"My" Gardenhouse Inspirations

I'm loving this book! My friend Laura gave it to me and it has such wonderful and simple inspirations...I love the chippy/rusty stool! I have the dish rack pictured below. I need use in my kitchen to display some of my transfer ware.
I love old bistro chairs. I have 4 on my patio. I'm still in search of the perfect narrow farm table for my patio.
looking through this book has me inspired to look through some of my treasures and give my patio a little fluffing!
We're headed for some R&R down at the beach. We're renting a beach house with some of our besties - it should be a wonderfully relaxing time ~ with 8 teenagers! lot's of magazines, books, food and of course a little rum and pineapple! I'll be posting my 2-year anniversary give-away when I return - 2 years of blogging that is. Take care!


Cheap Tricks Decorating

Last night The Alley hosted a class by Interior Decorator Claudine Barnett. Hosts Karee and Rene have a wonderful new store in Mission Viejo - the name is changing soon but they were mum as to what the new name would be. They used to have a wonderful store in Ladera Ranch "The Loft" that they sold. Prior to that their shop "Vintage Charm" was just a few blocks from where they are now.
Claudine shared with the group tips and tricks to create wonderful tablescapes and how to make your bookshelves pop with style. They plan to hold classes regularly so please check their blogs for future dates. Their merchandise at The Alley is ever-changing and ranges from eclectic to Tuscan-style - lot's of wonderful accessories! There is a wonderful lamp there that I have my eye on!


Buttons & Inspiration

Here is the bracelet that I created last week at a class. The vintage glass buttons are simple but elegant. The beading work that we did was really fun and I learned some wonderful techniques from Heather.
I'm really inspired to create more with the buttons and baubles that I have collected. But for now I'm off to bake a chocolate cake! Our baby turns 15 tomorrow and his request was chocolate and more chocolate!!


Fun at the Market

What an awesome day it was at the Peddlers Market Saturday! I was hanging out with some of my besties and selling, selling, selling! I loved it. Oh yes and I did have a slice of apple pie after I set up my space Friday afternoon :) I snapped a few photos and honestly most of the things shown were wrapped up and placed in bags to go home with happy customers.

Not sure if you can see the vintage shakers below but they went home with the lovely Janice from The Faded Cottage. She and her mom Kathy are delightful and it was nice to see both of them again! Janice is going to fill the shakers with glitter! I just love that idea ~ I need to look for more shakers!!

I went to a great estate sale Friday morning and picked up 3 great vintage suitcases. Only one came home with me and I think I will decoupage it with vintage sheet music. Lot's of friends came by to visit and shop, it was such a wonderful day!
Enjoy the rest of your week!