Friday, April 23, 2010

For the Love of Linens

I have a secret love that most people don't know about.

I am in love with vintage linens.

There is nothing that makes my heart skip faster...except rust.
The feel of vintage clothing and linens between my fingertips
is, in my mind, a fine walk between sensuality and nostalgia.

The colorful pattern of a tablecloth reminds me of my
childhood as I sat at my great-aunt's dining table in the summertime
while the simplicity of a thread bare nightgown intrigues my senses
of touch and sight as I wonder about its history.

No modern convenience will afford me the luxury
like vintage linens and clothing.
Its appeal simply cannot be reproduced.

I'm so glad that I am not the only one who shares in my admiration.
My dear friend, Leann of The Vintage Laundress,
has turned this passion into her specialty.
Her showing in Warrenton was stunning.
Her selection of vintage textiles was enough
to make any lover of linens swoon.

Leann's array of goods range from table linens
to vintage nightgowns with everything else in between.
There is surely something for everyone wanting a small piece
of luxury for themselves.

I know that many of us junkers are always on the search
for great pieces to add to our collections or to our home.

The next time you are on your quest for something that will
fill your home and possible your heart with sheer delight,
consider that stack of old linens and clothing.

There just might be the perfect jewel awaiting to be added to your crown of vintage royalty.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Warrenton Scrapbook

Even though it's been a few weeks since Warrenton,
I thought that I would show y'all
my scrapbook of photos.

So sit back, grab a drink and enjoy!!!!

A really adorable vignette
from Anne with Fiona and Twig.
She is one of my junking sistas and dear friends.
Not to mention bloggy superstar in her own right.

Another cute vignette done by Anne
in Effie's booth.
These two ladies are such a force!
Effie supplied the goods and Anne made it pretty.
The end result was stunning.

My own fairy blog parents...
I am so privileged to call these two people
my friends.
Somehow I lost the pics from their booth and I'm just sick over it.
I did buy something really cute from them that I'm just gonna have to show y'all later.

This fabulous set belongs
to none other than

If you have never seen her work
then you are missing out!!!
Here's just a small sampling
of her amazing antiques.

Didn't I tell ya?

These next pics are from my favorite vendor of all time.
Brian and Meloney Russell of

I have to go and see this creative couple
whenever they are remotely close to my location.
When I say remote...I mean anything less than eight hours.

Only these two could make a chicken coop look so good.

So good, in fact, that I bought one and brought it home.
I haven't figured out where it's gonna go yet..

I wanted this set of lockers soooooooo bad.
Mr. M told me it was not only out of my budget,
but he wasn't dragging that all the way back home.


This chair made my heart melt.
I was reminded, once again, that it was out of my budget
that I have small children.


Meloney has the most ingenious uses for ordinary items.
This is the only woman I know who can make
old paint brushes look amazing as Christmas ornaments
and makes newspaper into the most beautiful package.

The display of old books had me drooling.
It was embarrassing.
Even The Divine Mr. M dabbed the corner of my mouth for me...honest to goodness.

Brian and Meloney's play with textures and color
is beyond measure.
I just fell in love with these old rolls of string.
My great-aunt used to have several of these.
I remember playing with them as a child.

Now onto some Warrenton randomness...

I just loved this Volkswagen.

These flower frogs just dazzled in the sunlight.

I really wanted this lock but the vendor wanted waaaaay too much for it.
The odd thing is, I looked at this exact same lock from this exact
same vendor last fall.
He actually went UP on his price.
He said it was because he spent a long time adding it to his collection.
I just wondered why he was even trying to sell it.

What trip would be complete without a Jethro sandwich?

I hope y'all enjoyed my pics of Warrenton
'cuz I have a few more to show y'all later.

I'm off tomorrow to do
Relay for Life.
I will be my team's survivor.
I encourage you to donate and give to the
American Cancer Society
as this is such a great organization and almost every single person
has been affected by cancer in some way.

Getting My Nesting On

Spring is in the air
and everyone knows what that means.
It's time for me to get to work.
I get spring fever really bad.

I thoroughly enjoy the rituals
of spring cleaning
and making the house come to life.

This year is a little different for me
because Mr. M and I purchased
a 1951 farmhouse and we
are in the process of renovating.

I've waited all winter to paint
and peel ugly wallpaper
and paint
and sew pillows
and paint
and hang new curtains...
did I mention paint?
(Let's just say there's a certain red in my bedroom that is giving me angst.)

I also have the need to purchase
some new furniture.
As newlyweds, Mr. M and I have
tried to meld our furniture together.
Some of it has worked and some of it...
well, let's just say....not so much.

(I'm not trying to say names but Mr. Couch and Mr. know...)

I've been looking at some barstools
and a small table to make a sitting area
and I stumbled upon this store.
All I can say is WOW!!!!!

This place has EVERYTHING you could ever imagine.
I'm not kidding.
I got so sidetracked by looking at everything else they had
that I still haven't decided on which barstools I want.

(I have a few dozen in mind...A girl has the right to change her mind.)

C'est la vie!!!!

I'm also hosting a few giveaways over the next two weeks.
There is just something about spring that I love
and want to share with everybody.

If anyone else is suffering from
nesting syndrome and spring fever like me,
then I hope you find a cure
or at least the right shade of paint.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sometimes You Feel Like a Schmuck......

See this lady????

Unless you live in a cave or under a rock somewhere...
chances are....
you know who she is.

In the event that you don't,
Queen of blogging
and vintage living.

Heather Bullard is the reason I started
to read blogs in the first place.
Somehow, I stumbled upon a pic
on the internet from her blog.
I was intrigued to say the least.
So began a year long routine of stalking.
Every evening I would sit down to my computer
and see what Heather had done next.

She is my blogging idol.
I have always wanted to meet her and tell her
how much she has influenced me
and inevitably changed my life.

Fast forward........
to Warrenton....
to Theresa's blog party.

A woman walks up and shakes my hand
and says "Hi. I'm Heather."
Me:  "Do you have a blog?"
Heather:  "Yes. It's called Vintage Living."
Me:  "Oh. I've read that blog. It's nice."
Heather:  "Thanks."

End of conversation.
I don't know if it was the fact that I was
trying to hurry and see everyone before I had to drive back home
or the Jack Daniels in my mason jar...
either way....
I TOTALLY blew off the one woman I wanted to meet!!
I didn't even recognize her and she was right in front of me.

As I was walking to my car,
I caught a side profile of Heather
from far off.
THAT's when I thought it might be her.
I actually asked The Divine Mr. M
if I should run across the field
like some crazed lunatic
and try to get her attention
as she was leaving too.
Mr. M just stared at me....
(insert crickets chirping)

if you just happen to be reading this....
I'm sooooo sorry.
You are such an inspiration to me
and I only wish that I could have told you
that you are the bee's knees.

I'm just gonna have to wait until
I hopefully meet Heather again.
Until then....
my new name is

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

If Mama's Not Happy.......

No one's happy.

I made a boo-boo.

I posted this picture....
as belonging to Mindy's booth
when in fact it belonged to
the booth of my fair blog mama...


I know....
In my defense these two lovely ladies
were right next to each other
so I somehow put this photo in
Mindy's set of pics.

My deepest apologies to my "mama."
I'm definitely not trying to get my
backside red for this.

Pleeeeeeeeze forgive me ya'll!!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Better Late Than Never....

I know......
I know.........

I promised ya'll all the
juicy pictures and great stories
of my trip to Warrenton.

It just so happened that I started my new job
the next day and I'm just getting into the swing of things

My very first stop was to

This young lady lives just a hop and a skip
down the street from me....literally.

She has some of the most amazing jewelry and
vintage finds you could set your eyes upon.

I am totally in awe of the stark contrast
between fine china and deer horns.
Jill finds a way to make it look effortless.

She has some amazing books that have such a nice patina

along with some really funky crosses made out of old license plates....cooool!

One of her biggest sellers this year
was one of these guys.
Her primitive rabbits sold super fast and are just adorable.

Perhaps Jill is best known for her
amazing handpoured candles.
The scent can't be beat and I just get
dizzy over these Mason jars with zinc lids....swoon.

One of my next stops was none other than to....


I can't even begin....begin I tell ya' to describe
Mindy's booth.

Mindy has one of the most impeccable displays around.

I was truly in love with this silver and black display.
It is simply vintage elegance with a modern feel.

This particular vignette had me hyperventilating!!!
It's vintage appeal has such a designer flair....

Mindy's take on antiques was sheer genius!!!

The best part about seeing Mindy is that she
was in cohorts with the author of these awesome creations...

Robelyn of red.neck chic was there!!!

If you have not had the opportunity to see beauty in its finest,
then RUN....don't walk over to her blog and experience
purse heaven firsthand!!!!

Robelyn is one of my long lost sisters and she never fails to
have the greatest imagination.

See this?
This is not the skirt to a frilly dress....uh uh. a purse.
That's right.....a purse.
Only Robelyn could create such whimsy

and elegance in one breath.
This purse was my fave.
The detail is simply divine.
I was going to buy one but I was getting the
"stank eye" from Mr. M.

c'est la vie!!!!

I can't wait to show ya'll the rest of the awesome vendors
and finds that I encountered on my trip...
I hope that you will enjoy them too.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Round Top Ruckus

most of ya'll know that I spent last weekend in Warrenton
and Round Top
doing my fair share of junking and shopping
for some amazing antiques.

no one knew that I was there on an exposé.

I've heard all about what goes on behind the scenes
at Round Top and I was going to get to the bottom of it.

I started my undercover mission like any non-assuming shopper.
Cute clothes.....check.
 Fist full of money burnin' a hole in my pocket.....check.

I came across this woman first.

Oh.....she was wheelin' and dealin'
and she even tried to entice me with her candles and wine
but I didn't fall for it one bit.
I knew that I had to dig deeper.

I continued shopping and searching when I spotted these two...
Don't let the sweet faces and charming grins fool you.
These ladies in Bar W field are masters at their game.
There was a conspiracy brewing.....I just know it.
They tried to throw me off of their scent by
bringing over their helper.
I wasn't taking the bait.
These ladies tried so hard to get me to stay awhile and make me
forget all about my investigation but I was hot on the trail.

I made my way over by the Gin and
was immediately sidetracked by
this woman with hugs and salutations.

(I think she was tipped off by the Bar W ladies.)

I stopped and chatted but all the while I was taking notes
and gathering evidence.
I was getting all ready to blow this Round Top ruckus wide open.

I figured I must have been onto something
'cuz the muscle of the organization
came looking for me.
I was able to sweet talk my way out of that one
and continued my pursuits.
A hot tip
(and a cool beer)
led me to Zapp Hall
where I met some of the major players
in the dealings that go on in Warrenton and Round Top
like this woman.
She seemed nice enough but she wasn't given up any
insider information.

This one just looked shady....
I think she was stealing something.

After several hours of hunting for a great story,
the only that I did leave with were some great finds
for my home and some awesome time with some amazing friends.

(I'm still not letting these two off of the hook just yet....)

I have left the names of the above absent
to protect their innocence...RIGHT!!!!

See if you can list everyone pictured here.


This guy professed that he would give me the
whole scoop........
so I brought him home.
Blog Widget by LinkWithin