Sunday, November 25, 2012

Holiday decorating & Eleven Obsessions #3

I haven't posted for a while because I've been going through some things that have been pretty tough. But I want this to be a happy space so I'd like to share my finds from this weekend and hopefully inspire you to make something you're proud of...get out there and treasure hunt...or just believe that things will get better...

I decided to decorate for the holidays today.  I haven't decorated since my best friend, Lucy passed away.  Yes, she was a dog.  But she was so much more than that.  It was hard to imagine putting up a tree without her coming along to pull ornaments off the bottom branches and run away with them. 




 I found more yard sticks so I finished off my yard stick 'art'...sorry about the lighting - the sun had already set and my dining room is so dark to begin with...
 


This glass case I found on Decor Steals - pretty cool site if you haven't checked them out yet:  Decor Steals  (if you sign up using my referral link you get $5 once you create a free account and make your first purchase). 
 


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I sort of hit the mother lode in trophy-land.  I found a shop in PA with a seller that seems to have stumbled across all the great trophies of the world...I went a little overboard...I bought SIX...so I'm selling one in my Etsy shop (Trophy)...I'd love to keep them all but it's getting out of hand...




Here's the entire collection...

 
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I've made a few necklaces that I've listed in my Etsy shop (Necklaces) - I'm tempted to keep them for myself...so I've tried to make a copy to keep so it's not as difficult to give them up :)



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Finally, here some of my obsessions/finds from my online treasure hunting (mostly from Urban Outfitters):
 
 
1.  Vintage marquee - style light up letter reproductions - via Urban Outfitters - Ampersand
 
2.  I've been searching for the perfect bookshelves for quite a while now...I'm absolutely in love with these but they're too wide for my space - marble shelves - via Wayfair - Home Styles Orleans Shelves
 
3.  Silver elephant piggy bank - reminiscent of my spray paint project via Urban Outfitters - Elephant
 
4.  Iconic Love hooks - would be so cute by the front door via Urban Outfitters - Love Hook
 
5.  Dressforms - I keep finding amazing antique ones but the prices are outrageous - these reproductions are a little more affordable - the chevron pattern is pretty cool but I'd probably go with the more traditional one via Urban Outfitters - dress form traditional
 
6.  I'm obsessed with these hooks and have purchased a couple handfuls for hanging all of my favorite necklaces via Urban Outfitters (clear)
 
7.  Antique-style camera piggy bank via Urban Outfitters - bank
 
8.  Amazing butterfly print - this would look so pretty with a thick black frame and white matting via Urban Outfitters - butterflies
 
9.  Anthro coasters - looks like gems of agate - so pretty and each one is unique via Anthro coasters
 
10.  Bird metal spinning earring holder - I have this myself and it keeps everything organized - also reminds you of all the earrings you already have via Urban Outfitters Bird stand 
 
11.  Anthro jewelry box - looks like antique mercury glass so pretty via Anthro Rose Mallow jewelry box
 
Disclaimer - I haven't been compensated by any of these companies, I just found their products and love them and wanted to share. 
 
Happy Treasure Hunting
-Alisa

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Do you dream of treasure hunting?

I couldn't sleep last night - I kept having dreams of finding amazing treasures at really great prices...I think I might need to get out more...

I'm in a rambling kind of mood so please bear with me...

Anyway...so I haven't been to an estate sale in a while (hurricanes, life and all).  There was a great one this morning in my town.  Which pretty much never happens.  I was #6 in line of a bajillion people.  A very nice older gentleman was in front of me chatting away and reminded me so much of my grandfather who passed away a few years ago.  Definitely a good vibe.

Until the sale started...and I was knocked around like a pinball.  People are just way too serious.  I managed to get a few things but it wasn't easy!




Love the printer tray - I've been wanting one for a while but wanted to wait for a decent price.  I think I'll use the metal dish for beading (I might start selling my beaded necklaces in my Etsy shop so keep an eye out if you're into that sort of thing).
 
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After the sale I decided to check out a new store called The Vintage Marketplace in Glenwood.  They're only open one weekend out of the month and I missed their grand opening.  Definitely a cool little shop.  I tried to snap a few photos without getting too much in the way.  Please excuse my cell phone photos - when I set out this morning I didn't think I would see so many great vignettes! 












 

 
I ended up buying a spool and a little blue vintage book with crowns decorating the cover. 

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Next, I decided since I was half-way to Frederick I might as well check out Lucketts Design House - decorated for the holidays.  Amazing.  If you need holiday decorating ideas you really should check it out - it's open tomorrow too (November 11).

 


 





 


 

I also went to the Lucketts store (I'm not sure how you could pass by without going inside...maybe that's just me...) 






 

 
 

 

 

The horse head is kind of creepy-looking but awesome at the same time...


I got to talk to my favorite 'key lady'.  Ms. Ruth - she brings back keys from Germany and had a bunch of great new keys.  It was really nice to talk to her for a few minutes while I searched for keys to add to my collection.  I just love that her initials are the same as my Dad's.  I also found this great little silver dish with amazing detail on the sides. 

I also stopped at My Wit's End - a little Antique shop that I've passed by a million times on my way home from Lucketts.  I bought two little silverplate spoons.  I'm not sure why.  Apparently, I've started a new collection. 

 
 
Here are my treasues from Glenwood, Lucketts and My Wit's End:


 
 
 



How cute is that ginormous crown?  No idea what I'm going to do with it.  I really need to start following my rule of 'One in - One out' (if I buy something than I need to donate/sell/get rid of something else)...or someone *might* just submit me for Hoarders...

Happy Treasure Hunting!
-Alisa