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

Saturday, November 1, 2014

my very first peony...

Well I couldn't help but be a little bit excited today! After purchasing several peony plants and waiting about 3 years... today.. I had my very first peony bloom!

I had never really heard of this plant 'till I started seeing and reading about them in blogland... and I knew that I just had to get my hands on one.

I ended up getting the plants online and the first year I planted them there wasn't much of a show of leaves which was very disappointing. So I ended up digging them up again and amending the soil adding more fertilizer. Then last year again only a few leaves and I was beginning to think that this may not be the right area for these plants. This year however the plants seem to be stronger and slightly larger and I was so happy to see that I had a bud on one of them. I must have watched that bud everyday 'till it opened I think!

This one is called Monsieur Jules Elie and she's a beauty, what a gorgeous flower. I'm so glad I gave them a go .. now I only hope next year the other's decide to bloom as well!
take care, Maryann


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

how I dressed my dressing table...

 It is so much fun having a dressing table.. sometimes I change a few things but here is what it's like now.
I came across the sweetest vintage doilies that made such a difference and added some pink themed perfumes.

Even if you don't have a dressing table as such you could easily compromise with a chest of drawers by putting a pretty free standing mirror on top surrounded with all your accessories!
take care, Maryann

Sunday, October 26, 2014

my best garage sale finds yet...

Hi girls, well yesterday I ended up going to a couple of garage sales.  Lucky for me I did as I was contemplating (whilst still in bed) not to go and just laze a bit .. but something told me to get my butt out of bed.
So to get straight to it this is what I found...

a beautiful pink velvet french provincial lounge! It also came with 2 boudoir chairs that aren't shown here.
AND this...

 a beautifully carved mirror with columns roses and leaves. I've only shown the top section here as we had to put it in between some boxes to keep it upright. It is a huge mirror that is straight at the bottom so I can sit this flush on my fireplace surround.

I am so happy because now I can finish my lounge room. You may remember I had purchased a vintage lounge that needed reupholstering but that never happened and is still sitting in the shed. So I will be selling that one and using this one instead. 
Of course all my plans for a blue with gold accents are no longer.. as I will be replacing the blue with pink. I'm not really loving the timber trim so I might have to paint it.. still deciding what colour to use against the dusty pink.. I might start with the smaller chairs first to experiment.
It may take a little while as I need to empty my lounge room now as I had started using it as my sewing/store room for my ebay store...
take care, Maryann  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What's in the shop and a frilly new cushion..

Hi girls, well this shop is definitely keeping me busy and I'm really loving it. Just received an order yesterday and I was so excited to open the boxes. Here's a bit of what going in store now.. lots of shabby pretties this time..

 I will also be adding some nighties and dressing gowns sometime today .. some pretty lacy ones like these in pink and in ivory and also some floral cotton ones for everyday use.

Apart from that made a couple of identical cushions like the one below for a lovely customer 

this cushion features a removable bow and a vertical pleat down the middle with lots of ruffles.

So that's pretty much it.. we are having lovely spring weather here now and my garden is coming back to life... can't wait for all my roses to start blooming again.
Hope you are all having a great day!
take care, Maryann

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



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