Saturday, November 26, 2011

You had me at hello...

Or otherwise known as how I discovered the blog world.
I've always, always been a "decorator". My Barbie house was amazing when I was a child, mod, wonderfully decorated made from a cardboard box a castle ;)  Flash forward to the 2009,  a simple search on my laptop for white slip covered sofa and I stumbled upon this photo.
 Which led me to This Blog
And that led me to a slew of other blogs, and the discovery that there are lots and lots of ladies with the same interests I have. And the same love of all things Vintage, Chippy, Old, Thrifty and Shabby. 
So here are a few of my all time very favorite blogs, the ones I visit most often, and the ones that inspire me over and over again:
Canadian Cottage 
 I fell in love with Janice's simple clean Farmhouse style, everything she does turns out perfectly. I've never exchanged emails, or spoke to her at all, but am a huge fan of her pretty blog.
And then there is Sandy

 I think this photo nearly says it all...you really have to see the inside of this amazingly tiny cottage! Sandy is soooo inspiring with her talents, and those Red Wellies you see...are not just for show, she wears them to cross the pretty stream that leads to her tiny cottage studio.
Carol Spinski

Quite simply the way I would photograph if I knew how to photograph:)
These are but a few, that have led me to you:) 
Who inspires you?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Downtown Brown

What's not to love about Brown Transfer ware? 

It's Earthy, yet soft, feminine, antique-ish. (yes I know that's not a word, I've had the flu, twice in two weeks, so I'm entitled to make up a word;)
Between coughing my lungs up, I managed to get to a few yard sales yesterday and picked up a sweet little bundle of Brown antique transfer ware.
The pattern can be seen in the largest plate in my table setting.

For Sunday dinner I cooked up something tasty. I miss Sunday Family Dinners. Realizing, we are (just the two of us) a family, I am carrying on the tradition. After all the first family was made up of only two people ;)

We will be inviting guests over from time to time though. We love company.
 As you can see, our flowers, one week old today, still hangin' in there with a little tlc from Moi'
A vintage jello mold (i won here) holds course salt and lime to add flavor to dinner.

 A Dollar store floor cloth (looking suspiciously like expensive antique grain sack) stands in as a place mat. (don't worry, it's never been on the floor;)



Here's a little secret about myself...I cannot take photos of table scapes. It's very hard!

I can't seem to get the right angle. If anyone has any tips and would like to share them with me, I'm open. 
Oh you want to know the cost of my little dishes? Just $4 for a set of: 4 dinner plates, two bowls, one cup and matching saucer, and two cake plates. Not bad, considering it's hard to find, and very pricey in the shops.

I have one little tip for all of you, have you tried this product?

It's amaaaaazing! I made chicken fajitas tonight and used this seasoning, it smelled and tasted like restaurant sizzling skillets of deliciousness! I highly recommend it. I picked it up at World Market. 
For my recipe: I simply baked chicken breast in the oven, seasoned them with salt, pepper, and cumin.
Then sliced thinly and added to my skillet of onions, and red and green bell peppers I sauteed in olive oil. Then in the last five minutes of cooking, add the seasoning, and cook for a few more minutes. It's that simple.
We served it with rice and beans, and garnished with avocado, cilantro, and lime. 
Have a great week, tami

Links:
Between Naps On The Porch
Coastal Charm  
Faded Charm 
A Beach Cottage 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Merci'

I had a very lovely Sunday yesterday. 

We start our day with a few friends visiting for coffee, and a little Continental Breakfast. We are hosting this little get together all month.
This week I put together some Blues, a nice change from all the reds so prevalent in my home.
I used my Blue Ball Mason Jars and Brown Transferware.

I put out fresh flowers too, always a nice touch, and one potted Hydrangea plant gave me 5 generous arrangements to brighten up the breakfast table.
It was the perfect Sunday.


I also want to thank a couple of Sweet Bloggers...
Susan of Home Road 
was having a giveaway, and believe it or not, I won!!! I was thrilled! The funny thing is as I was typing this post, the doorbell rang, and it was the postman who left me my lovely gift! 
photo courtesy of Home Road Blog
 Isn't this a fab gift!!! Susan even threw in an adorable pin cushion, I'll take a photo soon, as the light is already gone with daylight savings time.
If you've not visited Susan's Blog, by all means do so! She is super talented and creates the most inspiring before and after projects, she has a knack for turning the every day cast off into something spectacular! 
I would also like to thank The Gypsea Nurse
I was the winner of her pretty necklace also, how cool is that?
You simply must pop over to visit The Gypsea Nurse
You'll be swept away into the Ocean's Waves on your visit, and get lost in her posts of gorgeous Sea Glass and treasures.
Thank you so much ladies, I've had such a special week!

This week's links are as follows :

Saturday, November 12, 2011

3 Second Craft Project

Warning...very bad photos to follow, it was early in the morning and no light what so ever! 
That being said, here's a quick project to add a bit of whimsy to the table.
It's a no brainer...stamp numbers using paint onto pre purchased jar candles.  I keep foam stamps in my craft supplies so I didn't have to purchase anything, the paint was in the garage.
Inspired by Pottery Barn. The jar candles were purchased at my local grocery store for 86 cents. Use your imagination, you can stamp a blue "B" for boy baby shower etc. Initials for each guest at your table, and so on.
You don't have to get things perfect either, so no stress ;)
It literally took around 3 seconds, but added some charm to our little Sunday Continental Breakfast Table. Wishing all of you a wonderful week, and a warm welcome to those of you new to my blog, and a big thank you to those of you who've been here all along, xoxo tami 
Please visit the following blogs:
Coastal Charm
A Stroll Thru LIfe  
Faded Charm 
Bates Mercantile 
The Lovely Donna's Funky Junk Interior! 
Between Naps On The Porch 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Stocking Up

Greetings and welcome!
I'm still around, however we've been very busy stocking up for our shop!

It takes a lot of shopping, and of course that's such a chore ;)
Wouldn't you know, we find a lot of items that we just can't part with, one such beauty is this pretty vintage bowl...

It reminds me of my Grandmother.

And this gorgeous Shabby Chic dish, what delicate flowers :)

Not to be outdone by this special gift from my Hubby...

I had to go to work last Saturday so he continued the hunt. Over dinner he told me all about the treasures he found, and this was one of them.  It is a Taylor Smith and Taylor Ironstone Pitcher and Basin Bowl. The value on this piece is quite a lot, but he got an amazing deal. It's got just the right patina, crazing, and it's very large and heavy!
He did not want me to put it in the booth as we've got the right spot for it in our Guest Room. 
The community has been so supportive of our little venture, today we were offered an entire store to ourselves with incredible rent, however we're not ready for that just yet;)
The booth is coming along nicely though, and I had my first sale,  (a Shabby Chic Chair ). 
I wanted to thank a few folks who have helped me out so much in our little town, Larry, Jamie, and Sylvia, thank you so very much! And to my brother J...I appreciate your help so much, your ideas, and designs make all the difference! xxx tami
 Click here to see my 3 second craft project

Links:
Coastal Charm
My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia  
Faded Charm 
A Beach Cottage 
No Minimalist Here 
Funky Junk Interiors 
Between Naps On The Porch 
House in the Roses