Home for the Holidays!

This year really was all about home. I prepared for a magazine holiday photo shoot- it’ll be out next year, lips sealed til then! Pretty exciting, and I went festive on the entire house. It’s amazing what you can do with thrifted, estate saled, hunted down items, and it helps that I basically have a vintage prop closet in my studio. Stephan and I picked up quite a few new to us vintage holiday pieces this year and they certainly came in handy for the decor! I had a great time styling the house up and I think we got some great shots. I just looove working on these projects so much! I’ll share some select overall pics of the house, and if you want to see a lot more check out my instagram page, lots of details there!  LOTS!

Let’s start with the front of the house! We lucked out and had the perfect amount of festive snow for the shoot. I brought out the giant vintage 4×8 foot tree sign just for the occasion and it looked pretty cute outside or sweet bungalow. It’s on an original barn door from an old nursery, nabbed it at an estate sale a few years back.

                       

Now let’s head to my favorite room, the kitchen nook. Something magical happens with the snow, and aqua, and silver. It feels quiet and still and super relaxing in this spot. We love to look over the garden and watch the birds and squirrels from this spot. I added an aqua tree this year, a cozy rug, and a vintage tree skirt that is amazing!

Here’s a mix of lots of details. Pink poinsettia, new to me snowman mugs, the cute tree and tree skirt, wonderful silver wreath, custom aqua artgoodies stockings, some Russel Wright aqua melmac and Sweetielicious coconut cupcakes look like fluffy snowy treats!

                                                   

The kitchen got a mini makeover near the sink too. I used 4 artgoodies all over pattern snowflake tea towels and some pompon trim to create this look. Plus I decided a citrus fruit tree would be festive and bring in some nice color. We also made an awesome gingerbread house, you have to see the closeups on my instagram! And an artgoodies stripey elf towel looks right at home!

                     

I really went all out on our bedroom. It feels fun to have it really changed out and festive. Whatdya know, I had some red and green trays lying around, lol. I’d also been saving this amazing oak leaf mid century fabric and I had just the right amount for new curtains. Thing is, if you flip them upside down they look like cool funky holly leaves! I sewed up a couple of green pillows for some leftover fabric, and here’s one of my vintage scrap pillows I make from time to time. My friend Joleen recently gave me a couple of twin chenille bedspreads and layering them gave me the perfect coverage adding extra interest with more fringe, and I styled a nice vintage plaid throw with tray of goodies for extra coziness!

                         

Festive mania! I made the pole for these lonely vintage aluminum tree branches and filled them with green, red, and gold ornaments. Some festive tins, a sleigh, etc sit below, and would you believe I snagged this tree skirt at the dollar store!? There are some hidden gems amongst the straight up junk there. The other dresser got a healthy heaping of all sorts of vintage holiday deer, santas, etc! Lots of new to me pieces went in here. I styled in a couple jade colored planters and kitchen pieces to coordinate with my Summerettes shoe sign. And a trio of artgoodies doily stockings hang below!

                           

It was fun to style the newly redone den man room for the holiday. We snagged this tree at the Salvation Army for a mere $1.50! It was smashed up and tangled with terrible ornaments and multicolored lights, Within a half hour I had those cut off, puffed it out, and styled it up with mini white lights and vintage and copper colored ornaments. I love the result! I also won some loot at World Market since I found a golden llama during one of their promotions so I bought these new bottle brush wreaths and styled them as candle rings. I don’t do much new, but the colors were right on for the room. A pretty poinsettia, kissing angels, and some candles completed the cozy look.

                     

And the living room shelves got filled with vintage metal doll houses, a few decorated with wreaths, and trees outside. The aluminum tree in the window is one of 2 in the room. There are some fun details on my instagram including Santa’s Christmas Tree lot! Oh, and why not put a cozy fireplace on the tv to brighten the holiday mood.

Here’s the big tree! It sits in a pale pink stand that spins, and the vintage tree skirt is pretty great, but check out those packages covered in artgoodies wrapping paper! I whipped up a couple of more holiday themed pillows with vintage scrap too. And you can’t go wrong with an artgoodies MI pillow. There are SO many more pics and details, this is just the beginning. Happiest of Holidays to you and yours!

                               
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Holiday SALES n shipping!

It’s that time of year! I’m doing little house projects and decorating like mad for a holiday project! 🙂 Shipping out and making orders and keeping up with regular life activities have me busy busy! The vintage holiday section has about 100 pieces in it as usual, coming and going with a furry! So grab quick there! SALES-let’s get to it! I’m having sales all weekend through Tues in both my artgoodies etsy shop and also my vintage shop where you can SAVE up to 30% OFF! And here on my regular website there are Cyber Monday SALES starting today and going through the 30th! SHIPPING! I’m shipping every single day! If you buy directly from me, which I hope you will, the best way to support an independent designer/maker/curator of vintage things, is to buy straight from the source! SO, get your orders in asap, and keep in mind the following USPS domestic shipping dates, most of my packages will ship through the post office. First class cut off date-Dec 19th, Priority-20th, Express-22nd. Every year I’m scrambling to help some poor soul overnight a package. I’m happy to do all I can but really, by that point I’m tired, bleery eyed, probably have to walk 2 miles in the snow to get the package there, you get the idea, please please please, don’t do it, hahahahaa. That said, as usual I’m always happy to send packages directly to the recipient, wrapped in tissue and tied with a bow I can save you time and shipping money by sending direct! Happy Holidays all!

vintage 50s holiday card

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Color of the Month November 2017!

November! I’m feeling more chipper about the holiday season this year. Maybe it’s because we’re slated for a fun photo shoot, or because the temps have been awesome and I’ve been gardening away for what seems longer than normal. I did a big pre cold harvest in the garden to avoid the usual and sometimes flashlight assisted panic harvest. So much better, ha. We’ve also been busy gathering up all sorts of goodies for the vintage shop! Vintage holiday as well as the usual home goods. Plenty of vintage to choose from this season! Plus I’ve been working more in the studio: making, cleaning, and thinking of new plans and ideas which feels nice. I’ve really been on a bit of a hiatus, focusing on Stephan and I, the wedding, not feeling well before and after surgery, and just feeling tired from working SO hard for sooo long. I’m gearing back up though, so look out. Let’s get back to the Color of the Month, getting festive for Thanksgiving, and I’m already thinking holiday decor!

Fave vintage: Gurley candles, Warwick China, Pyrex, anchored by an embroidered napkin.

Fave vintage: another great fall tablecloth, napkins doubling as placemats, pyrex, squirrel planter, Warwick restaurant Ware dishes, and and artgoodies deer towel to finish it off.

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Color of the Month October 2017!

October! Fall! But the weather feels awesome like summer, so…hooray! The garden is still producing nicely and we’re enjoying a lot of time outside. We just celebrated our one year anniversary, my parents birthdays with a little lake visit, and tomorrow I celebrate 1 year of recovering from a major surgery and being overjoyed that what they thought was potentially cancerous was benign. WHAT. A. YEAR! There are so many things to say and yet I can’t quite find the right words. So instead, I give you color of the month October 2017!
Fave vintage: striped glasses from Brazil, orange casserole/fridgie, Halloween Gurley candles, Tang pitcher, pyrex mugs, juice glass, Halloween blow mold, artgoodies oak leaf towel up top, anchored by a black, probably mourning, hankie.

Fave vintage: striped glasses from Brazil, orange casserole/fridgie, Halloween Gurley candles, Tang pitcher, pyrex mugs, juice glass, Halloween blow mold, artgoodies oak leaf towel up top, anchored by a black, probably mourning, hankie.

                         
Fave vintage: awesome fall tablecloth, melmac plates, orange milk glass mugs, striped glasses, vintage napkins, leaf tray, dried florals, and an artgoodies quail tea towel.

Fave vintage: awesome fall tablecloth, melmac plates, orange milk glass mugs, striped glasses, vintage napkins, leaf tray, dried florals, and an artgoodies quail tea towel.

 
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Vintage Holiday Magazine Press!

I’m very excited to have part of my rare blue vintage Japanese holiday collection featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Vintage Holiday Magazine! AND my artgoodies stripey elf tea towel is on page 10 too! You’ll find my blue pals inside the cover, pages 20-21 with quotes and tips, and on page 130 in the very back.  Don’t forget I pack the vintage shop with over 100 great vintage holiday items every year so you can start or add to your own collection! It officially hits the newsstands Oct 3 and is a pretty fantastic issue! IMG_20170918_174657_764
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VINTAGE and Textile POP UP SHOP!

  I’m doing another Pop Up shop while I’ve got everything set up in the garage! Plus a friend just dropped off some estate items. I’ve been adding items daily, and I’ll be bringing out some more fall and holiday themed artgoodies! Plus there will be a clearance vintage and artgoodies tent! I even made some fall floral arrangements for purchase this time around!   Sept 21-23! Thursday and Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-4. 475 Julia St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 sale serving3
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September 2017 Color of the Month!

September! Wow. I’m working on embracing that early fall feeling, although it is STILL summer folks! Mornings are starting to get a bit chilly on the new side patio, but we are spending lots of time there. We have also been planting some new fall blooming friends like mums, asters, hyssop, and some spring bulbs. Plus, I’m harvesting garden goodies and making sauces, chopping, and freezing for what we are now calling “the off season”, ahem..aka..winter. As usual, I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around the garden going to sleep, but Stephan assures me that time outside will still be fun with activities like igloo building. Looks like I’ll have to up my outdoor winter wardrobe! So with that, color of the month! Aqua, in honor of our wedding brunch theme and 1st anniversary!
Fave vintage: aqua plastic butter dish, milk glass coffee mugs, cute lady brush, aqua topped aluminum shakers, Regaline plastic bowl, anchored on a napkin. Mugs available in the vintage shop, the other items are from my personal collection.

Fave vintage: aqua plastic butter dish, milk glass coffee mugs, cute lady brush, aqua topped aluminum shakers, Regaline plastic bowl, anchored on a napkin. Mugs available in the vintage shop, the other items are from my personal collection.

Fave vintage: adorable tablecloth with scallop edge, melmac cups, platter, and these Texasware plates, aqua plaid napkins, and an artgoodies ring tea towel since it's our anniversary month 💍💞 And, of course some flowers from the garden. Shop all my tea towels, link in bio. Plus a set of 7 of these melmac cups in the vintage shop and the plates heading there soon!

Fave vintage: adorable tablecloth with scallop edge, melmac cups, platter, and these Texasware plates, aqua plaid napkins, and an artgoodies ring tea towel since it’s our anniversary month 💍💞 And, of course some flowers from the garden. Shop all my tea towels on site. Plus a set of 7 of these melmac cups in the vintage shop and the plates heading there soon!

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The Garden

The garden, we are all about it, and it’s super fun to work on together. Last year Stephan dug out the bamboo grass I planted long long ago that had marched out of control and we replanted the back garden. This year we decided to dig out more grass out front, remove some bushes, replace them with hydrangeas, and also add a lot more flowers into the mix. We are working our way to being as grass free as possible, and made some major headway this year. More on the front yard later. The side yard where I’ve had my raised beds for veggies needed some help this year. 2 of the 3 raised beds were rotted due to age. SO, we decided to completely dig out the entire side yard, put down a path, a patio, and then expand the veggie gardens planting right into the ground. Best decision ever! It’s great because the back yard flows nicely into the side yard now, and we spend a ton of time on the new side patio. IMG_20170602_125231189_HDR IMG_20170531_221700_842 IMG_20170608_185551_072 IMG_20170613_194857_104 (1) We usually take our coffee and some fruit or snacky breakfast out there and we can see both the veggie garden and the back yard. We’ve also focused on planting even more bird, butterfly, and bee friendly plants which I already had a nice base of. It’s really made a difference and we love it. We have several different kinds of butterflies: monarch, cabbage, swallowtail, black swallowtail. All sorts of bees bumble about everyday, and the birds, especially the yellow finches are having a heyday with all the new seeds they can eat. Plus we’ve seen an increase in hummingbird sightings which is also super fun! We love our little city sanctuary backyard. We have so many varieties of birds, some bunnies, big squirrels, lil squirrels, chipmunks, and so many different bee friends. The flowers are beautiful and provide such gorgeous color throughout the season. The veggie garden has been producing so much great food, it’s just awesome. I’ve been busy freezing and making delicious meals with the bounty. We are enjoying: lettuce, chard, arugula, onions, several different kinds of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, green beans, kale, some squash and carrots are on the way, plus we can’t wait to harvest the fennel seed this fall. It’s amazing what you can do with a small space and how much it can provide for both you, and the wildlife friends. It’s good for you and the environment! Here’s a super quick video tour as well! The fence which is usually covered in vines is barren, seems to be a bad yer for some pests so we stripped the fence of the ill plants to control the problem and applied neem oil on the plants. Seemed to work pretty good and we avoided the use of gross chemicals too! Follow me on instagram for more insight into the garden, cooking, studio, fresh vintage finds etc!  IMG_20170827_104948_638 IMG_20170825_190751_885 IMG_20170811_195301_216 IMG_20170722_105137_068 (1) IMG_20170718_185557_350 (2) IMG_20170708_203954_704 (1) IMG_20170701_082245_830 (1) IMG_20170624_205605_745 (1) IMG_20170624_094921_330 IMG_20170822_110456_043 IMG_20170721_115403_980 IMG_20170723_132000_123 IMG_20170825_185418_781 IMG_20170819_202814681 IMG_20170819_202757263
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Color of the Month August 2017

August! I’d like to remind people who complain that summer is pretty much over that there is plenty of time to be outside and enjoy the amazing weather and garden time! Enjoy it folks, soak it in! We sure have been enjoying cottage time, gardening, patio time, and watching: the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, butterflies, etc, it’s so awesome! august vignette 2017 Fave vintage: the yellow and gold ceramic peacock, gorgeous canister set, cream n sugar set, piggy planter, salt n p’s, flower glass, coffee mugs, yellow ware bowl, anchored on a Navy hankie that says friend. Lots of great pieces this month. Head to the vintage shop to buy most of it! august table setting color month How bout that this sunshine yellow melmac! Bright and fun just like summer! Flowers from the garden too! Fave vintage: the melmac, of course, plaid napkins, flower glasses, and bold tablecloth!
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