Simple Sunday

Welcome friends, I am so happy you are here.This week I’m showing you a little St. Patrick’s Day decor in my kitchen.

I won this adorable green vintage inspired post box from Tania at Little Vintage Cottage back in December.  She had a contest on her blog sponsored by Bits of Vintage to give away a vintage inspired post box to one lucky reader who turned out to be me.  I was beyond thrilled to be the winner and this is the first chance I’ve had to use it.

Since it is almost St. Patrick’s day

Here is more about St Patrick ’s Day. This is a celebration that takes place in many countries but it is especially important for the Irish community. Green clothing is worn on this day. The celebration calls for some Irish food and drinks all of which are dyed in some green color as a symbol of this celebration.

St Patrick’s day is celebrated on the 17th of Marchand people march in the pride parades and eat cookies that are green and shaped like a clover. Shamrock is the symbol of St Patrick’s day which is the clover plants leaf and is also the symbol of the Holy Trinity.

Patrick was born in a middle-class family to a clergyman at the time when the Roman Empire was about to end its rule in Britain. When Patrick was just a teenage boy his house was attacked and he was abducted. Patrick was transported to Ireland and there he was sold as a slave to the king and here he worked as a shepherd. Because of his existence that was totally alienated he began his search for God. Almost after 6 years of being a slave, Patrick heard from God who told him that he would return back to his native place soon. Patrick traveled 200miles from where he departed to Britain.

Patrick found his family back but his experience had changed him. God seems to be directing him to be a priest and he started his service towards God. After 30 years of escaping from the slavery, Patrick felt that God was calling him to return to Ireland. God blessed Patrick’s work in Ireland and it was St Patrick who brought the gospel to Ireland.

Read Full Article on why St Patrick’s day is celebrated.

I decided to use the post box to create a little vignette of sorts.  I started with a little greenery.

Then I clipped a pretty green bird in the greenery.

Next, I tied on a vintage style shamrock with some twine.

What self-respecting St. Patrick’s Day vignette would be complete without a leprechaun?

Thank you for joining me today.

Simple Sunday-4

Welcome to Simple Sunday.

I’ve wanted to create a Fairy Garden for a couple of years.  So when Dollar Tree had most of the Fairy Garden supplies I needed it was a sign that the time was right.

To be able to search for the craft supplies you just need to be clear in your head about what you want. Once you know what you want to make and have searched for ideas online then all that you need to do is to list out things that you want to purchase for the décor. It does feel interesting for many to visit a local craft store and get the supplies but one could also try purchasing them online.

Make sure that you buy your craft supplies from online stores that are reputed. The well-known ones will make sure that they write down every detail about the product that they are selling and also include loads of pictures so that you know what you will get. The descriptions that they use are specific and an easy to read format which is informative and in plain language. In addition, they would be using titles, tags, and attributes so that a simple search can get you to the product.

The photography of the product lets you know whether the item is what you are looking for. The best part of online shopping for your craft supplies is that you do not need to go anywhere to buy the supplies. You can order them online and the product gets delivered at home to you. Also, browse through the recommendations that you may see at the right-hand side or below the product. You may actually end up finding some supply that may have not been in your list but looks great to add to your craft.

This link takes you to a reputed online craft store from where you can do your craft supply purchases.

My Dollar Tree didn’t have all the pieces I wanted including a fairy, so a trip to a larger Dollar Tree near me is in order.  Today is just a miniature preview.

A white pedestal from my stash serves as a base.  I covered it with moss.

My granddaughter picked out this house.  We actually bought two houses.

A path made of white rocks leads to the Fairy house front door.

A sweet little bench is a perfect place for a Fairy to rest.

The gnomes are on guard until the Fairy comes home.

Gnomes are protectors

and good luck charms.

vintage fascination no. 114

Welcome to the 114th edition of Vintage Fascination.  When you read this post I will be in South Florida visiting my younger daughter.

I didn’t do a lot of thrifting last week since I was getting ready for my venture south; however, I have a few things to share.

This wooden bowl marked “Made in Occupied Japan” was a surprise find last week.  It is from the late 1940’s.  It has a small crack on the side but it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

The items designated as “made in occupied Japan” were exports.

All packaged together was a sweet little tea set with a pine cone motif.  It was a bit of a mystery purchase because I couldn’t tell what pieces were in the package until I got it home and opened it.  Several pieces of the pretty little tea set are missing but it was just too pretty to pass up.

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The remaining pieces of the tea set include teapot, creamer, sugar bowl with cover, four teacups, and three saucers. There is a larger plate has a repair.  Manufactured by Grantcrest of Japan this is a charming mid-20th-century toy tea set.

I walked away from this pretty hand embroidered dresser scarf (table runner) with crocheted blue edging because it had a hole near the middle.

Crochet is a technique that is done using needles and it is performed on a crochet hook. It uses some fiber and other materials as well. In most cases, one uses crochet thread or yarn or some other materials.

The crochet experts use the basic stitch patterns and combine them in different ways to make some interesting patterns. These could be patterned or plain, monochromatic or colorful. Read more on crochet patterns here.

Then I went back and grabbed it since a cute centerpiece or bowl would cover the little hole.  It has flower pots embroidered on it giving it a kind of outdoor vibe.  So I am going to use it on the table on my deck.

An adorable double handled baby cup was sitting right next to the Grantcrest toy tea set.  It was less than a dollar so you can see that I couldn’t pass it up.  Besides a new collection is beginning to take shape.

It is Kirk Stieff pewter with a cow jumping over the moon on the bottom and clouds and stars on the side.  So sweet!

Thanks for joining me today.  Hoping the sun comes out soon here.

Simple Sunday – 3

My friend Donna from Distressed Donna Down Home has a series she calls “Quickies” that she posts on Sunday.  It gave me the inspiration to start a similar series called “Simple Sunday”.

My first Simple Sunday post is a quick and easy project that takes just a few minutes ~ a super easy Valentine wreath.

If your Christmas wreath is lying somewhere unused then why not use it to make a Valentine wreath? Make a Valentine wreath to surprise our valentine and show it off to your envious neighbors.

The Valentine wreath is best made in red, pink or white but you can also make it using a mix of soft colors. It looks charming and beautiful and makes the environment so romantic. There are many valentine wreaths that are available for purchase from the stores or online, but you may want to make it unique and customized? For that, you could do a simple DIY wreath for Valentine yourself.

Decorate your front door with a wreath designed for the valentine. The wreaths are popular and can be made for all ages. There are many inspiring ideas to craft the wreath yourself so go through them and get the supplies ready.

These are adorable and you can decorate the wreath for your kid’s room or present it to an adult. So let your imaginations run wild, use your creativity and make the special Valentine wreath for your loved ones. Check this official website for some inspiring ideas.

Remember the set of three wreaths from my stash?  I used the middle size heart to make this Valentine wreath leaving me with the large and small hearts.

They were on my breakfast room table one inside the other waiting to re-enter the stash when inspiration struck.

I went to my ribbon supply to see what I had to tie the two wreaths together and make a hanger.  The stash produced a little spool of cotton tape with red stripes that I got for $1 at Target in Bullseye’s Playground.

The inside of my front door was looking a bit forlorn since all the Christmas decor came down so a Valentine wreath is just what it needed.  Once I saw it hanging on the door it seemed a little too simple so a few vintage inspired valentines made it so much more fun.  My granddaughters actually squealed when they saw it.

Thank you for dropping by today.

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You are sure to get some positive opinions about your craft here. Try out some simple crafts and share the same with us. Who knows you may win a chance to get featured for the blogs.

If you need some craft ideas then you can search it online. Make some paper lanterns or a Santa hat and win a chance to get famous. If you are good at painting then why not try to convert your old glass bottle into a decorative piece by painting on it?

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Shades of White Winter Mantel 2017

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happy valentine’s day 2017

I did not decorate much for Valentine’s Day this year so I wanted to share a few photos from the past.

However, you may try out these simple decorating ideas for Valentine’s day this year. You do not have to make the décor complicated. Keep it simple but beautiful.

Put in more of red. Red is the color for Valentine’s daydécorand thus nothing beats some pretty red pops here and there against the whites. You could DIY a plate in the shape of a heart and paint it red.

At the center get a large pic or a collage of you and your Valentine and decorate the edges with red and white balloons.

Include lots of seasonal candies and chocolates. This is not very expensive but completes the decor. Wrap it with cute papers or place the candies into some glass container. This is a great way to decorate for Valentine ’s Day and the best part is that with the chocolates you do not need to worry about storing it at the end of the celebration.

The next in the decoration are some quotations that you could hang up to let your Valentine know how much you love and care for them. You could make use of some free printable that is available online and hang it up on the wall.

Put some red and white mugs with love quotations and make some small hearts and hang them to the décor. Spread them out.

There are others who could do a plant decoration. They plant into pots that are decorated in a Valentine theme. These could be a mix of white and red pots with a little heart shape in them.

Visit the following site for such eco-friendly ideas to decorate your home for Valentine ’s Day.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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Comments

  1. Jill of Vintage & Co. says:

    Lovely, Sharon! The mantle looks just right. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day, whatever you do.

    reply
  2. Marilyn says:

    Everything is beautiful. Happy St. Valentines Day!
    Marilyn

    reply
  3. Karen says:

    God bless! Happy Valentine’s Day.

    reply
  4. Cecilia says:

    Love the kittens valentine but it all looks very sweet. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

    reply

I love to hear what you think.

vintage fascination no. 113

Welcome back to another edition of Vintage Fascination.

My daughter and I did a bit of thrifting last week and I want to show you what we found.

This wicker briefcase is from the 1960’s.  It has a leather handle and a leather strip across the bottom with little brass feet.  It has brass locks, but unfortunately, there isn’t a key.

It is a very charming vintage piece.  The label reads Formez.

Yes, I found this thermos twice before.  One I sold and the other is in my collection but I bought this one anyway.  For now, there are two in my collection since they make such cute twins.

A Oneida Georgian Scroll silver-plate water pitcher was just sitting there on the shelf.  I picked it up and put it back, I picked it up I put it back.  Ok, you get the picture I was a little undecided.  Finally, I put it in my cart.  Then I decided to put it back on the shelf went around the corner changed my mind again and bought it.  Now I’m, glad I did.

I can’t believe that I found another Florida souvenir plate. This one is in vibrant colors with flowers and fruits on the border with little scenes from Florida.  The scenes are Cypress Gardens (now closed due to flood damage near Winter Haven), Silver Springs (State Park near Ocala), Singing Tower (Bok Tower Gardens – National Historic Site near Lake Whales), Marine Studios (Marineland near St. Augustine), Sunshine Skyway (Tampa Bay Bridge)and Miami Beach.  A couple of these I’ve never heard of so I did a bit of research and noted where they are in Florida.

Jewelry boxes that I find at the thrift store normally aren’t as nice as this one  The inside is pristine but the finish is dark and chipped.

So a paint makeover is definitely in order.  It is large with lots of storage even little side doors for necklaces.

I haven’t checked the number of adornments box makeovers I have done so far. I have not been doing it for long as initially, I considered it to be too exhausting to even think about it! I’ve altered my opinion presently and I’m continually searching for fresh painting systems and items to provide these ancient adornments boxes another appearance using the automated trading system.

 

PINK AND BLUE BOX:

This is my conventional style, somewhat intriguing yet an unexpected makeover as the drawers are hauled out.

Now I just have to keep my daughter from claiming it.

Thanks for visiting today.

simple sunday

My friend Donna from Distressed Donna Down Home has a series she calls “Quickies” that she posts on Sunday.  It gave me the inspiration to start a similar series called “Simple Sunday”.

My first Simple Sunday post is a quick and easy project that takes just a few minutes ~ a super easy Valentine wreath.

These adorable front entryway adornments will encourage your loved ones and any individual who strolls into your home experience the adoration. I’m constantly one to have a bubbly wreath on my entryway, despite the fact that I ordinarily spare the huge enhancing for the Winter occasions. A wreath is an overly straightforward approach to stay in the season, whatever be the occasion. It is additionally an extraordinary method to attempt at making craftworks! I have gathered together a portion of my most loved wreaths for Valentine’s Day which I consider you might adore as well. Visit the website for more.

Pom Wreath – Heart Shaped:

It appears that most artworks nowadays utilize these soft and delightful enlivening stuff. As this unquestionably includes certain time, the outcome is the lovely heart wreath you have ever perceived. In case you need to stay economical and spare time, purchase a pre-framed shaped one at your nearby specialty store as opposed to creating it yourself.

Heart Shape – Yarn Wrapped Wreath:

Basic yet bubbly, this heart-shaped, yarn wrapped wreath is ideal for this occasion! Pink colored yarn wraps a styrofoam wreath frame that is finished with carefully assembled rosettes. They are dazzling and beautiful!

Remember the set of three wreaths from my stash?  I used the middle size heart to make this Valentine wreath leaving me with the large and small hearts.

They were on my breakfast room table one inside the other waiting to re-enter the stash when inspiration struck.

I went to my ribbon supply to see what I had to tie the two wreaths together and make a hanger.  The stash produced a little spool of cotton tape with red stripes that I got for $1 at Target in Bullseye’s Playground.

The inside of my front door was looking a bit forlorn since all the Christmas decor came down so a Valentine wreath is just what it needed.  Once I saw it hanging on the door it seemed a little too simple so a few vintage inspired valentines made it so much more fun.  My granddaughters actually squealed when they saw it.

Thank you for dropping by today.

snickerdoodle create~bake~make link party #167

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$100 Room Challange Big Reveal

Hi, companions! Here we are toward the finish of a challenge of a $100 room makeover. In case you have been tracking, you realize that I am taking a shot at creating alterations to the visitor’s room and discover more here. We had little mess’ with paint hues yet the rest has been quite consistent.

Let’s view what this test involved?

  • Fresh coat for the furniture
  • Incrementing printable’s free of charge to the existing frameworks
  • Addition of a couple of materials for the bed to use the hues collectively

Simple Nature Decor

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Homemade Garlic French Bread

Thinking Outside the Pot

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Retro Patchwork Bedspread Into A Snuggly

Throw and Bag

Sum of Their Stories

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Valentine Tree

Penny’s Vintage Home

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January Thrift Polish Share

A Vintage Green

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snickerdoodle create~bake~make link party #166

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Banana Pepper and Tomato Baked Chicken

Strength and Sunshine

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Almost No-Sew Fleece Pillow

The Boondocks Blog

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Reupholstered Vintage Diner Set

Discussion concerning luxury, find out here! This metallic alluring plan will transform your Christmas adornments from genial to grand polish. Blend and match metallic wraps up by gathering the majority of your metallic dish wares in a focal bunch. Transform mercury and silver glass candlesticks and vases into bubbly Christmas highlights by masterminding them in a bungled gathering. Include a couple of candles into the plan, yet don’t try too hard, a couple of flame lights can reflect from the metallic environment, and can pull in huge amounts of attraction.

Gluesticks

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Toffee Coffee Cake

Living on Cloud Nine

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