Sunday, July 20, 2014

Vintage Chenille Bedspread

 I love it when I find something that I have been on the look out for at a great price.  Vintage Chenille has been on my list for awhile and last weekend I hit the jackpot!  I found this amazing Chenille bedspread at a yard sale for $12!
 It is pink with white roses--2 of my favorite things and it is in excellent condition.  I intend to use it in my camper, but until then, it is being used on our bed.  I love the size of and the way it drapes over all 3 sides of the bed so well.  
 The lady was selling quite a few Chenille pieces but I only bought one.  Of course now I am kicking myself for not buying more at such a great price.
 I am sure Cody just loves having pink and roses on our bed, but he never says anything and goes with it. This isn't the first pink and roses thing he has had to endure!  I do let him do what he wants on his side of the bedroom.  You might see guns and Hot Wheels in some of these pictures.
 I only see a few of the pom poms missing on this bedspread which isn't bad for this vintage piece.  I believe it is Fieldcrest Imperial Rose and according to Etsy, I could have easily paid over $200 for this!  I love a deal that good. 
This is going to look good in my camper but I think I will have to find more Chenille so I can have one in the camper and one at home!

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

My Vintage Camper

Someone forgot the batteries for their camera this weekend...that someone was me!  So I didn't get any interior shots of my vintage camper but my crappy phone did take some nice outside shots.  It was a lovely weekend and we did nothing but what we wanted to do.  I wish it wasn't over so quickly.

 We bought this camper 3 months before we got married 5 years ago, right before the big vintage camper craze hit.  We paid $500 for it and it was in excellent shape.  Cody painted the outside, we put in hardwood flooring, painted the cabinets, reupholstered the cushions and made new curtains.  We could have sold this sweet camper five times over for triple what we paid for it.  The only way I would ever sell it is if we found another vintage camper in such great shape that had a bathroom!

 It is a 1967 Oasis from Bellflower, California.  It is tiny, only 14 feet long but perfect for the 2 of us and our 2 fur babies.  We put the dinette down for them and they each have their own beds.  I love to cook meals for us in here and do the dishes in my peach sink.  I have to pump the water but it is such a fun little camper that I don't mind it a bit.   
Hopefully next time we go up to the mountains, I will remember my camera batteries and I can take some great interior shots.  There are so many things I want to do to the inside but it is perfect just the way it is if I never get around to doing all of it!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Patriotic Kitchen Island

 Even though we are spending the 4th of July in the mountains, I still had to bust out the patriotic decor!  I got this kitchen island at a yard sale that we had at work and I decided to put all of my red, white and blue kitchen stuff on it.
 The top is decorated with lots of red, white and blue including some of the crafts I made to take with us up camping to decorate our camper.
 I actually had more red, white and blue than I thought!  It was fun pulling it out and setting it on my new island.

 This little silverware caddy is made out of empty tin cans that I painted in patriotic colors.  I glued all the cans on a wooden dowel, put some ribbon around all of them and then attached a felt rose to the front of each can.  It is perfect for BBQ's and camping!
 This rag garland was fun to make using red, white and blue patriotic fabric that I ripped into strips and tied to a piece of twine.  It will look even better hanging in my camper.
 This little wreath is made the same way as the garland, I just tied the strips around a metal hanger that is shaped in  circle.  This will hang on my camper door soon enough.
 I am loving my patriotic island in the kitchen but here is my question for you--what color should I paint it?  White like everything else or a totally different color altogether?
 This dresser was also obtained from the yard sale we had at work.  No one bought it so they gave it to me knowing I would repaint it and make it look better.  I had no intention of keeping it but Cody got a hold of it, painted it and decided we would use it in the living room for our entertainment center.  I love it!
 
We had to raise everything up a bit on the wall  but it really looks great and surprisingly takes up less room than the smaller unit we had there before.  And yes, I happened to be watching Friends when I took this picture!  It is my all-time favorite show and I could watch nothing but Friends for the rest of my life! 

I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!  It occurred to me that I have never shared with you my vintage camper...I better remember to take some pictures this time so I can share it with you!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Antique Stained Glass Windows

 Working on Idaho's oldest college campus definitely has its perks.  Like working in this historic building for instance.  It is an old home that has been very well preserved and it feels very cozy.  Originally built in 1910, it is full of beautiful details that you just don't see these days.  Today I wanted to show you the amazing stained glass windows.
This one is probably my favorite even though they are all beautiful.  This particular one is in my managers office.  I would love to have it in my own home!
 This one is in the bathroom on our floor.  I am not sure what it is but it is definitely unique and it keeps the bathroom window private!
 This one can be seen from my office.  I love how grand it is.  Someone spent so much time putting in all these details.  It is in the staircase and the way the sun shines through it each morning is simply glorious!
 This sunrise scene is above the last window.  I actually designed a sympathy card for the college using this particular window.  It is very peaceful and calming.
 And this grape one is in the formal dining room.  It doesn't have a light source behind it so you don't get the full effect of it but it is still lovely!
 The front entrance is equally impressive.  The beveled glass door is surrounded by these amazing panes of detailed beveled glass.  And the dark wood is just gorgeous!  
 Right now they are doing abatement on the outside of the building so it is covered in plastic.  Once that is all done and it looks pretty, I will show you pictures from the outside.  I hope to get some pictures of the lovely interior soon, including my amazing craft closet!
 Here it is in 1917 when the Blatchley family donated their home to the College.  Man how this area has changed over the years!  Luckily, the College as well as the Register of Historical Places knows what a gem this is and keeps it in very good shape.
All this beautiful stained glass makes me want to take it up myself.  I remember my mom used to dabble in it but I don't think she has any of it anymore.  Have you ever tried it?  Did you love it?

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Friday, June 13, 2014

5 Year Anniversary

5 years ago today I married the most amazing man!  We have been through a lot in our 5 years of marriage, some good and some bad, but we fall more in love everyday.  I can't imagine spending my life with anyone else and I am so thankful for him.  Happy 5th Anniversary Cody!  Here's to many more years of us!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Peach Iced Tea & Poppies

 Summer is in full swing around here, even if it isn't quite officially summer.  The temperatures are rising and I am craving sun tea.  I am sure my Southern friends will cringe when they hear that I don't like it sweet, but I do love it flavored with peach!  Instead of spending money on already made peach tea, I am making my own. 
 I just brew my own sun tea out on the patio.  We don't like it too strong--when it gets to this beautiful amber color, it is just right.  I picked up a bottle of sugar free peach syrup and if you are feeling really fancy, throw in a sliced peach.  Just add as much peach syrup as you would like (I like just a splash).  
 I picked up these peach chevron paper straws from Michaels and it is the perfect accompaniment to this clear mason jar.  Peach tea is delicious and I can't seem to get enough!  If you have never tried, I really think you should!
 Last year I picked up a terry cloth tablecloth at a yard sale for about 50 cents.  It is round and in perfect condition.  I forgot I even had it until I found these............
 Vintage melamine plates with orange poppies!  I pulled out the tablecloth to put on my table so I could display the plates.  I also just happened to have some................
 Silk orange poppies from the Dollar Tree!  So it appears that I now have a small poppy collection and I hope to keep finding more things to add so I can create a beautiful tablescape with all of them.
 I love the fringe on the edge and the orange is so pretty for a summer table.  It kind of matches the peach iced tea too!
 My new job is going great so far.  We are in full swing with summer conferences and I am getting a great workout everyday just walking all over campus.  Once they are done sprucing up the historic house where my office is located, I can't wait to show you it!  And show you my huge craft closet there!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

White Roses on the Mantle

 Today was graduation at the college I work for and I ordered too many roses on purpose to hand out to each graduating senior.  Of course I took home the leftovers and they look amazing on my mantle.  Clearly when you have such a big, beautiful bouquet of roses, you have to have a photo shoot!
Can you tell I had too much fun and took too many pictures?!  The roses, lace and pearls were just begging for their pictures to be taken.


 I wish I could afford to have roses like this gracing my mantle all the time!
These roses came all the way from Florida to Idaho and they are big and beautiful  I am going to try my best to dry them so I can enjoy them even longer.





 I love how the focus on the white tulle made the pearls have a bokeh look to them.  So pretty!




See, I had so much fun with these beautiful white roses!  

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers for my brother's dog.  Everyday it gets a little easier though we will always mourn his loss.