Sunday, August 26, 2012

Around the house...

I've had a few things I wanted to share with you, just little things around the house. Some small additions and changes, so I thought I'd lump them all together in one post. I found this wonderful pillow last month in Ozark at one of my favorite stores, The Feathered Nest. It was made by one of the owners; hand painted in a wonderful Old World calligraphy style. I use this in the Master Bedroom, but I brought it into the Dining Room for better light, then paired it up with a couple of my flea find pillows, that I use on the sunporch.

Can you see "Paris" on the bottom?

Loved the back closure with raw edged ties.

While Anne was here we did a little shopping downtown and I found this great wicker trunk. It's really a nice size for some storage. (just as long as I don't put something in here, then forget where it is...I've been known to do that once or twice.) It was just $30. I see these frequently, new and used, for about $75, so it felt like a good buy. 

I wanted to give it a French Gray wash, so I used a little spray paint,
 but that wasn't doing it for me, so I did a dry brush of antique white and gray latex.

I think I'd like to try a French stencil on top or the front...
not sure, but I'm thinking about it.

AND, finally some photos of the new floral pillows I made for the Living Room sofas. They're pretty plain, no fancy schmancy stuff, but just what I wanted to bring in a little different feel for Fall.

We're having a little rain this weekend; we are still so far below normal. But here in Missouri, September is a rainy month. You won't believe this, but with the cooler weather, look what I have in the back yard...

The extreme heat and drought almost killed the hydrangea bushes this year, but they're trying to rally in the more mild temperatures.

I'm joining in with these parties this week:

Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Make it Pretty Monday at the Dedicated House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

And if you haven't entered the Give Away
 with Tattered Goods then click here

Keeping all of you in Issac's path in my prayers,

Tattered Goods Give Away

You know how much I love Sunflowers,
well, look what arrived in the mail not long ago...

My friend and sponsor Sheila from Tattered Goods sent this great little tea towel my way, and now she's going to be giving away a $40 Gift Certificate to one of you lucky readers out there.

Just look at this wonderful collage 
Sheila has put together of all her designs 

Two of my Farmhouse Favorites

To Enter to win this generous gift certificate
head on over to Sheila's Etsy Shop
and check out her store goodies.

  1. then come back over here, leaving a comment of what you'd spend it on.
  2. join Sheila as a follower on her blog Tattered Goods 
  3. Like Tattered Goods on Facebook 
  4. Be a follower of Common Ground (thank you!!)
  5. Facebook, blog, tweet, stand on the street corner or whatever...about this Give Away te he!!

(just leave a separate comment for each entry)

Bunches of Chances to win!!
Give Away closes Saturday September 1.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Vintage Inspiration #102 Villa Barnes

If you're someone interested in remaking, repainting, and restoring vintage pieces and furniture, then you probably know Rosemary. She started blogging a year ago last April and hit the ground running. Rosemary has been in "the Biz" for quite awhile and has a big following in the Chicago area, where she sells in local and area shows. Each of her posts are filled with inspiration, great tutorials, show updates and her latest fabulous finds that she has transformed.

Here's a quote from Rosemary 
 about how she chose her Blog name, Villa Barnes

"Finishes are what led to the name of my blog.  A customer of mine said my weathered finishes  looked like they came from an old chateau or "villa". This was some time ago. When I started my blog, that's the name I went with."

Rosemary's romantic palette of whites and grays.

She can magically transform anything 
with her custom painting techniques.
(magic to us, but it does involve some elbow grease from Rosemary!)

Here is her latest tutorial on transferring images onto old glass bottles.

Thankyou, Rosemary,
for sharing your creations with the rest of us!

If you live anywhere near the Chicago area be sure and look for Rosemary's show dates on her Facebook page. Then go shop your little heart out! And for some of Rosemary's great items be sure and check out her Etsy Shop too.

And for some extra inspiration from last week:

Maria from Rusty Hinge asks who loves ironstone,
and shares her wonderful display and collection.

recovered a great industrial drafting chair
with coffee sacks.

Angela at Number 53 painted some old finds and created gorgeous
Shabby Distressed Pedestal Bowls

Jeannine from The Concrete Cottage gave us a great tutorial 
on the making of her DIY French Script Lamp Shade

And Simone from Fleaing France
took us to the brocante, and shared her wonderful finds.

And while you're partying today,
 please join in with these other wonderful Friday link parties:

 Hope you'll join in for Vintage Inspiration this week, 
"anything vintage or vintage inspired".
Please have a link back to this post 
within your post to be featured.
And if you've ever been featured feel free to grab
the button on the sidebar!
Thank you everyone for coming by each week 
to share your great vintage posts!

Now let's get this party started!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mums the word...

Hey there all you "can't wait for Fall" peeps,
look what I found this afternoon at Lowe's!

the first batch of mums for the season.

My big planter next to the garage door was really ready for a change. The verbena had stopped flowering and the rest looked so tired. (sort of like me by the end of the summer) So the geraniums will be transplanted into containers in the back, joining in with some of their friends . Wacky me, I decided to go with a varied look in this container.

I just couldn't help myself.

Let the party begin...

joining in at these parties:


Let's Shop, Monday Marketplace #26

Hi Everyone!
Time for Monday Marketplace
 your place to link your Etsy Shop and Online Boutique Items.
Here are some fun links from last week.

Pamela From My Front Porch to Yours
 recently opened a new online store,
  Finch and Co. Lot's of great shopping there.

Vintage Salt Shaker Photo or Place Card Holder

Vintage Sewing Drawer from Beckie at Vintage Goodness 1

from Julie at Fabulous Finds

Large Yellowware Mixing Bowl
from Paula at The Primitive Home

from Nancy at English Transferware

And Sheila from Tattered Goods
is in the Sponsor Spotlight this week.

She has wonderful tea towels,
 pillows and coasters with so many fun designs.

French Label Coasters 

She's filling up her shop for a give away soon,
 Keep your eye on her store.

OK, what kind of great things do you have today?
Remember, this is for items that are for sale only. Link up to three individual items (if possible). And if you have a blog it would be so nice if you grabbed the Monday Marketplace button on the sidebar to share with your readers where they can come to shop.  The more people that know about Monday Marketplace the more shopping fun for everyone! Be sure and check back during the week to see the new items being listed.  

Thanks for linking up!

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