Friday, May 27, 2011

Out of town!

I'm leaving in a couple of hours for a weekend road trip about 8-10 hours away. I will return Monday night, hopefully with some nice pictures to share.

In the meantime, go check out ThreeRedApples. This lovely shop has always been a favorite of mine! Oh, and enter to win a free cuff if you haven't already done so!

Have a great weekend, friends!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Who wants a free cuff?!! A new giveaway!

And guess what?! The winner gets to choose the prize! Choose between this one:

or this one:

or this one:

***This giveaway has ended! Congrats to Sarah of Sometimes I Swirl!***

That's right! They're all cute, so you can't go wrong here. :) I will make a cuff specifically for the winner so it will fit perfectly. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. Anonymous people- you must leave a way to contact you or you won't be entered!

I don't give away cuffs often, so if you want an extra entry, just tweet, blog or facebook about this giveway and leave another comment saying you did so.

I will randomly choose the winner on Monday, June 6th. Now go spread the word, and good luck, friends! :)

**disclaimer: I don't think I have any more of the same buttons as shown in the first and third photo. If you pick one of those as your prize, you'll get a different (but just as nice) button!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Pretty things around the (boyfriend's) yard

I thought I'd post just a few nature photos from yesterday. All of these look MUCH better when you click to zoom! I love this one of the single heart-shaped leaf. I love it in sepia, too:

I thought this one looked like a tunnel...really I'm just taking a photo through a gorgeous tree in the front yard. The tree you see at the end of the "tunnel" is a tree in the backyard.



Beautiful blue sky:

A little pagoda :

P.S. I have a new giveaway coming up in the next day or two! Here's a hint: I'm the one giving it away! :D

Saturday, May 21, 2011

My name is Amy, and I'm a vintage blanket addict.

The first step is admitting it, right? Click to zoom. I got this blanket this morning at an antique and vintage flea market in my town. We don't usually have these in my town, but this one just started and today was the first one.

Pretty hard to resist, right?!

Then on the way home, I stopped at a garage sale and picked up this chair:

It was $3.00. The orange covering is like a cushioned vinyl. The original label is on the bottom and it's stamped with a delivery date of 1970. It's in great condition and I think $3.00 was a steal!

Friday, May 20, 2011

LOVE this refrigerator magnet idea!

I saw this idea last month while flipping through a mazazine in a waiting room. What an amazing idea! All you need is a pretty tea tin or two- just put a powerful magnet inside and you have a unique pen-holder right on your fridge. Since I am the queen of pen-losers, this is the PERFECT idea.

Ever since I read the article I've tried finding tins that would work and were pretty, too, and haven't had any luck. So in the meantime, I'll just keep losing my pens.

Find the original article here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Are you the giveaway winner?!!!

Come watch to see if you're the lucky winner of this adorable sachet from erinf115!

And congratulations!! :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

The other side of the kitchen and more

Excuse the poor quality photos, but it is really hard to get enough light to get a crisp photo in the kitchen! I decided to make an 'art wall' of sorts on the other side of the kitchen (in case you missed it, the counter/sink side of the kitchen is here).

I thought it would be nice to include some embroidery hoops with my favorite vintage feedsacks. I'm about to run out of this particular one (an all-time fave!) and now I've saved a little piece for myself:

It's the same fabric used in this cuff. I will be sooooo sad when this feedsack is gone!

See the "everything is going to be ok" print below? Click to zoom:

I got it from pleasebestill (Jen is the sweetest seller ever, by the way). It is such a wonderful sentiment and makes me happy every time I walk by it. Because you know what? Everything IS going to be ok.

I also got this absolutely adorable hand-carved stamp in the mail today:

I'm going to use it on the outside of my packaging. Isn't it just the sweetest feather? I got it at HandmadeBlayne. Oh, it looks like she's on vacation right now! Make sure to mark her shop for later to see her sweet collection of stamps. :)

P.S. You only have about a day and a half left to enter this sweet giveaway! Go do it!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Weekend vintage goodness!!

I dare any of you to tell me you've ever seen a sweeter garbage can!!! I got it yesterday at my favorite local antique shop. I'd been eyeing it for ages and finally gave in. You step on the little pedal and the lid pops open. There is a removable metal basket inside to dump the trash. I just love it!

I also got some good mail yesterday! I LOVE this vintage chalkboard/message center. It came brand new in its original packaging!

The date on the packaging said 1973. There is a spot to hang your keys, and two pockets at the top to hold bills. There is a notepad in between the pockets and a space to put chalk on the bottom right (it even came with the chalk, which I immediately dropped and broke in three pieces and then lost the third piece...ugh. I hadn't dropped it yet in the photo below!).

It even came with three little daisy magnets! SO adorable.

While at the antique shop, I spotted the ottoman below. It's not that old, of course, but I loved the shape and I'm going to recover it in a floral fabric.

The same booth had this ottoman/foot rest, too:

I'll most likely recover this one, too. And it was only $5.00. I recently decided I didn't want a coffee table in front of my couch, anymore...it just collected junk. I moved it and now we've had nowhere to rest our legs! These two pieces are perfect!

Last but not least, I found this bundle of vintage fabrics!

I cannot even tell you how much I love that first fabric. There was something on my lens so part of the fabric looks blurry and faded, but it's not like that in real life. I am definitely making a cuff for myself with that one!

I hope some of you did some treasure-hunting this weekend, too! :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A bride's custom cuff out the door

I loved this custom order. The bride asked for the infinity symbol on the top and her wedding date in roman numerals on the bottom. I think the light thread has a nice, classic feel.

P.S. Have you entered this giveaway yet? There's still time and the prize is adorable!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I got good mail!

I received my custom embroidered hoop from doecdoe and I love it! Gina transfers vintage paint-by-number designs onto fabric and then hand embroiders a saying of your choosing.

There are many different backgrounds available, but I decided to go with the Paris scene and then asked for "love is real" in French. I had some friends in France tell me this was the correct French wording, but then one other friend in France (a little too late) said, although it's not incorrect, the French would probably say "l'amour existe" for love exists. But the "love is real" wording was important to me and I'm in the US, so it works for me!

The possibilities are endless with these hoops- go get one for yourself! :) Thanks, Gina!

P.S. She also has an awesome blog here. Go check it out!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kitchen before and after photos!!!

Most of you know that last year I bought a 100-year-old fixer upper of a house. It's VERY small and needs a lot of work (and every square inch was covered in layers of wallpaper). Here is a refresher photo of what the kitchen looked like when I bought it (accessories in the photo belonged to the seller):

And here it is as of 12:30am last night/this morning:


I think it's a major improvement. I still need to finish putting knobs on all the cabinets/drawers, and I still need a whole new sink/faucet. This one is ancient. Oh, and I STILL have the reallllly bad/really dark floors that were installed in 1940.

I have to keep the ancient counters and cabinets for now. I think I'll be content with the room once the floors are redone.

P.S. I actually painted the whole room a different yellow the day before yesterday. It turned out awful and way too bright, so I painted it all over again yesterday! You can't tell from the pics but there is a lot of painted area on the other sides of the room. I'm exhausted! *yawn*

Monday, May 9, 2011

An ADORABLE new giveaway just for you!

Now who wouldn't be absolutely tickled to win this insanely cute mini sachet from erinf115?! It's filled with an "Enchanted Forest" mix composed of eucalyptus leaves, Maine balsam fir, lavender, tea roses and essential oils. Erin's punch needle designs are so sweet and meticulously made. She's super sweet, too. ;)

Entering to win this little mushroom sachet is simple! Just go to Erin's shop and come back here and post your favorite item in the comments.

My favorite thing just happens to be this very sachet, so I'm already super jealous of the winner! Well, it's between this one and this one. Sweeeeetness!

I'll pick the winner on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30am central time. Good luck, everyone!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

And the winner is.....!

Yay! Little Gray Fox will be getting a sweet little name necklace from hearttohearts. Congrats! I'll be in touch soon. :) OH, and I have a great giveaway starting on Monday so stay tuned- you guys won't want to miss it!

P.S. Remember my cute vintage garbage can from a few posts below? My mom found another one at the thrift store a few days ago and now I have two!!!:

That's one for upstairs and one for downstairs. :) LOVE this can! Thanks, Mom.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Things that are good.

How cool is this succulent embroidery from whatnomints? I love everything about this!

I'm also really loving this doorstump from cozyblue. It actually makes me wish I had a door that won't stay open on its own. I want this!

I can't stop looking at this owl pillow. It is so cute and I really love that shade of pink next to the colors of the eyes. Just adorable! From peanutbutterdynamite.


Last but not least, I'm loving these cloud hoop earrings from maryandjane. I already own these from the same seller and they are the perfect go-to earrings.

I wish I could buy one of each of these this very minute!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Antique flea market finds

I just got back from the once-a-month antique flea market, to which I haven't been since fall. I got the great vintage fabrics above. I can't wait to turn them into cuffs! I also got the awesome blanket below:


But that's just for cuddling. :)

P.S. I absolutely do not need any more vintage blankets but I couldn't resist.