Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekly Inspiration ~ Pillows

Hello and welcome to my weekly inspiration post! This weeks inspiration is ..... PILLOWS!!! If you love decorating then you probably love pillows like I do! They are such a quick and easy way to change up a room.

I use mostly neutral colored pillows with a subtle stripe or check mixed with solid colored tan, cream, and white pillows.  I like to create texture with a mixture of store bought pillows and ones that I make with either vintage fabrics or reproduction fabrics like ticking. Soft fabrics like linen and muslin and antique ticking that has been washed hundreds of times ensures a super comfy couch to rest on.

For example the pillow on top here is from LL Bean and the one under it is one that I made using ticking and muslin.

My rule is that all of our pillows have to be able to move from room to room and still match...cause that is exactly what happens...I either want to change things up or my kids are making a fort or we have lots of family here laying on all of the couches.

I still make the linen and ticking pillows seen above and sell them in my Etsy shop and have recently begun sewing pillows made with vintage coverlets. Coverlets are soft and have such a beautiful texture that they make for the perfect pillow cover.

My absolute favorite type of pillow is a blue and white ticking feather pillow...they are just perfection in my opinion and will forever be in style.

Well I hope you enjoyed this weeks inspiration! I have been busy busy busy getting ready for the Springfield, Ohio Antique Extravaganza May 19, 20, 21st. I probably won't have the time to do anymore weekly inspirations until after the show but I do plan on doing a post showing some of the goodies I am taking there! Until next time friends!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Easter and Artful Blogging Feature!!!

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter and Passover friends!!!

I also wanted to share with you guys that I wrote an article and did a photo spread for the magazine Artful Blogging and it just came out!!! I received my copy yesterday and my spread came out beautifully! More about in the next post! My article is featured in the May/June/July 2017 issue so grab a copy or order one online!!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Weekly Inspiration ~ Ironstone Pitchers All Lined Up

Welcome! This weeks inspiration is IRONSTONE PITCHERS! Yes I know I just did IRONSTONE  as the last "Weekly Inspiration" and I had actually just about finished a post on a whole other topic... HOWEVER...I was cleaning which turned into rearranging and all of these beauties ended up on our mantle and I just had to share!

Some of the reasons that I am drawn to old ironstone pitchers are their shape, their timeless beauty, their functionality, their story...I just love them plain and simple. Sometimes I look back at pictures of our home and regret using something in my decor but never with these.

I love that they are each a little bit different, a little different shade of white or shaped a little bit differently. And although they can be pricey in antique shops and online I've never paid over $25  for one.

Thanks for stopping by and please bear with me in the next four weeks because I am getting ready for the Springfield Antique Extravaganza in May and it is hard to find time at my computer! I have so many goodies for the show (which I hope to show you a peek at soon) and I hope to see a lot of you there!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Weekly Inspiration ~ Ironstone

This weeks inspiration is IRONSTONE...with its simple and timeless beauty it is one of my absolute favorite things to collect. I just love simple, clean looking all white antiques that have a purpose and ironstone is the epitome of that.

I have been collecting ironstone for about 16 years now and I have quite a collection at this point. I get some of it on Etsy and antique stores  but most of my pieces are from the flea market. I don't worry about makers markings or worth I just buy what speaks to me. I love using it, organizing it, rearranging it, you name.

Whether stacked or lined up in a row all together....

                                   or a single piece standing alone I just never seem to tire of it. 

I love the weight of ironstone and that it is rustic yet beautiful at the same time. These scalloped bowls weigh a ton and are so simple but also so striking.

Ironstone can be displayed in cupboards, on shelves, in old dish drainers, the possibilities are endless.

So many of my pieces cost next to nothing because they are chipped or discolored and those are my favorites. 

I got the larger pitcher pictured below at the Springfield, Ohio Antique Show last fall. I was actually at a booth picking up a table my mom had bought me (the one the pitchers are on) and I spotted this pitcher from afar. I couldn't get to it fast enough, there was absolutely no one even near it mind you, and when I finally did reach it which seemed like an eternity given all of the stuff I was carrying the woman at the booth said "oh it is not for sale dear it's all broken". What?! The handle had been broken and glued and she was only using it to display the flowers she was selling. My heart was broken. And then her husband said..."sell it to her if she wants it"! Then the woman said  "well it is not worth anything" and I tried to look like I agreed and we settled on the price of $10. And we lived happily ever after:)

By the way there is tons of ironstone at the Springfield, Ohio Antique Extravaganzas and I sell quite a bit myself. I am going to be doing a blog post soon about why you need to go this show. Be prepared to be totally sick of hearing me go on about it. Its just that so many people I talk to don't even know about this show and it is amazing! The next extravaganza is May 19th, 20, 21st and I am booths 551 and 552!

Well I hope you enjoyed this weeks inspiration and are leaving here feeling inspired!! I have gotten some emails with some readers requests for future weekly inspiration topics so feel free so send me an idea or request if you have one!!