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June 8, 2010

This is currently my favorite thing to look at in our house.

clog planter

It’s a ceramic clog that I picked up at an estate sale.  I just couldn’t resist the tulip-esque motif.  It just sat around on the buffet for months while I contemplated where to hang it.  Then I brought home the plant from the garden store and couldn’t figure out what pot to plant it in.  I saw the clog and just knew.  I love it more now than I did when I bought it.  It currently lives in a corner of the bedroom, under a custom collage I received from Dawbis in a trade.  It is one of my favorite spots in the house right now:

favorite corner

long, exhausting weekend

June 1, 2010

The mister & I accomplished quite a bit this weekend, including the creation of a VERY large pile of branches and assorted yard debris for bulk/brush trash pickup.  I also purchased a lawnmower, which he used to mow both the back & front yards.  This has never happened before.

Here he is holding up my mother’s Christmas 2009 quilt that I just finished up a few weeks ago. I also finished up my dad’s, but it’s so simple it really can’t be considered a quilt.

flamingoquilt

Despite how it look in the photo, the bars of fabric are perfectly straight & parallel to one another.

One afternoon last week I hit up a few of my favorite thrift stores on San Antonio’s southside and scored quite a few vintage sheets and pillowcases. It seems pretty obvious from what I brought home that I have a thing for the yellow/green/orange color combos, but I swear that’s all I was finding! I think there’s even a feedsack mixed in with the pillowcases.

thrifted sheets

We didn’t do much in the way of celebrating Memorial Day, but when I realized we would have a few unexpected visitors, I did manage to cook up some turkey burgers to go with roasted corn & red potato salad. It was delicious and I’m looking forward to leftovers.

vintage goodies

May 24, 2010

For the first few months after we moved into the new house, I went through a slight craigslist addiction. In an effort not to overfill our house with awesome vintage furniture and accessories, I have been staying away from thrift stores and craigslist lately. To be totally honest, I will still hit up the occasional estate sale if I see that they have something I really want. Leave it to my mom to send the most amazing package filled to the brim with amazing vintage finds. The best part – it’s all from my grandparents’ house. They have recently moved into assisted living, so my mother and uncles are in the process of cleaning our my grandparents’ house. My uncles usually just trash everything, but my mom tends to save and re-home.

Anyway, on to the goodies:

A big stack of vintage fabric, including several yards of an amazing floral terrycloth and a small bit of a nubby yellow fabric that I can’t wait to use. Also pictured is metal recipe box (blank recipe cards included) and a mushroom-themed brooch that could use a little work before it gets worn.
vintagegoodies

Mushroom & faux bois pottery pitcher that my mother gave my grandmother years ago along with an adorable little caterpillar and mushroom.
mushroom forest

Turquoise salt & pepper shakes that close with the cutest little cork stoppers.
salt & pepper

There was quite a bit more in the package including some amazing handkerchiefs and dish towels, but I will have to get photos of those when the sun returns.

field of daisies

March 23, 2010

There’s a new edition to the house, which I scored at a nearby estate sale.  The estate sale was pretty amazing actually. It was located in the first model home built in Castle Hills in the 1960s. Super sleek and mid-century.

field of daisies

I think the painting fits in nicely with the decor. Lulu fits in nicely, as well.

lulu poof

coming together

December 11, 2009

The mister and I have both been crazily scouring Craigslist lately on the hunt for new pieces for the house. We’ve made some great purchases, including a lovely 60s dining room table that got a workout since we hosted Thanksgiving for the first time ever. I plan to reupholster the chairs and then it will be perfect. Here it is decked out in an Orla Kiely tablecloth and our “wedding china” – Noritake Colorwave in mint, which has since been discontinued. See the gravy boat? We totally used it!

dining room

I am also in love with the chest of drawers we picked up for my clothes, which is another great Craigslist find. In fact, we ended up buying another chest of drawers from the same guy a few weeks later for the guest room. It’s right by a southern-facing window and the way the light shines on it makes me love it even more. It will eventually be the home to our bedroom television, but for now I’m enjoying it’s simplicity.

The end tables and coffee table in the photo below are new — too bad you can’t really see them. But you can see the splotches on the wall where I tried to touch up the previous owner’s paint job with the wrong color of paint. Since the photo was taken I have mixed up an almost perfect match and re-touched up the paint so that you have to look really hard, in just the right light, to see the splotches. Check out the kitten fight!

living room