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Friday, May 29, 2015

Did that just happen??? My photo shoot with Fifi O'neill!!

 Last Sunday I had the honor and privilege of meeting two very talented people. Fifi O'Neill and her photographer Mark Lohman. They came to my house to do a photo shoot!! I can mark that off my bucket list!!

 It was really cool watching them work as they staged each room to be photographed.

 I loved being able to see my house from someone else's eyes!

 As each photo was taken, it's image would show up on the computer screen and Fifi made changes to each vignette until it was just right for the photo.

 They were here all day, but I think some of that was because both Mark and Fifi took frequent snuggle breaks with Jasmine and Rocky!!!

I mean, really... one has to keep their priorities straight right??? LOL!

Unfortunately I am unable to share the photos that Mark took until the magazine comes out. I think it will be in Romantic Country in December but don't quote me on that! There are several possibilities so I will let you guys know as soon as I do!

In honor of the photo shoot (and while my house is still REALLY clean) I thought I would share pics that I took myself of the house. They aren't nearly as good as the ones Mark took. He made my somewhat dark house look bright and cheery!!!

 Many of you have seen the house before but in case you haven't or you want to see it again here we go! This is the front Living room. It is the brightest room of the house.

 I've recently added some pops of aqua to the mostly neutral color scheme. I really like it!

This is one of my favorite views in the house. I just love all the architectural stuff and my Howe scale sign.

The dining room is between the living room and the kitchen. Unfortunately my sweetie uses this room more as his makeshift office than we use it to dine in!

 This is the family room and the room we spend most of our time in. I have slipcovers on everything because when you have furry children sofas get dirty!!

Comfy chairs are a must have in our house!!

 Being in Phoenix doesn't give us much need for a fireplace. I like having a  mantle but didnt like the big black hole from the firebox, so I made a ruffled curtain and tied it to the iron gate.

 My collection of English Marmalade crocks is growing!!

 I love my collection of ironstone pitchers too.

I cant seem to stop collecting them!

 The kitchen is one of my favorite room because it has sooo much natural light and gives me a view of my garden.

This color just makes me happy!!

 This is my bedroom. I love the old doors used as a headboard. The duvet cover came from Restoration Hardware and I got it when it was on close out. It is linen and just keeps getting softer with every wash.

 I actually use this fireplace in the winter, but during the summer there is no need to see the big black hole!!

I always wanted a cream and grey bedroom, and now I have one!!

This is my office space on the other side of the two way fireplace. I would show you the desk and computer but I think I'll save that for the Where Bloggers Create party coming up in July! I will be making the announcement on those dates very soon!!!

I hope you enjoyed the tour! I must say thank you again to miss Fifi and Mark. They made what could have a been a very stressful day very fun and enjoyable!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sweet Salvage-Where in the World??

 It's time for Sweet Salvage again!!   This month's theme was "Where in World". The designers took us all around the world from America to France, England and lovely tropical islands.

It was definitely a feast for the eyes this month!! (so to speak... tee hee)

 If you are looking for wonderful windows, this is a good month to go!! I also adore these wrought iron chairs.

As always, they have a great variety of garden adornments and architectural salvage outside.

 This is just inside the back door. I love everything abut it. If it's white and rusty iron... I am a fan!!!

 I think someone needs this fabulous Eiffel Tower in their garden!!

 This antique toy horse on wheels was really cool!

 I thought the painted flowers on this old window made it really pretty.

 I dont know "where in the world" this room was... but I want to stay there!

 I'll take it all please. :)


 This aqua is my current favorite color!

There are always fun things to be had in the boutique too.

 I love this wall planter!!!

Well I hope you enjoyed this months virtual trip to Sweet Salvage. I definitely enjoyed seeing it myself!

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Junkin' excursion in Pa.

 Last month my sweetie and I went back to his home state of Pennsylvania to visit his family and do a little junkin' while we were there.

 We were able to go to the big Renningers Antique fair and also a great one in Shupps Grove outside of Adamstown Pa.

 The weather before we arrived and after our 3 days of shopping all day outside was beautiful. Mid to high 60's. HOWEVER... the 3 days were going to be at the shows were miserable!! A cold front came in and it was in the 30's with wind and snow flurries!!! I was cold down to my bones but we trudged on because after all... we were junkin!!!!

There were lots of vendors selling all kinds of things, but if you like primatives the east coast is definitely the place to find them.

 Another thing you find everywhere... Glass insulators!! You can also see them all up and down the train tracks where no one has "collected" them yet. :)  The turquoise ones sure are pretty when they are all together!

 The unfortunate thing about flying is that things have to be able to fit into a suitcase to get them home!!! This old apothecary cabinet was only $250!!!

 However these cabinets for sewing notions were closer to the $500 dollar range and they weren't very big. (There pretty fabulous though)

 I really have a thing for boxes right now. These old sewing machine drawers were great.

 This piece was in one of the antique shops we hit in Adamstown. There were 2 them. They came from a very old pharmacy in Pa somewhere and were dated to the 1890's. They were stunning and only $1900 each! :)

 Lots of cabinets every where, but none came with me.

This was the most amazing piece I have seen to date. It wasn't for sale, but isn't it fabulous??

 So here is my haul.. all laid out in my sister in laws living room!!

 I bought a lot of vintage Blue Ball jars with zinc tops. Some of them I am keeping for myself and some are going to shop. They are just so much cooler than the modern jars with the plain lids.

 A lot of wire came home with me too. I found of couple of great old egg baskets, and all these chicken wire cloches.

 I brought home lots of small boxes too. We just cant find these out here in Az. Many of them were vinatge cheese boxes but several were just cute little drawers too. The big drawer with all the dividers in it came from a vintage hardware store. I brought 3 of them. They are super cool in person!

 I love scales and always buy them when I can. Both of these went into the store already and sold in the first week!

 Another of my favorite finds were these frames made from vintage mouldings. They are fabulous!!
I bought 4. Only 3 of them made it into the shop!! LOL!

 Another find for me. This fabulous hanging scale. My sweetie bought it for me and it is happily hanging in my living room!

 I found lots of beautiful yard sticks in colors I am not used to seeing!! These did not fit into any suitcase we wrapped them up, and I carried them on the plane.

 I loved the graphics on this vintage soldering paste can.

 And one more find for me... I love these vintage marmalade jars from England. This one had the paper packaging and a lid!! It is already being proudly displayed with the others I have collected so far.

Well, that's my trip! A lot of this stuff is already in my space at Rusty Saturday and I will be bringing more of it in a little at a time.  Next time I'll show you pics of it in the store!!

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