Antique Stores Are My Fave

Look what I got for our bedroom! Hopefully this weekend we will actually get to decorate our room. Yay! And you will get to see the dresser that I’m still in the process of finishing. Be so excited.

Thrift stores/Antique stores are the best. I love them. Here is a breakdown of some of the stuff we got, because guess what, you CAN decorate your house for cheaps.

I’ve been searching everywhere for a Moroccan lantern and finally found one for five bucks! Then I just adored that pink kerosene lamp and had to have it, even though it’s missing the hurricane glass. It was only a dollar. and I’ll find a glass for it eventually. Then the jewel box (for my jewels) was also a dolla. The vase was broken and glued back together and I guess that would be considered trash, BUT I couldn’t let it go with all of it’s color. Could. Not. Could not beat three dollars either. The most we spent was eight dollars on that painting. Which I loooove. My Honeypie picked it out! High five!

Seriously. So excited.

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Cute, Sappy, and Scrappy.

I discovered something awesome. You can sew on paper! What? A lot of you probably already knew that, but I did not…and I think it’s so cool! Yesterday I made this for My Honeypie:

Okay, wait, let me back up. A couple of months ago I saw this book Layered, Tattered, & StitchedA Fabric Art Workshop. Basically, it is what it is: fabric art, and I thought “cool!” But I bought some dress fabric instead of the book. The other day I went to buy fabric again, but Joann’s was a mad house. I think they were doing inventory or something. There were people in blue shirts with walkie-talkies everywhere! So I looked at some magazines and bought one:

Sew Somerset

It has so many pictures! and a lot of projects, but I haven’t actually read the thing. I’ve only looked at half the pictures. Doing that gave me the idea to make this for My Honeypie (deja vu anyone?):

You Make My Life Happy....awwwwwwwwwwwww

Turns out all you do with mixed media art is use “trash” and make something pretty! Like above. Or like the lady on the cover of Sew Somerset does. Her Facebook page is here. She has some sweet stuff and uses antique/thrift store finds. My little sign is made simply out of this: paper tag (as the base), scraps of fabric (from Baby’s quilt and another too short skirt), and a vinyl quote. It’s cute and sappy, but so simple! The sign is now hanging above the napkin note that My Honeypie wrote and stuck on our door the day we got married:

awwwwwwww

Now if only I could learn to do this whole mixed media/scrappy, tattered thing with clothes!

Alice Dress*Esty.com

Unfortunately, I have had this picture for over six months and didn’t write down which Esty vendor it was from…uh. Sorry. Love it!

Shelves and Spice

I was wandering around an antique store in town looking for a chandelier to put in my kitchen, but instead I found a couple of glass bottles to put my spices in. I heart spices! Eventually I want to have enough bottles in my kitchen for my spices to be like this:

from BHG.com

Except for my bottles are going to be all different sizes and on an open shelf, like the shelves below:

from BHG.com

But longer. That’s what we’re shooting for anyway.

I also found these: and I thought, how excellent would it be to use these for an extra design element in between shelves? I think most! Since we’re only in the demolition stage I am putting off buying them. Just in case I change my mind.