check out the ever changing display at months end, what will it be next month??? stay tuned!

Home for the Holidays Part 2

I’m a little delinquent on my post here. Because well, I wasn’t home for the holidays for a week, I was off doing my Magical Pop Up Shop! I’ll do another lengthier post soon on the tree shop. I came home from that and literally got out of the car and ran down the steps into the studio and starting shipping like crazy! Bing bang bam packages and product flying everywhere and out the door to all my awesome customers!  I was shipping through the 23rd, with a half a day escape to put my tree shop display in storage so I could park in my garage, and a lunch visit with a dear family friend on the 22nd. Then with a half a day to prep for family coming on the 24th and 25th and a project in between, well, my legs felt like noodles from exhaustion and there’s not much rest here still.  And here in the exhaustion, the rest of the holiday decor happened, so last minute, there was almost no real tree this year, and then there were 2 because I was so late they were half off, so why not. Enjoy the decor, and Happy New Year to you and yours! Stay safe if the weather outside is frightful. The Christmas eve and day walks were welcome and the dandelion sighting was odd, we knew it couldn’t last.We’re now in the middle of an ice storm here in MI, yep, winter has finally found us again.
plaid christmas day table setting 2015

Christmas Day table setting, well, almost, I had to add another row of tables and seating for the rest of the gang but I was almost there. Lucky for me my vintage closet provides a nice array of props when I do my color of the month settings, and at holiday and for special occcasions 🙂

dining room full view, tree table, wall

You may have noticed I moved the small aluminum tree and replaced it with a real tree in it’s usual place of honor, smells so good! A view from the kitchen into the dining and living room.

   
kitchen nook silver aqua

The kitchen nook. All is calm all is bright. Custom aqua artgoodies doily stockings, a vintage bottlebrush tree on the table with my Marcrest Stetson Swiss Chalet plates, pinecone shaped lights, and tinsel wreath with blue vintage bells and ball accents. I love the icy holiday magic here.

 
dining room window side

A rare look at the other side of the dining room. Switched the drapes out again with a pair that hung in my grandma’s dining room. A clock from my great grandmother, grandpa’s stereo, an array of gold holiday decor and globe atop a vintage George Nelson and Assoc tray, amazing vintage Peabody fibgerglass chair, vintage flokati rug accent, and handmade vintage deer trim pillow., oh and a mid century planter as well.

front porch closer look

Here’s a new space for my holiday decor. I got a skinny mini tree and some new blue, green, and white lights and thought, YES, a blue and green front porch vintage style holiday! The little tree has vintage blue and green ornaments with handmade bead snowflakes and a few new ones too. A vintage angel topper, and a little handmade vinyl vintage tree skirt complete the look. artgoodies recycled felt stockings in snowflake and elf hang above, snowflake pillows, and elf stuffies replace some of my usual pillows, and the awesome vintage hand painted reindeer sign fits perfectly on the wall! And you can see it from outside, so bonus, it greets guests with a happy holiday vibe!

living room tree window

Here’s where the little aluminum tree went, which worked out great since I could light up both little blow molds! The perfect size to be featured in the window, and I decided to keep that antique stand I had for sale, it worked perfectly for this tree!

vintage toolbox arrangement front door

And speaking of greeting guests. I just love this little vintage toolbox I thrifted a few years back. It’s really fun to change out seasonally. It’s amazing how much your little city yard can provide. Look at all the magic stuffed into this little box! 3 different style pine cedar branches, pine cones, berries, dried flower seed pods, some silvery sage. It’s so welcoming at the door and always fun to design! This year as I pulled my geraniums out I even had one with a bud, on Dec 23rd!

 
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Home for the Holidays Part 1

In lieu of color of the month, the annual home for the holidays December edition! I’m hustling and bustling as usual over here and getting ready to go to Chicagoland in a week for my magical pop up shop INSIDE the bottom of the giant Christmas tree! So I’m extra busy, no time to waste!
blog holiday 2015 side

It’s fun to mix up the holiday display a little every year! A change in the boxes including the addition of a little house shaped one, some new blow mold lights, a plastic Santa cookie jar, new bottle brush trees, a few new colored reindeer, and a few new small friends too! I have sold some pieces in case you’re wondering, and you might wanna head to the vintage shop to scope out the well stocked vintage holiday section there! After the feature in Vintage Holiday Magazine Fall 2015 issue I felt like I could let a few pieces go and begin to rotate a bit.

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A nice shot of the dining room table and the credenza display!

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Table setting Dec 2015! I LOVE the icy winter look of this! The vintage moonstone glass dishes lend themselves so nicely with the blue! A few blue corsages add a nice touch, and a little Shiny Brite table top tree is always a favorite holiday accent of mine, plus you can’t go wrong with an artgoodies snowflake towel!

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Color of the Month November 2015

And suddenly, just like that, it’s November! I’m busy working on some new products and projects, more on those soon. Plus holiday prep continues! For now, let’s get right to the festive fall color of the month!
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Fave vintage: 2 different recipe boxes, peach straw weave bowls, duck glasses, gurley turkey candle, juice glasses, and embroidered linen

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Fave vintage: bold striped vintage tablecloth, melmac plates, gold leaf Libbey glasses, orange juice glasses, gourd and feather centerpiece. I’ve been holding onto this huge striped tablecloth for awhile, what a great colorful statement piece. The gourds are from my tiny friend Tyler’s pumpkin patch and the feathers from my brother’s farm!

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Color of the Month October 2015!

October. My all time favorite seasons are coming to an end and the busy season is starting up and the chill is beginning to edge in a bit. Honestly, this time of year always makes me feel a little blue as gardens wane and leaves fall. There’s nothing like the growth,green, flowers, color, sunshine, and warm fresh air of spring and summer to feed my soul and make me feel whole. I’m still taking advantage of those beautiful days outside, even though I slipped into a pair of boots for the first time last week, NO! You know how much I hate socks and wish I could just run around barefoot in flip flops all year long! It’s a season of change, and this year I’m seeing some extra things happen around me with the people I love. Some wonderful things are happening that are exciting and then there are some things happening that are hard and are just breaking my heart as their season brings big change. Life, like the natural world, has so many seasons. And so, color of the month October 2015 seems ever so fitting as blue.
oct 2015 vignette

Color of the Month October 2015! Fave Vintage: blue speckled Ransburg canister set, assorted awesome glassware, super old chalk tin, owl home saying spoon rest, Pyrex in the horizon pattern from my own personal mixing bowl set.

Oct 2015 table setting

Color of the Month Oct 2015 table setting! Fave items: the awesome oak tablecloth, a great twist of color to the season! Melmac plates with saucers for a pop of color, ombre cocktail glasses, milk glass mugs, blue stripe napkins, and my usual twin star silverware by Oneida.

   
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color of the month August 2015!

August!?! What? Well, I know some people feel like summer is over but I feel like there are still 2 pretty solid months left! So, get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather, gardening, farmers market, and all my favorite summer things! Color of the month is a lovely warm salmony coral tone. It’s like sitting in the sun. Enjoy!
blog color of the month august

Fave vintage: speckled melmac- I love it! and this is the first time I’ve had the salt and pepper shakers! The orange bell-ding! Melmac bowls, fired on orange bowl, little jug salt and p’s, anchored by a fantastic tea towel with a tea cup and little elves!

blog color of the month table

My NEW artgoodies percolator tea towel fits right into this little scene accenting perfectly with this vintage tablecloth! Other fave vintage items: melmac!!! These square dishes are a nice change, plus I love the plaid napkins, and the tiger lily from my yard is an AMAZING little accent in an old Lavoris bottle! You should see it’s spots up close, pretty incredible!

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Color of the Month JULY!

It’s almost impossible to think that it’s already July! The last couple week of June just flew by with busyness, cottage time, and work. I’m extra excited this year about the 4th of July, although I don’t think I’ll be at the cottage which hasn’t happened too many times in my life. However, one of my very best friends will be in town from Seattle and I can’t wait to hang out with her! Yay! So, appropriately the colors of the month for this July happens to be red, white, and blue!
BLOG july vignette

fave vintage items: star swanky swigs of course! sailor ramp walker, Kroger spice bottles, 40s sailboat canister, milk glass mugs, awesome hard to find Michigan souvenir glasses, and a sweet embroidered doily.

 
BLOG july table

Fave vintage: tablecloth, bold napkins, melmac plates, hexagon pattern glasses, mod bowl, and of course an artgoodies grill towel is the perfect thing for the holiday!

 
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Color of the Month June 2015

I always love a cheery yellow setting! I’ve been spending a lot of time outside lately in the garden, dinner on the patio, and enjoying the nicer weather and sunshine so this yellow feels right at home.
blog color of the month june 2015

Fave vintage: 4 awesome sets of salt and pepper shakers, swanky swig, daisy glasses, pyrex bowl, stretch cat planter, and cute napkin.

 
blog color of the month june 2015 table

Fave vintage items: darling tablecloth, speckled melmac plates, drizzle glasses, Homer Laughlin large tray, desert dawn Pyrex loaf, and lovely yellow spray roses, alstro, and mums.

 
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Color of the Month May 2015!

April was a busy month with the Apartment Therapy photo shoot/ home tour, finishing and sending off product to Whole Foods stores in NY. I partnered up with Whole Foods and Etsy Wholesale for that one, I’ve been sew busy (pun intended) I think I forgot to share that here. Also, getting ready and traveling to and from The Country Living Magazine Fair in TN (more on that later), birthdays (including mine), my parents anniversary, the start of vintage buying season, and my regular artgoodies work load. I’ve been crazy busy but I’ve been having a great time. I’m beginning to wonder what kind of energy I’m operating on. My mom has been telling me for quite some time I’m like the Energizer bunny. I guess when you’re happy doing what you love you have extra power to keep going. Also, the fact that you are entirely responsible for it ALL adds a little push. Truth be told after this last month and travel I went to bed  at 7:15 last night. But, I got up at 4 am to go to an antique show over by Detroit with my pal Abby of Binks and the Bad Housewife. It’s nice when you can find friends who drank the go go juice from the same magical fountain of go getters. Flea marketing and antique shopping with someone who is also an early bird and can keep the pace is helpful. You get in and out like a vintage ninja before the crowd has had their coffee. For most of my vintage finds as of late follow me on instagram here, get a sneak peek before items head to the shop! Now about that color of the month! Enjoy!
blog color of the month May 2015

Fave vintage items: the sign! salt n p napkin holder house! swanky swigs, cb mugs, patterned glasses, tray,salt n p’s.

 
blog may table setting red 2015

Fave vintage items: gingham glasses, enamel pie tin, napkins used as place mats, little flower plates, and tablecloth. An artgoodies cherry tea towel and red carnations finish the look!

 
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Color of the Month April 2015!

April showers bring May flowers! Spring! My favorite time of year as plants start to emerge, rummage sales fire up, the cottage opens back up, and the weather starts to warm! Plus April means a flurry of birthdays and my parents anniversary so there are extra things to celebrate!
blog pink vignette april 2015

Fave vintage items: kitschy vintage Easter- chicks, bunny, and lamb lollipop holder, Pyrex bowl, flower glasses, and little doily, plus the Shawnee dog planter!

 
blog pink table setting april 2015

Fave vintage items: cherry tablecloth, melmac, flower glasses, napkins, and NEW this month color of the month floral centerpiece! PINK!

 
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Color of the Month!

  • Orange you glad it’s almost Spring! I know I am! Daylight savings is just around the corner but it’s hard to believe as the snow and cold linger on. Give me sunshine, fresh air, plants, gardening, the farmers market, and rummage sales! It’s pretty obvious that I need color in my life and the gray  days, white snow, and stick trees aren’t cutting it. With that I give you March’s color of the month. Mostly orange with a little help from some cheery yellow and green friends.

Fave vintage items: striped mugs, tea towel, juice glasses, orange bowl, Gurley candles

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Fave vintage items: melmac plates, juice glasses, mugs, tablecloth, napkins, souvenir FL bowl

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