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Hi and Welcome!

I am pretty new to blogging, but I love reading blogs and looking at all of the creative ideas other cottage lovers have! I love thrifting, vintage items, and entertaining. I am also trying to start my own business, using my very own creativity. I make little girls Tutu's and I love making fun creative signs. I am learning to sew and can't wait to create with you! I am working on new inventory for the new year, so I will be updating it as much as I can!

Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Chair fufify project!

Who would have ever thought refinishing a chair could be so much fun!

I found this chair at a garage sale for 5 dollars.  It was navy blue with a gold and red checkered fabric. (Wish I had taken a before picture)  I followed instructions from My Romantic Home for painting furniture and it turned out beautifully!

I sanded the color down as much as I could ( I didn't have any paint stripper and was too excited to wait to get it)
I primed the chair and painted.  It took around 3 total coats, I lightly sanded, and glazed the chair with a nutmeg color.  I actually had this pretty peice of toile, so in total I spent about 12 dollars! 

I think it looks pretty good and I would love to have more projects just like this! 

This little lovely will be heading down to my booth space tomorrow and I plan - I say plan, because my 18 month old will be with me - to take some snap shots of my booth space and of my favorite booth.

Well, I hope all of you are having as much success with your projects as I am!

*** I am editing this post, because I had not read My Romantic Home, before posting.   I just read it and if you have a few minutes so should you.  It is super insperational and a testament to what we all should be doing!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A little Zebra goes a LOONG way

So, we made it to the big 13th birthday party I have been planning for my neice.  The theme was Zebra and Hot Pink ( I will be re-using this theme for my daughters 2nd bday)

Here are a few pictures to have some fun with!

Lets start with our Yummy yum table.  Hot pink satin with a zebra table runner.  And who doesn't love S'mores!?  We had a smore box with Graham Crackers, Chocolate and a bucket of Marshmellows. We roasted these over a small firepit, along with dinner - HOT DOGS!  Now isn't that the best way to feed some teenagers - have them make thier own meal. 

Here is my Momma - makin my hot dawg! What a good Momma!

Here is the Deliscious cake my mom madea nd we decorated together... about 2 hours before the party!
Not too bad for first time fondant users!

This was the craft area - the girls made coke bottle cap necklaces and got to bling out their cell phones with gems. 

We built this little Photo booth for the girls - They all LOVE pictures right now and we thought it would be fun and unique!  You can find tons of inspiration online for photo booths.  Notice the hot guys - Taylor Lautner and the other one ( Yes I know his name, but I am on Team Jacob) Ok, is it sad I watch the Twilight films? 

To celebrate the Bday girl, I created a Photo area of Angela and her friends.  It was a big hit - again all these teenie boppers are picture obsessed. 

And what is a party with out some yummy candy?  We had a candy bar set up with Popcorn bags to indulge in some sweet and salty snacks for movie time - We watched Twilight - New Moon! 

This girls slept over and as funny as it sounds, the old timers ( my mom and I) out lasted the girls by at least a few minutes.  We were up untill four and then up around 9am making waffles for Breakfast before the parents arrived to take the girls home!  I didn't get a picture of it, but we had a sweet little pink bag with zebra paper  filled with a zebra lanyard (for school ids), a manicure set, mini nail polish, and sleep masks!  It was alot of fun to create and I hope alot of fun for the girls!  I might just have them over for another slumber party in the future! (Just may have to go to bed earlier!

So, I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed some good food and company! 

Monday, March 22, 2010

Between Naps on the Porch Give-A-Way

It must be that season, because there are some awesome!  And I mean awesome give-a-ways going on.

50$ to Homegoods from Between Naps on the Porch!

Also, BNOTP Announced that Homegoods is hosting 6 weeks of contest.

To get the details check out BNOTP or Homegoods website!

Good Luck to everyone!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Notes from a Cottage Industry First Day of Spring Give-Away

Notes from a Cottage Industry is hosting a give-away this Saturday in celebration of the first day of spring!

If you comment on her blog you are entered into a chance to win a Beautiful apron, one of her nests with eggs, and a spring cleaning book!  All really lovely items and from her own home!
If you haven't had a chance to read her blog, you might stop by for a bit and take a look around.  She has some really beautiful and creative ideas and a wonderful vintage booth space.

A little crafting goes a long way!

This is a sign I made for one of my fellow vendors at Meadows of Memories and Momentos.  She has the most beautiful booth space at our Antique shop.  The next time I am in there I will get a picture of it.
Her house is done in Coral, Yellow, Green, and White!  I love all of those colors, they are not your usual shabby chic choices, but absolutely beautiful together. I have to say, I really enjoy making these signs, they give me a bit of a creative outlet and stress relief! There are countless ways to create beautiful, one of a kind decor for your home, in any color and with any saying you like.  I also decoupaged the Rose on.  I hope it isn't too "pink".  I found a lovely shade of Coral at Lowe's and matched my paint to the paint swatch.  Well, we shall see!  If it isn't quite the right color - I may just keep it for my Kitchen nook!  What kind of creative outlet do y'all have?  I am always on the look out for new ways to express myself and release some stress!  I used to color when I worked in a office building.  I worked in a call center and always had crayola's and coloring books!  Now, I get to find fun things to do at home!   

We are enjoying some wonderful, warm weather here in Texas ( not too warm)! 


Livie was enjoying the day out on our deck.  She decided to be a little artist and doodle in my notebook.

We had lots of yard work to do and of course Olivia was the supervisor!

And plenty of plain ol fun!

Well, I hope ya'll are having a great week too!  Here is one last picture of my find for the week for my booth space. 

I just love baskets right now!  Maybe it's the time of year.  The little glass bowl has a slightly green color to it and the box is just so pretty!

Ya'll have a wonderful Day!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Great Garage Sale Batman!

Ok... It's Friday and I am feelin like being pretty goofy.  I found a great garage sale to visit today - Thanks to my Pal Katie!  And here are my finds!

These beautiful little McCoy planters for 5$ a peice

This fantastic Radish pitcher.

Such a unique Gaudy teacup and suacer!


This set - Cream & Sugar dishes and 3 matching cups.

I also purchased a 3 tier table to refinish, but I did not have time to take pictures.

Well, I hope everyone has a funtastic weekend!  Full of good Food, great Finds, and lots of loved ones.

I will be visiting my cousin, her mom(my first cousin) was just told her cancer has spread and that they can no longer treat her (chemo).  She has 3 children two of which are closer to my age and an 8 year old daughter.  Plus 5 grandchildren.  The family is pretty heart broke, so if you all have a moment to say a prayer for strength it would be much appreciated.

God bless to all!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Antique and Vintage Furnitre

Hello everyone! I hope your Thursday is great!
I have this fun little China hutch, Art Deco Style, I will be adding to my soon to be larger booth space at Meadows of Memories and Momentos in Argyle this weekend and I can not seem to find any identifying markers to establish an age for the peice.  I think the hutch is probably from the 20's, but I know the 30's and even into the 40's continued with the Art Deco style.  Anyway,  My husband and I purchased this at an Antique shop in Denton, TX, but it just doesn't fit my Dining room any longer.  I would just love to see some fun dishes peeking through the glass!

Curved Footboard

Also, going into the atique shop will be this beautiful bed from the 18th? Early 19th Century.  I could find only one number on this bed:

I am not sure if the number is the Patent number or what else it might be.  The bed is currently my soon to be 3 year olds bed and as you can imagine he is a little too RAMBUNCTIONS for such a beautiful piece.  My husband doesn't really want to part with it, but frankly, I want a bed I can move out of the way and vaccum under.  Right now, the bed is a bit too heavy to move, a bit too large for the room, and just a bit to old to move often to vaccum under.

I apologize for the pictures.  There was not a convenient place to take pictures and my little boy was clammering for the camera!

I am on the Hunt for something Fun and Beautiful for my very first give-a-way.  I plan to have the give-a-way in April.  Not sure if it will be the begining or end of the Month.  Maybe the Middle.  My son will turn 3 in April and it seems like a great month to celebrate!

Have a Great weekend!!! I will be busy moving my booth!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Flea Market Find

Mama Camera Drama

You read that right.  I have had more Camera drama.  This time, my sweet little angels, took off with my battery charger and it conveniently disappeared!  After much coaxing and a bit of threatening and then what seemed to be a long hunt through out my house, I found the charger in the far corner of my closet, hidden behind the bottom clothes rack.  The moral of this story.... Never leave anything within the reach of an almost 3 year old and his sidekick sister.

So, on to some fun stuff.  I finally moved to my new tiny booth space:

I have not gotten a chance to do a theme to my space and I am actually moving to one of the large booth spaces - I have some funiture peices I plan to put into my space and I am working on the headboard project I mentioned in my last post.  On to a few Flea Market err Garage Sale finds for this past weekend!

Who doesn't love a creamy white pitcher?  Especially, when it has such a wonderful floral design!

I should have taken a before picture of this basket.  It was a cheap silver look, peeling, with spots of rust on it.  I prettied it up and now it looks like a wonderful little Egg Basket!

This antique milk crate is actually my favorite find!  I got it at a steal of a deal for 5$ and cleaned it up a bit, while keeping the beautiful patina.  I stopped at a garage sale around 6pm, just a last minute stop and I spotted this in the garage (not for sale) and asked what they wanted for it!  WOO, I was almost giddy when she said 5$... 

And my other favorite find, was this gorgeous, creamy crochet bed cover.  I have not measured it, but it was large enough to cover my 6foot long dinning table.  It has a few places in need of repair, but no major tears. It was marked for 30$, but when I was checking out she asked if I wanted it for 20$ (I had told her I was down to my last 4$)  My wonderful and tolerant husband out junking with me had 15$ and she took that!  I was very suprised.   I also think this find may have found a new home with me! 

I have been hoping that my big girl day job would start to wind down, but we have had a co-worker go out for medical leave and now we are all trying to cover his work.  I am also working with my son, he has been having a tough time at preschool with aggression and is a bit behind in language, so we are going to put him in speech therapy.  Even through the parent/teacher conference (OM Goodness he is only almost 3 and already called to the school) the teachers told me he is either going to be a preacher or the president, because he is such a leader.  He also helps with out being asked and is very loving... When he is not biting or hitting...  So, we have had a bit of that kind of drama too!

OK, So I was negligent in joining Foodie Friday last week!  I actually had a dish and life/work got in the way again!  I made a Pot Roast from Pioneer Woman.  I am sure most of you foodies out there know about the Pioneer Woman.  She has such a story and just seems so down to earth!   I have to get a cookbook!!! 

I will be planning a Give Away in the month of April.  Check back for more details! 

Have a great week Chickees!  I will post more pics after I move into the larger booth space.