Friday, April 22, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
I have a lot of necklaces, and some I wear all the time. I have most hung on the inside of my closet door but the ones I wear the a lot hang at the bottom of the stairs on top of a lovely tin heart. I started to hang them there one day just so they were handy but as the collection grew I began to love it as a piece of art.
I painted the two Buitoni pictures from an old Italian advertising book I have. The Maggi poster I found in a Kitchen Shop and I just love it. I have this picture of pigs on a wire hanging on an anitque bench, I picked it up at GoodWill for $1.50. The pretty birds and birds were handmade cards I bought from a lovely artist years ago under $15.00 and the last one is an amazing print that my Grandparents received as a wedding gift. If you like it , frame it. Here's another hint, I pick up frames all the time and keep them in stock, I get a lot reduced at HomeSense that may need a bit of repair others are from Thrift Shops. It does not matter what shape they are in I fix them and paint them.
Wicked Faerie Queen Etsy Shop.
I don't do a lot of collections anymore, not big ones, they just start to overwhelm my home. I do have mini ones that are easily moved like my Tarot Cards.
I have a lot of old drawers, I know that may sound strange but they all came from my Grandmother's barns left over from her Antique's business. I had been saving this one for just the right thing. After I took the Christmas things down and I was putting back my daily dishes I realized that drawer would be perfect for the dishes and it looks just great.
We have a lot of wooden trays left over from Shows we did with our 13 Mockingbirds Reproduction Antiques business. This little beauty worked great for the cannisters.
When you are thrifting don't let things like missing hands on a great looking clock stop you from buying it. It will look amazing. Also bits of wood from other things make fantastic candle holders. This is a piece of an old wooden wheel.
I had a metal chimney rack for years and thought that it would make a good sturdy pot rack, it does and it looks great. The CousCousier on top was a find for under $15.00. NIgella Lawson has a vintage one too and I always admired it now I have my own. This summer I will make a big pot of CousCous for our friends when we dine Elfresco under the sun.
I have a lot of cookbooks and I love to display them, yes I do use them all even if it is just one recipe I am working my way through them. This spot could have easily fit a Dishwasher but who needs that when I can have a fab book shelf.
One of the most useful things we did was put these two huge shelves in the kitchen. Not only could I display lovely platters and china they hold all my mixing bowls and other cooking things I use daily without having to search for them in a cupboard.
I use to have a huge collection of wooden utensils, I displayed them in the kitchen in bowls and hung on the walls. I tired of that but did not want to sell them. They now fill a big basket in my livingroom.
A cool piece of architecture looks amazing tucked into a corner, this great piece divides the livingroom and diningroom.
The candle is a piece from our shop made of an old bed spool, I just could not part with it. I am not really a doll person but I must stay I am a Fairytale person. The Ever After High Dolls are so detailed and very inexpensive I could not resist buying my favourites and sitting them on another Thrift find, this shelf for under $5.00.
Add some whimsy to your decor, tuck things in where it is a surprise to see, like the cute felt bird on the lamp in my office or the flying musical pig.
Be adventurous, do the unexpected. It is a lot of fun to decorate and it is even more fun when you make it your own. Express yourself, be bold you will love it.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
It took me a while to realize that " I am walking my own path in life and your approval is not needed." I have grown wiser whether with age or experience, you make you happy if that is not true how can you make others happy.