Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fall Giveaway

Fall is my favorite time in blogland.  I love all the beautiful photos friends post of their creative tablescapes and decorating inspiration.  I thought these linen bottle aprons would fit right in.  Knowing that the hurricane was heading to New Jersey last Sunday, my "hurricane prep" didn't involve rushing to the grocery store or stocking up on batteries, but instead, sewing these little aprons.  I enjoyed my last day of electricity sewing these vintage inspired bottle wraps.  And then the lights went out.
The giveaway must go on, in spite of hurricane Sandy.  Leave a comment on this post if you would like to win this pair of aprons and and I will draw the winner on Tuesday, November 6th at the end of the day.  The giveaway has ended.  The lucky winner is Kim!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Time to list it...

I have been selling my vintage finds on Etsy for over a year now.  With each item I list, I hear the usual voice in my head tempting me to "keep it, keep it, keep it" right up until I finish editing the listing and push the publish button.  I recently listed this pair of wooden newel post caps.  For once,  there was no voice in my head tempting me to keep them.  Don't get me wrong, the detail is hard to resist and I had already displayed them on my bookshelf.  But, I did hear a tiny voice, the tiny voice of my 6 year old telling her brother to "look at the wooden boobies", and I knew it was time for them to go.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Field Trip~Leesburg, VA

Each year, my aunt stops at our house for a visit on her drive down from Vermont to Virginia to see family.  This year, I decided to leave the kids with my husband for a few days and hitch a ride with her.  How could I resist the chance to spend a day antiquing in Leesburg, Virginia?  I had a list of shops I was dying to check out thanks to some of the inspiring blogs I follow.  My friend,  Mary Alice of the beautiful blog Chateau Chic also gave me a list of shops to visit in her hometown. 
photo credit: Such Pretty Things
My first stop was The Old Lucketts Store.  Just inside the front door, I was treated to a real life encounter with the dealer space I admire each day on the inspiring blog Miss Mustard Seed.  Marian is one of the many dealers at Lucketts and I was thrilled to see her finds (and Milk Paint) in person.  It was surreal to be in the space that I look at online each day as I drink my morning coffee.  I love Marian's can do attitude and her eye for decorating.  If she was a rock star, I would have to admit to being one of her groupie's.  If I had run into her, I'm sure I would have acted like a silly star-struck kid! 
I checked out all the vendors in the building and couldn't resist this bowl and linen runner.  The bowl is very weathered, but the blue goes perfectly in my living room
 and is a tricky color to find.
photo credit: On A Whim
Next I headed to On A Whim right down the road.  Hard to miss.  The shop looks just like photos I have seen posted by blogger friends.  Such fun finds in this shop.  All so well displayed and reasonably priced.  I found a few things...
My house has a large entryway with a brick fireplace and I am always on the hunt for black accessories for the mantel.  These black onyx candle holders are perfect.
And this guy was begging me to take him home.  Not an old find, but fit right in with the vintage vibe of the shop.  A perfect birthday gift for my friend who is an Anthropologie fan.  The rest of my day was spent in downtown Leesburg touring a handful of antique shops and grabbing a yummy lunch.  Definitely worth the trip and, thanks to blogland,
 I didn't miss a thing.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Good Enough to Eat...

Is it any wonder these wooden rings caught my attention at a recent estate sale.  
Amazing colors.  As bright and tempting as a roll of lifesavers.
And just as irresistible all stacked up on their wooden base.

At just under 5" tall, this little vintage stacking toy had me at hello!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Real Deal

We were in Massachusetts over the weekend enjoying an early taste of fall.  We went exploring and found this amazing pumpkin parked downtown in front of a row of shops.  Needless to say, it caught the attention of everyone that was passing by.  
Hard to believe, but it is made of styrofoam.
We found the real deal later in the day and decided that
 the best things do often come in small packages.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Patience is a Virtue...

Patience is not only a virtue, but can be quite valuable when thrifting. 
 Last week I was short on time (and patience to be honest) when I saw this cute pitcher at my local thrift shop.  I had to pass it up.  I couldn't face the long checkout line. 
Fast forward one week and I am back at the thrift shop.  It is 10am. 
 I have not learned my lesson to avoid the morning hours.  There is good news, the little cottage ware pitcher is still waiting for me.  There is bad news, so is the long line at the checkout.  Isn't it strange how somedays you can deal and some days you can't?  Today I can deal and decide to wait in line...patiently.  The lady in front of me was in no hurry.  After she paid, she continued to ask to see things in the display case behind the register.  Her daughter, who had driven her, was so frustrated that she went to wait for her in the car.  The rest of us would have to wait it out.  I decided to check out the items in the case.
This little corn pitcher caught my eye.
And this cute teapot. 
 I had time to kill, so used the Etsy app on my iphone to do a little search. 
 What a great find.  Two pieces of Shawnee king corn pottery for $9.
Patience, when thrifting, can really pay off!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Win One of my Laundry Day Aprons

Click on over to Cathy's adorable blog Cap Creations
and enter to win one of my child's laundry day aprons.

I first met Kathy through her Thrifty Love link party and have joined in to celebrate her reaching 1,000 followers.  She is hosting a week of giveaways with multiple entries available on each item. 

 Cathy also has an adorable Etsy shop featuring hand stamped custom
 jewelry and vintage lovelies. 

Speaking of shops, I also gave Cathy a 10% off coupon code for my
  Etsy shop to share with her readers.  So, check it out!