Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What to do with vintage birdcages...

They were a huge fad a few years ago, but now they've become a staple in vintage home and garden decor. In the last few years I've bought and sold many of them, but now I'm keeping the ones I have left to sprinkle here and there, in the house and garden. Here are just a few I grabbed for a photo vignette.

We've had parakeets and a conure in the past, but cats and birds in the same household can be a little stressful on everyone. (mostly the birds) But an empty birdcage is a little sad to me, so fill it with something fun and it feels like a cloche; a great place to display plants, candles, flower pots, even dishes, but don't forget the little birdies!

(the backdrop is my antique dressing screen that I papered in pages from an antique French Language Lesson book).

Say Hi to this sweet little guy...

and here's his little friend

I'll be linking up with Debbie's Copy Cat Challenge on Thursday
so here's my inspiration,
The June 2012 issue of Country Living Magazine.

I'll also be partying at these great places:

See you tomorrow for


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Lovin' Sponsor Love

It's officially summer, and I wanted to share a few of the great summer lovin' items
 from my oh-so-talented sponsors!

Run by their shops and see all the wonderful new things
for some summertime fun and entertaining.

107 Vintage

How gorgeous would this One of a Kind Shapely Urn be in the garden?

Willow Wine Basket could hold wine, 
but also flowers for your door or gate.

French Bleu Vintage

I can just see this Red Transferware Tureen as a part
 of a red, white, and blue Patriotic Tablesetting.

How about tea in the garden with this wonderful
Pink Toile Tea Set

Tattered Goods

A garden chair or metal settee is calling out for this
Rose De Provence Pillow

or this wonderful French Cottage Pillow

Cottage In the Oaks

So fun for a menu board for your outside dining.

And just think how fun to label herbs in their pots with these

 Leslie Janson

Old motel chairs and hammocks would love this 
Grain Sack Pillow addition.
Leslie has a huge assortment of grain sack pillows!

And why not treat yourself to this gorgeous 
for a little summertime glitz for a night on the town!

Each shop has so many great things for your home and garden,
hope you'll take the time to visit!

Thanks so much Diana, Dee, Sheila, Daune, and Leslie,
I so appreciate your support and friendship!

Monday Marketplace is still going
be sure and scroll down to the next post
for other great summer ideas.

Hope you're having a great week,

Monday Marketplace #14

Hello Everyone, hope your Monday Memorial Day is a good one.
I know we will all be busy today, but wanted to put up the link for the rest of the week. Be sure and visit later too, to see what great items have been linked up.

Here are just a few things that caught my eye from last week...

from Doreen at Hymns and Verses on Etsy

Rose Mini Pitcher from Surroundings by Melinda

Large Vintage Zinc Scoop

from Angie at Knick of Time

So, do you have an Etsy Shop or Online Boutique?
I noticed a few new shop owners last week, 
thanks so much for joining in!

Remember this linky is for items that are "For Sale".
If you have a blog I'd love for you to "follow" me, and grab the button for display somewhere on your blog, to let other's know where to come and shop. Please link to an individual item if possible.

Have a great rest of the Holiday Weekend.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Some weekly randomness...

This last week my mom, sister, and I decided we better try to get one more lunch date in before school was out. My nephew is a high school football player, (and a real BigManOnCampus) who isn't driving yet, and my sister becomes the taxi service for his crowd once school is out. So we headed to one of our favorite spots, Spring Creek, for lunch and a little shopping. I had a space there for several years and loved it, but it was hard to get my hubbs down there for furniture moving. Anywho, we always love the food and that there are always bargains to be found.

I'm a total sucker for a linen suitcase...doesn't matter what kind of shape they are in,  they're just one of my favorite things. So when I spotted this for $4.50 it didn't matter that it was worn and tattered, it was coming  home with me. The gorgeous gray satin on the inside was in much better shape than the outside. And that it still had the key was amazing.

I collect these old trays with fruit designs, and this one had an odd texture as it felt like it was leather on metal. I love the deep rich Old World Style and colors. They all come out for Fall decor, which I think everyone knows by now is my favorite time of the year. (I'm already plotting ideas)

Anyone who has booth space, especially in a big mall, knows how frustrating it can be if each week you find lots of items that don't belong to you. I'm on a corner intersection at Relics, so it seems that if someone changes their mind about an item, they conveniently drop it off here. I know none of us have ever done this...
But look what landed in my space last week... I took one look at it and sort of felt it was divine "happenstance". A little blessing in the shape of a nature book. Of course I bought it and will enjoy the short stories of life on Cape Cod.

See the title? 

This little berry basket that I also found at Spring Creek
 will be holding Black-Eyed-Susans soon.

 I've been on a mission to clean up and declutter the guest room downstairs. It's one of my rooms that things land in. It's only used a few times a year so it's way too easy to end up in there than actually being put away in an appropriate place...anyone else out there...? 

 This is one of the "cardboard" backed prints I mentioned last week that I did a little repair on. When you can find one for a few dollars, don't pass it by, all it takes is a little craft paint to fix it up.

Let's see, I also found new drapery panels for the Master Bedroom and a new pillow to match, I was going to share those, but my hubby was napping when I needed to take the pics, so they can wait.

Hope you're having a great weekend, it's pretty quiet around here. actually floated around the pool on a raft for a couple of hours yesterday...ahhhhh. Yes, I love summer too!

joining in at: 
Thrifty Finds at Southern Hospitality
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Knick of Time Tuesday

See ya tomorrow for Monday Marketplace!


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