4.08.2014

Springtime at the Beach & Treasure Hunting

There's serenity in the sun and sweet breezes of the seashore

And I return to the Outer Banks year after year, in all seasons, and still cannot wait to go back each time.  That slim sliver of sand along the coastline of North Carolina carries my footprints, now erased by the incoming tides, but never my fond memories.  

Seeking some calming time from a rough winter,  I jump for joy as I cross the bridge and can smell the ocean air miles before I see it.  I've ridden out angry seas and ferocious storms and nor-easters and hurricanes.  I've ridden the waves and danced on the sand, the only light cast from a million twinkling stars.  I've climbed the great sand dunes and collected beautiful gifts from the sea.  I've met the incoming fishing boats and eaten the freshest of the fresh seafoods.  I've sat many nights by the seashore, beside my father, waiting for the quick tug of a fish on my line and walked hand in hand with my sweetheart, our toes tickled by the incoming tide.






I love being at the beach in the Spring time.  The clarity of the sun and the color of the ocean is so clear, unlike the hazy sun of the summer.  Days of partying late are over for me with an early morning sunrise walk taking its place,  the search for treasures of the sea now my priority. I carry my little yellow sand pale and pink flip-flops as I head for the shore line.

I plan to make some beautiful seashell wreaths with my found treasures soon, a white one, a dark one and a silver one.


Spring temperatures on the Outer Banks change from day to day. Early on in my week of
R & R, it was very windy and chilly.  Taking a walk meant bundling up with ear muffs, jacket and a scarf, while later that week, folks were out sun bathing.  In this photo, you can see the remnants of a sand dune fence, most likely taken down by a winter storm.


Right in front of my beach front cottage, the surfers were out in droves.  I think a contest may have been going on.  The waves were perfect for them.  


A chair for three by a Manteo restaurant.....having a little fun


A fun place to eat......and then "get out".  :)


Much time was spent seeking and buying treasures for my internet shop and brick and mortar.  What fun I had!  My hunts were successful and I came home with not an inch to spare in my car....totally loaded with goodies for you.  This was just from one day of shopping and hunting. :)


One of my favorite finds was this signed painting.  A beautiful mermaid and cherubs.  Love how the cherubs are blowing the conch shell.  The artist was very, very talented and the painting, on board, is about 4 feet tall.  

I even found a bit of French by the seashore.  As I was walking the tiny historical village of Manteo on Roanoke Island, I ran across this intriguing door, a steep flight of stairs behind it.  Oh, how I would have loved to gone through those doors!

Back home now, rejuvenated and full of inspiration. And I give a big hug and kisses to those who filled my days with laughter.  You know who you are.  xoxo

With a shop website and a brick and mortar space, I don't have as much time to do blog posts lately, but I do hope you will "like" my Facebook Business Page.  Each day I post a tiny snippet on what vintage and antique treasures I have found, projects I am working on, and a bit of behind the scenes at The Vintage Nest.  xoxo
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3.30.2014

It 
 may 
be
 cloudy 
 outside
 but it's
 sunny
  in my
 heart

away on a little R & R   
 and doing some treasure hunting too....have found you some fabulous vintage and antique items....(hint: cherubs and white shabby frames)    xoxo 
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3.14.2014

I Feel Pretty......




 For years, various cultures have considered the act of washing and cleansing to be a daily ritual but also ceremonial and therapeutic..  Our bathrooms are little havens of luxury and can be an intimate sanctuary  or refuge  for daily indulgence. 

All of us  need to carve out a little niche for a vanity, whether it be a sweet little vintage piece like mine, or one's own personal room.  It's a way to feel unabashedly feminine, romantic, and relaxed with an objective to make us feel beautiful. 

Your vanity only requires a tiny bit of space, with room for accents that give you comfort, such as flowers and photos, a mirror, light and cosmetics.  There are so many styles you can choose from, whether it be elegant Paris apartment, cottage charming, art deco, shabby white or glamour girl, choose what makes you feel " oh so pretty!".   

For just a little bit of money and more time, I carved out a little hide-away in our bath, all vintage.  I hope you can find a little inspiration here to make your own special place. 



 This sweet soft green and creamy white vintage vanity I found at an estate sale and I believe I paid around $60.00 for it.  Loved the French look to it, all the drawers and the center has a pop up mirror and more storage.  A bench also came with it.  I positioned it right under the window that looks out over the lake.  Great light and beautiful view.



This sweet, very old cast iron lamp has the original white chippy paint on it and an ornate base. I made the lampshade for it by using the petals from a pretty pink silk rose.

The faux, but very life like white roses in "water", are from Goodwill.  And the vintage hand painted jewelry box was a yard sale find.  I loved the creamy worn patina on it.

A  tiny sweet vintage tea cup with roses, becomes my holder for essentials, q-tips and cotton balls, heightening them to a very important status. :)



A French cut crystal glass jar and a vintage silver tray, both thrift store finds, hold cosmetic brushes and other essentials, so important to my daily routine.


 We had some very warm days recently.  I open the windows over the vanity to hear the chorus of  tiny little frog peepers, signaling Spring is indeed near. :)  Sweet weekend!  xoxo

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