Oh, how I’ve been longing for Spring. It isn’t because we get a lot of winter storms or even many days of below freezing temperatures where we live. It is because of the weeks of dark, dreary weather, fog and continuous drizzle, that leave us yearning for a glimpse of the sun.
I was driving through my neighborhood last week and saw, over the top of a neighbor’s fence, beautiful cherry blossoms just beginning to open their petals toward heaven. Since then we’ve had a few days of sunshine and warmer temperatures and the signs of Spring are popping up all over.
Time for some pops of color around my own home. I took down some of my dried lavender branches and put them in a bucket on my front porch. They almost look like they are fresh blooms. I also picked up a few baskets of primroses and tucked them in a metal container (from Goodwill) with some Spanish moss and some fresh moss harvested from my driveway (one benefit of living in a drizzly climate). As I’m posting this I just noticed the pine cones still in the planter from Christmas. Oops! Need to go take care of that.
Purple and yellow are so pretty together.
I added some moss balls and Easter eggs to one of my porch lanterns and a bright colored candle and dried hydrangeas to the other.
I had some friends over last week for a little get together and we decoupaged some eggs with bright colored paper napkins.
I made this rosette wreath made with some leftover fabrics. Through the window, hanging at the end of my front porch, you can see the trees are still pretty bare.
A close-up of the fabrics I used which include lace, burlap, drop cloth material, and floral and solid colored cotton.
There it is! That touch of blue sky we’ve been waiting for!
On to the inside, for more touches of Spring. I love cloches for displaying different vignettes. Here I laid down some moss, added two antique books, a nest with tiny speckled eggs and a little brass birdcage from Goodwill. My fancy ceramic bluebird is guarding her nest.
I wrapped the display in this rusty wire with silver balls that I found on our Seattle shopping trip. I’m not sure what it is about it that makes me like it so much. It kind of looks like I’ve put these eggs in jail!
Moving on to my dining room is a silver tray from Goodwill, painted with chalkboard paint and some Easter egg candles, also from Goodwill. They have a LOT of good stuff there!
Here are some tall, skinny bunnies I’ve had for years,
. . . and some short, fat, nesting bunnies.
This cookie jar belonged to my mother. She so LOVED this little mama bunny with all the baby bunnies peeking out from beneath her skirts.
Can you see the little bunny tail poking out from inside the log?
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you’ve seen this garage sale frame turned chalkboard before. To the right is a wire cloche I found at Goodwill and filled with moss balls.
More decoupaged eggs with two types of moss, placed in a basket.
A faux boxwood wreath tied with a burlap ribbon,
with another bunny peeking out from her hiding place.
Here are some views of my Easter table,
. . . and a table runner I updated with thrift store fabric and lace.
Rays of sunshine across my dining room table warm me up and make me happy, inside and out!
Ahhh . . . I’m feeling better just by putting out some of the OLD THINGS I’ve decorated with for years to remind me of new THINGS to come.
Thank you for joining me on a Spring tour of my home. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be following this post up with tutorials for making some of the handmade items you’ve seen here. I do hope you’ll come visit me again!
Have you seen the pictures all over Pinterest of old T-Shirts made into infinity scarves? So pretty! I decided to try this simple craft myself. However, as is often the case (at least with me), my simple craft didn’t turn out quite the way it was supposed to.
I began with an old T-Shirt out of my closet. Any type of T-shirt will do, the bigger the better, and it is a plus if you can find one that is seamless.
Lay your shirt out flat and start by cutting off the bottom hem (lay this piece aside to use later). Begin cutting 1-2″ wide strips horizontally from the bottom of the shirt up to the armpit. Don’t worry about keeping your cuts perfect.
When you’ve cut all your strips hold them together and give them a BIG LONG stretch so that the raw edges curl in on themselves.
Taking the reserved hem piece make a cut in it so it becomes one long piece and wrap it around the strands to hold them in place. Wrap it a few inches in one direction and then back in the other direction. Bring the ends of the hem together, tie them in a knot, trim the loose ends and tuck them under the wrapped area, out of sight and voila! This is where I realized my scarf wasn’t really long enough or full enough to look like much of a scarf. Maybe if I’d used an extra large men’s shirt it would’ve turned out differently. Soooo . . . , not being one to give up in defeat I decided to cut it a bit shorter and make it into a necklace instead. Since it looked rather plain for my taste I decided to embellish it with some handmade rosettes.
This rosette was made from hem tape and a sheer organza-type fabric that I tore into strips for a frayed look. For a tutorial on making your own rosettes you can link back to my post OldButtons&Lace.
I wrapped and sewed the rosettes onto the T-Shirt strips in two places, a grouping of them on the bottom, and a single rosette on the top (to hide the cut I made to shorten my scarf into a necklace!)
The necklace can be worn off-center or centered, depending upon the style of blouse one is wearing. I’ve had many compliments on my necklace and I am so happy with the way it turned out. Of course there is a LESSON to be learned here. I cannot tell you how many times my flops have turned into something much better than what I originally had in mind. Why is that? When I was a child my mother always said, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Thanks mom for the values you instilled in me as a child, both in the little things and in things of eternal value. Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
So, I really wanted to get one of my younger friends to model this for me so I could share pictures of the necklace being worn by an actual person. Since I never seemed to get the opportunity I’ve included a self-portrait so you can see how it looks. NOTICE the strategically placed OldThingsNew logo placed across my “seasoned” neck. Haha!
I’ve had quite a few compliments on this necklace and I’d like to try making it in some other colors. Look at the lovely washed out colors of these T-Shirts belonging to my husband. Hmmm . . . I wonder . . .
This craft project is so quick and so easy. Without the addition of the rosettes you could easily make one in 10 minutes. I like the way it dresses up a simple T-shirt but it is also pretty enough to wear with something dressier. Next, I think, will be a bracelet to match!
So this is the last part of my 3-day Girl’s Getaway to Seattle . . . browsing, shopping, eating and just plain relaxing! If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 please link back to see some great locally owned stores.
Well, we started out this day with a strong need for fortification for the day ahead. Can you believe what we found? A store by the name of The Chocolate Box. What more can I say?
They had chocolates of course . . .
. . . but they also had a Hot Chocolate Bar!
After a salted caramel mocha and a sample of the European Sipping Chocolate we were ready to face the day.
Here’s Deanna stating her opinion on the whole thing! Isn’t she just so cute?
We saw a LOT of home decor stores on this particular day, with a variety of styles but this was my favorite and the one I chose to highlight. This store has a great mix of styles from rustic to elegant.
Let’s go inside . . .
Here we go with the light fixtures again. I love this chandelier made from vintage electric insulators.
The next fixtures are coastal inspired. Does this make you think of a puffer fish?
How about an octopus?
This reminds me of the cork floats on a fishing boat,
And this one makes me think of sea grass waving under the ocean.
On to some of the wall hangings. I was really drawn to this horse head for some reason.
These are really fun! My oldest daughter tells me, “No animal heads on the walls!”
This old headboard is amazing as wall art. It got me to thinkin’ . . .
Here you have some of the seating sold in the store.
Nice legs, huh?
All very unique, right? The chairs to this dining set spoke to me with their elegance . . .
. . . combined with rusticity.
Here are a few more vignettes for you . . .
. . . and a beautifully arranged seating area. There is definitely a lot of Asian influence in Pacific NW decorating.
Great Jones Home is a wonderful store and I’ve only given you a peek at all that they have to offer. One Seattle reviewer said, “If Elle Magazine had a store, this would be it!” They are in the process of working on their website but check back, and pay them a visit the next time you are in Seattle.
So how could I end this final Seattle post without a visit to the famous Pike Place Market? A whole ‘nother kinda shopping experience!
This is one of the market’s famous “fish throwers” posing for my camera!
Haha! That is one BIG mouth!
I really love Seattle and I miss living closer to this beautiful city (my childhood home). It is a great vacation destination, with so many fun things to do and see. I hope you all get the chance to experience Seattle one day.
I’m so glad you joined me and my great friend Deanna on our shopping experience. Time to roast some vegies and get the fish on the grill!
NOTE: I’ve not been compensated in any way for reviewing any of the businesses in this post.
So, here is Part 2 of my girl’s getaway trip to Seattle. If you missed Part 1 and want to see some fabulous finds for the home you can link backhere.
The second stop on our three day trip was to Cranberry Cottage, in Bothell, WA. (located just northeast of Seattle in Country Village)
This shop is filled with vintage and handmade items. The artisans take turns volunteering their time to work in the shop and they were so gracious to allow my camera in! I was inspired almost to the point of drooling over the many beautiful finds in this store, but since I can’t make everything I see (imagine that!) I had to break down and buy a little something just for me.
This is the site that greeted me as I walked in the front door.
So much to see in so little time. I already know that I’ll be going back for more!
I’ll zoom in on some items now so you can be sure to see all the details:
This pretty little cornucopia nest makes me long for Spring.
I’m always eyeing old picture frames while out “thrifting”. A little painting, a little distressing and a piece of jewelry sure glams this one up!
More lampshade inspiration (continuued from my last post).
Fragrant soaps wrapped in paper and burlap and a silver urn filled with burlap flowers and moss. All so pretty!
This ruffle pillow is darling . . . and here are some more creatively wrapped soaps. I’d love some of these for my guest bath.
I’m working on dressing up some of my own miniature dress forms so I had to get a picture of this beautifully dressed mannequin.
There were many chalk painted furniture pieces in the store. This one was unique because the inset on the top was decoupaged with a print of old keys and the artist added brass keys across the front of the table. Very clever!
I love the look of the hem on this stamped pillow . . .
. . . and this picture made from burlap and frayed fabric was simple yet lovely.
There were old books decorated with unique buttons . . .
. . . and books covered in pretty graphics.
Some fantastic chandeliers . . .this one rustic . . .
. . . and this one elegant. Notice that the pearls are tied in place with black netting, and the “candles” are wrapped with sheet music.
Oh look, another lampshade!
I’ll finish with a picture of an OldThingsNew idea that I thought was amazing! Do you recognize what this is?
Yes, it is a Piano Bar! The keys were moved to the sides of the piano. Here you see them on the right . . .
. . . and here on the left. You can also see the strings from inside the piano set as a backdrop to the actual bar area. I think this one wins the prize for MOST FABULOUS!
So Part 2 comes to an end but be sure to check back for Part 3 which promises to be another, totally different Seattle shopping experience. I hope the creativity of the artisans at Cranberry Cottage has inspired you and I’d like to encourage you to visit their store when you are in the Seattle area, or check out their website today.
NOTE: I’m not being compensated in any way for reviewing this local business on this post.