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I love to decorate.... whether it be one style at a time or all at once...

Friday, August 29, 2014

and one more garden arch.. this time in the front..

  This week I finally put up my last garden arch. It sits at the entry of my winding side garden and faces my front yard.

 I took advantage of all the rain we had this week, which made the ground very soft and easy for me to hammer the bottom spikes into the ground.
 I planted 2 climbing roses either side called 'renae' which you can hardly see right now but am hoping this will be smothered in pink roses by summertime..and if you look closely at the drawing Amy did of my home in my side bar you can see that she drew in my arch way back then! 


and what's already blooming with spring only a couple of days away!






I'm loving it...take care, Maryann

Monday, August 25, 2014

some new keepers...

I did pick up some lovely things on my weekend away with Fred that I have been slowly listing on ebay but there were a couple of things I decided to keep.

a pretty quilt stand .. I just love the shape of this..of course I will be painting it white..


I hadn't intended to keep this but it went so well on my mantle it's now a keeper.



lovely silver plate teapot..nearly didn't get this as it's fairly corroded on top but so glad I did as I just love the shape and intricate design on the feet.


some used ballerina shoes that sit in my room for now..


another crystal perfume bottle.. can't get enough of these..

and last but not least my most favorite item of all out of everything I purchased.. this vintage ballerina clock with dome.
The ballerina and clock are wind up.. and it all works perfectly! I just loved this the minute I saw it. 
I seem to be starting a ballerina theme here and I know I have a ballerina print stashed somewhere in my shed! Will have to go searching for it...
take care, Maryann

 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

a touch of blue.. in the hallway..

 As much as I love pink, I do like a touch of blue..so I decided to use this color in one of my hallways. Actually it's sort of a dead end hallway about the size of 1 square yard and where there are rooms either side. It's a very tiny spot to decorate and was a bit hard to photograph.


 I purchased this cabinet a while ago now and it was already blue with chippy paint.. it was perfect.
I also had the birdcage.
I had also purchased this lovely painting from Gail McCormack a while ago too and funnily enough these three things were scattered around the house 'till one day it hit me to bring them together.
I did have other things on the cabinet but I think the birdcage is enough. A candle and a pale blue budgie sit inside. 
So this is my little bit of blue amongst my pink!
take care,
Maryann xx





Thursday, August 14, 2014

what's in the shop.. August '14

Hi girls, so since reopening my ebay store... Shabby French & Vintage  ( used to have one called The Shabby Boudoir many moons ago) I've been very busy trying to fill it up with lots of pretty and varied things... mostly things which i love and would be very happy to have in my own home. Even though sometimes i think this is my down fall as i find it very hard to purchase something that is not me .. then when I do buy something I totally love .. it's very hard to let it go.. and so it goes..
Anyhow here's a few things in store right now...






I just adore these french poodles!


and will also be listing a new (not new in design) cushion soon as well. I will have 2 of these identical.


Had a bit of a shopping spree last week and have plenty more new things to list.. and ofcourse there were a couple of things that were keepers for sure (especially one) but I'll show you what they were next time.. soon.
take care, Maryann

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Something I thought I would never do... facebook!

Well, as usual I'm always the last to hop on board when something new (or pretty much old now) comes out. I've decided to join facebook, something I thought I would never do since I was already blogging.

So I've set up my page purely for my shop Shabby French & Vintage, while I will keep the blog for personal and decorating posts. I've managed to do my first post on FB, nothing special but it's a start 'till I get the hang of it. Waiting for my daughter to come home from the shops to help me navigate my way around! So if anyone would like to say hi...that would be great.

So not to leave without any pics here are a couple I took of my china cabinet the other day... this sits in the hallway directly opposite the front door....



Ok girls... be seeing ya..
takecare, Maryann

Saturday, July 26, 2014

pretty Tilda quilt and new ebay store...

Hi girls, hope you've all been well. So I've been a little busy lately. Just finished off a quilt for a lovely customer of mine. I made a few things for her when she had her baby late last year but requested a single bed raggy quilt  in the same theme.



The majority of the fabric is by Tilda and a few others thrown in that compliment.

And...I've opened an ebay store. "Shabby French & Vintage"
I had one a few years ago and feel that now is the time to get into it again.
In my new store you will find exactly that, shabby pretty romantic things.. and things for little girls as well,
all things french provincial and french country and also one of a kind vintage finds that I come across. Ofcourse you will find my hand made soft furnishings and small pieces of  furniture. 
So just click on my shop on my sidebar if you would like to have a peek...


and here are a few things I've just listed..



It's basically a bit of everything I love! 
take care, Maryann

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