Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Thrift Store Finds

My most prized Christmas gift that I received this year was from my parents.  It cost $1 at the Thrift Store.  My mother and her best friend go Thrift Store shopping every once in a while to see what kind of neat things they can scrounge up, and this time they found a prize!  It is a "DoubleDay Interior Decorating" book from 1965.  I LOVE vintage furniture and this book sure has lots in it!  Very interesting how so many pieces are now back in style.  Also saw that Etsy has then for $1.50! My mom is very thoughtful and always buys me very nice things for Christmas as well as ALL the time.  When I told her that was my favorite gift, she probably thought she could have saved  A LOT of money!  Not only does it have neat pictures, pieces, and information.. It has 2 cursive D's on the front!  My last name starts with a D and that is probably why she originally picked it up!

My other favorite Thrift Store find is this coffee table.  This summer my mom and I were shopping for some things for my first apartment.  We ran into GoodWill, not expecting to find A THING, and I saw the diamond in the rough!  This is not a great representation of the table, but the only photo I could find.  So excuse my friend Heather's foot.  NO FEET ARE ALLOWED on that table!  I'm not sure when the table is from, my guess is the 50's or 60's.  It was pretty scratched up, but for $15, I knew I could work my magic.  So I filled in the scratches, polished it, and cleaned it up real nice!  At least, I think so!  I think no matter where I move, this piece will always come with me.  
Also the vintage House Beautiful's on the table were from a Flea Market.  They are from the 60's.  I thought they went well with the table!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry, Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to ALL!  Let us all remember what Christmas is about today!  

"And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth."
-Luke 1:14

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Creative ways to wrap gifts

1.  Using a paper shredder, put colorful tissue paper through and it looks so good in a clear bag with colored ribbon.
2.  My boyfriend's sister-in-law shredded used wrapping paper and used it as tissue in boxes.  Colorful, creative, and GREEN!
3.  My boyfriend Drew, wrapped all of the Christmas gifts he gave me last night (bless his heart).  He stacked them all, largest to smallest on top and tied a scarf around them. (Of course the scarf was a gift too, it wasn't used or anything!)
4.  When I wrap something small in a bag, I like to tie it strung with an ornament on the outside of the bag.
5.  My roommate and I made white chocolate peppermint bark last week and we put it in clear gift bags and she tied with red yarn.  So cute.
6.  Last but certainly not least.  You can NEVER go wrong with a plain white or simple box tied with ribbon.  Good luck finishing you Christmas shopping and wrapping!

Monday, December 22, 2008

a few of my favorite things

I really didn't know how to start off my first post.  So I thought I would think of a few random things that I enjoy or love!  I would love for any viewers to comment.

Picnik is a fun way to mess around with photo's.  I edit photos all the time with that website.  You can do anything with them!  Make them look vintage, do really technical things with them, and just do simple cropping and red eye adjustments!

My favorite candle.  Essential Elements Ginger & Citrus.  My boyfriend's sister-in-law got me started on them.  They are not over bearing with fragrance, they smell clean, and refreshing!  Best thing... you can get them at Publix.
Eero Saarinen's famous "Womb Chair."  Always have wanted one, sat in 1 when I visited Chicago with my design class.  It is PERFECTION.

Best show ever..  Anyone know if it is really being canceled?  I sure hope not!

This is one of my favorite books about Frank Lloyd Wright's love affair. 

Another favorite book.  It captures the best of Frank Lloyd Wright and his prairie houses.  (Beautiful coffee table book as well.)