12.09.2014

A Country Christmas Tour Party


Jennifer Rizzo House Tour
Several "finds" on my treasure hunts  and a day trip to the cotton fields set the tone for my Christmas decorating this year.  Three glorious angels and a box of felted flocked and glittered stars......old store stock from a "going out of  business sale" and cotton boll branches call to mind decorating with the goodness he gives us everyday and one of most popular symbols.  Thank you to Sherry of  the No Minimalist Here blog and Brooke at Creative Country Mom for having me.  You can click on either one of their names to be taken to fabulous bloggers and their holiday homes
 Let's begin at our front walk :)







 I am in love with the tin angels.  Each is about 2 feet tall and the wings are dimensional.  Adding a touch of red gives a little pop to the porch.








Stepping into the foyer, I used my ancient white tree, now patinated with that gorgeous shabby faded hue.  It was a autumn trip to the cotton fields that inspired the garland of cotton  bolls on the tree, perfectly matching the found felted stars and stars from my collection.  The sweet white shabby angel, I have had for more years than I can count and that gorgeous bottle brush star at the top of the tree was my most recent find, purchased at Lucky Junk.     A bit of soft gold rounded out the decor.  The tree is based in a gorgeous worn crock I found this summer at a yard sale.  (will be for sale in my booth for the New Year)   :)  It's the season for remembering that a star brightens up the dark night time sky, the nativity star represents the light of Jesus.   It shines forth a message of remembrance, promise and hope. 





In the kitchen, my newly chalk board painted pantry door, announces Christmas Day dinner for our guests.  The old shabby spheres on the dining room table, were another yard sale find a couple of months ago.  Love the weathered and worn verdigris on it.  (Another two pieces that will be for sale in my booth after the first of the year.)  Fresh green trimmings decorate the old chandelier. Closer to Christmas,  old farm table will be dressed with a cream colored burlap runner topped with a runner of fresh green pine boughs.  In justaposition of all the rustic decor, the table will be set with fine, shiny silver serving pieces and crystal.  The kitchen gets a little more whimsy, with it's candy cane decor, fresh greens and Santas.



In the family room, a large white poinsettia is housed in an old milk pail, accompanied by a pretty hand made paper star wreath and the Snow Queen.



Our floor to ceiling fireplace doesn't have a mantel.  In its place I hung an antique street window  gate, said to have come from New Orleans. I adore the heart design on it.   I simply added some fresh evergreen branches around a "vintage" metal sign, purchased at Big Lots for a steal.  






Two woodland trees reflect the country side I live in, embellished with burlap garland, golden pine cones, moss, deer, and pine cones.  I few lime green orbs pick up a bit of the lime green in this room.  Vintage deer on the table and a very very old paper mache deer stands on the floor, a preserved boxwood wreath around his neck.  The fishing Santa was a gift to my husband when we first moved to the country.  Hand made, he stands about 2 feet tall and is handmade.  


And the reality behind the scenes    :)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I hope I didn't keep you too long and that you will come again.  I still have right much to add to our holiday home..... bowls of vintage ornaments, more fresh greens, our beloved nativity, old santas and wreaths.  And I so hope you will visit all the other Open Houses on the tour.  So many ideas and unique decor for you.    xoxoxo





Wednesday 12/10


Thursday 12/11

Friday 12/12
Photobucket
~ Add Something Special To Your Home ~
your place for affordable vintage flair

Blog Parties You Should Visit :)
 Fishtail Cottage's Thurs. Garden Party French Country Cottage  ~ Friday,  BNOTP  @ Metamorphosis Monday,   Coastal Charm~ Tuesday,   How Sweet the Sound ~ Saturday,   Flaunt it Friday,  Shabbilicious SAB ~ Friday,  FMFPTY  ~ Treasure Hunt, WIW ~ Ivy & Elephants,  Pin-It Thurs. @ Glitter, Paint & Glue, Grey Day Thursday at Petite Michelle Louise, Show and Tell FridayKathe with an E TuesdaysTuesday Garden Party @ CreativeCountryMom

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vintage-Nest/256065871162615http://www.thevintagenestblog.com/feeds/posts/defaulthttps://twitter.com/#!/thevintagenesthttp://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=thevintagenestblog/CQPOhttp://www.pinterest.com/lynnwheeler/ http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3385308
Enter your email address:

12.04.2014

Lucky Junk

While visiting my family in the burbs of Chicago, I had a meet up with some fabulous bloggers. We met for breakfast and then went to the cutest shop in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  Oh please, if you get the chance, please visit this charming shop, loaded with charm, personality, creativity, unique vintage and artisinal good.  I will show you what I bought in my Christmas Tour post but now let's look at some photos of the best little shop!





So much to see!!


Isn't this the cutest thing?   Use it to store your holiday cards in is just one way to use it.  Put it in the bath to store extra tp.  Endless uses for this.  If the airlines weren't so strict these days, it would  have come home with me. :)  Bah humbug!


I have seen lots of deer around this season, but none as cute as this.


 I love vintage candles.....so so cute.  Displayed on this rusty forest green tray with antlers, it makes the sweetest vignette.



Another charming display.....stars of all kinds hanging from an old bed spring


You can never have too many angel wings and I will never get tired of the beautiful old dress forms.  There was a sign in the shop that said " Feathers are reminders that angels are always near."   I like that.....don't you?

 Me you know.....but that other pretty lady is Janet, the owner of this delightful shop and all its goodness.  Thank you Janet for allowing me to "crash" your shop and anyone out there that lives close by, please visit Janet's shop, LUCKY JUNK.  I promise, you will love it.  
Photobucket
~ Add Something Special To Your Home ~
your place for affordable vintage flair

Blog Parties You Should Visit :)
 Fishtail Cottage's Thurs. Garden Party French Country Cottage  ~ Friday,  BNOTP  @ Metamorphosis Monday,   Coastal Charm~ Tuesday,   How Sweet the Sound ~ Saturday,   Flaunt it Friday,  Shabbilicious SAB ~ Friday,  FMFPTY  ~ Treasure Hunt, WIW ~ Ivy & Elephants,  Pin-It Thurs. @ Glitter, Paint & Glue, Grey Day Thursday at Petite Michelle Louise, Show and Tell FridayKathe with an E TuesdaysTuesday Garden Party @ CreativeCountryMom

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vintage-Nest/256065871162615http://www.thevintagenestblog.com/feeds/posts/defaulthttps://twitter.com/#!/thevintagenesthttp://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=thevintagenestblog/CQPOhttp://www.pinterest.com/lynnwheeler/ http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3385308
Enter your email address:

11.24.2014

DIY Chalkboard Door

Taking on a painting project just before the holidays is probably not a good idea BUT I did.  And getting into the chalkboard scene has gone out the backdoor and no longer the hot thing in up to date decorating BUT I did it anyway.  :)    I have had a small chalkboard hanging on the pantry door for a long time but have been itching to paint the entire pantry door.  For a great place to leave "honey do" notes, grocery list, I love you's, menus.....just a whole lot of things, plus a great place for the grand kids to draw when they visit.  


Supplies needed are painter's tape to tape of the edges of the door,  drop cloth for the floor, can of chalkboard paint ( I used Rustoleum Brand), small,  short nap paint roller,  paint brush and rags.
Remove any door hardware, tape up edges of door, put drop cloth on floor and start painting.  I must admit I was nervous about painting the entire door black, but I have black counter tops and was hoping for the best.  Cut in around the edges of your door with a small paint brush first, then use a short nap small roller to fill in.  


LOL...scary huh?   Don't do what I did.  After painting a few strokes with the roller brush, I realized the nap was too crackly from the last paint job I used it on and I was not liking the finish it was leaving on the door.   So I put it under warm water to give it a good scrub.  I was called away for a few minutes, so I just laid the roller down on some paper towels.  Upon returning to the job I picked up the roller, dunked it in the paint and started rolling.   Oh my....what a mess!!!  I had forgotten to run the roller over a towel to squeeze the remaining water out of it and the water mixed with the chalkboard paint totally ran down the door.   You would have been proud of me.  I didn't panic and thanked the good Lord I had used a drop cloth.  After rinsing the roller again and thoroughly wringing it out this time, I just rolled over the mess and all was well.  :)  Three coats for good coverage and I was finished.  Let dry over night and it was ready to use the next day.


I was worried it would be like a big black hole in the kitchen, but with the view through the door to the dining area right beside it,  it's no worry at all, and I just love it.  Started it off with a little Christmas cheer on it and about to add our Christmas Day menu to it. Family is coming.  :)  
I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving with family and friends. 
 I am grateful for you, my dear, dear readers.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have been asked to participate in a couple of Holiday Home blog tours and I am so looking forward to it.  .....   starting on Dec. 11th and 12th.  Hope you will join me. 
~ Add Something Special To Your Home ~
your place for affordable vintage flair
  Fishtail Cottage's Thurs. Garden Party French Country Cottage  ~ Friday,  BNOTP  @ Metamorphosis Monday,   Coastal Charm~ Tuesday,   How Sweet the Sound ~ Saturday,   Flaunt it Friday,  Shabbilicious SAB ~ Friday,  FMFPTY  ~ Treasure Hunt, WIW ~ Ivy & Elephants,  Pin-It Thurs. @ Glitter, Paint & Glue, Grey Day Thursday at Petite Michelle Louise, Show and Tell FridayKathe with an E TuesdaysTuesday Garden Party @ CreativeCountryMom
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vintage-Nest/256065871162615http://www.thevintagenestblog.com/feeds/posts/defaulthttps://twitter.com/#!/thevintagenesthttp://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=thevintagenestblog/CQPOhttp://www.pinterest.com/lynnwheeler/ http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3385308
Enter your email address:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
f