Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Perfect Patina...

On our trips to St. Louis we always try to make it to at least one antique store, flea, or mall before coming home. The trip before this last one we visited two of our fave places, Big Bend Antiques and Treasure Aisle, both in Maplewood.

This tole basket had some heavily rusted areas,
 but it's perfect chippy patina made it impossible to leave behind.

It was really dirty, and even after a soft toothbrush cleaning,
it still had some grungy spots.

And this next piece was love at first sight.
I'm not sure exactly what it came from,
but I think it may have been from some sort of small stove.
any ideas?

It originally had a knob at the bottom too.
It's iron, and super heavy.
Maybe a small wood burning or coal, parlor stove...?

It's on the hearth for these pics.
I'm not sure what I'll do with it,
but it's here for now.

I'm buying much less these days. Being on overload for the last 7 or 8 years selling, I've become much pickier about what I bring home. It really has to be different and definitely call my name. These two patinaed sweethearts really knew how to get my attention. And I've learned if there's something that won't leave me alone, I better get it, otherwise I end up regretting it.
The weather has been amazing the last few days; short sleeve and flip flop weather. Hopefully I can get some plants potted for the deck soon, gosh, I'm so behind on everything. Oh, but I DID see my first hummingbird yesterday morning. YAY!! Hope you're having a great week! See ya Thursday morning for...

I'm sharing this week at these parties:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Blissful Whites at Timewashed


The Marketplace; Etsy and Online Boutique Showcase

Hi Everyone, it's Tuesday, and time for
 The Marketplace!

Seriously, I love putting this post together and picking some of the great links to highlight. This bright and eclectic refurbished jewelry box just grabbed my attention. What a fun vignette!

from ScroungeLounge

Take a peek at this beautiful and handmade one-of-a-kind
Vintage Inspired Wedding Headpiece
from FancieStrands.

Corral all your perfume bottles, make up, and dresser pretties
in this Vintage Mirrored Vanity Tray
from CottonridgeVintage.

Adorable and Spring-y
Floral Cottage Tablerunner
by DebbieCalif

LOVE old canisters for the kitchen with this
Green Coffee Canister
by Vintage541.

Today's Sponsor Spotlight is on EpicLinen. A family owned business from Provence, 
that brings us wonderful Linen treasures for our home.
Here are a just a few of the items that I love...

Hope you'll run by the online shop and check out all the wonderful linen products. From curtains to kitchen linens to bed linens; something for everyone. Also, check out their Etsy Shop for more great items. Thanks so much, Ieva!

Do you have an Etsy Shop or Online Boutique? If so, come join in by linking up to three of your individual items here. You don't have to have a blog to join in. If you do, I'd love you to be a follower of Common Ground and grab this button for somewhere on your blog. Just to let others know about the party.

Thanks so much for coming by.
Remember, this link is open all week for your shopping fun!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

In sheep's clothing...

If you know me, then you know my love for lambs and sheep. Combine that with my love for clothing and you can guess where this photo might have been taken. I just had to share this amazing life size sheep "stuffed toy animal" from my recent visit to Brooks Brothers at the Galleria in St. Louis. We were in St. Louis all last week for my husband's ear surgery (details in a moment), but after we had him home and settled in, our daughter and I did what we enjoy most...shopping.

The Golden Fleece has been the logo for Brooks Brothers since the 1850's when they first opened their doors in Manhattan.

When I asked for permission to take a photo, the saleslady said this was from a famous German toy maker. I cannot even imagine how much he might cost...and didn't ask. I just fell in love!

These photos were taken with my I phone, so they're not as clear as I'd like, but you can see how lifelike this fella really is. 

Brooks Brothers is the licensed franchisee for the men's clothing for the movie, The Great Gatsby. I can't wait to see this, it opens next month. I hear it's on a much grander scale than the 70's Robert Redford / Mia Farrow film. If you get a chance, pick up this month's Vogue Magazine for a fabulous spread on the jewelry inspired for the movie from Tiffany's...just breathtaking!

So now for an update on the week. Hubbs inner ear surgery went well, but not without a few glitches. If I had known in advance, I would have been more anxious, but I knew God was in control of this surgery, so I wasn't worried. (The proximity to the brain and brain stem for this surgery cause it to be exacting and somewhat complicated.) Having the prayers of all of you and my family, gave me so much comfort. We're home now and he's taking it easy, but his ear looks a little "worse for wear". We go back for a check up in a month. Hopefully at that point we will have begun to see improvement in his Meniere's symptoms. This has been a long road, but we feel we're in the home stretch. Thank you again so much, for remembering us in your prayers.

I'm sharing this at:

love ya,

Friday, April 26, 2013

Be Inspired #136: A "Charming" Dining Room

Hi Everyone,
Time for Be Inspired
a place to link up all your inspiring posts.

I've been a fan of Faded Charm since my first week of blogging. I didn't know what a "party" was, or how to link up to one, but the moment I laid eyes on Kathleen's wonderful blog I was smitten! I joined in for all of Kathleen's White Wednesday parties except twice, and once was because I was in the hospital. OK, so you know how much I love this girl!! Over the years I've watched her decorate her beautiful home in the Pacific Northwest with one-of-a-kind vintage finds, and through the years admire her style and eye for decorating with "whites". She just purchased new frenchy chairs and they give her Dining Room a lovely new vibe. 

Kathleen can even make a chicken feeder elegant!!

Amanda from Dixie Delights
revealed her new dressing space and now I'm wondering
if she'll come to my house.

loves to look beyond just planting in an everyday "pot".
She has some fun ideas for garden containers.

Laura from The Turquoise Home shares her Living Room reveal.
You won't believe the difference a paint color and wall treatment can make.
You'll want to see the "before" and "afters".

And since I've been lovin' me some cows this week,
I had to share Linda's adorable Moo-Cow pillow from Coastal Charm

 Wanda from No Place Like Home
shared a yummy and  pretty recipe with Pansies and Herbed Cream Cheese.
What a wonderful addition to a Springtime Brunch.

This week's Sponsor Spotlight is on the oh-so-talented Christie Scibior and her wonderful Etsy Shop full of watercolor prints and notecards of her designs. I just adore her art and have one of her precious watercolor prints, myself. Please take a minute to run by Christie's shop, and then fall in love with her sweet creations.

Thank you so much, Christie!

Time to link up to Be Inspired

...now open to all inspiring posts. Please have a link to this blog
  within your blog post to be featured.
Thanks everyone!

and while you're partying please check out these other great Friday parties!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Be Inspired Showcase and an Update

Hi Everyone, It's Wednesday and time to showcase
 just a few of the inspiring and top visited links from last week's Be Inspired.

from Robin at Happy At Home.
Such a fun way to add a farmhouse touch.

Penny from Penny's Vintage Home and her hubby
 Painted the Brick on their lovely home 
and it looks fabulous!!

I've seen lot's of Union Jack dressers, 
but this is the first coffee table,
from Aimee from The Vintage Estate

 Andrea from Opulent Cottage shared her charming front porch.
I just love how she's used the quilt as a bolster pillow on this great bench.

shared a post with a wonderful quote inscribed on stepping stones.
(I love each and every post that Mary writes!)

Thanks gals for joining in!

And a quick update on my husband's inner ear surgery.
He's made it through and recovering today,
a little more complicated than we first thought,
but doing great.
Thank you so much for all your prayers and well wishes.
you all are the best!

Hope you'll come link up tomorrow for 


Organizing the Potting Bench and other backyard business...

This cold Spring has really put me behind in getting things cleaned up and functional outdoors. It's been the "domino effect" around here with chores and projects. Get the yard people out to do the Spring "clean-up" and shrub trimming, then a big job of painting our pool deck which my sis and nephew helped me do. I can't do much more until we open the pool, which is usually around Mother's Day. (If it doesn't warm up it might be the 4th of July!) Then, all the real work (and fun) will start.

So... under the deck, where we house all our patio furniture, (and the potting bench) looks a little like a bunch of homeless hillbillies have been taking up winter residence. But I did manage to get the potting bench scrubbed down and put in a little bit of order.

I'm just getting started, and I'm looking forward to a visit to the nursery for some cheery blooms. But right now the potting bench is just a clean slate, emphasis on "clean". Hubbs and I put this together a couple of years ago. I'd been looking for ways to create a place to organize my flower pots, plantings, garden tools, and soil storage. I ended up with this great worktable that had been used for a tool bench and an old bookshelf. I properly "married them", and it's been fun having everything organized together within easy reach.

In lieu of purchased plants, I did find a small patch of wild violets along the fence to use as a stand-in until I can get my hands on some storebought blooms.

just a sweet little gift from nature in an old McCoy planter

Here's my vintage garden cart that I also put together a couple of years ago. I just love creeping phlox, but I've never been able to keep it going in a bed or border. I'm not sure why, maybe not enough water throughout the year, but in here it's taken off like gangbusters.

This little area will get more attention when the white garden chair gets decked out with geraniums and some other annuals join in on the fun. It's still a little bare around here, especially since we've hovered around 32 degrees several times this last week.

Here it is when I first planted it two years ago. My husband had threatened to haul it out to the curb for the trash man if I didn't do something useful with it.

How could you pitch this little garden cutie?
OK, sometimes we don't ask those rhetorical questions,
for fear of an honest answer...

I'm really looking forward to have the time to get everything in shape.
Next to Fall, this is my favorite time of the year...
Has the weather been cooperating with your outdoor plans?

joining in for these parties:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Swing Into Spring at DIY by Design
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage
Tips and Tutorials at Stone Gable
French Country Cottage
The Charm of Home
Rooted in Thyme
Jennifer Rizzo
From My Front Porch to Yours
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings


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