Free Spring Printable

Free Spring Printable

Happy First Day of Spring!

To celebrate, feel to print and frame this “leetle” printable, with love from me to you. 🙂

Simply right-click, save, print, and pop in a frame; it’ll look best as a 4×6.

I’d love to know if you use it. And, of course, if you share it on your blog, please link back to mine.

Now get out there and enjoy some Spring stuff!

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8

I’m linking up to:

Saving 4 Six: Thursday Think Tank

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs: Our Sunday Best Showcase

A Peek Into My Paradise: Happiness is Homemade

Lamb Around

”Proverbs

One Day, Two Makeovers

photo 1 (6)Hi there, Friends!

It’s been that kind of delicious Spring day. The kind where you fling open the windows and are greeted with blue skies and puffs of warm air. Kids were laughing, birds were chirping, and it was time to put cream and sugar in my usually-black coffee.

If you’re anything like me, a day like that means it’s time to whip out a paint brush and put some pretty in the world (you get that, right?!).

When Mr. S came onto the scene a couple of Septembers ago, we realized that our little apartment, just perfect for one, needed some upgrades to accommodate two. Alas, my sweet little bedside tables were stored away and replaced with a pair of nightstands with real drawers. Though it sure was a good choice for our little family, I missed those pretty cottage-y tables with their curvy lines (Home Goods steals).

Armed with some French Linen Chalk Paint, whose fateful purchase you can read about here, it was time to bring one of them back home. I found the perfect spot for it and transformed it from a deep green to a lovely taupe-y gray.

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I am in love with this matte color. It’s definitely a gray, but somehow still so soft and warm! photo 4 (2)photo 5 (1)

My favorite reading nook just got better!

My next victim was one of the most used items in our little apartment. In fact, I’m sitting on it now. I wanted to lighten up our cheap-o Target desk chair. This baby is not heirloom quality by any means, so I felt no guilt or hesitation when painting it Duck Egg Blue.

The only before photo I could find (smack to the forehead for forgetting to take one) is this one of Mr. S who while fist pumping to “Eye of the Tiger” completing a research paper. I am positive that everyone is secretly as weird as we are behind closed doors… At least I hope we’re not the only ones.

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I feel like the chair is much happier herself in her new shade of blue. It was the first piece of furniture I’ve ever waxed, and I was somewhat surprised by the process even though I’d read about it before. It was a LOT of elbow grease, but well worth it! Today, a few hours after the last coat, it’s surprisingly hard and not at all soft or tacky.

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Last but not least, I thought it was worth including my loyal companion, keeping guard against the outside world as I did some reading in bed this morning. My fellow dog lovers can read about little Lucy’s less-than-smooth transition into our family here. Pet adoption is tough but worth it!

She was a great defender with her distinctive beagle baying directed at each passerby (our neighbors love us, guys).

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Linking up to:

Savvy Southern Style: Wow Us Wednesdays

Miss Mustard Seed: Furniture Feature Friday

Domestically Speaking: The Power of Paint Party

Sweet Haute Link Party

The Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday

My Romantic Home: Show and Tell Friday

French Country Cottage: Show and Tell Friday

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs: Our Sunday Best Showcase

A Peek Into My Paradise: Happiness is Homemade

Lamb Around

DIY Showoff: That DIY Party

Catch a Glimpse Button


Let’s Go on a Treasure Hunt Part 2

Hello Again! I am so glad you decided to join me once again for some more window shopping, my one and only “sport.”

If you missed Part 1 of our Asheville adventure, you can find it by clicking here.

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I have to begin with my big “splurge” of the trip. We visited Southern Highland Craft Gallery just to kill some time. It features work by local artisans who have incredible talent. Featured artists include exceptional woodworkers, jewelry makers, painters, sculptors, quilters, and more.

Truly on a whim, we decided to purchase some wooden cooking utensils. I love the idea that everyday objects can serve as beautiful, functional art. They require a little more gentle care than my steel utensils, but they’ll put a smile on my face every time I use them. Though we both agreed to purchase them, I know Mr. S just wanted to see me smile.

IMG_0999The next two items were found in a Biltmore Village antique store. Not only did I love them, I actually felt that I could replicate at home.

If I ever decide to make over our buffet, I think I’d do a painted pattern like the one on the left. Can you make out the red and white leaves and birds? Though I am a fan of light whites and soothing neutrals in our home, I love the contrast a dark focus piece like this provides.

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The chair on the right was one of a set of four. They made my jaw drop. I loved not only their classic shape but the unusual, muted, inky-blue fabric with pops of orange and red. Together with the dark wood finish, it stole the show.

The rest of the shop included many beautiful, fussy things I’m not quite sophisticated enough to appreciate. 😉

We actually even found some furniture and light fixtures equal in price to my entire salary at a nearby store. Can you just picture me holding my breath, praying not to knock anything over?! We couldn’t stop gawking like total tourists at every price tag and yet couldn’t help feeling quite relieved when we left!

We next stopped at “Screen Door,” and we are so happy we did! It is sort of a co-op including MANY dealers and a variety of vintage, re-finished, re-purposed and hand-crafted items.

Though I am picturing items that suit my personal taste below, believe me, there was something for everyone at this place, from mid-century modern, to mountain-cabin rustic.

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This huge sign caught my eye right off the bat! I would estimate that it is about 7 feet wide.

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Antique tobacco baskets with missing pieces are a common sight here in the South. What is uncommon is to see such baskets artfully repaired with another material.

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We laughed together as we agreed that this would be an excellent way to finally protect our little plants from our ruthless Lucy. If you don’t know who Lucy is, you can read about her here.

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This table is great inspiration for our soon-to-be-built table (to pair with the chairs featured in I Snagged A Deal, Y’all!)IMG_1010

I know someone is crying because this booth’s owner decided to paint over wood, but I think the result is beautiful! IMG_1014

Mr. S. was frustrated that all these teeth and gears had no function, but we both appreciated the industrial look of this “bar cart.”

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I could see this piece being utilized as storage in a foyer or play room (Although, watch out! I imagine a scratch from this baby might require a tetanus shot)! IMG_1024 IMG_1022

Pretty cool pillows for sale as either insert and cover, or just cover. IMG_1017

Another, more Santos Figure like those found in Part 1. IMG_1025

I am in love the with texture and print on these textiles! IMG_1026

Another neat textile display featuring lovely cobalt blue.IMG_1027

Beautiful frames made with scrap wood and beadboard for a cause. You can find them here.

To understand how awesome these next three finds are, you must visit Restoration Hardware’s wooden mirror collection.

Then, compare the products featured online with these in the Screen Door booth for a fraction of the price!

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I think this craftsman did an incredible job. He/she had other finishes available, too!

Let’s Go on a Treasure Hunt Part 1

Hi there, friend! Ready to come along on a treasure hunt?

IMG_0985Mr. S and I recently traveled to North Carolina to accomplish some military-related business and then sneak in a few days of rest and relaxation.

We traveled all night and morning until we reached our destination. After recovering in our hotel room for a couple of hours, we grabbed an espresso-filled pick-me-up and hit the pavement (or cobblestone in Asheville).

We investigated a few of the many specialty and antique shops of Asheville, NC (guess who was happier about that) and discovered all sorts of goodies.

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Our First stop was the Gardener’s Cottage. This lovely little store was nestled right up to Biltmore Estate (if you’re unfamiliar, it is a HUGE, lovely, over-the-top home built by the Vanderbilt family). Like most shops near the Biltmore, it’s filled with expensive antiques, but this one also offers some truly beautiful plants. We even came home with some flora of our own (now to keep it alive).

Here are a few of the gems that made my heart happy:

IMG_0992This amazing twig chandelier is delightfully whimsical.

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Everything in the shop had a natural feeling, like these unique utensils and flower-themed bowls.

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This dreamy hydrangea wreath brought my own wedding bouquet to mind.

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I brought home a couple of “Baby’s Tears” plants, along with some great advice for their care. They are pictured above on our dresser.

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The little fern in my birdcage and stone rabbit are also from The Gardener’s Cottage, and bring a little bit of the outdoors in. IMG_1182The fern, bird’s egg nest, and stone rabbit were all Asheville finds that were immediately incorporated into our little Spring-themed vignette as soon as we walked in our door.

IMG_1161Another happy find was “Tobacco Barn Antiques.

Please believe me when I say that “enormous” doesn’t even begin to describe this multiple-vendor site. This place was HUGE!

Like many antique stores, there was a wide variety of items, time periods, and prices. But with so many items from so many vendors, we were sure to find some gems. In fact, I commented many times that I could decorate our entire home with finds from the Barn.

Below are just a few of the items that truly enchanted me. Friend, if I could have brought all of them home, I might have! I hope something catches your eye, too.

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Mr. S. was amused by my love of this tiny crown. 🙂
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This awesome table is solid wood unlike a hollow version we found in a big-box store.

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These candle molds were available in abundance. Can you picture one of them as a beautiful, primitive centerpiece? IMG_1155

I loved this complete mantel’s rich color, intricate carvings, and cheap price tag!
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If only all birds could be so lucky to have digs like this.

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I was amused that these chairs wound up here. Someone clearly saw them as outdated and frumpy, but this style, like nearly everything else in design, has come back around! IMG_1152

I loved these nesting tables in natural wood, and would also adore them painted with some chippy Milk Paint or “antiqued” Chalk Paint. IMG_1151

Some folks probably don’t understand my fascination with this basket full of old shoe forms. Do you? 🙂 IMG_1150

We wished we could take this beautiful island/occasional table with us.
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This cotton wreath would make such a soft, Southern welcome. IMG_1144

This candelabra would look fantastic hanging over a rustic table. IMG_1143

Nothing says “Sweet, Strong Stewarts” like a rusted, metal S. IMG_1147

Weathervanes in my favorite color

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There were plenty of olive baskets. I have seen these used in kitchens for apple and potato storage, and think they’d make a pretty neat container for guest room bath towels.IMG_1145

Something about the blue-and-white stripes and chippy wood made me fall for this unusual footstool.

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Can you picture this salvaged old alcove’s former glory? I envision it as a pretty nifty store display.IMG_1140

I loved this old entrance to a house of worship. IMG_1139

Who can resist golden angel wings? IMG_1130

Do you see the potential in this old junk, too, or am I just a sentimental nut? Either way, we sure had fun scrounging around!

I hope you’ll share your favorite find with me, and that you’ll join me tomorrow for Part 2.

I’m Linking Up To:

     Not Just a Housewife

     Be Different, Act Normal

     Reasons to Skip the Housework

     A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

     Happiness Is Homemade

Too Much Time On My Hands