Looking for a Vintage-Style Lampshade

I went shopping for a new lampshade.

The vintage all-in-one table and lamp could use a new shade.
The vintage all-in-one table and lamp could use a new shade.

Unfortunately a suitable shade for the lamp in the photo above was not to be had.

The shades are only 10 inches tall.
The shades are only 10 inches tall.

My first stop was Home Goods which always has a good supply of attractive lamps but the 14-inch-tall barrel shade is just out of fashion right now.

So cute but not really what I'm after.
So cute but not really what I’m after.

I was also on the hunt for pink and burgundy items.  I’m sure, however, we wont need Lucite and pink fur vanity stools.

A traditional, attractive chair at Home Goods.
A traditional, attractive chair at Home Goods.

On my way out of the store I saw a great looking grey chair with upholstery tack detail. I might have to find a place for it.

A sturdy little bench with storage.
A sturdy little bench with storage.

Then, still looking for a lamp shade, I headed over to Ross. What lover of burgundy wouldn’t love this little red alligator storage chest — 14″ by  30″ — for only $40?

I went home empty-handed.  This time.

Are you searching for a special item?

Curtain Trio

I’m trying to decide on curtains for our current project.

These curtains have been well-appreciated and are now passé.
These curtains have been well-appreciated and are now ready to be updated.

We’ll be changing out blue silk tie backs and sheers for something lighter and in the burgundy family.

This romantic room is certainly the style of our friend.
This romantic room is certainly the style of our friend.

This photo is my inspiration.

The Ingmarie curtains will make charming shades peeking behind lace curtains.
The Ingmarie curtains will make charming shades peeking behind lace curtains.

The flowered curtains by Ikea are called Ingmarie.  I plan to use them to cover the roller shades.

Alvine Spets lace curtains from Ikea.
Alvine Spets lace curtains from Ikea.

Then a light layer of lace in place of sheers.

The light greige curtains are textured plisse.
The light greige curtains are textured plisse.

Finally I’m hoping the curtains I dyed for my living room will look better in this romantic, creamy room.

How do you decide on curtains?

Sprays and Bouquets

With Christmas on the immediate horizon I knew I had to get with it or give it up.

White roses with a pale pink tint.
White roses with a pale pink tint.

I stopped by my favorite flower purveyor, Safeway grocery store, and picked up 3 dozen white roses for $27 and change.

Pine, holly, and magnolia.
Pine, holly, and magnolia.

I hurried home and brought in the magnolia leaves, holly, pine boughs, and pine cones that had been piling up on the porch waiting for me to create some holiday arrangements.

The greens are held together with lightweight wire.
The greens are held together with lightweight wire.

First I started making some simple sprays for our exterior doors.

 Cottage spray with red balls and turquoise ribbon to match the Cottage's interior.
Cottage spray with red balls and turquoise ribbon to match the Cottage’s interior.

Even the Cottage got in the act.

I've been saving these Christmassy details and now I'm using them.
I’ve been saving these Christmassy details and now I’m using them.

I also made a spray for the porch door with a red feather cardinal in a little nest and a glittery gold cross.

The side door is our main entrance but I'll also be making a spray for the front door.
The side door is our main entrance but I’ll also be making a spray for the front door.

The side porch is still wants to be decluttered but I can’t resist the urge to give it some Christmas style.

A few branches go a long way for decorations.
A few branches go a long way for decorations.

I have plenty of greens remaining to spread around the house on the mantel, with the roses, and on the dining room table.

Do you arrange your own flowers and greens?

The Celebration Grows

I have decided on a polar bear theme after getting a bunch of handmade wooden bears.

The coffee is adorned with polar bears.
The coffee is adorned with polar bears.

So I have polar bears in groups throughout the house.

Polar bears etched in glass are a cast off from an anonymous donor.
Polar bears etched in glass are a cast off from an anonymous donor.

Yesterday on the free table at church there was a small cardboard box labeled “polar bear”.

The bears glow blue.
The bears glow blue.

The batteries were included so I turned on the light and the bears glowed blue. Oooo.

A soft and loveable polar bear.
A soft and loveable polar bear.

Then I accompanied the Cottage tenant to Ikea where there was a big bin of super soft polar bears. One of them wanted to come home with us and is now trying to camouflage himself on the white sofa.

Casper is camouflaged on the sofa.
Kasper is camouflaged on the sofa.

I’ll probably have to use this theme again next year since I now own everything polar bear.

Isn’t it funny how things happen when you focus on something — like polar bears?

Paint, Paint, and More Paint

Last night I went to our local Ace hardware’s Ladies’ Night which included food, giveaways, and fun. Not as much fun as last year however because of a new organizer who was not as organized, in my opinion.

Clark and Kensington is sold at Ace Hardware last night for 40% off.
Clark and Kensington is sold at Ace Hardware last night for 40% off.

I had a long list of paint to purchase. And the brands I wanted to get were on sale for 40% off.  A real bargain.

White Dove for the walls and Simply White for the ceiling and trim.
White Dove for the walls and Simply White for the ceiling and trim.

First I wanted to buy paint to brighten up a friend’s living room: 2 gallons of primer, a gallon of “Simply White” for the ceiling, and 2 gallons of “White Dove” for the walls.

I took my 10-year-old can of paint to match the color.
I took my 10-year-old can of paint to match the color.

And I needed to get a gallon of exterior paint for the house shutters which are probably not getting painted until spring.  The paint department matched my old shutter paint.

But when I checked out I was given a 20% discount.  Normally that would have been great but I was promised 40% which I got when I pointed it out to the young cashier.

Do you check you register tape?

A Simple Winter Decoration Project

One 4 of the things I left in the Cottage that were welcomed by the new tenant were vintage aqua-tinted Ball jars.

The tenant likes these vintage jars.
The tenant likes these vintage jars.

They are just visible on the shelves above the microwave.

I got these jars for $1 at a yard sale.
I got these jars for $1 at a yard sale.

I saw a quick project to winterize these jars which is undoable and would not damage the jars in any way.

I happened to have a large container of Epsom salts left from another project.
I happened to have a large container of Epsom salts left from another project.

Pour some Epsom salts in the bottom of the jar (or in the lid if you have a conventional jar).

A simple snow scene.
A simple snow scene.

Add 1 or more bottle-brush trees.

These wintery scenes are heading back to the Cottage.
These wintery scenes are heading back to the Cottage.

If you really want to get fancy include a small snowman or plastic deer.

How easy and seasonal is that?

Have you got an easy project to share?

Clearing a Little More Clutter

I’ve been diligently trying to get rid of clutter.

This vintage corner cabinet has been sold.
This vintage corner cabinet has been sold for $10.

The latest items include the corner cabinet from our old kitchen.

The cabinet on the left has been sold so the wall space is now free to accommodate another cabinet.
The cabinet on the left has been sold so the wall space is now free to accommodate another cabinet.

Our tenant has been using it and it does hold a ton of stuff but I intend to replace the cabinet with another wall-hung unit.

This headboard sold for $60.
This headboard sold for $60.

Our tenant also had a double/queen-sized headboard which she was going to cut up and throw into a dumpster.  Instead I listed it on Craigslist.  It sold in a couple weeks.

When Charlie brought home this pile of windows I was miffed.
When Charlie brought home this pile of windows I was miffed.

Charlie had “collected” some vintage sash windows with old-fashioned wavy glass.  I listed them for $30 and a lovely young lady came over to pick up the entire load to make projects and gifts.

The little ladder only useful for decoration was sold for $10.
The little ladder only useful for decoration was sold for $10.

We liked this little ladder but it was not reliable as a ladder so I listed is as a décor item only.

The base of a tall brass lamp.
The base of a tall brass lamp.
The lamp is against the wall.
The lamp is against the wall.

I also sold a brass lamp.

Slowly but surely easing up on the clutter while making a few $$.

What’s your biggest clutter challenge?