Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Flea Market Delights

Friends, I do hope you are having a wonderful summer.  My children are home with me full time these months and we are enjoying each day.  I got to sneak away early Sunday morning for a trip to the flea market.  I hadn't been since early May and was getting the itch!

It was a beautiful morning with lots of treasures to be found, such as these...

I don't usually buy old photos, but I really liked the patina and elegance of these....dapper gentlemen, somber couple and two sisters...  The drawer behind them was a great find, too:

I'm loving this ironstone pitcher, which I plan to sell, but not sure if I can part with it:

These embroidered vintage towels are gorgeous, and came from a sweet vendor named Jan who I met last year.  Jan has the greatest eye for vintage treasures and is just charming.  Not to mention Jan wears the cutest outfits.  :)  It was great chatting with you Jan!

I also got these old balusters with the most perfect patina from Jan.


I think I was truly gasping at their hint of light blue paint...sigh...


A set of monogrammed forks were a lovely find as well:


One can never have too many cigar boxes for storage, either:


On another trip to my local thrift shop I found this pretty blue floral covered dish.  Vintage blue floral china just seems to scream my name when I'm out shopping:



Lastly, I simply have to recommend a wonderful book I recently read, called "The Nesting Place" by blogger Myquillyn Smith.  It is truly a warm and encouraging book for all of us DIY-type bloggers that want to make our houses more like homes for our family.  It is realistic and full of wonderful advice and real-life experiences.  It is not a 'decorating' book in the sense that it gives tips on vignettes and such, but more like an inspirational book on so many levels.  Kudos to Myquillyn!



She has inspired me to add more whimsy and quirkiness to our home, especially to put smiles on my children's faces.  That's how this birthday crown for my daughter ended up in this photo.  Have fun with your home!

Sharing at these lovely parties:
Feathered Nest Friday
Shabbilicious Friday

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Capturing Pretties

Just a few photos to share with you today, capturing prettiness around the house.  Lately I've been enjoying small snippets of the color red, preferably faded, in displays.  I especially love seeing these hand-embroidered letters on our living room chair, personalized with the first letters of our children's names:



Summer pillows for naps on the daybed...

My mother recently gave me this red and white vintage tablecloth that belonged to my grandmother, Evelyn (one of this blog's namesakes).

A few weeks ago I took photos of the remaining flowers from Fifi's visit.  They lasted quite long and always made me smile as I passed by, thinking about that wonderful day:





Lastly, I wanted to share with you a simple project I worked on recently to add some spring cheer.  Many of you know that dear blogging friend Michelle has a keen eye for treasures.  Well, she was able to salvage a group of shutters that her neighbor was getting rid of and gave one to me.  They were forest green to start, but I painted mine a chalky white, then added fabric to the back of the candlestick cut-out.  I simply attached fabric to cardboard, with some felt on the back (to hide the ugly cardboard), then used double-sided tape to attach it to the back of the shutter.


Here's a close-up of the fabric behind the cut-out.  This fabric was also a gift from Michelle and blends in perfectly with the living room.  Thank you, my friend!


Hope you all are enjoying your summers so far.  My children are out of school, and we're keeping busy while enjoying the great weather.

I'm joining in at these lovely parties:
Feathered Nest Friday
Shabbilicious Friday

Friday, June 13, 2014

Guest Artist at Somerset Place!

Hello friends, I'm so excited to share that Stampington's delightful Somerset Place blog has just posted a tutorial on grain sack hearts I made.  It was a pleasure to be asked to provide photos and instructions for making grain sack hearts such as these...

Take a peek at the post here.

Thank you Stampington and Gabriela, I'm honored to be a part of your fabulous blog this week!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fifi and Mark visited!

Last Friday was a special day - beloved magazine editor Fifi O'Neill and fabulous photographer Mark Lohman visited our house!!!!  I'm still pinching myself that they were here.
You can imagine how nervous I was, prepping our home for a photo shoot. I don't think the house has ever been this clean.
They were such fun to meet in person.  Fifi is beautiful on the inside and out, with her sweet French accent and her kindness.  They are both very easygoing and have a great sense of humor.  Mark had my kids giggling when they arrived after school, appreciating their Animators' Workshop (a.k.a. my son's room).



It was intriguing to see how these two pros work....checking out each room for potential shots and then styling the room with vignettes, flowers, food, etc.  I was happy to fill in as an assistant, moving around curtains and such, trying to do anything useful.
There were a few tips I picked up, such as you can mix the morning's cold coffee with water to make faux 'tea' for a shot.  Also, dried lavender comes out too dark for printed photos.  Who knew?  Fifi and Mark of course!  Mark also taught me the trick of snacking on the grapes at the back of the bowl during the photo shoot.  

Since our home's shoot was the very last day of a two-week trip, Fifi needed a well-deserved nap here:

She also found some great reading lying around...the new Prairie Style magazine!    


But before resting, she worked hard reviewing photos and arranging the gorgeous flowers...


It was such a delight to have you here, Fifi and Mark.  I love how you captured our little home in pictures, and made this nervous girl feel at ease.
Safe travels and more wonderful success to you both!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Lilacs!

Hello friends,
I picked some lilacs from our white and purple bushes a couple of weeks ago, and am just now getting the photos posted.  They were gorgeous while they lasted....






Sweet potted geranium outside the shed




This blog has been neglected lately, as I was cleaning and primping for a special guest - the wonderfully talented editor Fifi O'Neill!  I'm still pinching myself that she visited our house last week, along with the amazing photographer Mark Lohman.  For real!!!
Needless to say, I was on cloud 9 the entire day and will share more about it soon.  In the meantime, look what Fifi found to read while she was here.  The latest Prairie Style magazine!

 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Prairie Style Patina

You know how some visits to the flea market are better than others?  Some days you don't find anything to your liking, and other days you see eye candy galore.  Well, my last visit to the flea was a very good day.  It seemed like items on my 'wish list' were there just for me to find, plus I found a parking spot easily!

Our homestead is getting spruced up for a special visitor in the next few weeks, and these pieces really fit the look I'm going for.  I have to give a shout-out to my husband who has been a very good sport about all the tweaking I've been doing.  :)

Behold this prairie style cabinet...


I absolutely love its' chippy patina and soft gray and rose colors under the cream paint.


For a long time I've been dreaming of a farmhouse kitchen table.  I knew this one from the flea market was a keeper, with its' wonderful gray/blue faded paint :

Love the drawers, too...

These furniture pieces were cleaned and sealed once I got home, just to be safe.

Last, but not least, I found this adorable white cubby cabinet and vintage wood box.

They've made their way to my little studio in the bedroom, which I'll try to share soon.  Just love the grayish tint on this box!


Have you hit the flea markets yet?  Ahhh...gotta love spring!

I'm sharing these over at:
Blissful Whites Wednesday
Grey Dey Thursdey
Feathered Nest Friday
Shabbilicious Friday

Monday, April 28, 2014

Artful Blogging Summer 2014

Hope you all enjoyed a joyful Easter!  We had family in town visiting and it was wonderful, followed by a week's vacation for the kids.  Now I'm getting back into our routine, and I wanted to share some fun news with you.  Back in January, I was contacted by Christine Stephens, the editor of Stampington's Artful Blogging magazine.  She asked if I'd like to contribute an article, and of course I was thrilled to do so!

It will be published in the Summer 2014 issue, set to hit newsstands May 1st.  I received my artist's copy last week, and it's a great issue.  I was super excited to see that Maria from Rusty Hinge also had a article in this issue.  I love her blog!

It is so surreal to see my words and photos in a magazine, and this was a fun article to write.  I shared a treasure hunting story that I knew fellow bloggers could appreciate.  :)



(so cool to get a shout-out on the cover!)


We're finally seeing some spring blooms around here, so thought I'd give you a look at some vibrant forsythias on our dining table:




And I couldn't resist these soft-colored carnations at the grocery store today...



Happy spring!
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