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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fun Decor At The Lake...


In my last post, I shared some of my sporting goods collection in our porch at home.  We decorate in a lodge style at our lakehome and use lots of fun sporting goods in our decor there, too!  We mix it up with traditional lodge items and lots of my gameboard items.  Love the two old pillow shams above...the Chanute Field sham is from where I was born!  That was a great find in a local thrift store!  The vintage fishing trophy in the photo below just makes me smile...


A colorful dartboard adds a really graphic touch to a wall...


as do vintage gameboards...


Here's another style of dartboard...


Love the baseball graphics...


Deer items show up here and there...


as do more vintage tennis rackets...



Isn't this vintage Syroco bookend fun?



I love the tin of vintage fishing flies and the lure was my husband's as a boy...


This is one of my favorite pieces of furniture, just a beautiful antique piece and perfect in the lakehouse with old collectibles.  The drawers are full of games and jigsaw puzzles...


Old binoculars are one of my favorite collections...





Hope you enjoyed this peek at the lakehouse...other areas in the home have a vintage beachy look- I'll share those in the future, too!

I am joining Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday

Until next time...
Linda

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Fun Collection and a Sweet Surprise in the Mail...


Today I'm joining a fun party over at Privet and Holly where we are sharing our collections!  I think the things we collect speak to us in some way...and make our houses feel like home!


Privet and Holly


I have a lot of collections, many of which I have already shared here on my blog...   dog collectibles , tole trays , old books , chocolate covered cherry boxes  , silverplateold floral paintings
You can visit those posts by clicking on the links.  But today I'm going to share a collection you might not expect...vintage sporting goods!  We use them to decorate in our porch, and at the lake, which is done in more of a lodge style with lots of vintage fishing equipment! 





In a old boat half, converted to shelves, there are some old sports trophies...




Sports ephemera is always fun...



I love to pair old sports goodies with my vintage game collection... I don't pass up old tennis rackets...




or croquet mallets (the chippier the better) and badminton rackets...



I just love finding goodies like these when I'm out treasure hunting! On my next post, I'll share some of the collection at the lake!   I'm looking forward to seeing some of the other collections at the party!  Thanks for hosting, Suzanne!


Today in the mail, I received the most wonderful surprise from my sweet friend Donna of My Shabby Chateau
It was wrapped with crinkled seam binding and a charming vintage get well card!  I am finally over the flu/cold that plagued me for a couple of weeks!


Look what she made for me!  Such a charming collage!!  She made it on a book back cover with such cute elements!


I LOVE this little pug with its sparkly crown and collar...


so many cute pieces!



This piece sure made me SMILE!  Thank you SO much, Donna...I couldn't love it more, my friend!


Until next time...
Linda

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Simple Project...


There have been so many beautiful, creative studios on blogs this week!  Mine was NOT one of them!  My studio is another of my MANY "works-in-progress"!  But I've been inspired by all the great spaces I've seen and decided to do a project to begin to organize some of the ephemera I have! Items that I have a lot of, like bingo cards, are stored in large metal wire baskets, but I need storage for many of the one-of-a-kind pieces and supplies.   I had a couple of these inexpensive rolling storage carts, which I assembled...


 and a big stash of stickers and rub-on letters...


which I used to label the drawers.  I mixed up the fonts and didn't want perfection...


I think it gave the shelves a whimsical look...


I've started sorting all my paper goodies...easy accessibility and nice flat storage...




It's inspired me to keep going in the space!  Thanks to all the bloggers sharing their great spaces!  Maybe by next year...I'll be ready to share mine LOL!

I am joining Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday

Until next time...
Linda

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sweet Surprises from Blogging Friends...


Well, I have been battling a cold/flu all week, and it has been winning for the most part!  But I am hoping a restful weekend will get me back to enjoying the summer!  I really appreciate all the get well wishes you have sent my way this week!  And I received some wonderful surprises from sweet blogging friends this week that have brightened my days!  Look at this FUN PUGS book I received this week from my sweet friends KarenSue of  SueBee  and Ann of The Boston Lady !  They know how much I love pugs (including our Sophie and Bailey) and thought of me when they saw this book!  It is full of such cute pics and great info and I just love it!  Thank you so much ladies~ it was SO kind of you and brought a smile to my face!
 



Another WONDERFUL surprise this week was from my ever-so-thoughtful friend Cindy of
Cindy Adkins Whimsical Musings!
She sent me two of her beautiful tags!  She creates such lovely artwork and is such a generous person!  She's also hosting a fun giveaway  right now!  Be sure and check out her etsy shop ,too!
Thank you so much, sweet friend!



This week I purchased these great old dance tickets from lovely Heidi of Dreams Intertwined.  She has a wonderful etsy shop full of interesting ephemera... I just LOVE these!




The package arrived in fun wrappings and she included some WHIMSICAL surprises, too!


Look at all these GOODIES!



Thank you so much, Heidi~ you are such a sweetheart!  I hope you'll visit these ladies wonderful blogs, too!  I feel SO blessed to have made so many nice friendships on the blogs!

Until next time...I'll be taking it easy and stopping by to see what I've been missing on blogs this week!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Linda