Sunday, October 31, 2010

Getting the Goods

I've been hearing about Home Goods for ages now, and untill the other day had no idea we had one just a short drive away. So Saturday we decided to get up early and go check them out. It was raining anyway so there wasn't much else to do, and it was an excuse to have a nice lunch. On the way there I kept saying, " I won't go crazy, I'll only get something if it's too good to pass up" " We really don't need anything, I'll be good"(crazy talk) The doors opened and I heard my husband say "Wow". Wow is right! We had a blast, and we were on the hunt for some candle sticks to go on our new piece of furniture we've been working on. He found two stunning mercury glass candle holders the perfect size. I did stop myself from buying a chair that was to die for, but I knew we just had no room. (a clearance piece for 250 and it was stunning). We also stopped at Trader Joes, for fresh flowers (their prices are the best) and some goodies.  More meringue cookies in white. We had a nice lunch too in between, and came home exhausted. Please enjoy the flowers I picked up, and hopefully by White Wednesday I'll be able to show you the finished project. (the legs are giving us a bit of trouble) I'll link this up later, I'm off to a business meeting this early Sunday morning, and I'm in charge of the coffee.
Be sure to stop by Cielo's blog where she hosts a lovely party every Monday you can find her here

Friday, October 29, 2010

Soup Comfort

My name is Tami and ...I am a "Soupaholic"! haha 
It's true...I love soup, and it can be any kind, it's not like wine where you have to be somewhat particular (pay no attention to my tagline). I can open a can, mix up a ramen, or savor the broth that comes with my chinese dinner. So... that being said, I look for quick easy soup ideas that will put something savory, hot, and comforting on the table in minutes if you will, as I'm a "WW". Oh? you don't know what that means? It stands for "Working Wife". Yep, I work full time, on my feet 40 hours a week in heels. One night I craved, yes, craved shrimp and tortellini, in a soup, and searched online and found a recipe quick and easy from the fabulous people at Buitoni. I sort of "perfected" their recipe and came up with will make a good size pot to feed your family be it 4 or 10. 

2 cups of your favorite marinara jar sauce ( I use Prego traditional)
1 cup of white wine (be it boxed, bottled just something you fancy)
2 32 oz containers of Chicken Broth ( I use organic, low sodium)
1 small bag or half large bag of frozen petite green peas
1/2 to 1 pound of frozen shrimp (tails off peeled)
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 12-16 oz  cheese tortellini pasta 

Pour chicken broth, wine, and sauce into a pot, bring to a boil
add shrimp, bring back to a boil
add cayenne
add peas bring back to a boil
add tortellini bring to a boil again, and serve
Try very hard not to eat 3 bowls, go on...I dare ya ;)
I'm linking this up to
Vanessa's Soup Exchange at Southern In My Heart

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Swedish Blog Inspiration

I have really been inspired lately by some of the Swedish and German Blogs. Their soft whites and rustic pieces are amazingly put together into simple vignettes. But one thing in particular that caught my eye is the beautiful way the candy is wrapped and presented. If you get a chance take a peek here Inspiratin i vitt and here
also please check outMy inspiratin photo at Vitaloppan's Blog

 I'm always on the lookout for pretty unique hostess gifts, as I have a policy never to show up empty handed. So I made a trip to Michael's and picked up paper doilies and damask sheets of printed paper and shaped them into the pretty cones I've seen so often in the blogs. I filled them with meringue cookies. I simply taped it together with clear tape, but you can use a pretty sticker. Also with the paper doily you can cut it in half so that both sides of the cone show the lacy edges.  On a side note, it looks like I'm inching my way to 100 followers, and when I reach that number I'll be having a giveaway, with a few pretty vintage treasures as the prize. Thanks to all of you for the sweet comments, it always puts a smile on my face. Have a wonderful day one and all, tami
Linking to The Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thursday
and toThe ColoradoLady Vintage Thingy Thursdays  
And to My Romantic Home Show and Tell Fridays
And finally to Frou Frou Decor's Fabulous Friday Finds 

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Of My Guest Room...just a peek, I plucked some of my Camelias this evening, that is before I remembered they're quite fragrant, and set off a bit of a headache accompanied by alergy attack, but it's ok, they looked lovely in this pretty tin I painted and distressed. A thrifted find for a mere $3.00. You may recognize the "Simply Shabby Chic" pillows from Target, Rachel Ashwell design. One of her first, and most popular. The white pillow case is thrifted for $1.00 and the lamp...a yard sale find nearly 10 years ago, we painted it white long ago, the shade a clearance Target find as well, I added some trim to make it a bit more special. The little sachet is something I've had for several years purchased from a gift shop locally, It hangs from the drawer of a chippy old night stand, to make guests feel welcome. I'll share more of my guest room soon. It's been the same for a long while, but I do change up the pillows and accessories from time to time.

Linking this to:The House In The Roses Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kathleen's Blog Faded Charm's White Wednesday

Friday, October 22, 2010

Good Gravy!

We're talking Gravy Boats People...I dunno why I love them, but I do. I have never made homemade gravy in my life. Personally, I buy the kind that comes in a jar, usually fat free, but still tasty. And I serve it up in one of these. However I do like to use gravy boats for all sorts of things. Extra marinara, salad dressing, or perhaps enchilada sauce. The pictured boats are as follows, the red and white is Johnson Bros "English Chippendale", $10.00 fifteen years ago from a flea market by the Sea in Ventura Ca., the middle soft rosy one is new (purchased at a thrift store on wed.) and is a vintage J&G Meakin Hanley, England, a gift from hubby he went all out on it and emptied his pockets at just $4.00 ;) and the last one in a multi floral is a Johnson Bros Sheraton also English. A thrifted find for $3.00, I do love English items. Can't help it. I filled them with fun items, coffee stirs, tea bags (slipping down into the middle boat) and candy. I'll link this up to:
Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special
A Little Lovely's Saturday Soiree

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

TableScape by Michelle

I thought I would take a moment to share a tablescape a relative put together. Michelle is not only family but she's truly become my closest friend. She's married to my Dad, and a wonderful person. Her and my Dad love a good estate sale, and when my husband and I visited them this past summer, we had a blast and were literally worn out thrifting and junking. Michelle's table is set with some of her vintage china, as well as some gifted wine glasses. She's cleverly tipped the wine glasses over to hold some of her pretty candles. The oak table and chairs were also a gift. Their home is filled with vintage treasures, carousel horses (they have 3!) and beautiful collections. See you all on Monday, tami
By the way, I'm linking to the following:The Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thursdays

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another Day, Another Dollar

For White Wednesday I thought I might share my little white $1.00 table with you all. Last Spring my husband and I were on our way to a food festival and decided to stop at a nice yard sale. The lady who ran the sale was super nice and had some lovely items. I asked about this table and she gave me a price of just $1.00. She said it needs some tlc, which I gladly gave it when we got home. The lamp is a $1.00 find also, however I purchased the shade at a favorite shop in Ventura California, long before I found a lamp to go with it. One does not need a lot of dosh to turn a house into a home. I'm linking up at one of my favorite spots Faded Charm's White Wednesday
The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursdays
French Country Cottage's Feathered Nest Friday
Southern in my Heart's Inspiration Friday
Frou Frou Decor's Fabulous Friday Finds
Beyond the Picket Fence Under One Dollar Party

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Am I Blue?

...Sometimes, but I get over it quick, all it takes is a little neighborhood yard sale event to perk me right up. Yesterday I was well under the weather, but still managed to make an event going on through out one of my favorite local neighborhoods. We went from one house to another gathering up treasures. At one stop we found a man selling the most beautiful ceiling tin magazine holder (for another post) my husband bought for me. Then he quickly snatched up these vintage willow cups in blue and white. This morning we stopped on our way home at one of the homes to find they were still out, and we picked up the egg cups. There is something extremely cozy about blue and white. Although I don't have a lot, it does remind me of my grandmother who had a collection of blue, red, brown, black, and even purple willow plates. When we set the table we would stake claims on which plate we wanted to eat from. I'll be sharing these photos at the following parties:House in the Roses Show off your Cottage Monday

Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
House of Grace Twice Owned Tuesday
The Plumed Pen

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Time is a DressMaker...

 specializing in alterations.  ~Faith Baldwin

When I was younger, I kept three clocks in our home. One on our vcr, one on the microwave, and one digital alarm in our bedroom. Guests often commented on this for some reason "Don't you have a clock"? "What time is it, where is the clock?" " I don't see a clock" and so on. I would point to the vcr. And to be honest, it was because I never really found a clock I liked. Untill I found this one, we've had it now around 3 years or so. Right before the big vintage clock thing hit. So , suffice it to say we paid a pretty penny for it (in terms of thrifting prices). It was at a furniture store that has long since closed. It's made of tin or some sort of metal. I do love it. I liked that it has a french design. And a pretty vintage paint treatment. I have another vintage looking clock in my kitchen which I'll share at a later date. The chippy candle sticks are from a porch, the patina is original and I've actually had them for over 10 years. They came from a favorite antique store in a nearby town. To keep them clean, I simply run them under the sink gently to rinse off any dust. The vintage glass votives hold dried lavender. They serve the same purpose as a nosegay, you can simply pick them up and the aroma will  instantly make you feel de-stressed. Linking to *a little lovely's Saturday Soiree
and toFunky Junk Interiors Sat-Nite Special
andThe Tablescaper's Seasonal Sunday

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Vintage Camera

On a visit to family we all took in a few estate sales. And really had a good morning, finding all sorts of treasures. It's always and adventure being in a new city, seeing what it has to offer. At one of the sales (which was handled professionally, meaning the prices were way too high) we did find a few items. I found some crystals for one of my chandies, and a few other goodies. And my husband found something he loves too. This old camera. He even got the woman in charge to mark it down a bit for him. He has a few old cameras lying around the house, which may go into a cabinet in the office eventually being grouped together. But this one was so pretty we wanted it out in the living room. It reminds me of a nice visit with family, and of my husband. Seeing it makes me smile. And that's not bad for $10 bucks. I'm linking over toMissy at My Cottage Charm while you're there, check out her amazing cupcakes Also linking to The Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thursday 
as well as French Country Cottage Feather Your Nest Friday
and we'll try this one more time atCindy's My Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

baisers pour le fifi

The Fabulous Fifi's book is finally finished and  you can pre order at Amazon

Collection of Tins

My first antique ceiling tin

The collection haning on the wall

Details from my entry way tin
Hello Everyone, First off to say a big thank you to the 40 or so of you who are kind enough to follow my blog. I promise it will get better, and hopefully so will my photography skills! Here's a quick few pics to share some of my tin collection with you. Some old, some newer. I am sorry for the darkness, it's gone dark here and trying to hold a light and a camera then take a photo that isn't blurry is a bit more than my skills allow after a long day on my feet at work. Linking up to Kathleen's White Wednesday
PS, I'll try to re-do the pics in the morning, they look a bit yuk, so sorry :(

Update, well the lighting is still rather gloomy this morning, and I'm off to a hair appt. So I took a quick snap of my chair to add to this post as it's pretty boring, I didn't even straighten the slipcover, but it's a cozy spot I sit in with a cup of tea and a book. The credenza is peeking into the shot, I'll have more on that later, it's a rescued treasure my husband made over 5 years ago.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Our Weekly Thrifting Adventures

For the past few months my husband and I spend our Monday mornings hopping from one thrift shop to the next. We have a local favorite that we visit and are usually the first ones there when the door opens. This particular Monday was a bit of a bust, as there was nothing that seemed to be coming home with us. So it being a particular hot morning, I was already tired when he suggested we check out Goodwill. I'm glad we did, we came home with a couple of bags full of incredible finds. Our grand total was $20.00! We got two shabby chic cottage pillows (pictured) a bone china cup/saucer, a silver tray with legs, one jewelry box, two herb pots, printer paper, and a video tape. The pillows are just gorgeous, dripping with cottage charm. They were $3.00 each, and I'll use them for some of my bistro chairs, or even switch out my guest room pillows from time to time with them. I'm linking this toCoastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 
and toTea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
and toTwice Owned Tuesday at House of Grace

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Vintage Chippy Hutch From A Surprising Place

My Chippy White Hutch

Chippy Details
Hardware detail
Hello again, many of you have commented on my lovely white hutch, and wanted to see more. So I thought for Monday's link party, I'll be linking up soon, I would share the entire piece and where it came from. When my husband and I moved into our home 7 years ago, we decided it was time to replace our little round Ikea table (which we'd had since 1992) because it only sat 4. We really wanted a true dining room, and a table that would accommodate at least 6. We found the prettiest vintage gate leg table with two leaves from one of our favorite antique dealers. They're masters at distressed finishes. So we then began the search for the perfect china hutch. The prices were out of this world. Then one day he was at a local pharmacy (they used to carry lots of fun gift items and a few small pieces of furniture). And there it was... he called me at work to say he'd found it, and felt I would like it. He had the store hold it, and I went to look, it was perfect! Even down to the chippy paint! After getting it home, I searched the maker online, they specialized in furniture made from vintage wood. All sorts of cottage styles. The price? $250.00 which for me was well worth it! It's the perfect size for our dining room. You'll see more of my china collection in the photos as well as the sign above the hutch which reads ( la tour Eiffel) I purchased that when I got the hutch, I had admired it in our local mall for a couple of years, and was glad I got it when I did as the store is no longer there. I'm linking this to Show off your Cottage Monday at The House of Roses

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Copper Trough Parte Due

Hello everyone...just a short post to share the "after" photo of my Copper Trough. You can see the before photos here As you can see it's very much "well worn" . Lots of dents and dings. Reminds me of an automobile after a fender bender. Whoever owned this previous, certainly used it, (most likely outside). But, it was super affordable and as you can see, will hold an array of items. Next summer I'll more than likely have it near the pool to hold my large towels for guests. We have a lovely quilt rack we use as a spot to hang your towels after swimming, and the bin would be nice to roll them up for guests just out of the pool. I used a sanding sponge to distress it, and it didn't take much effort. With all the dents. I have had a heck of a time with my camera/program so this is the best photo I had to upload, sorry for any blurriness, I happen to be the worst photographer in the world (one of my many titles I currently hold). I'm linking this to The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday and to Common Ground's Vintage Inspiration and Frou Frou Decor's Fabulous Friday Finds and finally Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage Stay warm and dry, Fall's a comin' tami

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mumz the Word

Today was one of those crazy work days, rainy, chaotic, dare I say a bit gloomy. It was nice to come home to a roast and potatoes, made in my slow cooker and these.....I picked up some mums at the grocery store the other day as I had some company coming. The ready bouquets just didn't do it for me this time, and I was about to walk away without a single bud, when I saw the little pots in the bargain area. You know the ones, the pot is wrapped in a foil of some sort. But they had the most beautiful mums in all white. I couldn't pass them up, and today they're still holding up nicely, I had enough to make four arrangements too, which is far better than the pricey bouquets. I used some as a center piece and added the rest around the house. Hope you like. I'm linking this up to
Kathleen's Faded Charm White Wednesday

Friday, October 1, 2010

Copper Trough Parte Una

Here is one of my latest vintage finds. I spotted it in a thrift shop and thought it might be nice to hold pillows near my sofa. You can see it's pretty worn and rustic. Even after a good cleaning it still looks a bit more shabby than chic. I'm thinking of painting, but for certain will have to add some nice felt at the bottom to protect my sisal carpet. I also found this info online. cream city I looked for the stamp on mine and didn't find one, however it was getting dark out, so I'll look again in the morning. If not I may perhaps add the name stamp myself after a nice white coat of paint, and some distressing to allow the vintage worn copper to come through. Stay tuned to see the finished trough. Don't Forget October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

I'm linking this to Frou Frou Decor's Fabulous Friday Finds, check out her blog here
And to Urban Barn's Vintage Inspiration Friday here