Saturday, May 23, 2009

Friday Finds!

Yesterday (Friday), I went out early to catch some garage sales here in Nashville. The last 2 weekends have been full of rain and this Friday was finally rain free-- so I took advantage of it! At the tail end of the morning I ran by our monthly flea market....and I found some great finds almost everywhere I went!

As you can see in the pictures, it was quite a "white" theme! I absolutely love milk glass (and white glass) objects...I am just drawn to them!

So at one garage sale/estate sale...I found gobs of milk glass. I put it in my box and was just fretting about how much the owner was going to charge me for them (I think it was the daughter of the owner). I knew I was giving myself away since all I had in my box, was like 6 pieces of milk glass including a huge milk glass bowl, a rectangular milk glass planter, a couple milk glass bud vases and such-- I thought she was going to charge me since it looked like I was going after this stuff. Anyway, when I showed it to her she hesitated (and I worried) and then she quoted a really low price for each item....I looked at her like she was joking (I do not have a good "poker face") and said "perfect!" And promptly paid and left. At the next garage sale I went to they had some milk glass bud vases, so I picked them up and a cute plate with roses on it. Then I headed to the big and overwhelming flea market at the Tennessee State Fair Grounds.

This is where I found this delightful white painted iron plant/candle holder...I love it!! I took pics of it with candles, a flower and with my new milk glass...just having fun with it!

I also bought two shabby chic painted white chairs--- that are the same size, but different structure-- so they look great together, but not too matchy- matchy! I haggled a bit and she dropped the price, which was nice! The only "non-white" find was a lone drawer I bought...I have seen how people have turned lone drawers into storage by putting wheels on the bottom of them so they can slide under a bed. I will most likely be painting it white-- go figure-- unless I am inspired by another color-- and will attach some old wheels that I have from an antique dresser (which was on wheels...for some reason) and will try this little storage idea out!

Due to my success yesterday...I will be staying away from garage sales today and will just work on "freshening" up some of the things I already have...and also running by Gas Lamp to "freshen" up the booth for Memorial Day Weekend!

Take care,


Monday, May 18, 2009

A Baby Shower: Oh Boy!

This past Saturday, I hosted a couples baby shower for a wonderful friend of mine and her husband. I had so much fun with all the little decorating details-- I just had to take some pictures and share!

I used "Oh Boy" on the invitations (can you tell??) and decided to play off of that theme...and at the same time use up some of the left over invitations! In addition, I know I have some pink flowers above (which were already in my dining room)-- but I think every male needs a little "pink" in their lives, so I left them!

Bacon and Caviar catered the shower and did a wonderful job! I wish I had taken a picture of the food, but they made an amazing jalapeno hors d'oeuvre, which was stuffed with a cheese filling and then wrapped in a piece of bacon...not healthy....but very delightful! And they were perfect since the mom to be is from Texas and her family from Texas really enjoyed them!

The father to be's mother was so nice and wanted to participate even though she was coming from New she ordered this beautiful wreath for the front door...when I saw it I was just taken aback!

They would not take the wreath with them when they left, so it is still hanging on our door and it is gorgeous. I am just waiting for one of our neighbors to ask us if we have any good news to share due to this beautiful wreath hanging on our door....

We had all the guests sign an over-sized version of the invitation for the mother and father to be, which I feel will look lovely framed on the wall in the new baby's room!

I will leave you with our party favors, which I thought turned out so well! There is a little bulb inside each bag...and an assortment of colors to choose from!

Take care,


Monday, May 11, 2009

Tin Cans and Steeplechase!

So here in Nashville we have the Iroqouis Steeplechase, which to my Charlottesville friends, is very similar to Foxfield. So to prepare everyone for the day- long party, the Junior League hosted "How to put on the Best Steeplechase Tailgate" Cooking Class, which I helped to put on with a friend. We had so much fun! One aspect of it was our centerpieces, which we used cans and flowers to create. We saved up cans over a couple of months and peeled off the labels and then spray-painted them in an array of delightful colors. We then filled them up with an assortment of flowers from Costco's budget friendly flower section!  

The inspiration came from        
this Country Living picture...and I think ours turned out well...especially due to being on a budget!

So I was inspired to find more delightful ways to use tin cans and found the following:

How to make a tin can vase

This vase was made with birch bark wrapped around the can...such a wonderful idea!

How to make this Tin Can Storage piece

Take care,

Monday, May 4, 2009

A few little finds!

Just a quick note about a few things I found this past weekend....I thought these vintage salt and pepper shakers were so so cute!  The hand-painted yellow flowers are adorable!  

They are perched on top of a cute "peachy-pink" wicker basket I found...perfect for a guest bathroom waste paper basket!

This past weekend my husband hung a green and yellow vintage tole chandelier I found at the TN Flea Market last year.  It looks perfect in the green guest room and I cannot wait to take a picture of it.  Right now, my husband is re-hanging the dining room chandelier after we put a medallion on the will make the dining room look a little more finished!  Now I have to tackle re-upholstering the dining room chairs!