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Updated: 2018-02-22T06:46:52.008-06:00


Spring Paint Refresh for the Goat Cart


After Valentine's Day is here and gone, we can legitimately begin to think about Spring. Around here in the southern Mid-West, February is still considered Winter. Cold temps, freezing rain and snow are the norm. Once and awhile we'll have a surprise day or two of 65. There may be a few little Daffodils pushing up through the snow, and we know the worst of Winter is usually over. We can now start dreaming about gardens, flowers, and all things "green", without judgement. (insert happy face and a wink)sourceI've been thinking about Spring decor and ideas to try a few new things around here. Sometimes I feel sorry for you all, because I'm really limited on areas around the house that I can decorate. You all are always so kind to encourage and compliment my sometimes meager attempts to stay current with blogging.sourceOne thing I wanted to do to get ready for Spring decorating and Easter, was to finally get my larger black goat cart painted. Last Spring I painted out my smaller black table-top cart in a French Gray. That paint color change has made that little cart so much more versatile and an easy compliment to what may be going on on top of the Dining Room table. Here it is right after being painted with my new rabbit for a Spring tabletop Vignette. I used it throughout the year, and it was so much fun to accessorize.So now it's time to get busy on a little makeover for this one. It's perfect for Fall decor, filled with pumpkins and mums, but other than that it's not Seasonal Paint color "friendly". It's not an old one, so no problem with doing a little paint refresh.Before I do anything else it needs a good wiping down.I always say that you can tell what I'm up to by my latest Pinterest Pins.sourceThe one thing these Pinterest pics have in common is that they have a "natural" finish, and that's what I'm going for, a look of "old wood" distressed; a gray weathered finish.sourcesourceThis one has a little blue, but overall it looks perfectly weathered to me.sourcesourcesourcesourcesourceLOVE this one with the basket inside!sourcesourcesourceSo that's what I'm up to...What are you all doing to get ready for Spring?any paint projects in your immediate future?xoxo,joining in here:Sundays at Home at Little FarmsteadAmaze Me Monday at DwellingsInspiration Monday at Refresh RestyleThe Scoop at Worthing CourtInspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru LifeWow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern StyleDesign Showcase at Shabby FufuShare Your Style at 21 Rosemary LaneShare Your Cup at Mrs. Olson'sThursday Favorites at Follow the Yellow Brick HomeFeathered Nest Friday at French Country CottageBest of the Weekend at Ms Toody Goo Shoes[...]

A Little Cottage Romance


Hi Friends, I challenged my decorating "self" this month to do some Valentine's Day vignettes with pinks and soft pastels instead of a lot of red. No sooner do I put away the reds from Christmas than they're back again for February and Valentine's Day. I wanted to keep the Baker's Rack romantic and feminine, so I used my antique china teapots and some of my English Cottages to keep things sweet and homey.The two smaller cottages are a salt and pepper set.and the two larger Cottages are Cookie JarsI shared a few of my vintage "Valentine's Day" accessories HERE and HERE last week. I'm really enjoying my faux rose arrangement in the painted rose pitcher. It's so much easier than trying to outsmart the kitties in their quest for greens and tasty blooms.I do have a little red out and about, but I'm trying to keep it toned down.I finally got around to sharing a tutorial on my Moss-Covered Heart this week. I put it together several years ago, but wasn't prepared for the mess I made. Picture taking at that time was out of the question with Tacky glue from head to toe.I'm mixing a few vintage tea towels with newer ones. Tea towels are an easy way to bring in some color and add to the Holiday or Seasonal decor.... and I brought back my little painted watering can some faux Hydrangeas.Two vintage pillows add a little extra Valentine's love.Do you have special plans with your big Sweetie and little Sweeties? Since it's a weeknight I went crazy and made brownies for a special treat. That's really stepping out there for me these days, since we've been cutting way back on sugar around here. They tasted pretty good even if they were gluten free.Have a Happy Valentine's Day!joining in here:Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern StyleDesign Showcase at Shabby FufuShare Your Style at The Essence of HomeShare Your Cup at Mrs. Olson'sThursday Favorites at Follow the Yellow Brick HomeFeathered Nest Friday at French Country CottageSundays at Home at Little Farmstead[...]

How to Make a Moss-Covered Heart


I love organic decor accessories and using nature to guide and enhance the Seasons and Holidays. I'm  also a fan of layering those natural organic pieces with mirrors and walls, doors and vignettes. Wreaths, faux flowers, branches, and natural elements can come together to create a one-of-a-kind Holiday Centerpiece for your room.This little "How-To" on my Moss Covered Heart is a bit of a "refresh". I first made the original moss heart 2 years ago for Valentine's Day, but soon realized it could be used all through the year. I had seen many moss hearts made with a variety of elements, but finding a paper mache base made it much easier to construct, and actually turn out looking like a "heart".My first  Moss Heart Tutorial was lacking photos of the actual process. (Having your hands coated with sticky white glue was a real inhibitor of photo taking.) I found another heart form at Hobby Lobby this last year, so I thought I'd try using a different moss product and see how this one would turn out. Plus I made a plan to take photos along the way.Instead of using loose moss, (which made it super messy) this time I found a roll of moss mat and cut around the form leaving plenty of room to mold it to the form.Leave at least 3/4 of an inch all the way around the form.Peel off the paper backing...My first attempt was to try hot glue, but as you can see that just didn't work well. It started drying too quickly and I didn't have time to adjust the moss around the molded form. (and yes, it does look a little odd from this angle) This time I used Tacky Glue which is like a thicker form of Elmer's.Once you've fitted the moss matting around the paper mache form, you can trim the mat closely to the edges. I cut "darts" like in sewing to allow for the proper fitting.Then I used clothes pins to make sure that everything stayed well in place. I left this to dry completely for 24 hours, but you could give it a short time if you just are careful not to tug or move the moss matting.After the clothes pins were removed I had a perfectly shaped moss puffy heart.I have a Pinterest Board called Moss Covered Love, where I've collected some pics of the detailing on some of the moss hearts. Many of them used several layers of ribbon, thread, and twine to wrap around and corral the loose moss. I didn't really need to do this on the second heart, but I did do that with the first one I made, since I had used loose moss, not the matting.I was out of the olive green organza ribbon this time around, so I am waiting to get some before I begin to decorate this second one. The ribbon, thread and jute gardener's twine, is just the organic look I love, so I will share this second heart with you as soon as I restock my ribbon.Heavy Duty Green ThreadGardener's Jute TwineFrom the original tutorial:"Then I rummaged through some of my loose florals and found a few rosebuds, hydrangeas, and ivy. I wanted it to look like Spring and Summer, but I also wanted to be able to change out the flowers with some Fall leaves and berries like my inspiration photo. I ended up just tucking the individual pieces into the ribbon and yarn wrapping. I think I'll be able to change them out without disturbing much of the moss."I added some Valentine Ribbon last year to hang it from my antique mirror in the Kitchen Sitting Area. It's just held by some heavy tape, so when I want to use the heart for another season, I'll just redo the ribbon.If you just tuck in your faux flowers and ivy into the twine and ribbon, you can easily remove them and change things up (with a different ribbon for any Holiday) I'm seeing something different coming for Spring.Hope you all are out of the deep freeze. We had about a 1/3 inch of pure ice on us over the weekend. Thankfully, not so much as to break tree branches and bring down power lines, but still enough to cause slide offs on streets and Highways. We stayed in all weekend. Happy Valentine's Week!xoxo,joining in here:The Scoop at Worthing CourtInspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life[...]

Valentine's Day Makes an Entrance


I'm going to admit right up front that this is one of those "photo shoots" that continued over the course of a day or two. I've been know to start taking pictures, then add or subtract items from the vignette. Instead of completely starting over, I just incorporate all the photos and we can do one of those "Highlights" photo puzzles along the lines of, "what's different in these photos?"I was busy taking pictures of the Entry when I thought it would be fun to do a small Valentine's Day Cloche with one of my antique Valentines and some of the little pink mini carnations that I used earlier in the week. That's the nice thing about carnations, they stay pretty for days.I'm using my antique cupid metal tray and little Lefton Cherub covered candy box that are two of my favorite vintage pieces. My wooden candlesticks get moved all around the house, because they are such a nice size and help balance out a tabletop vignette or tablescape. The shutters, antique mirror,  lamp, and little clock are pretty much permanent pieces here.The Heart Shaped Rose Wreath is alternated between the Entry and the Kitchen sitting area each Valentine's Day. But I decided to go crazy in this area this year since I had been using neutrals here since before Christmas. So RED it is. I try to keep the background/permanent items neutral, so it's easy to change color palettes for Seasons and Holidays.Here's a close up of the little cloche. I love this little Valentine's card, she's so rosy cheeked and fresh faced. It opens up, so it's not a school Valentine. I think it's about 1915 from the style. So these next pics are from the day before, when I hadn't yet had my cloche moment.As you can see, I left the lower shelf untouched from January.I was using my little rose bud creamer from the Blog Hop here, are you thoroughly confused now?Did you get a chance to join in with the Share the Love Valentine Link Party.There's still time, we close Valentine's Day evening.and here's a fun post of what to wear on Valentine's Day...Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!Stay warm,xoxo,joining in here:Sundays at Home at Little FarmsteadAmaze Me Monday at DwellingsInspiration Monday at Refresh RestyleA Stroll Thru LifeHome Stories A-Z[...]

What to Wear... on Valentine's Day


Today I was thinking back to the late 80's and 90's when we had a sweater or sweatshirt for every holiday and theme. If the sweatshirts were hand painted then even better. Every store at the mall had their signature styles for the Holiday, and of course Valentine's Day attire needed to be in some hot shade of red or pink. That trend may not be in style this year, decade or even millennium, but we can still pull out some trendy fashion that celebrates this special day! Here are just a few that I thought would be fun, and guess what... some of them are even PINK!Burberry Pink Trenchand in a darker shade of FusciaPink Coat, Scarf and WelliesHeart SweatshirtCardigan with Sequin HeartLouis Vuitton Tote(thank you, I think I'll take one)Madewell Pink ToteBurberry Pink Scarf(I have a small obsession with Burberry)(The lighter pink version)Pink Burberry ScarfCoco ChanelTalbots Pink CardiganHeart Applique SweaterValentine Scarf(super cute with jeans and white sweater)Talbots Gray SweaterHeart Shaped BangleChicos Lace Bomber JacketAnd since it's been super cold around here...Hoodie PajamasValentine's Day Leggings(So cute under a long sweater or tunic)OK, just wanted to share some fun!(Not a sponsored post)joining in here:Best of the Weekend at Ms. Toody Goo ShoesSundays at Home at Little Farmstead[...]

Home For Christmas Blog Link Party


Hi Friends, so glad you're here today, as I'm joining in with a group of like minded, vintage-loving blogger friends to share our ideas for Valentine's Day. Whether you decorate your whole house, scatter a few hearts around, or just do a simple vignette, you're in for some fun and inspiration with our Very Vintage Valentine Blog Hop and PartyIf you're here from Linda at Itsy Bits and Pieces, thanks so much for continuing the Hop.You have a lot of fun in store with these gals!I like to decorate for every holiday and season by bringing out a few of my vintage or antique pieces that convey the holiday thought or theme. For Valentine's Day it's fun to use vintage items that emote love, romance or friendship. Here are a few ideas for ways to "decorate" for Valentine's Day with small vintage decorative items.I like to give small gifts to family and friends that are unique and fun for holidays or a little "extra gift" for Birthdays and Christmas. Definitely a box of specialty chocolates are a wonderful sweet surprise for Valentine's Day, but adding on a small friendship gift makes it extra thoughtful and personal. I have a love of using decorative ribbon that is seasonal or holiday themed. You can add it to almost anything to dress it up and make a small "insignificant" looking item seem to take on more importance and "festive-ness" (can I make up my own word for this?) In short... you can make anything look more fun and holiday appropriate with a well placed ribbon!I love small prints as you all may know, and enjoy changing them up for different holidays. When I'm out at a vintage market or flea, I'm always on the look out for inexpensive pieces that I can use for my Entry Console or in the Kitchen on the Baker's Rack. Here, I've added a small ribbon for Valentine's Day that says "LOVE" in a white script on a red background. I've hung these small "Florentine" prints temporarily from my antique pierced tin pie safe that I keep in my office for art supplies. These type of boxes and prints may be more expensive on Etsy, but if you shop the vintage markets and fleas you can find them to be far less pricey.More ways to use decorative ribbon in a moment...I have a small collection of vintage jewelry caskets from the 50's and 60's that are feminine and a sweet way to showcase a special piece of jewelry. This is a piece I made several years ago out of an old pocket watch face.Etsy has many sellers of vintage jewelry assemblages. Each piece is one-of-a-kind.These are small jewelry boxes, that I imagine are from the 40's and 50's. not large, but the right size to add a little romance to your vanity. You can be creative and store other items than just jewelry.More "Florentine" boxes... why not fill them with something sweet?Hand made chocolates are a little more special, but right now Hershey's Kisses will have to do.A romantic cup and saucer filled with candy or an aromatic candle is another idea. This one is Red Transferware, but anything with flowers or roses would be equally sweet. A little polka-dot ribbon dresses it up just a bit. Oh, and just one more place to stash a few morsels of candy.A set of old books can take on new importance with a ribbon, and you'll be amazed at some of the illustrations inside. Many are beautiful and interesting enough to frame.Another fun and easy way to make a special Valentine's Day "card" is to find an antique or vintage postcard, make a copy, add some glitter and then frame it in an old dimestore brass frame. Do you remember these? Every Grandma had them on the top of her TV or on a shelf filled with grandkids school pics. They come in all sizes, sometimes in twos or threes and usually cost a dollar at the flea.Ribbons on vintage cow creamers?of course!I think these need to be filled with Valentine M&M's,but they wouldn't last long!I made bunches of these little hanging ephemera assemblages when I had a shop space. These[...]

Come to a Christmas Party!


Save the Date!  Hi Everyone, I wanted to send out an invitation to all of you Blogger Friends to come join in with Amber (Follow the Yellow Brick Home) and I for the Christmas at Home Blogger's Link-up Party where we can all share our Christmas decor and inspiration posts from this year and year's past.I love hosting a Christmas Link Party, since we can all get together in one place and celebrate the fun and traditions of Christmas. If you've been part of a Home Tour for the Holidays, or you've published your own Christmas Home Tour or posts, we would love to have you join in. If you've only decorated a little, then please share that with all of us too. It doesn't have to be a "tour", just any post about Christmas.You can link up to 4 of your favorite Christmas posts from this year or the past, please be sure you  have a link to either Amber or I and the party within your blogpost. If you'd like to share the Party Graphic (at the top of this post) on your blog, that would be so nice to let others know and share the invitation.The party which will officially be Wednesday December 13, will have an early link-up start time of Tuesday Evening at 7:00 pm Central. Hope you'll come by to share your posts and visit! It will stay live until December 26.Hope to see you Tuesday evening!If you missed my Home Tour from Friday,you can catch it HERE.xoxo,[...]

Our Home for Christmas 2017 Tour


Welcome, everyone! Yes, we've made it to Day 5 of Marty's wonderful Christmas Home Tour Week. A big round of applause needs to go to our friend and hostess, Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. She does an amazing job of gathering a diverse and talented group of bloggers and decorators who all share a love for celebrating Christmas.If you've just come from Laura's at Duke Manor Farm, I'm so glad you're here. One thing I love about Marty's Home Tour is that a variety of decor styles are all brought together to give us an amazing grouping of inspiration. From Glam to Traditional to Farmhouse; it's all here for you to enjoy.Today I'm going to be showing my Entry and Dining Room decked for a vintage inspired Christmas. I will share the rest of the spaces next week when we get together for our Blog Party on December 13. Our upstairs is basically an open concept space, so I like to keep a theme and color scheme that flows from one area to the next.Red Tartan Plaid is a staple in my Christmas decor and has been for years, but this year I wanted to keep a calm and white Entry area. I found this new white lighted wreath, and although I tried out several different elements here on the console, I kept coming back to the fresh neutral feel of white.In the past I've planted 100's of Paperwhite bulbs in a variety of vintage vessels, from early November to late Spring. Since moving to our current home, I've been a little short on space, so finding lifelike faux Paperwhites has been an easy design switch. I love fresh flowers and greenery, but with 3 nosey kitties it's best for me to go faux.Sheep seem to be the theme of the Entry this year, and this little guy is indeed a Sheep/candle. I'm sure his eyes are in there somewhere under all those curls. He was a Christmas gift several years ago from our kids from Anthropologie. Changing up the Seasonal and Holiday themes here on the Entry Console also means featuring an old print. I've collected small prints, graphics and paintings during my years as a Vintage goods dealer, so this Christmas, sticking with the sheep, I painted out the way-too-gold frame of one of my favorite prints, "The Shortening Winter's Day" by Joseph Farquharson. A little mix of ASCP and taupe latex made the paint change a quick and easy fix.A galvanized metal conservatory frame holds a metal sheep elevated on some old books.Immediately to the left is our Dining Area. Calling it a Dining Room would really be stretching it, as it's a very small space but one I love to decorate. I like to layer table linens and runners, so for Christmas that usually means one layer will be Red Tartan Plaid. I found a large Stewart Plaid tablecloth at Tuesday Morning earlier in the season, so I just folded it in half to be a base for my Burlap Holly Tablerunner.I made the Holly Topiaries years ago, and they fit perfectly into my Guy Wolff Pottery vases. Several years ago, during their after Christmas Sale I found two sizes of Pottery Barn white wooden lanterns. They were such a good price I bought 2 of each size. The smaller ones stay on my mantel throughout the year.When it comes to decorating, I'm a big ribbon fan. So this year a red plaid ribbon is married to the Vintage Font Burlap ribbon (same as the Paperwhite Urn) on the lantern. A Royal Kensington teapot fits into the traditional Plaid theme on the table.One of my smaller Ironstone covered vegetable tureens is filled with a few vintage Christmas ornaments.This year I wanted to do something a little different on the sideboard. I usually keep several large glass cloches here, but this year I used a gold and white theme of mercury glass votive candleholders and two new mini lanterns on old books.My husband surprised me one year for our anniversary with this sheep painting. It's one of my very favorite art pieces.Vintage gold and silver ornaments decorate the old Ironstone scalloped[...]