Thursday, August 30, 2012

Eleven Things Volume 3

1.  I'm anxiously watching the clock to check in for my flight to Austin, TX tomorrow.  I've never been and I'm excited to see if their vintage shopping lives up to the hype.

2.  It's supposed to be 100 all weekend...sheesh...at least it won't be raining. 

3.  I went treasure hunting last weekend...driving all over the state...ended up with TWO things...grand total $6...probably spent triple that in gas...(and the two things were bought close to home).  This amazing 1/2 gallon aqua mason jar with a zinc lid (found in a gross box o' crap) and then this super cute little silver cup/dish that was previously covered in tarnish and grease...polished up without a scratch on her. 




4.  I went to an estate sale where a fight almost broke out at the front door...there were 4 of us...it's really not that serious people

5.  This is my 30th blog post...I wasn't sure if anyone would read it when I started back in February...but I realized it doesn't matter as long as I feel fulfilled.  I'm getting there...

6.  I'm working on a multi-table project for a friend...here's a sneak peek.  Neutrals were hard for me but the color combo is growing on me :)




I've already grouted the table with a lighter gray grout, now I just need to finish painting the rest of the tables :) 


Yes, I sometimes work in my dining room...and not in a clean and orderly manner obviously :/

7.  I really want to work on believing in myself and not caring what others think, #workinprogress

8.  I can't wait to buy some junk!  I might photo my strategic packing because I'm sure it's going to be a thing of beauty

9.  I found this super cool old drawer on Etsy, didn't have to do a thing to it and I got it for a good price




10.  I am now a believer in faux.  My Mom makes amazing flower arrangements using silk flowers but I've always preferred the real thing.  Well, I was looking for something to fill my silver urns in my kitchen and my vase on my nightstand (I had some purple-blue hydrangeas in there before). 

I found these amazing faux flowers (not silk) at Hobby Lobby and I am CRAZY about them.  Look at the real thing and the imposters-good enough for me for fall/winter!

Faux




 
From My Garden
 
 


 11.  I think I'll go crank up my iTunes, pack for Austin and check-in in 11 minutes ;)

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Alisa

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Eleven Things Volume 2 & the Ugly Chair Reveal!!

1.  The weekend goes by way too fast...I'm just sayin'...

2.  If you're going to advertise that you're having an estate sale - I feel like the whole house should be open...none of this business of a glorified yard sale or only the kitchen is open this weekend but next weekend we'll have the other rooms open...who has time to come back every weekend??

3.  Yes, I collect yard sticks.  I don't know why.  I'm not the only one, trust me.  I almost tripped a guy who got to a sale this weekend before me and nabbed two great ones.  One day I'll make something out of them and you'll see how awesome they are and stop giving me funny looks...:)

                         

4.  I didn't mean for this post to be so 'ranty'...I'll try to be more positive from here on out lol

5.  As much as I love treasure hunting...I also really love re-working what I already have and moving stuff around the house.  Once I'm married I'm pretty sure this is going to freak him out...

6.  I love old frames...I'm pretty sure I have my 'share' now...along with vintage seascape oil paintings-here's the one that I won through an online estate auction in VA: 

                          

                                                       

                                           

                                       

7.  I just had to upgrade my Google account because I used up my photo quota...sheesh...

8.  Here is the ugly chair big huge awesome {expensive} reveal! 
She's not so ugly now, eh?  Just took way too much money...but I think she's pretty beautiful now...so glad I decided to go with the tufted back. 




Don't adjust your monitor--those are MINI mint milanos.  I was speechless...

9.  You really have to look past the orange crushed velvet rick-rack trimmed cat pee-smelling ugliness to see the possibilites...let me remind you of her sordid past:

10.  Are you addicted to Etsy?  I'm pretty sure I am.  I think my gallery wall is a good indication...it's not ALL from Etsy...but pretty close to half...


11.  I truly miss my best friend, Lucy.  My puppy who passed away almost a year ago next month.  Trying not to take anyone for granted in my life, you just never know what can happen. 

                                               

Happy Treasure Hunting!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Eleven Things Volume 1

I've decided to start a new blog series titled 'Eleven Things'...expect a whole lotta random thoughts :)

1.  Point me in the direction of a waterfall and I'll travel near and far






This weekend I visited a friend in NJ and decided to take a detour on the way home to see a park that's been on my 'goals' list for while. 

Bushkill Falls in PA.  Amazing waterfalls and creeks.  Whole lotta stairs...great workout though :)

2.  When you decide to order beads online (because you think you can make your own necklaces cheaper than Etsy sellers charge)...pay attention to the MM sizes.  They fool you with their close-ups...yeah...not a good time.

3.  Eat cake...worry about the calories later

4.  Even an ugly chair can be beautiful with a little help (and a lot of $$)



You may remember this chair from a previous post -->Stage an Intervention

She's currently with the upholsterer and we've finally found fabric that is available and exactly what I wanted-Sapphire Blue Velvet...wooo hooo! (bottom row on the left)


5.  You can literally find anything at Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.

I went looking for old muffin tins to sort beads and saw the top of this awesome metal boat sticking out of those giant bins that they bring all the stuff from the back out in...$2.14 later I was one happy camper.  I love beachy-nautical stuff and this looked like the coolest little pirate boat.  I don't even mind that it's missing the third flag...gives it character




I kicked out my favorite old metal fan (don't worry she joined her friends in the living room) and the boat now has the perfect spot next to some apothecary jars from HomeGoods. 




6.  I love old metal fans.  They don't need to work.  The cord can be a frayed mess...I'll just cut it off :)

My collection:


7.  Look past something's original purpose---always!  I found this cool metal yard-stick-holder at TJMaxx for around $10.  It came with a little glass vase that fits inside of it to put a candle in...should be an outdoor lantern...when I saw it I thought how cool would that be to hold my yard stick collection??





8.  Listen to your Mother.  It's just easier in the long-run. 

I was all upset because one of my hydrangeas in my urns on my front porch shriveled up and died (darn spiders!).  She told me to cut everything back and try again.  Usually you don't want to cut your hydrangeas when they're in their blooming/growing stage but what did I have to lose? 

Take a look at what I've got now!!


9.  I've discovered chalk paint pens.  My life is forever changed...The drink recipe below is borrowed from BHG :)


10.  I certainly didn't plant her but I'm super proud of my giant crape myrtle tree.  She's blooming & taller than my house...I have the best view of her from my closet room.



11.  I nearly gave myself a heart attack trying to win this painting through an online auction today.  The auction was something new for me (I'm certainly familiar with eBay and Etsy, etc).  This was an actual estate sale being liquidated through an online auction...and if people bid within 4 minutes of the closing they extended the auction.   Wayyyy too much drama....but this beauty is mine!  Now just gotta get her shipped...



Happy Treasure Hunting!
-Alisa