Had a great afternoon of thrifting earlier this week. And everything looks so beautiful together, too!
My favorite item is obviously the set of 8 vintage ship glasses. There is NO way I’m going to sell those suckers. However, I will be selling some of the other items, so be sure to check my Etsy store in a few days. I’m photographing everything today actually!
All the items above were purchased at several thrift stores in Palmyra, PA.
Since it’s the beginning of the New Year and one should be doing new and resolution-ish type things, I spent five hours on Thursday deep cleaning and organizing the first floor of our home. Every surface, EVERYYY surface, in the kitchen was washed. Floors were swept and scrubbed. Closets were opened, emptied and organized. Windows were washed inside and out. And so at the end of my intense cleaning session I treated myself to a little thrifting. I went a few towns over to Elizabethtown and Mt. Joy where I visited three different stores – Goodwill (Elizabethtown), Thrift 4 U (downtown Elizabethtown) and Mt. Joy Gift & Thrift! There are at least two more thrift stores in the same areas as these stores but I think they’re a little high priced (more “antique” thrift) most times.
My total for the day was $44.00 – and I was pretty pumped about since a few of the items I purchased I’d never seen before… (plates, local postcards and drinking glasses) anywhere!! Also, Penny loves when I go thrifting because I always come home with lots of newspaper for her to roll around in.
Set of 6 dinner plates and 6 teacup plates (in blue, coral, grey and yellow)
Black octagon mirror (for downstairs bathroom collage wall)
Retro blue change dish
Anthropologie fabric “E”
Vintage mint green serving dish
Gold french horn ornament
4 assorted baskets
1 Mint (large) handmade doily
1 white + tangerine lace doily
Set of “on the rocks” glasses (so cool!!)
Set of gold starburst drinking glasses
White ceramic quail
Milk glass jar
Vintage postcards – Lancaster County Court House, Totem Pole, Flock of Deer, Harrisburg Bridge and Cactus
Set of Home Sweet Home mugs
Large vintage serving tray
Corduroy burnt orange pillow
I’ve wanted to host a gift wrapping party for several years and I’m so glad I finally did it. It was SO MUCH FUN!! I invited my family and close friends over for an afternoon of snacking, gift wrapping and life story swapping. It was so enjoyable. And I loved that everyone went home with such beautifully wrapped gifts for their loved ones. Excited for next year’s party already!
I was so excited to use my 12 Days of Christmas cups. They were perfect for the party because no one got their drink cups confused!
Note: Bowdabra below. Craaazy.
Aren’t everyone’s gifts so lovely?!?
At the end of October T.J. and I were blessed to travel to St. Lucia to photograph the wedding of Ron + Helena. The entire trip was gorgeous. Amazing food, great weather and a realllly beautiful mountaintop wedding. As far as our “personal photos” go though, we took them all on our iPhones. It’s just easier. And makes it feel less like work. (Don’t get me wrong, we love photographing weddings!!!) But you know what I mean.
So, here is how I saw our St. Lucia trip via my iPhone. I literally don’t know how I’d remember anything with out it. Oh! A few shots are T.J.’s too!
This past June I decided to conquer our back porch/deck just in time for T.J.’s birthday on the 17th. Long story short, it was a ton of work… but with the help of friends, family and even T.J. himself – it was completed (just barely) on time! We never spent any time on our deck. Like ever. It was dirty and kinda gross… and truthfully, there was nothing to do out there! I was determined to change that. Since everyone seems to end up at our house for hangouts anyway, I figured summer was the perfect time to complete the makeover.
We started by power washing and sanding the deck. Followed by ripping off all of the gross BROWN! lattice that was currently on our deck. T.J. and I purchased thin (and cheap!) slats of wood that we cut to size and made into our very own slated “fencing”. We were so proud of ourselves.
Die lattice, DIE!!!
Be the end of our first night the deck was washed and sanded. Our DIY slat walls were completed and had their first coat of white paint upon them. While T.J. was over at Jeff + Mike’s, I secretly added four tall wooden posts and strung lights that I purchased at Target weeks prior! I was so excited to show T.J. the lights too. They looked dreamy through our back door curtain all night long.
Once I decided upon a basic floor plan in my head, I set out to find the perfect pieces of furniture to make our deck feel cozy and inviting. I found an beautiful wooden round coffee table at a local auction and had to have it! Thankfully I won the bid at $30. It was perfect for my plans. I picked up a fantastic handmade pillow that said “Good Luck” on it (for $12) at a local antique warehouse and used it as my color palette foundation. Pinks, yellows, mints and of course, black and white. I found two matching, yet terribly ugly, chairs (for $3.00 each) at a thrift store that I knew would work for one side of the table. I sprayed those suckers gold and recovered the seat cushions with a bold IKEA fabric.
My favorite part of the makeover was the shipping palette couch I built all by myself. Four palettes ($13 total) plus one crib mattress ($6.00) covered in Ikea fabric ($7.99) made for a totally unique and custom couch to fill one end of the deck. You should have seen my mom and I, in what felt like the middle of the night, trying to figure out how to cover that crib mattress. We can both sew a straight line and basic items… but for some reason this crib-covering task was really hard. Ha!
My other favorite part of this makeover was that T.J. didn’t get to see any of the things I’d been purchasing, painting and creating until the big reveal just before his party. His main birthday gift from me (and his oldest sister) was a brand new grill. He loved it! And the style of the deck. It made his party so memorable.
I love the graphicness of the white slatted sides. It’s really modern compared to our 1929 brick house!
I gathered all sorts of magazines, books and candles to fill the extra end of the couch and coffee table.
I even got to use my Stones + Washi Tic-Tac-Toe DIY!!
The new grill is amazing. We used it a LOT this past season. Really made those warm evenings feel like summer time.
I’d been hoarding this old wooden ladder in our garage for months without any use for it… until this project! I found it one day while out on a run and carried it back with me (Papa Mousetis style) and it was the perfect addition to the deck. It held magazines and blankets — which are two perfect summer night ingredients in my book.
Fresh dahlias from a local farmer’s market, along with my all-time-favorite brass unicorn, were the perfect table toppers for my wooden coffee table. I also snagged several vintage beer coasters that have such beautiful typography on them I just couldn’t pass ‘em up!
I did a bad job at trying to take the “same photos” for before and after shots… but here are a few I can match up! Also, you can see a few images from T.J.’s actual party here!
Hope ya like what we did with the place! Now I must go check the banana bread that seems to be burning in my oven right now. Enjoy!
I am so close to actually decorating and styling our bedroom. While we’ve made progress over the last year by actually painting the room white, installing our faux mantle and purchasing linens here and there… it’s far from being finished. In fact, the room is white but the trim isn’t. It’s still a terrible off white from the previous owner’s “color scheme”. Yikes spikes.
But! Like most projects in my house, I’ve been dwelling on the bedroom for months now and finally know which direction I want to go with it. Here are just a few images that I’ve found inspirational while browsing around the interwebs for ideas. I want the room to be bright and whimsical. Include lots of inspirational typography based artwork. I also want it to be relaxing, yet make you really want to hang out in it. Instead of reading or surfing the internet on the couch, I want to have the option to do so in my bedroom. And without cable (side note: canceling our cable was one of the best things ever) to keep me interested in the downstairs, who knows! The bedroom might become my new favorite hang out place.