Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Little Redecorating

If you’re like me, you like the move things around from time to time.  I can get a little bored looking at the same things in the same places all the time.  A couple weeks ago when I was redoing the mantel to include my new mirror, I decided I needed to redo a few other areas in the living room as well.  Here are a few pictures of my efforts.  It was a pretty gray day that day so please forgive the poor lighting.






You may not believe this looking at these pictures, but I have actually weeded out some of my collections a bit.  Several of my pink flower pots have landed at Monticello and I even took a few white ones to my Stars & Splendid booth.

I’ve been reading about Kim’s upcoming trip to France and it’s making me think it’s time for another “Dreaming of Paris” post so that will be coming up soon.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Have you got yours yet?

Like a lot of bloggers, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new Flea Market Style magazine.  I missed my Country Home so I was super excited to hear that some of the people involved in that magazine were putting together a new one about one of my favorite things.  Flea Markets and good junk. Ever since I heard that the FMS magazine was showing up on news stands, I would look for it wherever I went.  


Finally, a few days ago, Isabel called me and asked if I had found it yet as she was at Target and it was there.  She kindly picked up a copy for me and delivered it to me that evening.  Let me say this, the magazine didn’t disappoint.  It is great!

And, guess what?  I’m in it.  I don’t want to ruin it by showing you the picture as I know lots of people haven’t found the magazine yet.  Let’s just say that I am in very good company and if you already have the magazine, you can find me on page 109.  I’m in the background. The one on the left. ha ha When you see it, you’ll understand why I’m laughing.

Kind of a quiet week for me after last week’s crazy phone book running around.  I will be going to see Cindy and Joy at the Tarte sale on Saturday.  If you are in the area, I hope you will stop by and check out all the goodies they have put together for this sale.

I am quickly approaching my 300th post.  Hard to believe, but there it is.  I have a great little giveaway planned to celebrate.  I’ll be back soon hopefully with some projects I have been planning that I’m excited about.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What I’ve been doing

No White Wednesday post for me today.  Just thought I would poke my head in and let you know what I’ve been up to lately.  My daughter is going on a school trip to Costa Rica for Spring Break so she signed up to do a little fund raising as we told her that she needs to contribute to the cost of this trip.  Her money making “gig” is delivering phone books and she has recruited me to be her driver.  So that is what I have been doing the last several days.  She ambitiously signed up for two routes and we are about 1/3 into the second route now.  Hopefully we can finish in the next couple days.

I did take a little break from delivering phone books to finish up a little project I started.  My son’s guitar teacher  and his wife had their first baby on Sunday (Valentine’s baby) and I wanted to make them a little gift.  They knew that they were having a baby girl so I was super excited to use some of my pretty pink rose fabric scraps to make this.


The pattern is really easy.  It’s called “log jammin".”  Similar to Log Cabin, but way easier as you just use strips in whatever size you want.  So much fun to be quilting again.DSCF0646

I love that this has both vintage and newer vintage style rose fabrics. Not your traditional baby quilt, but I’m sure they will be surprised by the sentiment.

Heading over to Stars & Splendid today to take a few things. I sold a table (yeah!) so I have to do a little rearranging.

It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Oregon. I hope that wherever you are you enjoy your day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

White Wednesday- A Little Makeover

For this week’s White Wednesday post, I thought I would show you a little makeover project I completed recently.  Remember this little cabinet with drawers I got at the flea market recently?DSCF0433

Well, after a little white paint and some glass knobs, here is the transformation.DSCF0592

So much better, I think. 

So far this week, I have gotten together with some old friends I have connected with on Facebook. My good friend, Paula I have known since Jr. High.  We were Cheerleaders together for years.  We hadn’t seen each other in over 5 years so it was so nice catching up with her.

Yesterday I met up with my buddy Paul who I’ve known since college.  He is a big movie freak like I am and we went and saw “An Education,” one of the movies that has been nominated for an Oscar.  I thought it was good, but not great.

Today I will be heading over to both Monticello and Stars & Splendid to do a little clean up/update.  I have some new things I’ll be taking with me. As I mentioned in a recent post, I am really trying to scale back and get rid of things I don’t absolutely love.  So, I am parting with items from my own personal collections.  Out with the old, in with the new (old).

Hope you are all having a great week!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Last Week’s Thrifty Finds

I had the good luck to get out a few times last week for some thrifting fun. Hit my usual GW, VV, SA and also a couple other places I only go to once in awhile.

At the Salvation Army I scored on a couple bags of vintage buttons.  My supply was getting low,  and since I have sold lots of buttons recently, I was really happy to find these.  Lots of great colors too. Here’s just a sampling of what was in those bags.




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I also got this cute wood plate/magazine rack.  It is currently for sale at Stars & Splendid.


On Friday I hit a little flea market that our town holds periodically and a nearby estate sale and found these cool things.


I love the big mirror! Wasn’t sure if I was going to keep or sell.  The vintage picture frames are always good sellers for me and the etched decanter and roses salt and pepper were too cute to pass up.


A bag of vintage lace,, vintage runner with lace edge, penny doll, heart garlands, doilies and several vintage postcards.


Several vintage hangers.  The two crochet hangers in front came from my good friend Mitzi.


Extra long vintage crinoline/petticoat.

But my best find of the week has to be a very cool, very vintage dress form.  I was chatting with the sweetest gals at the flea market and was telling them about the stuff I make, sell, etc.  We talked about Farm Chicks and they asked me if I sell vintage clothing.  I told them that I do, but mostly things like slips, crinolines, etc.  Then one of these sweet ladies said the magic words, “you wouldn’t happen to need a dress form would you?”  My eyes got really big and I got a huge smile on my face, because, yes, I had been looking for a dress form for my daughter’s room, but just couldn’t find a good inexpensive one.  Well, she told me about the one she had and it sounded perfect. So, on Saturday I went and picked it up and just fell in love with it. (Sheila, if you are reading this, thank you so much!)

Guess what?  My daughter isn’t getting it. I decided to give her Manni from my bedroom and I would use the new one instead.  She didn’t care, she just wanted one to dress up in her jewelry and crinolines. 

And this is what my new (old) dress form looks like.


I think she is happy to have a new home and to wear a pretty outfit.  Now I just need to come up with a name. 

Well, I decided to keep that cool mirror after all.  Here’s where it ended up.


I spent a little time last weekend redoing some display’s in my living room.  I should have been cleaning, but re-decorating is so much more fun, don’t you think?

Have a great Monday!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

White Wednesday-Ruffles

It’s no secret that I love me some ruffles.  Surfing on Etsy brought me to this listing for an adorable ruffled little girl dress.  Why couldn’t it be in my size?  I then saw some cool vintage tuxedo shirts at a thrift store, with what else?  Ruffles.  Got me thinking about a little dress I had in my closet.  I bought this simple white dress a couple years ago at my beloved Target and have worn it a lot.  So much so that it rarely even makes it to my closet.  You know what I mean.

Here’s a picture of me wearing it at the Barn House Flea Market in July ‘08.BARN SALE 034

I love this picture as it reminds me what a great day that was.  It was my first time ever at Barn House and I had so much fun hanging with my homies.  In case you didn’t know, that’s Joy in the middle and Isabel on the right. 

So, I took that plain white dress that I love so much and did a little something, something to it and came up with this.


It was pretty easy to do and only took me about a half hour.  I used an old damaged baby pillow to cut strips, used my sewing machine to gather them and pinned and sewed them onto the bodice of the dress.  It’s not perfect, but that’s okay.  


As much as I love ruffles, I don’t really love making them.  So, now I want to get a ruffling foot for my sewing machine to make it easier as I have some great ideas for lots of ruffle projects.

I hope you liked this little White Wednesday project.  I’ve been busy in my sewing room the last few days, cleaning, purging and working on another little project which hopefully I will be able to share here soon.  Hope you all have a great Wednesday!