Friday, December 31, 2010

Is it too late for some Christmas trees and such?

For those of you who are suffering from Christmas postpartum as I am, enjoy some pictures of our trees and such. 

The den tree.  Most likely her last year.  Thanks to a curious cat she was knocked over and her base is less than sturdy.  Den Tree 2.0 will likely have a "nature" theme next year.

Even the animals have a tree.  There are mini pet theme ornaments on this little one.

Yes, even the laundry room got a tree this year.  She's wearing miniature French post cards. 

Claudia in the living room.

She's just so pretty.  The pine will likely get replaced with peacock feathers when she takes up residence in my office.

Goodwill frame, discount letters glittered in Martha's amazing glitter and some vintage and sparkly Christmas decor for about $2.00!

Living room tree.  All our favorite "traditional" ornaments.  Some for E's childhood, some from mine and some we've gotten since we've been married.  Of course a bunch of Boston Terrier ornaments as well!

Chalkboard paint.  I love you.
I made the JOY banner out of vintage music and left over paper and glitter, love it.

And, now my "me cave" aka my office.  I am just going to give you a teaser, so watch for a post more about this room and it's recent transformation!

I hope you all had magical Christmas' and blessed New Years!

Monday, December 6, 2010

A dream came true.

I have been searching for a vintage dress form for about a year.  Do you realize how expensive these babies are?  No? Let me show you...
From Etsy $495.00 (plus shipping)

Granted, this next one is "dressed" in a way that makes my heart skip a few beats, having to pay the asking price would stop my heart cold.
Prepare yourself...
$1,625.00 from Etsy

Another from the same seller.  This one is cast iron, can you imagine the shipping?  It would likely be cheaper to fly to Utah (where the seller is) and carry it home on your back.
Thud.  Yeah, I my jaw did that too.

Now, feast your eyes on this beauty.
She's delicate.  Prim and proper.  Wearing a lovely festive Christmas skirt.  And, thanks to this weekend's French Hen Barn Sale, she's MINE!  Better yet, she was only $110.00!

She is currently in my living room to show off her lovely Christmas attire, but once the holiday is over she'll reside in my mom cave (which is coming along slowly.)

And in keeping with naming my favorite pieces, I here by name her Claudia.

Friday, December 3, 2010

My worst enemy....Me

I am my own worst enemy.  I am a perfectionist and I am very, very hard on myself.   My current self abuse I can blame on blogland.  Now, I love more than anything to read everyone's blog.  I pour over the pictures, analyzing every detail.  I print pictures, keep notebooks, folder upon folder of favorites.  What's the problem with this?  Seeing the beauty you all create makes me second guess myself and what I really like and don't like.  I have to remember that just because it's on a blog and it gets 100 comments doesn't make it pretty and vice versa. 

For example.  I am painting the spare room in an effort to make a "mom" cave corner.  I hate the color.  Hate, hate, hate.  It's Glidden Barely Jade.  The chip shows a lovely blue, green, grey.  The walls, are blue.  Just plain, boring, baby blue.  Atrocious.  What makes me hate it even more? Because none of you have used it.  I love the color in my laundry room because Layla at The Lettered Cottage used it, so it has to be a great color.  Our den color was approved by Young House Love.  Our living room colors come from the very amazing Monique Keegan as seen in Country Living and owner of Enjoy Co in Granville. 

The spare room...some crap I picked.

Why do I do this to myself?

Are you hard on yourself like this or should I seek help?