Thursday, March 31, 2011

I LITERALLY found a buried treasure today....

We have lived in our house here in the woods for almost 13 years now. About 10 years ago, I remember RJ and Reece playing in the woods by our house in between our house and the neighbor. They were 3 and 5 at the time. RJ came running to me with a glass bottle he had found. I was so excited. It was a vintage piece.

Now, 10 years later.....I am out blowing leaves today. Since we are in the woods, and the leaves are never ending, each year I blow them back a bit further. I was in that area today that RJ and Reece were playing in 10 years ago. I suddenly felt crunching under my feet. I pulled the leaves away and found a very old bottle dump. There were hundreds!!! How could I not have known these were there all these years. Unfortunately, many were broken. I started separating the good from the bad. Here is a picture of all the broken ones.....

There were even these galvanized containers, but the bottoms were worn right out. Bummer!

I went back and forth filling bags and bringing them back up to the house. There are still a ton more to dig for, but I'm going to save that for another day. Here is what I gathered today.

Most of them are typical jars. Some of the lids say mayonnaise and another one say "10 cents" on it. I pulled a few out that were a little different and took some pics of them. I cleaned them the best I could for now. I have to get a wire brush to get at them better.

Small perfume bottle?

Ketchup bottles?

Vinegar bottles?

Cool texture on this one...

Liquor bottles?

Juice glasses

Syrup bottle?

Prescription bottle (says, "not to be refilled")

Other miscellaneous

I can't wait to get all of these cleaned up. I plan on having one heck of a vignette this spring filling all of these with fresh flowers.

On another note, I am excited to share that the HEADBOARD I posted about yesterday, sold in less than 24 hours on Craigslist. The girl who bought it said she has been typing in "queen headboard" everyday for a month. She was so excited when mine popped up for her yesterday. I didn't even get the chance to bring it to the flea market. Yay, one less thing to lug.....

Be sure to check out my Etsy seller GIVEAWAY...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shabby chic cottage headboard

Have you ever bought something to paint then totally avoid the project? Normally I am one to check things off the list, but for some reason I bought a headboard a while back that has been sitting in the shed crying for me to paint it. I am preparing to vend at the flea market this weekend, so I finally decided to tackle it....

I got about 3 brush strokes on it, then realized I almost forgot to take the before photo. That would have been a big mistake seeing that the before and after are pretty dramatic....

I wanted to paint it a bright funky green, but then common sense hit me over the head. In order to sell this quickly, I would need to go with a "safe" color that the majority of the country would use. So I chose a buttercream. In the end, I was very pleased with the color choice.

I totally picture this in a cottage bedroom with the most gorgeous bedding and throw pillows. If I don't make a quick sale on this at the flea market this weekend, I think I will turn it into a bench.....

Have you checked out my newest Etsy seller GIVEAWAY that started yesterday from Pixie Pixels?

Linking to THESE parties.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pixie Pixels~11th Etsy seller giveaway

Pixie Pixels vintage inspired prints and posters~11th Etsy seller giveaway.

Welcome to Serendipity Chic Design's 11th weekly Etsy seller giveaway.

Being an Etsy seller myself, I know the hard work, dedication, and love that goes into handmade items. Therefore I would like to promote my fellow Etsy sellers through weekly giveaways. It will give them the opportunity to show off their hard work, and you the opportunity to win or purchase a unique one of a kind item for your home, garden,or personally for yourself to wear.

Today I would like to introduce you to Melinda from Pixie Pixels.

"Born into an artistic family, I have always pursued the arts trying to be true to my passion for art and music. I have worked a slew of jobs as a mural artist, a photographer, a pocket book designer and a dance teacher. No matter what job I did I always found myself sketching and painting =)

With my love for handmade goods and my passion for design, I hope to bring the etsy community visually whimsical designs with a French Inspired Theme."

You are going to love what Melinda has to giveaway this week. She is offering your choice of one of her 8x10 prints. I am going to share a few here, but be sure to check out all of her numerous designs and sizes in her shop.

The rules for the giveaway are short and sweet. You have 3 opportunities to win!
1. Become a follower or subscriber of Serendipity Chic Design (If you already are, just let me know)
2.Visit PIXIE PIXELS and let me know which item is your favorite.
3. Tweet, blog about, or advertise this giveaway on Facebook. Just send me the link.

As simple as that....Choose one of the options above, or all three. The more you do, the more chances you have to win. Please leave a separate comment for each opportunity.

The giveaway is open to US residents only. It will run from Tuesday March 29th until Sunday April 3rd closing at midnight.

PLEASE NOTE....I have had to pass on a couple of winners because I had no way of contacting them. PLEASE leave your email address in your comment if you do not have a blog I can contact you through...

Click HERE to find out more about being an Etsy giveaway host at Serendipity Chic Design

Good luck to everyone!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Oh sooooo Anthropologie...but for only $3....

Remember that really ugly lamp I showed you yesterday that I got at Goodwill the other day? With the very large gross shade? I don't know what it is, but shades from Goodwill or any thrift for that matter really gross me out. Go figure.

A little paint, some distressing, and a bit of lamp shade tearing....and you come up with this:

It would obviously look better with a more dramatic light bulb, but this is all I had for photo purposes.

Be sure to come back tomorrow. I have some pretty exciting stuff to share....

Linking to THESE parties...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

What I painted today and thrift store finds....

Wish I had more to share today, but didn't get much accomplished. I did get an amazing silver bowl, candlestick, cloche, and wood platter the other day. I painted them up and am now using them both as serving pieces. Can't believe I forgot to take the before photos, so unfortunately I can only share the afters....

I did get the chance to go to Goodwill today. I was on the hunt for furniture but had no luck. I got some miscellaneous.

This lamp needs a paint job and clearly something has to be done about the shade.

I always love finding wood candlestick holders and salt and pepper shakers. The transformation of these are usually night and day.

I'm psyched about this wood pedestal bowl. It came with the dust, goop, and all.

Typical wood shelf.....

A frame that will look awesome painted a bright color with some chicken wire added to the back.

A wooden hanging rack that will work great for display at the flea market. I think I will go with a bright color on this too.

And my best $1 find of the day was this hanging three tier rusted wire basket. This will stay as is....

I'll be sure to share the transformations with you tomorrow night.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Another vintage window~soap and perfume labels

If you read this POST, you know how excited I was to have gotten these windows.

I made this wall hanging with vintage sheet music book covers.

It was an addicting project that I had so much fun with. I decided today to make another one. This time I used perfume and soap label prints. Of course I got them from the Grahics Fairy again.