Laboring Before Labor Day

One of my sweet readers made the comment that she hoped I was really relaxing this Labor Day weekend...not working like she knew I would be.  Well...I took her comment to heart and actually "played" on Labor Day (except for writing this post which is fun play to me :)  But I do want to show what went on this past week before Labor Day.  These are some signs I made for the wedding party.   They were actually Christmas signs, "Santa Please Stop Here", that I found at a church yard sale and revamped.  The "parking lot" will be the front field, marked by the signs and the old tractor.  The party theme is S.E.W. ~~ meaning Simple, Elegant and Whimsical.  I hope these signs and the tractor will be part of the "whimsey". 

The old tractor was put to use this past week.  Bobby G. worked hard to get the fields cut before the rains hit tomorrow.  See the big old cedar trees on the right.  The deer love to hang out underneath them.  Makes a great hidey place.   My job was to keep him replenished with a big jug of lemonade.  :)

I read on my friend Carol's blog, the Polka Dot Closet, how to put graphics on candles (thanks Carol) and made some for my Midlothian Antique Center booth.  Bundled up with twigs, old twine  and a cloth tag, they make a sweet hostess gift and the simple white color is perfect for Fall decor and into Christmas.  

 I also bought more white mums.....in fact, I bought every last one our little nursery had.  It was hard finding some that had tight buds in them.  I don't want them blooming yet.  Got those in the ground too yesterday before the rains come.  I'm done planting!   I also talked to our local produce stand and asked her if she could get me some green corn stalks.  I don't want spent brown ones.  They have to be a just loosing their summer brighter green color and be more of a tree lichen green.  I even took her a paint chip to show her what I am looking for.  I thought she might laugh me under the green bean table but she totally sympathized.  She had just been through a wedding for her son and knew exactly where I was coming from.  Still waiting to here if she can honor my request. 

Along with the bird and nest candles for the booth,  I did a little redo on it.....getting ready for Halloween and Back to School.  I dressed the mannequin in a worn old newspaper pleated skirt.  She carries a papier mache skeleton on her shoulder and has a tattered burlap rose at her waist.  At her feet rest the new "old" items I took in. I was crazy about this old tartan plaid hatbox.  The inside still has the cardboard hat form in it. Makes for a fabulous storage piece and great Fall color.  And yee-ha,..... seems I have been running across fabulous old boots lately. This is a vintage child's pair. They sell quickly.

 Books, books, books....lots of books.  I love them for elevating something important or something that's not so important... made important!.   This particular book is my most favorite as of late.  It's an old college book with fabulous worn grungy patina and probably 5 inches thick.

 Lately, old wood rulers have caught my eye.  I love the ones with worn old brass decorative detail on them. 

 Fun, fun, fun, ......... old wood artist mannequins, used as models for learning to draw the human form.  You can twist and bend them into any shape, making for a great decor item.

 And I listed some items in the Vintage Nest website shop too.  Old animal prints are so popular in home decor now.  Cows and sheep and my fave, dogs.  This old print of hunting dogs is circa 1940's-50's and signed G. Muss-Arnolt.  Housed in the original old wood worn gold frame, the coloring of the print is gorgeous, perfect for Fall. It measures just 13" x 11", making it a great piece for a table top vignette....so French charming. 
Grocery shopping, making and baking and freezing casseroles for company, doctor's appointment (good), cleaning, laundry,  poufing the Romantic Roost, making favors, hunting down real white pumpkins,  painting fake pumpkins white, wrapping and shipping, thinking about Christmas......that's what I did this week....then I rested today (well kind of)  :)   How was your Labor Day? Have a glorious week! xoxo

Hooking up to these fabulous blog parties and a new one this week.....Honey at 2805 who is hosting Potpourri Friday (can you spell that without looking it up?)  I can't.  I hope you will visit.

Potpourri Friday at Honey at 2805
White Wednesday at Faded Charm
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Vintage Inspiration Wednesday at A Very Merry Vintage Style
Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here  

Farmhouse Friday at Laurie Anna's

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Sarah said...

Looks like a lot of labor going on. You are one busy lady! I know your booth looks fantastic. Wish I could shop it.

Ava said...

Love all your treasure... your tags are so pretty ! Now following your gorgeous blog xx Ava

Tete said...

Well, I didn't do that much, I had fun!
Love all your eye candy and hope you got the hay in before the rain.

Margaret Cloud said...

Like your hostess gift bags with the twig. Looks like you worked your butt off and glad you took a little me time. Hope you had a nice Labor Day. Can you believe that we are almost a week into September. Thank you for coming by.

SImple and Serene Living said...

Everything is looking wonderful. I love that old dog print.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the beautiful candles you decorated! You have so many wonderful ideas! I'm going to look around your blog some more! Hugs! ♥

Unknown said...

Oh boy! I'm tired now! :) You were busy ... but don't you feel great when you can look back and say I this, this, and this done. YAY! :)

Sounds like a great weekend!


Susie @ Step inside my home said...

You have such talent. Everything looks wonderful! Susie

Bohemian said...

Loving it ALL!
I've been drawn to Old Books a lot lately too... just for the great look and wear of the Covers!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Ellen said...

What a lovely read. I enjoyed visiting your post. I love the white mums, especailly at night under the moon light.

Honey at 2805 said...

Looks like your were one busy gal. I really love the candles and the old books. Old books are one of my favorite things!

Hope to see you at Potpourri Friday!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I don't think I've ever seen white mums, but I'm going to look for some now that I've seen yours. You have been one busy lady. Hope you find just the right corn stalks!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Everything is fabyoulous !!!
Cant wait to see photos of the wedding...and if I know you there wasn't a whole lot of relaxing going on. (())

The Polka Dot Closet said...

thanks for the shout out, your candles with the twig are darling!! I sold my crazy bird that I was displaying them in! I spent the whole weekend with the bride to be,,,,,I am so over weddings already! Yours is getting close. I can't wait for the pictures. My bride has caviar taste on a beer budget! Lord help me, gonna be a long year!


Honey at 2805 said...

Everything about this is SO fabulous!

You are so sweet to link to Potpourri Friday. Your participation made for a more successful party. I appreciate you!

Unknown said...

Hi Lynn,
(Smiling :)) so happy to hear you had a nice day off and enjoyed the Labor Day weekend. We must always rememeber to be kind to ourselves...
I did see your message that the ferns were almost ready to send..I'm excited to see what I can make with all these pressed flowers. Sept 11 is coming up soon and I know it will be such a sad recall of what has happened to our USA...Your candles came out so great. So nice that bloggers share such fun things..
Hugs to you...

very merry vintage style said...

You are a busy girl! Love your white mums and can't wait to see what you do with your white pumpkins! Thanks so much for adding this to Share the Love Wednesday!

Savannah Granny said...

Doesn't look as if you did any resting. Love the candles. I am going to save her tutorial. I think I can do that. Thanks for sharing the things in your shop.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

My goodness you are a busy girl! Thanks for taking the time to link up to Open House Party. Get some rest!

At The Picket Fence said...

Sounds like a pretty fun and productive week! I love the signs by the tractor and all of your wonderful pieces. Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I'm tired just looking at all you did! I'm a new follower -- can't wait to come back and see more of your talent!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I am loving the adorable candles with birds on them. They look so cute wrapped up wih a twig anf the darling nest tag!

LindyLouMac said...

Calling by to visit your blog for the first time as I am also a participant in 2805 Potpourri Friday. I have enjoyed your post today and love all the vintage pieces.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hey Lynn, Sounds like you had a pretty busy Labor Day. Love the candles and signs. I'll have to drop by your booth next week to see what new things you have added.

Anonymous said...

I know your place will be awesome when "the big day" arrives. You have put so much time and energy into making everything perfect! I know everyone will be blown away!

I love the idea of redoing those Santa signs...but I have to tell you that at first glance, I thought those were bullet holes in them....(fake ones, of course :) and then I looked closer and saw they were adorable flowers! I think I must be totally exhausted.....I had my grands this weekend! :)

I can hardly wait to see the directions on making those awesome candles!

Enjoy...enjoy every stinkin' minute and detail that goes into making this part of the wedding something to remember!

L, Dana

savvycityfarmer said...

oh darlin'
I hear ya, everyword!!
your wheels ae a turnin' I can smell smoke

you always inspire!

how's that dear hubby?

At The Picket Fence said...

oh! Love the tractor and signs and the candles are beautiful! What special details. Thank you for sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday.


stefanie said...

lovin' everything!!!! me too on the white mums!!!! love lots of them!

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

So glad I found your lovely blog! Love everything here: tractors, vintage, old books, and that hunting dog picture is fab! Sounds like there's never a dull moment at your nest!

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