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Happy Monday – Oh deer!

I’ve been on the hunt for this style of vintage brass deer for some time now. Over the weekend, we dropped by an estate sale and saw these two and haggled our way down to something more affordable for us. These stand 13″ and 16″, respectively, and I think they’ll look lovely on the mantle this year. Michael cleaned the doe when we got home I love it!

I’m kind of wanting to go directly past Thanksgiving and get started on decorating for Yule, now!

Dinner with the Mad Scientist ll and Brooklyn Limestone Feature

Hello Brooklyn Limestone readers, and those still hanging around these parts! I’ve been a reader for several years and Stefanie’s decorations|party ideas knock my socks off, and I look forward to her Halloween posts with great anticipation! When she contacted me about a feature after I left a recent comment on the blog, I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough.

We’re continuing the Dinner with the Mad Scientist theme from two years ago. Most of the usual suspects have returned and we’ve collected a few new pieces since. The previous post has information on many of the details we repurposed this year. I have also updated the Aged Specimen Jar Label DIY post.

Smaller images can be clicked to view larger versions.

Michael came up with the idea to add some Sharpie solution to the dark green I was using for the large specimen jars and the effect is delightfully eerie. We also played with a black light behind the jars while taking a few of the photos. (more…)

Hark! Is this a post?

I’m not very fond of over sharing, but there are some current issues that are taking priority over projects and posting, and I will go in a bit more depth in upcoming posts. But it’s the holidays and we’re making merry and decking the halls. I’m happy to say this year is about a 95% recycled holiday season.

I’ll start with the last bits and go forward. After I finished the holiday decorating, I had some extra snow in the bag. I pulled a few ornaments from the tree and mantel (those will be fairly obvious), and made a little ornament vignette to save as inspiration for next year.


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Monday, Monday

Saturday found me out running a few errands. One of the traffic lights in the area was having some hiccoughs and I took an alternate route, which took me near a flea market that we are always forgetting to visit. I stopped by in hopes of finding planting vessels and I was thrilled to leave with a lovely bundle in my arms! First is this lovely vintage ceramic elephant planter. Most that I’ve seen are usually stands/seats and this is slight smaller and an actual planter. I also happened upon two vintage green ceramic planters. I was eyeing a third, but it was a McCoy, and even though I was willing to spend $10 on it for it’s beauty, I wasn’t sure if I could allow myself to drill a hole through it. If it’s at the next market I may just get it for another use. We filled top of the elephant (who may or may not be named) with succulents and the other two with some of the carnivorous plants that were getting a little crowded in the big pot-bog.

I’m looking forward to our next excursion! A nice way to end one week and start another.

Mad about Hollie Wood style

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As I mentioned on Friday, I had the pleasure to photograph interior designer/stylist/collector Hollie Wood‘s beautiful home a couple weeks ago. Hollie is a gal after my heart. The lifelong treasure hunter (she’s been going to flea markets and garage sales since she was a babe in arms) has a sophisticated yet effortless style. She’s given home to pieces with a past, both large and smal,l and inspiration brims from every nook & cranny. When Hollie decided it was time to buy a house to showcase those treasures three years ago, her search lead her to North Charleston’s beautiful and historic Park Circle. Hollie purchased the 1948 brick bungalow from the original owner, who kept many of the original features but who had also added some not-so-original elements.

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More Goodwill hunting

We were treated to an unplanned visit from Tyler last week so I stayed off the internet for most of that time. We had a great time with him and wish he could have stayed longer. We got some other projects started after he left and will share those soon, but I wanted to share the gifts the thrifting gods provided yesterday!

My dear friend Aileen mentioned that she would love to have a terrarium, so I volunteered to make one for her. I’ve been on the hunt for something really awesome to house the plants without much luck. We found this large round vessel at Goodwill yesterday and I think it’s time to start ‘terraforming’. 😉

We also found a few brass items on the shelves. One was planter but it wasn’t actually brass and they wanted $8.00. Sorry, but I thought that was a bit much. Phoenix & dragon pot. Elsewhere was this beautiful phoenix & dragon pot for $2.00. This was a much better deal in my opinion!

I believe it probably had a lid with it originally but we are intending to store something openly in it so it wouldn’t make a difference!

A sweet little glass box with mirrored bottom.

There have always been a brass cricket boxes in the house and most have come and gone, except the one on the left, which has been around for as long as I can remember. We’re passively rebooting our collection, starting with the small box we bought a couple months ago. Part of yesterday’s score was the larger box on the right.

And of course, I’ve started looking online at more beautiful boxes! As tempting as they are, I’m going to hold off and allow them to find us locally.

Not that I follow trends but I do love my brass!

Scott Antique Market

Michael and I had to run back to Atlanta last Thursday. He’s there for a job and I was going to stay a night or two to continue fabric shopping and get in trouble with my girlfriends. Things were going as planned until we were approaching Atlanta and an ad for Scott Antique Market came on the radio and in that instant everything changed. I was told several years ago that Scott was the place for Lakewood Fairgrounds Antique Market refugees to flock when the latter closed in 2006.

I picked up some of the girls and we got there around one and made it through most of the North building on Friday. It’s exhausting seeing so much beauty and awesomeness. We ended up returning late on Saturday as ‘things’ popped up that pushed my departure back a day. We made it about an hour before closing and found our junk/salvage paradise.

I passed by many, many delightful things telling myself that we’d go back until I found these ceramic lobster boxes and could not resist their cuteness. I searched for something similar and found a single box on Ruby Lane.

I could have taken home just about everything from this booth as their prices were very reasonable…

But it was the vintage/antique skep that had me falling out. Michael and I have been dreaming of owning one but we know we’re going to wait quite a bit. It was lovely seeing this one.

This is probably one of my favorite items, a perfume holder and is about four inches in length. I didn’t get a very good photo of the vial extended, but it can be seen here. A tad out of my price range but maybe it will still be there the next time I’m there so I can do it a little more justice.

I am always fascinated by how people use/style animal parts, such as this camel foot ink well and bathing stag.

 

Aileen added these beauties to her skull collection.

 

As I was taking their photos the vendor suggested I have a look at the $20K lions. Sadly, I don’t have a space or $40K to take them home with me. I do hope they find a good home some day.

This fella was covering a power box outside.

Here are a few more images. It was hard to keep up as there were so many amazing finds at each turn.

This was an egg laying machine. We all loved the delightfully decrepit chickies and that dad was checking in on everyone.

I’m not sure why I loved these so much but they’re plain awesome.

As I was working on this post I discovered that Lakewood is alive and well on the third weekend of the month in Cumming, Ga. Ah, double the trouble but I’ll have to wait until the Farmer’s Market has closed for the season. Ain’t no way I can make it this weekend!

Monday, Monday

What a wonderfully busy and fun weekend was had by all. Saturday’s HCAF was much fun and I sold a few things. I mentioned to friends that I really don’t need to get attached to some of the things I make as I almost cried when this walked away with a delightful new owner. I’m busy trying to get more inventory ready for the closing weekend of the Farmers Market, coming up this weekend!

Here’s to a fabulous week! I hope to have photos of the newer pillows taken and uploaded to Etsy tomorrow.

DIY price tags

I tip my hat again to the wonderfully creative Stella Maris for inspiring these. We purchased two beautiful rolls of vintage wallpaper to use for various items for the wedding. We were in hopes of making May (Day) Baskets for the ceremony chairs but it proved to be too fragile and we ran out of steam trying to make them work. I have many shapes cut out and they’ve sat for two and a half years. I needed something to do with them and wanted to have something fun for my price tags. When Stella showed me hers, which were made with origami paper, the idea clicked.

They’re incredibly easy to do and I’m not sure if they warrant a full tutorial. Just tape both sides and use a tag punch to make the shapes. I have a punch that makes three sizes of tags and I strung them with embroidery thread.

Thanks Stella!

Domestic Bliss – At the Farmers Market

We stopped by the Farmers Market to pick up some ingredients for pear relish, see some vendor friends and get my Saturday lunch fix. I’m so happy that I was able to try the tofu today as we usually get our lunch after the rush and they’re out. Grace’s breakfast sammies make us last past the normal lunch time.

On the left is the pork Bahn Mi sandwich and on the right are my tofu tacos. We had sweet black jasmine tea as well.

We stopped by a quasi-new thrift store on the way into town and scored lovely framed print that we’ll repaint, replace the image and put it in the bedroom. I’m thinking we’ll put it where the Jane Avril poster lives and move that to where the Chat Noir currently resides. That’ll help address the ‘red’ problem in the room.

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