Thursday, February 9, 2017

Vintage bottles for Vanity

 I love vintage bottles! Especially the Aqua or cobalt ones. I have discovered another use for them. 
Last year when I came home from St.John, I bought myself a little necklace as a souvenir and rather than throw it in my jewelry box where I would only see it occasionally, I decided to wrap that little necklace around a vintage bottle that I had on my kitchen shelf so I could look at it every day,

 and be reminded of my fabulous time I had while on vacation!!

What is awesome, is that the stones in this necklace are only found in the carribean waters. I forget exactly what the stone is called but it is such a pretty blue, like the water.
Now, after coming back from a trip to Maui, I have decided to adorn a few vintage bottles with little handmade necklaces I bought on that fabulous island as well!

It's just a nice reminder of the islands as well as a pretty decor item.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Back Yard Down the Shore Before and After

The yard at the cottage down the shore used to be a maintenance  nightmare. The grass would always dry out from the hot sun, and it had sticky balls in it from the weeds we couldn't get rid of.

This is how it was, when we first purchased it. In the background you can see the seawall. This is before the township put up the concrete promenade over the rock seawall.
After a few years of this , we finally decided to rip all the grass out and completely EP Henry the yard.
I love it now. It's like one big patio.

This is how it is now.

This deck used to be an old worn out one, and we recently had it rebuilt  and I love that too.
If I can find some old pics of the deck before I'll post them later.
Even though that concrete promenade took some of my view from the yard and first floor, I've come to terms with it. I use that now to go for very enjoyable walks now down the coast!
We now use the entire yard, every inch. All the way back to the fence, where we have a firepit for the cool nights in May or September. That table in the pic is actually the firepit.  I love this because we can use it for a coffee table for drinks and stuff, when we don't have a fire burning.
And my daughters helped me build that little wall (under the fairy)in front of the fence, to create a little garden.

And then I decided that I wanted my porch to have more of an inviting, shabby chic, go ahead and fall asleep outside, feeling.  So I gathered up everything I had around the house to transform it from it's slightly tropical look to a place where you just were dying to sit and relax!!
First I started with the outside porch seating area

Which I added a ruffled white twin bedskirt to, and some fluffy pillow shams for the following effect:

and a duvet cover to the other side

Doesn't this look adorable?
And the best part is it held up with a group of 20 somethings down each weekend.
That was the true test. They started sitting out back more often because it was so inviting. 

And I thought 
" I'm going to have to readjust it every 5 minutes!!'
 But lo and behold.. I didn't have to ... and it stayed clean! I thought for sure it would be dirtied up inside a week, But NO. It looked this way from about early July till I dismantled everything in November when the weather around here gets kinda yukky. 
Now I can't wait for the nice weather to come back.

I'm playing at the linky party


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Easy Summer Mantle

Just a few quick changes of decor items gives a whole new feel to the Mantle. Some pretty aqua glass candle holders from Home Goods, along with vintage bottles in ocean hues create a summery feel.

I've hidden the cable box under some vintage lace crochet.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

I finally have a Mantle I can decorate! Welcome Fall

I have searched for a small Mantle for my little Cottage down the shore for about 2 years.
Most that I found were too big or too expensive.
This one is perfect. it is just the right size , a great price, and it even has a metal backing.
I adore it.

 I covered my TV with a lightweight, removable shuttered mirror which used to be in the bedroom.
So easy to move
And covered the boxes with lace which doesn't interfere with the remote, if possitioned correctly.

 A bit of burlap around a candle
 Little Mrs. Owl

A very simple  project to use up old burlap scraps is to cover a styrofoam ball with them to make your own decor balls.

Or wrap and glue some sisal rope around a candle or jar.

A simple natural burlap bag for some lavender or cinnamon this time of year, couldn't be easier to craft.

 And finally, at this time of year I like to bring in a little bit of the wheat colored sea grass that grows out back, for both sides of my new vintage mantle.
I always lament when the blooms are full ...the summer comes to a close, but the gorgeous Fall weather  will begin. And Fall is wonderful down the shore.

 Our leaves are just beginning to change a tiny bit here in Jersey, so the orange leaves will get added in a little later in the season when they do!
Today is like Indian summer... 82 degrees and lots of beachgoers, unusual, but very enjoyable!!

Thanks for stopping by.

There is a Fall Party going on:
Feathered Nest Fridays

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Easy Old Window Projects

I love doing things with old windows, and doors. This 8 pane window became a huge piece of art by blowing up one of my photos of Sanibel Island into 8 printable pages which I attached to the back of this window.

A special shout  of THANKS to the graphics fairey for mentioning how to turn a simple photograph into a poster size work of art, by directing me to
Here it is once finished,  hanging in the vintage shop 
(excuse the glare there is a huge chandelier nearby spreading it's glory!)

I love it's beachy and vintage cottage vibe!
I gave it some legs from home depot and painted the whole thing in a distressed look.
The window was already greatly distressed, so the challenge was to get it cleaned up and  slathered with a fresh coat of distressing to match the finish of the legs I'd created.
As much as I wanted to keep it, low and behold it went off to the vintage shop, 
North End Antiques and Thrift in Cape May NJ
All ready for some crab dip!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Joining the parties here

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Christmas Past and New Blessings to all

Christmas slipped by me so fast I hardly knew it was there! I hope all had a grande time!
I had 3 weddings to go to in the last 3 weeks of December, in 3 different States,...Florida, Virginia and PA... so Christmas kinda got snuck in there.
But I couldn't resist posting a few pictures from this December 2012
A pretty snow filled drive to a wedding in Pennsylvania
Gorgeous Pennsylvania

A little bit of silver and blue at the Shop
It was lots of fun to decorate the shop in November in preps for the Holidays!!
The window above this was all silver, white and blue.

The mantle in my booth

The front window was all red and green.

A few vintage purses hung on our tree.

Thanks for stopping by! Now it's time to get back to work!  Time for some new displays!
Some of my favorite things!

I hope you all enjoy your New Year!
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