I was thinking that I don't photograph my vintage finds often enough.. yep, still hoarding the pretties lately. Will be glad to have a place to put them soon! But since I can't photograph them properly in their "homes" around the house, I did a quick little photo shoot of some things. There's so much that I pick up here and there, so it's hard to photograph everything, but here are some favs as of late. Most of these will be going in our dining room once it's repainted in the next couple weeks...
I had been browsing Etsy for some melmac pieces for a while. I knew I wanted to display some in our dining room in some way. I'm a sucker for anything plastic (as I know I've mentioned) and I adore the fabulous colors that you can find in vintage melmac. But I got lucky. On my way home from Birmingham, AL several weeks ago, I stumbled onto a gigantic flea market and found these for super cheap. I bought several of the green mugs for less than a dollar each.
I also love that these pieces are plastic because I can't tell you how many new and vintage pieces I've lost because of a certain boy that likes to throw balls around in the house *cough Cooper cough*. Just this weekend I lost my Virgin Mary and a few days before I lost half of my butterfly set. sigh. Serves me right I guess for putting breakables in the room to begin with! Ah well, RIP dear ones. ; )
I've been slowly growing my Pyrex collection. Gosh, who doesn't love these? The colors and designs are just to die for. The super pretty and mod background is actually a large tray I found at Eclectica in Miami (of which I still need to share with you! i have SO much Miami goodness to still share with you!)
I found these sweet mugs on Etsy.. the design was just too perfect and so were the sunny colors. The fabric is also equally yummy, also a vintage find!
This is a fondue pot I found just this weekend! I've been eyeing these for the longest time and it actually came as a complete set with the fondue utinsels, stand, etc. My family never used to make fondue, but Ethan's family used to make it all the time in the 70's/80's. I think we should actually use this one day! I usually buy things just for decorative purposes, but this must be used. It was $5 for the complete set which I thought was a great deal. I don't always find such great deals.. so don't think I'm that lucky all the time. ha
Another kitschy find I couldn't pass up. I already have a lucky cat that a dear friend gave me, but who doesn't need more luck in their lives? Not I.
I have a new kit that came out today! Nicho Ornaments & Frames
I've always had a soft spot for Latin American folk art. I especially love Nichos which are traditionally mixed media shadow boxes typically decorated with images and objects from religious and popular culture. These ornaments reminded me of tiny little nichos. I've also created frame versions that you can add your own images to! (clipping masks included)
Look Ma, I made a scrapbook page!
I just love the sweet little touch this new kit adds to my page. I used a lot of elements from Paislee Press. I LOVE Liz's work! I used a quick page from this kit (I looooove quick page kits. So great for whipping up a page super-fast when you're short on free time) and I also used her gorgeous papers from this kit. The velvet ribbon is from my Blog Hop kit that I created.. remember? It's in my shop now if you missed it!
Here is a digital page from Georgia using the new kit...
And a few hybrid projects. The first is from Cathy. She made a cute little bookmark! It could also be used as an ornament...
And some beautiful hybrid projects by Marie. She printed out the kit elements to make a decorated matchbox, journal & gift... gorgeousness! She added her own imagery to the frames except for Lady of Guadalupe below...
And last, a seriously beautiful digital page by Tania. I always adore the way she mixes color and pattern and her compositions are always perfection. This particular page is particularly lovely because of her journaling. Tania is Latina and Catholic and she remembers a lot of these sorts of decorations around her grandmother's home, so this new kit was perfect for her page. Be sure to read her journaling.
And unrelated to the new kit, but related to my Granny's Attic kit, i don't think I ever posted this page that I created... I really hope to find more time to scrap, because it really is fun.
And last, this is what we were up to this weekend.. the boys' cousins were in town from Dallas. Cooper was in heaven hanging out with his older cousins who are so sweet and patient with him. We feel very blessed that the boys have cousins that they love to spend time with. We were always worried that Cooper would be too young to play with his older cousins, but it's been quite the opposite. Those boys are so sweet to him! And wow, they are getting big. We introduced Brooks and Ross to the gloriousness that is Wipeout this weekend. It was a big hit.
As you can see, Ethan's sister has trained her boys well. When they see a camera, they immediately smile without being bribed... as you can see Cooper hasn't quite caught on.
There that's better (after encouragement from Mom)...
The older two raided our hat collection as you can tell.
And this is what was happening on the other side of the room. We turned around and saw this sweet little scene...
It was a lovely weekend, although both boys have come down with strep. AGAIN. Would love to hear anyone's thoughts or experiences with this. Cooper has had strep around 5 times this year and every time passes it on to Campbell. Cooper is obviously an easy carrier for it. I keep hearing that getting the tonsils out can keep strep away, but I know that pediatricians are steering clear from doing that as much these days. As much as I don't like the thought of that, I also don't like that he's getting strep constantly. Strep can be a serious thing as well, especially if it never goes away. Anyway! Would love to hear your experiences.
Oh! And I have a winner to announce for the Danny Brito giveaway! I'm so thrilled at how you all enjoyed his work. I can't wait to share more artists with you!
And the winner is....
Wow, I am so glad you featured his work. I have never seen it before, but now I'm hooked! I would love to win this giveaway!
email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you all had a nice weekend!