Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Blessings

Wishing you a Blessed Thanksgiving

with Wonderful Food and

Lovely Fellowship

with Family and Friends

And on Friday after you are recovered from Turkey overload,

Start Shopping!

Please visit my Etsy shop Friday through Monday for a
Black Friday to Cyber Monday sale....
20% off the entire shop of over 500 items
No coupon code needed!

AnnMarie xoxo

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

An Industrial Inspired Christmas Tree

Every time I go thrifting I look in the garage, or basement or "man area" for industrial things I might be able to use or re-sell. Last year I found a tie-wrap full of metal doodads and got the idea around Christmas to make an upcycled tree with them.

I had to keep it.

This summer I found lots of industrial stuff, including a jar full of vintage slip joint washers at a barn sale. I bought them with that tree in mind but it wasn't until recently that I decided to recreate it.

I had also been picking up bread boards whenever I saw them and I have quite a pile with plans to upcycle them. I like the rounded ones the best with the leather hanger, made in Italy.

Here's how I put it all together.....

Because I forgot to take a picture of the actual board before I painted it (you'll notice I do that a lot), here is a similar one like the one I used.

I put a couple of coats of chalk paint in two tones of white....Sheepskin and White Adirondack.

I started laying the washers out in the shape of a tree but then decided there should be some sort of tree painted on the board. I grabbed some brushes and my sage green glaze and just started feathering out lines to look like a tree.

Of course I was so excited to put the washers/ornaments on that I forgot to take a picture of just the tree.

I sanded the sparkly star to give it more of an industrial look and glued it and all the washers on with my favorite Quik Grip glue.

I wanted some sparkle, but not too much, so I used my little stick-on rhinestones here and there.

Here it is all done and available here....

If I didn't have more boards and washers and paint and rhinestones to make another one, I may have had to keep this one too!

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up with these fun blog parties:
Share Your Cup
No Rules Weekend Blog Party
Thursday's Favorite Things
Dagmar's Home Link Party
Vintage Charm Party
Simple & Sweet Fridays
"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Happiness is Homemade Link Party
Dishing It & Digging It Link Party
Make It Pretty Monday

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Modern Twist to My Decorating

We have been painting and improving and decorating at my house since the weather got warm earlier this Spring. The first to-do was my front porch floor (again) and my daughter Jena did a great job of painting it.

I wanted a fresh, bright look so I went searching for pillows, in aqua, of course.

And of course JoAnn's came through at 50% off. A new rag rug from Home Goods along with last years accents and I am loving my fresh new porch décor. The mix of sage green and white with accents of aqua and red really works. I love to have an eclectic mix of colors and styles.

I was just thinking how it would be nice to have a clock out there so I don't have to run in the house to see what time it is.

Then Lisa from Regency Shop contacted me about doing a review on one of their clocks! The Modern Ball Clock is cute and funky and since I like to mix styles in my decorating, I agreed to receive one and see how it fit into my porch decor. It has all the colors I love to decorate with!

As soon as I received it, I hung it where I had envisioned it would go and it looks great!

It makes a statement without taking over my eclectic mix of vintage pieces.

I have also always wanted a clock in the bathroom! Not the usual place for a clock like this but I thought I would try it out in there. It looks great!

I love how it looks against the red wall. And it is battery operated so no ugly cord hanging down.

The colors match perfectly and the modern design just works with my other accessories. It has all the colors in my shower curtain.

The whole line of products at Regency Shop have that Midcentury modern but updated look that I relate to because of my love of everything vintage.

I have always wanted a leather sofa and this Chesterfield sofa would look lovely in my living room with it's creamy yellow walls and olive and burgundy accents.

This Egg chair is one of  my favorite colors and looks like you could curl up and get lost in it....

The Barcelona chair is another classic modern style to add comfy, modern style to your home.

If modern, colorful, clean lines are your choice in decorating, pop on over to Regency Shop to browse.

Maybe you'll find something fun to mix it up in your decorating style!

AnnMarie xoxo

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Old Fashioned Christmas Shopping

Today my Etsy shop, NaNa's Things
is being featured on Jemma's blog, At Home With Jemma.
Her Old Fashioned Christmas Shopping
with Etsy Shops feature will highlight a different
Etsy shop each week. Shopping from home
couldn't be more fun! I will be offering
15% off all items in my shop.
There are over 500 great vintage and holiday
décor items to choose from.

I hope you will stop over and browse my shop
for things to decorate with or to gift to a vintage
lover you know.

There's nothing like vintage to warm your home at Christmas!
Click on over to Jemma's for the coupon code!
and be sure to check back with her each Friday
for a different shop to browse.

AnnMarie xoxo

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October One Day at a Time

I love these day by day posts because finding something to highlight each day helps to make the day more fun somehow.

Since October is my favorite month of the year, I decided to give you a peek at October in my world, one day at a time.

1 - My granddaughter Cassidy plays Fall Ball every year, the only girl on an all boys team. It is a family thing, her Dad coaching and her Mom keeping score. Cassidy is at bat with her neon yellow socks!

2 - My large hardy salmon colored Mum finally bloomed. The rain spread it out but it still looks pretty.

3 - Sadly, last evening we were given the news that our dear friend Fred passed away from a massive stroke. As my daughter put it, "he was one cool old dude". He was a father/grandfather figure for our family. The strangest thing happened on the day he died...October 2nd. Earlier that day my sister texted me to remind me that my natural Father died 49 years ago that day. That evening we heard of Fred's death.

4 - How lazy can a fat cat get? Here is Cyrus, laying down using his paw to pull the dish up to his mouth so he can eat. This cat has personality plus!

5- Wednesday is my day with my grandson JC. He likes to play with all the toys, even the necklaces. Hey, pirates wear them!

6 - Today was Fred's memorial service. It was a celebration of him and the wonderful life he lived till the age of 86. Here are a picture of his sons, Mike and Kevin and my husband Frank. The brothers told my husband that Fred thought of him as a son, which meant the world to Frank.

7 - I found this treasure at the local Habitat for Humanity Restore. It is a mercury glass pumpkin that is pink on the outside. Goes perfect on my parlor mantel and is so pretty lit up at night.

8 - On a weekend away to a Fall festival in Ellicotville, NY, this was a scene we passed by while walking. Kind of Harry Potter-ish.....

 9 - I picked up some leaves while there and brought them home to wax.

10 - My sister Michele was home from Florida for the weekend so we all decided to get together on Columbus Day since the kids were off from school. We went on an apple tasting tour to local farm markets. It was a sunny, crisp and chilly day so we huddled close together to get a selfie while the kids played.

From left to right, my daughter Jena, me, my sister Rosanne,
sister Michele and my daughter Candice
11 - I took a drive to check on my booth today at Ye Olde Schoolhouse Country Store. It was a beautiful sunny, clear day.

 I found a few things were sold and I needed to move some things around. That's always a good thing!

12 - My son does not feed himself lunch so is usually starving by dinner. He wanted something easy to make and mentioned in jest that he should become a real college student by eating Ramen noodles. So, when I was at Aldi's I picked up a pack of them. He loves them and is now an official college student :-) Did you know that the stuff has 900+ mg of salt in it? Bleh.

13 - Every month on the 13th my husband and I celebrate our wedding day with a small gift to each other. His gift, from me, was a homemade apple dumpling with caramel sauce from a local farm market and mine is this t-shirt from the Fringe Fest. Our Community Theatre performed at this anything goes arts festival in downtown Rochester. I have a thing right now for t-shirts (especially gray) with logos on them. This says "The Fringe. Unordinary" with a skyline of Rochester.

14 - Twice a year, Spring and Fall, I look forward to the barn sale on Johnson Rd. in my town. The owners of the antique store on Main St. hold a huge barn sale at their home with extra stuff from their shop. I have gotten some great stuff with really low prices. Today, another gorgeous clear day, was the day for the Fall sale!

15 - My bucket of Bacopa is still blooming, or more like blooming again! The perfect little lavender flowers die off and then appear all at once several times throughout the summer. I was surprised to see them again in mid-October!

16 - It was 75 degrees today so after church we decided to take a ride to Yia Yia's Ice Cream Shoppe for one last Monkey Madness sundae. They close for the season on October 17th. That sundae is so good and so big. It is hot fudge, peanut butter sauce, peanuts, bananas, waffle cone pieces, vanilla ice cream and repeat! Topped off with whipped cream and a cherry. I was so busy digging in that I forgot to take a picture of the sundae!

17 - I finished my Christmas project! I just thought these trees were adorable when I saw a similar project on the internet. I decided to make some of my own to sell in my booth. I had the thread spools, Hymnal book pages and the "snow". I found the cute bottle brush trees on Etsy and the pearl and rhinestone peel and stick embellishments at Michael's. I made 16 in all. They are all just a little different from each other.

 18 - Every year my sweet friend Bonnie and I celebrate our birthdays together.We go out to lunch and then find a new coffee shop to try.  Today was for Bonnie's special day. This year we found the Glen Edith Coffee Roasters, off Park Ave in Rochester, NY. I forgot to take a picture of the two of us but I did take one of the latte's.....yummy Fall flavors called Oktoberfest and Honey Harvest.

19 - We had comfort food for dinner tonight....White Chili. This stuff is so good with chicken, white beans, green chilies, corn, sour cream and cream. It warms the belly. Don't eat too much or it will fatten the belly!

20 - I live one block from the intersection of the "Four Churches of Palmyra",  a signature site in the town, and three of them had rummage sales today! It was pouring down rain but I made it to all three between dropping my son off at school and getting to work at the shop where I have a booth. This is my haul....not as much as usual but still good. Two things are not shown because I already took them to my booth.

a sunhat made out of twigs, a 1950's ceiling light, a fridge
jar, a wooden Santa, a box of vintage pins, two metal Sexton
antique car wall hangings all on top of a snowman flag

21 -  It is a miserable day with cold, damp rain expected all day. I am not going anywhere so I decided to make another 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake. My son will eat it for breakfast and then I will serve it later with coffee when a girlfriend comes over. Love this cake!

22 - In the 44 degree, rainy, damp weather I went to a flea market today. Yup, I am one of those diehard thrifters and yes, we have had non-stop rain for three days!! I found some great stuff, the best of which is this upcycled wooden coke crate, made into a tray table. It can be a mini bar, a planter box or, with a piece of glass or wood, a side table. Actually I bought two of them! One for my booth and one for my Etsy shop.


23 - My husband and I took Chloe and JC to pick pumpkins today at a local farm market. It was so busy there, it was crazy trying to pick pumpkins and keep track of two little ones. We survived and here is Nonno leading the way out of the whirlwind!

24 - I went out on a limb today and bought some Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer at Aldi's. I usually don't go for that kind of stuff because it is way too sweet, but I was in the mood for something pumpkin in my coffee. I tried it in my after dinner decaf. I was cautious not to fill the bottom of my cup with it....I just put little bits in with my usual non-flavored creamer and it is pretty good. Just a light taste of pumpkin spice. Hmmm, if you go by the serving size on the bottle of 1 tablespoon it is not too bad!

25 - The Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies are baked and ready for grandkids to decorate tomorrow. I have peanut butter and buttercream for frosting, candy corn, mini chocolate chips, M & M's and sprinkles to decorate with.

26 - Today JC is home sick so it is Chloe and Cassidy decorating cookies. There are no rules and as much as I try to get them to make faces on the pumpkins, this is more fun!

My daughter got in on it too, decorating a few to eat before running off to work.

27 - Woke up to snow this morning...I had to capture it early before it melted....wishful thinking!

28 - We drove the 3 1/2 hours to Toronto, Canada today to see an NBA basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors. We were in the nosebleed section....literally! I felt quite dizzy up there! The Cav's won 94-91.

29 - We had the whole day to spend in Toronto before heading home tomorrow. We went to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament for a chicken dinner you eat with your hands and a tournament of knights and horses that involved games and jousting. It was a fun, must see event if you are in Toronto.

30 - Today I am the featured guest post for Ms. Toody Goo Shoes Favorite Things feature. I got to pick a few of my favorite things and write about them!

31 - With Halloween comes cute pictures of my grandchildren in their costumes. My daughter Candice (Cassidy's Mom) wore the mouse costume that I made when she was about 2. She is 34! Oh, the memories!

Cassidy - the accident victim

JC & Chloe - cat and mouse
Coming up this Friday, November 4th, my Etsy shop NaNa's Things will be featured on At Home With Jemma. Jemma's Old Fashioned Christmas Shopping feature will highlight a different Etsy shop each Friday. Shopping for Christmas décor and gift items each week will be fun in the comfort of your own home. I will be offering 15% off all items in my shop......there are over 520 great vintage and holiday décor items.  I hope you will stop over and browse my selection of vintage goodies to decorate with or to gift to a vintage lover you know. There's nothing like vintage to warm your home at Christmas!

Hello November!

AnnMarie xoxo

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