December 3, 2010

VBF ... Christmas and the little lady of the house

 Hello everyone and happy VBF! Have you begun your holiday shopping? Has anyone asked you what you may want for a present? Are you tired of all the advertisements yet? In light of the shopping season that is well upon us I thought this month would be perfect to share some vintage black and white Christmas ads .... ones especially geared towards her, or the 'little lady of the house' ....
Ironing is NOT one of my favorite things to do ... but I'm going to start ironing the bedsheets if it will whittle my waist to look like hers!
I know it's the thought that counts .... but would you seriously be laying on the floor stroking your new vacuum?
How many women do you think got a bed cover for Christmas? 
Probably came with a new washing machine and ironing board.

I wonder who the gun company was targeting this ad for .... do you really think it was for men or another shot at the little ladies?
I also wonder how many women took them up on the offer and bought themselves a little present?
 You know what they say about paybacks ....
Me? ... I would take the more subtle approach ... check out this page from the Frederick's of Hollywood Holiday catalog. I would just blow myself up to a nice DD size and poke his eyes out 
{by mistake of course!}
And check out the prices of the bras compared to the guns .... $5.99 vs $84.00 .... such a bargain!

Happy Vintage Black Friday little ladies ... what's on your wish list?
Head on over to French Cupboard for VBF!


ps. in all fairness .. I am totally enchanted with Kelly Rippa and Electrolux and wouldn't get too upset if I found the newest washer and dryer waiting for me Christmas morning.

December 1, 2010

An inspired White Wednesday ....

I have buckets full of hundreds of white antique German doll heads patiently waiting and waiting .... waiting for what? Waiting for me to create something with them. Although I have been enjoying their simple beauty sitting in abundance in their galvanized buckets ... I have been itching to do something with these beauties.
Then I read this post here.

 Which led me to this blog here. And WOW talk about being inspired both creatively and spiritually ... Rebecca has sent me over the top ... and to the moon !!

I gathered my Christmas topiaries from the attic that were covered with colorful vintage balls {sorry no before pics, I was in way too much of a hurry to get started} stripped the trees .... wrapped them in burlap, cheese cloth, lace scraps, and a bit of wire for garland plus some seam binding ties. Keeping my colors neutral ...

I wrapped the base in a tattered linen and secured with muslin .... then a layer of moss for just a hint of greenery.
The final touch and crowning glory? A porcelain doll head of course!
 I love how they have turned out and I have two awfully creative bloggers to thank for their inspiration ...
Thank you TOT and Rebecca !! 
... Do you have any suggestions for the the other hundreds of dolly heads? I'm all ears .....
 Here's how my doll/tree/topiaries look paired on the fireplace mantel in the living room ... pretty sparse don't ya think? The Gypsy Prince keeps asking me, "when are we going to get ready for Christmas?" ... I think today will be a good day to start.

A blank canvas ... I'm inspired and ready to tackle it .... I'll let you know what I come up with.
In the meantime checkout
 Kathleen's Faded Charm for a bucket load of white inspiration.

November 26, 2010

This is BIG ... 40 % off big !!

This is the biggest sale I've done ... the discounts are huge!

Today and throughout the weekend I'll be offering discounts on all jewelry at my website.

Black Friday's {TODAY} discount is 40 % off all purchases
Saturday's discount is 30 % off all purchases
Sunday's discount is 20 % off all purchases

All you have to do to receive your discount is use the following codes at checkout:
For Friday, November 26th ~ use: blackfriday40
For Saturday, November 27th ~ use: blackfriday30
For Sunday, November 28th ~ use: blackfriday20
These codes will be good on the day stated ONLY

Don't miss out on the largest discounts ... start your shopping engines NOW!

November 24, 2010

New Jewels ... and an upcoming sale

I've been working on some new jewelry ... one of 
my favorite things to do!

 The photo above is a collection of a few of the new necklaces .... I'll be listing them today and working on more!

Yeah ... just in time for a "Black Friday" SALE !!
Details coming soon ; )

November 16, 2010

Lil Ol' Shabby Give away WINNER !!

Hey there all you lovely blog buddies ... I've been a missin' YOU!! Feels like I've been out of touch forever and can NOT believe we are in the middle of what? NOVEMBER already? Waaaaaaay past time to announce the winner of the lil' ol' shabby giveaway!!

And that shabby lovin' blogger would be ....

CONGRATULATIONS Connie! Now all you have to do is send me your mailing address and I'll get this box packed full of shabby goodness off to you.

Thank you to EVERYONE who left comments and posted my giveaway ... seems as if I am certainly NOT the only BIG Rachel fan around!

Another thank you to all of your kind and heartfelt comments regarding my stepfather ... I've shared them with my family and your words brought smiles and comfort to many. THANK YOU!

Enjoy your day!

November 4, 2010

Checking in .....

Hello all ... after a few inquiries on where I've been lately and concerns if I'm okay ... the answers are ... I'm here, at home ... and yes, I'm fine ... and WOW, thank YOU for caring!!

I had been sick for a few weeks and then the family caught it, but we are all on the mend.

More importantly though ... my stepfather has been very ill for a long time and has spent many months in the hospital. This past week he was added to the waiting list for a liver transplant. Mom and I had a meeting with the Doctor who heads the transplant department this week .... needless to say, it's pretty 'heavy' stuff ... but we are dealing. Please, if you will, keep him in your prayers.

I thank you for your notes and concerns, I'll be fully back up to speed shortly and will be in touch.

I have NOT forgotten about the Lil' ol' Shabby giveaway !! I've only delayed picking a winner.
I will tally all entries over the weekend when I have help and announce the winner asap !!

October 13, 2010

White pumpkins and a quickie ....

White pumpkins and a quickie .... what do they have in common? Nothing really ... only that it's White Wednesday and this will be a quick post. I can't believe a week has flown by me ... I wish Father time could slow things down a teensy bit ...
I've been super busy preparing for the Gypsy Barn Market happening this weekend ... and still catching up on the home front with my daily 'chores' after being absent for a week. 
I wanted to take this quick second to thank everyone for ALL of your super nice comments and super response to my lil' Shabby giveaway {plenty of time left to put your name in the hat!}. 
I'm working my way thru e-mails and if you haven't heard a peep from me, I'm working on it.
I hope Father time gives you {and me!} a few extra moments to enjoy today!

October 10, 2010

Silver Sunday and my latest crush ....

Happy Silver Sunday Sistas ... I have a new silver crush ... well it's not all that new, but since my trip to Texas it's become a lot deeper. Silver trailers make me weak in the knees ....

Painted up Gypsy style ... what fun!

This gal even hauls her baby inside to use as part of her display and dressing room.

Just for the heck of it ... I checked out my local Craig's list and looky what I found!
and here
For now ... until I can save up ... I think I'll have to settle for these mini Airstream string of lights and keep dreaming! Now scoot your wheels on over to Gypsy Fish to check out all the Silver for today.
Happy trails!

October 8, 2010

Magnolia Pearl ... Marburger 2010

Can you imagine a better place other than Magnolia Pearl to play dress-ups with your girlfriends? ... and have Robin Brown play along with you? Me either ... come on, you can play too!

Could you not just dive into this pile of Magnolia madness? Swimming thru a sea of bloomers ... oh lord, my love for bloomers ...
The most creative displays litter the entire tent ... mannequins come alive formed from various pieces of rusty wire, metal and scrap ... dripping with the signature antique lace ... amazing!

And our playmates today? The Gypsy Princess, Cori {Beth's daughter} and all of the Magnolia girls themselves ... check out Cori's smile ... it did not leave her face the entire time, I believe she actually said her face hurt from smiling so much that day. What a great ache to have ...

The dress was a stunner .... created from many different pieces of colored crochet ... a real stand-out amongst all the muted neutral tones ... the pretty redhead is Polly from The French Cupboard {more about her later}
This is my favorite photo of Cori and Robin ... although I would like to see them holding hands and strolling thru a field of wildflowers ... perfect magazine shoot?

One other thing Robin dishes out besides wonderful clothing ... wonderful hugs!! ... this gal will wrap you up in her warm affection...And her husband, John, is always around to lend a helping hand ...

Even Cori's Mom couldn't resist getting in on the action ... it is contagious!! Very nice Beth!I did manage to try on one thing .. a scrumptious silk jacket in the prettiest shade of greyish blue ... getting one of those Magnolia squeezes ... wanna know what's running thru my mind? ... "God, please, please let a smidgen of this woman's talent rub off on me ... I promise to be really, really good" ... seriously, see how hard I'm pressing my cheek to hers trying to absorb some of her magic?!

For more behind the scenes and workings of Magnolia Pearl, take a look at Robin's blog, here.
Hope you had fun hanging out and playing dress-ups ... speaking of dress-ups, next post I'll have prom pictures from The Junk Gypsies infamous party!!

Happy Friday girls!

October 6, 2010

Lauri does white right !!

Lauri Evans of 2 Chippys does white to perfection ... this gal has it down pat ... take a look and you'll see what I mean ...

All photos are from Lauri's booth at Marburger farm's Antique show ... her style blew me away, along with her fun personality and infectious laughter ... and this girl can certainly tell a story or two to boot!Layer upon layer of many shades of white ... French inspired graphics abound.

How does she make her whites so fresh, modern and not the same 'ol same 'ol?
I believe it's her natural design talent ... she's choosing to combine her whites with deep rich browns ... lustrous golds ... warm greys ... a bit of deep green ... and just the slightest hint of black. This is what makes her whites stand out and her displays over-the-top GORGEOUS!

Did I say GORGEOUS? ... here is the most gorgeous 'item' in the booth {and she is an 'item'} ... dressed in what else? ... WHITE of course ... mixed with grey and black. Does she have this down to a science or what?!
I'm linking up to White Wednesday today over at Kathleen's {Faded Charm} ... hope to see you there.