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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Busy Bee

The last few days have found me busy packing up and organizing the last few things for this Saturdays Artisan Market, in Okotoks.  So for all you locals here is the info:

The first of the Spring Market Series, March's market event will offer local market-style shopping with 65+ artists, artisans & boutique business vendors, food, live music and entertainment for kids … and is sure to attract thousands of visitors from Calgary and Okotoks!


March 2 at 10:00am

    This sounds like a wonderful show, with  several booths featuring handmade items!

    Yesterday, I also delivered some fresh new creations to "My Favorite Store" in my home town of Bragg Creek.








As you see, I have been a busy bee! I am already looking forward to Sunday, and a enjoying a day off!
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Flapper Style

I have been working on something new........












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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Quintessential Magazine

 Today, I came across this beautiful and inspiring, online magazine from down under. Its called The Quintessential Magazine.
If you love to be inspired by stunning images and stories that relate to vintage, industrial and restyled home decor, you have to check this out!


       All images from the Quintessential Magazine








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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My Eclectic Home

Recently, I posted about things getting better with age, and  some of the special old items that I have loved and  collected through out the years, that I  have used in my homes decor. One of my friends, Lin, from the Duck and Wheel,  commented on the post and asked me if I had a lot of antiques in my house. So I thought I would answer that in todays post! (Thanks Lin!)

I think my home is an ecclectic mix of furniture and accessories. I have things from yard sales, flea markets, antique shops, contemporary furniture stores, things from my travels, things from the beach, things from the forest, things from Etsy, things from artists and crafters, things from discount stores, all throughout my house. Basically theres one rule...if I like it...it comes home with me, and I will find a spot for it. Now I dont like clutter, so everything has to  work together, without becoming overwhelming in the room.

This is my living room....




 

These are vintage cricket balls that I bought at a yard sale. I piled them up in these modern trays, and they sit on my fireplace. I love the texture of these!



This very cool phone is another yard sale find, and sits in my china cabinet just above the vintage teapot,... which was purchased  at an antique show in England.

   

Another cool black phone...another yard sale bargain! Sits next to a vintage trophy...purchased at a car boot sale in England, and some antique salt and pepper shakers from an Estate sale on Vancouver Island. These items are surrounded by modern candle holders from a  big box discount store.





One of my favorite pieces, in the room is this stone..very heavy bust, which I got this past summer  at a yard sale. She sits next to a vase of my "egg shaped rocks" which I collected at a beach on the west coast several years ago. Then there is my very special dragonfly vase, that I purchased from a potter ...also on the West coast. I love the red color! The piece of driftwood, I found , more "egg rocks" on the tray...and the tray is from a discout store. Everything sits nicely on my coffee table that I adore...from Restoration Hardware.




 I will continue with part two of the home decor walk thru in the next post!


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Monday, February 11, 2013

Mondays Treasury


I created this treasury of wonderful items on Etsy, recently. I love all the rough and worn edges, the patina, and the history of many of these great things. Texture... they all have a touchability about them...if thats a word!

Please visit this wonderful collection here, on Etsy for more information on these lovely items! Pin It

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Things Get Better With Age

I love old things......things with history, things weathered and worn, things with character. I have always enjoyed collecting vintage items, I don't care what an item is worth, it just has to speak to my soul, and it will come home with me. I love the inviting textures of peeling paint, revealing its many colored layers. I love cracked and wrinkled aged leather, an old musty book filled with yellowed pages, the smell of a black, bakelite telephone from the 1940's, the warm, verdigris patina from old brass and copper metal, I love the grayed and yellowed rhinestones in vintage jewellery, and a brand new mirror, doesn't hold a candle to a mirror that has its silver backing peeling away revealing the silvered spots and lines of a mirror that has seen many decades of reflections!

 Here are a few of my favorite old things, that I have photographed over the years, many of them grace special corners in my home.















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Saturday, February 2, 2013

My Valentines Gift to You!

The first of my Spring 2013, designs are now available in my Etsy boutique. As my Valentine gift to you, my faithful readers and customers..... I have FREE SHIPPING, to all of my friends in Canada and the USA, until Feb 14!

Just enter the coupon code SPRING13, when you are checking out.












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