Saturday, February 26, 2011

Camera Love

Selling online as I do, I spend quite a bit of time behind a camera, but not much time doing it just for the fun of it.  I saw Kristen over at Faded Prairie was hosting a photo challenge and decided to play along.  I had to screw up my courage at bit, but I did it.  I didn't have a lot of time to take photos before work, but I got a few of some rusty stuff at my house for the week's theme of  "once loved".  I ended up really liking these and put them on Flickr for the challenge.  Hope you enjoy seeing my photography done only for the sake of doing it!  I may have to try that again sometime!  Have a super weekend you guys!

Until next time,
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oh white ironstone, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

One...I love the way you look on chippy cupboards.

Did I mention this Country Living magazine image makes me swoon????

Two...I love the way you look when grouped en masse.

Three...I love the way you look all by yourself.

Four...I love the way your European Faience cousins look.

The detail is so lovely.

Your Italian counterparts are also capable of drawing me in...

Love that handle...

OK, I admit, I was having a difficult time coming up with a White Wednesday post, but truly, it is one of my most favoritist posts of the week, so I had to do some rummaging through my own photos and from the internet.  I am working extra days this week at my real job, so playing photographer will have to wait for now, but I will, one of these days, do a post about my small but wonderful antiique white ironstone collection.  It makes my heart sing just to look at. 

CHANGE OF SUBJECT ALERT (my husband seriously wishes I would make that announcement when we are chatting with one another!):  In case you were crushing on my antique grain sack stockings at Christmas but you didn't get one, pat yourself on the back for being so patient and waiting.  Just today, I lowered the price on my remaining stockings by 40%.  Yes, you read that right, 40%.  They were reasonably priced at $32, but with the sale, they are $19.20.  That's a pretty smoking deal, you've gotta admit.  No coupon code needed, just go to my site here and pick your favorite(s). 

Go on over to see Kathleen at Faded Charm for more White Wednesday posts.  You will be SO glad you did.  

Until next time,

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What's On My Workbench

Hello Blogger Friends,

I have just a quick post to show you what I've been up to lately.  I have all of this great antique lace and after seeing a few pretty wrist cuffs around, I thought to myself, "Self, you should do that."  So I did.  It turned out so nice, I decided to make another one to sell on Etsy at my shop, Elegant Farmhouse.  I'm thinking I might make a couple more since inspiration is now flowing with all of this pretty lace...

Oh, and that beautiful antique HAND WRITTEN French sheet music the cuff is on in the first picture was an Etsy find. I love ETSY!

I'm linking up this post to Kathleen's White Wednesday , Sandy's Vintage Video Party and Debra's Vintage Inspiration Friday.

Until next time,
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Spreading A Little Valentine's Day Love

Happy Valentine's Day weekend!  I thought I would, predictably, share a little Valentine's Day love from my home to yours.  The first photo is my dining room centerpiece.  It is normally under a cloche, but I still haven't learned how to adequately take a photo of a cloche without glare and everything.  I am open to suggestion so all of you top notch photographers out there (and there are MANY of you), feel free to give me some hints.  But I digress.  Anyway, that piece that is normally under the cloche but for today is not under the cloche is a Goldbug Studios piece (Ashley Carter-awesome artist).  I normally can't afford her stuff, but last year, Earth Angels Toys had a significant sale on several things, this sweet Valentine's piece being one of them.  I scooped it up faster than you can say "CHARGE IT!".  I leave it out all year round although not usually in such a prominent place as plopped in the middle of my dining room table. 

Sort of sappy sweet, but I do love my little faux cookies.  I bought them several years ago from a gal on eBay.  I think her name was Rhonda, but I can't recall her seller name.  They are, in my humble opinion, some of the prettiest ones I've seen.  I chose to display them in my very old bride's basket.  You can't see them, but under the cookies are cherubs engraved on the basket part.  Somehow, just knowing they are there makes me feel a little more "Valentiney".  I know, I'm a goof.

I love vintage Valentine's Day cards.  I use them a lot in my decorating.  I don't do too much over the top decorating for Valentine's Day, but I do try to put at least some of my little cards out here and there.  Here are a few that begged me to be featured in today's post.

I hope you enjoyed the little peek into my world.  It's getting pretty late, but I'm going to head over to Beverly's place at How Sweet the Sound and link up to Pink Saturday. I'll bet there's loads of pretty pink Valentine's over there.  Why don't you join me?

Until next time,

UPDATE: Faux sweets are by Rhonda at or eBay rhondasrosecottagedesigns
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Beautiful Etsy Treasury

Hi Blogger Pals,

I know many of you have Etsy shops like I do and many of you have been lucky to have been featured in some beautiful treasuries (a collection curated by Etsy members). Nothing new here, but I just wanted to show you a beautiful one curated by my friend Lesley from Flatswoods Folk Art who has a beautiful shop on Etsy as well, called A Vintage Season. I was so intrigued by this beautiful treasury which I was featured in that I decided to share it with you for your viewing pleasure. Do feel free to oooh and aaah as the mood strikes you. You can click on any photo in the treasury and be taken to that Etsy listing. Yes, another cool widget thingie which you can find here. I'm starting to think I'm becoming a techno-geek. is a possibility.

I think I will be taking a bit of liberty and linking this post up with Kathleen's White Wednesday since I seem to have a pretty full dancecard this week and I don't believe I'll have time to pull any additional white inspiration before tomorrow!  I'm sure any working mom can relate to this!  LOL!  Stay warm and hug your loved ones.

Until next time,

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Winner winner chicken dinner!

I'm always amazed when I read about bloggers that win one, two, and sometimes even three giveaways in a short period of time.  I am NOT one of those people.  I have entered my share of contests, giveaways, drawings, and raffles over the years.  I have never won.  Yes, I said NEVER.  Really.  In my 20's, I used to say that I never won the door prize raffles, but if you were with me, YOU would win.  It happened like 3 times where the people with me won a door prize and me...NADA.  So, you can imagine my surprise/delight/shock, when I actually saw my name as one of the winners of the most generous giveaway hosted by Kim of White Whispers to You.  She had this incredible lineup of gift certificates or products that you could choose from.  All of the vendors were awesome and so it was a tough call, but I love Tracey over at French Larkspur, so I chose a gift certificate and in short order, picked a pretty canvas bag which Tracey sent wrapped in her beautiful style.  Seriously, I almost hate to open the package because I would love just looking at the wrapping.

BUT, I did and this was inside...

Photo from French Larkspur

I just love it.  I carried it a few times as a purse, but that seemed a bit too summery, so for now, it hangs in my entryway and I love looking at it.  So, I am now no longer an "also ran".  That's right...I'm a winner!  Thanks Kim and Tracey for changing my lot!  LOL!

Hope you all are having a good week and looking forward to a great weekend.  We finally got past our cold spell, so things are much nicer around these parts.

Until next time,
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