Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Vintage Vibe: June Finds

Vintage Lacquered Wood Laminated Veneer Beaded Necklace
This month some very bold offerings have joined the collection; we're really excited about what's new from our summer travels so far!
Vintage Mod Big Stripe Cotton Fabric
Vintage Head Scarf or Necktie
Vintage Ceramic Hand-Painted Strawberry Flower Pot & Saucer
And some items sold within 24 hours of their's what you missed:
a very pretty pair of large scale barkcloth draperies
Vintage folk jacquard ribbon - almost wish I kept it!
Next week I'll share our prep work for our Christmas in July events at all our venues - storefront and online!

Featured in this post:
  • Vintage Lacquered Wood Laminated Veneer Beaded Necklace - available on Etsy with Free Shipping 
  • Mod Stripe Cotton Fabric - only one yard available here
  • Vintage head scarf or necktie, perfect for summer and free shipping on Etsy
  • Lucky to find another vintage Counterpoint handpainted ceramic; this one is a lovely planter with saucer available here, the cup and saucer I featured before is still available here (take advantage of the combined shipping when you purchase both.)
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Today, This Week, This Month...

So far this summer has been far from restful, but more about that in a bit.  I wanted to share some pics from the amazing 1st Family Equality Day Longue Vue House and Gardens put on about a week and a half ago.
If you've never heard of this gem, its an historic home bordering New Orleans & Metaire with a petite garden (but incredibly enchanting and engaging)

starting them young in the Children's Garden
It was such an incredible treat for us and our children!  Thankful for a day to explore and a brief respite from so many responsibilities: the kids, the shop, the online business, senior pets, catch my drift, this summer has been a bit maddening. 

Nearly the same time, I took a brief webinar from Kimberly Wilson; her seasonal webinars are always a must listen for me.  Last week's, in time for the Summer Equinox (tho its hotter than Hades down here already) was packed with ideas on how to shine this summer (I just want to survive at this point.)
Demi compromising as we watch together
A few points did resonate with me.  With so much on my plate, she offered up a question to pose to yourself: "What can you do today, this week, and this month."  Gosh, I've literally said that to myself each morning I've crawled out of bed since I heard it.  It's been a relief to chip away at to do's, problems I've ignored, even dreams that seem just out of reach.  I highly recommend it!  Also, delving in further I realized I have a huge problem with giving myself permission to do, well, just about anything!  I go from home to work to home and feel guilty should I stray with that inner voice; "you need to get home and do xyz" or "you can't stop at this shop with bills to pay at home" - so dutifully, I never really explore, open myself up to new experiences.  So, I'll be working hard to change that these next few months.  And one step, a huge one, I took today and will divulge all soon.

I'll be back soon with a look at this month's best vintage offerings (a lot has come in this month...take a peek on Etsy)

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Friday, June 17, 2016

From the Studio, a June Peek...
I had a resounding request for more gift sets with my original silk-screened designed towels; each is packaged with a cookie cutter and wrapped in bakers twine.  I always have them around Christmas as its an easy and functional gift, but I clearly overlooked wedding season as one bride came in to purchase for her bridesmaids.  Your customers will tell you everything you need to know!  So voila, two styles to choose from; the very popular Pump up the Jam towel and a new blue/brown towel, I'm crazy about for the moment, screened with a fleur de lis and paired with chocolate colored fleur de lis cookie cutter.
And here are a few painted pieces slowly coming out of my studio; the little shelf is old, which ironically I cleaned, repainted and stained to look old!  I do have to say the Howard's Wax we carry in Walnut makes the best tabacco-stained look!  It's a neat piece with a plate groove on each shelf; hard to find these days.  The stool is just precious; its a fairly new solid wood piece, a coat of paint and stain totally changed the look and feel to a more rustic and primitive item.
And finally we can reveal a long awaited addition to our very own chalk paint line; its a true red we've named after our town and state fruit, Ponchatoula Strawberry.  I also jazzed up the labels, what do you think? 

Hard to believe June is half way over and Summer begins officially next week (tho its pretty hot already!)  If you can believe it, last week I began ordering for Christmas - always a challenge to stay ahead in retail and be present in the moment of the actual season.  This weekend tho, I plan to find space to savor fireflies, a good book, and maybe a cat nap (hello summer!)

Featured in this post:
  • Fleur de Lis Towel Gift Sets - a limited edition found exclusively on Etsy
  • Pump up the Jam Towel Set in green - also found on Etsy  
  • Vintage Repurposed Shelf with Plate Groove - at our flagship, Nest Interiors
  • Small Primitive Style Stool - located at our satellite shop in Rustic Treasures
  • Cottage Nest Paint in Ponchatoula Strawberry - exclusively at Nest Interiors
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Thursday, June 9, 2016

To Market, to Market...
Last week we found ourselves traveling to good ol' Jackson, Mississippi for Mississippi Market; it's a petite show but packed with specialties perfect for a Southern store like ours.  We came away with some new lines and reordered shop favorites.  A few are already here!
After market, we squeezed in a few hours to go thrifting to continue building our vintage offering, plus we just love junking, if we're being honest.
I'm still going through a lot of found items, sorting what's what, but so far the highlight has been this vintage platter
It's a Marc Bellaire mid-century California ceramic; one slight chip but towards the back.  I think it is lovely!  It's now on Etsy as well as a small smattering of vintage much more to come!
So updates are underway at both locations, above is latest additions at our Rustic Treasures booth, and I'm slowly adding to our flagship store in Ponchatoula, LA and our online venues.
This one, a girl scout samoa cookie pillow (gah!) is listed currently on eBay auction style.  It was a 2015 promotional item; I gather not a lot are available, i.e. hard to find -- which makes sense as you needed to sell upwards of 250 boxes of cookies to qualify to receive the pillow.  Which makes bidding for one on eBay sound a lot easier, right?
And a little update on my participation in the Scheepjes Crochet Along for 2016 (though I'm busting through my own stash).  So far, I'm on schedule to finish with everyone in early July.  This, honestly, is the best way to crochet a blanket.  Bit by bit, I get it done most nights; I'm currently in week 8!  The pattern will be available indefinitely, so give it a try!
Until next week, when I update everyone on some new handmade items coming from my studio!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Vintage Vibe: May Finds

Vintage from Hungary - How Cute!
This is the second time I've actually found this pretty fabric!
These vintage sushi mats are sooooo cool; use as intended or as chic placemats
This vintage oversized cup and saucer is a super find!

May is nearly over but I didn't want to let this month pass without a look at some of the new vintage finds in the shop and offered in our Etsy shop.  It's a busy time as we're just returning from Texas (still sorting out items collected there) and in a couple days will be in Mississippi scouting for new (old) finds!  

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

May Day, May Day

I'm not sure why this month, in particular, has been so, so, so darn crazy!  I just know May 2016, has changed everything for us going forward; from losing a dear friend at the get go, our twins started walking, a work contract gone sour, a new business direction hatched.  In the middle of all of that, it was time for my annual check up at MD Anderson to see if my Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma had recurred.  It has not, woo hoo, and this being my 5 year anniversary I will now be transitioning to a survivorship clinic within the hospital. 

To celebrate we picked a halfway point, Orange, Tx to stop and stretch our glad we did as we happened on Shangri-la Botanical Gardens.  It's a bit of an oasis right off the interstate.  And check out these tremendous purple martin houses; they are modeled after ones kept in the 1930's & 40's at the Stark House and downtown Orange.  I don't believe they are functional any longer...but I would love to have a mini version!
There was a small butterfly house we paid extra to see; only three species identified but it was one of the best maintained bird houses I've ever seen.
We were fortunate to catch the tail end of a temporary garden exhibit "Big Bugs" by David Rogers.  Each sculpture was magnificent and blended with the gardens perfectly.
This led us to Heronry Blind, where large platforms were being made use of by many, many nesting great egrets and double breasted cormorants. 
We can't wait to go back!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fabric Scrap Bags are Back!
This month has been cray-cray; seriously things have changed so much in the last 15 days, I feel certain it will have a ripple effect for the rest of my life...but more on that drama later; because fabric, yes fabric

I've eeked out 5 scrap bags -- the last time I did this was a couple years ago and they were very popular.  This seasons bags are quilt or novelty cottons, mostly divided by colors with a mix of vintage and newer but out of print designs.  Some have odd cuts and some are 1/2 yard pieces that I just didn't need. 
each is right under 13oz to ship First Class
pinks!  vintage & new
greens - this collection has batik, homespun cotton, a calico, and some blenders
blues - blenders, vintage plaid, other fun novelty prints
purple!  I think my favorite - there is a very old cheater print in the group; lucky person who gets it!
yellow! and golds - a couple ginghams, solids and florals
I only have one of each - and as history shows us, I'm not likely to make a new offerings anytime soon.  At $6 a bag; treat yourself to a surprise and see what comes of it!

Find what's currently available here.

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