Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Littles and Lilacs

Bless my mother's heart, she gave me a little time off during my children's school vacation.  While visiting her last week, she suggested I take a quick peek into a local antiques mall while she played with the kids.  Just a small amount of time was all I needed to peruse quietly.  This little vintage baby nightie stole my heart at just $2.  Although my babies are no longer the age for this nightie to fit, it brought back memories of those precious first months with each of them. 

Gently laundering the nightie with mild detergent and a squeeze of lemon freshened it up.  Saturday offered a perfect day to air it outside with some fresh lilac floating along.

Smells like spring!

I also got this little glittered crown at the same store with the nightie.  Its' original shiny beads up top didn't appeal to me too much...

...so I painted the beads with white and gray to soften the look:

It now presides over the white wardrobe containing all my supplies for creating:

This season offers a fresh perspective on decorating, as spring cleaning often evolves into spring rearranging.  This romantic white chair from our bedroom was moved to the dining room.  It fills up the space in front of the shutter with the butterfly garland:

Sometimes the littlest changes make a big impact.
Happy spring, dear friends!
Sharing with Kathleen's terrific White Wednesday.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

These White Treasures Followed Me Home...

In my last post, I shared the experience of visiting the fabulous 'At Home With White' event at the Wrentham Country Store.  Sunshine and good friends made the day.   So...want to see what came home with me?

Sandi (and her supportive husband Jim) transformed this old cabinet door with paint and this lovely applique.  The old green bottle was found in Sandi's indoor space. 
I got this adorable old stool from Mary Ellen's space. 

I love the keyhole on the door, too!   I'm considering wallpapering the back with some vintage paper I got from Judy at French Laundry.  That way I can turn the door around every so often for a new look.

This fabulous old French laundry basket was Karen's, and Sandi cleverly transformed this vintage suitcase with white paint:

I'm using the basket to hold my Etsy shop pillows.  Thank you, thank you Karen!!

Karen also bestowed the sweetest gift bags on Michelle and I.  They contained natural bathing products she sells, as well as an inspiring charm and painted pot.  I had to buy the other pot, too, after ogling them on her pre-show blog post.

This old locker basket was from Karen's space as well, and will make a great storage place for some of my fabrics:

Here's the inside of the white suitcase.  I fell in love with this blue of course!

I can't wait to use it for storing some pretty supplies:

What did I use to carry around the bucks to purchase these treasures?  I couldn't resist creating one of Tone Finnanger's Tilda's World designs.  The pattern for this purse is in her Sew Sunny Homestyle book I recently raved about.  This is her fabric, too, and I added a vintage earring on the bow. 

I was shopping in style and with good company!  Go see Sandi's post for more incredible photos of the event. 
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Monday, April 16, 2012

2nd Annual White Event

After much anticipation, the Wrentham Country Store hosted its' 2nd annual 'At Home with White' event this past weekend.  It was fabulous!  Michelle and I took a road trip together to the event and feasted our eyes on glorious white/neutral/vintage treasures galore.  Our dear blogging friends Sandi and Karen are vendors at the store, and we practically ran out of the car to greet them.  Although this was only the 2nd time we had met in person (last year's event being the first), the natural ease and comfort we shared represented a long-time blogging connection. 

(Michelle, Sandi, me)

(Karen, Michelle, Sandi, me - white tops & jeans the popular outfit!)

We embraced, beaming with smiles and enthusiasm, sharing the warmth the past year of blog-visiting has given us. 

These ladies and their colleagues are geniuses of curating & display.  The white tent outside the shop was filled to the brim with white delights and giddy excitement.  Take a look... 

Isn't that old washtub on the floor fabulous?

Here's a close look at Sandi's spectacular "A Cottage Muse" display:
(I brought that white suitcase home with me!)

Sweet Karen...

Here she is next to her indoor space, with those adorable pots she transformed (see her blog post about them):

Michelle was happy to see some doorknobs in the mix:

It couldn't have been a prettier day, and the crowd never stopped flowing. 
Great job Wrentham Country Store!  Thank you for your gracious welcome, stellar service and smiles. 
We will be back next year!

More to come later this week...I'll share what came home with me!

Sharing this White-lover's event with White Wednesday of course!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Garden Party Collection and SALE!

I hope everyone enjoyed a beautiful Easter day!  I love Easter's promise and the hope it brings.  Spring is full of promise and new beginnings as well.
The creative juices are flowing again, inspired by spring, so I've been busy sewing for the Evelyn and Rose Etsy shop

Listed this week are items in the new 'Spring Garden Party' collection - perfect for an outdoor garden party, or a cheerful respite in a special place.  Many of the items have been sewn with Shabby Chic Treasures fabric - soft, floral and pretty.  The new 'present pillows' in this collection have been embellished with a fabric flower instead of a bow. 

I'll be listing more items in the next few weeks to accompany this collection.  Also, I'm having a SALE in the shop.  Just enter coupon code SPRING2012 to get 20% off your order! 

Are you going to the one-and-only fabulous White Event at the Wrentham Country Store this weekend?  Michelle and I will be there this Saturday to devour the whites and enjoy the company of the wonderful vendors, including our blogging friends Sandi and Karen
I'll be sure to report all about it!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Royal Treatment

I've been coloring with crayon on our wall.  Kids - do as I say, not as I do. 
Yes, I stenciled in two crowns on our dining room wall with brown CRAYON.  On purpose. 

Here is our Blessed Mother fittingly displayed under one of the crowns:

The wall surrounding the white vintage mirror just looked a bit bare, and needed something.  I was inpired by an old Jeanne D'Arc Living magazine to stencil in two small crowns alongside the mirror.

And if I don't like it after a while, I can just wipe it off.  That's the benefit of using a washable crayon.  It also gave a more rustic texture than paint:

The stencil was made from a clip-art crown image I found online, cut from sturdy card stock.  I just colored inside the shape.

I haven't had a chance to decorate too much for Easter, since we just finished celebrating both my fellas' birthdays - phew! 
But I did put out a few items here and there...

And this spring china looks cheerful peeking out of the box I got from the White Elephant outlet:

Speaking of cheerful, here's a sneak peek of what's coming to my Etsy store.  I'll let you know when the 'Garden Party' collection has been listed:

I hope you all enjoy a Blessed and happy Easter!

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