Saturday, April 19, 2014

Monogram Spring Wreath

 I have been busy all day preparing for Easter brunch tomorrow.  But I also found some time to craft and hit some yard sales.  Here is the project I completed today.  
 I found the chip board P at Michael's after Christmas and paid 25 cents for it.  I knew I wanted to turn it into something springy.  I picked up some Reindeer Moss at the Dollar Tree (though I would recommend using a more solid moss for this project).  I hot glued moss all over until it was covered then made a little nest out of a different type of moss.
 The eggs are wooden Easter eggs that I painted my favorite aqua blue color and added a few speckles.  The corner of the P was the perfect place for the sweet little nest.  The aqua ribbon is left over from my wedding.  After Easter is over, this monogram spring wreath will hang on my front door!
 We also hit some yard sales today.  I found these switch plate covers and got all of them for $3.  I don't have any light switches that these will fit, but I hope to someday soon.  They need to be washed but the details of them are what I got them for!
 Do you know of other ways people might use these instead of switch plate covers?  I am trying to think what else I can do with them but nothing comes to mind right now!
 These zinc jar lids were $1 for all of them!  The box is in bad shape but it is fun to read the text on it.  Not sure if my lids will be used as lids or as something else.  Have any ideas for these as well?
 I can never pass up a set of sweet vintage embroidered pillow cases and these were no exception.  I love the daisies and red hearts.  Can't beat the price--2 for 25 cents!
 And one more look at my monogram spring wreath.  These colors make me so happy!
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!  I get to spend it with Cody's family and my parent's will be joining us for brunch as well.  It will be wonderful!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring is here...and so are the yard sales!

 The weather has been marvelous lately and my daffodils surely feel the same way!  I couldn't resist cutting some and putting them in an aqua ball jar. Yellow and aqua are so gorgeous together, wouldn't you agree?!
 When the daffodils finally show their pretty heads, Spring is officially here!  And so are the yard sales.  I found a few lovely things this weekend and just had to share.

 I found two of these white wire baskets for $1 each.  I snatched them both up but had no idea what I would do with them.  I finally figured it out-they hold 3 pint sized Ball jars perfectly!
 I took my canisters off the counter because I honestly don't use them and put these in their place.  Right now they contain chocolate, white chocolate and butterscotch chips.  It is a perfect fit!
 And it matches with my oval cake stand.  It's like they were meant to be displayed together.  Not sure what I will do with the other one, but I am sure something will come to mind sooner or later.
 I also found some more vintage melamine plates.  I already have two like this with pink roses and couldn't pass these up.  At 25 cents each, I don't think you could have either!
 These plates are salad sized plates which are new to me.  Guess I will have to start collecting those too!  I have been hitting the vintage melamine jackpot lately and I love it.  Clearly these plates last a long time!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Vintage Melamine Easter Tablescape

Just about every Sunday, my in-laws take a 30 minute drive over to where we live.  They don't just come to visit us, they really come all this way so they can stop by the Idaho Youth Ranch in the next town over.  My MIL claims that it is the best one in this area.  Last weekend while the boys were doing something to the pool table in the garage, us girls made a trip to the Youth Ranch.  I didn't think I would find anything, fortunately I was wrong!
 The first aisle I went down I saw a sea of pink and aqua that immediately caught my eye.  As soon as I saw what they were, I snatched some up.  I didn't know that I wanted to find vintage Melamine, but I am sure glad I did!  There were probably 12 pink cups, 12 aqua cups and 20 or so of the plates.  They were marked 35 cents each.  You read that right 35 CENTS!  I picked out 2 of the best pink cups and plates and 2 of the best aqua cups and plates but I now wish I would have grabbed them all!
 The aqua ones have no markings but the pink ones say Sun Valley Melmac.  I think I may have inadvertently started a new obsession.  I went on Ebay just to see what I have here and I think there are so many cute sets that I now want.  I don't need them, I just want them!
 The colors are my favorites and perfect for this time of year.  I had a fun little photo shoot with them and then decided to put together an Easter tablescape using them.  I love, love, love these pretty pastel colors on my table!
 I have been waiting for Easter to use my pastel plaid tablecloth.  It is the perfect base for an Easter table.
 The centerpiece of my table is usually always my cloche.  For Easter, I filled it up with colorful plastic eggs and put a little pink garland around the base.  I then set out my pink and green plates and placed a pink and white polka dot napkin in the center.
 Each setting has a sweet little terra cotta bunny smack dab in the middle.  I thought about painting them different pastel colors, but I kind of like them just how they are.
 Each place setting also has a vintage melamine cup and saucer for some tea or coffee.  The tall glasses will be perfect for an Easter Brunch mimosa!
 That sweet little teapot was also a thrift store find from years ago.  It goes perfect on this Easter table.
 This table isn't super fancy or elaborate, but the colors are perfect for Easter and treating my loved ones to a beautiful and delicious Easter brunch!


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Antique Rocking Chair with Flair


Don't you love this funky fabric?  I knew I wanted something for my rocking chair that would go well with my vintage yellow stool, my vintage aqua bar cart and my soon to be painted vintage pink TV tray.  I looked online to see if there was something that caught my eye but knew I just needed to go to JoAnn's and browse.  After walking through the whole store, I still hadn't seen it and then in the clearance section, I saw this and without any hesitation knew it was the one!  It is called Spring Voile Large Flower Pink and it is exactly what I was looking for!
 Now I am not an expert at sewing by any means and this cushion hardly looks good, but I did my best and it fits.  For right now I have decided to not paint the chair, if I did, it would be painted white.  Maybe one of these days I will paint it.  This cushion adds the right amount of flair!
 I set it next to a round table on the patio and had myself a little picnic.  Lemonade and strawberry shortcake were perfect for this spot.  There was even enough fabric left over to make some napkins and a banner.  I may have to go back and get some more because I love the colors and style!

 Spring is here but there is still a chill in the air so I didn't stay out here long.  Of course I am really looking forward to the warm days that are ahead for us!
 Don't you think this fabric will look perfect with my other patio things?  We are going to put up some drop cloth curtains and really make it a fabulous outdoor living space which I can't wait to share with you soon!



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Easter Bunny Bunting

 Spring is finally here...well at least for the next 2 days anyway.  We are supposed to get up into the high 60's with clear sky's and sunshine until Wednesday when clouds, rain and the 40's come back to town.  So while I am enjoying the Spring weather outside, I am also enjoying Spring and Easter on the inside!
 I needed a bunting for my corner with my chippy door.  I bought nothing, using only what I had: burlap, felt, ribbon, twine and pom poms.  I Googled bunny silhouette and found this one that I traced onto felt, cut out and attached to a square of burlap.  I then glued a white pom pom on each one for its tail and a bow on its ears.  I think they are adorable and perfect for Easter!
 No matter how many times I adjusted my camera settings, the flash kept washing out the cute image on my glittered butterfly.  It has a vintage image of chicks in a basket that says Welcome.  I got it from the Dollar Tree.
 I am sure I have told you how awesome my in-laws are, always picking something up for me at yard sales and thrift shops that they think I will like.  They had this antique rocking chair in their living room and when they got a new one, they decided to give this one to me.
 I am already dreaming up how I want it to look, what kind of fabric I will put on the seat cushion, etc.  The only problem is, now I want another one so Cody and I can sit out on the patio and watch the sunset all summer long!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Aqua Cart Love

 The winning color by a long shot was aqua and that made me so happy!  I secretly wanted it to be aqua so when that was the major winner, I knew it was meant to be.  I planned on using spray paint to paint it but my amazing husband had another trick up his sleeve.  He took it to work and painted it in the paint booth with auto paint!  He paints cars so this cart will pretty much last forever now!
 It is a metallic aqua color and has a bit of sparkle in it.  I tried to get a picture of the sparkles but it just wasn't turning out.  Aqua and sparkles-the best combination! 
 Here is a before and after so you can remember what it looked like.  I really did consider leaving it white so that the accessories I add would stand out, but I couldn't resist this color!
 I played around this morning setting up the bar.  It is still too cold outside to have a party, but I can play until then!  I shopped my house and found some great stuff to set it up.
 Come on over to my party and have something in the pitcher, probably margaritas!  Or there is wine, mixers and shots.  I have stir sticks, a citrus juicer, bottle opener and cork screw in the coconut. 
 The middle shelf has a martini shaker and a cute little wooden box with mini shots, fun cups and straws.  The wooden box will be getting a makeover soon as well!
 The bottom shelf has a bucket of beers and a cloche that is just waiting for something fun to be under it.  Hopefully there is something for everyone whenever they come to a party at our house!
 I love my little cart and am really looking forward to warmer weather so that we can host some friends and family for a BBQ.  I think we are all ready for them!
 So I really wanted another little something to paint since this cart turned out so great.  I forgot about this old metal TV tray that I got last summer at a yard sale.  I think it would be the perfect accessory for my cart.  Now here is the question-what color should I paint this one?  Red or pink?
 It is hard to tell now, but they will go perfect together once the tray is painted.  I think Cody will paint this at work too and might even redo my stool so that they will last longer.  Can't wait to share that with you too!
We had our appointment at the fertility doctor on Thursday and got some not so good news.  It turns out that Cody has no swimmers so that is why we haven't been able to have any babies.  We can do further testing to see if he is producing swimmers that may be stuck somewhere, but we have no money so I just don't know what to do.  It could be an easy fix but it could be much more than that.  We have a lot of thinking to do and as you can imagine I am devastated by this news.  Your prayers would be greatly appreciated!

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

What color should I paint my cart?

 I just love it when I find something I have been looking for!  As soon as I stepped into the estate sale today, I laid my eyes on this amazing metal cart.  The fact that it was half price really sweetened the deal.  I paid $10 for this cart and I can't wait to refinish it soon.
 It looks so perfect next to my vintage metal stool out on the patio.  So here is my question for all my friends, what color should I paint it?  Yellow to match my stool?  Aqua, pink and red are all going to be considered or do I paint it it's original ivory color?  What would you do?
 As soon as I get it painted, I am going to get it all set up to use it as a little bar out on the patio.  I am really looking forward to warmer weather and get togethers and this cart is making me even more antsy for warm weather to arrive!
 This morning I decided to put together a little coffee bar on my vintage liquor cabinet.  My parent's got us this Keurig for Christmas and I hated having it on the counter.  My liquor cabinet in the dining room is the perfect place for it. 
 My white server holds all the necessary things for a great cup of coffee.  Cups on top, cream and sugar on the bottom, Stevia, agave, flavored coffee and tea are all held in vintage tart tins on the side.  There should be something for everyone!
 Even though I personally don't drink coffee, I am loving my little coffee bar set up!  I also love that I can just brew some hot water quickly for tea or cocoa. 
I can't wait to hear what color you think I should paint my cart...you always have the best ideas!

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