Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Marketplace: Etsy and Online Boutique Showcase

Hi Everyone and Welcome to
The Marketplace
Where you can come link up your Etsy and Online Store items.

I may not tell you enough how much I appreciate you all coming over here to share your wares at this little get together. Each week I really love seeing what you all are doing and then doing a little shopping myself.  If you've been having a slow summer, get ready for Fall, because once everyone is back from vacations and school has started, we all start thinking about Home and Holidays that will be here before we know it. Here are a few great links from last week:

Pair of Silhouette Prints
from Folk Art by Donna

from Primlace

from NanNas Things

from La Croix Rosion

from I'm So Vintage

And today Kathleen from Shabby Chic Cottage is in the Spotlight. Hope you'll run by and check out all the wonderful Shabby painted items in the shop.

OK, time to share some fun this week by linking up to three of your individual items that you have for sale. This linky is for items that are FOR SALE only. You don't have to have a blog to join in, but if you do, I'd love you to grab the image below to share somewhere on your blog sidebar. (not mandatory by any means, but it helps get the word out so more people come by to browse) and please be a follower of Common Ground.

Thanks for coming by, remember that this linky is open all week, so be sure and stop back by to see new items being listed throughout the week. Thanks again!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Finding the perfect Greige...

You all are probably like me, and have this little memo board in your brain where you file away ideas and inspiration for projects... ideas that won't go away...but that you're just not yet ready to take on. Thoughts and plans for bringing something to life; it's just that we know it's not the time yet.
 Sort of like little Pinterest Boards in your head... 

Let me share some inspiration for that...

(remember you can click on any pic to make it BIG)

Last week I ran over to one of my favorite stores, Robin's Vintage Suitcase, here in Springfield. I know most of you have seen the posts I do on Robin's store. She doesn't sell on-line, but I like to share her displays and ideas for decor because there is always something to "take away" from just seeing the pics. I try to convey the atmosphere of her shop even though you might not ever be able to get there in person.

She keeps her displays fresh and current, so you never know what you'll see when you first walk in the door. That day I was smitten with her wonderful "gray" furniture and "whites" tablescape.

So, back to the deep recesses of my psyche where my Dining Room furniture lives. I've wanted to paint those pieces for. ever. But couldn't "get there" with the idea of just white. I've been thinking about the "stripped and weathered bare wood" look alot. Like this pic from Restoration Hardware.

...but, the gray, greige, idea has been vying for my attention. Some of you may remember that I painted my perfectly wonderful "gray" console a couple of years ago. (I'm not going to revisit that, some of you wanted to string me up) But I have to tell ya...that color of gray (with the blue undertones) just doesn't look good in my current surroundings where there's a lot of cream and tan. I need a paint color that has some gray, but with warm undertones. But, this wonderful gray paint patina on this old table just knocked me up the side of my head...

It's authentic, not recent...
see the green underneath peeking through?

As a companion piece,
 Robin had painted this fabulous buffet in her homemade paint concoction.

(here are a couple more store pics)

(and for all you locals,
 Robin's having a big sale that you might want to check out)

 I scoured Pinterest looking for other wonderful gray, greige, beige,
 "almost white with a little gray in it", furniture pieces...so take a look at these.

A couple of beautiful pieces from
 Kelli Wright at  Restore Interiors

Here's more...

My favorite color and technique so far...

Love this one too.

These are all pinned into my Pinterest Board
  Gray and Greige Painted Furniture if you want to take a peek.

This is my way of giving this idea in my head some credibility.
It might just be the table, or the buffet and table...
I'm not ready yet to take the plunge...
but I'm working up to it.

anyway, it's fun to dream.
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

Joining in with these parties:

Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style


Friday, August 9, 2013

Be Inspired #152: Salvaged Treasures

Hi everyone, you all shared lot's of fun inspiration at last week's party. I know many of you are getting kiddos ready for school and finishing up Summer plans and projects, so thanks for coming by to join in on the fun! Let's see what was happening last week...

I really admire the ability to find a random vintage item and then transform it into something new and different. Betsy from My Salvaged Treasures knows how to think outside the box in giving her vintage items a whole new look and purpose. Last week she shared how she created this wonderful upcycled photo and jewelry display from a shelf of an old baker's rack.

Betsy's also shared an old cooler
that became a flower container.

She recreated a retro bench with a fun Union Jack pillow cover.

and old industrial office accessories are updated with numbers.

Thanks for giving us such great inspiration each week, Betsy!
And here are a few more links from last week:

a relaxing seating area in her summer Keeping Room.

Carol's home from Art and Sand is alive with wonderful color.
Have you seen her hubby's amazing paintings?


Nita from Mod Vintage Life
had a brilliant idea to create the easiest Chandelier ever...
Yes, a Vintage Birdcage with remote control candles.
(don't you love that yellow wicker chair?)

And Suzan from Simply Vintageous (along with her hubby)
has a fabulous makeover of a 70's Mediterranean Style Armoire
(these two are hilarious and need to go on the road)

And how about an Apple Crumble with Butterscotch Pudding
from Anjana At the Corner of Happy and Harried.

thanks gals, for sharing the inspiration!

French Bleu Vintage is in the Sponsor Spotlight today and most of you are familiar with Dee's wonderful Shop. She's been marking down some beautiful items in her French Estate Sale Department, so run over for a look to see the bargains. And while you're there, be sure and browse the rest of her shop for some amazing vintage finds.

thanks Dee!

If you've been featured then feel free to grab the image below.

OK, Time to link up all your ideas and inspiration, vintage goodies, projects, DIY, crafts and recipes that you've been working on this week. Please be a follower of Common Ground, and please take a minute to be sure you have a link within your post to be featured.

Thanks so much for joining in!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Top Visited Links from Be Inspired

Hey Everyone, it's Wednesday and time to take a look at the Top Visited Links from Be Inspired last week. Thanks to each of you that come by weekly to share all the fun that you've been up to!

Here is Anne's adorable cottage house tour

Andrea from Town and Prairie shares the vision 
of her adorable little vintage travel trailer.

and Kathy from a Delightsome Life gives us a breakdown 
of how she is planning her farmhouse kitchen renovation.
(this girl knows how to do details!)

Thanks gals!

See you tomorrow for this week's Be Inspired.


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