December Color of the Month

Tis the Season where color of the month gets taken over by my holiday table and display! This year I wanted to do something different for the table setting. I’ve had this amazing aqua themed holiday tablecloth for some time and my parents got me this aqua Russel Wright set this summer, great find! It goes great together and adds a fresh feel to the table.

The blue backed house shaped shelf fits right in with my other vintage crates making for a nice display setting. So many new vintage pieces this year too! Follow my artgoodies instagram account for close ups of these gems, exclusive sales, etc.

 
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HOLIDAY POP UP SHOP!

Holiday Pop Up Shop! Fri Nov 2 from 4-7 pm and Saturday Nov 3 from 10-4. Lots of great holiday vintage, thermos n plaid blankets for cozy cabin vibes, glassware and housewares to make your holiday baking and parties complete, plus, of course, select artgoodies holiday and regular textile products! (tea towels, aprons, pillows, etc!) We’re celebrating our 18 page home spread in Vintage Holiday Magazine with special deals and a raffle too!
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Vintage Holiday Magazine Home Feature!!!

Hooray! I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to have our home featured in the Fall issue of Vintage Holiday Magazine! 18 whopping pages of gorgeous photos by David Sparks, EIGHTEEN! You have to see this in print, the colors and pics are so bright and crisp, they turned out so so great! It should be out in about another week I’d say. On top of the photos, I give design tips etc. My house was also featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Cottage Style Magazine which was incredible, and I also had a blast styling it for that too! SO so much fun, I’d absolutely love to get more stylist work! I’ve had the honor of working with Vintage Holiday on a couple of previous occasions where they featured parts of my collection so I was absolutely thrilled about the whole house shoot. I had so much fun styling up the entire house for this, and also being the photo shoot stylist day of. At first I thought it was just the main living area but then they asked to see the bedrooms so I transformed them into holiday heaven. I’ve obviously gathered quite the collection over the years. My focus is on vintage Japan holiday decor and I’ve been able to get quite a few unusual pieces while gathering goods for my customers. You can purchase vintage holiday both in my etsy shop here and also in my new Instagram shop here. I’ll be listing items all season, and act fast, great holiday vintage has already been flying out the door! Plus I’ll be listing a few pieces here and there that I used as styling props but aren’t my absolute favorites. AND you can, of course, purchase the artgoodies holiday product you see throughout the magazine pages and then some here on my website. I can’t wait to decorate this season, we’ve picked up some great new pieces at estate sales this year! I don’t know why this text is all running together, technology, ha.
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Color of the Month August 2018!

August! People are starting to complain about how summer is over. Nope, there’s still 2 solid months! It’s beautiful and warm and it’s NOT over. The first day of fall is September 22. Bold color and strawberries make this month’s color of the month scream happy summer!

Fave vintage: old fashioned glasses, chef, and also the other recipe box, gorgeous flower glasses, and fun clearance hang tags, anchored by a red striped edge napkin.

Fave vintage: strawberry tablecloth, Fire King dishes, star napkins, raised pattern mugs, red melmac plate with a cast aluminum dish, and an artgoodies strawberry organic tea towel too!

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Mega Pop Up Shop!

Once again I’ll be bringing my artgoodies and vintagegoodies shops to life in a Pop Up Style Boutique here in Grand Rapids, MI! Lots of great pieces, including vintage and studio clearance. This pic is from a few years ago, but you get it, loads n loads of organized delightful goods! Vintage housewares galore, small furniture, artgoodies products, vintage textiles, and whatever else I find between now and then! A sale not to be missed!
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Front Garden Time!

We love gardening together and we’ve been working on going grass free, basically we have just one patch in the back left. This year in the front we tore out the grass between the road and sidewalk and got a couple car loads of free bricks from a place that was the original dairy in our neighborhood, so cool! We dug out and made square sections in that area and then planted creeping thyme in between. And if you recall, we dug out almost all the grass in front last year and split and planted even more perennials including some white hydrangeas. The front has just taken off and everything is so happy and healthy! We’re going to rip out the bottom strip of grass and finish with more rocks and plants to help hold the slope in. We’re loving all the color and bird, bee, butterfly friendly plants! Plus I got a super cute love seat for the outside front porch and used a small hamper for a mini table which turns the space into another small outdoor room. Great for rainy day coffee outside!    
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Color of the Month July 2018!

July! With the heat at the beginning of this month I guess the warm coral color for this month’s post is more than appropriate! I’m not a huge fan of super hot, however, these temps make for the perfect cottage days floating in the lake!

Fave vintage: fun plastic play kitchen, coral speckled melmac including hard to find salt n p’s! And a really unusual McDonald’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers Boy Scout milk glass mug by Anchor Hocking, haven’t found any info about that yet. Plus a peach stripe border napkin as an anchor.

Fave vintage: speckled coral melmac, it’s the Gaiety line by Brookpark, designed by Joan Luntz. I tend to keep the aqua for myself but love the coral too. I had a gorgeous floral arrangement for the center that styles better, BUT I’ve never ever had a melmac bonbon tray so there it is! Back to vintage faves: peach border napkins, fiesta tablecloth, and a coral shell artgoodies towel (also available in navy) because it’s July and it’s lake/beach season!

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Color of the Month June 2018

June! Suddenly it feels like summer is in full swing! We’ve been gardening away, which absolutely needs its very own blog post, and enjoying patio dinners, and a weekend away here and there. This month blue and green are on the scene, let’s get right into color of the month!

Fave vintage: salt n P’s, little wood figure, glass shakers, cuuuute little vintage kitchen still in the package-parts of it are tumbled over but I can’t figure out quite yet how to not rip it to get it stabilized in there. And Marcrest Stetson Swiss Chalet mugs, cute Lustroware recipe box, Holiday thermos, and a vintage napkin on the big gold tray.

Fave vintage: tablecloth, blue stripe napkins, texas ware melmac plates, Iris glasses, a wee bouquet from the yard, and an artgoodies organic sailboat tea towel because it’s basically summer! Don’t forget to look for lots of color of the month items in my vintage shop.

 
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Color of the Month May 2018

May! It’s all about getting the garden rolling around here. We’re super excited to see everything we worked on popping up this season, and we have the veggie garden in about 3 weeks earlier this year. Last year we got a new roof and were waiting on that to be done so the garden didn’t get destroyed in the process. We saw a bee house last year and thought it was pretty interesting and cool. Our pollinator pals need all the help they can get these days. So after some research we decided to build a big giant one around Buddah. We got some old antique crates at an estate sale and I started building those together and adding more pieces. Utilizing some of the free bricks we got from our front yard project, as well as the old cedar boards from the raised beds that were rotting. We upcycled quite a bit with this house actually including some hard cardboard rolls from inside fabric bolts. There are a few spots to fill in but we’ve seen some bees buzzing about their new home already! And that brings me to the honey colored color of the month, including my artgoodies Save the Bees Tea Towel!

Fave vintage: ceramic bowl made in Western Germany, Pyrex cream and sugar. Pepsi glass in all sorts of languages, amber juice glasses, instant coffee holder, and horse chalkware. Anchored on a vintage napkin, and awesome huge gold tray.

Fave vintage: simple plaid tablecloth, melmac plates and cups and saucers, and a little brown designed edge milk glass handled bowl. A few daffodils from the yard, along with the usual napkins and silverware join the table. And last but certainly not least, an artgoodies Save the Bees Please towel! Available in shop or message me your email and I’ll send you and invoice. $18 each for my hand printed certified organic tea towels. Designed with love by me!

   
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Color of the Month April 2018!

Yay, April! Of course, I’m nearly garden obsessed. I’ve got some heirloom seeds sprouting this year, and we’re well on the way with our project out front. We got some free bricks from what used to be a dairy in our neighborhood and we’re in the process of getting rid of more grass and making a little pattern out front. And we’ve got big ideas for something new along the driveway side. This month’s color of the month has me feeling like driving down a country road, stopping at some farm stands, picking up some old time treasures, and having a picnic with a slice of pie. I had planned to have my 1953 Chevy pickup about now, but that dream awaits. I’m really longing for a slower paced feeling in today’s fast paced world. I’m focused on all that inspires me and creating even more of that feeling around me. Like the cigar box says, breathe, haha. Many items available in the vintage shop!

Fave vintage-my grandfather’s cigar box, tomato juice glasses, awesome rare Mobil Gas glass, rooster glasses, coffee mug, tape tin, thermos, canister, grounded by a vintage napkin.

Fave vintage: cute covered bridge vintage tablecloth, Fire King plates, pie carrier, red fired on milk glass mugs, red striped napkins, jadite plate, and an artgoodies all over pattern bike towel!

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