Color of the Month! Summer Fall-Out!

The color of the month in my every changing display is red orange. It reminds me of the summer heat but gets me ready for the fall color to come. I know, you don't want to think about fall, but it's coming! The weather is getting a bit cooler, schools starting up again, and it's time to harvest and enjoy fantastic fall colors such as these! And it'll add a serious boost of color!

I can't believe it's time again for color of the month! This time it's ode to red orange. It reminds me of the summer heat but gets me ready for the fall color to come. I know, you don't want to think about fall, me neither, but it's coming, and beloved summer is slowly slipping away! The weather is beginning to get a bit cooler, schools starting up again, and it's time to harvest goodies and soon enjoy fantastic fall colors such as these! And any way you stack it, red orange will give you a great boost of color year round!

These great thermal cups will take you from summer to fall! I love the little star design! And you can serve up hot or iced tea and these cups will be perfect for both!
These great thermal cups will take you from summer to fall! I love the little star design! And you can serve up hot or iced tea and these cups will be perfect for both!
Dont worry, theres still plenty of time left for lobster boils at the beach! This fantastic artgoodies lobster block print towel is perfect for a beachy place and will remind you of great summertime fun year round!
Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time left for lobster boils at the beach! This fantastic artgoodies lobster block print towel is perfect for a beachy place and will remind you of great summertime fun year round!
These large scale glass salt and ps will hold plenty of seasoning for family get togethers!
These large scale glass salt and p’s will hold plenty of seasoning for family get togethers!
Its starting to cool off a bit and its hard to believe that fall is just on the horizon! This set of red orange melmac cups and saucers are the perfect thing for all your entertaining needs! Sip some hot cider in these!

This set of red orange melmac cups and saucers are the perfect thing for all your entertaining needs! Perfect for some cider!

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Whole Foods Chicago

Here's a close up of artgoodies at the Kingsbury Square Whole Foods Mega Store in Chicago! It's the largest one in the US and let me tell you it's giant. If they had showers and bunks you'd really never have to leave! There's even a bar, a wine and cheese bar, a diner, and a whole bunch of other food places in the food court. They invited me down to talk to customers on their local vendor demo day!

Here's a close up of artgoodies at the Kingsbury Square Whole Foods Mega Store in Chicago! It's the largest one in the US and let me tell you it's GIANT. I was told it's 90,000 square feet. If they had showers and bunks you'd really never have to leave! There's even a bar, a wine and cheese bar, a diner, and a whole bunch of other fab food places besides the amazing groceries! They invited me down to talk to customers on their local vendor demo day!

Here's what the set looks like! And there's a little buy Midwest sign too with a pic of yours truly!
Here’s what the set looks like! Right around the corner from the produce, and there’s a little buy Midwest sign too with a pic of yours truly!  Snazzy!
Here's my demo cart. I brought along some different designs than they ordered last to give customers a bigger selection. I also brought one of my blocks to assist customers in understanding my process.
Here’s my demo cart. I brought along some different designs than they ordered last to give customers a bigger selection. I also brought one of my blocks to assist customers in understanding my process.
Me at the end of the day with my cart of artgoodies to go!
Me at the end of the day with my cart of artgoodies! I had a good time talking to customers and also watching people’s produce buying habits, particularly melons, fascinating! I could have a whole post on just that!
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Cottage Style

On the way to our family cottage there's a sweet little apple orchard which I will be posting about this fall. I stopped by to pick some apples up at the adorable road side stand a talked to the guy who runs the joint. He has planted 900,000 sunflowers this year around his field of alphalpha. It sure makes for a pretty drive down the road to the lake!

On the way to our family cottage there's a sweet little apple orchard which I will be posting about this fall. My mom and I stopped by to pick up some apples at the adorable roadside stand. In talking with the guy who runs the joint he told us he had planted 900,000 sunflowers this year around his field of alfalfa. Wowee! It sure makes for a pretty drive down the road to the lake! I stopped to nab a pic and he was gracious enough to let me nab a few stems!

You can't get much cuter cottage style than this! I bought my mom this repro glider for our family cottage a few years back. Every year she plants pink impatients in these vintage swan containers. I whipped up these adorable shabby chic pillows from a gorgeous hand sewn quilt, they'll be available soon in my vintage shop! And what's summer without a bouquet of sunflowers!
Although it’s a little cool and the clouds are about to burst into rain at any moment here’s a spot on the porch that suits me just fine! You can’t get much cuter cottage style than this! I bought my mom this repro glider for Mother’s Day a few years back. Every year she plants pink impatients in vintage swan containers and the cute shabby chic cottage style pillows will be available on my vintage shope shortly! I just whipped them up from a very small gorgeous hand sewn quilt. And what’s summer without a bouquet of sunflowers, especially when they are from your local friendly farmer!
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Saturday Salsa!

One of my favorite places Saturday morning is the Farmers Market! Growing up it was a weekly trip in the summer gathering all kinds of freshy fresh fruits and veggies to can and to freeze. Today I picked up all these ingredients for some super fresh salsa! I'm allergic to tomatoes so instead I'm using tomatillos which are related but in a different genus so no hives for me! I'm also using annaheim peppers, serrano peppers, hot and sweet hungarian banana peppers, cilantro, onion, garlic, salt, lime, and a teeny jalapeno from my own garden.

One of my favorite places Saturday morning is the Farmers Market! Today I picked up all these ingredients for some super freshy fresh green salsa! I'm allergic to tomatoes so instead I'm using tomatillos. They are related, but in a different genus so no hives for me! I'm also using annaheim peppers, serrano peppers, hot and sweet hungarian banana peppers, cilantro, onion, garlic, salt, lime, and a teeny jalapeno from my own garden.

I make the salsa up into small batches combining them into a large bowl. I never super precise when I cook so every batch is a little different until all the ingredients are gone. I stirred it all together in the end added another splash of lime and a pink of salt and volia! A super fresh snack!
I made the salsa up into small batches combining them into a large bowl. I’m never super precise when I cook so every batch is a little different. I stirred it all together and added another splash of lime and a pinch of salt and voila! A super fresh snack!
Finished! 3 pints and one quart later I've got plenty of salsa for a quick snack, or to add to chili or other recipes. I stick the jars in the fridge for a couple days and then divide them up into smaller batches for the freezer, that way all the delicious flavors have a little time to mesh! YUM!
Finished! 3 pints and 1 quart later I’ve got plenty of salsa for a quick snack, or to add to chili or other recipes. I stick the jars in the fridge for a couple days and then divide them up into smaller batches for the freezer, that way all the delicious flavors have a little time to combine! YUM! and look at that color!
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Make way for Trays!

I LOVE trays! I accidentally started a collection. I know, accidentally? Yes, it just happened. The colors and graphics really grab my attention. Trays are useful for serving up guests, catching odds and ends, organizing projects, and my favorite home decor! They are lots of ways trays can add a splash of color. Prop them up against a wall behind some plants, hang one on a wall in your kitchen, display some favorite pieces on them on a side table, or create a little dispay like I have in my bedroom! I love this corner! It really makes the room feel complete and it's oh so cute! These are some of my faves!
I LOVE trays! I accidentally started a collection. I know, accidentally? Honestly, it just happened, and I continue to be a magnet for them.  The colors and graphics really grab my attention. Trays are useful for serving up guests, catching odds and ends, organizing projects, and my favorite home decor! There are lots of ways trays can add a splash of color. Prop them up against a wall behind some plants, hang one on a wall in your kitchen, display some favorite pieces on a side table, or create a little dispay like I have in my bedroom! I love this corner! It really makes the room feel complete and adds a lot of charm, not to mention it’s oh SO cute! These are some of my fave trays. Below are a few available in my shop. I actually have an entire section in my shop called trays and tins and I’ve got a pile of beauties just waiting to be added! Afterall, I can’t keep them all for myself! P.S. this is the shot I took for this adorable flower duvet cover, I’ve got 2 of them in my shop!
This is a gorgeous large molded fiberglass tray! And Ive got several available! Gorgeous color and pattern, this one even looks great mixed in with other items at the holidays!
This is a gorgeous large molded fiberglass tray! And I’ve got several available! Gorgeous color and pattern! Believe it or not  this one even looks great mixed in with other items at the holidays!
Souvenir trays like this one with cupholders are super handy not only for drinks but also for organizing supplies like beads and buttons! Check out the other state trays  in my shop!
Souvenir trays like this one with cupholders are super handy not only for drinks but also for organizing supplies like beads and buttons! Check out the other state trays in my shop!
A totally rare piece from the Jewel Tea Collection made by Hall. This is a gem for a collection and a gorgeous addition if you collect the dishes!
A totally rare piece from the Jewel Tea Collection made by Hall. This is a gem for a collection and a gorgeous addition if you collect the dishes!
I love this! Above my closet I put up some shelves with little ledges meant for holding pictures. I've added some of my tray collection in black and greens and mixed it with one of my prints and a great little swan chalkware piece. I love this easy and cute idea for displaying them!
I love this! Above my closet I put up some shelves with little ledges meant for holding pictures. I’ve added some of my tray collection in black and greens and mixed in some artwork and a great little swan chalkware piece. I love this easy and cute idea for displaying them! What a great way to add interest to a room while displaying a collection!
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we all scream for ICE CREAM!

a delicious artgoodies block print ice cream stuffie, and the best part? This treat never melts so you can enjoy it forever!

a delicious artgoodies block print ice cream stuffie, and the best part? This treat never melts, so you can enjoy it forever!

My latest block print design and my first 2 color artgoodies design! The block has been selectively inked to achieve the 2 colors, it takes longer to print but its SO delicious! Who can resist a minty fresh treat!
My latest block print design and my first 2 color artgoodies design! The block has been selectively inked to achieve the 2 colors, it takes longer to print but it’s SO delicious! Who can resist a minty fresh treat!
The inspiration! A delicious Bonnie Doon mint green ice cream cone!
The inspiration! A delicious Bonnie Doon mint green ice cream cone!
My persoanl fave, plain mint green ice cream from Bonnie Doon, a summer time treat!
It happens to be a personal fave!  I was in town this past weekend so I got to enjoy a delish Bonnie Doon treat! YUM!
The sign outside Bonnie Doons in Mishawaka, IN. We used to go here all the time when we visited my grandma. Sometimes we'd eat in but most of the time we'd call in enough burgers and fries for 6 people and some ice cream to go. Yummy!
The sign outside Bonnie Doon’s in Mishawaka, IN. We used to go here all the time when we visited my grandma. Sometimes we’d eat in but most of the time we’d call in enough burgers and fries for 6 people and some ice cream to go. Yummy!
The is the 4th St. location, original decor and all. My mom grew up going her and so did I.
The is the 4th St. location, original decor and all. My mom also grew up going here! What a great spot to hang out after school or when you deserved a special treat!
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The raker, the baker, and the printmaker.

I like old school hand tools and I never wanted an electric hand mixer. Then I found this, a pink Regent Pride mixer, I picked it up last summer for a ridiculous $4! It works like a charm and is always ready to help me whip up a treat!
I like old school hand tools and I never wanted an electric hand mixer. Then I found THIS. A pink Regent Pride mixer, I picked it up last summer for a ridiculous $4! It works like a charm and is always ready to help me whip up a treat!
After a hard day at work I got a little sugar craving which really is quite unusual for me. I don't have a whole lot in the cupboards these days but I had picked up a box of all natural lemon cake mix. I mixed it up and divided the batter into small bread pans. Then I made some delish buttercream frosting from scratch.  I added some tangerine flavor to the light peach frosting for an extra treat. I was inspired by a new find, a vintage cake decorating book and remembered I had a little decorator set in the cupboard! I think it turned out so cute! Then when it was all done I dropped this little sweet treat off for a couple of dear friends!
After a hard day at work in the studio AND the yard I got a little sugar craving which really is quite unusual for me.  My friend Mary stopped by yesterday and we chatted about the cakes she’s been baking. Then I remembered a box of all natural lemon cake mix I picked up a while back ! I mixed it up and divided the batter into small bread pans. Then I made some delish buttercream frosting from scratch.  The light peach frosting has some tangerine flavor added in for an extra treat. I was also inspired by a new find, a vintage cake decorating book and remembered I had a little vintage decorator set in the cupboard! I think it turned out so cute! Then when it was all done I dropped this little sweet treat off for a couple of dear friends to enjoy!
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The Vintage Closet

First I'd like to introduce you to my new friend, Ducky. He's happy to twirl his cane if you wind him up! And sorry, he's going into my personal collection for now so he's not up for grabs at the moment.

First I'd like to introduce you to my new friend, Ducky. He just came to live with me today! He's happy to twirl his cane if you wind him up! And sorry, he's going into my personal collection for now so he's not up for grabs at the moment. I'd say he's my fave find of the week!

Let me introduce you to THE VINTAGE CLOSET. This is the old coal and canning room in my house. It's just off of my studio and it holds some personal belongings, supplies, and well a whole lotta vintage! This is where most of the vintage I sell lives. I try to categorize by color, one because it looks awesome and 2 because it makes things easier to find. When a vintage order comes in I march over to The Vintage Closet and grab the items. I've been getting gobs of treasures lately and it is full up! Today I decided I needed to do a little mini makeover. I zipped off to the hardware store and picked up some paint and boards. This is the before and below is the after!
Now, let me introduce you to THE VINTAGE CLOSET. This is the old coal and canning room in my house. It’s just off of my studio and it holds some personal belongings, supplies, and well a whole lotta vintage! This is where most of the vintage I sell lives. I try to categorize by color, one because it looks awesome and two because it makes things much easier to find. When a vintage order comes in I march over to The Vintage Closet and grab the items. I’ve been getting gobs of treasures lately and it is full up! Today I decided I needed to do a little mini makeover. I zipped off to the hardware store and picked up some paint and boards. This is the before and below is the after!
painting the wall aqua melmac blue really spruces up the vintage closet, and with a drill and a chop saw a gal can whip up some shelves in a matter of minutes!
painting the wall aqua melmac blue really spruces up the vintage closet, and with a drill and a chop saw a gal can whip up some shelves in a matter of minutes!
DSCN0112DSCN0111Now you can see the glassware! And there’s a little bit more room for all the treasures! I only bought enough wood for 3 shelves but I may leave the bottom shelf without the riser to stow away some larger pieces. I love the blue and yellow combo, much better don’t ya think. If you see something you like you can find it at http://www.vintagegoodies.etsy.com
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It’s a cock-a-doodle-DO!

Dont forget, sometimes artgoodies makes these very limited framed pieces with gorgeous vintage fabrics! This one will surely add some pizazz to any room!

Roosters have been a cute and kitschy theme in kitchens for well, just about ever! They are still a DO and this limited framed piece with gorgeous vintage fabric is no exeption! This one will surely add some pizazz to any room!

If youve got a rooster themed kitchen, and heck even if you dont this artgoodies rooster towel wont let you down!
If you’ve got a rooster themed kitchen, and heck even if you don’t this artgoodies rooster towel won’t let you down!
How totally perfect! A must have to hang your artgoodies rooster towel off of! A cute and kitcshy vintage piece, totally a DO!
How totally perfect! A must have to hang your artgoodies rooster towel off of! A cute and kitcshy vintage piece, totally a DO!
the roosters on this vintage glass mean business, I mean check out that strut! a perfect juice glass to get your day started!
the roosters on this vintage glass mean business, I mean check out that strut! a perfect juice glass to get your day started!
This vintage chalkware rooster is something special,, AND would be a perfect companion to an artgoodies rooster towel!
This vintage chalkware rooster is something special, AND would be a perfect companion to an artgoodies rooster towel!
block print rooster stuffie perfect for home, office, or play, sewn together with vintage fabric and stuffed with polyfil. And FYI, with all this CSPIA business artgoodies inks have been tested and are confirmed 100% lead free!
block print rooster stuffie perfect for home, office, or play, sewn together with vintage fabric and stuffed with polyfil. And FYI, with all this CSPIA business artgoodies inks have been tested and are confirmed 100% lead free!
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hello YELLOW!

Headin up the hello yellow look is my latest artgoodies towel! Inspired by the swans at our family cottage its been hanging about my mind for some time. And one thing I love is a cute vintage scallop design! I am working on this ever changing display on my side buffet in my dining room. The color this month is yellow!  Ive gathered some of my personal collection as well as items in my vintage shop. A perfect way to enjoy a blast of color this July!  How can you get this look at your place??? Grab a swan towel and also check out links to the items to purchase!

Headin up the hello yellow look is my latest artgoodies block print towel! Inspired by the swans at our family cottage it's been hanging about my mind for some time. And one thing I love is a cute vintage scallop design! I am working on this ever changing display on my side buffet in my dining room. The color this month is yellow! I've gathered some of my personal collection as well as items in my vintage shop. A perfect way to enjoy a blast of color this July! How can you get this look at your place??? Grab a swan towel and also check out the vintage items below!

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adorable and kitschy birdie shot glass! Tweet tweet!
adorable and kitschy birdie shot glass! Tweet tweet! and I’ve got a few available!
even your bathroom can be bursting with vintage yellow goodness with these like new towels!
even your bathroom can be bursting with vintage yellow goodness with these like new towels!
cute canister perfect for kitchen or studio! I love to stash receipts in these!
cute canister perfect for kitchen or studio! I love to stash receipts in these!
adorable melmac plates, perfect for a summer table setting!
adorable melmac plates, perfect for a summer table setting!
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