Monday, April 19, 2010

Simple Décor (and I mean REALLY simple).

I am a lover of all (well, most) things kitschy-cute. I take pride in my ability to create a cozy environment, and tie the old in with the new. I love antiques, and many things that some would consider very cottage-esque, and since I’m procrastinating the writing of a final paper, I decided to post a couple of things I found at recent garage sales that fit said description. I adore garage sale season because it’s that time of year when one can find an otherwise expensive item for less than twenty dollars (i.e.:nice furniture, etc) with a bit of haggling. I wish I could give a better example of how everything ties together, but my living quarters are a bit of a mess thanks to the nearing of finals, and the insanity that ensues; however, these are just a couple of simple finds that I wanted to share, and as I’ve said before, once I have more time, and decent photographer on hand, the posts will start to get more in-depth, and helpful!

Although I am highly allergic to most pollen (sneezing, itching, the works), I am willing to tough out the couple of days it takes to dry out a gorgeous bouquet. I adore dried flowers because they don’t require watering, and they last for quite a while (granted you keep them out of direct sunlight in order to hold their color, and prevent the already dry flowers from becoming brittle). You can pull up a list of the various types of flowers that are best for drying, but I generally just wing it, and hope for the best. This bunch is from the farmer’s market, and I really loved this bouquet when it was fresh because the colors were so deep, and the arrangement was really interesting with all of the reds. I hung this bouquet upside-down for about three days, and then I put it in an old milk bottle I had purchased at Arc's Value Village for about fifty cents, and then wrapped a bit of twine around it simply because I thought it was cute.

I found this really cute, decorative, bird cage at a garage sale near my mother’s neighborhood for about two dollars. I figure once I actually have the space, tools, and time, I’ll find more use for it as a fancy lamp, etc., but for now it is perched on my bookcase, and houses a sweet little owl ornament that I bought as a pack of six for a dollar at a post-holiday Target sale. I developed an affinity for owls, and all things avian, when I was very young. I kept a couple of budgies as a girl, but the owl collection started when I was in grade school thanks to an amazing lamp given to me by my grandfather; he apparently took it out of a bar when he was a young man, and a very mischievous one at that! I'll post a photo, or two, of this inspirational lamp whence I have time, but I should probably get back to the aforementioned essay, and prepare for a pizza date with friends. I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy this beautiful spring day! Au revoir!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

In the name of all things deliciously adorable!

As many of you know, I am very conscious about where I spend my money, and to whom it is going/what it's supporting; however, I am not militant about sticking solely to used goods when it is either nearly impossible, or if it's something that I find I can not live without. So, I find myself swooning over goodies such as this:

I ran across a collection of these fantastic, food-inspired, rings by SouZouCreations while perusing Etsy: Mecca of All Things Crafty and Delightful. I can not believe how completely adorable they are, and so well made (not to mention they're very reasonably priced)! I ordered a few of them on the spot, and I can't wait to get more! These are so unique- unlike any jewelry I've seen- and you can rest assured knowing that you are supporting a stand-alone seller! Stop by the shop, and take a look at all of the other pieces available!! You could make an entire meal of it!
Oh, and a quick update: I am nearly finished with my courses (the two-week countdown begins!), and although I'll be working full-time, and volunteering at the shelter over the summer, I'll definitely squeeze in some time to blog here, and there. I know I'm a bit rusty, but I'm very excited to share my new/old finds, as well as anything else I may dream up in the near and distant future. Ah, now to finish a paper, and hopefully I'll have time to enjoy this beautiful Spring day! Ciao!