Monday, June 22, 2015

Lavender Sachets

Well it's official.  Summer is here!  Our children had their last day of school Friday and now the summer fun commences.  I love these long, sunny days, and plan to carve out some time for creating as well as fun activities.
I wanted to let you know about some recent goods added to my Etsy shop.  I can't believe Etsy is celebrating its' 10th anniversary!  I've been enjoying selling there for almost 4 years now and I want to thank everyone who has visited my shop, even just to peek.  :)

I love the smell of lavender and these sachets are the latest to my collection:

The red floral fabric is just lovely, and I've added a patch of vintage French laundry tape to each.

I've listed two of these, but I do have two more that I just need to stuff with lavender.

They fit right in with my other sachets for sale:

The Flea Market Finds section of my shop has some great new treasures as well:

Hope you stop by for a visit.  Enjoy your summer - I'll be checking in here from time to time!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Trunk Makeover with MMS Milk Paint, White Lilacs and First Communion

Happy June!  I can't believe how fast May flew by.  It's been busy here.  For starters, I've been having fun re-stocking my Etsy shop with vintage treasures and handmade pieces.  The creative muse is on overdrive!  Also, my family had a fun expedition to the local flea market and I found something I've long been searching for - a vintage wood trunk.  Actually, my husband spotted it when we were about to leave.  I wanted the trunk to be something we both liked, and this one fit all our criteria.  It is definitely old, well-made of solid wood, large, and has a flat top to double as a coffee table and storage.

I painted the trunk using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint for the first time.  It came out just as I had envisioned with a nice chippy patina.  I ended up mixing equal parts Shutter Gray with Grain Sack to get a light grayish color.  Love it!

Here is a photo of the trunk prior to painting.  I may replace those dirty old rope handles with something new eventually:

Although the wood was definitely worn down, I discovered as I painted that I did need to sand some patchy areas that still had a bit of glossy sheen.  The milk paint had fallen right off of those areas once it dried.  But the second coat of milk paint stayed after I sanded.

Here are some more lilacs to share with you...bunches of the white variety in our dining room:

They smelled wonderful while they lasted!

Another fun outing our family had this May was to a book sale at the library.  I got some wonderful vintage books there and this one is my favorite - a vintage Charles Dickens' children's book!
I adore the sweet cover:

Inside are the most delightful illustrations as well:

Speaking of sweet....the best news to share is that our daughter received her First Communion in May!  Tears welled as I watched her receive Jesus for the first time in the Sacrament of Eucharist.   My heart just...swelled.  I love that girl.

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