winner chose the winner of floresdelsol's first giveaway Jill!

" Jill- This must be a week for my Favorite combos - Muppets and Queen, Peanut butter and Chocolate and Hobnail milk Glass and Moss - Pure Heaven! Love your work! and I follow ;) "

Thank you for all the wonderful comments. Jill, I will be contacting you soon for your address.

happy monday!

*photo of a vintage dainty painting in garden state vintage. I will be on vacation from my stores starting tomorrow until mid- January, but I will still be posting as I am out west for vacation!

on a freezing friday

it is cold outside today. COLD!!!!!! I could tell from the moment I woke up this morning. I felt a cool draft coming from the crack in my window. I was suddenly swept away to memories of my drafty cold shoe box room growing up in a charming old farmhouse outside of Buffalo, New York. It was always freezing upstairs, the heat did not carry well through that old house. This morning I very much wanted to snuggle up with my old electric blanket that kept my toes warm through countless winters.

Here are some of my favorite white christmas decor items. Perfect for an old cold country home:

vintage holland mold mid century christmas tree from the sundaytimesmarket

2009 Commemorative Dove from Palomas nest

land-rich's tallow berry bulb {via modish}

petite winter trees by paintedwhite

vintage silver and gold ornaments from 5gardenias

noel-holiday hemp pillow from nestahome

don't forget.. my first giveaway ends this monday

and please stay warm!

the holly and the ivy

I have this book. Its a wonderful popular vintage book, but I am sad to say that I have grown to love it as I have ripped it apart. I found it in a recycling room as I was scrounging around for some boxes and bubble wrap to use for my etsy sales. "Familiar Quotations". I started to use pages from it folded in half and wrapped around packages and I often find inspiriting quotes as I wrap an etsy design up. Some are random, some are funny, some are famous.

I love the red holly berries in full bloom and the beautiful evergreen english ivy that is still slowly infringing upon my window. Ivy is one of very few plants this time of year to flash lime green with new growth. I found this old carol in the anonymous section of the book and it reminded me of the beauty still growing outdoors this cold Christmas time of year:

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown:
The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing in the choir.
The holly bears a blossom
As white as lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet saviour-----
Carol. The Holly and the Ivy

and so I am wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!

floresdelsol's first giveaway!

Here it is, my first giveaway!
moss cluster no. 15 in a vintage milk glass hobnail pedestal:

How to enter:
Its easy! Just leave a comment on this post to enter.

Contest ends December 14th

You can double your chances of winning by becoming a follower of this blog, just leave me another comment that you did (or already are).

Even more chances of winning by tweeting, facebooking or blogging this giveaway, once again leave a comment with each thing you've done.

--Contest open to only US and Canada
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HOORAY for free things!

custom design

I created a custom design recently for Dionne of City of Dionne. A lovely blog featuring her talent of intricate illustrations. She sent me a copy of a print she has in her room and the color palette she was looking for.
Beach Day by cathynicols

so I took that, and made this:

one of my favorites so far. I love that she gave me a beautiful painting to go off of for the colors, otherwise my own brain might not have ever chosen this color palette to put together. Look for her blog of my design this weekend!
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