Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Roses decoupaged basket

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. I have been running around with too many projects on my plate.

Lately I have been really enjoying decoupage. I used to do it a long time ago and sort of got away from it for a while so I am picking it up again.  I like to use fabric.. because I have an on line  fabric store.  Although you can use that nice scrapbook paper they have out now too.
These baskets are fun to do and make great little storage for washcloths or bathroom lotions.

 Great for displaying little vintage kitchen towels and linens.

You can do each side a bit different or exactly the same if you like.
I use mod modge. Just coat it on the bottom and then on the top.

A cute little hand made gift, don't ya think?

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Vintage Actress Fabric Memo Board

I recently found an old box full of paper items going as far back as the 1920's some are brochures of travel destinations and newspaper clippings, and old vintage paper doll cutout clothes.
I decided to make something of them so that the pictures of the actresses from 1925 could be safely viewed without having to worry about them crumbling up. So this is what I did.

I made copies of the old vintage photos.
I made a fabric  memory or memo board. 

Now the vintage pictures of the Actresses can safely be hung and looked at and enjoyed daily.

The one great thing about this little memo board is  this. It centers you. It awakens you to the fact that there was a calmer, quieter time long ago when the world didn't spin so so fast. To remember that when you are checking over your list of a million things to do. and maybe grumbling a bit because it's all so overwhelming . You look at these pretty actresses, and thank your lucky starts that you are here. That you have a list of things to do and that you can do them. ..and that you can slow down.

You can get one in my etsy shop VintageAndCottage
Or convo me thru etsy for a custom designed one with the fabric of your choosing
 from my fabric website

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pottery Barn Vintage Inspiration for a Storage Issue

I had some DVDs and photos that were looking a bit messy on the table and shelf by the TV.

 And I was trying to think of a way to organize these items a little bit and yet keep these items handy and in some kind of style.

 While browsing Pottery Barn, I spotted an old pepsi soda crate which was being used to house some magazines and books. I was kind of liking that idea for my videos, but they wanted a wopping 24.00 for one crate.  Pottery barn crate-->

I was trying to find one around the local thrift and antique shops but you know when your looking for something it doesn't always materialize.

I happened  to mention it to a friend of my husband's and sure enough a couple of days later he arrived with an old Coca Cola soda crate from his dad's basement for me to enjoy!

So now hurray! I had my storage unit for my videos and pics !!
And they  fit so nicely in there, I may have to search for more.

And the clutter on the table is safely stacked

And the table is happy again.

Now I just have to decide where I want to keep it.
Because I like it everywhere.

Once again Pottery barn inspires!

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Seashell Pink Design Inspiration from Coastal Living Magazine

The beauty of this room in Coastal Living magazine inspired me to change my room just a little and to add some nautical elements to it's cottage look. I just love the soft and creamy pink fabric of the bedspread and the seashells around the mirror, above the bed.

So below is what I've done from what I had around the Cottage just to satisfy the craving of change.
  • Pulled out an old linen from my collection that I love, it has touches of blue and pink

 ( my other 2 favorite colors) besides sea glass green and blue!

 The little blue ticking fabric basket is handmade by me and will be for sale in my etsy shop soon. It would be perfect for holding little vanity items.

  • To tackle the look of the mirror above the bed in the luscious pink room.

Now I have a small mirror above the bed, and a round mirror above this bureaux so I decorated them both with the shells like in the inspiration picture.

Magically enough these walls are still a very pale blue, but
The room is reflecting pink from the bedspread and the chandelier.

I love this kind of magic don't you?

  • A candy pink rag quilt.

  • And above the bed is a small vintage mirror that I just placed some shells up on top of.

I may change them to Starfish, what do ya think?

I have loads of starfish around from my son's beach wedding, because his wife and I made a lot of the decorations.

And I was inspired to just add a starfish with a tiny bit of a curve at the top to hold onto my nautical rope curtain tyeback. 

All the shells on the walls are just super glued on, so it only took seconds!

Overall I like my instant switch-a-roo
From one Divine Picture in Coastal Living

To an instantly beaming room full of peachy, beachy, eye candy !

Maybe I should make those shells go all the way around that mirror? I didn't want to over do it, what are ya thinking? Out there in cyberland?

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sepia Saturday

It's Saturday night again, and as long as I'm not out partying or doing something wild and crazy. 
I may as well join in the fun at Sepia Saturday Time to dig out my old family photos and see what I got.
Last post was about Grandmom and Grandpop on my mom's side. 
Tonights pic is my mother , my father, and Grandmom on Dad's side.

This would have been taken around 1942. My mom, Mary is the one on the right and she would have been 18.
In this picture mom looks like my daughter Mary, who is 18 right now.
I wonder where this was taken, their not with us anymore to ask.
 If I had to guess I would say grandmom's house in Wildwood on an early summer evening. I imagine mom and dad strolling the boardwalk in their finery.  My mom in her pretty 40's shoes, my dad in his Marine outfit. 

Fleeting moments...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Life for an old Mahogany Desk

I have this old desk that was all ratted up and scratched. It was mahoghany and I thought long and hard about refinishing it. It had a horrible coat of old mocha colored paint on it and I zip stripped all that off, and started with the sander. After a while I got frustrated and gave up. I just didn't have the time I needed to bring it to it's former glory.
It sat in the basement for 3 years. Then I decided to bring it to me Cottage Beach House, down the shore.
There I knew it would undergo a transformation.

I painted it white. I decoupaged the drawers to hide the gouged out drawers from my son swinging the pulls that were hanging off, round and round.
I'm thrilled with the final result.  It serves double duty as a desk and a vanity for me. Now I use it for reading and writing on my blog, or for sitting down and fixing my hair or dabbing on some make up.
I keep the junk in a neat little box from Home Goods, because I'm not too fond of clutter.

My daughter painted me a little tray for all my goodies ( seashells found at different shores) and candles.
And now this once beat and ragged desk that everyone said I should toss, has become a charming, useful addition to bedroom in my little Cottage Beach House.

Friday, April 30, 2010

"Let there be White"

I am a firm believer in the fact that white is a reflection of light. It may be the absence of color but it brings in so much positive energy to a room. An old timeworn piece of wood or metal gets a vibrant new look when given a nice creamy coat of fresh white paint!
This is a neat old drop table my daughter and I are working on. It began as black.
It is getting a transformation with white paint and some hand drawn and painted flowers.

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