Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Vintage images for you!

 This has been a bit of a difficult week for me.  On Monday, it was a year since my grandpa passed away so there were a lot of emotions being felt.  My brother and his wife also had their first ultra sound and seeing the picture of that is very difficult for me.  But I took a major step and made an appointment with a fertility clinic to see if we can start the process of figuring out why we can't seem to have a baby.  You are all so kind and offer words of encouragement, support and understanding and I want to keep you in the loop as to what we find out.  The appointment isn't until March, but at least we have a date as to when we can get started on figuring it out.  
In remembrance of my dear Grandpa Kenny, I wanted to share with you some of the vintage cards that were kept in a metal box for so many years.  If you remember, I shared a post of all of my Grandpa's Childhood Treasures last year.  I was wishing and hoping and praying that one day, they would all be mine.  Guess what?!  This summer, my grandma told me I could have them since I showed so much interest in them!  I started crying because it meant so much to me to have these.  I need to get a shadow box specially built so that I can display them properly.  I will treasure them forever!  I scanned them so that you can enjoy them too.  Please feel free to use them anyway you would like.  I have some more that I will share later, but I would love to see anything you create with them so please share!  With all of the beautiful roses, they would be perfect to use for Valentine's Day.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Winter Tablescape

Thoughts of putting up my Valentine's Day decorations floated through my head this weekend and that is exactly where they stayed!  I decided to leave my winter decorations up for at least another week.  I just love the silver and aqua and couldn't bear to take it down just yet.  
 One of these days when I have more money to buy every kind of dish and glass there is as well as more space to store it all, I will have amazing tablescapes.  Until then, I will do my best to create tablescapes with what little I have.  Of course I can't leave out the chairs!
 White tulle, silk aqua ribbon and glittery silver stars are the perfect little chair decoration.  You know what kind of plates I can afford a lot of?  Paper plates!  I love to buy matching plates and napkins for every holiday.  These particular ones are from JoAnn's, purchased after Christmas so they were even more affordable!  Don't you just love the color and the sweet deer?  They are sitting on a crystal plate from the Dollar Tree.
 These aqua Ball jars work so well for drinking out of and the color matches perfect.  The silver charges with rhinestone trim are from Michael's.  I got them a few years ago but they always seem to have them around this time of year.
 Inside my cloche centerpiece is another Ball jar with a strand of aqua beads falling out of it onto the silver plate.  The star ornaments were purchased for 90% off at Shopko and are so pretty.  I bought all 4 that were left!  The big peacock feather ornament is from Wal-Mart and matches everything so perfectly.
 The beads are from Shopko too.  I paid 80 cents for them.  I love after Christmas clearance sales!
 Since there are only 2 of us, I usually only set up the table for two.  We hardly ever eat at the table but when we do, I try to make it feel special!
 I got new silverware for Christmas and it is still so shiny and new. I love the way the silver looks on the napkin and next to the charger.
 Silver and aqua are two colors that make me swoon!

 I just love my pretty winter tablescape and think it definitely deserves to be on display for at least one more week!
Do you have a 3 day weekend?  We don't take Martin Luther King Jr Day as a holiday since we are a private college, but I am taking it as a personal day.  My BFF and I are celebrating our 10 year "Friendiversary" tomorrow.  We will start out with coffee followed by a pedicure and then lunch.  I am really looking forward to a day of pampering and spending time with someone I hardly see anymore!  Have a great week!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Vintage Lace Lampshade

 I got new lamps for the living room since the ones I had were in bad shape.  I decided this one would go in our bedroom but it needed a major makeover. 

 The lamp shade had been dropped a few times and the plastic was broken.  I ripped it off along with the fabric and got this.  Not quite what I was expecting but I made it work.
 I painted the base of the lamp with white acrylic paint.  I wanted it to look like a white wash rather than solid white.  I then sanded it a bit to bring out the detail. 
 Then I tied pieces of vintage lace all along the shade.  Very random pieces, all different lengths in shades of white and ivory.
 I love it!  The smallness of the shade is perfect for the night stand and the light is beautiful shining through all that lace. 
 This was a very easy and fun project and I love the way my lamp turned out!  It fits in perfectly in my bedroom and will provide just the right amount of light to read by.