Monday, February 27, 2012

My Vanity

Here is my version of a vanity table. It is tucked in a corner of my bedroom next to an armoire and the window.

A distressed table with a mirror on top and a metal stool with some rust are all I need to sit and put on my makeup each morning. Behind the table is a metal quilt rack with an antique blouse hanging from it. (Never mind all the stuff you can see in the reflection of the mirror!)

I am using pottery planters to hold my make-up and brushes.

This is my little corner of the world.


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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vintage Flash Cards

I found these neat vintage flashcards today and paid only 50 for them.

I was inspired by these ideas.

Picture Sources:
Framed Flashcards from Apartment Therapy
Flashcard Banner from Apartment Therapy

I also think these cards would be great just sitting in a bowl on a coffee table - easy access for those times when you just want to exercise you brain!

Vintage school supplies make great decorating accents around the home. Globes, old books, typewriters, rulers and flashcards are some of my favorites.


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Monday, February 20, 2012

Chalkboard Banner

I recently made this chalkboard banner. It combines the versitility of a chalkboard with a banner. You can erase it and rewrite something new.

Here are instructions for making it:

I found these Chipboard book kits at Michaels. I believe it was in the $ bin. Any chipboard or wood shape will work.

Paint the boards with chalkboard paint.

Once the paint is dry, I "seasoned" each board with chalk. I've always heard that you should do this on a brand new chalkboard so the first thing you write on the board doesn't make a permanent mark.

Rub each chalkboard with some chalk and then erase.

I found this chalk marker. It writes like a paint pen but when it dries it looks like chalk. It can be erased. It is not as dusty as regular chalk.

Write your letters.

Thread a ribbon through the holes on the top of the banner for hanging.

Use and re-use again and again!


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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

More Finds

More finds from the flea market.

I found this neat cookbook there. I paid $1. It is a picture cookbook.

I am planning on tearing it apart and framing some of the pages. I will try to sell them this summer at the flea market. Here are few.

 I also bought a few vintage necklaces and an embroidered doily.

Here I am wearing one of the necklaces.

I love going to the flea market!


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Checking one off the list

A few weeks back I posted about vintage items that I was putting on my junk wish list. Well hubby surprised me this Valentine's Day with one of the things on my list. Purchased on ebay.

In the picture the dots look red but they are orange. We found out that this bowl was part of a nested set with a large green polka dot bowl, yellow medium/large polka dot bowl, medium blue polka dot bowl (which I already have) and this small orange polka dot bowl. So now I need to be on the look out for the green and yellow ones to complete the set.

Thanks honey!


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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Love Notes

My daughters left me some sweet love notes lately. Both were total surprises.

I found this one yesterday by accident. I wasn't even sure which one of the girls left it for me. It was kept a secret for 5 days.

Leave someone you love a surprise love note and make their day!


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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Saturday Finds

I hit my first indoor flea market for the year this morning. I bought a few things. I found this box of unused wine and liquor bottle labels. The seller was anxious to get rid of them. He sold me the entire box for $5. There are 100's of labels. He said he used to work for the LCB and aquired them through his work.

I like old ephemera and vintage advertising. I thought these were kind of neat. They could be framed as a group and hung on the wall. I bet someone who collects wine or has a home bar might like them to decorate with.

I think I am going to sell these by the piece or in small groups on either etsy or ebay. Whatever doesn't sell online I will sell this summer at the fleatique.

Here are some highlights:

More of my finds next time.


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hanging Heart

I am participating in the Heart to Heart Swap over at Sarah's. Here is what I made for the swap.

A hanging 3-D heart made from book pages.

Here are the instructions if you would like to make one for yourself.

I hope you will try one. They really are pretty hanging in a window or from a shelf.


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