Sunday, October 8, 2017

Decorating For Fall ....

I can't believe the first week of October is already gone!  Our weather has still been very hot, (thank goodness for air conditioning), but I figured it was time to warm things up a little bit around here inside, so I've been doing some fall decorating and I wanted to share some of the changes I've made for the season....in case you are late in decorating (like me) and need some late fall inspiration....




 My shabby white shelf got a seasonal makeover.....everything on the shelf is second hand, and came either from thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales or antique malls.... except for the berries, the bird and the velvet pumpkin...
 I tried not to go overboard this year with my decorating, I'm trying to keep things simple with some harvest touches from nature...
 the dried hydrangeas are from my two hydrangea bushes. I didn't get very many, but it's the first ones I've had in years, so I am so happy to get these this year....

 Our dining room got a change of slipcovers, some sunflowers, and a harvest fruit swag over the chalkboard sign. The sunflower centerpiece arrangement was the easiest I've ever made, it only took minutes...the vase is made from a large ball jar, burlap, jute string twine, and wired ribbon bow with berries.  I wrapped the ball jar with a piece of burlap, and I tied up the burlap with jute string and then tied on a wired ribbon bow with berries to the front of it, I just placed the sunflowers in the vase, no foam necessary)....

This is what our shabby rustic back porch looks like right now. We bought some rocking chairs recently and so we've been rocking away this month....I'm looking forward to sitting out here even more in the fall and winter months, when things cool off....

I was happy that I was able to make some matching wreaths this year for my back porch ...using grapevine wreaths that I already had on hand, plus I had just enough stuff that I'd picked up last year on clearance to make both wreaths. I wanted to have one for each side of the french doors this year... they were very inexpensive to make since most everything I used was 75%-90% off! End of season clearance is always a great time to get bargains for the next season!

A few simple decorations along with apple & cinnamon scented candles warmed things up around here for the fall season! We're still waiting on the cooler temps to arrive...I'm hoping they'll get here soon, I'm thinking probably near the end of the month! Needless to say, I can hardly wait! 
I hope you are enjoying your fall!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been up to lately around the house!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Fall Y'all!

It's hard to believe that it's already the 1st day of Fall!  I say that because down here in the south, it's been so hot and humid, that we've still been swimming and floating down the creek....taking in what's left of summer. It will be a little longer before the autumn winds start blowing our way here, but I can hardly wait for the cool down!

Even though it doesn't feel much like fall yet, the calendar says it's so.....
So, I'm celebrating by adding some autumn cheer to my blog today! This would be the fall of my dreams....
(images courtesy of pixabay)












 While in fall dreaming mode, I was looking through one of my Autumn Reflections Ideals poem books, (it's filled with beautiful poetry, perfect for the season), I found this lovely poem and had to share parts of it here with you....


Leaves In The Wind

"My thoughts today are like leaves in the wind,
blown and dancing down from a tree....

My dreams reach out past the scarlet woods....
Though I've bade good-bye to summer's grace....

I discover loveliness as sweet...
In the windy arms of fall..."

O Lord of the harvest lands, hear my song,
As I raise it now to Thee,

With grateful praises for seasons past
In a happy melody.

But most of all do I thank Thee, Lord,
for that wondrous, loving plan,

Which gave a treasure so filled with joy,
as this autumn day to man."
                                      
                                                         ~Louise Weibert Sutton


I'm looking forward to all of the goodness this season will bring with it, aren't you?!
I hope that you all have a beautiful Autumn day!
Thanks for stopping by today!

P.S. Before I go, I couldn't mention us spending time at the creek, without showing it to you, you can see my post  HERE. I usually share nature and day trips posts at both of my blogs, but I may start just posting them solely over there, and just post a link to them over here for you to be able to see them. We'll see.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vanity Collectibles and Vintage Perfume Sale!!

 I have been taking advantage of the new "SALE" features and tools that Etsy has made available for shops to use, and I love how easy it is to put on a Sale now! I've been having fun with the new features over there. Have any of you Etsy sellers tried them out yet?

Anyway, currently I'm having a Sale on my Vanity Collectibles and Vintage Perfume....items have been discounted 30% off and no coupon code is necessary! That's a big plus to me, because I cannot tell you how many times I've forgotten to put in a coupon code when making a purchase! Below are a few samplings of what I have to offer at the moment....
 An Avon Purse Bottle, Lotus Bottle, Regence Mini Bottle, Ariane Antique Reproduction Bottle, Victorian Shoe Bottle, and a Topaze Antique Reproduction Powder Tin....and there's more to choose from too...





Some of the items are priced under $5! And my shipping prices are very reasonable!

 Remember, you don't have to have an Etsy Account to shop place orders there, you can make purchases now as an Etsy Guest and use Paypal or Credit Cards as payment methods.

I have other various discounted items throughout the shop, along with the vanity items, so I hope you'll stop by my shop Queenie's Vintage Finds, and browse around.
Thanks for visiting today!

 Before I go, I thought it would be fun to re-visit my photo files from the past and share with you how I've displayed some more of my vanity collections. It's hard for me to believe, that I've had the faded gold metal mirrored vanity tray (below) since I was 17 years old! It was a Christmas gift from my precious Mama, so I'll always be holding onto it. Plus, a little bit of shabbiness, aging and wear, only adds to the vintage charm of it too, right?!



Revisiting my shabby white bathroom shelf with vanity items too! 

Thanks again for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happy Labor Day!


Just popping in to let everyone know about my Queenie's Vintage Finds Labor Day Sale that's happening Aug. 31st 2017- Sept. 4, 2017! Be sure to visit me over at Etsy and check it out! You can click HERE and I'll shuttle you over there.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Happy Labor Day!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Little Sewing Project.....A Curtain Skirt For My Bathroom Vanity.....

I like a quick little project that can be completed in an afternoon, don't you!? Last week, with the August summer heat in full force, I felt like doing some indoor projects, so I made this little curtain skirt for my bathroom vanity. I've had the pretty rose fabric folded up for several years waiting for the perfect project, (the fabric was a gift from a dear online friend), it's by 3 Sisters, and it's called Paris Flea Market...the name couldn't be more fitting for such a beautifully designed fabric....this is the same fabric that lines the back of my shabby shelf that's over my tub....
 It's just right for covering up the two shelves of towels and other necessities (junk) that are behind the curtains. I think it gives the room a romantic shabby French country flair with the rustic stone looking flooring. I don't think I've shown you the floor before, but my husband laid the flooring last May, and I think he did an amazing job, he did the baseboard trim too. I painted the walls and cabinets, and so together it was a labor of love. I appreciate all of his hard work on that project, it really  was such a welcome change for our bathroom....




In case you're wondering what in the world this is on the counter, in the jar....I'll tell you, I tried my hand at making my own homemade salt scrub last week too! I found a great recipe, it was so easy and works wonderfully....it's the best I've ever used,  (I'll maybe share the recipe in an upcoming post sometime soon).  I put it in one of my wide mouth vintage apothecary style jars by the sink with a silver spoon for dipping....


I was happy that there was enough material left over to make a couple of hand towels for the tubs edge....

In decorating, one thing seems to always lead to another doesn't it?  So, I was inspired to change up the tub side shelf too....with fluffy peach peonies, a gifted jasmine musk French candle from my son and his wife, some vintage hobnail milk glass for a tea lite and bath oil, and a little rose creamer pitcher, that can be used for a water pitcher, I suppose....
Have you been doing any indoor summer projects, to escape the summer heat? What have you been up to this summer, besides trying to stay cool, like me?!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Linking up with these inspiring places:
The Art Of Homemaking
Talk Of The Town
Wow Us Wednesday
Vintage Charm Party
Home and Garden
Feathered Nest Friday
Foodie Friday And Everything Else

Friday, July 21, 2017

Displaying Collections....

I love seeing how other people display their collections....so today I'm sharing some of mine. I have collected a lot of vintage vanity items over the years and the shelves in my bathroom make a great place for me to display some of them! 
I've always been drawn to old perfume bottles and toiletries, and pretty vintage boxes.....there's just something about them.....

 Now days, you rarely find products in such lovely bottles and packaging....maybe that's what makes the older ones so special...

 I also collect vintage china creamers, small pitchers, and handled sugar dishes, especially if they have sprays of roses on them.....this teal blue-green one is my newest addition....

This little white shelf hangs over the vanity area of my bathroom, and it's identical to the one that hangs in my living room, (you may remember it, if you've stopped by my blog before). My husband helped me make them from old corbel brackets we found....he did the putting together part and I painted them.....

I love old needlework embroidery too, it is one of the many things I like to look for and collect....the cute doggie one above always makes me smile.....below are a  few of my favorite embroidered tea towels that I've displayed over the chicken wire doors of my shabby white shelf that's above my tub.....this spot makes for a great place for me to put more of my vanity items too....












Well, I hope you had fun seeing some of my collections, and how I've displayed them...do you collect vanity items from bygone days?  It seems like they are becoming more hard to find these days.
If not, what are you drawn to while out hunting for treasures? I'd love to know!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a great day....we'll talk again soon!
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