christmas decorating with vintage finds

Almost every time I go to visit my mother in Central New York, we make our obligatory stop at this fabulous Antique Barn in her area. The place is filled with all sorts of findings and we spend hours looking at furniture and pawing through tchotchkes, dishes, clothing…stuff. I almost always walk out with something.

On our last visit there, I picked out a handful of items that I intended to use for a cute vintage Christmas vignette. When mixed in with some items I already had (from that Antique Barn), I was able to get something a little bit vintage, a little bit a simple, and a lot of merry.


The “merry” blocks, the adorable brass deer set, the record, and the books all came from that day.  The bowl was acquired on a different trip from that same shop.


I don’t typically do all-vintage, but once I saw these great items I decided to just go with it.  I was so excited to try out something a little out of my ‘zone’ and am happy with the results!Signature

Linking it Up:
The Merriest Blog Hop
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feather home decor roundup

Decorating with feathers has become one of my favorite ways to add little accents in trendy home decor.  There are lots of ways just a few little (or large) feathers can go a long way to making a stylish statement.


Check out some of these pretties.

cupid arrow feathers

Cupid Arrows on Celebration

etsy dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher from perpetUMobile

feather garland

Feather Garland on Lark and Lace

feather heart wreath

Feather Heart Wreath on Bespoke Bride

feather wall hanging

Feather Wall Hanging on Free People

feather wreath

Fall Feather Wreath on Brown Bobbin

feather flower arrangement

Flower Arrangement on Style Me Pretty

gilded feather art

Gilded Feather Framed Art on Studs & Pearls


Paper Feather Wreath on Lia Griffith

valentine dreamcatcher

Heart Dreamcatcher on Funkytime

Do any of these inspire you to add some feathers to your home decor?  I am loving the dreamcatchers.  So many possibilities!


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waste basket upcycle {diy}

Do you love dressing up the ordinary items around your house?  I do.  I am not afraid to admit that sometimes I get a little out-of-control with my sassiness either.


I am working on putting together my craft space in the basement (sssslllloooooowwwwwllllyyyy) and wanted a fun waste basket.  Let’s be honest, your garbage pail should be just as spark-tacular as the rest of your space, right?

I couldn’t find an inexpensive, fun waste basket so I made one.


Grab an inexpensive plastic waste basket, your favorite paints, and some tape.  Then go to town.  Wait, before you do…consider reading this “How to Paint Perfect Stripes…” post from Centsational Girl.  We don’t want your colors to bleed!.

First I taped off to spray white, removed the tape, and allowed it to dry.  The next day I taped over the white, prepped for the black, sprayed black, removed the tape, and allowed that to dry.  A couple days later, I marked off the bottom with tape, making sure I pressed the tape down very well, covered the rest of the pail with paper, and sprayed gold.  A couple minutes here, a couple minutes there, done.


Such a fancy waste basket.  I feel like I can throw away my garbage in style now.


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Gingerly Made
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The Party Bunch Link Party
Moonlight and Mason Jars
Link Party Palooza
DIY Showoff