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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

French Country Vintage Pedestal Bowl Redo

Do you love pedestal bowls as much as I do?
Well, for some reason, I'm just crazy about anything on a pedestal! So today I thought I'd share my latest creation with you, a vintage wooden pedestal bowl that I gave a Frenchy makeover to!
 But she didn't start out looking so magnifique!  Oh, no!  This is what she began life as!  I've got to thank hubby for finding this one for me!  (I think I need to send him out shopping more often!)
I knew right away when I saw her just what I wanted to do.
 So, I began by painting her my favorite creamy white, followed by what I like to refer to as "a generous dose of distressing", to give her that aged over time look.  Then, I went over to the Graphics Fairy (love!) for this gorgeous French label.  Don't you just love it?!
 I really love her curvy shape, by the way!
 As a special little surprise, I lined the inside with vintage sheet music, which is one another one of my favorite things to work with!
 I am so happy with the way she turned out!
 Here is one last look.  As much as I love her, I've added her to my Etsy shop, if you care to take a peek!
I'm linking up with Kathleen over at Faded Charm for White Wednesday
and Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.
Do be sure to visit, for tons of inspiration!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Let's Visit a Fly In Winery!

Bon Jour, Mon Amis!
Have you ever heard of a fly in winery?  Well, there is one here in Michigan that I'd been wanting to visit, so that's just what hubby and I did yesterday afternoon!
Just a short 15 minute flight from home, and we were at Chateau Aeronautique Winery!
What a pleasant surprise it was! We've visited countless wineries over the years, both here in the US and in Europe, but I must say that this is the first one we have actually flown to!
 This was our ride there!
 The winery, which uses grapes grown exclusively in Michigan, was in situated in an airpark.  An airpark is a private runway that people actually live on, and their hangers are attached to their homes.  Kind of like very, very big garages!
 Anyway, this cute gazebo houses the tasting room.
 Just look at the weather vain!  How fun is that?
I wish that I had gotten a photo of the inside of the tasting room, but there were quite a few people inside, and I didn't want to invade their privacy by posting their photos here!  Anyway, this gorgeous massive chandelier hung over the tasting bar.  Love it! 
 We met the owner, Lorenzo, who was very friendly and knowledgeable.  Not only is he a private pilot, but he also flies internationally for Delta, so he and hubby had alot to talk about!

 He showed us his private tasting room (though we did our tasting in the gazebo).  Love the wine crate border. What a fun idea!
 Lorenzo left no detail overlooked, even the rest room was gorgeous! (I couldn't resist the urge to snap a few shots there!).  Look at this gorgeous crystal sconce!
 I bet I'm the only visitor there who had to take a picture of the potty!
We were so pleasantly surprised by Chateau Aeronautique!  We imagined a tiny, dark and dusty spot in a hanger.   Instead, we discovered a beautiful and elegant winery, which we can't wait to visit again!

And here is my cute pilot hubby, ready to take me home!
Hope you have a great week!

Friday, July 27, 2012


Don't you just love that word?!  
I sure do!  (it is a real word, right????)
At any rate, I thought I'd share some of my latest, well, shabby + delicious projects with you!
I was thrilled when my thrifting friend picked me up Blue Boy and Pinkie, in beautiful vintage Italian Syroco like frames.  Originally gaudy gold, I just had to paint them my favorite creamy white color.
 I just love the ornate details, and the scalloped inner border.
 Actually I've got to give credit to hubby for finding this vintage Syroco shelf. It, and the matching mirror (I'll show you that transformation in a future post) was way up high in a dark and very dusty corner of a shop we visited while in Northern Michigan.
 Again, it went from gaudy to glam with heirloom white paint and just the right amount of distressing.  I just sold her in my Etsy shop (yeah!).  I really do need to find one for myself to keep one of these days!)
 It's so fun to hunt for pretty and unique picture frames, that I can unite with paint.  I really am happy with how my latest set came out.
 Both vintage and newer, the frames are full of shabby charm, I think!  The one below is my favorite!  I've placed a sheet of vintage sheet music inside, just for fun!
 This sweet oval vintage metal frame is even prettier in person!
 Lots of wonderful details.
 And this vintage Burwood frame is so much happier after her makeover!  She was an awful black and gold before I transformed her.  Love all of the ornate swirls and stylized fleur de lis!
 As you know, I love making chalkboards from found frames, so I was thrilled to find this beautiful vintage frame recently.  Similar to Syroco, it began life a very boring brown.  I'm always amazed at what a difference paint can make, as all of the gorgeous details really weren't even that noticeable til I painted her!
Hubby cut a piece of masonite to fit, which I covered in chalkboard vinyl.   I've never seen a frame just like this before.  I'm so happy with how she turned out! 
I've placed all of these in my Etsy shop, if you'd like to take a peek!
Have a great weekend!
I'm linking up with Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.  Be sure to visit for tons of creative ideas!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Latest Projects

Hello ladies!  Hope you all are having a great week!
Today I thought I'd share with you some of my latest painting projects, all done in wonderful beachy hues!
 I love finding interesting candleholders to paint, and this set of four have the most unique shape.  Actually, I have to give credit to hubby for picking them up at a thrift shop (guess he's learned well!).  I decided they would be even more interesting painted slightly different beach inspired shades, ranging from aquamarine, to turquoise, to blue. 
 What I really love about these candle holders, aside from their vibrant colors, is their interesting 8 sided shape.  I've never come across any like this before. And of course I just had to distress them, which I think highlights their shape even more.
 I had fun mixing up the colors, too! I have so much fun mixing various paint to create new and pretty colors!
 I used two of the above colors to paint this pretty pair of tin wall hangings, that are reminiscent of vintage ceiling tiles.
 After distressing, I added my favorite antiquing glaze, which adds to their vintage feel.
 Love the details!
 I also am always hunting for mirrors that I can makeover.  I found this cute matching pair when we were in Northern Michigan a few weeks ago.  They are wood framed, and have a pretty raised design that I really like.

 You can never have too many mirrors!
 And least but not least, this sweet vintage pair of Homco mirrors, that my thrifting friend found for me.  You may have come across mirrors like these before. They were originally blah brown, but now I just love how vibrant and cheery they are done up in aquamarine!
 The mirrors feature a wonderful faux wicker look.  I really love their swirly borders.
 I've added everything to my Etsy shop, if you want to take a peek!
Now go out and paint something!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lucky Antique Table Find

Today I hit the jackpot!  I'd been looking for a vintage dining table for the past few months, with no luck.  We got rid of so many things when we moved to Washington State, and even more when we moved back to Michigan this spring.  So we were in dire need of a table.  I searched high and low at consignment, thrift, and antique shops, as well as Craig's List.  Either I didn't see anything that I liked, or what I did like was totally out of my price range!  So today, Hubby and I went to a neighborhood garage sale.  I was a bit disappointed, as not many people were participating.  Come to find out, the big day is tomorrow, when there should be lots more stuff treasures.
Anyway, I almost overlooked this beauty.  It was covered in a tacky plastic tablecloth, and covered in stuff!

 It's solid oak, circa 1930, and still has the original tag on the underside, which reads "Lentz Table Corporation, Nashville, Michigan".  It came with 5 leaves, and when they are all in it's nearly 8' long, making it perfect for entertaining!  I've pictured it with one of the leaves in.  Someone had started to refinish it, but didn't do any of the leaves.  While I know that some will think it's sacrilegious to paint a solid oak antique table, that is just what I'm gonna do!  Yes!  I'm going to shabby her up and paint her a creamy antique white, then distress her a bit.  I am in love!  So, now all I need is to find some chairs.  I dearly love the dining chairs in Pottery Barn, but not the price.  So I just may head back to the sale tomorrow to see if I can get lucky!
 In the mean time, I had fun creating a little vignette. I placed this gorgeous vintage crocheted table cloth on it (another garage sale steal from a few years ago for only $5!), as well as a few milk glass vases from my collection.
 I found the one in the center the other day at Goodwill for just a quarter!  Love it!

 Isn't this one pretty?  A moving sale find a few years ago.  Oh, and the silver tray was a lucky thrift store find back in Washington.  I think I paid a buck or two for it.
I found the vase below this week at a thrift shop for a mere 49 cents!  Sold!  I think my sweet peas, purple coneflower, and white feverfew look so pretty displayed in the milkglass.
 Found this tall pretty wooden candlestick a few years ago at a garage sale for $1 (can you tell that I love a good bargain??).
 And a better look at my tray.  Love the patina!
 What really sold me on the table was her legs!  Yes, this lady has great curves!  Oh, and did I mention that she is very heavy!  They sure don't make solid wood furniture like they used to!
 Here you can see that they didn't do any of the leaves.  I know that it will be a bit of a job to paint, but I can hardly wait to start!  Oh, did I mention she was only $100?!  I did the happy dance all the way home!
What treasures have you found lately?
On a side note, my thoughts and prayers are with the people in Colorado who were hit with such a horrible tragedy.  It is just so hard to comprehend.
Be sure to give the ones you love a big hug today!