Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Vintage Marketplace and Blogger Encounters

When we first started blogging it never really occurred to us that we would meet people (in person that is) through our blog.   Going to the Nashville Flea Market certainly helps facilitate such meetings.  Earlier this year we had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca of  Walnut and Vine , who introduced us to her blogging friend Teresa of Our Southern Country Home and Farm.  It has been such fun visiting with them through their blogs, and they so sweetly came back to visit us in October.  This was when we met Theresa of Time Worn Interiors  from Kentucky.  I love how we identify, and often introduce ourselves, by our blog names.  Theresa came by our booth and was chatting with us when she introduced herself as "Time Worn Interiors" and I immediately knew who she was and quite a bit about her! We've met lots of other great people too, who do not have blogs (hint hint Linda), and lovely people who read our blog!

When I first read Theresa's post on The Vintage Market Place, which was going to be a show within the annual Tailgate Music Valley antique show, I got excited to read that it was oriented towards bloggers.  While Pam and I are still in our winter hibernation and aren't prepared to set up as a vendor, we are certainly prepared to go shop and visit!  It is going to be in Hendersonville, TN, a suburb just North of Nashville.  

If anyone is planning to attend the show and would like to meet up, just let us know.  The show is Thursday, February 2 through Saturday, February 4th.  I know Pam and I can be there on Saturday, but may try to get there earlier if possible.  And, Theresa is going to be a vendor there also!  I am certainly looking forward to the shopping. I think I'm going to tuck away some of my Christmas gift money just for this event :)  

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Elephant In The Room


Looks like it's time to get back to the business of life-as-usual.  Our Christmas was great.  In addition to it being Christmas, December 25th is also Pam's birthday.  Everyone gathers at my house each year, and our dad comes to visit us from Alabama.  Since my children are now 18 and 19 years old, we decided to do things a little differently this year.  In the past we've always gone to church on Christmas Eve, then returned home to have dinner and open 1 gift per person.  This year we opened all the gifts after church on Christmas Eve.  Everyone seemed to enjoy this much better as it gave everyone time to check out their gifts and freed up time on Christmas morning before the rest of the family arrived.

I love how the mix of pillows represent all the colors in the painting above the bed.

A few weeks ago just before Pam hosted a party, she worked on a few projects around her house.  One project was painting her guest room just before the party.  As in we were instructed not to lean against or touch the walls, just before the party.  Okay, so it isn't a real elephant in the room, but the paint color is elephant grey.

Even though it was early December, the weather was in the 60's and allowed for the opening of a window, to help ventilate the paint and help it dry faster.  I don't know what it is about curtains blowing in the breeze, but it seems so beautiful and soothing.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas At Our Houses

I didn't decorate as much this year as I have when my children were younger.  Time just seems to get by faster and faster each year.

I bought this tree at 90% off in January, which made it about $2.  I just stuck it in an old galvanized bucket filled with shredded music pages.

I tried to keep it simple and use a lot of what I had, or was growing around the house.

I found this little gold tree at Goodwill in September.

This sled is also from Goodwill.  I painted it red last year.  The green picture frame was left over from flea market so I just put a few random pieces together.

Pam's trees.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

French Stockings

Wow, I can't believe how fast December is ticking along.  I thought I'd better get a picture of my stockings posted before Christmas was over. 

I made these from a canvas drop cloth and used the transfer method  I described HERE .  I used a stocking I already had as a pattern for these.

People often ask us where we get our images.  These French images were purchased on Etsy as a digital file.   I found them by searching "French".

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Party

Last weekend Pam hosted a wedding party for some friends that recently took a romantic trip to Napa to get married at a vineyard.   She ordered these cute cupcake papers and bride and groom pics from Williams-Sonoma.  Then she asked me to bake 75 red velvet cupcakes, with a rich cream cheese frosting.  Just to make sure the frosting was rich enough,  I used a Paula Deen recipe.  Yep.  I used lots of lots of butter.  I also baked the cupcakes in white papers so the color wouldn't bleed through the pretty papers.

I like my wood cake pedestal.  I found it at Goodwill for $3 and painted it with the chalk paint in Old Ochre for the party.

This table and china cabinet actually belonged to our grandparents.  It was in need of refinishing, so Pam painted it with Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint.

The gift table.

To get her house ready for the party, Pam did a lot of painting and sprucing up.  I'll post some of those pictures a little later. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Paper Chains and Silhouettes

When my daughter went back to college after Thanksgiving break, she expressed how she would really like to have a tree in her room at home this year.  Naturally I checked the sales and ran out to get one so I could surprise her when she comes home for Christmas break.  This is a 4.5 feet pre-lit tree I got at Walgreen's.  I knew she wanted something simple and preferably a music paper chain.

I was still uncertain about just how I was going to decorate it, until I went to T.J. Maxx this week.  I found a silhouette on canvas that I bought for her room.  She took a few things off the walls to go to her dorm, and there are some bare spots to fill.   As I was admiring the canvas I bought, this decorating idea hit me.

I cut the silhouettes out of white card stock and a black file folder I had.  I used thin black ribbon and ornament hangers to hang them.  For the topper, I made a small music wreath and glued a circle and silhouette in the center.

Perhaps the best part about this theme is it cost almost nothing.  Just a few pages of music and cardstock, staples and glue.  Can't beat low cost decorating in my book!

I first made a paper chain out of the hymnal pages for our flea market booth in October.  I was surprised how many people noticed and like the chain.  Unfortunately I only made one for display and didn't have any to sell.    Seems as though many people made paper chains as a childhood craft and loved the memories brought to mind when seeing this.    We heart paper chains : )

I'm linking this to Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm