found or received treasures! First up is this beautiful set of vintage strawberry glasses. There are 8 of them! My sister stumbled upon these at the Hospice Attic during their 50% off sale and bought them for me. They were a whopping $0.90...that's right, about eleven cent each! I was thrilled...:)
I really can't wait for spring to set a strawberry table...:)
Next up are the treasures sent to me by my sweet friend Linda from A La Carte! A few months ago, I won a giveaway Linda was hosting. Well, this wasn't long before her once in a lifetime trip to Paris and in the midst of all her preparations, sending the package got put on hold for a bit. Totally understandable...:) Well, Linda told me she would pick something up in Paris for me to include in the package when she sent it. This really wasn't necessary as I totally understood her not being able to send it earlier, but being the lovely lady she is, she did pick up a few things for me. Well, last week, I received this package from Linda and in it were so many treasures. I had so much fun unwrapping each one. Not only did she send the things from the original giveaway and a few Paris items, but she also sent some extra vintage and Christmas items. The note she sent was the best part though...I appreciate kind words and comments so very much...from all my blog friends...:)
Look at all the treasures she sent me!
This plate is just lovely and will be adorning a shelf in the new guest room soon! If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, please pop over and let me know what you think...:)
Look at all the Christmas goodies!
The sweetest set of vintage ornaments, still in the original box.
Most of these are items from the original giveaway...:) The little bird is living in the nest on the lamp in the guest room.
A few Paris themed items...:)
I love the snowman postcard ornament!
But my favorite piece in the entire box was this lovely strawberry dish towel/runner! Linda is such a precious lady and sweet friend. If you don't already know her, please go pay her a visit...:) Thank you again Linda, you are such a dear!
I found this pretty set of aqua blue snowflake salad plates at a Goodwill store. There were 7 of them in three different designs for $3.
These are some of my favorite plate finds ever! They are just gorgeous and were just $2 for the set of 4 salad plates. I look forward to creating a tablescape around them.
I found these awesome vintage postcards with the glassine envelopes for $0.49 each!
I just love them...:) Now I am trying to decide how to display them! Ideas?
And I bought yet three more apothecary jars. I know I have a serious problem people....I can't pass them up! These were all around or under $1.50 each if I remember correctly. The biggest one is made from two pieces that I don't think were original to each other, but it is so pretty with the fluted edges and the big glass ball on top! And for the record, I did not have a bell shaped jar yet...lol! They are sitting atop a set of 4 white and silver winter placemats that were new with tags for $2. They will look so pretty with my snowflake plates above!
Well, that's it! I have already found homes for all of the above items and am proud to say I have started sorting and purging every time I clean. The great thing about vintage is you can buy it and use it for a while and then resell it! Of course, my ETSY inventory is overflowing the shelves I have it on, but maybe eventually I will get that up and running!
Until next time....
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I finally have a chance to share my new spare room with you. If you have visited me over the past couple weeks, I am sure you have heard mention of this. The hubby and I have been working hard to get this room ready for our daughter's visit over Thanksgiving break. This room is tiny...seriously tiny. It is approximately 100 square feet counting the closet! It is our fourth bedroom and has served many purposes over the years, from playroom to closet to bedroom. We had some major water damage to the ceiling, floor and one wall some time back so the back wall and part of the ceiling and floor had to be torn out and rebuilt. This room has been serving as a junk room while we were saving money to remodel it. We have been wanting to replace our old carpeting for some time now and found an awesome deal on laminate flooring with Lumber Liquidators that we couldn't pass up, so we bought enough flooring to do our entire house minus the two bathrooms, my craft room, and my son's room. Our plan is to work on one room at a time until we get it like we want it and then start another one.With all that said.....I want to share the room we just finished. We have one more project left to do in here, but we ran out of time to do it, so I will share that soon!
I am very pleased with how the room turned out. We painted it all white to brighten it up and make it appear larger. I painted the chest of drawers and headboard black. I love the black against the white walls. The old chest was belonged to my Granny Valentine and was in pretty bad shape before I redid it. I ordered glass knobs for the top drawer and am waiting on them to come in.
I still have something to do to the headboard and I will share it when I finish. It was one of my thrifty finds for $7 earlier in the year. The wall pocket on the left was thrifted a couple years ago. It holds silk hydrangeas and an old hankie. The bird canvases were a gift from my sister a few years ago. There are four of them....two on each side of the room.
The prints above the headboard were purchased at Beall's Outlet last weekend. I fell in love with them and knew they would look great in this room. By the way, these pictures show the room being lived in. That's Miranda's leather messenger bag I bought her for her graduation from Florida State University last year. Her laptop bag is sitting beside it....she's a blogger too..:)
I love the way the sun is streaming in the window in the photo below. This little room gets the best morning light! See it in the glass knob on the wall rack and on the curtain covering the closet in the left. This picture shows the luggage rack which was thrifted a few years ago for $2 and has been painted red, pink, and now aqua. It used to hold my printer in the craft room. Makes a great luggage stand doesn't it? The rack above was a gift from mama a couple years ago. The little afghan hanging from it was crocheted by my husband's aunt for Miranda years ago. A thrifted tassel and a bird hang from two of the hooks.
I love the window ledge my hubby built. He built me one in my craft room too and I love the extra display space. You can see the gazebo out the window that my dad built for Joey and I to get married in over 25 years ago...:) It needs a little TLC too.
These two pieces hang on the tiny wall to the left of the closet.....they were both thrifted. The closet holds lots of stuff and I will share it one day soon.
Here is the closet wall. For now I have a vintage sheet hanging here. I am on the lookout for something different though. The arrow points to the area where we have a project to finish.
Here is a close up of the floor. I love the color...it has an aged, weathered look to it.
This little thrifted vanity tray sits on the chest of drawers and holds a small devotion book, the hand I thrifted a while back, a cute little bird, and a thrifted crystal clock.
It is such a pretty tray. I paid a little more for this than I typically do, $10 I think, but I just loved it. After I bought it home and did the research, I found I got a great deal on it as they go for $50-$100 on ETSY and ebay.
This aqua blue mirror was a gift from my mother-in-law several years ago. It came with lotions and perfumes and was originally unpainted wood. I painted it a couple years ago and like it so much better now. I think it looks good on the chest of drawers. I just noticed I need to clean it...I left streaks everywhere! My mom gave me the lamp a while back. She was tired of using it and passed it on to me. It looks perfect in this room.
Here's another window shot and you can see the ceiling in this picture.
Here is another shot with more of the ceiling in it.
Here is a close up of the valances. They are black and white sheer toile called Country Life by Waverly. I bought them at a yard sale for $2. There were four of them. The other two hang over my kitchen window. I really like them in this room.
Last photo for now...a close up of the cover on the bed. I wanted a white chenille cover, but my mother-in-law had this one she was putting in her yard sale and I love it. It has a very pale yellow background. It is perfect in the room.
Well, I am off to get ready to head up to my mother-in-law's house for lunch and to help decorate for Christmas. We are having a huge family get together there before Christmas and there is lots to do!
I am linking up with Marty from A Stroll Through Life for Inspire Me Tuesday and Kathe from Kathe With an E for You're Gonna Love It Tuesday. Hop on over and check out the awesome link-ups!
Have a blessed day everyone and until next time.....
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Wow! Is it really Wednesday? This break of mine is flying by...but in a good way! The hubby and I have been busy bees working on our spare bedroom and I am close to being finished....but not quite!
In addition to the various projects going on in there, I have been working on a project in my craft room. You may remember the little vanity I shared a couple weeks ago. You can see it in the photo below on the left prior to it's makeover. The right side shows it after it's makeover.
I just love how it turned out. This was the ultimate thrifty project since my mother in law gave me the little vanity to use for a sewing table. I had all the supplies on hand to make it over.
*chalk paint (mixed by me)
*brackets for shelves (firring strip)
*burlap for seat cover
*black paint for hardware
*wrapping paper for drawer liner
*decorative tape for edges of shelves
*creative vision :)
I love the shelves the hubs added for me to display things. I had bought these two shelves a year or more ago and had no idea what to do with them. I was actually about to get rid of them when we had the brainstorm to add shelves to the table. These two could not have been more perfect for the job!
That's my sewing machine under the vintage pillow case. I still need to add ribbons to the sides to tie it on.
The bench got a new outfit in some lovely chevron burlap I purchased a while back.
The inside of the drawer got a little special treatment too...:)
I love this wrapping paper I bought at TJ Maxx a few months ago!
You can see how the hubs attached the shelves here. There were holes already in place. I'm sure there used to be a mirror on it. He used carriage head bolts to attach it all together and it is very sturdy!
I just love it and am thrilled to have a permanent home for my sewing machine!
Now...just a tiny sneak peek at one of the projects I was working on for the new spare room! This old chest of drawers belonged to my Granny Valentine. It was in need of major repair. The veneer was bubbled on both sides and chipped and coming off in some places (see photo below). It was pretty much beyond repair. I couldn't bear to part with it though, so as we were working in the room, I asked Joey...aka, the hubs, to nail some leftover pieces of paneling to the sides of it. As luck would have it, the ends he had to cut off were the perfect width for the sides of the chest. You can see them nailed on below. The sneak peek is the lower right photo. I was planning all along to paint the whole thing white, but then I changed my mind and decided to go with black! I happened to have a brand new container of black paint that the hardware store had given away as samples. It was the perfect color, so I added some calcium carbonate and made chalk paint. It is wet in the photo below but has since dried to a lovely finish and I LOVE it. I hope to share soon...:)
Well my friends, I really ought to get to bed....it's after midnight! I've been working nonstop for 2 days now and am exhausted...but satisfied with the amount of work we have managed to accomplish. It rained ALL day Tuesday which threw us off schedule for one project, but it will just have to wait! I'm happy to report that I have a quick trip to the thrift store planned for today to look for something for the new room, and then I need to pick up things to cook for Thanksgiving as well as groceries for my house! The pantry is looking pretty skimpy, as is the fridge! But hey...who has time to grocery shop...lol! So excited my Randa will be home tonight and will be here through Sunday.
So blessed.....and thankful!
Oh...thank you all for the sweet comments you have been leaving! I am reading them, but just haven't had time to reply to all of them. Please forgive me...:)
In case I don't have time to post again before tomorrow.....
may each of you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love most.
Until next time.....
Sunday, November 24, 2013
As I was sitting here trying to decide what to blog about tonight....it hit me! There are so many sources of light in my life and I'm not just talking about the kind we just installed in our spare bedroom....although I am sharing because it is so pretty! What do you think?
I am talking about those people in my life who are light sources....the obvious, those whom I love dearly....my husband, daughter, son, mama & daddy, sister, nieces and nephews, mother-in-law, aunts & uncles, cousins, best friends, & students (both former and current). Then there are those who bring a smile to my face when I hear from them.....those who have so much in common with me.....you.....my blog friends. I am amazed at how many of you I have become friends with over the past 11 months and I am grateful for each of you.
Your visits and comments leave me with a warm glow....and I love that.
Each of us have so many sources of light in our lives if we just take the time to acknowledge and appreciate them. Each of you are a source of light in my life.
I wanted to share a little of the spare bedroom we have been working so hard on. The light makes me so happy...I love it! I also love the artwork I found today....sneak peek below! I have always loved this song and thought these would be perfect in the new room!
One of my biggest light sources, my daughter Miranda, will be home Wednesday night for 4 glorious days and nights and I can't wait!
I hope she loves the new room....:) I know I am loving it and can't wait to finish it and share the entire thing with you. So close...yet so far! I am in the middle of a few projects, but it will be done by Wednesday night, somehow!
Thanks to each and every one of you for being a source of light in my life.
You are loved and appreciated and make me oh so happy.
Have a lovely Sunday evening my friends.