DIY Monogram Notecards–Chinoiserie Style

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One of my favorite online stores is Zazzle.  I discovered them a few years ago when I was looking for business cards.  Boy was I amazed at the enormous offering of card designs and how great the prices were.  Since then I’ve bought a variety of paper products from Zazzle including address labels and wrapping paper.

Most recently I ordered some monogram stickers so I could make my own monogram notecards.

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Blue and White Spring Tablescape

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Don’t you just love spring?  The  bright colors, beautiful flowers, birds chirping and all that sunshine.  Spring is one of my favorite times of year and the season always pushes my creativity to new heights.  Over the weekend as I was moving the accessories around, the creative bug hit and I decided to pull together a spring tablescape featuring blue and white.

It’s been a while since I’ve shared seasonal table decor with you so I’m excited to unveil my Blue & White Spring Tablescape!

Blue and white tablescapes have always caught my eye but until recently I never owned enough blue and white decor to create one of my own table setting.  Over the last year or so I’ve collected a handful of blue and white porcelain pieces and together with some new items I picked up recently, my spring table was easy to pull together.  Let’s take a look…

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Blue and White Decor at Target

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When was the last time you went looking for something on a stores website only to find yourself going down a rabbit hole of endless surfing?  It happens to me more times than not.  The other day I went looking for a specific item on Target.com and an hour later I found myself looking at completely different things.

During my search I stumbled upon some fantastic blue and white decor pieces and knew I had to share them with you along with some design inspiration.

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SHOPPING TARGET FOR BLUE and WHITE DECOR

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Shop these items:

Dinner Plate$1.49 ea Ginger Jar–$22.95 / Blue Seersucker Pillow–$16.99 / Ceramic Lamp–$47.24
 Kensington Rug–$229.99 /  Sheer Curtains–$24.99 to $29.90 / Snowdrift Pillow--$47.50 / Paisley Rug–$79.99 and up
Floral Pillow$47.50 /  Solana Pouf–$216.00  Ceramic Vase–$26.35   Skyline Ottoman with Storage–$99.99 /
 Parson Chair–$171.00 set of 2 / Natasha Ottoman$649.99

 

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***  this is not a sponsored post, I’m just sharing the things I love

Thrifting Finds–All About The Brass

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On Valentine’s Day the hubs took me out for a day of thrifting.  Lately when we’ve gone thrifting we’ve shopped at my favorite antique stores and flea markets so this time around we decided to stop by several of our local Goodwill stores.

Shopping Goodwill is definitely hit or miss experience.  Sometimes you can score some great pieces but more often than not, the shelves are filled with undesirable pieces.  I’ve also noticed that over the last year or two, Goodwill seems to be increasing their prices so the deals you once could find are harder to come across now.

 The stars and planets must have aligned for Valentine’s Day because I found several awesome brass pieces and a few blue and white gems.

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This tulip shaped brass planter was in perfect condition and I’m thinking I’ll put a maiden hair fern or orchid in it.

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I also found these brass containers and will most likely sell these in my Etsy shop.

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Here’s some vintage brass inspiration for you…

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These blue and white tea cups were too cute to pass up especially for less than $3.00.

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 I love this Chinoiserie blue and white flower frog/brick and can image it filled with tulips.  After doing some research I discovered this piece was made in Portugal and was designed for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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And I scored these petite brass pots for .50 cents and think they’d be great for succulents.

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a little something like this…

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While I was thrifting, I also picked up a few pieces that I’m sending off to a fellow blogger as part of the Ciburbanity #SwapItLikeItsHot blog swap.  I super excited to be participating along with a slew of other bloggers and can’t wait to share it all with you in April.

If you haven’t honed your thrifting skills yet, you can read my thrifting tips here and my flea market shopping tips here.

Happy hunting!

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My Latest Thrifting Finds

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It’s been months since I’ve gone to the Scott Antique Show or done any major thrift store shopping.  I’ve been feeling the urge to do some shopping the last few weeks and decided to stop by one of my favorite thrift stores on Sunday.  I wasn’t looking for anything specific but I always go into a store with the hopes of stumbling along a great bargain.  I’m happy to say that my outing yielded some great finds.  Here’s a look at my latest thrifting finds:  

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The first item I came across was a set of 4 signed and numbered watercolor art pieces. The artist, Joan Heflin Rankin lives in Alabama and specializing in floral art. I think these would be great as part of a gallery wall or having as a collection in a bathroom.

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I found several blue and white pieces and this piece was definitely my favorite.  It’s a hexagon plate with a domed lid and I have to tell you, it’s simply stunning.  It The decision now is to keep it or sell it.

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This cute little sugar canister caught my attention right away.  I loved the floral design and the typography.  This is another keep or sell item.

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I also find this Chinoiserie designed hexagon shaped jar.  The touches of pink with the blue and white are really charming and I can just imagine it filled with a pink roses.

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I’ve got a thing for small dishes and couldn’t pass these up…they were only $1.00 each.  I’m going to use these to hold jewelry on dresser.

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I always sell these silver-plated toast racks when I put them in my Etsy shop.  I style them as a desk accessory to hold notecards and stationery which gives them a whole new purpose.  This one is really pretty because of the tray bottom and the beautiful scroll design.  The pattern is also on the bottom of the tray.

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And the last piece I bought was the adorable ceramic monkey holding a bowl.  Isn’t he the cutest?  Imagine him holding Meyer lemons or kumquat on a kitchen.

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For my first outing of the year I’m pretty happy with my thrifting finds.  I’m planning to go to the Scott Antique market next month and hope to find some more treasures for me and my Etsy shop.

I’m adding new items to the shop this week so stop by Friday and check it out.

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p.s.  anyone else have the thrifting fever??

Vintage Finds From Everything But The House

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Last Friday I told you about Everything But The House (EBTH), a revolutionary way to shop for vintage and antique items online.  After getting to know how the auction system works and how easy it is to place bids on EBTH, I decided to give it a try.

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One of the first things I purchased was this bamboo and wicker end table.  The table is manufactured by Emerald Craft Inc., was in really good shape and has classic bamboo furniture details.

The only thing I didn’t like about the piece was the color but I knew a couple of coats of spray paint would give the table a new personality.

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So here’s the new look after a couple of coats of gloss black spray paint.

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I’m so happy with the piece and how it looks now.  The size of the table is ideal for a corner or nook and works great as a spot to drop keys near the door.  I also like the three shelf surfaces which provide lots of decorating options.

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A smaller brass tray {thrifted} fit perfectly on the middle shelf and works great for extra storage.  And of course you know I love the combination of black and brass.

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I placed a stack of books on the lower shelf along with a blue and white ginger jar.  This beautiful Asian ginger jar is another piece I scored from EBTH.

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{glass zebra tray from Michaels, brass bowl was thrifted}

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New sales start everyday on EBTH so have fun bidding and I let me know if you win something awesome.

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My Coffee Table Has The Blues (but it’s happy)!

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I am constantly changing out the accessories on my coffee table but the one design element that remains a constant is a decorative tray.  I use trays because they add visual layers to the arrangement and they’re great for holding small decorative items and books.

You might remember this brown wood tray that often makes an appearance on my coffee table.  It’s sturdy, oversized and I like the texture and pattern of the woven liner but the tray was begging for a facelift.  As as thing go, changing the look of the tray led to a mini makeover with the coffee table decor.

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Books and flowers are usually the items that add color to the table arrangement but I wanted a bolder color statement so I gave the tray its new look with a coat of emerald green paint (Behr Crown Jewel #P420-7) and new gold handles.

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Emerald green has always been a color I love and I plan to use more of it in my fall decor.

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Once the tray got its facelift, I went about styling the table with some of my favorite pieces.  I recently started collecting blue and white chinoiserie and  love the combination of green, brass and blue & white.  The combo is eclectic and happy but still has a traditional feel which is right up my alley.

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Blue and white ceramics are such a hot design trend right now and I’ve been fortunate to score some great pieces at incredible prices from thrift stores, flea markets and a new shopping source I recently discovered (I’ll share more about it next week).

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My coffee table is fairly large and the color pops create the perfect contrast against the darker wood table.

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I love how the arrangement turned out and I think the colors are perfect for the last few weeks of summer.

When I’m ready to start decorating for fall, (I’m not there just yet) the DIY pumpkins I’m making will work great alongside the new tray and blue and white pottery.

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Product sources: 
Wood Tray–Tuesday Morning (purchased years ago)
Gold Handles (Ikea–spray painted gold)
Wood Box–Tuesday Morning (purchased years ago)
Wood Slice–Hobby Lobby
Gold Wishbone–Hobby Lobby
Small Blue & White Lidded Dish–Goodwill
Large Blue & White Vase–EBTH
Large Blue and White Lidded Bowl with Gold Trim–Local thrift store
Brass Turtle–Goodwill
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My Lastest Thrifting Finds

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It’s no secret that I love trolling the aisles of thrift stores and flea markets whenever I can.  It’s the thrill of finding a beautiful decorative piece or furniture that needs some TLC that makes it such fun.  I’m always on the lookout for new stores in the area and recently came across a new-to-me antique store that was filled with lots of great bargains.

As always, a few of the items I find when thrifting are for me and others are for my Etsy shop.  Here’s what I found recently…

Blue and white pottery is such a popular trend right now and finding nice vintage pieces is becoming harder and harder.  I found this lidded jar and this blue and white vase and both pieces are really substantial and are in great condition.

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Rarely do I pass up a tray when I see one and this woven wicker tray was a steal at only $1.00.  And the leather side handles were an added bonus.

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I spotted this little wooden chest one day but left it in the store.  I couldn’t get it out of my mind so I headed back the next day and snagged it.  The carving detail on the drawer fronts is really beautiful and I love the overall look of the piece.  It would make a really great jewelry cabinet and would also look great on a bookshelf.

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I have a major obsession with brass and found some great pieces.  A little polishing and these babies will be extra stunning.

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I loved the colors in this ceramic vase and the gold details make it even prettier.  I have so many ideas on how this piece can be used.

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Here’s a up close of the blue and white vase.

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And probably my favorite piece is the beautiful brass bowl and I’m trying to decide if I want to keep it or put it in the shop.

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The World’s Longest Yard Sale starts tomorrow and this is the first time in 4 years that the hubs and I won’t be making the trek.  So I don’t go through complete withdrawls, we’re planning a little weekend getaway and I plan to pop into a few shops along the way.   If you want to read about our WLYS trips you can read about them here and here.

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