April 24, 2016

A 'Few' of My Favorite Things



Old white ironstone: Whether cracked, crazed or chipped I love it! It is my favorite thing to collect! Although lately I am leaning more towards all white than discolored. I do have many pieces that are discolored and I will probably never part with them, but the crisp white pieces I am now gravitating towards.


 Ironstone milk pitchers are another favorite I am always on the lookout for as well. Bowls of all sizes ..... stacked or grouped together or even used to free up counter space. I have ironstone in probably almost every room :)




Soaps: I am always on the look out for pretty neutral colored soaps. Whether they are old or new...
I do love vintage French soap blocks but they can get costly, so I usually buy mine through Amazon. These French Savon de Marseille blocks are a fraction of the cost through Amazon and they still come from France too :)


I am also a sucker for pretty packaging and typography!


Grain sacks: I will never have enough and of course vintage linens too, especially soft and floppy ones with either no markings, or with red or blue stripes and monograms. I absolutely love them all!


I wish there were more of the taupe/caramel striped grain sacks around and not so darn costly! eBay is the best place to keep an eye out for good deals on grain sacks though I have found, even more so than Etsy. The one above with the c.1912 stitched in it, was a splurge but otherwise I don't mind if they have small stains or rust marks because those are typically the less expensive ones and usually with a good soak they will clean right up!




I also keep an eye out for old linens whether pillow cases, tablecloths or fabric pieces at the Goodwill or any thrift store, as you will find they are super inexpensive! And I like the look of stacked cutter pieces here and there in my favorite colors and patterns, not just in the sewing room :) The above was in my craft room but now sadly so much is boxed as we will be moving soon. 

  On that note, I also wanted to say I am sorry that most of my photo's are close-ups here and on Instagram and not a wider view, but with there being boxes in most room corners for what feels like forever now, and a lot of my goodies are in boxes as well .... So until we get moved, close-ups are gonna be it from me :(
But! When we get where we are going next and settled in, I will for sure be sharing wider view shots! I cannot tell you how excited I am for that..... a blank template! :))


                                                ..... More of my favorites to come!


                                  I hope everyone is enjoying a nice Spring where you are!



February 22, 2016

Small White Chest of Drawers

Hello! Remember me?

These last few months have just been a whirlwind! We are in the midst of a lot of upcoming changes and transition here, and I am looking forward to what's next on the horizon for us! (More on that in another post).

Anyways ... I thought I would clean up my blog some today and create a fresh new blog post. I have been contemplating deleting this blog and starting over, which may still happen, but if I do I will post something here first.


The above small chest of drawers is a recent gift to myself for Christmas :) I just adore it and thought I'd share a little about it. It's from the store Hobby Lobby, that I had never even heard of until reading a post on the blog FARMHOUSE5540 that Megan mentioned a recent purchase she had made there. So after looking through their website (Being the closest store here is about 50 miles away at least) I found this great reproduction (at a great price!) that I just repainted in white (from the terrible colors they sold it as) and I couldn't be happier! So thanks Megan :)

Also, just in case any of you have not seen Megan's blog, she has the most beautiful farmhouse she is renovating and I get lots of decorating inspiration from her. You must check out her blog if you like "farmhouse style" as much as I do, hers is the real deal!


 The drawer pulls almost match the pulls on my antique cupboard!




So moral of the story here is, if you ever find something that you really like but don't like the color of, remember you can always paint it!





And per usual this time of year, I have the worst Spring fever going on.... so much that I've already painted my front porch little table and chairs... I cannot wait to open the windows and get outside and start gardening! This year I am thinking of growing a bunch of different varieties of herbs too, nothing beats cooking with fresh herbs!

But until then, this is what I see all around my house, green mossy trees.... That's Washington for ya!




 I did clean up my lone strawberry plant I bought on clearance last Fall, I am hoping that it will have a good production this summer, I may have to pick up a few more depending on how this one does, as I have never grown strawberries before. When I was little I remember my grandma always had a little hill behind her house that was just covered in the most delicious strawberries, and I want to eventually do the same :)


Until next time!

Shannon