Jan 29, 2008

Back in Business!


Sort of....


My f.i.l was kind enough to lend me his camera battery charger because it's the same one that I have. Thanks Ernie! (still can't find mine...)



I have such a penchant for old ephemera, I really do. It might even be a sickness. My passion is finding old store stock and I was thrilled when I found a huge batch of these old tags a few weeks ago...



Aren't they sweet? Old price tags for Mother's and Father's Day!



They just don't make them like this anymore...



They'll be going in my shop, cuz I like to share. That's just the kinda girl I am... ;)



So like I was saying, Janet and I had a great trip to Toronto. The drive was actually fun because we talked non-stop and were never interrupted by kids or husbands(!) We came to a conclusion why women thoroughly enjoy driving with other women.



#1) Women NEVER drive on empty just to see how far they can actually get (even a 1/4 of a tank makes me nervous on a large highway)

#2) Women NEVER hesitate to ask for directions, they actually enjoy it. It's a great excuse to get out of the car and stretch your legs...

and finally...

#3) Women NEVER see how far they can drive with dirt or rain on their windshield. Men seem to enjoy that, a "let's-see-how-far-I-can drive-without-using my-wipers" kinda deal. What's with that???


Jan 28, 2008

Time Flies


...when you're having fun! What a whirlwind! My BFF Janet and I just got back from the Toronto Gift Show. Toronto is 4 hours west of us and we left Sunday at noon and got home Monday at 5:00 p.m. We women know how to jam pack a lot of things into 29 hours I tell ya! We were able to see everything the show had to offer and we were both able to get some new idea for our new businesses. I am so thankful to be home and can't wait to sleep in my own bed. Sleeping in a hotel which is located right next to the airport is never a good idea...


Oh my goodness, I have LOST the battery charger to my camera. I cannot find it anywhere. It's one of those chargers that plugs right into the outlet. Maybe Wilbur got bored and pulled it out? I don't know but it's no where to be found. Or maybe my new ghost has hidden it. Saturday night three "chimes" came from the old part of the house while I was making dinner. Three distinct "bong"s. The only thing it could come from is an old clock that hasn't worked in approx. 10 years. Seriously, I have to say I am a little freaked out! More later...


Jan 23, 2008

Vintage Finds and More....


I came across this vintage crocheted beauty yesterday and knew she had to be displayed in all her glory. After a good soak she ended up in this fav old gesso frame....



She doesn't really fit in here with my decorating so she is listed in my shop.



I bought this small accordion file folder a couple of weeks ago knowing I wanted to 'vintage' it up a bit...it's perfect for storing smaller papers or receipts.



I covered it in old wallpaper and trimmed it in old lace...also added some embellishments here and there...



And finally, one more bottle that needed a chic makeover. This is the perfect size for bubble bath or bath salts.



I just love the colors on this one. Creamy cream creme!


Jan 22, 2008

Pretty in Pink!


Ever have one of those days were a color just keeps popping out at you? Yesterday was one of those days for me and it all started when I found this wonderful vintage pink beaded millinery heart.


I had this vintage cherub for a while now and it found a new home atop it...it was sold yesterday in my shoppe and will be mailed off to it's lucky new owner Heather. Thanks, Heather!


I found this wonderful old cut glass liquor bottle yesterday and dressed it up with an original old Witch Hazel label in the most fabulous shade of pink. I just love the large stopper on it.



I also added some vintage rhinestones and some pretty ribbons...


It's quite large and would make the perfect bubble bath bottle! The perfect Valentine's gift to spoil someone you love...


My ever-talented sister Melody has been a busy girl too. She's been re-vamping some of her old lampshades with new fabrics...



She's says it's quite easy but I don't really believe her. She has the talent for cutting, measuring, sewing, etc... Me, notsomuch.



I love the button embellishments on the shade above. So sweet!


And just look what she did to this old headboard lamp I gave her. Ummm, it wasn't this pretty when I gave it to her!



Can I have it back now? ;)


Jan 21, 2008

And the Winner is...


Lucky number 18 - Cerri from Little Pink Studio! Congrats Cerri, please email me your address and I will get your prize pack out for you! Thanks to all of you who stopped by - it was a great 500th post celebration. :)


We had another celebration here on Saturday - our little Elle turned 10 and had a pool party with her friends. This birthday theme - a luau including hula skirts and leis...perfect for -20 January weather! lol



Last year we had her party here at our house, this year we brought them to the Aquatic Centre in town...



A fun time was had by all and as a bonus, I was able to maintain my sanity - woohoo!



And now for something completely different...


Hubby and I had a huge dilemma in our bedroom. (no, not that - get your mind out of the gutter!) Storage. Storage was the problem. We just didn't have a big enough closet and our dresser space was also limited. When we bought our bedroom set we bought all of the same 'matchy-matchy poo-poo' stuff (what were we thinking?) and I flat out refused to buy another dresser in the same design - plus, the cost was crazy. It was so bad that when I did laundry the clothes would just stay in the laundry basket. I had no place to put them.


Value Village to the rescue! I walked in there on Friday and saw this:



A HUGE 8 drawer dresser with great lines. With solid wood drawers! I could see through the horrible carpeted, elevated bottom and knew it would work. Plus, the price was right...I must say though that I had a 20% off coupon too so really it was only $36.00!



It fit just perfectly into my truck and my wonderful sister and I hauled it up stairs which was no easy feat. I knew I had to get it in place and decorate it before hubby came home. Mission accomplished. He loved it.

My dresser...


And I'm going to hang this old mirror (sideways) above it:



The best part is, they actually has another dresser just like this one so went back and bought it too! I still don't know how I managed to find room for another one but I did - this one tucks into the opposite corner of the room. Now hubby has a dresser and so do I.


His dresser:



In the summer we'll re-paint them but for now they're just fine. I tore the carpet off the bottom and actually like the fact that they're elevated, I think they were used in an old bridal store. The knobs will need to be replaced too - they're a little fussy. The color and design breaks up our set though and adds some much-needed 'pop' to the room.


Man, I love thirift stores...


Jan 17, 2008

500th Post Giveaway!

Wow, 500 posts! How time flies when you're having fun! To celebrate I am having a giveaway and all you have to do to win is leave a comment. I will pick the winner's name this Sunday evening...


Here's some of the goodies in the prize pack...



This applique is a wonderful way to dress up a headboard or old box...



These tea lights come in the fabulous scent of Summer Rain...



Old black and white mini souvenir photos....



And some of my fav's...



This sweet 'lil hankie is perfect for Valentine's Day!



I found this old plate thrifting and loved the warm, muted colors on it...and the roses - to die for!



I'm including some of the old label packs that I have in my shop, all original and oh-so-FAB! You will LOVE these...



And finally, some inspiration from Country Living's newest issue. These yummy cupcakes POP off of the cover...



So thanks to all of you who stop by my blog, your comments always bring a smile to my face. :)

Good luck everyone!


Jan 16, 2008

Caught Red-Handed


The other night I had that mother's intuition thing going - it was 10:30 p.m. and I just KNEW that Miss Elle was not sleeping and up to something. When I snuck in commando-style to her room there was a flutter of movement and then when I got to her bedside she pretended to be asleep. Problem is she can't fake it and ended up smiling, or shall I say, pretending not to smile. I asked her where her Gameboy was and the first thing out of her mouth was a panicked "It's in Jack's room!" Huh? When all else fails, blame your brother! I proceeded with my line of questioning knowing full well it was under her covers somewhere. After a grueling 4 sec grilling I pulled back the covers and there it was. Lit. Still on. Hmmm, can't make up a lie about THAT ONE. I told her I was very disappointed in her for playing very late at night but moreover that she lied to me about it.


The next morning I awoke to breakfast in bed courtesy of the guilty party. Along with two pieces of (very cold) toast was this 'vignette'. Oh my goodness, she's her Mama's daughter - she even has to decorate an apology! (or should I say a "suck-up") lol



In February we are off to Puerto Plata for my Uncle's wedding in which Ellie is the flower girl. Might I say that this is her FOURTH kick-at-the-can at being a flower girl? Some poor little girls never get a shot at it and here she is at her 4th walk down the aisle. We are close to the movie '27 Dresses' for Pete's sake! This is a beach wedding and the colors are ivory so I was lucky enough to find this beauty on ebay. It's chiffon with a pale brown sash which I think will look pretty with the sand and sea. And ladies, the price was right on this one. Brand new and only $28.00!

Yes, I shopped victoriously!



Well, this post marks #499 for me so you know what that means...GIVEAWAY next post! I am gathering up some goodies for the prize ... some really cute stuff, be sure and stop by... :)


Jan 15, 2008

An Era Gone-By...

Perhaps I was born in the wrong era ... I just love old ephemera and of course, you all know about my love of vintage wallpaper too. Just look at the wonderful old labels I found while treasure-hunting...they are all original and date from the 1920-1930's. My stash is quite substantial so they are listed in my shop.



My favorite part of these labels is that they all have the word 'Paris' in them. I decided to decorate some old bottles with them and love how they turned out...



This wee little one is embossed and oh-so lovely...



I think they'd also be wonderful to work with in scrapbooking and altered art too...



I love the artwork and design used in products from this era - so grand! So over the top! As my bff Janet and I always say - we are suckers for packaging. You package up something beautifully and you've got me hook, line and sinker. I don't care if I need it or not!


And finally, check out these wonderful wellies from Victoria Trading...



Are they not gorgeous? My sister sent me a 'hint' email direct from the site saying that she would love them.


I love them too Mel, when you order yours, be sure and get me a pair as well! ;)



Jan 13, 2008

Egg-splosion!


Wish I could take credit for these new goodies in my shop but they are the work of my talented sister Melody, who remains gasp! blogless....



They are the cutest little vintage egg stands that she has altered with vintage materials.



Too cute for words, huh?



This is a set of three pastel eggs...



In other shop news, I've also added some vintage souvenir photo packs. These are wonderful to use in scrapbooking and altered art. You can find them here.




And finally, I want to send a sincere thank-you to Alison from 'Creative Art and Craft' for her
'Spread the Love Award'. That was so sweet - thanks Alison!



I had a rather rough night's sleep last night and because of it am still in my p.j's. (it's now after 3:00 p.m.) I've decided they're staying on for the rest of the day. Off to take a much needed nap now...