Monday, June 9, 2014

Musical Chairs

Last week I had the chance to go junking with a
good friend of mine.  We found the best stuff and
had such a wonderful day!  At one of our favorite
antique malls, we came across an amazing pink
needlepoint chair!  It was everything I adore in a 
chair and it was like it was made for my front room!
Alas, the price was just abit too high for me and
I walked away without it.

On our very last stop at one of the thrift stores
that we frequent (and with only 20 minutes to
go until closing), I came across this adorable little
French Provincial chair.  It was only $8.00.  Yes,
you read that right!  It jumped into my cart
pretty quickly when I saw the price.  I got a cute
little chair after all!

Well this story takes another little twist and turn...

I was speaking to my Mom on the phone that night
and described my thrift shop find with her and I
also described that glorious needlepoint chair that
was in the antique mall.  She thought that it 
sounded really pretty...we talked about it for
some time.  We get off on these tangents you see...

The next morning the phone rang quite early and
the caller id announced that it was my Mom.  I
thought that it was kind of strange (she lives in
Canada) seeing as how we had talked for some
time the night before.  Right away I could tell by
the sound of her voice that something was up!
She said...I want you to go on a caper for me!
Mom and I are always going on capers when we
are together!  (*_*)  She told me that she wanted
me to go down to the antique mall and pick up
that beautiful pink french chair!  Of course I told
her that I couldn't and that it just wasn't in the
cards for me at that particular time.

She told me that I most certainly could go and get
it because she had called down to the antique mall
and had purchased it for me as a present!  What???
My Mom is always up to something!  She had an old
flyer of all of the antique stores and sales that she
had brought home with her, looked up the number
to the antique mall and phoned them first thing in
the morning and purchased the chair for me!

That is just the kind of person my Mom is.  She is
always trying to do things for me and buy things
for me and I'm always saying NO!  I guess she
decided to totally bypass me this time and leave
out the middle man...that would be me!

Little does she know that I had already purchased
some gorgeous china for her from an Etsy shop in
Canada (Jennelise Rose) and it is on the way to
her.  She should be receiving it today and I did
that before I even told her about the chair.

That will serve her right!  (*_*)

Oh, and the $8.00 chair?  It is already downstairs
in the guest bedroom that is decorated with
French Provincial furniture!  


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

My Life In Bloom

We have all waited long enough for spring this year.  
My blog, as usual in the spring, has taken a back seat
yet again to the arrival of blooms and blossoms in my
yard.  My thoughts always turn to the outdoors when
warmer weather arrives...I have to be outside!

We planted these lovely trees along our park strip a
few years ago.  They are the gorgeous Japanese
Kwanzan flowering cherry trees...the ones that
herald the arrival of springtime in Japan and also
here in our own Washington, DC.

This is their third year and they are doing really well.
Eventually we plan on planting more of them along the
north park strip, but for now I am enjoying these three.

Their blossoms never cease to amaze me.  They are so
delicate and pretty.  They remind me of tissue paper that
has been formed into intricate little flowers and glued
onto the branches.

 They sway gently in the breeze and add such a
romantic look to the front of the house.  We often get
very strong winds here and I was afraid that they were
all going to get blown off a few times, but they stayed
strong!  Even so, they rarely last longer than a few weeks.

Until next year my sweet, lovely blossoms...


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My New Spring Pillow...

As you can see, I haven't blogged in awhile.  In
fact, it's been a little over a month.  I am patiently
waiting for comes, it goes, last night it
snowed and now it's all melted again.  I am itching
to get going at some spring projects, but because I
don't have a warm place to spray paint or do things
like that...I wait and wait and wait!

In the meantime, I thought I would share with you
this sweet pillow that I found at Hobby Lobby last
week.  They had an entire line of spring decor items
with this cute graphic on the front.  I don't buy a lot
of "cutsey" items for my home anymore (I have so
many already!), but this one tugged at me and I
thought that it would look sweet in the center of
my settee for spring.

I hope that you are all enjoying spring-like weather
where you are.  I'm sure it will come to Utah soon
for more than a few days at a time, but in the
meantime...we wait!

Enjoy your day!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New Treasures Today!

Hello everyone!

I have finally gotten into gear and listed some
new treasures in my Etsy shop and on my web
site.  I've had a few people ask me what the
difference is between the two!  Well, nothing
really...basically I just have two selling venues.
The prices are the same, although I will say
that by purchasing on my web site I do not 
have to pay the Etsy final value fees.  That
is about it!  Now that I've cleared that up
for are a few new treasures that
I have just listed.  If anything strikes your
fancy, just stop on over and see me!  Shop
links are in the sidebar!

Love this antique yardlong print!

This French lady print is gorgeous!

This porcelain bisque vanity set is so pretty!

I love vintage Italian florentine!

Another yardlong print...this one is by Mary Hart
and it's abit worn.  I called it "shabby decayed".
I love it!

Everyone loves a sparkling chandelier!

Have a great day!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Reunited...and it feels so good!

Today I thought that I would share a cute story
 with you all...the case of the reunited shades!

A little over a year ago I fell in love with this
adorable lampshade on Etsy and purchased it
from a lovely seller than I have known for years.
The delicate, floppy ruffles and pretty lace
totally sold me along with the fact that it was
the most pretty shade of pale pink!  I could
not wait to make it mine!

A year passed and it was still sitting on my shelf.
I needed to find the right lamp for it and it had
taken a back seat to all of my other projects.
I decided, after searching around my city, to visit
Etsy again to see if I could find a cute little lamp.

As I was scouring through the pages, I did a double
take and clicked back one page.  Umm...there was
my lampshade.  What the heck?  I contacted the
seller, who lived in Canada, and it turns out that
she had made the lampshade almost two years
ago, but now she was going to sell it.  She had sold
its mate on Etsy to someone about a year and
a half ago and yes, you guessed it, that was my
first pink shade that I purchased.  So...between
two sellers (and a few years!), both of these
adorable lampshades are back together
again...just as they should be!

Now I guess I need to find two lamps!

Let the fun begin!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lighten Up!

Now when you saw the title of this post, I imagine
that most of you thought that it was going to be
about lightening up your decor for spring.  In a
sense it is, but not in the way you think!

I rarely get very personal on my blog and that is
just a choice for me, but today I wanted to share
something with new motto, which is
Don't take yourself, or your decorating too seriously!

Recently someone made me feel bad about my decor.
I know, it's silly and I rarely care what other people
think, but this just got to me for some reason.  It
is probably because I pour my heart and soul into
my home and I actually love what it looks like.
I don't follow trends (or it takes me year to and
by then they are really old!) and I don't care if it
is to everyone's liking...I like it!

If you follow trends, hey, that's great!  I have
nothing against that at all.  In fact, I think it's
pretty cool that people can change and adapt like
that.  I'm just not one of those people!

The burlap obsession is not for me, the industrial
chic thing is not for me and the all white decor
(which I love!) is just not for me either.  I love
color and I love adding silly, whimsical objects
to my existing pieces - as you may notice above!

Do what's right for you and your home will shine!
Your personality will come out in everything you
touch and you won't have "cookie cutter"
surroundings to boot!  Do what YOU love and
do what makes YOU feel good!  There is no right
and there is no wrong and there is no reason to
have your home a certain way just because it's
the popular thing to do.

  In other words, lighten up and have fun!

Wow, kind of personal...  (*_*)


Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Perfectly Pink Present From Paula

I know that Christmas is over and that we have all been
inundated with Christmas pictures for ages, but I 
could not help posting this absolutely adorable
Christmas present that I received from my good
friend Paula.  Paula consigns on my web site and
we've been great pals for years so she knows me
and knows how much I love PINK!

Can you believe that she kept her keen eye out the
entire year for things to put in my Christmas basket!
Yep, she's amazing!  This adorable angel was on the
top of the package...printed from Graphics Fairy.

Look at all of these wonderful pink goodies!

Everything is just so cute and so pink!

First of all, there is this adorable vintage celluloid
deer complete with its pink plaid bow.

Then there is this super pretty antique canister 
piece covered with roses on the front.

This is one of my favorite things...the graphic 
was printed from Graphics Fairy and then this
sweet vintage pink trim was added to the bottom
to form a multi-tiered pink skirt!  How cute!

This is such a cute item and one with a story.
Paula thought that these pink rose scented trash
bags were so cute and equally cool because they
have the identical side on the back written in
French.  I told her that I used to use these back
home in Canada all of the time and I was amazed
that she ran across these.  I turned it over to the
French side and found that they were made in
Burnaby, which is near Vancouver...the same
province (British Columbia) that I am from.
Of course they had both languages on them...
everything in Canada has both French and English
on it...every single product!  I'm sorry, but I do not
missing seeing French and English on everything!

These are adorable...cute little vintage clip-on
Christmas ornament earrings!  So different!

This fabulous vintage Shiny Brite ornament will fit
in nicely with my tree next year as I changed my
entire tree to include hot pink and silver!

Love these...a roll of pink Washi tape and a very
cool vintage pink measuring tape.  I will use it
in my purse when I'm out and about!

Paula made this pink bracelet for me.  It almost
looks like candy now that I'm looking at the picture!

She also made this sweet pink paper banner that
I will most likely use for Valentine's Day.

Lastly, there is this beautiful vintage pink Pyrex
bowl with its perfect pink and white stripes!

See...isn't Paula a lovely friend to think of all
of this for me?!  I should say so!

Thank you for indulging me with my last
Christmas post.  I couldn't not show you these
wonderful goodies from an equally wonderful
friend.  Thank you Paula!