Monday, February 27, 2012

Vintage Hamper Makeover ~ Lampshade Re-do ~ Rose Accent Pillow

Happy Monday everyone!

Well, I was so disappointed that the Daytona 500 wasn't able to run yesterday because of all the rain, so they postponed it for noon's STILL raining there, so know it's scheduled for 7 p.m. ~ the forcast shows the rain to be moved out by 3 p.m., so we'll see. It will take them at least a couple of hours or so to get the track completely dried and ready for racing!

So, instead of watching the race, I went ahead and painted the vintage hamper that I showed you in my last's now painted a soft pretty pale pink, and I am soooo loving it!!

I also gave a lampshade I found at Goodwill some time ago a transformation.... the fabric I used is from some pretty off-white Irish Damask linen napkins I picked up at a thrift store this past fall...and some similar colored gimp trim, and a slightly darker fringe trim around the bottom. Very simple and so elegant ~ I haven't decided if I'm going to keep this shade, or offer it up on one of my selling sites....I don't have a base for it yet, so maybe I'll go on a hunt for the perfect one...the one it's shown displayed on now, is one that I have a pink shade for, and want to keep that one on it, as it matches another shade that I also have in the room.

This morning I finially got down to work and started creating some new things to offer up on both Ebay and's been probably almost 2 weeks since I've done any sewing!! Just didn't have the ambition to do so, I guess, but today I'm finally starting to feel a bit in the creative mood :) This sweet accent pillow is made using 2 lovely Mary Rose prints, both of which are no longer being made, which is such a shame! You'll also find pretty Venice lace trim, and a bow of Vintage pink ribbon. I'll be listing this sweet pretty either later today or tomorrow on Ebay.

UPDATE: This pillow is now Sold ~ Thank you Miss J

I have a hair appointment in just over an hour...finially getting it colored again to hide that "you know what" hair we ladies aren't too fond of, lol :) Hubby says I should just "let it go", What??? Oh no!! I'll keep coloring it as long as there is hair on this head, LOL :)

Have a great week everyone!! We're expecting to get some Ice here in Michigan Tuesday night into Wednesday morning...hopefully we don't lose power!! Yikes!!

Until next time sweet friends!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

My Recent Goodwill Finds

Hello everyone! I wanted to share with you some more recent treasures that I found at my local GW store.

First up are these beautiful vintage sconces ~ they don't have any makers mark on the back ~ most of these style of sconces are either made by Syroco, Homco, or Burwood...I always love finding them, and giving them a shabby transformation. These will most likely be painted a lovely cottage white. Typically I offer them up on one of my selling sites, but I think I might be keeping this pair for myself, as I like the height of them...

Also found this sweet smaller vintage wicker laundry hamper.... I plan to paint it a pretty soft pale pink. It has a wooden top, and I wish I knew how to paint roses, because it would look so sweet with painted pink roses on top!!

Today I have a baby shower to go to for my niece this afternoon ~ should be lots of fun! And I get to see my other niece's little baby boy, which I haven't seen for a while, and I'm sure he's just growing like a weed :)

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Until next time sweet friends!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Blog Changes

Hi Everyone!

I've decided to make some changes to my blog ~ I pretty much changed Everything! From the background header picture...and from a 3 column back to a 2 column.

I wanted to take advantage of using the collage aspect on Picnik, before it shut down for good, which is where I created my previous blog header ~ I still incorporated 2 of my pretty babies, Annie and Estella, as well as 1 of the MANY pillows, Christmas Stockings, and Lap Quilts that I've created over the years, a recent photo of our home's exterior, outside pic of our covered porch, that was set up for photos for a Pink Saturday post, and some pics of our Living room, Laundry/Mud room, and the fireplace. I really like the look and feel of it, as I think it best represents me :)

Also, I've gone from having my background pink, now to white, but still having all the lettering and etc... in pink.....and wanted to go back to having just a 2 column blog instead of 3, as it makes it more simple and not so crowded looking. Plus it helps makes the photos in my posts larger, which I like much better.

So, what do you all think of the changes to my blog? I would love to hear from you!

Many of you know that there is a new tool for following your favorite blogs, called Linky FOLLOWERS ~ it's free to sign up, and a great way to find even more blogs out there! I hope you will sign up and follow me. I think it's a shame that those who do not have a Blogger account will lose the Google Friend Connect :( Thankfully, I won't....but there has been rumors that GFC will eventually be fazed out! So I'm so glad there is the Linky Followers!!

Well, I've been on this computer for waaaaay to long today, so I think I will take a break for now, and check back later today to see what everyone has been up to.

Until next time sweet friends!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Newest Goodwill Finds

Hello Everyone ~ I hope you have all been having a great weekend so far. Yesterday, Hubby & I drove up to Big Rapids (Michigan), which is about a 45 minute drive from our house, and picked up our oldest Son, Brian, who is going to college up there at Ferris State University, and took him out to Lunch at Applebees. And for those of you who don't know, this week it was announced that the Hockey Team at Ferris is ranked #1 in the Nation!! Way to go Bulldogs!!!

I thought I would share with you a couple of neat treasures I found this past week at 2 of our local Goodwill stores...

First is this pair of Vintage Homco wall sconces....later when we get much warmer weather so I can do some spray painting, I plan to paint them a nice cottage white.

I love the sweet swirls and floral design these have...

And this is my favorite find..a vintage metal & wood candleabra!! This thing is quite heavy!

Love the feet on this...

this too will be painted white when I am able to do so, and I'm thinking of finding some fab vintage crystal prisms to hang from each of the 5 candle holders!! Can't wait to do the transformation on this beauty!! Don't worry, once I have, I'll be sure to post pics of it for you guys :)

Well, that's about it for today's post....I'm going to just do some relaxing today, and watch the qualifying for the Daytona 500 this afternoon.

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday.....Until next time sweet friends!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sale in my Etsy Shoppe

Hello everyone ~ just a quick post to let you all know that I am having a sale in my Etsy shoppe for the next 2 weeks ~ you will recieve 20% off your purchase (s), when you use the coupon code: 20PERCENT at the checkout ~ it's time to clear out the old inventory and start making room for some new things that will be coming soon! You can click HERE to take you to my shoppe, or you can click on the link at the top of my right sidebar.

Wishing you all a great day and upcoming weekend!

Until next time sweet friends!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentines!

Just a quick little post to wish all my blogging friends a Happy Valentines tomorrow!
Hubby came home from work tonight with a dozen light pink roses and a box of chocolates for me!! I've already had a couple of the chocolates, but will save the rest for tomorrow, for Valentines :)

I also wanted to show you all this cute photo of my Grandson, Seth, holding onto my Jeff Gordon, 24, can cooler ~ his bottle is inside of it, which he is drinking from, lol :) I told my daughter that I'm training him to be a Jeff Gordon fan, heeeheee!! For those of you who are new to my blog, I am a HUGE Nascar fan, and an even HUGER? Jeff Gordon fan! The season starts up this Saturday night (18th), with the Bud Shootout. I can't wait!!!

Seth turned 5 months old on the 10th! Gosh, he's just growing so fast!

Until next time sweet friends!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentines Giveaway Winner!

Hello Everyone! I just want to thank all of you who entered my Valentine's Giveaway ~ I wish I could give a little something to each and every one of you!

Using the Random Number Generator, I typed in the number 1 and the number 43....and it chose number 41.........

Who just happens to be the comment left my Miss Shirley, of Shirleystitches Congratulations my Missouri friend!! Go to my Profile page, so you can email me your complete mailing address so I can get your pretties sent off to you :)

Thank you again everyone for entering my Giveaway ~ I hope to do another one sometime soon :)

Until next time sweet friends!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Time for the Dress Form Party!

Hello everyone! Today is the day for the start of "The Polka Dot Closet's Dress Form Party" Thank you to Carol, our Hostess with the Mostess!! For hosting this wonderful new Blog party.

Here is my lovely lady Dress Form, all ready to join the ball ~ She's all decked out in lovely pink and roses...

The inspiration I got for dressing my manniquin/dress form, is from the very talented Janet at Shabbyfufu ~ she designs and creates the most exquisite ladies you have Ever seen ....Click HERE to take you to see some of the beauties she made.

She's wearing one of my favorite Vintage Rose covered hats...

And you will find more roses around the top of her....most of these are from another Vintage hat that I had....simply removed the roses and glued them onto her body...Yummy! Underneath the roses is a Vintage crochet collar...

And of course, no party or ball would be complete without wearing some Bling ~ We've chosen this large Vintage Rhinestone Brooch....

Over the top of her skirt she is wearing a Vintage rose apron....just to be safe, in case she get's a "little tipsy" at the party and accidently spills some champange or something....ya never know with her, lol :) She is also carrying a lovely little bag made with lots of vintage lace trims and a single vintage rose..

Here's a better view of her skirt, which is a Vintage pink petticoat ~ love all the layers of ruffles and flounce....perfect for twirling around the dance floor....goodness, hopes she doesn't get too dizzy :)

Okay Carol, she's all ready to come.....we're just waiting for the carriage to come and take her to the party :)

Thank you all for stopping by, and please be sure to visit all the other Lady Dress Forms who are attending the party!

A little reminder that today (7th) is the LAST day to enter my Valentine's Giveaway ~ just click the pic on the top right sidebar, to take you to that post ~ the winner will be chosen from one of the comments left.

See you at the Party!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Ruffles and Lace and Eyelet...Oh My!

Hello everyone!! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend ~ we've been having such nice warm weather here in Michigan! It's hard to believe it's still winter, lol :) There's hardly no snow on the ground!

I've been doing a little bit of changing in our home...trying to incorporate more white, and a little less pink.....not to worry, I am still decorating in pinks, as that is my most favorite color, but just not so much of it :) I've removed the vintage rose Valances that were hanging in our living room windows, and have replaced them with these beautiful white ruffled panels. The pair that you see on the left window I purchased from a seller on Ebay, and the pair on the right window I purchased at Target....they were the LAST ones they had, so I am soooo glad to have been able to get them!! I saw a seller on Ebay that was offering 1 panel for $30! I am afraid that when all the Target stores no longer have any available, they will be popping up on Ebay for a very high price :( It seems that is always how it is.

Each window is first layered with a Vintage white rose patterned lace panel, followed by the fab ruffled panels, and then finished with pretty white eyelet valances........These valances were originally skirts that I found at Goodwill! I simply cut away the top part of the skirts, opened up the side seam, then stitched a small rod pocket at the top, and tah dah!

Here are close-ups of them....sorry the pics aren't better, but it is a rather cloudy day today, so not much light comes into the Living room very well because of our covered wrap-around porch...

Here are a couple of things I found while doing a little thrift shopping Friday morning.....this sweet cottage white little birdhouse....

And a yummy smelling Bill Blass candle in pink.

Tomorrow is the last day to enter for my Valentine's Giveaway ~ Just click the pic on the top right sidebar to take you to the post to leave your comment to enter :)

Thanks so much for stopping having you all visit!!

I am linking this post up with:
Show Off Your Cottage Monday
White Wednesday
Feathered Nest Friday
Show and Tell Friday

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Vintage Mirrors for White Wednesday

Hello Everyone, and Happy 1st day of February!

Today I am joining Kathleen, over at FADED CHARM, for White Wednesday.

I thought I would share with you some of the mirrors that I have either been given, found at Goodwill, or at my local Antique store....and that have all been given a shabby white makeover to.

First up is this wonderful heavy metal mirror that I found at Goodwill....I actually didn't have to do a thing to this one, as it was already painted a nice cottage white, but just needed a good cleaning. I did display this on the wall in our Living room, but have just recently placed it on my fireplace overmantle.

One of my favorite style of mirrors to look for are these vintage filigree metal mirrors...they are usually found in either gold or silver, and I always paint them white....sometimes pink :) These next 2 photos show 2 that are displayed in my Vintage cabinet in our Dining room...

Another style I am always on the hunt for are Vintage Syroco mirrors...I have 2 of these, this one below is displayed in our Master Bedroom....

and the other is in our Living Room....the sweet little mirror is a Goodwill find, and the other mirror below it was found at one of the local Antique stores a few years ago....and yes, that is our Big Black Box tv you see....there's no hiding it, so one must "work around" it, lol :)

This fabulous large mirror was given to us by my father-in-law....originally brown wood, I painted it white, of course :) This mirror hung in our Dining room for a few years, but when I moved the fireplace & overmantle in there, I had to move the mirror into the living room.

And lastly, is another sweet Vintage filigree mirror...this one I've displayed on the coffee table, and have placed a couple of Goodwill candleholders on it...oh yes, gotta love Goodwill!

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ please be sure to check out all the other wonderful whites being shown today for White Wednesday.

Don't forget to enter my Valentine's Giveaway if you haven't already ~ just click HERE to take you to the post so you can leave your comment for a chance to be entered...last day to enter is February 7th!

Until next time sweet friends


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