Thursday, February 26, 2009

Stumped on St Patrick's Day Decor

Ok, I've been searching around for weeks trying to find the perfect decorations for St Patrick's Day. And I'm just stumped! I see hokey novelty stuff floating around, but nothing I would like to see in my decor. Plastic beer tumblers,plastic clover garlands, plastic hats, etc, etc. I haven't had much luck even finding green vases, etc at the thrift stores. Placemats, nope. Table runners, nope. Or maybe I just haven't found the right place or places to look. I guess I'll have to settle on just green carnations in a crystal vase again. Ho hum. I need a little bit of green elegant pizzazz & inspiration! If anyone has any suggestions, please share.

On a side note, my mom & I found some more great thrift finds this week! I'll share on Saturday.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Rainy Day Thrift Finds .. and Mom's too!

I like to say my home is one unique style, but to be honest, it's not. It's an eclectic mix of vintage elegance. A little dash of shabby, french country, traditional, etc here and there. My house contains mostly flea market, thrift stores, garage sales, outlets, and auction finds. I don't have many friends who are into "used" goods, but when they come over to my house, they do find themselves in a little bit of awe. As time goes by, I'll introduce you to my home.

I did some shopping Tuesday night and found some great buys at my local thrift store. I was extremely happy. So where do I begin?

For starters, remember that wall pocket I was looking for? I found a medium sized one. It is perfect. However, it does need a new do. Check it out! I can't wait to get started on it and dress up my front door.

I wasn't looking for it, but I found another breadbox. It was crying "buy me". I'm a firm believer that some things want to be found and bought. Anyhoo, remember that silver breadbox I bought a week ago? Well, I've decided to leave it as is. Silver. But as for the new breadbox, that box will get a new shabby makeover. I was going to convert my traditional kitchen into a shabby theme, but I decided to leave it alone for now. I really do like it the way it is... for now. As for the breadbox, I will store it until the conversion takes place. However, along with the wall pocket and breadbox, I found two other beautiful finds: a silver tray (slightly tarnished) and a shabby cutting board. See below:

I polished my tray up using MAAS (the stuff really works) and immediately placed it on my dining room table. Sorry no pics yet.

I can't wait to get started on my wall pocket & breadbox project, but I'm waiting for a sunny day (it's been cold & rainy). If all is sunny this weekend, you know what I'll be doing. And I'll show you the results.

My mom got lucky today at the flea market. She found two brass cherub lamps, a victorian style night light, silk embroidery books (15 books for a dollar each), a silk embroidered pillow, victorian decoupage images (a huge bag full), quilting frame, pink plastic bowls, shabby basket, shabby bed sheets and a vintage doll (unfortunately, it was missing an arm). I rec'd most of the items, and I was jumping for joy! I didn't take photos of everything, but here are some of her finds.

I don't think I'll be doing any shopping this weekend because of a cold I caught from my boys, but I will be working on my lampshades for the lamp on my foyer console table. That's been a work in project for at least two months now.

Well, that's all the joy I'm expressing for now. Until next time...


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Back to blogging & sharing


I'm back after a very long break. I'm hoping I can keep up with my blogging.

With a little introduction, I'm a mom to two little boys, Tristan and Lance, who loves vintage, shabby, and french designs. My home is a mix of all of them. I love shopping at all the big name thrift stores, flea markets, garage sakes, outlets, and of course, auctions. My husband calls me a "junk collector", but he's very supportive of me. He says that our little home is beautiful, cramped, and very froufrou. I'm just so girly.

My boys and my mother have been keeping me busy. I spend more time at my mom's house than mine that I sometimes can't keep up with my own home & projects. I truly enjoy doing things with and for my mother, but I also want my home to finally be comfortable & beautiful. My house is almost like a storage center right now. I'm having to take small projects to work just to get them done - on my lunch break, that is. My to-do list is getting longer and longer. I need a vacation just to get them done, and then I'll need a vacation from all the projects.

Anyhoo, during my break, I did spend a lot of my time going to the thrift stores (with mom) shopping for wonderful buys & future projects. I love creating trash to treasures. I'm addicted to it. I've purchased a lot of wonderful things & projects I want to share.
But for starters, I'll start with this small project for today's blog. I bought a beautiful bread box last year. It was pink, porcelain, & beautiful.. However, I noticed a crack on the lid last month. I wanted to cry. I haven't had it for very long and now it's damaged. So now the damaged bread box will be a planter box. However, I found this silver metal bread box at my local thrift store. My mother thought it ugly when she saw it. She really didn't want me to buy it. It was $5.99 with a 30% discount. What do you think? It's got potential, don't you think?

My plan is to spray paint it pink and add a shabby rose decal on the lid. I won't have to worry about cracked lids or making it into a planter box. It's been raining awhile for now, so it's another project on the waiting list. Once the sun peers through the clouds, I'm gonna hop to it. Wish me luck. Once I'm done, I'll share with you the results.

Since today's a holiday, I plan on dragging my husband to the thrift store. I have another project in mind. I know, another project. I'm looking for one of those large tin wall pockets. I use to see them around ALOT, but I never did put a project thought to them. Now when they are not around, I want one. What I want to do is find one so that I can give it a crackled stain and stencil "The Clouds Est 1996" on the front. I want to hang it on my front door. I do hope I find one today.

Well, I hope to be a regular. And I really want to share with you my creative vision, wonderful buys, my collection & of course, my family.