Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I'll Have a Blue (and White) Christmas

Have you been getting into the Christmas spirit?  We are feeling jolly here, already setting up the tree and Christmas decorations.  It takes a while to bedeck the whole house, but I take my time and enjoy it all, especially while listening to Christmas tunes. 
For White Wednesday over at Kathleen's blog, I'm sharing the transformation in our dining room.  Of course I must include my favorite light blue along with the vintage white & cream colors. 

Vintage Shiny Brites on the bottom shelf of our hutch:

A full view of the hutch:

And closer...

I got these neat glittered pedestal and trophies at my local thrift store this past year:

A nod to Victorian Santas on this shelf:

I've had this reindeer for years, and decided to sew some faux fur around his neck this season:

The faux fur was mainly used on top of our mahogany buffet, along with the vintage 'trimmed' tree I posted about last week:

I've added a 'SNOW' banner, also purchased at the thrift store:

The vintage-inspired victorian star ornaments I made are now raised in the silver bowls, cushioned by faux snow:

I love these glitter reindeers picked up at the dollar store:

And here is a simple corner showcasing a Christmas village and white feather wreath:

I'll be sharing more of this room, as well as the living room in the coming days. 
Don't forget to enter my Christmas Giveaway, which ends December 7th.  Have a jolly season!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Giveaway

The season is upon us - the most wonderful time of the year.  I have enjoyed my first year of blogging and want to celebrate with you all.  It was a big and scary step to hit 'publish' just last year, but it has allowed me to meet great new friends along the way. 
To thank you, I'm offering a giveaway with these handmade gifts in Nordic/French style:

1) A hopsack linen stocking with a feminine boot and raw-edged cuff.  I've also tied a white fabric bow to the stocking loop with white seam binding.  A red ticking fleur-de-lys crest adorns the front:

2)  A white burlap bag, cinched with vintage Belgium laundry ribbon, and hand-embroidered with a red star:

3) An 8" x 8" pillow made of cotton red toile:

And how about this for versatility?  The pillow may also be transformed into a 'Present Pillow', much like those in my Etsy store collection.  Simply remove the fabric bow from the stocking and tie it onto the pillow for this look:

The fabric bow could be used anywhere in your Christmas decor.  It would look terrific on a green wreath or tree. 

I do hope you enter for a chance to win and spread the word.  This giveaway is open to all.  Christmas is meant for giving!
For one chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post.
For a second chance, post about this giveaway on your blog or add a link from your sidebar (you can copy from my sidebar at top) and leave a separate comment letting me know.
I will choose a winner using random.org on Wednesday evening, December 7th.

Thank you for entering, and for being supportive friends this past year.  Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Etsy shop sale - now thru Monday

Hello all!  I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving day.  I am very thankful for many blessings, including friends such as you.  It has been a year since I began blogging, and have found so many new friendships with vintage souls. 
I'm celebrating with a sale in my Etsy store and a giveaway to be announced next week.
Use coupon code CHRISTMAS11 to get 15% off at Evelyn and Rose.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Vintage 'Trim'ming the tree!

Last week I had the pleasure of perusing the local outdoor flea market with Petite Michelle Louise.  We had to get one more trip in before the season closes.  What fun!  Michelle is such a doll and a pro at finding just the right treasures.  Her eyes light up and she beams when coming across something to delight. 
Alas, we forgot to take photos of our trip, but I assure you Michelle looked adorable whereas I wandered around in my husband's fleece with my hair getting the 'wind' treatment.  One vendor got a little too 'friendly' with Michelle, offering her the pretty girl price.  I could chuckle as I stood safely yards away.  :)
We both had a good laugh! 
And look what was found....
Hand-knitted and crocheted soft appliques and a lovely white embroidered tablecloth:

An amazing stash of vintage lace trimmings that Michelle and I are splitting together:

And what to do with some of that gorgeous vintage trim?  Why not showcase it in a sparkly silver tree?

I created these ornaments to blend in with the vintage tones...

I'm just starting to get the house ready for Christmas, beginning in the dining room (no hosting Thanksgiving this year!). 
This ornament placed in the bowl was made by attaching pipe cleaners together in the shape of a star, then gluing vintage style tinsel garland to it.  Next I simply taped a Victorian dresden paper angel image to the front:

Here's another easy project I recently did.  I love the look of little drums in Christmas decor, so I purchased this wreath pick decoration at JoAnn's craft store.  The drum top and bottom were a bit too shiny for my taste, so I glued on vintage music paper.  Now it fits right into the vintage/sparkly tones in this room:

It was serendipitous to find some music with the word 'drummer' in the lyric, too!

Sharing with White Wednesday and Vintage Inspiration Friday.  I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Stay tuned for Etsy sale news and a Christmas giveaway!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tour of Living Room

Hello friends!  I'm so excited to see all the creating going on in blogland.  Since I've also been creating for my Etsy shop, I feel as though my home has been a bit neglected.  But I've finally found time to put some finishing touches in our living room.  Hope you enjoy this tour...there are a lot of photos!

The view upon entry:

I finally hung this flea market shelf I acquired in July, and have since painted:

The dried hydrangeas are still pretty:

Layering a flea market embroidered tablecloth on the couch adds some interesting texture:

A peak over the chair into the far corner:

Couldn't help but start adding some early Christmas sparkle on the desk:

I've never shown this before in a post - our media cabinet.  It is on the left as you enter the room, and is quite large.  I've had this for over 10 years, and have always loved the architecture of it.  It is dark, but that offers a nice contrast with all the white (so I tell myself):
(subwoofer thing hidden by blanket underneath)

At the front of the room near the doorway you'll find a favorite shelf and old barn window:

Closer look...

Moving along...turning right upon entry is the fireplace wall.  Yes, the bricks are quite red.  No, I'm not allowed to paint them white:

An original door from our house was brought up from the basement and leaned here.  I can't wait to put a Christmas wreath on it:

The heart displayed at top is available in my Etsy store, crafted from vintage French book pages:

The white buffet...

My dear flea market Blessed Mother statue is now wearing white Rosary beads I received as a child:

Lastly...the mantel:

Hope you enjoyed the tour.  Let me just be real for a minute - in order to obtain the above photos...magic marker 'art' was cleaned off wall, crumbs were vacuumed, tons of books/magazines were 'hidden', toy kitchen was brought out of room, and miscellaneous toys were all temporarily removed.
This somewhat pristine view above lasted for about an hour.  :)
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