Antiquing Trip Part 2

While in D.C., I was thrilled to have met with my friend and fellow blogger . . .

~ ~ and she so graciously took me to some of her favorite places to shop for antiques.

If you missed Part One of my adventure, you can view it here.

On the second day, we went to places around the town in which she lives.

The first stop was the antique shop where she has a booth.

Rust and Feathers Antiques

Rust and Feathers . . . just down the street from Lucketts Store.

It is a wonderful place . .

Rust and Feathers Antiques

This is her booth…

Rust and Feathers Antiques

So many cute things in her booth!

Rust and Feathers Antiques

Here is a collage of items in the shop of some items “for summer” . . .

~ ~ that I took from their website, Rust and Feathers ~ Vintage Redefined.

After making my purchase from her booth, we drove into town to visit a couple of local shops.

It is there that I found more ironstone. Yay!

I did a vignette of the ironstone that I found on my 2 day shopping trip.

Ironstone Tureen

This tureen sits on top of a vintage stool that I purchased from her booth.

Ironstone plates and tureen

In a local antiques shop I found 4 matching ironstone plates and bowls. . .

~ ~ it wasn’t until I unpacked everything at home. . .

~ ~ ~ that I discovered that the plates and bowls matches the tureen that sits on top of the little bench.

Ironstone plates and tureen

Oh Happy Day!

Ironstone Bowl

This particular vendor used vintage postcards for tags.

Ironstone Tureen

Two out of the three tureens were very close to excellent condition.

Ironstone Tureen

The third with a few blips here and there…but that just adds to the character right???!!

Ironstone Chamber Pot

This chamber pot is quite common; however, I was thrilled to find one with a lid! . . .

~ ~ and this was $8.00 with 20% off !!!

Ironstone Vignette

So here is my “loot” . . . I am still giddy over my finds!

Now, the following are snippets of rooms of my friend and fellow blogger’s home . .

~ ~ can you recognized these rooms and vignettes?

Chateau Chic Dining Room

I only had my “point and shoot” camera with me . . so at a little disadvantage with taking photos.

Chateau Chic Dining Room

Love how she showcased her ironstone on top of the vintage stools!

She told me that her grandmother loved ironstone, and is the one who started her on collecting it.

Many of her grandmother’s pieces are displayed in her home.

Chateau Chic Vignette

Beautiful vignettes of vintage pieces, ironstone and architectural elements are throughout the house.

Vintage Kitchen Vignette-Chateau Chic

She has a wonderful talent of showcasing her beautiful collections. . .

~ ~ like this one in her kitchen.

Vintage Breakfast Room-Chateau Chic

What a wonderful vintage breakfast room . . just swooned over the cabinet in the corner . . .

~ ~ and the vignette on her table ~ ~ and how about that great chandelier?!!

So, have you guessed who I spent 2 days with running the roads from Virginia to Pennsylvania???

Probably so . . .

Bloggers night out!

It is Mary Alice of Chateau Chic! She is on the left.

We were so busy shopping and dining and me swooning over her house . . .

~ ~ that I forgot to take a pic of us!

This is a pic of when Kim and I met Mary Alice for the first time during the Lucketts Spring Market weekend.

I had a wonderful time and I thank Mary Alice for her gracious hospitality. . .

~ ~ and taking me across three states to shop!!!

Have a most wonderful day being with the ones you love and doing what makes you happy!

P.S. A big congratulations to Whitney and John of Drab to Fab Design . . .

~ ~ for winning the 2nd Challenge of Flipping The Block. Their bathroom remodel was genius!

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Antiquing in Pennsylvania

I have been a bit M.I.A. as far as posting . . .

Within the past 2 weeks I have been on 3 separate trips . . with only a day or two in-between them.

It has certainly been a whirlwind for us.

Just got back from our trip to D.C. . . . Hubby had a business trip there.

While I was in D.C., I met up with a fellow blogger and friend. . . .

~ ~ and had 2 great days of adventure.

You will know later who that “friend” is as I will be doing another post on our adventures!

Antique Market

I arrive at her house an hour later than I anticipated . . .

~ ~ even with my Garmin in the car . . . I rode in circles trying to get out of the heart of D.C.

Her hubby called me and talked me through getting through the D.C. streets and on the the main highway!

Yep, I was going in circles within a 2 mile radius in D.C. for an hour!

Antique Marketplace

When I arrived at her home . . .

~ ~ she asked, “do you mind taking a 2 hour trip” . . . I am always up for a good road trip!

So off we go . . . from Virginia to Pennsylvania!

Antique Marketplace

We arrive at this beautiful storefront.

My hubby called me from the office . . . just to “check in”

He asked where we were . . . I told him Pennsylvania!

“Well, he said, I guess it’s better than Canada, as you won’t be back in time to pick me up” !!

P.S. . . . we were running late, so he took the Metro to meet us for dinner!

Susquehanna River

When we arrived at the Antique Market it was lunchtime . . .

~ ~ we decided to go to lunch first, so that we would have nourishment to have lots of energy to shop!

This was the view from our table . .

Susquehanna River

The restaurant had beautiful views of the Susquehanna River.

Antique Marketplace

The Marketplace was huge . . . sometimes while strolling through the aisles, I felt “lost”

There were hundreds of booths . . . and many of them were having sales!!!

Antique Marketplace

You can spend the entire day there! . . . Seriously.

The prices were great and when there was a discount . . . well, it was even better.

Most sales that some booths had were an additional 15 to 30% off!

Antique Marketplace

So here is my “loot” prior to them wrapping up the pieces . . .

~ ~ 3 ironstone tureens . . . all made in England.

~ ~ ~ ~ one chamber pot with lid . . . (this one was $8.00 with 20% off) :)

The total including tax on all 4 items was $67.00 . . . OH HAPPY DAY!!!

My “friend” got lots of deals too!!!…and one of them was a vintage scale for $5.00, yes, $5.00 !!

So stay tuned for Part 2 of my trip to D.C.

But in the meantime . . . I want to share our granddaughter’s Moshi Monster (our Flat Stanley) . .

~ ~ his name is Oddie.

Oddie in DC

My granddaughter gave Oddie to my hubby as good luck charm and he travels everywhere with us.

Oddie and I tried to convince the White House security to let us take a picture on the “lawn” . . .

~ ~ we both smiled and asked nicely . . . they said “no way”!!!

Oddie in D.C.

So he settled for a pic through the fence!…a bit out of focus from his pleading and whining.

Oddie in D.C.

After a long day of seeing some sights . . . Oddie relaxed with us at a D.C. Steakhouse . . .

~ ~ saying, “it was a good day” ! !

And Oddie and I wish you a good day too!!!

How to Create a Fall Season Porch

As I was watering the plants on the front porch the other day . . .

~ ~ I was thinking of the next seasonal change for the porch.

Summer is no where near over . . .

~ ~ however, the kids will be going back to school before we know it. The summer is flying by!

I am already thinking of the decor for “Fall on the Front Porch” . . .

Should I line flowers in the front of the shrubs? . . .

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Or just have a couple of containers of mums flanking the front steps . . .

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Should the wreaths be simply stated? . . .

2013 Fall Front Porch

2013 Fall Porch

Or filled with lots of fall flowers? . . .

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I am thinking that I should continue to have lots of pumpkins and flowers . . .

2013 Front Fall Porch

Fabulous pumpkins from the Farmers Market of course . . . of so many different varieties.

2013 Fall Front Porch

Pumpkins to add to the wagon of fall mums . . also from the Farmers Market.

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2013 Fall Front Porch

And think about the accessories to add this year to welcome friends and family to our home.

2013 Fall Front Porch

2013 Fall Front Porch

Oh and pillows . . . need to get some great fall pillows for this year.

~ ~ or maybe recycle some from years past.

When I decorated the porch a couple of years ago . . .

Burlap Monogramed wreath

~ ~ focusing on my monogramed burlap wreaths . . .

I thought that this was my favorite Fall Porch.

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Until I discovered the Farmers Market . . .

2013 Fall Front Porch

And gathered their great selection of pumpkins and flowers . . .

2013 Fall Front Porch

To create my favorite Fall Porch I created last year

2013 Fall Front Porch

To welcome in the Fall Season.

So are you thinking of your next porch project?

Have a beautiful summer day!!!

HGTV’s Flipping the Block is debuting tonight (Sunday, July 20th) !!!

Tonight, HGTV will be debuting the new show, Flipping the Block.

I posted about this show previously, when I learned that my blogging friends John and Whitney Spinks . .

~ ~ who blog at Drab to Fab Design will be participants in the show . . going for that $50,000 prize!

I am so over the top excited to see this show debut tonight cheering on Whitney and John (Team Black).

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The show starts at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central time.

And read about how this all came about in this newspaper article.

Join me in watching this great new show and cheer on for Team Black!!!

One table with 5 different looks.

This table gets a makeover quite often . . .

So today I thought that I would present its many facelifts.

Springtime is the perfect time to style a table of tulips

Another tulip arrangement that was a “just because” gift from my sister . . .

~ ~ sparked this new vignette.

I love the Fall so that I can use great pumpkins, gourds and seasonal flowers . . .

~ ~ to create a one of my very favorite Seasonal Fall Vignettes.

Oh did I say that the Fall was one of my favorite times to decorate this table?

Let me correct this statement . . . Yes, I so love the Fall season . . .

~ ~ however, hands down a Christmas Table Vignette is my most favorite to create.

As who can resist placing the cute animals of winter on a table to enjoy.

Whether it be Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter . . .

~ ~ I love including silver into my table vignettes.

Silver and daisies . . . one of my favorite combinations of elegance and simplicity.

Combining the textures of metal and natural elements as seen in this Spring Table Vignette.

As I look at the past vignettes on this table . . .

~ ~ I am now thinking about creating a Fall tablescape.

I know…this is still July, but today, the temperature in my car said 71 degrees . . .

~ ~ with record breaking lows in many areas.

So, did your temps fall like ours did? . . . what a pleasant surprise.

Have a great day doing the things you love with the ones you love!

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He said it was “Christmas in July” Ironstone and A Grain Sack Pillow

When I was away at the Haven Conference . . .

~ ~ when speaking to my hubby one evening, he told me that it was “Christmas in July” around here.

Apparently, three packages arrived for me that day . . . Oh, I love packages on the porch!

One of them was a package from my sister-in-law of pictures that I will share later.

Christmas in July

I ordered something from Mary Alice’s Etsy Shop . . .

~ ~ and the cute brown tissue wrapped package is from Kelly (My Soulful Home).

I won a grain sack pillow cover from Kelly!!! . . . She was celebrating a “blogaversary”

Chateau Chic Etsy Shop

Love the way Mary Alice embellishes her card with vintage items . . .

~ ~ my key collection is growing!…and this is my very first vintage clock face.

So'ing Pouch

So'ing Pouch

So'ing Kit

Kelly attached this ever “So” cute sewing pouch . . .

Ironstone

I was drawn to the shape and pattern of this piece . . .

Mary Alice has such great things in her shop.

~ ~ such as the great Dundee Marmalade Jar and Breadboard I purchased a little while ago.

Ironstone

I love the basket weave and floral pattern on this Alfred Meakin bowl.

I have a few ideas on how I will use this piece.

Grain Sack Pillow

Here is the gorgeous grain sack pillow that Kelly made . . .

~ ~ I love how she embellished it with the ruffle and denim trim . . . she is so talented!

Grain Sack Pillow

Grain Sack Pillow

When Kelly emailed me to let me know that I won . . . I was ecstatic as her creations are magnificent!

Antique Split Oak Bench/Grain Sack Pillow

And now it has a very happy home on my antique split oak bench in the bay window of my dining room.

It was meant to be there!!!….Thanks Kelly!!

Here’s to a great day of “happy” !!!

Haven Conference 2014

This is my third year of attending the annual Haven Conference.

Each year has always been so amazing.

I was having so much fun that it seems like I did not take many pictures!

Too busy enjoying visiting fellow friends/bloggers and attending the fabulous classes.

Off to Haven

I’m off!!….However, my first stop will be at Kim’s, where I was a guest for the evening.

Savvy Southern Style Sunroom

And a visit from the lovely Yvonne, from StoneGable.

Haven Conference

The “Ballard Designs Living Room” . . .

Haven Conference

The “Ballard Designs Bedroom” . . .

Haven Conference

Rhoda (Southern Hospitality and the creator of Haven) and Susan (Between Naps on the Porch). . .

~ ~ at the “welcoming area”.

Haven Conference

Chip Wade of HGTV Elbow Room was the Keynote Speaker.

Note to self: Even though your camera is so heavy to lug around . . .

~ ~ next time just bring it….the point and shoot just doesn’t get it !!

Haven Conference

Nothing like getting a shower from the Waterpik people!

~ ~ and a free Shower Sprayer too!

Haven Conference

And what could be better than to be able to seal a deck with the cute “seal” to be your assistant!!!

Haven Conference

And the great Mike Holmes from the HGTV show, Holmes on Homes . . .

~ ~ couldn’t convince him to make a house call ! !

Haven Conference

And what could be better than a spectacular candy station from Scout and Nimble!!

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Some of the many vendors . . .

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One of my favorite sessions was with Carmen of Southern Living/Southern Living Plant Collection.

After the session, we all got to take home a plant! :)

Haven Conference

Haven Conference

And Kim took a pic of Derrick of D. Lawless Hardware and I . .

~ ~ Derrick is one of my sponsors and was so happy to have gotten to meet him!!

Haven Conference

Lacefield Fabrics was another new vendor this year…they had fabulous fabrics!

Haven Conference

And then there was the Ballard Design Challenge . . .

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The lobby was decorated with balloons and “bubbles” by the sponsor “Tide” . . .

And the best thing of all is to be able to meet people for the first time and see old friends too!!

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Me, Amanda (Dixie Delights), and Kim (Savvy Southern Style)

~ ~ met Amanda for the first time and she is just what her blog name is, a true “Delight”

Haven Conference

And seeing old friends . . .

Yvonne (StoneGable), Kim (Savvy Southern Style), Heather (At the Picket Fence), Kari (Thistlewood Farm) .

~ ~ and me.

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Heather and her beautiful daughter.

Haven Conference

Front Row: Kim (Savvy Southern), Julie (Lilacs and Longhorns), Laura (Top This Top That) . .

~ ~ and Rachel and her adorable daughter (Maison de Pax)

Top Row: Lauren (Endearing Home), Yvonne (StoneGable) and me!

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Kelly (My Soulful Home) and Julie (Lilacs and Longhorns)

It was so great to have met them this year!

Haven Conference

Julie (Lilacs and Longhorns) and Lauren (Endearing Home)

~ ~ under those gorgeous chandeliers!

Haven Conference

And here I am . . . on my way home from Haven with my Southern Living Plant in the back seat!!

Haven Conference

I am happy to be home and enjoying my wonderful goodies from the Haven SWAG Bag!

Until next year . . . I have lots of sweet memories to get me through!

Have a wonderful day!!

Antique French Buffet Vignette

The other day, I revealed a new vignette on my mantel . . .

~ ~ and I took several pieces from the antique French Buffet to create the “mantelscape”

Therefore, needless to say, I needed to create a new vignette on the buffet.

So still with my dancing shoes on, doing the “vignette shuffle”, I started gathering items.

Antique French Buffet Vignette

Antique French Buffet Vignette

Grabbed some topiaries . . . and my vintage bird plates and placed on a decorative stand.

Antique French Buffet Vignette

Antique French Buffet Vignette

I added the French Trophy Plaque which was my very first purchase in France. The date was meaningful !!

The glass molds were another purchase from France that sit upon another French purchase . .

~ ~ ~ ~ a great “monogrammed” grain sack.

Antique French Buffet Vignette

Antique French Buffet Vignette

The afternoon sun streams in the foyer every afternoon.

Demijohns

A trio of demijohns fill the space where the Antique Gathering Basket once stood . . .

~ ~ and has a new home on the hearth.

Antique French Buffet

Antique French Boot Forms

Antique French Boot Forms

On the other side of the buffet is a vintage chair holding the antique French boot forms . . .

~ ~ the canes were previously in the gathering basket so now they are “hanging their hat” on the chair!

Antique French Buffet

After completing the new vignette, with my dancing shoes still on . . .

~ ~ and turning up the volume of the C.D. of the hit song, “The Vignette Shuffle”. . .

~ ~ ~ ~ tapping to the beat of another vignette makeover done!

If you would like to see how the French Buffet vignette looked like before you can see it HERE.

Hope you find inspiration today with your dancing shoes on, tapping to the beat of the “Vignette Shuffle”

~ ~ and, “I Hope You Dance” ! ! !

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A French Country Mantel Vignette

I realized I had the same things on my mantel since March!…time for a change!

So I put on my dancing shoes and got ready to do “the vignette shuffle” !!

I thought . . . hmmm . . . not quite feeling the “summer mantel” today . . .

~ ~ as it was really hot today and do not want to be reminded of that!

And then, it is hard to do a “coastal feel” with the backdrop of my antique shutters.

So with my dancing shoes on, I took a look around and decided to go “simply stated French Country”.

French Country Mantel

I put on my french beret and began gathering things that I already had . . .

~ ~ either purchased here or in France.

The little demijohn was purchased here at a yard sale and I obtained the antique book in France.

Actually, the oh so wonderful shop owner gave it to me!

French Country Mantel

French Country Mantel

And what says French Country more than lavender!

French Country Mantel

French Country Mantel

Another demijohn was added to the left side of the “reproduction confit pot” filled with lavender.

I love the simplicity of this mantel vignette.

French Country Mantel

However, I needed something to tie it all together . . .

French Country Hearth

French Country Mantel

I grabbed the French Gathering Basket from across the room and placed it on the hearth.

Not only did I feel it tied everything together, but it also hid the “black hole” of the fireplace a bit.

The grain sack that I purchased on my trip to France remains in the basket . . .

~ ~ it adds another level of texture and color.

French Country Mantel

French Country Mantel

I love this little change . . . it makes my heart happy!

And speaking of making my heart happy . . . I am preparing to leave to go to the Haven Conference.

I made sure that I left hubby great instructions on watering my plants and holding down the fort!

Well, he does not need any instructions on holding down the fort as he does it so well !!!

So, follow along with me on Instagram and see what is happening at Haven!!

Have a most wonderful day doing something that makes your heart happy!!!

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Flower Plate Wall Garden

I asked my granddaughter what she would like to have on the wall over her bed.

I showed her some inspiration pics that I had . . .

~ ~ and she was leaning towards a mural of a tree.

I am not an artist by any means . . . but wanted to see what I could come up with.

I had some “flower plates” in my dining room that I purchased from Arhaus.

I thought hmmmm . . . this may work.

Flower Plate Bouquet

I arranged the pattern on paper to make a template . . . marking the spots where the nails would go.

Flower Plate Bouquet

Then taped the paper to the wall and placed the nails in the wall.

Flower Plate Bouquet

Gathered my materials . . .

Flower Plate Bouquet

Then started to paint and connect the “flowers” . . .

Flower Plate Bouquet

Flower Plate Bouquet

Added a ribbon to “tie it together” . . .

Flower Plate Bouquet

My “sweetie’s” favorite color is red . . .

~ ~ and since there is no red in the duvet cover . . . I thought I would choose the coral shade . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ for one of the ribbons, rather than the yellow.

Flower Plate Bouquet

Flower Plate Wall Garden

My “sweetie” has given it two thumbs up !!!

We are still working on her space . . .

Fairy Garland

We are adding some “Fairies” . . . that I first saw on Mary’s (Home is Where the Boat Is) blog . . .

Hat Rack

And a “place to hang her hat” ! !

Hope you enjoyed my little “DIY” project today . . .

~ ~ I do not get a chance to do many of these, but it is so much fun creating things for our “sweetie” !!

Have a fabulous day!!! . . .

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