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    Junkin' Finds

    Beautiful Antique and Vintage Summer Junkin’ Finds

    Did you do any junkin’ or pickin’ this summer?  It was a slow start for me with barely any scores in June, but as summer progressed things got hotter on the junkin’ trail! I think I  ended up with some pretty good  junkin’ finds. Here’s my summer junk loot haul. It’s a very eclectic mix, but I just buy what I love.

    Antique Ironstone Transferware Saucer Vintage Bird Dishes

    Tweet tweet! Vintage ironstone bird dishes are sweet! When it comes to junkin’ finds, I am all about vintage dishes, and I love to mix and match colors and patterns. I found all these pretties at several different yard sales. It’s always fun to see how junkin’ finds come together beautifully!

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    Create and Craft

    Mermaid Garden and Seashell Bottles Beach Keepsakes

     

    Do you love to decorate with momentos from family vacations? I am particularly fond of beach keepsakes and I am always trying to come up with new and creative ways to display my treasures of the sea.  Today I will be sharing the mermaid cove “garden” and decorative glass bottles I made using treasures from our trip to Wrightsville Beach, NC last month.

    Brocante upcycled bottles seashells in glass bottles repurposed salt shaker lids

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    Garden Thyme

    Fresh Summer Herbs!

    Fresh summer herbs…yum! One of my greatest joys is being able to grow, harvest, and enjoy herbs straight from the garden. My herbs are doing very well this year! I have already savored them fresh sprinkled on a big, juicy tomato and in a garden salad. I have also made pesto with dried herbs mixed with olive oil. So tasty! Read more

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    Create and Craft

    EASY Mason Jar Makeover Using Chalk Paint

    Summer is here and that means lots of DIY and craft projects around the yellow brick home! Today I will be sharing an easy mason jar makeover using chalk paint, which wasn’t even on “the list” originally but it was so quick and fun to do! Gardens are in full bloom and it’s time to fill those quaint, old mason jars with beautiful blossoms. I recently found this large Atlas jar at a rummage sale for only $1.00, but no matter how much I scrubbed it would not come clean. Since I really wanted to use the jar for displaying some fresh hydrangeas from my yard, I decided to just paint right over the cloudy glass.

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    Interior Decor and Styling

    Trending: Original Unpainted Woodwork and Stained Trim

    trending woodwork stained trim

    Unpainted woodwork and stained trim is trending now!  Says who? We the decorators! In the last year I have noticed that the popularity of original, unpainted woodwork seems to be on the rise, and the bloggers who are showcasing their homes with original or stained trim are just on the verge of this huge trend. I have also noticed more and more homes with light, neutral walls and unpainted woodwork turning up in decor magazines after at least a decade of all white rooms.  As much as I love white, I find this stained woodwork trend very refreshing!

    wood ceiling coffered ceiling woodwork

    I consider myself a very lucky homeowner to have original woodwork. After years of living with all white decor and trim, it was a bit of a transition to decorate with stained trim and it took some getting used to. When we first put in an offer on our historic yellow brick home a few years ago, we loved many things about it— but the stained woodwork was not really one of them! We had originally planned to paint it once we moved in, but later decided that we just couldn’t erase 96 years of history with a few coats of paint. The darker woodwork was new decorating territory for me, so I headed to Pinterest for inspiration. It was there that I stumbled upon Finding Silver Pennies blog, and my passion for unpainted original woodwork (and a true love of our home) really began. Read more

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    Interior Decor and Styling

    How To “Faux” Herbs Indoors

    It’s early spring, and that means that gardening time is fast approaching! Already my oregano, thyme, and lemon balm are making appearances in the herb garden right outside my kitchen door. Herbs are one of my deep passions, and I use them in all their forms. Whether growing them, drying them for use in recipes or decor, or using them holistically in herbal medicines, diffusing oils, or organic beauty and homemade green cleaning products, herbs bring me so much joy! I have a green thumb, and the fragrance of fresh herbs is one of my favorite scents on earth. So why am I using faux herbs in my kitchen instead of growing my own?Gorgeous Faux Herbs A.C. Moore

    Wait…did you realize those weren’t real???? Shhh….don’t tell…

    For years I grew many varieties of herbs both indoors and out, but over time I developed lots of crazy allergies to all kinds of things, including mold spores on foliage and in soil. I also found that all sorts of critters like fruit flies and fungus gnats seemed to always find their way into my beautiful potted rosemary and oregano on my kitchen counter. Combined with the allergies, it just wasn’t worth it to me to keep them indoors anymore.  Recently I made a trip to A.C. Moore to get some ideas for spring wreaths, and I was amazed when I happened upon these adorable little faux herbs in jars, terra cotta pots, and plants in burlap bags. I knew I could style them to fool the eye with the addition of some vintage gardening and farmhouse accessories. Read more

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    Holidays and Entertaining

    Patriotic Porch Decor

    Beautiful Patriotic Porch Decorating Ideas

    Happy Fourth Of July! It’s been a busy week around the yellow brick home as we have been tackling some landscaping and exterior projects. I just had time TODAY to finish getting my patriotic porch all fixed up for the holiday. Even though it’s late I would love to share some of my fun holiday touches with you before the family heads out to watch some fireworks. Here’s a quick tour of my patriotic porch decor! Read more

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    Junkin' Finds

    Easter Weekend Junkin’ Finds

    Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend! Did you get a chance to do any junkin’ in between all the fun holiday activities? I got lucky on a couple of sales so I have a few junkin’ finds to share with you today.

    shabby chic yard sale treasures

    Here’s my small loot haul. Still not too shabby for only hitting three sales and $8 spent!

    Well, actually it is kind of a shabby loot haul, my kind of shabby!

    shabby chic vintage oil lamp with roses brass bunny vintage

    As in shabby-chic, like this small vintage oil lamp, pretty gold mirror and tiny solid brass bunny with perfect patina!

    shabby chic junk finds

    Or this brass Eiffel tower…

    Vintage silverplate and crystyal salt and pepper shakers

    Or these precious, tarnished silverplate and crystal salt and pepper shakers…

    beautiful burgandy tulips in brocante urn rusty stool

    Or this beautiful footed urn, perfect for displaying my tulips from the Easter bunny. Very shabby indeed!

    Rusty lion foot urn brocante

    Gorgeous Vintage blue glass bottle brown glass bottle

    I also found two more bottles for my collection. So many cool finds, it’s hard to choose a favorite!

    vintage golf basket as easter basket azalea

    This old rusty, yellow golf basket, was only $1.00. It’s a pretty cool find because my youngest son just took up golf and he likes old sports related junk too. I couldn’t resist using it for an Easter basket, at least for the weekend! As you can see from the Nerf guns and swords in the background (keepin’ it real), it was a nice Easter weekend with lots of outdoor fun. Spring has sprung in full force and yard sale season is really here now. Can’t wait til next weekend! Are you ready to get junkin’ too?

    Amber

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