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!
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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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I’m excited to share 3 brand NEW designs with you! Get ready for a retro holiday! NEW for the upcoming season this array of old fashioned peppermint candy is sure to please! And the stripey little elf will help Santa keep a watch! Perfect for holiday home decor, stocking stuffers, and hostess gifts! Start stocking up now and be gift ready this season! Plus this NEW coffee percolator towel is sure to be a favorite! Inspired by my grandma’s Universal Coffeematic percolator. May it rest in peace. After many many years and many many many many cups of coffee it finally stopped. It was an impressive run. VERY impressive. I’m still percolating over here, but with new vintage, and it’s not the same, but this towel can hang out in my kitchen and yours. Stay tuned! I’m also whipping up some elf stuffies, and some elf and percolator aprons with fantastic coordinating vintage fabric! Those will be in shop soon, soon, soon! new towel holiday 2015 blog  

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!
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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.

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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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Wedding Flower Weekend!

Congratulations to the lovely Taylor and her new husband Nate! I had the honor of designing their wedding flowers for this weekend! Here’s a little peek into the last 2 days!

Just after 7 I zipped off to the wholesaler to pickup the flowers! All boxed up and ready to roll I grabbed them and a few supplies and headed back home!


Hurry Hurry! Unpacked, leaves stripped, stems trimmed, back in water to hydrate in the bleached, pre-scrubbed, and pre-filled buckets! Flower menu: babies breath, football mums, freesia, tulips, lisanthus, spray roses, blue thistle, and eucalyptus leaves. and stock.


The brides bouquet. A lovely mix of football mums, spray roses, freesia, blue thistle, and eucalyptus leaves. Sidenote: I kept the freesia as a special accent in the bouquet, boutonnieres, and headpiece. It smells SO delicious!

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Here’s a little bouquet detail. Wrapped in a shimmery silver ribbon I added some silvery pins in the shape of a T for Taylor. Just in case the bride got a little fidgety or nervous she had a sort of worry stone to help out.


The groom and his attendant’s boutonnieres.


A special floral headpiece for the officiant/ bride’s attendant. I love how it turned out and it really looked spectacular on! Sidenote: first floral headpiece I’ve made.


The largest of the arrangements. The blue thistle! It was the perfect accent for this wedding! And yes that’s a reflection of me working in my pajamas, up and at em early on wedding day to finish up the final pieces.


Detail of one of the medium pieces. Let’s talk mercury glass vases. They look stunning and add just right amount of sophistication and elegance to a room, but beware. I was in for a surprise, as I started to fill the vases with water some of them immediately started flaking! NO! The coating was coming right off, and not a little, A LOT! A little panic set in at first, but no problem, I dumped the water out, carefully blotted, and then I crafted some handy liners out of ziploc bags for the medium and small trouble vases and found another bag to use for a large troublemaker. A little glue a little ribbon around the top of some, boom, fixed. It added unexpected time but problem solved. So, beware when you buy these beauties and of projects where you paint interiors of jars etc.


All the arrangements are ready to roll! My makeshift floral studio is in my garage. Maybe someday I’ll have a real one?


After 2 drop offs, the rest of the arrangements and reception supplies are in and ready to go! Plus, this trip, I had my trusty friend Cat along to assist ! Thanks Cat!


Here are the 2 largest arrangements on the grand pianos at St. Cecilia’s music society ready for the ceremony. It was fun being back in this room, it was where my oldest brother had his wedding reception. Look at the details, isn’t it beautiful!

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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.
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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.


More Magazine Press!

Yay! More magazine press! This time artgoodies gets the seal of approval from Consumer Reports in their Kitchen Magazine, July issue, page 11! My all over bike and all over doily pattern organic tea towels are at the top of the page! Thank you! blog consumer reports
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Holiday Weekend

Ok, so here’s the deal. I’m staying home this holiday. I NEVER stay home on a holiday weekend unless there’s something serious happening, like a photo shoot of my house for example. No, there’s not another photo shoot, at least not right now. I’ve been gone half of this month and I’m trying to slow it down. I’m still struggling with the idea, enough where I might get twitchy and just jump in the car because I can’t stand it, but I’m planning to do yard work, nap, hang out with friends, and rustle up some vintage. I’ve gotten started on yard work this last week by replanting the front yard and putting in the veggie gardens but I’ve got a ton of trimming, digging, and dividing to do! garden   I’m also going to have a SALE in both shops! This weekend you can save 25% off my artgoodies and vintagegoodies shops! The SALE starts at 3 pm today and goes through Tues at early bird am! sale
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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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This Weekend in TN!

I’m almost all set up for The Country Living Magazine Show this weekend in Lebanon, TN! I picked up my trusty travel partner on the way down, AKA Show Dad. It’s fun to spend some quality time with my dad, have help at the show, and it really helps when traveling and doing a big show to have someone who pretty much has your same sense of humor. We got down here earlier than my usual show rush and it feels pretty awesome to have a break and be a little bit more relaxed than the usual rush! Here’s a sneak peek of my booth! Come see me for artgoodies: NEW 16×16 pillows making their public debut! zippered pouches, towels, stuffies, and full aprons. AND of course, vintage: tablecloths, trays, housewares, planters, handmade pillows, scrap packs, and other odds and ends! See me early for the best selection and a couple early bird specials! clf  
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