25 June 2011

~Upholstered Chair~

A couple of months ago I stumbled across an amazing blog, this woman is absolutely extraordinary and super inspirational. Now, I know this will not be a new blog for most of you and you will wonder if I was living under a rock until a few months ago, but I am so thrilled to know of her blog now. It's Marian, Miss Mustard Seed. I love reading her blog because she makes you feel like you can accomplish anything yourself. Thanks to her, I actually upholstered my vintage French style chair all by myself. Yes, me! I am so proud of myself for even attempting this and I am so thrilled with the results!!


So here is the chair before. I painted it a light French gray when I first bought it. It was a really ugly yellow color with orange specks at first, very 1970's.

And here it is now:
{please pardon the ugly carpet}

 
 
I covered it with 2 different vintage grain sacks.


I was inspired by a chair Miss Mustard Seed designed with grain sacks.






Here's the back. I didn't have a big enough piece of grain sack left, so I just covered it in a vintage creamy white nubby linen grain sack fabric.

Well, there you have it, my first upholstered piece by me!
I've been dying to show you all but I've been pretty ill the last few days and spent the night in the hospital the other night. I'm feeling better today, so that's good!
I'll be taking a few more days off from posting to get some rest, so take care all and have a great weekend!
I'm linking to the talented Miss Mustard Seed for "Furniture Feature Friday".

Furniture Feature Fridays


Sincerely,
~Melinda

14 June 2011

A Few Of My Favorite Things

Hi All. I hope your having a great week. I took some photos of a few of my favorite things, hope you enjoy!



Dress forms, and ironstone and vintage purple bottles...


vintage French linens, and chippy farm tables...


vintage French baskets all filled with treasures....


These are a few of my favorite things!
{sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things"}





As you can tell, I was a little bored today, so I took out all my goodies to photograph. After tomorrow, I'm pretty sure I won't be bored, it's my son's last day of school! :)
Have a great day.
Sincerely,
Melinda

**{all photos taken by me} 

Linking up with Kathleen at Faded Charm for:



09 June 2011

06 June 2011

My Linen Cupboard and Peonies


 Linen cupboard with all of my favorite vintage linens and pillows.








 New Union Jack Pillow I created using creamy white vintage grainsack linen.



{All photos by me.}
I was too tired to edit today, so they are all in the raw! :)

Happy day all.
Sincerely,
~Melinda

05 June 2011

Flea Market Sunday

Hi sweet friends,
Thank you so much for all of your wonderful birthday wishes on Friday. We had such a lovely day at Disneyland. It wasn't to busy and the weather was perfect!
I got up early this morning and went to the flea market, ALONE, for the first time in 7 years! This never happens. Usually my boys are with me, but my little one was still sleeping and my oldest actually wanted to stay home with Dad. It was so nice to be able to browse without everyone pulling me this way and that and fighting with each other.
After the flea, I headed off to Trader Joe's for some Peonies and pink Stock. Have you ever smelled stock? It has the most wonderful fragrance, it fills the whole house with its sweet scent.

Here's my treasures from today:


I got this fabulous vintage German enamel pail with lid for only $15.00. The color on it is so beautiful.










I also picked up this small vintage market basket and vintage ironstone pitcher. I got the vintage monogrammed linen from Country Roads a few weeks ago.








This is the only peony that has bloomed so far, the others are all closed up.



I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to my sweet friend Amy from "Mittens". She gifted me with the Kreativ Blogger award. I am so appreciative and honored Amy. 
I now need to pass on this award to 7 other Kreativ blogs that inspire me. I will list these on my blog tomorrow.


Well that's it for today, I hope you all have a lovely week.
Sincerely,
Melinda

03 June 2011

Happy Birthday To Me.....

Hi All, I hope your having a lovely week. Today is my Birthday and I am 37 years old today! Yes I said it! I really don't have a problem telling my age, I'm proud that I've actually made it this far! :)
Anyway, just wanted to let you all know that my in Etsy shop, Alabaster Rose Designs, I'm offering 20% off everything, and if you convo me before purchase and tell me you follow the blog, I'll give you 30% off and free shipping through today only! Make sure and convo me first, so I can apply the discounts.
Anyway, I'm off to Disneyland in a little while with the family. We bought annual passes a few weeks ago and are having a blast being able to go anytime we want. It's definitely the best money we've ever spent!


Here's my oldest in front of the Matterhorn on our last visit.


It's a Small World. My little one loves this ride.



Pirates of The Caribbean. My absolute favorite ride! I also love the Haunted Mansion!

Sorry for the bad photos, I'm not that great at outside shots yet.
Anyway, have a wonderful day!
Sincerely,
~The Birthday Girl :)