July 21, 2014

Summer Shopping Series Continued: Cece's Wares & Wears

Last summer I wrote about a cute coastal town in Michigan called South Haven.  It's situated on Lake Michigan and is chock full of unique, eclectic and vintage shopping spots.  I haven't gotten back there this summer but we did just visit another coastal town a bit farther south called New Buffalo.

While there, my daughters and I literally stumbled upon a really neat thrift store called Cece's Wares & Wears.  It's very new, and it's situated in a well-hidden courtyard at the end of an alley on North Whittaker Street.

Initially, you're greeted by this fine gentleman.


And a very unassuming sign.

 
Then you walk down an alley of sorts to a lovely courtyard just outside the store.  

 
Even the sign on the building was unique-junky!
 
 
And the courtyard was full of old containers that were brimming with greenery.
 

 
 
 
There were also a few seating areas outside where you could take a load off.
  
 
The store is actually spread out between two buildings.  The first building we visited was filled with clothing and some small home decor pieces and jewelry. Sorry, but I didn't get any pictures of that one.

The second building was filled with great vintage finds.

I've always wanted a tripod lamp just like this one.


And what's not to love about this retro pleather naugahyde ottoman?


This swivel bar stool was ripe for the taking. I can picture it with a new upholstery job.  Maybe grainsack?

 
Red, white and blue prevailed in this cute summer vignette. 


I fell in love with these plates.


I could picture these silver/pewter bowls filled with flowers.


And this chair reminded me of one we had when I was a kid.  I wish we had kept it!  Look at the legs and nailhead trim.


I was thrilled to have stumbled upon all that thrifty goodness.  I'm planning on going back for sure the next time I'm in town.

What's that?
 
Did I BUY anything?

Smirk.

I guess that's a story that will have to wait until next time.
 
Find Cece's Wares & Wears on Facebook.
110 N. Whittaker Courtyard
New Buffalo, MI

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July 12, 2014

I'm Being Featured: Must Love Junk's Saturday Spotlight!




I'm thrilled to announce that I'm being featured over at
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July 9, 2014

Fun Food Pinterest Board: Wickedly Good Whoopie Pies!


It's not often that I share recipes here.  But when I DO share one, you can rest assured that I think it's a great one and I want you to know about it!
 
The reason I made this recipe in the first place has to do with my Pinterest Board entitled "Fun Food" and my kids. As something fun to do this summer, I told each of my kids to pick their favorite recipe from that board and we would then make it together. My oldest daughter picked a recipe I pinned from Woman's Day entitled "Wickedly Good Whoopie Pies.


And let me tell you, they did not disappoint!  They really were wickedly good.  SO good, in fact, that they earned both my kids' and my husband's seal of approval!


 Just look at their ooey gooey goodness!
Can't you just taste them?
 

They made quite a pretty display on my silver dessert pedestal.  
Wouldn't you agree?


The recipe ran pretty true to form, however, I will caution you about storage. It says to place them in layers, with wax paper in between the layers (for one week) or freeze (for up to one month).  I did place them in layers, sans wax paper (my bad), so they stuck together a bit. But the real problem was that the ooey gooey goodness started to get a bit too ooey gooey and the tops started to slide off the bottoms a bit.  The price you pay for a wickedly good whoopie pie, I suppose. Once that happened I refrigerated the remaining whoopie pies and they were enjoyed by all, served cold.  And~ surprise~ they didn't last very long.
 
To make them, just jump on over to the recipe from Woman's Day.
 
Up next on the Fun Food Pinterest Page Tour: a delectable delight involving SINFULLY good icing, caramel and sea salt.
 
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July 1, 2014

Are you a Splurger or a Saver?

As a thrifty DIY home-décor blogger, I was asked to participate in Credit Card Insider's weekly "Splurge vs. Save" campaign. To that end, I'm going to resurrect portions of a post I wrote back in 2012 because I think it's one of the best representations of how I am a saver and not a splurger!
 
WOULDN'T YOU AGREE???  
 
First off, meet my fabulous Frenchy mega wall clock.

This thing is HUGE, people -- 23'' in diameter.  I absolutely love it!  I found it in the Home Decorators Collection catalog for $29.00 and free shipping.  $29.00!!!  It was out of stock {no wonder} and I had to wait a few months for it to come in but it was totally worth it.  Today they're charging $40.00, which is still a good deal when you compare it to prices like Ballard's and Pottery Barn. Look.




Next up is something that I had thought was so passe'. Then I see a resurgence of them and I'm in love. 

Topiaries.

Goodwill

Are you ready for theirs?


Next up is my all-time-favorite Parsons Chair.

Goodwill
{Yes, you read that right.}

Now theirs.


Uh, I just saved $275.00.
Here's a small {but satisfying nonetheless} home decor item that I'm very happy I broke down and bought.

Hobby Lobby 50% off sale.

Theirs.


 And last but not least, I've always been amazed at the price of designer name corkboards and chalkboards.  I've made both, but today I'll just show you one to give you an idea.

Frame: Goodwill. Corkboard and jewelry my own.



Yes, there's even more I could share but frankly I'm pooped.  Maybe another post should be in the making?  I WILL say that it's very satisfying to know that you've saved so much money, and created something beautiful for your home at the same time.

I hope I've inspired some of you to get out there and find some thrifty bargains.  And they don't have to be the spitting image of Ballard Designs' decor.  They just have to be something that you love.

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June 26, 2014

Decorating with Artichokes

 
I have to be honest right off the bat and say that I've never even eaten an artichoke. 

Not to mention the fact that I think the word artichoke is one pretty weird word.

That being said, I DO like how artichokes look when used for home décor and entertaining.

 So much so that I recently created a Pinterest board dedicated to artichoke decorating! But rather than make you go over there to see my pins (although you're always welcome!)  I thought I'd share a few of them right here.

This one is a classic example of fresh artichokes used in place of flowers for a table centerpiece.

{I'm not sure how long they last in water, though. Anyone have any experience with this?}  
 
                    

Midwest Living

I've wanted to get one of these drink dispensers for a long time.
Z-Gallerie artichoke-beverage-dispenser
Z Gallerie

I think the artichoke is a fabulous table decoration, especially in the fall.  I've always wanted to use them on Thanksgiving. Here they're used in a simple, but pretty, table setting.

Beautiful Fall Table Decor Ideas

Shelterness

Below is one more example of a way to use artichokes at each place setting. You could even stick a place card into each one for a more personal touch. I also think they'd look fabulous running all the way down the center of the table, each one filled with flowers! Or maybe tea lights.  Hhmm, I think I'm onto something.....it appears that the possibilities are endless!artichoke as vase
Lana Austin's European Vintage

Strictly from a decor perspective, this lamp is decidedly the most unique use of the artichoke that I've found.

Artichoke Lamp
Artichoke Lamp


What do you think?  A bit much or right up your alley?

The idea for this post came about after I scored a white porcelain pitcher from Goodwill for $2.99.  Here she is.

 
Isn't she lovely?
 
 
 Here she is up close.  Just a few small worn spots.  But that's how I like them, chippy and loved! 

It says "Made in Italy" on the bottom, which I think just adds to its value.

In addition to the pitcher I already had some silk artichokes displayed in my repurposed and French-i-fied tool box. You can see how I added the French graphics to the toolbox  here.


I really think the artichokes are perfect for it.


Here they are together.


You can find out all about my gilded chalkboard here.
And here are some of those lovely blooms.
 


You knew I couldn't help myself from talking about my hydrangeas, didn't you?


I can't believe how early they're blooming this year.

Not to mention how plentiful the blooms are.
 
Cue angelic chorus here.

Yes, I'm excited at the prospect of a summer full of hydrangeas.

What gets you excited about summer?


Do you use artichokes

in your décor

 or

for entertaining?
 
Let me know, I'd love to hear!
 
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