December 23, 2014

I think it's time .....

I think it's time to stop and take a break ...

I think it's time to NEST and enjoy the season!
Wishing you PEACE and time to nest ...
xoxo Jill

December 16, 2014

Recent finds ...

If you're like me, you can completely appreciate an old snippet of needlepoint ... and rarely do I pass one up when I find it at the bottom of an unwanted pile of scrap material.

In my opinion, the dedication and artistry spent on creating these treasures should not go unappreciated ... although rarely without a missing stitch, stain, or imperfection - usually caused by age, these are beautiful reminders of a simpler time.

From now on, I think it will be my personal goal to rescue everyone I can find.
What do you find beauty in and are willing to rescue?

December 15, 2014

Simply done ...

Hello strangers!

I have been spending more time these days over on Facebook, but I really want to get into a better practice of sharing here on the website as well. So, that being said, I thought it would be perfect to show with you a few things I'm working on for the holiday and winter decorating season.

First, a simple little decoration I put together for the old vintage pair of white woolen mittens are the perfect seasonal "vase" for fresh greens and the fresh greens being rosemary. I love the smell of fresh rosemary and it mingles so nice with fresh pine. Plus, there is a huge bush of rosemary right outside my kitchen door ... easy pickins' for sure! Mittens and rosemary all tied up with some natural jute twine and hung from the cabinet door. So simple !!

Next, I assembled a few more sprigs of rosemary, a handful of vintage bottles (vintage Pyrex baby bottles, to be exact), white candles, and the same jute twine to make simple centerpieces to be used down the middle of the table.

They work nicely as a group or individually .... 

Again, so simple!!

Later this week I'll be sharing some tablescapes and place settings I'm working on for an upcoming presentation.

I do hope you'll come back for a visit!

May 4, 2014

Bits and Bobs

What a perfect spring day it was yesterday! 
I enjoyed it from inside, looking through my window ... pollen was so thick yesterday it forced me to stay inside. 

No worries, I had a great time putting together some "bits and bobs" collections to sell over on Facebook. I'm testing out a new auction formatted selling page. 

Here's some photos of collections I came up with ...

Neutral in tone ... faded whites mixed with creams, taupe, and tan.

Pretty sea glass colors of turquoise,blue, and green.

... and lastly blush pink coupled with browns and cream.

You can find the auction page HERE, but beware ... there are many pretties to see!

Auctions end tonight, Sunday 5/4 at 9pm CST.

Happy bidding xoxoxo

April 29, 2014

Rainy Day(s) ....

The weather forecast for the next three days is RAIN. Since I won't be digging into the garden anytime soon, I'll be digging into this pile of lace ... no complaints here, this is one of my FAVORITE places to dig ~and play !!

Do you have any rainy day plans? ... or sunny day plans?

April 22, 2014

Earth Day

Spend some time today loving on Mother nature ...

She'll love you back ten-fold.
It's a promise !!

April 16, 2014


Hug your friends today ..
and if you can't hug them, call or send them a note telling them how much they mean to you!
Just because you can.

Wishing you a day filled with friendship!

April 12, 2014

Saturday sunshine

Happy Saturday !!
I hope yours is filled with sunshine and good things ...
Enjoy the day to it's fullest.

I'll be putzing around the house and studio today ... and a few hours will be spent at the baseball fields. What are you up to?

April 10, 2014

Weekend project

Today has been a super nice and sunny day to do some gardening and yard cleanup!!

However, tomorrow the forecast is for rain. That being said, I'm gathering all my sunshine and blooms - in the form of baubles and gems, and heading to the studio tomorrow to do a little creating.

Here's what I'll be working on ... belt buckles full of sparkle !!

I hope you have time to enjoy the sunshine and if it's not sunny in your neck of the woods ... I hope you can create some of your own indoor sunshine!!

April 9, 2014

Organic tablescape

A natural, organic, nature inspired vignette packs a nice bunch when used in a Springtime tabletop landscape.

Here I've used greenery in the form of ivy and reindeer moss, combined it with a few bird's nests and eggs. A dash of chippy painted architectural salvage ... and incorporated a bumblebee via a print. I think what really makes it click is that the tablescape is arranged very informally, there's not a lot of structure, this keeps the 'natural' element consistent with the makeup of the arrangement.

Hunt and gather around your place ... you'll be surprised at what you can create with all natural ingredients!! 


April 8, 2014

Peonies and sunshine

Between my peonies breaking through the ground last week and a forecast for a nice warm sunny day today ... I can finally believe that Spring is truly ready to show her face! 

How about you? What's happening in your garden?

April 3, 2014

Throw Back Thursday ...

Throw back Thursday circa 2010 ..
Junk Gypsies Prom-O-Rama !!

What a fun time at the Prom ... I've never experienced anything like it before OR ever again.

Hoping one day I'll be lucky enough to go again!

March 31, 2014

Stash ....

A girls gotta have a little (or alot!) of stash, right?
Can you imagine this being yours? I could, easily.
It's not mine, only a photo from a past antique and collectibles show ... I probably have half this amount of trims stashed away. When I see a photo like this I want to spend a day in the studio creating!!

What's in your stash?
Do you squirrel it away ? ... or use it on a regular basis?

Have a happy Monday ... hope you're busy creating with your goods stashed away for play.

March 30, 2014

The notebooks ... and a little mystery

I found these tiny little red notebooks a few years back and haven't been able to part with them. They are so personal. When I read them I feel as though I'm invading a stranger's privacy. 

They contain recipes, addresses, and love notes. Like the page below ... is this the beginning of a love letter? A poem? A song? Who was it for? A girlfriend, a wife, or a mistress? Did the author ever express these feelings or did they go unsaid?

I'll never know ... it wasn't meant for me to know.
That's the charm of these little books ... Not to mention, their fabulously aged patina, rusty springs, and yellowed paper ... It's all part of the mystery.

March 20, 2014

Happy Spring !!

Like many of you, I'm welcoming Spring with open arms!!

I don't dislike winter ... 
I'm simply READY for Spring with it's warmer days, gardening days!

Wishing you a happy and healthy first day of Spring!

March 18, 2014

Key West ... homes and gardens

Have you ever been to the Florida Keys?

Here are some pics from my first taste of this tropical paradise .....


I hope you have enjoyed the homes ... next time I'll share the gardens!!

Do you have a favorite place you like to visit with fabulous homes and gardens?

In between blog posts, please visit me on Facebook.

February 16, 2014

Sunday morning in the studio

It's a quiet Sunday morning here ...  
I'm spending a few uninterrupted hours in the studio this morning creating and enjoying the solitude...

I've been gathering old books for some time now, I adore their faded timeworn covers, yellowed pages, and rich textures ...not to mention the wonderful illustrations!

I have a stash of old spines that have been lurking on my worktable begging for a makeover. I think they are just right as they are now ... but, I can't resist playing around ... I'm hoping to convert them into bookmarks with old world charm.

What do you have your creative hands on today?

February 13, 2014

A week of hearts No.4

A week of hearts ... day No.4

Good (snowy) morning all ... I hope everyone in the wake of the latest winter weather is safe and sound. We'll be huddled inside today maybe getting some projects done, but most likely watching movies and drinking hot chocolate!

I hope you like today's heart ... and I can't wait to see which one is your favorite !!

February 12, 2014

Heart day No.3

A week of hearts ... day No.3

I'm having so much fun creating hearts this week ... and so far, today is my personal FAVORITE !!...

...don't forget, over the weekend, we'll be taking a vote on what YOUR favorite heart of the week was.

Have a wonderful day ... I'm off to battle the mayhem at the supermarket...another foot of snow tonight!!

February 11, 2014

Heart day No.2

Day two of a week of hearts ...

This heart was super fun to make today.
The assortment of vintage cars reminds me of the Valentine's conversation heart candies!!

I'm enjoying creating these hearts so much, I've decide to do a new one each day this week.

If you liked any of yesterday's ironstone I used in the red and white dish heart, I have listed dome pieces for sell over in the Etsy shop.

February 10, 2014

Happy Valentine's week ...

Happy Valentine's week !!

Yesterday was all about linens ...
... today will be more vintage ironstone.

Featuring, you guessed it, red and white transferware in honor of Valentine's Day.

I pulled out all the dishes and had fun setting up this heart, I can never resist the urge to create ...

Wishing all of you the sweetest of weeks !!

February 9, 2014

fresh linens

New items are filling the shelves over at the Etsy shop.
Have you stopped by lately?
If not, take a peek at what you're missing !!
If you have, thank you for visiting !!

click on any photo for a direct link to shop

Antique and vintage linens have been newly laundered and pressed ... ready to be shipped.

What's better than fresh yummy vintage linens?
not much in my book!!

January 17, 2014

on the horizon

Something new is on the horizon

Stay tuned ....
{click photo for sneak peek}