Monday, December 26, 2011

Looking for input...

Here's to hoping everyone had a lovely Christmas.  Our holiday was filled with fun, excitement, great food, and our family.
The pace of life slowed down a little for us today (thank goodness!) and there was time spent on the floor playing games and putting off breakfast as we explored our good fortune a little further : ).  Soon, I was beginning to wonder when the tree could come down as the bug of January re-Juvenation began to creep in.  Ya know... the time when you plan to eat right, exercise, paint a room, organize and catalogue your holiday decorations, get 8 hours of  sleep, play with your kids more, scrapbook (or at least get the pictures in chronological order), DIY a bathroom, and keep the catch-all spot in the kitchen de-cluttered???
Well, that time is just about here.  But as I think about the tree coming down along with packing up the other Christmas jolly, I'm not sure about plans for my big window.

I found this old window in the garage of a local home about 3 years ago.  It sat with in the garage for almost a year as I slowly worked on the finish.  Not because it was difficult, but because I wan't quite confident in my plan for it.  Finally, I found the time and gusto to finish it off and hang it in my living room.  And I've been tickled with it ever since.

Following the holidays, my living room, for that matter, my home does not have much red, so the red berries will likely go, but I am so much so liking the dark twiggy branches with the distressed paint!

So.  Here's where I need your input.
The vintage sheet music wreath - too Christmas-y, or do you think it can 'hang' for a while?  

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Tomorrow, the list can wait.  I've got more games to play!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sweet grey dresser, plus ...

Items listed are available in Chubbuck, Idaho as a cash only, you pick 'em up kinda sale.   Contact me via email:, if you would like a closer look.  If you come by and it's not for you, no worries!  Thanks for taking a look!

Sweet, lightly distressed grey 5 drawer dresser
Vintage in nature, sturdy
$112 - SOLD

Red two tiered scalloped side table $40 - SOLD
measures:  W-21in.,  D-13in.,   H-22in

Vintage "Zero" fan  $24
Small cloche, scalloped edge $6
(eggs not included) 

Shabby wood birdcage  $10
(sorry, nest and egg not for sale)

 3 legged side table with metal edge  $22 - SOLD
brown wire basket $6 - SOLD

Vintage, red rimmed enamel bowl with lid  $12 SOLD

Shabby step ladder  $16
A fun side table, nightstand, or plant stand.  2 feet tall.

Vintage painted, pink basket. - unavailable
A little white, black, and wicker shows thru 

Cool Remington crate $20 - SOLD
add a little vintage flair to your 'man cave'!

Have a great day!

Friday, December 9, 2011


I haven't started wrapping.

Instead, the other night, I stayed up to work on a door.  And tonight, I'm posting about it.  I am hopeful I don't regret either of these decisions come Christmas Eve.

And lemme tell ya, this door is HEAVY!  Especially when carrying into the house while not a creature was stirring, not even our gerbil.  Luckily, I had spend a little lotta time with my sander prior to the snow fall.  White, yellow, pink, light blue, off white, mid blue, light gray...then you could see a little wood peek thru.  It it a solid wood door, but maybe all that old paint contributed to the weight!  Good thing, because all that old paint is what I like about it.

So, I propped it near the end of our kitchen table.  I did a little 'shopping' thru what I had on hand for some table prettiness. Although I am drawn to vintage items, my home is not full of all things vintage.  I like a little interspersed with current decor, and pieces with a personal touch.  So,
               vintage items:  ticking fabric, tall pewter candle sticks, sheet music, cloche (you can just see the top of in this picture)                                                 
               yard sale find:  2 large pine cones
               thrift store finds:  candle tapers
               new-ish items: Mercury glass style candle pillars, blue snowflake candles (bought on clearance last year), and white pillar candles - all of which I had at home already 

What do you think?  Not too shabby... well, the door is a little shabby!  What about the little red pot with glitter?  That's the piece with real value to me.

My son proudly gave that to me when he was almost 2.  A week or so prior, I had picked him up from daycare and his teacher told me they had painted that day, but she couldn't share the details of the project.  His skin had a green tint everywhere but where the diaper covered,!  He had painted the pine cone.  The day he glittered was just as fun.  This is my favorite Christmas decoration.

So, if you're looking to add a little vintage hip style to your home, check out my prior posts. 
And if you like to wrap gifts, come on by!  

Be Merry,

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I'm a fan!

I'm a fan!

You're cool!

Blow 'em away!

Vintage "Zero" fan 
reduced $20
Small cloche, scalloped edge
reduced $4

Contact me via email,, to come take a look.!  Items sold on a local, cash only basis.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Small business Saturday - new items!

A few fun finds and re-Graced items.  Add your email address and receive a note for about new posts.  Check out prior posts for more stuff!

Shabby step ladder  $16
A fun side table, nightstand, or plant stand.  2 feet tall.

White Tall Boy Dresser  $115-SOLD
This is a sturdy Lane dresser, dovetail drawers that open smoothly.

Sweet Baby Ben Clock  $8
Works- with a fun 'tick', or set it to a time that was special to you (child's birth time).
A second with similar style is available.  This clock does have some scratches on the face.

Shabby wood birdcage  $10
(sorry, nest and egg not for sale)

Distressed plant stand  $14

Homer Laughlin Ironstone  $9
These pieces have a few dings, maybe from serving up cranberry sauce!  
Includes 2 plates and one serving dish.

I hope everyone enjoyed a Happy Thanksgiving and time with family and friends!


Want to take a closer look?  Send me an email and we'll set a time to come see, without an obligation to buy.   Items are available for a local cash purchase.  -Thanks!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gifts you won't find on black Friday

Looking for a unique gift?  Something out of the ordinary?  These don't require a trip out at 0'dark thirty in the morning, no crowds when you come to take a look, and gift wrap available on most items.  (Speaking to husbands here... sounds pretty good, eh?)

Red 2 tiered scalloped side table $40- SOLD
measures:  W-21in.,  D-13in.,   H-22in. 

Vintage "Zero" fan  $24
Small cloche, scalloped edge $6
(eggs not included) 

 3 legged side table with metal edge  $22 - SOLD
brown wire basket $6- SOLD

Warn red, small door $16
18in X 15

Vintage, red rimmed enamel bowl with lid  $12 - SOLD

Vintage ice bucket  $18
a great gift paired with a favorite beverage,  wine not included (really!)

Distressed turquoise framed chalkboard  $24-SOLD

Galvanized tub -sold
fun container for magazines, toys, or filled with ice and drinks for a party
15 in diameter
berries not included

Sage green distressed frame chalkboard $22
Red frame chalkboard $20 - SOLD

Vintage picnic basket  $20
with hinged lid

Grey, lightly distressed 5 drawer dresser $112

Vintage sheet music wreath $30

Chippy paint vintage window $26
a little red peaks out from under the distressed white paint -
 the photo doesn't do the patina justice, but I had run out of daylight!

Contact me via email,, for purchase, or to take a closer look. 
 Local, cash only sales.  

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What's under YOUR coffee table?

If your initial response was "fish" crackers, legos, sweaty soccer socks, or dust ... I hear ya!  It all dependents what stage in our lives we our kids are in.  But, I was actually thinking more along the lines of what decor piece you have under your coffee table, or may wish to have.  I will admit, when a certain retail catalogue arrives in the mail, (yes, it does have the initials PB) I wait for a little free time to sit with a beverage and peruse.  And under the coffee table, entry table, and sometimes dresser, the snazzy stylers have usually placed a unique piece for storage.  So take the opportunity to add a little fun under your coffee table!
I knew just where this trunk would go when I spotted it.  The turquoise was even better once I cleaned the dust off!  Inside it has some of what I imagine is the original paper.  And I don't even mind that the main lock is gone.  Along with brightening the turquoise, removing the dust also gave me a better view of the writing on the right light...with my head tilted just the right way. 

This trunk at one time traveled from New York to California.  A move others in my family made many years ago.  I think this trunk will be staying with me for quite some time.

So if you're in want of a little personality and function under your table, take a load off and have a look.  And not only do they add a little fun, but trunks, boxes, baskets, and suitcases are a great place to stash the crackers, toys, and socks (only temporarily)  when the doorbell rings unexpectedly!

Black soft sided trunk, time loved leather handle SOLD

Vintage "Henggeler Packing Company" crate, name stamped on ends (unavailable)

Vintage large tweed suitcase with sweet yellow handle (sold)

Vintage painted, pink basket. A little white, black, and wicker shows thru $20 - UNAVAILABLE

Rustic grey-toned wooden crate (sold)

You've likely seen the vintage 'suitcase stack' in magazines, websites, and blogs before, but individually they also make a lively nightstand placed on a small side table.

This one stays with me : )

These you could put next to your bed...
 Vintage tween, green stipe suitcase with leather handle $ sold
Vintage limey green "Starline" suitcase $15 (interior lining in poor condition) - SOLD
Vintage brown tweed and black soft sided cases pictured above -sold

Thanks for taking a look under my coffee table!  Here's to all the things that initially popped into your head when you thought of the area under your coffee table... let's enjoy those things.  There will come a different phase in your life when you may wish you were picking fruit snacks up from under the coffee table!

-Lively grace
Contact me via email,, if you would like further pictures, measurements, or to come by and take a closer look.  Showing an interest does not commit you to purchase : ).