♥Christmas 2018 ♥Vintage Decor Touches♥

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Happy Holidays!

Seems like November lasted about a whole week this year. I blinked and I barely remember any of it! Thanksgiving was fabulous, but man, it flew by!

As I grow into my last couple weeks of pregnancy with my second little girl making me pee every 30 seconds , and my two year old daughter attached to my hip, I am busier than ever! I am really trying to create an atmosphere of Christmas peace and serenity, (and no, that feat has definitely not been a cake walk).

However, I have been encouraged to savor December with being able to add some really simple and pretty Christmas touches around my home to help cherish the season! I’ll have you know we have only had about 5 hundred ornament casualties thus far with said two year old. Ha!

When my great-grandmother passed away, I was very fortunate to receive some of her beautiful china, including this holiday set below. I just love it! It is simple and timeless with the bone white and classic holly design. I can’t wait to serve tea, coffee and hot cocoa to my family in them on Christmas morning!

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*The silver tray is a Goodwill find ($8) from last summer and the silver salt and pepper shakers ($12) are from a hole in the wall antique store in Genoa, NV.*

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The 6ft Fir garlands this year at Trader Joe’s were so inexpensive ($6.99!) and stunning this year! I had to grab one! For some reason I have never seen them at my Trader Joe’s before this year, only wreaths, but I am thrilled they arrived! I am obsessed with how it dressed up my wood stove, (and yes, wood stove is only for decor and occasional use, don’t worry, I won’t burn down my house!) The garlands smell so good as an added nostalgia bonus. I grew up with my parents always taking me and my brother to the snowy mountains and getting a real tree for Christmas when I was very young.

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I am lazy have a lovely fake tree and lower real Christmas tree standards, so this is the best of both worlds for me!

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 I hope you are able to enjoy the little things this season! Even if that little thing is just enjoying a mug of festive hot cocoa while in the corner of your eye you notice your two year old taking each “horsey,” (reindeer) ornament off your tree in a not-so-gentle fashion.

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Happy Holidays!

♥ Shelby

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What I Hunt For At Goodwill + Haul♥

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Happy Almost New Year!

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I trust Everyone had a joyous holiday full of sugar family and cocktails friends!

Even though Christmas just ended literally minuets ago, I decided I needed to hunt for more junk, (hello American consumerism!)

All joking aside, I really had not gone thrifting in a while, (a month is a while). I had a few DIY’s mulling around in my head, and I was getting the itch to act on my impulses!

I sometimes get asked by my friends who are not of the hoarding thrifting breed:

“What do you look for? How do you find cool stuff?”

It does take a a little skill and loads of patience to find things while thrifting. You must bring your creative A game and see potential in ugly things that may need some love. However, you must also be able to distinguish what is not for you and what you must stash in your cart immediately. I say go in with an open mind, creativity, and a lot of hand sanitizer, (yeah, things can get messy/dusty).

The top 3 things I personally hunt for when I thrift are:

1.Old Books 

I have a serious love for old, worn books. I use them in my home to add depth and character to spaces.  The pictures above are from my home decor. I collected all of these books from thrifting and various garage sales. I have a lot of weathered books, but the massive, Leonardo Davinci one is my favorite!

2.Milk Glass (Hobnail) 

These pictures were taken from inside my butter yellow kitchen. I have collected all this milk glass from Goodwill and garage sales! I think my most expensive piece was $5.

I am  partial to the hobnail design, but there are a lot of beautiful, milky stemware and vases to be explored at the local Goodwill. Look at these!

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3.Antique or Weathered Frames

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I just HAD to have this one! Isn’t it beautiful!? Most of the frames inside my home are thrifted, they are mostly weathered wood or faux- antique like this one, it fits perfectly!

Awesome Stuff!

I thought those pink and white floral teacups were just darling, but they were on the “pricey” side at 3.99 each, so I let them go. I was trying to stick to a $25 budget today.

I was dying over that vintage cookbook, look at that detail! I will never find that again, I needed it. For $1.99, it was a huge score!

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Dahlia’s eyes plead,”Mom, can we go now?”

Getting home with all my treasures is so fun, I love un-bagging them and rediscovering my treasures all over again!

I think my favorite find was this vintage inspired, botanical stationary set. It is in pristine condition and so, so pretty!

For $3.99, I would have fought someone for it!

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I’m a sucker for a pretty .99 scarf!

“Quick, Dahlia! Blink twice if mommy needs this scarf!”

We needed it. No arguments.

I would have taken a better photo of the cream, woven throw rug, but it is not very photogenic and looks pretty “blah” on camera. However, it has a nice home in my laundry room now and for $2.99 I was not about to pass it up! It was in great condition except for a small brown patch which I spot treated and now it’s good as new!

Get ready to see a fun, spring, DIY project I am doing with my Sunflower Basket Tin! I am working on it, and will post the project soon!

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Are you inspired to hit up your local thrift store now?

Happy Treasure Hunting!

♥Shelby

Easy DIY Pasta Gift Basket-Wedding Gift ♥

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Hey Stranger!

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It’s been awhile! I wanted to make this quick post today before I head off into the crazy busy week ahead full of life and work, but also some fun!

I have been to quite a few weddings this summer, and although it is fabulous eating so much free cake  drinking free champagne  celebrating with everyone, it does get pricey after a while buying so many congratulatory gifts!

Also, the whole registry thing is fun in theory, but most of the close family and friends buy all the cute “home decor” stuff first, and no offence, but there is no way I’m buying you a plunger and shower rings as a gift when that is all that is left over on the registry.

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Instead I will make you this:

Isn’t it cute!?

My concept was: “Eat, Drink, and be MARRIED!”

For this basket I assembled:

Two Bags Fancy Pasta Egg Noodles (Mushroom & Spinach)

Two Jars Of Classico Pasta Sauce

A Good Bottle of Red Wine (this is a $9 Merlot)

A Porcelain Pasta Strainer

Two Super Cute Dish Cloths

…and of course a card!

*You could also always add a package of fresh herbs, a couple wooden spoons, or even a brick of fancy cheese!*

This put me back about $24, and I think that price is perfect, (especially if you don’t know the couple that well).

This gift is personal, useful and very memorable!

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Happy free cake eating  celebrating!

♥Shelby

Easter Tablescape 2016♥

Happy Easter!

I hope you are having a beautiful day filled with chocolate family and candy loved ones!

I was blessed to host Easter dinner once again in my home. It was my daughter’s first Easter which made it extra special!

My vision for the tablescape was for it to be a mix of casual and more special, fancy items.

I broke out the fine china that was passed down to me by my great-grandmother, but kept the drink-ware simple by using the mason jar cups I use daily.

I also kept the flowers fuss free by putting them in random bottles and mason jars from around the house.

I was able to go outside and pick most of the flowers from my garden, including the camellias, dusty miller and other greens.

Then, I added some colorful tulips that I bought from the local Metropolitan Market here in Tacoma.

I added some “pop” to the table by scattering metallic chocolate eggs under the flowers and placing one in the center of each place setting.

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All the linens are all vintage finds that I bought a few years ago at a tag sale.

The banner was made from some pretty peach ribbon and triangles of old fabric scraps.

After I assembled the ribbon and fabric triangles together, I used a sharpie to spell out Happy Easter.

Simple, beautiful & memorable!

Enjoy the day!

Shelby♥