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Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Few Spring Fun Finds...and Still Time To Enter The Giveaway...


I had a few fun thrift store finds this week, that are inspiring me for some spring decorating!  This little alabaster urn is so sweet...such beautiful veining...


and it's perfect for holding this little bird's nest...



I love this old green transferware plate from Wedgwood!  Damaged, but so decorative, for the touch of green I want to add to my hutch this spring!



I always love finding vintage hangers...


They make such fun displays for photos and prints...like these eggs...



Finally, there was this charming Pewter cream and sugar from Holland... so pretty!


If you missed my last post, I have a GREAT GIVEAWAY going on right now!  Click HERE to enter!  I'll also put a link at the top of my sidebar!  The giveaway ends Thursday March 3rd, 10 PM CST.


I am joining A La Carte's Junkin Finds Friday
My Cottage Charm's Treasures and Trinkets Thursday
and Common Ground's Vintage Inspiration Friday

Until next time...
Linda

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Great Website To Share and a Giveaway!

UPDATE:  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
Recently, I was approached by Novica with a request to visit their website and review an item of my choosing!  Now, I had not heard of them before, and am choosy about things like this, but I was very impressed with their website, their mission, and their offerings!  Novica works in association with National Geographic to offer handcrafted items from artisans around the world~ the Andes, Bali and Java, Brazil, Central America, India, Mexico, Thailand, and West Africa.




They also offer microfinance ~ zero percent loans to artisans to help them build a supporting business!

From their mission statement~

We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow.
At the deepest essence of our philosophy, we want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe.
We want you to know about who you're buying from. We want you to feel that attachment to the product and to the hands that created it.

They feature beautiful items from artisans around the world~ unique gifts , home decor, clothing, jewelry, green gifts ...look at some of these wonderful items...




For my review, I chose and was provided a lovely cotton scarf made by the Waqxaqi Kan Women's Group in Guatemala.  Founded by 6 widows, to provide for their families, the group now includes 18 women who specialize in weaving different products.  My scarf  is called Wheat Fields and was woven in pale green and beige on a traditional backstrap loom.  Look how it arrived, wrapped in a bow with a little Guatemalan doll...




The scarf is lovely, soft, and versatile, and beautifully made...and I love knowing where it came from!




Novica has recently begun offering Fair Trade Corporate Gifts  for organizations to offer as client gifts, awards, sales incentives, etc, so if you are looking for a socially conscious special gift for your company or group, be sure to check them out!

They have also generously offered a $50 gift certificate towards one of my follower's purchases! 

To Enter: 
This is for followers... so if you aren't one already,  please become one~ then visit the Novica Website and tell me in a comment what you might put the gift certificate towards!  Make sure your email is enabled so I have a way to reach you, too! The giveaway ends Thursday, March 3rd, 10 PM CST.   I hope you will enjoy visiting and shopping their inspirational website as much as I did!

Until next time...
Linda



Monday, February 21, 2011

My Neck of The Woods...



I've really enjoyed looking at some of your spring posts, as we have had 15" of snow fall in the last day and it is still snowing!  Last week was 50 degrees and a lot of snow melted...I can't imagine how deep it would be without that melting!
 

The front entry is still decorated with skates, but the "Let It Snow" sign is long put away...I think the neighbors would be after me, if it was still on the porch!



My husband cleared the driveway with the snowblower last night, but winds have blown snow everywhere...
 

The poor pugs aren't too happy about this deep stuff either~ we have to dig out a space for them, too!






Hope it's warmer in your neck of the woods!  And those of you in this same storm...I feel your pain!

Until next time...I'm dreaming of summer at the lake...
Linda

Friday, February 18, 2011

Some Fun Finds...


This week, On Valentine's Day, my husband suggested we go do a little treasure hunting!  Sounded like a great Valentine's date to me!
We found some vintage sheet music, as well as this old music book appropriately entitled "Harmony", and a couple of old camp meeting music booklets...



In the craft area, I found five packages of rub on transfer letters in different fonts- 39 cents each!


Lots of trims...


and a great old mirror!  The glass is tarnished and beveled, and I love the unusual square shape!


Look at this great old handmade toy fort~ the roof is made of popsicle sticks!  I love the folk art feel of this!


This spice rack was a great find!  The labels peeled off easily...


and now it is being used in my studio to hold glitters I've been collecting...


Hope you had some fun finds this week, too!

I am linking up to A La Carte's Junkin Finds Friday

Until next time...
Linda

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Restful Place and a Lovely Surprise...


This week we started re-doing one of the bedrooms in our house!  This room has had many uses over the last couple of years, but now it will be a guestroom/office.  I finally was able to use some of the linens I found last summer ~ one of the embroidered cotton throws, and three matelasse shams...


The pretty Paris pillow was made by sweet Deb of Loyalist Cottage   I won it in her giveaway a while back!
She has other styles in her etsy shop ...


I love the designs on the throw...


The daybed has French styling and lovely wicker inserts, and features a pull-out trundle bed...


Above the bed, we used this charming vintage cottage print...


An antique Victorian dresser scarf is draped over the end of the bed...don't you love the crocheted trim?



My husband and I made this tall cabinet many years ago for an antique store display, and  it works perfectly across one corner of the room.  The back is slat beadboard, painted gray...


I have begun filling it with vintage goodies...antique books, an old bingo cage with cork balls, and natural elements...still a few shelves left to fill...



Remeber the vintage suitcase I found thrifting not long ago?


There's still more to do in this room, and I'll share it with you soon!  We are loving the restful feeling in this room!


Also, yesterday, I received the most wonderful surprise in the mail!  My sweet friend Kat of Low Tide, High Style sent me a set of her wonderful new photo notecards!  Kat is a wonderfully talented writer and photographer and I am always inspired by her beautiful blog as well as her willingness to take risks and to go for it!  She is being published in national magazines and is now producing gallery quality fine art prints, as well!


Her beautiful notecards are featured in her new etsy shop where she has four different styles and mixed sets...







You probably are already following her wonderful blog , but if you haven't discovered her yet, please stop by for a visit!  Thank you so much, Kat!  You have been a wonderful, supportive friend, and I so enjoy our talks!

I am joining Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesdays Party
My Cottage Charm's Treasures and Trinkets Thursdays and
Common Ground's Vintage Inspiration Friday

Until next time...
Linda