Monday, April 21, 2008

Flea Market Finds and Weekend Reading

Happy Monday everyone!




I decided to work on a few projects yesterday and since it rained ALL day long, I thought I'd get out the sewing machine. I loved making that Eiffel Tower pillow that I posted about here so I though I'd make yet another French Inspired pillow. Can you tell I absolutely adore anything French??


so, here it is and like the previous one, I was again inspired by a cute vintage postcard.


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Then, as promised, here are my latest flea market finds...these two items below are going to go into a swap gift package that I'm working on. (Just a little sneak peak Rhonda!!)
I also found this adorable wall hook made out of a glass doorknob. It's a reproduction but soooo cute all the same. It's one of the few things that I will leave exactly as I found it. I'm going to put it in my kitchen and hang a few of my aprons on it.Lastly, would you look at this super cute bed tray? I'm going to repaint it in a softer, creamier white to make it look fresh. Then, I'm going to decoupage the removeable tray part of it with a soft blue and creamy beige toile fabric remnant that I have. Once all of that is finished, I will antique the whole thing. Can't wait to start working on the tray but I have to hold off until we get a sunny day and it dries up a bit outside. Then I can paint it out there!
After many indoor games played with the kids and a bug making session, (plastic bugs made from sqirtable goo - what can I say, we have 3 boys!!) I got a little free time while they played with the V-Smile. So, I had a chance to read my new Romantic Homes magazine and a new book from the library called "French Country at Home" What a beautiful book!!
Here are a few pages from the book for you to enjoy...






And finally, a project that I completed last week but never had the chance to post.

I was at the Goodwill store and found this lovely obelisk plant stand for $5!! Very cute but definitely needed a makeover.


So here is the completed stand holding a few of my favorite things...


my sweet nest from the extremely talented Heather of Pretty Petals Boutique

A cute little cherub that I bought at an antique store about 5 years ago...
I have a neat little story about that antique store. Before my husband and I got married, I lived with three roommates in this really cool old house. The house was built in the 1700's and had served many uses throughout the years. It was at one time a tavern, a hotel and I believe a post office too. Anyway, I moved out when I got married and then several years later, my mom and I were antiquing in that same town. We stopped by "my old house" to see if any of my roommates still lived there. I had been out of touch with them for a couple of years and was going to surprise them with a visit. However, when I got there, we discovered that the house had been sold to new owners who turned it into an antique store! Of course we had to go in! It was kind of neat to walk into my old room and see all of the pretty things in there and the kitchen where I used to make so many meals was all full of candles and cute handmade soaps! One day if I ever make it back there, I'll have to take some pictures. I found that cute cherub on a shelf that was tucked into an alcove at the top of the stairs(where I used to store my off season clothing - LOL)

And here is a little heart shaped pillow that I made



Have a wonderful Monday and stay dry if it's raining where you are!!


xo, Erin




66 comments:

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Love all the French!!! It is so inviting. Your stand is marvelous and really like the story about your old house! You are now on my blogroll and my google/reader!

Mrs. B said...

That pillow is just as fabulous as your last one! I'm going to have to try that fabric transfer stuff. I also love that hook you found! And that book looks like great! I might have to try to find that one. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Sherry/Cherie said...

So much beautiful eye candy to see today Erin...and I love the pillow you made!!

jennifer said...

Hello Sister Hare from another Mister Hare! You posted pictures from magazines. Coming here ALWAYS looks like pictures from a magazine. You don't have to show somebody else's stuff - yours is JUST as gorgeous!

Love ya Sweetie and hope your week is good.

Jennifer

Erin~~The Classy Rabbit~~ said...

Jennifer...hello my friend...my sister hare...that is the kindest thing to say! It's very difficult to convey in words just how much your compliment means to me. I thank you from my heart! You have a wonderful week too and be blessed!!

Hugs,
Erin

Sugarplum Cottage said...

Erin, I'm working on a tray too, I'm using R. Ashwell fabric to cover bottom. I look forward to seeing yours when it is finished. I have fench country in my house and your blog is very inspiring.

From the Sweet South, RoseMarie

Lizzie said...

Oh thanks so much for sharing pictures from your relaxing read this past weekend- I haven't had time to sit and sift through such soft pictures on decorating in months, so visiting your blog today made for a refreshing read for me, too! Love that red and black bath, and also that beautiful toile window seat!

Your french inspired pillow with the vintage postcard is lovely. So pretty.

Beverly said...

Love your pillow, and the image is darling. Great plant stand - you've done a wonderful job.

Wow, would I love that window seat. Gorgeous, isn't it?

I can't wait to see your finished tray.

dollybelle said...

Great pillows! Lovely story!
xoxo
Dollybelle

Jennifer said...

I love the pictures..cool stuff:) Yeah mom asked when we got home if we got pushed and I said yes by humans out of a ditch..lol..I'm like you I think its gravity or decline ..lol..god bless you:)

Rhondamum said...

How funny that I checked in today! I love the sneak peak, I am so excited!

Things have been crazy here, sorry to not be in touch! My dog got hit by a car, made it home, but it took her 30 hours. I was in a panic. Haven't been myself, but I am excited about your sending your goodies.

I need your address when you get a chance. Please email me... Rlsecrist@aol.com.

Oh how I love that book! We would have so much fun if we were able to hang out together for an afternoon! So much in common!

Hope all is well!
Rhonda...

Cami said...

Your pillows are divine. M'mmmm!!! Just adore them. And can't wait to see what you do w/ the tray. It's on my list of things to do too. I'm a go all day kinda girl, but love that moment when I finally sit down in my bed to rest. Write in my gratitude journal. Have a cup of hot tea. A tray would be so handy!

vickie said...

I found you through Ele's blog. So much fun to look through blogland.
Your pillow is beautiful, thanks for sharing your story about your old house, and great pictures.

Alison Boon said...

The pillow is so chic. Very trendy. Thanks for sharing the pages of the magazines, love the bedroom, so romantic.

Jillian said...

I really enjoyed taking a peek at all of your neat finds and I love the pillow you made. Your antique store story was great, too!

Counting Your Blessings said...

That's a great story about your house! And the cherub is right up my alley too. Have a great weekend. Blessings.. Polly

www.potsandpins.com said...

What a wonderful blog! I feel very inspired after my visit - and I especially love your French pillow...I would never have thought to use photo transfer fabric but I just might give it a try! Thanks!

Rue said...

Hi there Erin :)

I love all your finds! I think I might have to make something like that door knob hanger for my apron too. Right now it's just tied to a drawer handle.

I think I also have to get that book! Beautiful pictures :)

I hope you're having a wonderful Sunday.
hugs,
rue :)

Michelle said...

You sure did have a lot of neat finds! The pillow you made is wonderful too!

Michelle said...

You sure did have a lot of neat finds! The pillow you made is wonderful too!

Bethany said...

Lovely finds all :) The pillow you made and the re-done little rack are both fun and elegant....nice thrift finds you happened upon too!
It rained here too...thanks for brightening up my day with your post :)

Jennifer said...

You've been tagged, go to my page for details:)

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Your pillows are great. I think I might try that fabric transfer someday....Love all your finds! Can't wait to see how you transform the tray. Hugs, DebraK

Susie Q said...

Oh what a lovely post! The pillow is just so pretty! What a great job on the plant stand! It is just beautiful.
I just got my Romantic Homes too...sweet issue! The book looks like one I would love!

Thank you for sharing all these goodies!

Hugs,
Sue

jennifer said...

Hello Erin Dear! Just hopping by for a quick hello and I hope you are having a nice weekend.

Be blessed.

Jen

Silver Bell Cottage said...

Oh, what beautiful photos indeed. Thank you for sharing. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.
Alexandra

Kelli @ Vintage Vavoom said...

This is my first time visiting your blog and I must tell you how much I am enjoying it. I love your vintage finds! I can't wait to see your tray when you are finished.

Kelli

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a pleasant rainy day!
My mother gave me that very book for my birthday and I do love it! And of course I love all the other French things.
What a pretty blog!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Erin!
Love that book! And your pillow is adorable. Are you making your own pillow covers or do you purchase them already made and then transfer the picture on? I have been looking for pre made pillow covers in cream/linen..
Penny

Feathering My Nest said...

I love your pictures Erin, but I'm with Jennifer, you have such pretty things in your home. You are very talented. Kathi

Mandie said...

Your blog is beautiful. I too love french country. I love the pillow you made. I believe I will be trying that. Thank you and love your blog.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Hi Erin!! Everything is just beautiful and sooooo comfy looking! Love the goodwill plant stand find for $5

Jacki said...

Love the story of the cherub! As much as I love collecting, it's often how I got it that makes it special. And now I have to go find the book you showed us!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Just stopping by to wish you a very Happy Mother's Day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

jennifer said...

Hey Girl! Just a quick hello! I am running a blog roll marathon and visiting all the folks on my Blog roll!

Take care!

Jen

Mya said...

beautiful photos. Love all the yummy pictures in Romantic Home mag. Love the pillow too.
-Mya

Suzanne said...

Goodwill is definitely my favorite thrifting spot. I've found so many wonderful things to be repurposed in my home. I love that obelisk plant stand. What a find.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Jo Anne O. said...

Hi Erin! I just thought I would stop over and say thanks for adding my blog to your list of links. I am pleased that you consider my blog one of your "pretty places"! I like what you have going on over here and will be back!

Jennifer said...

Hey Girl,
Are you alright? You have not posted in a while and I never got anything in the mail from you and got to worrying about you:) Hope your doing alright and look forward to your postings soon:)God Bless and have a great day:)
Jennifer

Elizabeth said...

Love your blog overall, especially today's entry with all of your great finds from the weekend! What a great deal on that obelisk; I've been looking for one at the thrift stores but no luck.

When you have a chance, would you email me about all of the different swaps you have listed on your sidebar? I'd like to know more about this, and they don't link out.
Thanks!

Stephanie said...

Hi! Just found you thru the FFM. Will return to your beautiful blog again soon!

Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Joy said...

I love the little stand you got at the GW and all the goodies you have on it too!

Jillian said...

Hi Erin,

Just checking in on you...miss your blog posts...hope all is going well in Classy Rabbit land.

Jillian

Brenda said...

Looks like you had one great weekend.

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

So did you decide to take a break from blogging ?
We all miss you.

Ciao
Glenda

Jennifer said...

Missing you in blog land:)
Love,
Jennifer

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Hi Erin..
oh your blog is great ..love the glass knob hook and the bedtray ..especially your Eiffel tower pillow is darling..hugs Patty

Jennifer said...

Still missing you in blog land!! Hope all is well with you!!
Love
Jennifer

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Erin, everything is just lovely! Great photos and that pillow you made is just precious as can be!

Have a great weekend,
Becky

Susie said...

Hi Erin! Just popped by and found all your treasures you found. Great finds! I was oohing and aahing all throughout your post.
Susie
The Polka Dot Rose

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Hi there! You have the same colors in your home that I do. I adore black, white, and red. Love your redo on your etagere. I have that same French at home book. I will be adding you to my list of faves on my blog...so I can visit often. thanks, cherry

Rue said...

Hi Erin :)

I keep checking on you. I hope everything is okay.

hugs,
rue

Jennifer said...

I keep a check on your blog to see if you have posted anything, hope all is well!! Missing you in blogland:)
Jennifer

Shabbee Chick said...

Just stumbled upon your blog and it's great! Love the pillow!

Happy Saturday!

Jen r. said...

Lovely! I love the pillow!!!! It's fantastic!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Oh, what's not to love about "all things French *sigh* my passion too.

Blessings,

Sher

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Deanna said...

Hi Erin,
I hope you haven't forgotten about me!! I just recently have been able to tolerate being on the laptop. I read your blog and you have done such a great job with it. I can't wait to read more and catch up on it.

God Bless,
Deanna

averyclaire said...

I see your last post was nearly seven months ago. Is your blog closed now? If so, I am sorry. I have just discovered it and it is really nice.

Deanna said...

Erin, I don't know if you have given up your blog but just in case you do come back I wanted tell you that I hope you had a blessed Christmas and a great New Year.

I hope you return soon. I miss your posts.

Deanna :)

Julie said...

I am out visiting new blogs today and just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed yours! We decorated our 'interesting' home in French Country as well.

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Just popped in to see if you were home.Hi Erin.. (:)
hugs,Patty

Nicolette said...

Erin, the pillows is simply fantastic. Be sure to drop me a line at Furniture and Design Ideas next time you have such amazing items.

Nicolette
http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

A dreamy post(:)
Hugs,Patty

Debbie Kay said...

Sure wish I had the candleabra in the header on your blog! It would look so beautiful on my gift table for my wedding.

I love your blog, hope to encourage you to get back to blogland.....

Debbie Kay

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