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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Wedding Thrifting Leads To Rekindled Love

As we age we reach certain milestones in our lives. You fall in love, get married, buy a home or maybe even a farm, have a couple of babies, watch them grow, watch them fall in love and eventually watch them leave home to begin a life of their own.  
Of course that's a shortened condensed version of life because there's so much more than that. 
A little over a week ago I had the honor of watching my son, my firstborn, the one who introduced me to motherhood, the one who taught me what not to do and what to do as a young mother marry his soul mate.  
Of course I feel very blessed to have her in my life and an added bonus is that she shares the thrifting/junking gene with me.  I know I'm biased but they are stunningly handsome and beautiful. 

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Mr. and Mrs. Ponder

Of course I have to give a shout out to The Barn at Redgate and to Jenna Blue Photography  The venue was perfect and Jenna does an amazing job.




In the months leading up to the big day I was fortunate enough to be able to check out venue spots and to go thrifting in hopes of finding all of the beautiful things Brittany had envisioned for her big day.  We were on the hunt for beautiful vintage glassware, china, cake stands, vintage silver, candle sticks and so much more.  Unfortunately I don't have pictures of everything from those shopping ventures but here is just a sampling of some of our treasures
And all I went after was the pink Fostoria.
Oh happy day

I think I may have an obsession with vintage silverware (of course it's silver plate, I can't afford the real silver)


No before pics but it was bye bye brass and hello spray chalk paint.

 

My Ebay score for vintage napkins

Just a portion of our score on day one.


  So it's not a rekindled love with an old flame but instead a rekindled love of old things, thrifting and someone else's junk.  This has lead to more purchases such as these beautiful glasses.


And this...plus more

Its even more beautiful up close 



So maybe Brittany and I should go into the rental business...I'm pretty sure we have a good start on the necessary supplies.  You know where to look if you are looking for beautiful vintage pieces for a party, wedding, or dinner party. 

Most importantly out of all of this my son has found his love and gained a wife and I have gained a daughter in law.  It's a wonderful start of a new beginning.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

New Look For An Old Blog

I gave up blogging for awhile and have decided to give it another try.  I never knew changing the look of my blog would be so difficult but I guess it had been so long since I last did anything here that I forgot how to do it.
 
After finally getting my background changed (still not totally satisfied so it may change again) and a new header picture uploaded I'm off and typing...yea me!  Of course it's still a work in progress.
 
While I love painting furniture, thrifting and antiquing one can only have so much before you are out of room.  So I'm off and onto something else now and I'm sharing it with you. 
 
Jewels, Jewels and more Jewels...not diamonds and pearls (well maybe a few pearls) but fun everyday jewelry with a little boho chic style or something totally unique and fun.
 
Something like beaded silk tassel necklaces after all tassels are all the rage right now...
 
Boho Chic Silk Tassel Necklace
 
Or maybe something like this...
 
Beachy Soft Green Sea Glass and Pearl Necklace
 
Or something created using new and old items...
 
 
And this happens to be my favorite item...
 
Front view of the copper charm...
Back view of the copper charm...
 
Beautiful hand beaded and knotted gemstone necklaces with handmade pendants that can be switched out...I can even custom create a pendant just for you.
 
Love like theres no tomorrow, statement necklace, layering necklace, amazonite, boho chic, long necklace,  knotted and beaded necklace
Front
Back
 
Be sure to go check out my Etsy shop and if you see something you like remember you can make it yours. 
 
Till next time have a wonderful day!
 
Jennifer~~
 
 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Hello Again...

Well looks like someone gave up the blogging for awhile...now wonder who in the world that was.  Yep, you guessed right that would be me :)  Ok, ok so I took a little break but it’s time to fire it up and get it going again. 


I would like to say my life was simply so full of fun and excitement and therefore I didn't have the time but if honesty is the best policy (which was one of the many many good things my mama taught me) then I guess I better not say that.  Now don't get me wrong my life is rather fun and there's always excitement but that's not the excuse for not blogging actually I don't know what the reason is other than ran out of ideas, lost my focus heck I don't really know but anyway I'm giving it a whirl again...

I tend to be one of those people who starts one thing and then moves on before its ever really finished.  Not to offend anyone but I believe as the saying goes my mind is like a fart in a whirlwind...its full of ideas floating around and sometimes I just can't wait to try something new so therefore I'm off on another mission.  I have several projects in the works but one of the things I enjoy the most is dabbling in making a little jewelry.  I have several different things/styles that I like to do and enjoy them all.

Here's a little example of some of the things I've been working on...



Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Little Something New...

New day...new craft oh yeah!
 
Alright I'll admit it...I love most all things hippie, bohemian and most definitely vintage so that love has lead me to learning (self taught so overlook my imperfections) a new craft and I love it.  After seeing jewelry that screamed all these things that were created using solder I decided hey...I can do that.  So I bought myself a kit and got started...
 
By the way, just FYI in case you decide you want to try your hand at this craft be prepared to have a burn or two or maybe three...  You soon learn that everything gets hot when working with solder.
 
So here are some examples of what I have been able to create so far...






Photo: Uploaded and listed on Etsy...finally.
Purchase it and make it yours***

https://www.etsy.com/listing/123858505/vintage-look-turquoise-and-cream-colored


Photo: Angels watching over you...
Only one available...shop and make it yours***

https://www.etsy.com/listing/123857578/vintage-look-rhinestone-embellished


Photo: She's listed and waiting for the perfect someone to love her and bring her home.

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/123982026/vintage-look-red-toile-pendant-with



Photo: Just the perfect size to wear on a charm bracelet.  I believe they say...Come on Spring!


Still a learning process but so far pretty happy with my progress and always looking for new and creative ideas so I guess I better get back to work.


Have a wonderful weekend and always live life to the fullest~~~~










Saturday, December 15, 2012

Emperor's Silk ...so rich and beautiful

Finally it is FINISHED!!  Just finished waxing and buffing this sweet little table today.  The Annie Sloan Emperor's Silk chalk paint is probably one of my new favorites.  I have posted some pics in previous blog posts about this project and today I finally completed it...woohoo!
 
It started out looking like this
 
And today it looks like this
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

So glad this project is finished and I guess this little table will be heading to my shop.  Already have my next project started can't wait to see how it turns out.
 
In closing tonight I would like to ask all of you to take a moment to remember those that have lost a loved one today in the senseless act of violence that was committed in Connecticut.  My heart is heavy for them and I ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  I was unaware of the tragedy that had taken place today while I was busy completing this project until several hours after it had happened.  It seemed so surreal that while I was locked away in the peace and solitude of my little shop there were others who were going thru the most horrible and heart wrenching time of their life.  I've cried as I watched the images of mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents and friends grieving over the loss of a life taken way to soon and I pray that God will provide comfort to them in this terrible time.
 
Prayers for those in Newtown.
 
 



 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ooh La La ...Red It Is

Finally found a picture of the little red table before its make over.  It was locked away on my old cell phone and that's where it almost stayed but I out smarted that ole thing and blue toothed to my new phone.  Ha...take that technology, I outsmarted you this time but I'm sure by tomorrow I will be out done again.
 


Anyway here it is in it former state of glory...

Notice all the other treasures I found that day.
 
 
It wasn't much to look at but with a little paint it would take on a whole new look.
 
 
It's base coat is Annie Sloan in Emperor's Silk and the stencil is done in Graphite.
 
 
 
 
Here is it sanded and covered with a coat of clear wax and .
 
 
And here it is with a little dark wax too.
 
I still have work to do on it.  At this time I only have the top of the table done but so far I'm thinking I like this color.  Now to see what else I can find that would look good in red but before I do that I guess I better work on the other items that I have sitting around waiting to be revitalized.
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

From Shab To Fab...


Remember this sweet little vanity I redid? 


Any vanity as cute at this needs a fabulous vanity chair to go with it so I finally put my sewing skills (minimal skills) to work and took this wonderful little vanity chair from shab to fab.













Now, to paint or not paint the chair...that is the question.  Hmm...I'm thinking some of the red Annie Sloan paint I used on the little table may be just the thing.

What do you think...paint or don't paint?