{Home Decor} Vintage Goodness


I was so excited when I walked into my grocery store this weekend and saw amongst the flowers a few bunches of Billy’s Buttons/ Craspedia. I have tried for years to grow it and can’t but have never seen it in stores despite the flower being in all the home dec and wedding magazines.  Meanwhile, while cleaning out some cabinets I came across this vintage black phone I bought years ago and put aside because we no longer have a land line.  I would have loved to have had a phone like this in my room in High School.


Lamp is from Home Goods a few seasons back.


{ Gardening } Lantern Hooks


Like many of you, I spend tons of time pinning on Pinterest, and many of the things I pin, I really hope to try and make in the future.  So, my Pin It – Make It  posts will be my incentive to start working on trying some of the things I have pinned, be it crafts, recipes, photo op ideas, etc.

One of my favorite pins I came across was one where the person used plant hooks to hang lanterns along their fence for ambiance (see below).  Although I was unable to find cool black old fashioned lanterns like they did, I decided to use mason jars which we already had from previous outdoor parties.Joel's Outdoor Lighting

The plant hooks we used came from Lowes and run around 3.50 to 5.00.  We put two on the left and right side fences in our yard and put three along the back fence.   Here is a picture of one done up for the Sail Away graduation party mentioned a few posts ago.

When not in use, I just bring the mason jars inside so they don’t fill with rain water.


{ DIY } Vintage frame to fancy corkboard

Whenever I am at a thrift shop I always look to see if they have any unique frames.  Even if what is in the frame isn’t to my liking, if the frame is cool, I will get it.  This frame was a great score at 8.99.  When I got it home I went ahead and pulled the painting out of the frame.  Then I rolled out some cork that I picked up at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, so it was about 8.00 as well.  Word of warning — cork is much more delicate than I realized, especially when you are cutting it with scissors. An Exacto knife might have been easier and caused less crumbling.  (Pardon the blurry iphone shots.)

This part definitely took the longest.  I went ahead and spray glued the cork to the painting after many unsuccessful tries at putting the cork in by itself.   It was harder than I thought it would be to get it to lie down flat.   Finally once I had it arranged, I went ahead and pushed back down all the staples around the sides.  In the end, I had a great 3-1/4 to 4 foot long/tall corkboard for my office.  I am still trying to decide if I want to paint the frame.  If I knew I would have done it prior to cork, but as of right now I am not sure — and I couldn’t wait to see the final product.

Total time spent, probably and hour or more.  Cost:  About $17.00 for a approximately 2 foot wide by 4 foot long frame.

Similar cork boards of this size from Ballard Designs run $459.00 for a 40 x 60 inch one. WOW!


{ Home Decor } Tea Tin + Flowers = Unique Centerpiece

I am a big fan of tea and when I was shopping in Target the other day I noticed a display of new tea tins across the top row.  The colors were beautiful and the tea blends were even more enticing, so I picked up this fall blend with a twofold plan — drink some yummy tea and use the tin as a free decorate vase.  What a bargain for 5.99.

These were all flowers from the yard and house plants.  I combined my maiden hair fern with some variegated basil from the garden along with some green envy zinnias and a sagey-gray plant I had in one of the flower beds (name escapes me).  I love the fallish combination of the green and orange.

And — the tea wasn’t half bad either.  I usually like my tea strong with two bags, but this tea has some powerful cinnamon and cloves, so I think one bag would have sufficed.  It had a really yummy fall blend.   The great thing is I can keep trying their other blends and can collect more of the fabulous colors.   I shot this while in Target.

Wouldn’t these make an adorable centerpiece for a wedding or bridal shower?

The owl candleholder was from Homegoods last year and the twig coffee cups were from Z-gallerie a few years back.

{ Thrifting } Mirror, Mirror…. new vintage find

I am so excited about this latest find.  It was in Goodwill.  We went in and as I walked up I always do my usual game of “wonder how much it will be” and I probably shreaked in delight when I saw this one was low-balled at only 9.99.  Its hard to tell in the picture, but it is almost three feet wide at the greatest part.  I think it was probably once part of this kind of vanity

Photo: Here

It was one of those buys where I was thinking, ” I don’t know what I am going to do with it, but I am buying it anyway and will FIND something.”  The mirror is in relatively good shape with only a few parts that have lost their mirror coating, but I think it adds to the piece.  I figure if I can’t figure out a way to add it to a dresser, I could always just use the round mirror on its own.

Anyone else find any good finds this weekend thrifting?

{ Home Decor } Vintage Clocks Finds

Photo:  Pottery Barn

For a while now I have been wanting to spruce up my bedside table with one of these classic clocks.   I think these old  (or new to look old)  clocks are so much classier than the new digital models we have now. So imagine my excitement while we were in a Veteran’s Thrift Store when I came across this clock… and for only 2.98$ … and it works.

I was worried at first that the ticking would be too loud next to my head, but it is a perfect white noise tick. You hardly even notice it till all is really still and you try.

Then, I was in our local Salvation Army and saw this little guy.  My daughter had mentioned she was thinking of doing a collection of them in her bedroom, so I picked i up.  It was only 99 cents. (sorry for bad phone photo).

Where as the one above I found was battery operated, this one is wind up operated.  Sadly, although it ticks (and ticks way too loud), it doesn’t keep accurate time.  However, I figure it would look cute in a collection or vignette just not wound up.

{ Anthropologie } Bundled Up Critters Candles

Photo:  Anthropologie.com.

I think this owl is so adorable.   There is a collection of three … a rabbit, owl, and racoon and the top deocrative part is actually the lid over the candle you remove to burn.

The scent for the owl is described as:

Owl (Balsam Cedar): fresh balsam and oak moss intertwined with aromatic cedarwood, cinnamon and eucalyptus

Which sounds right up my alley!  They are a bit pricy for a candle alone, but I think that you could keep it as a Knick-Knack when all used up.  Perhaps it will go on sale?

{ Holidays } Individual Heirloom Pumpkin Tureens

Photos: Williams-Sonoma.

I was flipping through the mail and came across the new Williams-Sonoma catalog and I am in love with these individual, unique pumpkin soup tureens. As always, I LOVE anything in white, and aren’t these so cute on a place setting?

The set of four is $49.95 and also there is a big soup bowl to go with it.  My husband always gets me a card there for Xmas, so I think this might have to go under the Christmas tree this year for me! I think the quality of their products is worth paying a little more than usual, but hopefully by the time I go shopping, maybe it will be discounted post Thanksgiving!