December 12, 2011

I'm joining up today with Jen Rizzo's house party ... a holiday home tour.
I'm sure a lot of you had a peek at the awesome homes she featured through out the week last week ... now it's our turn! You can see my post HERE ... it's a previous post from a few years back.
My plan is to do a little "before" and "after" tour this week ... and today is the "before".
Check back for the "afters" and in the meantime check out all the holiday homes on the link list over at Jen's...Enjoy!


November 26, 2011

Special 3 day weekend sale !!

Did you shop yesterday? 
We'll if you did and spent most of your budget ... I've got some good news!
New gypsy jewelry is ready and listed on ETSY .... and ... it's on sale, for three days only.
Today, tomorrow and Monday take 30% off EVERY item.

It's easy, use code: 3DAY30
when checking out.


I'm off to the holiday parade ... I'll be listing more when I return ; )


November 9, 2011

White love .......

A few more snapshots from this past weekend scrounging through shops in Pennsylvania.
I thought these were perfect for White Wednesday.

If I had to pick just ONE item from above to take home with me .......
It would be a tough decision.
I think I would choose the chippy cow weather vane.
No, wait ...
Those metal white and rusty lockers.
Or maybe .....
The cow statue ..... perfect for the kitchen on top the cabinets.
What would you take home, if you could only pick ONE?

Happy white Wednesday and thank you Kathleen for a wonderful party!

November 8, 2011

Are you in the mood? ...

For a little  A LOT of architectural salvage? 
Okay, you asked for it!

I was tipped off to this little HUGE gem of a place this past week and managed one quick stop.

I didn't get to do any shopping, only picture taking ... 
but, I'll be going back real soon with work gloves and a truck .... Take a look and you'll see why:

{no narration needed ... the photos will speak for themselves}
Yeah !! ... that's what I'm talking about!!

Okay, I KNOW many will ask ... and well, I hate to admit I can be stingy with my sources ... 
but, considering someone sweet was nice enough to tip me off to this salvage meca .... I'll pass along the info ; )

You too can be in architectural heaven at:

Antique connection
1200 Limestone Road
Oxford, Pennsylvania


November 6, 2011

Do you know "Terrain"? ...

Not too many do.

 Terrain is an over the top inspirational garden shop and cafe'.
It's full name is Terrain at Styer's and is located in the suburbs of Philadelphia ... so, if you're not 'local' you may not know Terrain.
I don't get to visit this shopping spot much, but I had to pass by it SIX times this weekend in order to get to the barn sale I was doing ... so, I just had to pop in once for a quick peek and take some quick pics to share with you ....
Very cool lighting created from miscellaneous objects.

 Not only do they 'do' garden ... but also a little indoor "landscaping" if you will ...
gorgeous table settings and furniture.

Fires dot the outside ... plenty of spots to warm your hands up .....
  they even provide toasty wool blankets to wrap yourself in ...
 The mix of live plants with one of a kind vintage garden ware goes on row after endless row...
 Baskets brimming with birch logs, glittered branches, and fluffy white twigs of cotton ....
 shelves and bins stocked with various outdoor goodies ....
 the cafe is adorable .... a great place where they hold workshops and events.
Another thing you may not know ... the genius behind the inspiration at Terrain? ... Urban outfitters, parent company of Anthropologie ... but I guess all you Anthro lovers {me included} spotted that right off the bat!

That's all the photos I was brave enough to take ... if you want to check out some more of this fab garden store, take a look at the Pinterest board I created from other's fine photos HERE.

Wishing you an inspired week!

October 25, 2011

In the Dark ....

Not a fitting title for White Wednesday, you  think? 
But that's how things are looking around here today ........
 Because ...
I've figured out how to use my excess muslin to revive my lampshades ...
soft dreamy ruffled clouds of white, cream, and tea stain fabric.
 Now all most of my vintage lamps are gussied up and ready to be sold at the next Gypsy Market .....
 Leaving me sitting in the dark.
No lamp or shade will be held back ; )

October 24, 2011

Waste not ........

Yesterday we did a little Fall yard work ... raked and trimmed back the hydrangeas, etc.
The blooms are still so pretty ... each year I save them to make simple wreaths to bring indoors.
 I take all my gathered flowers, strip the leaves ... leaving about 5 inches of stem ... and arrange in clusters of three ... paying attention that each cluster contains a well rounded assortment of color.
Next, using a thin flexible wire, I start wiring my trios together, all the way down the stem.
 Then ... I put the next cluster of flowers on top of the previous stem and wire together ... making sure everything is nice and tight ...
I keep this up until I reach my desired length or in this case used up all my flowers.
  Here's what my long garland looks like at this point. You could certainly keep it just like this and use as a pretty swag ... or ... continue to wire the ends together to form a wreath.
 This is what the back will look like ... the stems and wire combined will form your frame ... no need to buy anything extra ... LOVE that!
 Once everything is wired up ... I tweak my wreath into shape by gently bending and molding it to the shape I want ... then I leave it to dry flat to retain that shape before I hang it on the wall.
Waste not.
Want not.

Wishing you a creative and happy day!

October 15, 2011

Weekend plans?

Do you have any?

I'll be spending Sunday with my partner Beth at one of my most favorite markets in Philadelphia, 

We will have "shop" set up under our tent selling our Gypsy wares.
The weather promises to be PERFECT ...   
a sunny, cool, and crisp Fall day!

{all photographs by Carrie Hill photography }
Here are some snapshots from last month's market.

What I like best about this market is the MIX of vendors and goods ... you can find it ALL here, no matter what your style ... the range is from mid-century modern to shabby chic ... retro to handcrafted.
Not to mention great food and live bluegrass music.

After a week in the country, it feels good to have my feet back on the city sidewalks of Philly ... I hope you'll come on out and pay us a visit, it's a great day for the entire family!