Happy Monday & my latest vintage finds!

Hey there friends.  I hope the day started off great for you.  Between Day Light Savings Time and insomnia, I woke up feeling gloomy.  After getting dressed, I did some mediation followed by a cup of tea and those two things helped me refocus and re-energize.

I’ve meditated on and off over the years but after getting away from it I’m trying hard to make it a daily practice.  It really does make a difference in how I manage my day and most importantly how I feel. If you’ve never tried mediation, here’s a great article that outlines 8 Way Meditation Can Improve Your Life. 

Now on to the fun stuff…

Over the weekend I did sneak in some time to hit up one of my favorite antique stores.  I haven’t had time to go antique shopping lately so I took my time walking the aisles of the store.   Here are a few things I found.

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The last few months, I’ve  been selling lots of Ironstone in my Etsy shop so I’m on the hunt for some new pieces.  This sugar jar was a great find and I love the design.

Vintage Ironstone Sugar Container

I already own one of these mini blue and white garden stools so this one will go in my shop.  It would look great on bookshelf as a bookend.

Vintage Mini Blue and White Garden Stool

The pattern on this creamer grabbed my attention and I love the design of the handle.

Vintage Blue and White Creamer

This large blue and white floral pitcher was just sitting in the corner waiting for me.  Sell or not to sell…that is the question?

Vintage Blue and White Pitcher

I purchased a similar elephant the last time I was in Oklahoma for my Etsy shop so I didn’t hesitate when I saw this one.  I’m going to keep it and use it as a perch to hold a plant or stack of books.

Vintage Elephant Stool

Did anyone else go thrifting over the weekend and if so, what did you find?

 

 

 

Product + Inspiration: Blue & White Garden Stools

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One of my favorite accent furniture pieces is a garden stool.  Specifically blue and white garden stools.

As the popularity of chinoiserie and blue and white decor has gained steam over the last few years, so has the use of garden stools as a decorative accent.

If you’ve never considered a garden stool as part of your decor, let me tell you why they are a great design option.

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Favorite Posts, Pins and Products (of the week)!

Favorites Of The Week

Hi friends, just popping in to share my favorites posts, pins and products of the week.  Enjoy and have a fantastic weekend!

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FAVORITE POSTS

You’d never know this was a dentist office.  The entire space is gorgeous.

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These might be the cutest DIY pumpkins I’ve ever seen.  And they look easy to make.

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10 Interior Design Quotes to Live By including this one…

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You have to check out this stars NY loft. And that dining room♥♥

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FAVORITE PINS

I’m loving this blue and white fall tablescape.

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Everything about this feminine office space is just perfect. And I especially adore that desk.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

If you love vintage furniture and decor but don’t like sifting through a flea market or thrift store, check out this Etsy shop.

I’m loving this Christmas Tree Tea Towel.  It would be a great way to wrap a cookbook or kitchen accessory. And this plate is pretty cute too.

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H and M Home has some great Christmas decor and I’m kinda in love with these black and white stripe ornaments.

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FIVE Spaces That Took My Breath Away

Have you noticed that surfing Pinterest is kinda like shopping at Costco.  You go in for one thing and come up with a cart full of items that weren’t on your list.  In the case of Pinterest, one beautiful image leads to another and the next thing you know you’ve been sitting in your chair for hours and your ‘pin it’ finger hurts.

My latest foray into the Pinterest black hole uncovered some really stunning spaces–space that took my breath away.

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My Latest Flea Market Finds–Road Trip Treasures

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Whenever we drive to see my mom in Oklahoma, we plan a few pit stops at flea markets and antique stores along the way.  I typically find an item or two but nothing to brag about.  This trip however was different.  I lucked upon lots of unique pieces at great prices. Most of what I found will go in my Etsy shop but I am keeping a couple of items for myself.

Staffordshire dogs are really popular right now and I found a couple of different dog pieces.  The first was this single dalmatian figurine.  I know these were originally sold in a set as bookends but as a single it makes a great decor pieces for a bookshelf.

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The other dog pieces I found was this set of dalmatian bookends.  I’m tempted to keep these but into the Etsy shop they’ll go.

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This blue and white lidded jar is so cute.  If it wasn’t for its petite size you’d think it was a garden stool.  I snapped this piece up for $5.00 and I’m going to keep it for myself.

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I’m also on the look out for brass trays and this one had beautiful details.  It’s pretty large in size and would make a great bar tray.

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I love milk glass and see these bowls quite often but have never purchased one.  The embossed fruit motif on the bottom is so intricate and pretty and the bowl is super heavy.

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I don’t know how long the brass pineapple trend is going to last but I keep buying them if I can find them at a good price.  I already own two so I’m going to be listing this lidded piece in the shop after I clean it up a bit.

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This pretty brass letter holder has me in a quandary…sell or keep?  The design is really pretty and you can tell its a great quality piece. Since I have good luck selling letter holders in my shop I’ll probably sell this one.

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I also found a silver-plated one that needs some TLC.  It was less than $3.00 so if it doesn’t clean up well I’ll just keep it.

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My favorite find of the trip was this ceramic elephant stool.  It’s in great condition and I practically stool it from the dealer with the price they had on it.

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Don’t you just love my latest flea market finds?  

For those of you living in Memphis, you might want to check out the Antique Mall Warehouse.  I found most of the chinoiserie  and brass pieces there.

If you want to check out my Etsy shop, head here.

Happy hunting!

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2016 Fall Tablescape–Autumn Colors With A Twist

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 I’m excited to share my fall tablescape with you today.  If you remember, a few weeks ago I shared the fall inspiration board below.  The vision was a table that included blue and white with pops of orange, white and gold.  Like all inspiration boards, the elements were meant to inspire the pattern, color and style direction I wanted for my table.

Fall Entertaining--Fall Tablescape

Here’s where the inspiration led me…

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I had so much fun pulling together this fall tablescape and love the orange and navy color palette even more than I thought I would. In the end I decided to pump up the color impact and use orange and blue in more dominant ways.  I also created a more colorful floral arrangement using sunflowers which are one of my favorite flowers.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that one of the most important elements to a beautiful table setting is the layers.  I went all out with this table and included layers from the linens up.  The plush blue tablecloth was made from a remnant piece of velvet I found at JoAnn fabrics.  The orange runner layered on top (it’s actually a tablecloth folded in thirds) was a $5.00 find at a consignment store.  The subtle plaid pattern adds even more visual interest to the table. The last fabric element I added were orange napkins in a slightly darker hue than the runner. The napkins came from HomeGoods.

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In creating the place settings, I knew I wanted to use my wood chargers as the foundation. I layered the dinnerware starting with my vintage Blue Willow plates.  Then I added a small wood cheese board and a small blue and white ironstone plate. The wood charger and cheese board add a rustic touch to the table.

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I created my floral arrangement in a gold pedestal bowl I bought at HomeGoods last year.  The texture of the bowl resembles the bark of a tree–another visual detail. Surrounding the floral arrangement are different sizes of faux pumpkins, mostly in white and gold.  One orange velvet pumpkin was added as an unexpected element.  Did you notice the feather stems I mixed in with the flowers?  Feathers are a fun fall accent.

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To visually elongate the centerpiece, I placed two blue and white ginger jars on each side of the floral arrangement.  The blue and white  chinoiserie pattern plays off the pattern in the dinner plates.

Fall tablescape by ConfettiStyle

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The name cards are DIY using blank white business cards, a gold metallic Sharpie and pumpkin cocktail picks from the craft store.

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As with most of the tablescapes I create, this one included items I’ve thrifted or purchased for a bargain.  The wood leaf bowl I scored at a thrift store for $2.00 along with the brass candlesticks which were $6.00 for the pair. The white ceramic squirrels I found in the dollar spot at Target. #score

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Fall Tablescape–Autumn Colors With A Twist

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I had so fun much putting my fall tablescape together and love the way it turned out.

For more fall and Thanksgiving  table tips, check out this post.

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DIY Blue and White Luggage Tags and Handle Wraps

DIY LUGGAGE TAGS & HANDLE WRAPS

DIY Luggage Tags by ConfettiStyle

When I worked in the corporate world and traveled frequently, I had more luggage tags than I knew what to do with.  Over the years I’ve tossed them or they’ve found their way to the same mysterious location that single socks disappear to.  Since we’ll be traveling later this week and I had some scrap fabric lying around, I decided to craft a few handmade luggage tags and handle wraps.

DIY Luggage Tags and Handle Wraps

This is a really quick and easy project and only requires a few supplies.

Supplies needed:

DIY Luggage Tags and Handle Wraps by ConfettiStyle

Kraft tags
Vinyl Fabric Scrap–an 18″ x 18″ square   **(Fabric.com has a great selection of decorative vinyl)
Fabric Glue 
Fabric Mod Podge
Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer
Industrial Strength Velcro–4″ x 1″ (available from Wal-Mart)
Metal Grommets and Grommet Tool
Ball Chain Key Chains

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How-to DIY Luggage Wraps:

To make the luggage wraps, cut a piece of vinyl into a 5″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle.  Turn each edge under 1/4″ and glue the fold down using fabric glue.  This will create a clean, finished edge on each side of the vinyl.

Next, turn the fabric right side up and attached a piece of velcro on the right side of one edge and the underside of the other.  And your luggage wrap is done.

**I used adhesive velcro but a sew-on velcro would also work.

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How-to DIY Luggage Tags:

Cut a piece of vinyl large enough to wrap completely around the yardstick tag with an overlap of about 1/2″ on the back side.

Use Mod Podge to glue the vinyl onto the tag.  Once dry, cut away the excess fabric, following the outline of the tag.

Use a hole punch to punch a hole at the top of the tag. (you should be able to feel the original hole in the tag under the vinyl).

Before you attach your grommet, coat both sides of the tag with Mod Podge and then seal the entire tag with a clear acrylic sealer.  This will give you tag a durable finish.

And the final step is to add the grommet and ball chains.

tip:  if you want to include contact info on your tag, hand-write or print your name and phone number on a piece of paper to fit the back of the tag. Seal the contact info to the back of the tag with Mod Podge.

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I’m thrilled with how cute my tags and handle wraps turned out.  In a sea of black luggage, these blue and white luggage accessories will really stand out.

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Happy crafting friends!

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Entertaining Inspiration: Fall Tablescape

Fall Entertaining Inspiration

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I love conceptualizing beautiful tablescapes and finding the unique elements that bring my vision to life.

For my fall table this year, I’m dreaming of blue and white decor with pops of orange and accents of wood.  I want the table to have a rustic but elegant feel with a vintage vibe.  Here’s how I see the table coming together…

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