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Simple Easter Decor with Vintage Ball Jars

Vintage mason jars are functional and so versatile. Over the years I have sold many for weddings, dinner table decor and more.

Today I am going to give you some ideas for simple yet adorable Easter Dinner Table Decor.

 

This is so cute and colorful – just a few bunny peeps surrounding a candle holder.

I bet the kids would just love to put a couple of these together! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check these chick peeps out with a little basket grass and colorful jelly beans. So adorable, and the kids can eat the chicks after dinner!

 

 

 

 

 

And after Easter dinner you’ll have these beautiful vintage ball jars to use as a vase, in the bathroom with cotton balls, and so much more!

Let your imagine go wild!

 

 

 

Until next time – we would love to see how you decorate with vintage mason jars!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

Unique Easter Basket Ideas

When the girls were little they just loved Easter, coloring eggs, making cookies, and then of course waiting for the Easter bunny to come and hide the eggs.

There was one year that they decided that they wanted me to wait till after Easter to get their basket. Their thinking – they could get a bigger basket for less money.

I didn’t think this was a very good idea, and guess what, I was right!! They cried and cried Easter morning because the Easter bunny didn’t bring their basket!

When John came along he wasn’t much into the baskets as the girls were, so I had to start thinking outside the box.

Below are some adorable thinking outside of the box Easter basket ideas, and yes some of these baskets can be found in the store!

 

 

This dump truck so so cute as an Easter basket, and what little boy or girl wouldn’t want one?

 

 

 

 

 

Now with this one, all you have to do is add a little candy, a book or 2 about Easter or some little cars & trucks, and you have one happy kid!

 

 

There are so many ideas and vintage items to create your own diy Easter basket this year. Right now I am looking round the store some more looking for more ideas! I love thinking outside the box!!

Please share your diy vintage Easter baskets with us. We love sharing inspiration!

Have an awesome day!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

Unique Planters

With the last couple days of warm weather here in Colorado I am thinking about planting flowers. Yes, I have to wait a couple more months, but that doesn’t mean that we have to stop planning and collecting unique planters.

 

 

Love planting in galvanized buckets. I have a couple of chicken feeders that are going to get planted also!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have an old mop bucket just like this. Just wait till I get planted and everyone is going to go nuts!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Are you looking for old chicken planters, galvanized buckets, mop buckets to plant this spring?? Guess what – I am not using all of them. I have a few saved for customers.

Have a great day!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

Unique Lights to Create

 

The hubby of one of our dealers has made some amazing lights / lamps out of found objects in the store.

How about these?? I am showing you some amazing ideas to create lighting for your home today, and everyone of these items can be found today in the store!

 

 

 

This is an amazing old funnel that has been converted to a wall lamp.

Such a cute idea for the rustic home or cabin

 

 

 

 

 

This is a new one for me. I have planted in old Thermos’ but I have never thought of creating a lamp out of them

Just love creating with unique vintage pieces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have an old fan blade off a boat motor in the store, and I have been trying to figure out what to create with it. Guess I now have a couple of ideas!!

 

 

 

 

Have you been creating lamps out of found objects?? Please share!! We can’t wait to see all of your creations!!

Hope you all have an amazing day!!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

 

 

 

Re-purposed Vintage Barrel Dolly

I have a love for vintage dolly’s – nope not that kind of dolly :). I love vintage wood and iron dolly’s – barrel dolly’s, vintage hand trucks, all of them no matter what they’re called!

There are so many possibilities for their uses. Yesterday during my nap, I had flea market flip on and guess what – yep, there was 2 episodes with dolly’s. Man the makeovers were awesome.

So I decided to take a spin via Pinterest to see what makeovers are out there. Some of these pieces are just stunning!

 

I love the simplicity of this coffee table. The dolly used to create this table looks just like one we have at the store.

A little cleaning, sealer, and a glass top, and you have your very own stunning coffee table!

 

 

 

 

 

This is a sweet piece – vintage barrel dolly and a chicken crate!

I have seen chicken crates as coffee tables, quilt racks and more, but paired with the dolly is twice as sweet!

 

 

 

Everyone that know me, knows that I can’t not create something without flowers. I just love color and vintage things, and love to pair the two!

Can you imagine this on your front porch? With winter approaching – think of all the ways you can decorate the barrel dolly for the holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage barrel dolly available at the store. We have 3 additional if this one is not the perfect one for you!

Msg or email for pricing and dimensions.

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage chicken crate available at the store.

Msg for pricing and dimensions.

 

 

 

Today I shared one of my favorite and inspirational shows. Who inspires you? Do you have a favorite DIY’er or blog that you follow? Please share with us we love to share the love!

Have an awesome week, and if you have created something special, we love pics!!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

 

 

 

Fall Decorating

I am a pretty simple girl at heart, and I like to decorate simply also. That is not to say I don’t have collections, but I like to simply add fall colors and decor in and around my every day decor!

Do you go all out? or are you a simple decorator also? Please share your fall decorating pics with us!

 

 

I think this vase is so pretty, yet is elegant enough for a dinner party table, or entry table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love decorating with my vintage everyday decor. Look at this beautiful scale all dolled up for fall.

I think this would be super cute with a little more color and great for entry way or it would be awesome on the mantle!

 

 

Have an awesome week. Don’t forget to share your pics with us!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

One Plus One = Fabulous!

So many times we hear, “I love this but I don’t know what I would do with it or where I would put it!” Finding creative ways to use the items you fall in love with gives them a place in your home. That is our goal!

 

 

For instance, one of Nancie’s favorite one plus ones is to pair a cute plant with an even cuter item one wouldn’t immediately think of to plant in. (Between you and me, I think she looks at everything as a possible planter!!!) Teri used a dust pan as a planter!

 

 

 

Another one plus one is to add a table top to a barrel, in this case I used a vintage nail barrel, and create an instant end table for a small space! Add your own touches like a small lamp, picture frames, or seasonal decor to create a cozy corner.

 

 

 

 

 

Crocks, vintage metal pots, and vases are perfect containers for kitchen utensils. Loretta chose to house her collection of wood rolling pins in a metal pot that may not be suitable for cooking but is absolutely perfect as a display piece!

 

 

 

 

Come on in and find your perfect one plus one pieces to take home to create your cozy displays! When you fall in love with an item but think, “What can I use this for?,” just ask! We love to chat about fun uses for our beloved antiques!

Carolyn along with Nancie, Winston and Ziggy

 

 

Wire Basket and Wood Crate Storage in the Kids Room

Face it, our children have more stuff than necessary, and it is always a chore to find a creative way to display and store their toys and books!

 


 

Wire baskets are a fun, and easy to use as storage for the kids bedroom!

You can paint them any color you want, they will last forever, and when the kids grow out of them, paint and move to wherever you need more storage!

Great for books, stuffed animals, car, or dolls – the uses are endless!

 

 

 

 

Wood creates are another great way to store toys, books, and more!

Wood creates are easy to paint and attached to the wall, or create a small bookshelf with them.

Crates are economical and the possibilities are endless!

 

 

 

We have what seems an endless supply of vintage wire baskets and wood crates. Wire baskets and wood crates never go out of style and can be used in any room of the home or garage!

Check back often as we showcase more creative uses for wire baskets and wood crates!

 

Have an awesome day!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

 

 

Re-Purposing Old Shutters

Have you asked yourself why you’re keeping those shutters? What can you possibly do with an old shabby shutter?

I LOVE use them as display pieces when I do shows. They are lightweight and so versatile! and they look great!

Here are some ideas to get some new use out of those old shutters!


 

Is your daily mail a mess, message center jumbled?  Here is a great idea to get it organized!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you in need to get the mud room organized prior to winter? Here is a great idea for a coat rack. Put a bench under and then you have a place to sit and put your shoes on!

 

 

 

 

 

The bathroom is small and your trying to figure out how to create a little more storage. How about an old shutter with grain bins? So cute, yet functional!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you all have an awesome week! Until next time!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

 

P.S. Don’t forget to share your re-purposed shutters with us!

 

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover!

We have all heard the adage “don’t judge a book by its cover.” We generally think of people when we use it and that’s a perfect time to apply it! I taught that to my students for the 21 years that I worked in the classroom. Now, as someone who spends her days surrounded by antiques, I have found a whole new use for the saying!

Antiques are often found in their worst possible shape, rusty, broken, missing pieces, and they are overlooked as unusable. For instance, we had this old blue metal doll crib. It was rusty and wobbly. As I carried it outside for people to see as they passed by, I kept thinking that it had a purpose and could shine again, so I bought it and took it home.

Here is the crib before and after:

I spray painted the crib with copper paint. Then I added an old wood drawer. I spray painted it a bright turquoise and added vintage hardware. I added a container of flowers and a chicken waiting for a place to roost, and I turned a rusty crib into a flower container. I could also see it in my house holding books or toys for my future grandchildren! (Just a side note, all of the items in the “after” picture came from the store except for the flowers.)

Another item that we often see that is definitely not usable as it was originally intended is the wood ladder. We see them in many sizes! I decided to use mine as an outdoor display unit. I didn’t change the ladder at all but I do change what goes on the ladder by season (or whim!). Here are two examples:

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can decorate with a theme like red, white and blue or birdhouses or things you love to collect – for me, it’s small animal figurines made of stone or iron.

There is a great deal of satisfaction in taking the rusty and broken antique and turning it into a treasure that brightens up your home, inside or out!

As always, we want to see what you have done with the items you buy here in the store.  Send us pictures!  We would love to feature your “don’t judge a book by its cover” projects! Don’t forget to take before and after pictures!  I sometimes get so excited by my project, I forget the “befores”!!!

We’ll see you when you stop in to say hi!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy