Saturday, January 30, 2010

Silver Sunday~Compact

A few months back I went to an antique shop in town. I wasn't looking for anything in particular. Just hoping to find something to catch my eye. As I was walking around the lady who runs the mall started to tell this gentleman how someone had just been in and bought all the best of this booth's sterling silver compacts. They had been marked down 25% on top of what she thought were already low prices.
Maybe they saw me coming......I don't know???
I decided to take a look anyways. To my surprise they were really nice so I asked her to open the case.

I ended up buying around 6 or 7 of them. Unfortunately they are not all silver so I guess maybe I shouldn't be telling you this story without actually showing you the goods:)))

Lets just call this what it is .....a tease!

This is a rouge compact. Most of them are for powder or lipstick. There were a few that the women thought were more valuable but they weren't my style.

She said she wasn't sure why the lady was selling them so cheap....only that she must not have known how valuable they were. To tell you the truth I didn't much care what they were long as I liked them. I can't remember what I paid for them...... not very much.
Deauville is all it says and it's made in the US. That's all I know....

and that someone really liked really bright rouge!!! Maybe that's what it's suppose to look like??? It makes me think back when I used to use rouge. I'm not sure when I stopped using it.
I still have some sitting there in the top drawer of our bathroom vanity. Don't they say you're suppose to throw away your makeup after 6 months....yikes!!! I'd have to throw everything out! Don't worry, this one I don't plan on using......
I'm not that bad!

Do you still use rouge???

For now I have them all displayed in my vanity between the two sinks. My poor husband that has to live with all my pretty girly things around the house. I'm lucky that way, he lets me do whatever I want decorating wise.

Now don't forget to visit Beth at Gypsy Fish Journal
and see all the other participants of Silver Sunday!
I'll be away when this post goes up. Shopping at the NY Gift Show. Not sure yet if I'll be bringing my computer. I hope to catch up with you all soon.

HaPpY SiLvER SuNdAy!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

White Wednesday

Welcome to White Wednesday hosted by Kathleen of Faded Charm
Welcome to my home!!

Just kidding!
I wish!
What I'm not kidding about is that as I got to the end of this post and the whole thing disappeared.
I thought that the post might have still been saved but NO!!!
so this will be the quick version!!!
or pared down few words version!!

Earlier today I hurt my left index finger so typing is a bit difficult.
Nothing serious just a sewing machine accident. Let me just say I recommend not putting your fingers by the needle thingy......haha!
you hear of people who get drawn to the motion of a spinning blade.......maybe that's what happened!
I don't know???

Anyways I hope you forgive me this time. If you have any questions about any of the plants you see let me know.

I should tell you that this was taken at a wholesale nursery this Fall. I thought seeing a little green would be a welcome change now that we're in the middle of Winter.....many of you have had torrential rains also. It's been a very strange winter so far.
But better days are ahead!

Thanks again for stopping by!!!!
Don't forget to visit Kathleen and the other participants of White Wednesday!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The many looks of Silver

One thing I've learned about myself besides loving the color silver is that I love to alter pictures!!! much like my friend Julie from Being Ruby. We both enjoy seeing objects in a different way. She.... unlike me writes beautifully and just as her words envelope you like a warm comfy blanket she'll shift gears and make you laugh like a stand up comic. Stop by and see her post this week for Silver Sunday. It's Sunday earlier in Aussie land then here the U.S. of A.  See what you learn blogging!!!

Ok, enough of the mushy stuff!!!!
do yourself a world of good and go see her and of course our lovely hostess of Silver Sunday Beth who will direct you to all the other participants of SS.

I just recently started using Picasa since I've been a little leary to download the other program I used to use.
It doesn't have the same features by a long shot but it'll do for now til I figure out what to get.

These were a few things I had around the shop.

I'm embarrassed to say I haven't put all the Christmas things away. I'm working on it and I've done a lot of packing up but it's still pretty festive around here.

                                                                                                 ( blue tint)

( warm effect)

George finally got these knobs mounted on this wooden board. This color was what the shop was painted until we changed it to gray. I had seen this color on an old cape near here and would drive by it all the time. I would drive by slowly while holding the small paint chip out the window. Crazy right??? but I couldn't bring myself to stop and get out. For those of you who know me by now're nodding your heads!!!

( sepia)

( I think B&W but maybe tinted tan)

( tinted green and glow effect)

( over highlighted and then shadowed)

Can you tell I really like this meshed flower???:)) I showed it 5 times!!! sorry

( out of focus effect)

Well thank you for letting me indulge my fun for photo editing!!!

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed doing it.

I also had fun last week getting to visit most of the other SS bloggers. I loved seeing all your gorgeous collections of silver....whether vintage, new, shiny, tarnished, painted, zinc, pewter or's all good!!!!
Thanks for coming by and now go visit all the talented ladies of Silver Sunday

Friday, January 22, 2010

Little sewing project

A couple of days ago I had this idea to make a birthday gift for a friend. I had a day and a half to get it done. If all else failed I would have to go out and buy something. Oh the pressure. I had the idea in the back of my mind for awhile ever since I saw Magdalena from Color Sepia make one out of her husbands wool trousers. She of course is much more talented in the seamstress department. You can see her post HERE
and the image below.

 I, a mere novice......  was willing to give it a try. Armed with my trusty Bernina that was once my mothers I felt confident. Well as long as the needle didn't break and I had back up needles.

As I got searching for old but suitable pants to use I began to think  this wasn't such a good idea. I found nothing I liked. Then suddenly I found a pair of of linen pants that I owned. There was no way I was ever going to wear them again. Unless I starved myself with only crackers and water til next Christmas! lol

Ok now after some help with the seam ripper I had gotten the two pieces put together. I decided to leave the lining thinking it would give it some body.
My mind also went back to my friend Franny from Fancy Fodder. Look at her post HERE. This is what she came up with when she couldn't bring herself to throw out a stash of fabric.

Don't you just love it???

My sewing result looks nothing like these wonderful creations but you never know where your inspirations will come from.
I soon realized the seam down the middle would have to be covered. I cut various different pieces of fabric  to add like a patchwork. I must have spent hours trying to come up with the perfect combination. I started this whole thing on our bed. Isn't that the place everyone works on a sewing project???:))
I know!!!
I was going to show you the mess but it's just too scary! In the background you can sort of see Nigella. She behaved very well and I only had to move her once. She spent the day sitting on the couch on the other side of the room staring out the window.....or the curtain really. I don't know why but that bothered George that she wasn't enjoying a better view. ......but who really knows what our crazy cats are thinking??? maybe she was mad I wasn't making her something!!!  hummmm???

 I couple of hours later I realized that this was not coming out anything like the scarf I had invisioned.....maybe more like a shawl......but I didn't want a shawl and it was too small for that.
 Now this is when I wished I had taken more pictures of the progression of this but I think I just wanted to get it done.
I decided I would make it a closet pocket thing. There has got to be a name for it but I still don't know what you call it. I guess an organizer would be a good name too.
I'll let you decide.

Wished now that I had made it with either all white and cream or all browns and dark tan fabric.
From the top they look much like overalls don't you think???

I purposely wanted the fabric to have some raw edges and fringed and to have nothing too straight. In the end I trimmed  up most the fringe because it looked awful.  If I had time I wanted to paint the hanger white and distress it but it matched the brown fabric so I left it.

I hand sewed a few do-dads.
Gluing would have been so much easier.

I wanted to use much more lace but it made it look too Victorian and I knew she wouldn't like that.
I spent more time decided what to use than the actual sewing time:))
Do you do the same on a project???

I wasn't sure if I liked it until I dressed it up with a few things I had laying around.
In the end I was happy with it. It could have been better but I had made it out of scraps,buttons, ribbons, lace and a lot of determination:))
and my own hands.
BTW I only broke one sewing machine needle:)) not bad.

Now I just had to wrap it up and present it to her!!!

Happy Birthday dear Friend.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Simple Life

The Guilford Docks serene and peaceful.
 Just the water,
the blue sky,
 and a kindly gentleman 
with a grocery bag full of bread.

Even in the Winter I love living along the shore.

Going home to eat pizza and watch the movie "Chocolat"
Yes, I've never seen it but I'm really looking forward to it.
A quiet night at home with the fire going!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

White Wednesday

Welcome to White Wednesday hosted by Kathleen of Faded Charm
I had planned on showing you what I worked on yesterday but that's ok it can wait. I didn't want to miss another White of my favorites to participate in. I've gotten to know so many great ladies from this weekly post and have found we share more then just the love of White.

Thank you so much for the wonderful comments about Marcia's shop NEST. It was fun to read how many of you from around the world have been to Mystic and many of you lucky ones had been to NEST. Some of you now wanted to come visit the shop.  I didn't mention it last time but the shop was featured in Victoria magazine a few years ago. I found the it about 16 yrs ago by accident while with a friend but couldn't remember the name. It drove us crazy that we couldn't find it again but we never forgot it. Imagine how thrilled I was when she told me she had rediscovered it again. I knew she would!!! there isn't an inch of this State she doesn't know.....but that's another post!

Today I want to show you Marcia's good friend Michelle's shop
in Stony Creek part of the town of Branford, Ct.
They often shop together and share merchandise but they both have unique looks.
It's nice that they have each other to bounce ideas off of.

The pictures I chose to show are mostly white though I had taken more. I can show you the others if your interested in seeing them.

Ok I wasn't spinning in the room like you might think. I guess I just like angles!
These star lights are so pretty and put out a lot of light unlike the ones I have. Mine have a antique finish on the inside and it's nice but not enough light comes thru. I've considered scrapping the finish off but it doesn't seem practical.

My friend Kathleen bought one of these candlesticks....I have a better picture of it I'll show later. It looked old but without the "antique price tag".

They have tons of different shells for sale most of the year.

The Christmas items had all been put away so it was a clean palette of white and pale blues to welcome in the rest of the Winter season.

A charming display of leaf shaped soaps to grace a bathroom.

You can't really tell from this picture but the shell that was used to display the other ones was huge.... almost 2'.
It was magnificent and I think probably just used for display.
I have a designer friend that only uses BIG objects when she's decorating a home. It's like I hear her voice telling me "GO BIG!!!"   everytime I think  "where would I put that????"

Ok that ends another White Wednesday for me!!! I hope you get a chance to visit Taken for Granite and Nest when your in the area.

Please go visit the other participants when you go visit Kathleen!!!!

Make it a good and productive day!!!