Friday, September 30, 2011

Ikea Love

Last Saturday the hubs and I loaded up and drove over to Atlanta for the Ferguson family reunion and to spend some time with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roger and Julie, who live in Marietta. We had a wonderful time at the reunion with lots of good conversation, plenty of delicious food and waaaay too many desserts. On the way to Marietta after the reunion, Julie, her daughter Jessica and I decided to stop off at Ikea (joy! joy! joy!).

I have been wanting to check out the store for quite some time now and let me tell you I was not disappointed. The store is HUGE (the third largest store in North America at a whopping 366,600 square feet) and full of cool stuff at great prices! I honestly could've spent the entire day in there...heck, I could just live in there! The second floor is full of these small idea rooms that are designed and decorated with all things Ikea - little bedrooms, kitchens, offices, living rooms, etc set up with beds, linens, lamps, storage, couches, tables, sinks, countertops, cabinets, bowls, name it, they've got it! Each items has a tag with an inventory number that you write down and then pull from the "warehouse" on the first floor. I found lots of things I want! 
Ikea Foto small aluminum pendant lamp - $19.99 - WANT!!!!

Small Foto pendant lamps in one of the Ikea idea rooms

Large Foto pendant lamp - $29.99 - WANT!!!!
Domsjo Double Bowl Farmhouse Style Apron Sink - $312.98 - WANT!!!!!
 (if you have ever priced farmhouse sinks you know this is a STEAL!)

Domsjo sink in an idea kitchen

Domsjo sink

Pretty awesome, huh? Julie, Jessica and I walked through the entire upstairs (although we rushed through about half of it) and then quickly grabbed our stuff from the "warehouse". I got an awesome, big, black lantern to use on the front porch for Halloween and several dish towels that look like vintage french linens.

Borbby Lantern - $14.99

Tekla dish towels -  .79 cents each (I bought six of them!)

I also got a cool, mesh closet storage tower thingy for $4.99. I spent a total of about $26 (not bad when you note that a similar looking lantern at Pottery Barn sells for $39 - btw, I love me some Pottery Barn, but I am always looking to recreate their style for less moo-lah!).

Next time I go to Ikea I am wearing comfy shoes <3


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Halloween Decorations on the Cheap

I can't believe it is almost October! This month has flown by hasn't it? It seems that always happens this time of year.  My favorite holidays begin in the fall and I never have time to soak everything in. I have a jump on things this year though...I was planning and crafting Halloween decorations in August!!! We are going to have a Halloween party this year out in the barn...a big vintage themed, carnival type party with lots of snacks, silly games and a kid-created haunted house. I am so excited!!!

Happy Halloween sign from Marshall's - $ 6.99

I have been looking for inexpensive decorations and handcrafting lots of things myself. I wanted some fringed black and orange garland and although I could have made it myself I knew it would take forever with all that cutting. Lucky me, I found a great website with cheap party decorations at (aptly named don't you think?). They had the exact garland I was looking for and a few other things I decided I couldn't live without (awesome honeycomb tissue paper decorations and a couple of pennant!). With the prices so low I couldn't resist. I have also been collecting things here and there while out junkin'. The Dollar Tree is also a great resource for Halloween stuff on the cheap. Here is a sampling of my stash thus far:

Spooky black fabric and witchy tablecloth from The Dollar Tree and orange/black garland from Party Cheap (don't you love it!!!!)

Orange and black crepe paper 2 for $1 at The Dollar Tree 

I found the plastic jack-o-lanterns at the thrift store for .49 each and the striped stockings for .85 cents a pair. I'm going to do something crafty with those...maybe use on table legs or stuff and make some witches legs? 

Mini-strobe light for the kids' haunted house. Works great and only cost $2 at Target (found it in the dollar bins at the front of the store)

Haunted house goodies from The Dollar Tree - styrofoam tombstones, glow in the dark snakes and rats, heart and brains! 

Pretty gross, huh?
Zombie bait

Are you having a Halloween party this year? Let me know if you have any tips or ideas for decorations, food, games, etc.

Boo to you!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday Fluff and Stuff

What a dreary day! I think we got around 5 inches of rain. Luckily, I spent the afternoon in my cheerful little room at the Trussville Antique Mall so the gray skies did not get me down. I took a few things over to the shop and rearranged a little bit while I was there. My husband may not like the clutter that my antiquing endeavours bring to our home, but he does love the fact that I don't rearrange things around the house anymore. I get my fill rearranging things at the shop.  I took a few pictures while I was there - with my new camera phone.  I finally ditched the pink Motorola Razr...well, actually, it ditched me. The Razr wouldn't keep a charge anymore and the screen was blank so I couldn't look up anyone's telephone number or see who was calling me. Man, I really loved that old (pink) phone. Now I have a (boring black) HTC Droid Incredible Two with all the bells and whistles which I got for free because I had the Razr for basically a century in cell phone years. I love all the bells and whistles on my new phone, but I am not loving the actually phone part of the phone. I suppose I will get used to it eventually. In the meantime I can check Facebook and send my bff Angie lots of spoken-word-no-typing-necessary text messages. Woot! Woot!

Anyhoo... here are the aforementioned pics I took today :)

Chalkboard in a vintage wooden frame (I almost kept this one; It would look GREAT in my kitchen)

Repeat pic of the silver tray chalkboard, but the vintage aluminum and glass cake server is new. I wanted to keep that, too. Man, I could do some shopping in my shop!

A few wicker pieces and more vintage lingerie including the sweetest yellow cotton pjs ever!

I hung the lighted rag garland I made last month. It hangs across three walls! I had NO IDEA the strand of lights was that long when I started that little project :)

Milk glass, vintage jewelry and vintage aprons

Vintage glass and china (and my sweet, little angel blow-mold)

Chippy plant stand, vintage white chair with white chenille seat, three-tiered plant stand made out of vintage china hand pieced and tiled by yours truly, and my sweet little angel again

Pink tulle tutu table. Hope to have some chairs ready next week.

Some great artwork

Vintage Samsonite suitcase, patchwork Teddy Bear and vintage yellow bed tray

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Estate Sale Finds

While on my way to buy groceries on Friday (joy oh joy) I came across an estate sale just down the road from my house (true joy with no sarcasm). Well, estates sales are much more fun than grocery shopping so of course I stopped to check it out. I am sooo glad I did! I found lots of goodies, including some great vintage Christmas items. I'll have to decide what to keep and what to share (sometimes it is so hard to part with the items I find). I'll try to be good and put some most of my recent treasure in the shop :)

Christmas goodies, a pretty aluminum bowl and vintage pillowcases

Okay, so I'm keeping the Santa - mine, mine, mine :)

Close up of the vintage angel blow mold. Isn't she beautiful!

Box 'o Christmas goodies. The staked, plastic santa sleigh and reindeer are so cute!

I really want to keep the cake plate. Love!

I'm thinking about making a chalkboard tray out of the star. What do you think?

I found a little chip on the bottom of the old, glass juicer. Guess I get to keep it :)

Lots of beautiful old lace.

I found some pretty little tables, a plant stand, and an old chair, too. I'll save those pictures for the before and after makeovers coming soon to the blog.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fresh Inventory: Loverly...

I've been cleaning, pricing and wrapping up some fresh goodies to take to the shop tomorrow. Thought I would share a few of them with you. They are all just loverly!

Pink satin glass hobnail vase

Fire King Golden Anniversary Cake/Cupcake Stands

Vintage milk glass cake plate

Fenton hobnail milk glass salt and pepper shakers

Pretty white wicker cabinet and serving tray

Enjoy your day :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I'm Baaack!

Wow! This summer just flew by, but that's okay. I am ready for some cooler weather and all the fun things that autumn brings. I'm already planning a Halloween party and getting crafty with the decorations.

My sweet Momma is doing great! She recovered faster than expected and has most of her energy back. In fact, we went antiquing yesterday. I found quite a few goodies to bring down to the shop...a great wicker standing shelf, a milk glass cake plate, Fenton hobnail milk glass salt and pepper shakers, a great blue Pyrex refridgerator dish, a pair of childrens' chairs with spindle legs and more.

I broke down and bought a new camera last week. I will miss my poor little pink Sony Cybershot (may she R.I.P). I bought another Sony, but it's not pink :( At any rate, I can finally take and post some pictures for you guys. Yay!!! Here is a little sneak peak of the shop:

On a serious note, I just want to say I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing ten years ago today. I continue to pray for those affected by the terror attacks of 9/11. We will never forget.

Much love to you all,