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Just wanted to share a few of my Valentine decorations with you …

long heart chain from sheet music

This chain of hearts was inspired by Jill Ruth & Co. but instead of sewing it, I punched a couple slits in the top and bottom of each heart and strung some ribbon through.  I embellished it with a couple vintage paper flowers and hung it with an old vintage brooch.

heart chain held by vintage broochheart chain from sheet music

At the beginning of the year, I had created some framed new years resolutions … ‘Choose Joy’, ‘Scatter Kindness”, and “Simplify” that were inspirations from my daughter.  Since the background was red, just adding a couple stuffed linen hearts by them transforms them into great Valentine decorations.

simplify wall hanging out of buttons embroidered scatter kindness wall hanging embroidered choose joy wall hanging with buttons

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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This adorable corner shelf sits in the opposite corner of the suitcase shelf.  I purchased it at my favorite little second hand store, Abbey Ann’s, in my hometown of Tallmadge, Ohio.  (I make it a point to visit everytime I make it back to Tallmadge.)  It was varnished dark wood when I bought it and I applied a creamy white paint for more of the shabby chic look.  It holds a handmade clock that I bought a long time ago, the salve tin that my grandfather used to get out for any bumps or bruises, and I pretty tin that I picked up at an auction that now holds our q-tips.  Notice the burgandy silky material that lines each shelf … yes, it’s from the suitcase lining and I added a little crocheted lace to the edges.  The chippy wrought iron towel hanger was purchased at the Hog Creek Craft and Antique Mall in Allen, Michigan.  I think I paid $3 for this gem. 

I’m tickled pink at how this corner turned out.  It’s right next to the sink where we can now hang a handtowel and it helped get yet another item, q-tips, off the counter.

I created this valance by sewing together cloth table napkins with pink embroidered trim and flowers.  It adds a little country feel to the room. 

There are a few items left to share and I’ll save them for another day 🙂

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In my quest to find ways of recycling some outdated, castaway items into cherished treasures and giving them a second life, I have been working on giving my bathroom a new look.  It’s a little bit country with the warm colors and a little shabby chic with the tins and painted furnishings and definitely vintage with the many collectibles. 

I needed something to replace a shelf that I had above the toilet that held some decorative items and also doubled as a towel rack.  I thought I wanted an old vintage medicine cabinet but was having a hard time finding one that I liked and was in my budget.  I have a collection of Trash to Treasure books by Leisure Arts and when I need inspiration, I leaf through them.  I came across a project where they turned an old suitcase into a shelf.  I liked the idea but worried that it might be too big for the space.  Nonetheless, I set off looking for the perfect suitcase and I found it at the Allen Antique Barn, one of just many places to shop for antiques in Allen, Michigan. 

I am thrilled with the suitcase and how the renovation turned out.  The inside of the suitcase had a really pretty burgandy silk material that was in very good condition.  It had loose pockets on three of the sides which meant extra material that I could use.  And I did, to cover the wood shelf that my husband made

 to hold my collection of various vintage items … from hat pins to old nail polish bottles to my grandmothers pretty vanity mirror.  And then there are some old razors and razor tins, some perfume bottles and some pill containers.   What I like is that there is still room to add more goodies as my collections grow.


All of this for $12 … that’s right, the suitcase cost me $12.  My husband had the wood for the shelf in the barn and I reused the material that was inside the suitcase.

This was a lot easier than I thought it would be and I can’t be happier with the way it turned out.  If you are thinking about a project like this look for a suitcase with pockets so that that you will have extra material to work with.  In my next post, I will share other updates to this bathroom and you will see that silky burgandy material show up again and again.  🙂

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So, I continue to cross paths with enamelware that I just can’t resist … this huge handled pan came with about 10 other pieces that I bought at an auction. Unfortunately this one has a hole in the bottom … it could have made a nice planter but I have several already so I decided to transform it into a cat bed.

I created a pillow from scrap material to fit in the bottom. I thought the metal would keep Boots a little cool and the pillow would give him a little cushion.


Boots wasn’t sure what to think of his new bed when I placed him in it but quickly adapted and enjoyed laying in the sun.

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I discovered a box of enamelware pans at an auction and couldn’t resist the urge to buy them. The chippy enamel and the green trim was just too cute to pass up.

I brought them home knowing that they would look good on my porch … and they fit right in with an old table that I painted green and an old bird cage that was also painted green.

You might notice right away the enamelware pan that is holding a basket of flowers but you may have missed the one that is in the crock or the one in the wicker plant stand with flowers in it.

In the small picture to the right, I’ve pulled the enamelware pan out of the crock so that you can see that it looks just as cute on the table!

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Our guest bathroom has slowly been getting a make over. Last year I hung a washboard-shelf-towel rack up and since then have been adding vintage items to it as I come across them (mostly found in boxes that I buy at auctions).

I made the little blue shelf liner (after seeing it in a Trash to Treasure book) by gluing vintage buttons onto a piece of blue material that I cut with scalloped edges.

The next project was taking some vintage hair items and shaving items and giving them a new home. I attached them to some small wicker baskets with fishing line and hung them on the wall.



Then I had an idea to use some vintage fabric that I acquired from an auction as a valance. I wanted to hang it with clips and started searching online but then remembered some vintage silver hair clips that I acquired from an auction … how primitive is that.


I love decorative switchplates and didn’t have one in the guest bathroom so I started searching for one and came across Tin Can Sally. There I found the perfect switchplate made from a Johnson and Johnson Powder Tin.

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