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At the Vintage Thymes Monthly Market! Just a few pics of this weekend’s market, today, Saturday and Sunday.
Some of the most beautiful and creative items I have see yet! My booth is chock full of vintage items including this antique buggy bench-which I love.
I have been working on the cupboard since the summer, when I purchased it at a flea market in Maine. Somehow I managed to get the whole thing in the car and take it home. Now it’s your turn : )
This antique jewel-encrusted dress form is astounding!
The artist, Nancy Rafi, reports that it took her 100 hours of construction, using pins, buckles, belts and buttons from all over the world. This is a truly one-o-f-a-kind piece. Simply Amazing.
So many cute vintage signs,
and if you don’t have a tree yet, you might like one of these! They are not real but they are so fun! These are glittery shabby chic.
This one’s wrapped in red plaid ribbon and already lighted
And this one was created using old book bindings-so creative!
There are plenty of stocking stuffers,
vintage wreaths (this one was created from old barrel staves)
and perfect gifts for everyone!
So come on down to the Vintage Thymes Market
and stop in to my booth at Country Design Home to say hello!
If this doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will! Happy holiday shopping everyone! Only 12 more days til Christmas! Susan
One of the my favorite holiday projects I’ve been working on this season is a pair of decoupaged reindeer using antique Christmas carol sheet music. I had fallen in love with some similar to this in an Orvis holiday catalog I recently received. But they were glass and glitter and cost a pretty penny. AND, they are sold out!!
Time for a little DIY. This is a simple, somewhat time-consuming project, but with a bit of patience you can make these beautiful deer too for a little $$$! I found two papier mache deer at Joann’s for $6.99 each, but they were on sale for 40% off. (well, actually there were three, but one of the little guys just kept falling over- too much spiked eggnog perhaps-so he was returned?!).
1. Along with your deer, you will need decoupage glue ( am using Modge Podge here, but there are so many brands to choose from now), some decorative paper, hot glue, glitter, jute twine, some bells and fluff. Here is the how-to:
2. I cut most of the sheet music into strips and bits before I began, the rest as I went along. There were quite a few curves and crevices to work into, so I used varied sizes of cut paper. If you don’t have sheet music, you can use any light weight paper, like wrapping paper, or even the newspaper! Working in small areas, one section at a time, brush on some decoupage glue to the deer, then onto the reverse side of the paper piece you are using.
Place the paper onto the deer, then smooth it with your finger or brush. Repeat, overlapping as you go, until the entire deer is covered in decorative paper.
4. Glitter time! Paint the papered sections of the deer with decoupage glue, then sprinkle with clear glitter all over, making sure you get into all the cracks and crevices. Shake or tap it to allow any loose glitter to fall off. ++TIP++ I always place a piece of wax paper under my projects before I begin sprinkling. Once you are finished, you pick up the wax paper, fold in half to created a “luge” and pour all of the leftover glitter back into the bottle. Saves a lot of glitter! If you notice you have missed a spot, then just add a little more glue and re-apply glitter.
3. Decorate the hoofs and antlers. Using jute, start in a hidden area and use a spot of hot glue to anchor the twine.
Paint the remainder of the area with the decoupage glue.
Wrap the twine around until the area is covered. Tuck in end and add another spot of hot glue to anchor in place.
5. For the collar I used some white feather boa I had available to mimic the ones in the Orvis ad.
6. For the collar, you will need thread, a little bell and a pushpin and a decoration of some sort.
I used a push pin decorated with a sparkly snowflake for the anchor.
Glue a rhinestone to the snowflake for a little added bling.
Take the pushpin and tie the bell with thread to the plastic part above the ridge. That will prevent it from slipping off the pin. Or you could glue it.
Then push the pin into the neck area, through the fur. The pin will not show through the fur, so no worries there. Dazzling deer!!
7. Done! Are these exactly like the ones in the ad? Nope. But I love my deer with the antique Christmas carols and furry collars. Such a pretty holiday decoration for a dreamy, sparkling, snowy mantel or console tablescape!
Now if only someone had a decoupaged deer on their Secret Santa list….only 18 days left everyone-oh, deer, better get shopping! Susan
Inspired by Silver Bells
It’s Christmas Time in the City at the Atlanta Holiday House
Silver and Navy Table Setting by French Flair Interior Design
A simple shining mantel by AM Dolce Vita
Shimmering Silver Tree by French Flair Interior Design
Simply Parisian Style by Rose Garden Romantic Home
Christmas Bowl by Timothy De Clue Design
Silver & Plum Table Setting by Focal Point Styling
Silver Lights Screen Wallpaper. Download to add a bit of silvery sparkle to your holiday!
Only 20 days til Christmas. Make your holidays shine. Susan
I have been to many designer showhouses over the years, hosted in mansions by the sea and ancient monasteries, but none more personal or meaningful to me than the Glen Magna Farms Designer Holiday Showhouse in Danvers, Massachusetts.
You see, I was raised in this north shore town, not very far from the grounds of this old magnificent estate, and as a child my wish had always been to have the wedding of my dreams there. Which I did, so very many years ago. (and, yes, hats were a thing back then…)
The Endicott Mansion has been the site of many beautiful weddings and historic events over the years, but lately, according to Danvers Historical Society president Wayne Eisenhauer,
had started to show its true age. Many of the mansion’s period rooms had lost their luster and were in dire need of updating and refurbishing, without sacrificing the integrity of the magnificent home and its history.
But, extensive renovations are prohibitively expensive on such a grand scale. The Designer’s Showhouse seemed the perfect solution: each interior space would receive a floor-to-ceiling makeover, painstakingly preserving the existing architecture. The proceeds would benefit the Historical Society and provide funds to refurbish the 1792 Derby Summer House,
which is also on the grounds of the Glen Magna Farms. On Thanksgiving eve, I had the opportunity to tour the mansion with Wayne Eisenhauer, the Historical Society president and met several of the designers, including the Showhouse Chair, Sandra Biondo of Sandra Biondi Interiors of Danvers. The completed works of the collective group of incredibly talented designers is impressive. Room after room, once faded and dated,
have been stripped of the old layers, and redesigned displaying touches unique to each designer. Above is the before Bride’s Room, used primarily as a dressing room for the bride to be. The redesigned suite by Linda Hentschel of I-Design Interiors (the bedroom) and Diana Kennedy of Diana Kennedy Interiors (the adjacent Bride’s Bath) is so very lovely in shades of rich creams and whites. The bedroom features a hand-carved mahogany four poster bed from the society’s collection and a mirrored console table- brilliant touches of old and new. The Endicott Library with its extraordinary curved bookcase spanning the length of the room, has been transformed by William Ralph Fine Antiques & Design. The room now features a desk dating to the 1600’s and an exquisite antique highboy acquired from the historical society’s private collection.
The challenge was updating the spaces while staying true to the estate and its place in history at the turn of the century, while oftentimes preserving existing paint colors and architectural details at the behest of the Historical Society.
This is the grand foyer back at the turn of the century
The Drawing Room, designed by Donna Terry, of Boston Design and Interiors boasts this magnificent carved fireplace
which is the focal point of the room. This is the original room as it appeared prior to the transformation.
This is Donna’s inspired rendering of the space,
which was decorated in the Art Deco Style with Neoclassical/Egyptian Revival roots. The finished room is nothing short of spectacular! Of course, you will have to attend the showhouse to see for yourself the amazing transformations of all the spaces. It opens today, December 1 and runs through the 15th. The self-guided tour hours are 10-4 daily, and the tickets are $20 either online or at the door, all to benefit the Danvers Historical Society. For a complete listing of all of the talented designers and contributors to this project, click here. I hope you all have a chance to visit the Endicott Mansion at Glen Magna Farms. It is inspired decorating at its best and it is for such a great cause! Have a wonderful post-turkey, three weeks to Christmas weekend everyone! Susan
Last weekend I was fortunate to attend the Hingham Holiday Fair at Hingham High School-simply amazing!! The entire school, including the hallways, the gym and cafeteria were overflowing with Christmas joy-just the right start to my holiday season! Although there were so many vendors who caught my holiday-shopping eye, there was one booth in particular whose artwork really captivated me.
J & J Graphics is a mother and son team from the north shore of Boston who create original folk art paintings depicting “Memorable New England Coastal Locations, Sailing Scenes and Boston Sports”.
So perfect for holiday gift-giving for a lover of all things New England! The colors are vibrant, the scenes iconic
some are fanciful
some just capturing all that is Boston and our heritage.
There are calendars,
large and small
and so much more, featuring the coastline of New England from Maine
to Cape Cod and the Islands.
Their beautiful work is available in many local shops around the New England area, but you will also be able to meet them this weekend at the Hingham Shipyard Holiday Market on November 30 and December 1st.
But if you’re not able to get to the shipyard, you can visit their website @ J & J Graphics for additional information and locations or to order online. Happy holiday shopping everyone! Now that turkey day is behind us, let the Christmas games begin! Susan