posted by Brianne

Pretty Prints

[Update: If you view this post in a reader, you may only see the first image because it got all wonky - my office insists on staying with IE7 - so click over to the actual post to see all the wonderful prints!]

Oh lord, I have so many posts drafted but last night I was too pinstracted to get ‘er done. (ha! lets see that new catch phrase picked up on twitter).

Anyway, its FRIDAY and I’m so happy about it because this week was long and required me to get up at 5 am or earlier 3 out of 5 days. Also I had to take my car to the dealership for some recall fixes this morning and i HATE that place with a burning passion. So to keep things happy and TGIF-like I wanted to share some eye candy and I stumbled upon these super gorgeous vintage prints from etsy seller shavingkitsupplies.

STart your holiday shopping by picking up a few of these ($7-$10 a steal!!!) and popping  in a thrifted vintage frame or a simple modern ikea one. I’ve given vintage prints before and they’re super fun if you customize to the recipient in a quirkly way (For example my parents have a huge rhubarb plant so I bought my mom a chromolithograph of cut rhubarb to decorate the kitchen. Whimsical AND personal).

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Perfect for Fall Decorating or a pop of color in a neutral room

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More festive color. . .

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Prickly pears for your quirkly friend with eclectic decor (Also an awesome conversation starter, because who can't resist saying Prickly Pear 5 times fast)

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For a moody room, or as holiday decor

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I think swans can go either feminine (swan lake) or masculine (adam sandler), so this print is a win-win

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Swiss chard for the organic gardening crowd

Hop over to Joanne’s shop for these prints, many more, and other vintage items.
Also, as a side note, I recently placed an order from Joanne (I can’t wait to show you the stunning vintage holiday decor piece I got), and she was hands down the most gracious seller I have ever worked with. True customer service.
Also Also, to my friend Jackie: Please note that I almost bought you this gnome from the shop, but I thought in the end his hot-pink jacket was a little too ridiculous. But, he’s still up for grabs if I was wrong. . . icon wink Pretty Prints
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posted by Brianne

Crazy thrift #1

Pretty often when we go on thrifting adventures, we leave with several gems and also an overwhelming feeling of “whaaat was thaaaat?!”

So, I figured it would be fun to start sharing a few of these gems with all of you so we can all chuckle together.

First up this week, a Goodwill kitchen find. Behold, the all-denim milk pitcher:

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Best of all – its personalized! I bet Jim and Stacy were sad to let this gem go. [Jim and Stacy, If you ever find our little blog and read this post, we'll give you the benefit of the doubt that this was a very thoughtful wedding gift...]

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Deelishous, right? I’m jealous!

Also, while scouting craigslist tonight – a Zombie Apocalypse Proof sofa, listed under “Midcentury”:

“That’s right folks this couch is zombie apocalypse ready. Made from some mysterious vintage fabric that is practically impervious to all but the sharpest of teeth. Solid construction useful for sitting, sleeping or barricading yourself in your home. Features two part design for endless arrangement possibilities(block both front and back doors!). Stylish low back midcentury look will really impress your friends and fellow refugees. 102 inches long 29 inches tall 33 inches deep. Some sun fading on the top and back easily covered. 100$obo surviving the zombie apocalypse, priceless.

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Before and After: Midcentury Centerpiece

Just before 4th of July weekend we went on a quick thrifting trip with a garden project in mind. On that trip I stumbled across a midcentury resin dish with a lot of good potential (read: pretty damn ugly now). So of course, for 99cents, I bought it. Behold:

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Yep, thats olive green swirly splatter paint. Want some close ups?

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Nice, right? Hairy with a side of mildew? Well, I’d recently snagged some Rustoleum Ultra cover spray paint for use on another outdoor project around here, and I was looooving the color. Plus, I had just enough left for this little project.


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The color is called “Lagoon” in Satin finish. We just discovered this Ultra Cover paint and its great. I laid down a coat of spray primer for plastic first, then 2 quick coats of this stuff for full even coverage. Plus it has one of those neat easy spray nozzles so you don’t feel like you’re going to lose a finger in the process.

The results?

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Before some friends came over for a 4th BBQ, I snagged some white wildflower blooms, some petals from an already-spent red dahlia and sent them floating. Fun, festive little centerpiece that took about 30 minutes. Me likey! Any quick summer projects you’d like to share?

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posted by Brianne

Go Exploring!

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Another summer weekend is upon us, friends. Last weekend we explored Roslyn (where the show Northern Exposure was shot). I’ve been a lot, but this time we went off the main drag to see what else town had to offer. We hit up the farmers market, drove through some really fascinating old cemeteries, and happened upon a vintage trailer rally. (those of you who know me well know I love me a mid century trailer).

I snapped some pics of the coolest one we spotted (although I missed an AWESOME turquoise dodge RV with the camera.) Seeing these just makes me want to hit the highway and cruise.

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Recipe for this weekend is more outdoors and I’m stoked to get out there and go exploring! [First image via which is a really fun blog I just discovered – if you want to have serious vintage trailer envy check it out]

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posted by Danielle

a saturday of my favorite activity.

It is what we did LAST Saturday.

And I would do it every Saturday if you let me.

Thank goodness we have an etsy business so we can justify our fun.

It is estate sale a-going.

{yes that is a hobby!}

We had not been in a while… and then it was supposed to drizzle in the morning anyway.  Perrrrfect!

We do all our discovery on craiglist.  Then we set out with the Garmin and some reuseable totes in our bags.  That plus some cash in our pockets… we are all set.

I do wish however that Seattle had a search feature to select “Estate Sales of Scandinavian Architects”….

That would be like Christmas morning. 

We have gotten pretty good at spotting potential houses full of treasure though, just by the ad.

Last Saturday, the two we selected in the end…Both Scandinavian.  One Architect and one Engineer.

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X marks the spot, I should say.

These are just a few few things {check out etsy in the coming weeks for more}….but let me JUST tell you. 

1.  I have a new inspirational collection for my Christmas Dessert table this year.  You will just have to read this blog in December to see them all.

2.  Did you see that box?  I don’t think I have ever picked anything up so fast.  Perfect condition, in their box even!  And they are green!  And the price…. I could not have bought ONE new  in Finland for the price of all of them.

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I love giving awesome things good homes.  Especially those things from Scandinavia and from the mid century…..

And things we don’t give a new home…. hello etsy!

Hope your Saturday is as good as our last one!

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