Wednesday, April 16, 2014

At Home with White - 2014

This past weekend I was so fortunate to spend a lovely morning at the Wrentham Country Store's annual At Home with White Event.  It was better than ever!  My first visits were in 2011 and 2012, and I was so happy to return this year.  Sandi and all the shop girls did an amazing job in that gorgeous white tent.  I'll let you take a peek around...
















(that rusty stool came home with me!)

One of the highlights of the day was meeting Kris from Junk Chic Cottage.  She and her hubby Terry came all the way from Chicago!  Kris was such a joy to meet!  She had a warm, bubbly personality, just as you would expect from her friendly blog.  Terry was such a good sport, taking lots of photos with all our cameras and helping Kris score some treasures.  She and Terry arrived early in the morning on Saturday, and from what we hear - it was a mob scene!  By the time Michelle and I arrived around 10:30am, the place was hopping and the lines were long.  Way to go WCS shop girls!

Here's a photos of us bloggers.  It's hard to believe that Michelle, Sandi and I all met at this very same spot just 3 years ago!
(Michelle, Kris, me, Sandi - photo courtesy of Michelle)

We spent so much more time chatting than shopping (shame on us), and I was a bad blogger by not getting any indoor shots or pictures of the gorgeous porch.  I was too busy ooohing and aahing over everything!
Michelle did get a picture with her camera as we visited inside with sweet Karen.  Karen used to blog at Shabby Moment in Time, but she hasn't found the 'time' for that these days.  :)

Ladies, it was a joy to spend that morning with you - laughing, hugging and talking about sour cream in freezers and such (funny story Kris!).  We advised Kris and Terry to check out Concord, MA on Sunday and I'm sure Kris will fill you in on that visit, especially since she stopped in at the wonderful Nesting store.

My sweet sister Michelle lives nearby and she joined us, too, and even scored a cute Victorian chair.  It was fun shopping with you sis!  (darn, wish we got a photo together)

So...wondering what I brought home?  3 fabulous treasures!
This rusty stool and this chippy old box...

Look closely at their fabulous patinas....sigh....



I also nabbed these vintage math flash cards.  Thought I'd make a vignette on the stool using the flash cards and some $1 baker's twine I found at Target recently:


Well ladies, it was a wonderful time to be had at the event - all those whites never disappoint.  Oh and Jan from Todd Farm, if you're reading this it was so nice to see you!  You ran off and we never got to chat more with you.  You looked amazing and we hope you scored some treasures.

I'm joining in at these great parties this week:
Blissful Whites Wednesday
Grey Dey Thursdey
Be Inspired Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Shabbilicious Friday


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fun with Stencils and At Home with White this weekend!

Hello friends!
First off I wanted to let you know that the spectacular At Home with White event is this weekend at the Wrentham Country store!!!  Woo hoo!  Are you jumping up and down?  If you are in the area, please make sure you don't miss this annual extravaganza.  I've been twice (see here and here) and have been amazed at all the yummy white and neutral treasures to be found.
Once again, Michelle and I are making a trip down to Wrentham and we are looking forward to seeing Sandi & all the WCS gang there, as well as meeting Kris who's travelling all the way from Chicago!!

The only challenge will be to stop hugging and chatting and laughing in order to snag treasures before some other lucky shopper grabs them!

I also want to share with you results of a recent project.  Some of you may recall that our dining table, chairs and buffet are a dark mahogany.  That finish was a compromise reached by hubby and I many years ago.  I'm not fond of warmer wood tones and he's not fond of too much painted furniture.  Bless him, he puts up with a lot of white in this old house.
Nevertheless, I grew tired of looking at those dark chair backs in our dining room.  Slipcovers to the rescue!  I had already covered the backs of 2 armchairs, and decided to cover the rest.  I simply stencilled on some words to canvas dropcloth using letter stencils and a black fabric marker.  I wanted them to look French grain sacky (is that an adjective?).
Here is the result...



I continued having fun with stencils by making these little bags from more canvas drop cloth:


They look right at home next to a bunch of lavender in this old fruit crate.

I got the lavender at the cutest Frenchy shop nearby, called Brissonte.  Michelle and I took a fun shopping trip there yesterday, as well as an antiques mall next door.  I got this funnel there, just because I liked the patina.  A woman in the store asked what I would do with it.  She and another gentleman thought it would be fun for a Tin Man costume.  I'll just display it for now, but will keep that in mind next Halloween!

I also found these lovely vintage bobins at the antiques mall.  Heavenly...

Well friends, hope to see you Saturday at the At Home with White event.  We'll be sure to post lots of photos of the event next week!

I'm joining in at these great parties:
Grey Dey Thursdey
Be Inspired Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Shabbilicious Friday


Monday, March 31, 2014

New Prairie Style magazine available soon!

Hello friends, there's great news to share.  Prairie Style magazine is BACK!  Many of you may recall the inaugural issue 'Romantic Prairie Style' by the talented Fifi O'Neill that came out spring of 2012.  My copy has been read and re-read and the corners are tattered to prove it.  I just adored that issue and Fifi's wonderful book of the same name.
Well.....the magazine is back!!!  I was so delighted and honored to be asked by Fifi to share a few sneak peek photos with you of this upcoming issue.  Take a look....


This table of contents gives you an idea of the delights in store...I'm loving this room below.  There are 9 homes features from coast to coast, as well as Canada!



  
The peek into this 'Worn and Wonderful' article is really tugging at my  heart...

...and oh, these blues...I'm chomping at the bits to get my hands on the magazine!


A picnic to delight...


Some prairie pantry yumminess...

Down on the Bayou...

...and even a feature on Betty Crocker's old home:

I'm so happy we can enjoy Prairie Style once again...thanks to this talented lady in her cutest of boots!

Thank you Fifi!  Be sure to look for Prairie Style magazine on newsstands in May, or order your issue right away to be sure you get one (before they sell out)!
Order here for a single issue or here if you'd like to buy in bulk for resale (under the bulk orders tab).

144 pages of delight - this magazine is back by popular demand, so order soon as quantities are limited.
I can't wait to read it!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Prairie style American Flag pillow covers and Tilda's World new blog

Spring is almost here, despite those darn white patches of snow on the ground!  My spring muse has inspired me to design some soft colored rustic pillow covers.  Just listed on Etsy, these have a subtle American flag design, with a little heart in the upper left corner instead of the expected group of stars.


The heart showcases a silver embroidered star patch:

This pillow cover has hand-embroidered red 'stripes', for a quilted affect:


The next photo is of the first pillow cover I made of this design, and I'm debating if I want to keep or sell it:


I used some of Tone Finnanger's Tilda's World fabrics on these pillow covers, and I love their faded soft look.  Speaking of Tilda's World....there's a new blog showcasing the latest and greatest of all things Tilda!
Make sure you take a look here.
Source: www.TildasWorld.com

Don't miss the sweetest videos showcasing the latest spring and summer Tilda's World collections.  You can view them here.

Happy spring folks!
Sharing with these fun parties:
Blissful Whites Wednesday
Be Inspired Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shabbilicious Giveaway!

Hello friends!  Great news - Kerryanne of Shabby Art Boutique is having a magazine giveaway!  She's offering a printed copy of the latest spring issue of Simply Shabbilicious, which I'm honored to be included in.


I've already received my printed copy, and I can tell you it is just lovely!  Plenty of spring inspiration to be found on each page.
Hurry over...you can click her post here to enter until March 17th.  Good luck!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Thank Heavens It's March

The snow on the ground can't melt fast enough for me these days, and I can see from many other blogs that we are all ready for SPRING!
A recent trip to Michael's craft store was just what the doctor ordered.  I replaced the bare tree branches on this table with a new lovely birdcage from Michael's and some faux cherry blossoms from the dollar store.

I'm usually not a fan of faux flowers, but I loved the pale pink color on these and really needed a burst of spring before the real blossoms can be found.

The cute grey birdcage had weathered appeal, even though it's new from Michael's.  I also found these sweet crown bags and some trim (wrapped in what else but a paper birdcage!).  The grey pom-pom trim is what sold me.


The dining room is looking more cheerful, especially with these pretty white tulips from my husband:



I'm also showing my hankering for red embroidery lately...


Last but not least, I updated this little drawer-turned-sideways with some charming tresors:


How are you bringing touches of spring into your home?

Sharing with these fun parties this week:
Blissful Whites Wednesday
Grey Dey Thursdey
Be Inspired Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Shabbilicious Friday

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