Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Joy of Collecting! Vol.I

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I feel as though I obsess over collecting a new item everyday. Do you ever feel this way? Sometimes I act on it, but usually I don't. Good heavens I'd be broke if I did! I go through Cath Kidston phases where I want to do an entire room like THIS...

I sometimes get the jadeite bug and add a new piece to my little collection. Here are a few I used for a photo  shoot last year



Of course there's the "Ironstone Platter" days where I feel as though I should be buried knee deep in them for some reason!





There's also my ongoing affair with anything industrial, like wire baskets. Judging by the photo above, I'd say all baskets are fair game.


And all of this is just leading up to me telling you that I have a new love! 

Old wooden crates and boxes.

I recently bought 3 from an etsy shop...for $15 total! Which I thought was a steal. I can't usually find ONE for $15, much less 3. They are small, medium and large like the 3 bears. Why did it take opening my own etsy shop to discover etsy? ! Such a treasure trove of great deals and unique things. A collectors paradise!!

Anyways,the big box is a perfect holder for my hydrangeas. I previously had them in a round egg basket, but on this long shallow table I needed something long and shallow, since it is a busy walkway area. If you haven't yet you should try an arrangement in a long thin box like this. It's so stylish! I love the look.




The other 2, and an old cheese box I had, I put on the hutch to add some contrast to all of the white going on. It's so much fun to arrange and fill them. 







What collecting bug do you have lately?

Have a WONDERFUL weekend    >>>---♥>




Monday, February 25, 2013

Welcome to Week 55 of The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!



Welcome to Week 55
of
The Cowgirl Up!
Link Party!


1 Party, 5 Blogs 
Howdy Girls! Thanks so much to Amanda here at The Ivy Cottage Blog for inviting me to guest host! I'm Brandy, the gal behind the keyboard on the blog, Gluesticks!
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Gluesticks is my outlet. It's where I share the things that keep us busy. I am a wife to an amazing member of the United States Coast Guard and a mother to 4 children.
My life is full of excitement. Moving across the country, school lunches, afternoons at the park, dance classes, teaching piano, family time, and always a little time for creativity.
I love being able to create with my children and our craft room is always a mess with crayons, stickers, glue in the carpet...yep, last week, and lots of other fun stuff.
This is how Gluesticks came about. I wanted to share some of our simple Craft and Recipes. Nothing fancy, no special ingredients or tools required. Just the desire to create. And I share it all with my readers!
And when I get a moment to myself, I enjoy making things for our home, or trying out a new recipe.
Recently I tried my hand at reupholstering an old chair. You can read about it here. I love trying new things and sharing what I have learned with my readers.
Thanks for letting me stop by and feel free to visit us over at Gluesticks. We'd love to have you!
***** Want to be a Guest Host here on Cowgirl Up? Just leave a comment with your name and blog address below! If you are selected, you will be introduced in the Cowgirl Up post for that week, and we'll include a link to your blog. We’ll send you the code for the party ahead of time. Lots of fantastic exposure for you, and the post is written for you! *****
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Hi everyone!  This is Amanda with The Ivy Cottage Blog and I want to say GOODBYE!
I have decided to stop blogging and concentrate on my growing business and my busy family.  Don't be sad!  I am actually relieved and excited about the new opportunities and looking forward to following/enjoying blogs instead of writing.
Just because I am stopping blogging, doesn't mean you should stop coming by Cowgirl Up!  You can still stop by all of the other Cowgirls' blogs and they will be announcing the newest Cowgirl in a few weeks . . . so exciting!
With that said, here are the features for this week!
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Now about this week's party... You link up on my blog and your link shows up on FIVE blogs. More exposure, less time. We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories. Anything that you are proud to show off.
Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.
What blogs will your link appear on? Check us out below!
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls


*PLUS our Special GUEST HOST:  Brandy with Gluesticks


The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up! You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!

Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines
(Please read the guidelines before participating)
* When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs.
* Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC (and if you have a linkyfollow account, then please follow that way too.)
* You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
* You may link as many links as you want.
* Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post, (mine can be found on my sidebar.) Mandatory to be featured!!
* Be courteous and visit the two links before yours. Several projects will be featured each week!
* By linking up you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them, that we may use those photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course.
*If you pin a project shown here, please, please pin from the original source.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Welcome to Week 54 of The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!




Welcome to Week 54
of
The Cowgirl Up! 
Link Party!
1 Party, 5 Blogs  

Our guest host this week is Anne of White Lace Cottage





Hello I am Anne from White lace cottage and I am thrilled that Linsey asked me to host this weeks Cowgirl Up party!

It is such an honor as I adore her style too!

If you know me then you know how much I love anything old and chippy.
I am always on the hunt to find fun and unique pieces for my home.
My style is a little bit of Cottage, a little bit farmhouse and a little bit French Nordic.
All together you get Romantic farmhouse cottage French Nordic.

Yes it's a bit eclectic.

But somehow it all works.

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I love using architectural pieces old shutters,doors,windows ladders anything that catches my eye.

Another thing I love to do is to re purpose old treasures.

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This old ice cream machine was transformed with some paint to add a bit of character.

Pretty with flowers or old wood bread boards.
I love to surround myself with things that I love.

My favorite places to find treasures are thrift stores and antique shops.

This is what I recently came across.
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These vintage pieces with original paint are hard to come by.
Especially when the color is so unique.
Even the barkcloth is sweet on this piece.
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I have lots of white in my home.
It's fun to add a bit of color here and there.
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I had a hall table here previously.
But thought this would be perfect in this spot.
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This shelf I found years ago.
I just can't part with it.
Made from scraps of vintage wood.
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I've been playing around with this shelf trying to fix it just right.
I think I finally got the look I was going for.
A sweet chair to sit on.
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Or a sweet table....
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Thank you so much for letting me share my home with you all!



***** Want to be a Guest Host here on Cowgirl Up? Just leave a comment with your name and blog address below! If you are selected, you will be introduced in the Cowgirl Up post for that week, and we'll include a link to your blog. We’ll send you the code for the party ahead of time. Lots of fantastic exposure for you, and the post is written for you! ***** 
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Features this week are chosen by Linsey from The Farmhouse Porch

Below are just a FEW of the LoVeLy entries from last week...

The simple rustic beauty of these jell-o mold nests is spring fresh, by Artsy Va Va




A great cabinet makeover by My Passion for Decor. What a great job distressing the soft buttery colors on this piece!




A bay leaf wreath by Grace & Favor, I bet it smells divine!



I'm positively "attracted" to this beautiful magnet wall hanger by Petticoat Junktion. Fun!
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And finally, who can resist, a decadent Raspberry Truffle Brownie....by My Kitchen is My Playground. MMM!


 Now about this week's party... You link up on my blog and your link shows up on FIVE blogs. More exposure, less time. We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories. Anything that you are proud to show off.
Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.
What blogs will your link appear on? Check us out below!
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Amanda with The Ivy Cottage Blog
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls 

*PLUS our Special GUEST HOST:  
Anne of White Lace Cottage

The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up! You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!


Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines
(Please read the guidelines before participating)
* When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs.
Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC (and if you have a linkyfollow account, then please follow that way too.)
* You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
* You may link as many links as you want.
Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post, (mine can be found on my sidebar.) Mandatory to be featured!!
* Be courteous and visit the two links before yours. Several projects will be featured each week!
* By linking up you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them,  that we may use those photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course. 
*If you pin a project shown here, please, please pin from the original source.

A tiny post about a tiny wreath.

Short teeny tiny little post today. 

I made a sheet music wreath.


That is all. :)


Cowgirl Up Party tonight!!! Hosted by Special Guest: Anne of White Lace Cottage blog.

Hope to see some beautiful and amazing stuff!

♥Linsey

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happiness is Hot Tea and a Sunny Patch

Good morning sunshine!

As you all know, if you follow me on Facebook HERE, I am dealing with my yearly episode of strep throat. I don't know why but my whole family and I are so darn susceptible to it. My Dr.'s appointment was first thing this morning. Sure enough, hubby woke up during the night with a 102 fever and sore throat and headache. Bless his heart. So off we went as a couple this morning...on Valentine's Day...to the clinic. How romantic!♥ haha Not the best V Day gift for me to give him. :(

The girls were so excited today. I dropped them off at school wearing special red and pink outfits. They held their party bags full of little cards like it was diamonds and rubies! I remember those days. Party days and field trips made school fun. So much of that has been stripped away from the public school system. Time for fun, social time to bond and learn how to act in social situations. But I'll save that rant for later.

What I really wanted to share with you is how having strep throat has been a blessing. Yes, a blessing. It has forced me to slow down and rest. I can do so many things that don't require using my voice! Like writing you! Or snapping pics around the house, or doing laundry...wait a minute. That doesn't go on the fun list! 

So here are some little recent changes I've made around the house lately...

I've been into interesting antique shakers and apothecary jars lately. 


I love a crusty dented lid!



And I still adore old frames. I have a plan for this collection. Until I make it a reality they can just hang out here as a backdrop.


Remember my new friend Brenda I told you about? The one with the fabulous house whose crafts and style so inspired me? I borrowed this idea from her! She had a wire rack full of ironstone platters on her laundry room wall and I remembered that I had a wire rack in a closet AND tons of platters! I am thrilled with the result. Thanks Brenda!!♥




This picture stole my heart. This old farmer with his beautiful farm horses looks just like my grandfather (Grand Jack). I found it at Goodwill! It was in a new-ish ugly frame though. That same day I found this mother of pearl, VERY old antique frame there as well. I cut down the matted farmer picture and slipped it right in there. Perfect! And I think it cost me $2. Judging by the smile on his face, I imagine Mr.Farmer was pretty proud of  his "fine animals". They look well cared for and plump. Maybe times were good on the old homestead at this moment...


Or maybe he had strep throat but welcomed the break from the backbreaking farm work. Maybe he took a leisurely ride into town to check out a new tool at the feed store, while stopping for a piece of pie in the small diner on the square by the courthouse.  


Here's Cow-pernia! Remember the name Calpernia in To Kill A Mockingbird? I always loved saying that name. It's so old school southern, and I love the way it rolls off the tongue. Perfect for Miss Cow-Pernia.

 My mother in law got me this cute bottle drying rack from World Market this Christmas. I love the size of it, it fits perfectly into my hutch shelves!






These sweet and ornate little embroidery scissors were given to me by a friend recently. I bet they were well used by loving hands at one point. Hands with wrinkles and sun spots and soft, tissue thin pale skin



My little lamb ornament is my first touch of Easter around the house. She had a tired red velvet bow around her neck. I cut it off and added a paper flower and lace. I love this beat up old lamb. It reminds me that we are all lambs of God. God is our shepherd.  This means that we have free will to follow him or not. We often think that we tough enough to take care of ourselves without God. We all know that a shepherd cannot promise that the road will be easy, but that there is comfort and security in togetherness. That he will go down the rocky road with us and guide us. 

 What should we name little miss lamb? Any ideas?

Here is that old cheese box I bought off Etsy. It makes a perfect home for my antique flatware! 

I wrapped some of them up in a tea stained ribbon and added this old rhinestone broach. I love the tarnished patina. I think it was 50 cents. 


And look who found a spot of sunlight to doze in this morning!! Old Miss Shadow. Right there in front of our messy "shoe basket". My sweet ol' gal is almost 10 years old. She's my best friend, and my best behaved child. :) I tell her everything and she sure can keep a secret. She's a great listener too. All she asks in return is a chin scratch and a chew bone. That's all she needs in this world to be content...

After all...




Happiness is a sunny patch on a soft rug.



Happy Valentine's Day!
♥ Linsey and Shadow

p.s. The Farmhouse Porch made it into the March issue of Romantic Homes Magazine!! Yee-haw! Lots of great bloggers in there this month, so please pick up a copy♥




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