Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Back Stoop and Favorite Country Living Find

Happy (almost) Fall everyone!

If you missed it, I went shopping in Columbus and to the Country Living Fair last week, which I talk about here.

I wanted to be more discretionary in my buying this year.  There were a million things that I loved, but my house (including my hoarder's basement) and shop are filled to the brim with treasures already, so I wanted to bring home only really special, unique items that spoke to me.

Well, this fun canvas bag fit the bill!  It was my favorite find of the day.

It was tagged as an 'apple picking basket' but I'm not really sure if that's what it is.

Keith thinks it looks military-ish.  It's got some writing on it, but it's so faded that I can barely read it.

All I know is that when I saw it hanging in a booth filled with these cotton stems, I was smitten!

I decided to begin my official fall decor this weekend, and I kicked it off out on my little back stoop.

Like I've said before, this may be a small space, but that doesn't mean it can't be BIG on style!

This is what the space looked like through the summer.

I started by hanging my new bag on the barn door, then placed a little cream colored bench in front of the door.

I added a little wooden tote (that I just purchased in Columbus)...

...and filled it with real baby boo pumpkins. Don't you just love these?  I can never get enough of them!

For some height beside the tote I brought out my vintage sign holder from the basement and made a quick little 'fall' sign to fit inside.  All it took was some textured paper and glittery gold chipboard letters.

On the bottom of the shelf I put another new Columbus find...

...a perfectly crusty, rusty old tool box!

Many people would think I'm crazy to buy this, but I just love it!

I needed something tall and thin beside the bench, so I brought another item out of storage from my basement, this little metal plant stand.

It fits the space perfectly!

I topped it with a twig pumpkin, for some texture.

So put it all together...

...and voila, there is my first 2014 fall vignette!

I went a different direction this time and kept it all neutral...

...but my little stoop makes me happy all 'dressed' for fall! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll be showing you some more of my Country Living finds soon.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Marsha from Tattered Chick

Hi, everyone!   Kris from Junk Chic Cottage and I wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.

Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Kris's and my blog. 


Please help me welcome my guest today, Marsha from Tattered Chick (love that name!)  Marsha is a true artist, and I'm in awe of her talent!  I don't think that there's a medium that she isn't phenomenal at using!
 I know that you'll enjoy seeing her various creations, and getting to know her better.

Thank you so much, Susan, for inviting me to be your Saturday spotlight!

Hmm, not sure where to start! I'm very eclectic in what I create. There was a time not too long ago I was all about creating miniature dolls. After several years of making dolls I burnt out, matter of fact I just sold my kiln and the last of my doll molds!

I returned to my love of junking and prim and became interested in other creative endeavors . . .

Which led to me selling my wares at a local flea market . . . .

And for a short period of time at a shop  . . .

I dabble a little bit with photography

Making jewelry

Nowadays my focus is more on assemblage and mixed media. I even took the plunge and submitted Spike in an art competition at the local art center and to my surprise I won second place in my category!!!

I've attended some fabulous art retreats.  My last one was in Arizona where I made this journal.

I still make dolls . . . although cloth ones . . .

And of course I continue to scour flea markets & estate sales!!

Something I thought I would NEVER been interested in, drawing and journaling!!!  Never say never LOL I am HOOKED!

Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday and fall my favorite time of the year . . . could be because October is my birthday month!  If I were younger I'd be totally into goth and steampunk!

I  lived in Portugal and Spain when I was young.  I love horses but have always been intimidated by them, hmmm, I can see  where that fear started!

I am a native California gal and now live in the Sacramento area with my husband and fur boxer girl Sophie (who we adopted from the Nor Cal Boxer Rescue)

If you'd like to keep up with my Sunday drives, creative endeavors and flea finds, you can find me on my blog . . .

and in my Etsy Shop!

Thank you so much, Susan, for this opportunity to share a little bit about myself with your readers!


Marsha, thank you for sharing with us!  I think 'Spike' is so fun, and can see why he placed high!
Please visit Tattered Chick then head to Kris's blog to read about Patty from Creative Ideas Cottage Style.
Have a great day :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Country Living Fair 2014

Hi, everyone!

As some of you know, every September I travel to Columbus (about a 2 hour drive) where my lifelong friend Suzanne lives, and we go on a shopping extravaganza!

I always get there on a Thursday, early morning, and we literally shop until late when the stores close.  As she pointed out, we didn't step foot inside of one chain store...all we shopped at were independent vintage shops and an Antique Mall.  The best kind of shopping as far as I'm concerned!

Then I spend the night, and on Friday we always hit the Country Living Fair.  This is a fun annual tradition, one that we've done 4 or 5 years in a row now. (We've lost track!)

Thursday night we hit the small town of Canal Winchester where all the little shops and restaurants were having a fall open house.

This is the sweet storefront of our friend Polly's shop, Georgie Emerson Vintage.

It is SO charming, and was decked out in vintage goodies for fall!

How cute is this display?

I wish that I would've gotten more pics inside, but we were too busy shopping and gabbing! are some photos from Country Living for you.  It's worth going to the show just to drool over all the gorgeous displays!

This was a really fun booth!

Suzanne actually bought this stunning birdcage!  It is HUGE and I can't wait to see what she does with it!

LOVED this booth, too...

Here we are in front of these gorgeous hanging windows...

And on to some others...

We spotted a variety of dress forms...

...and lots of ironstone...

This is barely a fraction of what we saw, but you get the idea!
My head was spinning from all of the wonderful treasures everywhere!

We had a wonderful visit and shopped til we dropped...what more could a girl want?

I'll be back soon to show you the goodies that I brought home!

Thanks for stopping by...have a fantastic day :)