Saturday, March 31, 2012

It’s Saturday and I’m in love!

To select well among old things, is almost equal to inventing new ones. - Nicholas Charles Trublet

Hello again,
“It’s Saturday and I’m in love!” I’m in love with the fact that the next two days are entirely my own. Outside of a few hours of  music practice today, I’m my own woman!  As I mentioned in my last post, I love to go vintage shopping. I’ll scour anywhere to find something old and unusual. There is nothing better then the thrill of the hunt - for vintage.  I’ve found quite a bit of junk (left it on the shelves) but I’ve also been lucky enough to score some pretty awesome vintage finds.  I’m a huge fan of vintage cook wear, so most of what I’ve purchased are dishes. There have been other amazing items that I’ve added to my little collection that I also adore.
There is the cutest little accessories store in a neighbouring community called Deja Vu. It has the most wonderful trinkets and treasures. The owner, sells both new and vintage items – amazing selection. The first time I went there I felt like a little child entering a fancy dress shop, circa 1930’s. It’s been a love affair ever since. If I feel the need to splurge, I venture to that little store and I always find the perfect thing.

One of my favorite finds is a vintage flower sifter and cake tin. I have reds in my kitchen, so the red floral design on both the cake tin and sifter jumped out at me immediately. I knew I had to have them. They are such a prize sitting on top of my cupboard for all to see. Love it!

I purchased these lovely snack trays at the same store.  When I first saw them, my mind drifted back to my grandmother’s kitchen. I would often go to stay with her in the summers. The snack trays reminded me of  the times I’ve watched her get ready for a dinner party. Or times she'd fix a late night snack for her and I.  Great memories, and this pretty snack set reminds me of her every time I use them.

Linens are another thing I keep an eye out for.  Anything from a tablecloth to a hanky (for my mother). I have been lucky to find some at a local thrift store called The Shop. Just a few weeks ago I found two lovely retro tablecloths there. One has a funky retro pattern; the other has lovely, hand worked, needle point. So pretty for summer.  

The pier de resistance of my vintage career has been finding my Royal typewriter. I was so excited to receive this as a gift. Although it was a gift, I knew about it before hand. My mother and I found it while yard saling together. I was going to buy it, but she insisted on getting it as a Christmas gift. I was so excited! It was originally marked as $80, but it never sold. My mother got it for the low, low price of $25! The discounted price made the typewriter even better. I adore this vintage find!

The sun has returned to the North, so the yard sales will be starting up soon! Hope I have lots of luck this summer in the vintage hunt. I'll return with some more of my fine vintage finds, at a later date. Hope the rest of your weekend is smashing. Thanks for reading!


Shape of my Heart  by: Sting

A thought to make you smile:

Hearing your name called with a foreign accent. :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DIY Corner Office

Hello again,
Well, managed to get through another Monday (I HATE Mondays) and came out smiling. Saw The Hunger Games last night, with Shawn and Lindsay. I have to say I enjoyed it. Now, to get the books.  I can never seem to wait until the next movie comes out. I have an unnatural desire to find out what happens in the end. So, I must get the books (always better anyway) and find out the fate of certain characters. Yep, I’m that girl who reads the last chapter of a book first. I start reading, like any normal person, then I fall in love with a character and have to know if they will be with me in the end. It’s a desire I have to fulfill, I’m a slave to my instincts, hahaha! Looking foward to buying and reading all three of the novels in the next little bit.

I have been working on a little “corner office” of my own lately. In my apartment there’s a spare room and I’ve turned it into an office/guest room. I have literally taken a corner of that room for my office. I love repurposing things, scoring at yard sales or thrift store. I enjoy turning someone else’s junk into my treasure. Most of my “corner office” consists of a bunch of DIY projects, store discounted Items, or secondhand furniture. It’s still a work in progress but it’s coming along nicely,  here are a few photos to fill you in on my progress.

I found these great frames at the local thrift store and removed the old cardboard pictures from them. Then I filled them with some cork I had bought at the hardware store. Before I secured them to the back of the frames, I covered them with a material that had a fun print. Volia! the cutest corkboards. Loved the end result!

  I also made a memo board for the office by inserting a magnetic board into an old frame I had bought at a yard sale. I painted it a great shade of teal. I decided to go with that color scheme because I had a couple shades of blue lying around from earlier projects.

The desk and a few of the office accessories are also secondhand. I love the size and shape of the desk. Perfect for ALL those craft projects needing to be finished (eye roll). That will happen sometime soon, right?

Anyway there you have it, a sneak peek at my work in progress. Hope you're all having a great day. Chat later!


Born to Die by: Lana Del Rey

A thought to bring a smile:

Heart shaped patches on the elbows of sweater sleeves.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Well, hello there.

Well, hello there,
This is my first stab at blogging, I'm a little nervous, but here goes. I've always enjoyed reading blogs of others, getting tips and ideas, or just keeping up with the day to day lives of people I know. Since I've enjoyed following blogs so much, I've decided it is time to try my hand at it. The title of my blog is Peddlin' Ideas n' Wares. Today everyone is trying to sell something, I decided to join the band wagon, put my thoughts and ideas on display. The modern way of Peddlin' is to lose the pack sack and pick up a keyboard, hence the blog name. Seems most blogs are topic driven: fashion, travel, etc... So I'm going to try and gear mine around some things I enjoy. I'm very into fashion, travel, DIY projects, home decor, music, and family, they will comprise the majority of my posts. Although, I'm sure there will be posts were I will stray, such is the power of choice haha! My hopes are to be faithful to this blog and its readers by posting often. Writing a blog is a personal thing, so I'm opening myself up to the blogging world. Hope the journey is a smooth one :) Thanks for joining.

SOTD (Song of the day):
Blue Jeans by: Lana Del Rey