Thursday, July 24, 2014

Projects

"Creativity takes courage"
              ~Henri Matisse

  I am forever in the middle of "projects". Something is being painted or I have artwork on the go, my room is strewn with bits of lace and ribbons while I'm making flowers, or furniture is moving here and there. It's fun to create something or reinvent it! I took a few snapshots this morning of some of the things that have changed in the last little while. My Mum is a master painter (she won't agree with me but I know she is) and I am always asking her to paint things for me - either for myself or for my store. She is a perfectionist and everything turns out just beautiful when she takes it on as a special 'project'. 

This mirror was gold if you remember and I just found it to be a little too dark and overpowering so I asked my Mum to give it a makeover... 

Before

After...


This other mirror had a very elaborate distressed finish with many different colours. My Mum and I both like things a little simpler and more pastel. 

Before

After...


This next piece is just a little preview (because I promised). If you will remember I traded my little French desk for a lovely dresser and I told you that my Mum did something special with it. Well... 

Before

After...


She had the desk professionally painted and added new knobs. It is so beautiful now that it hurts!! I will post more photos of it when she has found it a permanent home :) 

The next project was one that my Mum and I did together. My Mum's sister is getting married in August and asked us to find her candelabras to decorate with at the reception. We have been searching for months! They are very hard to find but eventually - after this little antiquing trip that we took - we found some! They are very lovely and I just had to take pictures of them before they leave town...










And last but not least I had some treasures spread out on the table this morning and they looked so pretty that I captured them on my camera too! 



Thanks for looking at my projects and pictures! There are new pretties in the Etsy Shop too so be sure to visit there. Here's a sneak peek!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Antiquing Trip

"In matters of healing the
body or the mind, vacation
is a true genius!"
          ~Mehmet Murat Ildan

    I went on a little two day antiquing trip out of town this past weekend! -Always so much fun! Antiquing has always been a favourite pastime for my family. I was always in charge of planning our itinerary when I was growing up -- finding the vintage shops wherever we might be going. I love to see new places and discover treasures. I realized while I was away that I have never taken any pictures to share with you while I was on one of my trips and I thought you might like to see some of the neat places that I went to! These photos were taken with my phone so they are not fabulous but you can definitely get an idea of how many beautiful things I saw. We went to a total of 13 shops - 5 of which were big antique malls. Sadly I can't take home everything that I see and love but I can definitely admire all of the pretties! 
 













This is the view from the second floor of the largest antique mall I went to. 


I loved this antique bedroom set! Hey look it's me in the mirror! :) 



So much sparkle! I love antique and vintage jewelry. I always go around the shops/malls once to look at the furniture, collectibles, etc. and then again just to look at the jewelry. :) 







I had to take a break halfway through and went to one of my favourite French bakeries to get some goodies. We always end up walking out with more than we thought we would. :) This time we opted for rhubarb galettes, tiny raspberry and pistachio vanilla cakes, chocolate croissant, and pink lavender lemonades.




I love the seating in the bakery - mismatched antique furniture! So pretty! 






This incredible antique store imports all of their treasures from Europe. They have some truly amazing pieces that look like they have come from Victorian manor houses. 





This little beauty might have come home with me;)

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