Friday, January 29, 2010

No. 4711

After reminiscing with my mom about my Granny's (Great Grandma who immigrated from Germany when she was a teenager) perfume my mom surprised me by sending a bottle of it to me for valentines day. I always remember her glass bottle of No. 4711 being so pretty. It's a very light scent and has clean citrus notes to it. As soon as I got the beautiful bottle in the mail I opened it and took a big whiff. Not only does it bring back so many memories but I love it! It's not overwhelmingly floral or too strong. It's a little fruity (Jared likes fruit smells). And it just smells clean and fresh.

I think I have a new signature scent borrowed from my Granny's good taste. Thanks mom!

Valentines Day is on it's way.

Valentines day is quickly approaching and I know it's pretty cool these days to have a cynical view of the commercial greeting card holiday, but I don't care. I love valentines day. Our 6 month anniversary since the wedding is the day after Valentines this year and we plan on going out that night to celebrate in order to avoid the crowd. I think it's fun to pick out a valentine and I got something small, cute and cheesy for Jared this year (I don't even know if he's going to like it but I think it's fun).

What are you doing to celebrate?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Skirt Love.

Bought a new skirt (and gold belt) with my 30% clearance items coupon from and it just got here today. I loooooove my new tortoise shell watercolor silk/wool pencil skirt with it's beautiful pleated front. I wish I had a reason to wear it all the time. I can't wait to have an office job so I can. I also picked up a denim pencil skirt and crisp white button down (since I didn't have one).

Red Raven Studios - Jewelry for Haiti Relief

After seeing them in an etsy feature about shops selling for Haiti relief I fell in love with Red Raven Studio's porcelain earrings. Amy selects the most gorgeous vintage ceramic decals and artfully fires time to crisp white porcelain to create beautiful earrings, brooches, pendants and buttons. Every piece is a little different and until the 31st 100% (that's right! ONE HUNDRED PERCENT) of the proceeds from her etsy shop will go directly to UNICEF's Haiti Relief Fund.

This morning I picked up the In Flight earrings pictured above for myself. She has so many gorgeous sets though it was hard to choose. Here are some others I was considering (and may have to go back for eventually).

Stop by her etsy shop before the 31st and help her raise money for Haiti relief (and treat yourself to something pretty at the same time).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rune Guneriussen

Just a quick artist feature today. I happened upon the work of the Norwegian photographer Rune Guneriussen today and had to share. I love his photographs of telephones, chairs and especially lamps out in natural settings. There is a certain stillness to them that really speaks to me. Check out his website for more photos.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Estate Sale Treasures - Part Four

Forgot one last thing I picked up last weekend at the estate sale. I had my first successful try at haggling and landed this pair of brass deer for under $10. They are pretty big, about 11 inches to their ears. The doe is a little wonky since one leg is a little shorter than the rest, but a little ball of epoxy under one foot should fix that. I haven't found a good spot for them yet. I wish I had a fireplace. The would be lovely on the hearth.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Finally got the pictures up in my studio.

Took an hour or so getting the pictures up on the wall above my desk. Got the two paintings and baroque mirror at estate sales. Also snagged that vintage photo at a thrift store and put up a photo from our wedding reception my brother in law took during the beach bonfire (my dress smells a little smokey to this day). Also put up my linen calender after I threw a hem around the edges. Didn't take a lot of time but it really goes a long way in making the room feel more like a room.

Currently I'm working on a pillow sham for our sofa made of felt and one of my granny's vintage doilies. It's nice to take a day getting all the projects done I have been meaning to do for ages. More progress photos tomorrow.

DIY - Vintage Plate Wall Clock

I finally got around to finishing some projects up today that I've been wanting to do for awhile. A couple years ago I got this vintage plate at a thrift store for 30 cents. I loved the folk inspired farm scene and lovely yellow color. I used it to hold keys in my dorm and decided I wanted to find a more useful purpose for it.

I got out my handy Dremmel and bought a ceramic and glass drill bit for it at Lowes for a couple dollars. Picked up a clock motion at Walmart for $6 and once I found the center of the plate it just took a few minutes of drilling and screwing the motion into place and voila! I have a wall clock! Here are a couple more photos:

If you have any questions regarding this project, feel free to post them and I would be happy to update with the answers.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Desk Chair Project - Part One

So I'm starting my journey on my first real upholstery project. In the past I have recovered chair cushions, simple new padding, cover and staple projects. This time I decided to try something a little more advance. I'm getting a pile of books out of the library and I think the office chair I got from the estate sale will be the perfect simple job to practice on.

This morning I bought yardage of Amy Bulter's Primrose in grey from her Nigella line (which is a medium weight decor fabric) and I'm waiting for a good sale to buy padding from Joanne's. I think the fabric will look really beautiful with the wood base and seat back.

I'm pretty excited. I hope it works out and I have a feeling it will take awhile to finish (I'll wait weeks for the right price on the padding) but I'll keep you posted on the progress. Anyone out there do any upholstering? Share you tips and projects!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Estate Sale Treasures - Part Three

This next treasure I almost missed! It was in the garage and had a pile of tins stacked on top of it. The stencil on the inside is dated 1943 and it's a military (most likely Ammo) trunk. There are a couple partitions on the inside and at only $7 it's been added to our vintage trunk collection. I don't know where we are going to put it yet, but for now it's in the dining room corner.

One more set this afternoon! I told you we found a lot of stuff.

Estate Sale Treasures - Part Two

The next piece we found was Jared's discovery. Within the year he will hopefully be working from home and we're slowly buying pieces to build him an amazing home office. We found this fire-proof vintage filing cabinet for $35 and though it took a couple minutes to figure out how to open in (I wish I could show you the mechanics of how the drawers work) it's a pretty amazing piece. Plus, you can't get a new filing cabinet for under $50 these days and this one is built to last. I love the Telefacts emblem on the front as well.

We also got that drawer organizer on the coffee table in the foreground at the sale this weekend for a $1! It holds our remote control, coasters (from Peppersprouts) and library books and DVD's.

PS: Remember the lamps I got at an estate sale last fall? One is on top of the filing cabinet in the first photo. For now it just has a linen drum shade from walmart on it and it looks infinitely better.

Estate Sale Treasures - Part One

This weekend Jared and I hit up another estate sale on Saturday and got some fantastic deals. I figured I would share them today in a series of posts.

The first one is this amazing office chair. I am currently using a $12 Ikea desk chair that I got in college and is just about on it's last leg. We found Jared's amazing mid-century chrome and orange velor desk chair at an estate sale and have been on the hunt for one for me. We found this one this weekend for (wait for it....) $2! I love the chunky solid wood base and giant screw. It needs to be reupholstered and new padding (which I plan on doing myself) but it's in great condition otherwise. It looks to have been owned by someone named Alice at some point. I think I'll leave the label right where it is.

More estate sale finds coming throughout the day! We really made out well this weekend.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Pomlimoss Treasury

I was honored to discover I'm a part of this gorgeous treasury by Xenotees! I love everything in it and the combo of colors and shapes is so beautifully balanced. If you have a second drop in and give the curator some love!


Treasury Feature - Fit for a Princess

I am fortunate enough to be included in this gorgeous treasury this week. I love these icy shades of princess pink. If you have a second head over to the treasury and leave some love for the artists and wonderful curator TheVintagePatisserie who also has a beautiful shop.

I'm going to try and feature more beautiful treasuries from now on. I've fallen in love with the whole idea and process and I think there are so many gorgeous and inspiring collections.

I'm living in this henley.

I ordered one of these henleys for a friend this Christmas and loved it so much I got one for myself in Asphalt. I'm practically living in it this January. I have my eye on some of the Blonde Peacock's cami and panty sets well. They came beautifully packaged and the print is so pretty. It's the perfect "cozy in the house" shirt with a pair of jeans or even just some yoga pants.

My new Rosetung Cowl

Today is the last day of the winter break sale at Rosetung's beautiful shop. I bought this gorgeous virgin wool cowl in pebble and I am in love. It is the warmest, most gorgeous cowl I've ever seen. I wear it around the house when I want to feel cozy and in the middle of this miserable Ohio winter it has kept my neck toasty warm when I run to the post office.

Additionally, she is so sweet and helpful. Help her clear out her stash before she has to travel back to school and buy one of her beautiful cowls! Check out her etsy store for all the amazing deals.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My Oh My Cavalier Fox

Ordered two prints from Julianna Swaney of Oh My Cavalier! and I could not be more pleased. I got the Fox Tea print and as soon as I got it in the mail I knew it needed and oval frame. I found this one at Big Lots (who surprisingly has great frames for CHEAP) and have it in the entrance right now. It is so charming and makes me smile every time I see him.

Check out Julianna's shop for more beautiful prints and brooches (which I have my eye on) or her blog for more of her drawings.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy 2010!

Happy 2010 everyone! I hope you all had a lovely holiday and weekend! Jared and I spent the weekend at home on the sofa playing Monsters, eating sweet mints (on Christmas sale) and filling frames with art.

I wanted to share our first wedding photos to go into a frame. Our photographer, Christina Gilchrist took some Polaroids as props for photos and after the wedding she was sweet enough to send them my way. I couldn't resist hanging one up. I found this shadow box at Big Lots of all places for $7 and cut a map out of a vintage atlas and put it in instead of the mat it came with. I'm quite smitten with it and I'm now in search of the right place to put it.

Anyways, thank you for your continued support and comments! I hope the next year is filled with exciting adventures for our little family. Have a wonderful new year!