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The sweetest birdhouses can be made out of the simplest scraps. I'm gonna have to keep that in mind. The back is just as cute as the front. I should have taken a picture of it, too.
Unfortunately a bunch of bees have taken up residence in one of our birdhouses (not this one) and are gonna have to be evicted soon. Any tips?

A Tisket, A Tasket

A darling shopping (aka laundry) basket! Don't you see why it just had to come home with us?
Another Barn House find! See why it's hard not to spend money there? This will make dealing with laundry so much easier, don't you think!?! Made by this fabulous lady. Wait till I show you a sweet little vintage folding table from their Tickled Pink booth!

More Barn House

Sweet Sylvi of Little Cottage
She has the most adorable accent, and you couldn't meet a kinder, helpful, more adorable person than her! I will definitely look forward to seeing her at more shows!!! This adorable striped chair came home with me. I only wish I'd grabbed up a few of her beautiful lace and linen pillows, too. Next time. . . My husband even raves about how comfortable it is. Always a plus!More loot. The two cottage pictures were from Sylvi as well. I'll have to post better pictures once I get them hung. There's a cellophane bag full of vintage millinery, a pretty crepe paper flower garland, some vintage silk ribbon and a fun party hat. The piano bench was from Aleta's booth. Her husband was so sweet and helped me load it into the car. What a gentleman! I loved their stuff and would've happily bought more had the pockets been deeper. If you take a peek at this post, you'll see why!
Loved Natalie's booth! Simply beautiful! I bought a set of pale aqua rimmed vintage plates from her. I'll have to take a picture of them. Her husband was a great help, too! I think it's awesome the husband and wife teams that were there working together. What a dream!
I can't tell you how awestruck I was seeing the people whose blogs I've been reading and admiring for quite some time. I felt like I was meeting some very famous people! The real "superstars" in my book. They were all very friendly and so down to earth.

The Queen of Tarte's space. I bought a beautiful pale pink linen apron (that she's known for making) from her. Too sweet!
What a treat to finally see Deb and Bob and the magic they perform.
The Scrabble boards used as place mats. Ingenious is what they are! To see more of their space, click here.
Click here to read the story about their absolutely gorgeous camp they set up for their time at the Barn Sale. Beautiful pictures as well as a hilarious story. I would have been miffed about people helping themselves to my camp, but they handled it with such grace! Love it. . . .
Anyway, I had a fabulous time and cannot wait to go back. I only wish I had a money tree growing in my front yard. Just experiencing a Barn House Show though is well worth it even if you don't have any $$$ to spend.


It was love at first sight when I saw this hanging at the Barn House Flea Market yesterday. I always feel so conspicuous taking pictures when there are lots of people around. I feel like they'll think I'm taking pictures of them. I think the guy in the red shirt wondered. Besides, they mess up a pretty picture. I wish I was a vendor so I could take all the pre-show pics my little heart desired. Wonder if the Barn House Boys would let me be their official photographer. Think I should ask?

It's funny how I still missed seeing so many cool things until just now looking at the pictures I took. Love the rounded windows behind my candelier.

Anyhoo, what do you think of my find? I love, love, love it! Now to find the perfect spot for it! We do have a tiny cottage, ya know. High ceilings help, though. This spot on our porch works for now (neighbor's house in background).

I can't wait for fall to twine it with some bittersweet and maybe even put mini pumpkins where the candles go. Wouldn't that be cute?

More finds and show pics coming up. . . . .

Spread the Love!

Even though I'd like to keep it all to myself, I can't help but spread the good news here in the Pacific Northwest! Barn House is having a Flea Market this Saturday, July 18th. Come one, come all if you can! It promises to be great fun with finds for everyone! I know I plan on being there. It always seems like something comes up and I can't go. Oh how I've felt sorry for myself when I knew so many others got to go. Silly me! But this time, I made sure to put it on my calendar early as a commitment! Hi-ho, hi-ho it's off to the flea market I go! See you there. . . .
Click on pictures to get more details including driving directions!
While I'm at it, here's another one on Saturday, August 8th at Clayson Farm. Oh what fun! Don't you just love summertime?
Click on picture for a link to their site as well.
Happy Thursday, ya'll!


Look closely. . . .this first picture is when we first moved into our 'new' cottage back in February. See how small the plants around the porch are?

Now look at this picture taken here in July. See the growth?
It just amazes me how fast everything grew up! I love the cottage flowers. Don't ask me what they're called - my husband is the landscaper, not me! Although he didn't put these in. 'Cause he tells me all the time how much he dislikes the lava rock! If we buy this little house, that's the first thing coming out! Oh, and we'd add a cute little picket fence and a few other things to cutesy it up even more! He just pruned the really tall bush so it doesn't hide the porch. Looks much better!

Are you still enjoying your gardens? We're missing our vegetable garden this year! However, this little yard is easy-peasy to keep maintained. And for a super busy landscaper, that's just wonderful!

Run, Don't Walk

I have discovered a new (to me) blog that I'm absolutely in love with! There is more than enough inspiration to go around! I just know you'll enjoy it, too!

A New Giveaway

Visit here for another beautiful giveaway this summer! Add Image
Alice takes absolutely gorgeous pictures as well, doesn't she? You must take a jaunt over to her blog and check it out!

Wall Art

At one time, I had these two pieces in different places. I love both of them! The picture is made to look really old and was given to me by my mom. The old window was from one of our past homes we lived in. I knew I wanted it on a wall somewhere. But individually, each of these things was lacking something. I was moving the picture around to different parts of the house to see if lighting made a difference. When I was in our bedroom, I decided to hold it up against the window on the wall. I liked it! It gives it a 3-D effect or something. It adds to it. What do you think? I didn't realize I didn't have it centered up and down. Oops! Do you think it needs to be?

A picture doesn't do the painting justice. It's a beautiful piece! Thanks, Mom! The stars on each side are just a temporary addition. I was just seeing what they'd look like there.

A Summer Giveaway!

Don't miss your chance to win this beautiful bag! Enter now by clicking on the link on my sidebar or clicking on the picture below.
(My Shabby Roses)
Isn't this the prettiest bag? If I won it, I don't know if I'd use it for a purse, or for gathering goodies at the Farmer's Market, or to hold books from the library. Or all of the above! It would look so pretty hanging on a hook in my cottage.


Isn't it fun to use items for purposes other than what they were intended for? I enjoy the pretty bowls, cake plates and other dishes I've found for just a few cents at thrift stores.
Doesn't this little glass dish look pretty holding shells and a couple of pale blue glass floats I recently picked up at an antique store? When we were at the 28 mile long garage sale a guy wanted $50 each for little floats. It made the $6 I paid for these a HUGE bargain!

Summer Linens

Aren't these a fun summer combo?
I'm going coastal - you can follow me here. . . .

Giant Cupcakes

For a long time I've been a huge fan of Tracey Rapisardi's decorating. I adore her use of a soft, soothing color palette. So very cottagey. . . . When I recently was thumbing through a decorating magazine (sorry, can't remember which one now - I have too many) and saw this gigantic cupcake in a picture of a kitchen she'd done, I was smitten. I was even more excited when I discovered Tracey has an online shop and is selling this very cupcake! I think I better start saving my pennies. Now, if I could just figure out a way to make it fit into my modern, granite, stainless steel, dark cabinet, un-cottagey kitchen we've recently moved into. . . . Any ideas, anyone???

Lazy Days of Summer

. . . . are here! I love so many aspects of summertime: eating the first cherries of the season, shelling peas, visiting farmer's markets, flea markets, garage sales, produce stands, beaches, going camping, fireworks on the 4th of July, and on and on.

Oh yes, and barbecuing outside. I don't like heating up the house any more than necessary or standing over a hot stove. Yuck! I love, love, love barbecuing, and everything tastes better on the BBQ. Don't you think?

What are some of your favorite things to do in the summertime?


When my mom was up visiting us a couple of years ago, she and I visited the local thrift shop. I fell in love with this cute train case (or at least that's what I've called them) and she bought it for me. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of all my aunts. When growing up, I remember each one of them having one of these and I'm sure my mom did as well. Any time they'd come to visit, I remember these as being part of their luggage. I wonder if they still have theirs. . . .
I can think of a hundred different uses for this and yet haven't settled on one. I'm thinking I'll turn it into a "sewing basket". Or maybe I will use it as it was intended - luggage when I travel. Love the blue color! And it even has its original tray.

Does anyone know if that's considered lucite?

Only 1 1/2 days of school left - wow! What are your summer plans?

Light It Up

I just adore this old lamp that's now in my daughter's bedroom over her bed. My mom got it for me to use in my bedroom when I was 3 (I think) and so I've had it for 32 years now. It was old before that so I'd say it's definitely vintage! All the metal was originally black and Mom painted it white. Love the pink globe.

It's survived countless moves without being broken and was stored away for many years to be used when my daughter was old enough to take care of it. I'm so glad it made it! I love the idea of passing something like this down from generation to generation.
I also love the sweet little print on the wall above her bed. I found it on eBay a few years ago. It came without glass over it so I went to Michaels and bought some to protect the print. I definitely have a girly girl who loves her pink!

Dirt Dessert

I hosted a Girls' Nite dinner earlier this month for May birthdays. The gorgeous purple/lavender petunia hanging basket that my husband brought home for Mother's Day was the start to a theme. I brought it indoors and set it on the bookshelf. I asked him to bring home a few more small potted purple flowers (he's a landscaper - how handy!) which I put in milk glass vases on the table. I love using live flowers for decorating. They add instant color and breathe life into a room!
I knew I already had green table linens and so I added a few inexpensive scrapbook flowers to give some more color to the table. The sweet little glasses, vases, and glass candle holders were all thrifted items. The little glass bow napkin rings were on clearance at Target after Christmas.

I was in Michael's looking around for ideas and saw they had rock candy on sticks. I just had to pick up some purple (grape) and green (watermelon) ones.
We did it buffet style since it was a potluck. It was the first time to use the beautiful Haviland Limoges china my mother bought us as a gift a couple of Christmas' ago. I love the green because it will go with anything!

After having this "dirt dessert" as a kid, I've always wanted to make one but never have - until now! It was so easy to make. It's a HUGE hit with kids! I made individual ones for my children to eat upstairs while we were having fun downstairs. Love how it turned out! The dirt looks so realistic and when you add gummy worms, it's even better!

The only things I purchased (besides food) was the scrapbook flowers. It's so easy to create a theme by just taking a look around your house and pulling things together.


(Above pictures: Country Living)

Our rainy, rainy weather this week has me daydreaming of the lazy days of summer. And when I think of summer, my patriotic heart pitter-patters and my mind conjures up all kinds of decorating that involves those summery, Americana colors of red, white and blue. You can never go wrong with that combination! It's so classic, country and cottage-y.
I got this fabric last year to make my daughter a 4th of July top or sundress, but never did. It's not too late to do something for this year. I just love the vintage feed sack look of it.

Flowers in our yard from last year. They were absolutely beautiful on the 4th!

Daisies the kids and their dad picked by the side of the road for our BBQ.

Is this red-shuttered bird house not the cutest?

Memorial Day will be here faster than we know and then it'll be Flag Day and then the 4th of July. I'm ready this year. Ideas have been bombarding my mind for a 4th BBQ again this year. I better get busy if they're going to come to fruition!