Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Shabby Candlesticks


I love these shabby candlesticks.  I originally bought them to re-sell but...

They go so well in my living room!  These are not vintage.  They came from Hobby Lobby at the end of a season and were marked 90% off the original price, I guess because they were a little "banged up."   Perfectly "banged up" in my opinion. 

 















Same with this pair.  They were really a good deal.   Funny how we do that.  We always tell each other of our "great deals" don't we?  We don't ever say "it was so expensive!"  Like when you have a new blouse and your friend likes it, usually our answer includes something like "and it was on sale!"
(Just a random thought that popped in my head while I was typing this.)


This candlestick was originally a bronze-y color.  I sprayed it white and really liked it, especially because of its height.  As you can see, I kept it too.


Just some beautiful pink roses.  Please remember to "stop and smell the roses" today.  Life is a treasure and we should treat it as such.   Hug someone.  Share love.  Visit with someone you haven't seen in awhile.

I am joining the following blog parties:
Blissful Whites Wednesday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Lavender GardenCottage Party
Debi's Adorned From Above blog hop


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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tea for One


Know what I love about Teatime blog parties?   I actually take the time to have tea!  

I could stage everything just for the sake of the "blog," but I find I need to take every opportunity to sit down and enjoy the fruits of my labors!  Don't you?  

Ecclesiastes 5:18 Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one's labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.  

It seems we all are at a hurried and rushed pace.  We need to take time to smell the roses.  They do smell so wonderful.  How would we know if we didn't stop, and take the time?

Not only do I need to enjoy my labors, I need to enjoy and be thankful for the gifts I have been given.  Like this beautiful tea for one, given to me by a dear friend about 10 years ago.  We haven't seen each other for about that long either, due to the circumstances of life.  That must change.  I hope she sees this and knows that I love her and miss her and one day we will share our "kindred" spirits once again.  

Psalm 128:1 - 2 A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. How joyful are those who fear the LORD--all who follow his ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! 

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Craft side of the Room - Done!


Warning this post has a lot of pictures!  I hope I don't bore you with it all.  I am just so proud of my new, clean, organized crafting space that I just want to show it off, oops, I meant show you!

This is what it looked like before!  What a sight.  It was no wonder I couldn't get anything done.  And no, this was not a "staged" photo.  I just thought if I posted it like it was for all the world to see then maybe it would light a fire under my bum to get it done!  It worked. The rest of the before and during pics you can see here, here and here


Everything has a home now.  I have labeled most of my boxes and bins.  The hat boxes on the top shelf have hats in them! (What a clever idea!  Little sarcasm there!)
 
I like the clear bins because I can see whats in 'em.  They are still labeled though, glue guns, ribbon, etc.  

The three stacked boxes and the two hat boxes on the shelf are full of lace.  (I do still have lace to put away, or use up, or sell as is) 

Small organizer drawers filled with scrabble letters and boxes and wood "books" waiting for makeovers. 

Buttons, beads, lavender, crystals and other trinkets for getting creative with.

And more buttons and thread!

Patterns and an old sewing machine drawer.  It too is waiting for a little TLC. 

I keep more buttons in the drawer, old and new, what are keeping in yours?


Vintage patterns and lingerie boxes. 

Flowers for using, a couple more sewing machine drawers (these are empty) and a box full of reproduction Victorian ephemera. 

A drawer full of ribbon.

My hoard of Cheese boards with lids and wooden candle holders.  Bet you know what will become of these.  I have labeled the drawers of my cabinets too, I just didn't want to take it over the top and show all those pics too.  You might have closed out of my blog my now!

Here's a view of the corner where my sweet honey hung a peg board for me.  Also have a small ironing board and more thread.  My sewing machine is in the cabinet at the bottom right of picture and above the thread is shadow box of vintage sewing notions that I made a few years ago.  It includes buttons from a coat my mom made for me when I was a little girl.  

This is the corner by the door.  Easy enough to move the stool so I can get into the cabinet if needed.  And one of 3 mannequins that I use.  This one is size adjustable.

The month of  February I will be organizing my paperwork and the other side of this room, my home office.  I can't wait to get started.  The reason I chose to do the craft room first was because it bothered me the most.  It was also the biggest organizing project in the house and the rest will be easy compared to this.  (Except my closet, but that's for another day!)  Thanks for hanging in there through this whole post.  I enjoy your comments!

I'm linking this post to IHeart Organizing monthly challenge.  Go there and really get inspired!



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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

White Fever



I used to like bolder colors, but ever since I started following these beautiful white lovin' blogs I'm being changed! So is my house!  It is calmer, and softer and I'm loving it.  I have a long way to go to make all of the changes, and hopefully I will get it done before white is not popular anymore.  Can that happen?  Be not popular anymore I mean.  I am always so "behind the times."  

These are some of my latest Goodwill finds.  Love, Love the lace heart pillows and the Royal Haegar bowl and pitcher is pretty nice too.  It is going to my antiques booth.  I've sold 3 different ones in the past year.  I hope this sells fast.  

Couldn't help but pick this up. So cute, it'll go fast too.  Little frames always do. 
This Bee-u-ti-ful lace tablecloth was just $2.00!  It has a small tag that says Quaker made and fits perfectly on my 8 top dining table.  This one is staying home with me.  
And the soup tureen.  I'm keeping it for awhile too.  That's one of the neat things about having a booth, if I decide later that I don't want it or need it, I can put it in my booth.  I had 15 soup tureens, all white, at one point and have paired down my collection by taking 5 of them to my booth.  Now here I went and bought another! 
The pillows I'll put in my booth.  If they don't go, I won't mind bringing them back home with me. 


What do you think?  Will they go quick?  I only put $10.00 a piece on them.  


My DH (darling husband) base paints most of my furniture.  He's not a blogger and doesn't think about taking before pics so I can't show you what these tables used to look like. 

He was really disappointed that he couldn't totally strip all of the old stain off of this table and it bled through.  I had to remind him that we do things "shabby" around here and I, on the other hand, was pleased that it bled through.  I got some sand paper to it and shabbied it up some more.  The "stain" looks like we did it on purpose.  


I then added a waterslide decal that I got from Carol at the Polka Dot Closet .  I wanted to keep it. 

But it is going to my booth today.  Somebody is gonna love it. 

We also painted this little girl and I used a stencil to add the fleur de lis. 



This valet was all his.  He took it apart, sanded it and painted it this sexy satin black.  

I've never seen one with this big of tray.  It looks so nice.  

Everything is all tagged up and ready to go.



I'm joining the following parties this week:

Blissful Whites Wednesday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Lavender Garden Cottage Party
Debi's Adorned From Above blog hop
The Cottage Market

Monday, January 21, 2013

Roses for Sandi ~ Teatime Tuesday


I love tea time.  I get to slow down for a few minutes and just relax.  Such a beautiful day today, I had the day off from work so I worked at home.  Got a lot done, even freshened up my booth at the Antique Market!  Feels good to accomplish things doesn't it?   

Now it's time to enjoy a little refreshment and put my feet up.
Today I am using my teacups from the Czech Republic.  They are very special to me.  I have posted about them before. If you would like see that post you can find it here

And because I am trying hard to be a good girl, I am serving a wonderful salad and green tea today.
I am joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for TeaTime Tuesday.  She is celebrating her 3rd year
 anniversary of blogging.

The LORD your God will take great delight in you.  Zephaniah 3:17                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Posted by Picasa
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