Friday, February 22, 2019

Use the Pretty Dishes!

Pretty pink floral print dishes make my heart go pitter-patter! My sweet mother-in-law has some of the prettiest mismatched serving dishes and I just love them! When I comment on one, she is always telling me that she found it at a garage sale or thrift store, usually for less than a dollar. They aren't in perfect condition, but we use them on a regular basis at her house, and they make my heart happy. 

A few weeks ago, I was at the thrift store and passed up 5 dinner plates for $3.00, that were so pretty, but I said "I don't have room for more dishes..." 
vintage pink floral dishes

Early last week, Jeff's mom mentioned having a Valentine Party. I decided to make a strawberry trifle and she pulled out a pretty trifle bowl for me to use. She had got it (for free, but that's another story) at an estate sale in the community a few years ago. She recalled Mrs. Meadows bringing her desserts to the community and church functions in this same dish and she was so glad I made our dessert in her pretty bowl. I had taken my ingredients to their house the night before and had a basic glass trifle bowl, but it wasn't anything special and I certainly didn't mind using her pretty bowl instead.  

For our party, we used the pretty napkins, a vintage tablecloth, and had flowers on the table. I made paper conversation hearts and hung them from the mantle and chandelier. We enjoyed the time with the ones we love. Our party wasn't really "pinterest worthy," but it was real life and a good time was had by all! 

A few days before our get together, she commented that she didn't know if it would work and didn't know if everybody would get to come. I told her it didn't matter of there was 4 of us or all 10, we would still do it and it would be fun. (We had 9 for our Valentine Party!) 

We eat supper with Jeff's family regularly - on another night, she got out the pretty blue bowls for us to eat spaghetti. It was just three of us eating in the pretty dishes, but it made the food taste just a little better; a little fancier than the everyday dishes. 
use the pretty dishes, that tell a story, and make you happy
It got me to thinking - why aren't we using all the pretty dishes more? It's been reported that the millennial's and younger generations do not want their Mother or Grandma's dishes or other items we think of as heirlooms that will be passed down. Thrift stores are reporting being overrun with household items as the older generations are downsizing or estates are finalized and that these items are hard to get rid of. What we once thought was expensive china or dishes that we say are being saved for "special occasions" aren't really that valuable after all. So why are we hoarding these things away in the cabinet, collecting dust? Why not enjoy them, while we have a chance? 

This is my Grandomther's china - I confess that I had to dust them, just to take this picture and I think I've used them once in 17 years. They've only come out of the china cabinet when I've painted it and maybe one holiday. We should really change that...

We visited with a sweet customer at the last Mineola Antique Fair. She told about her grandmother who loved scented powders. She took her a bottle on each visit, but her grandmother didn't seem to wear it often. When the granddaughter ask her why she wasn't using it, she said she was saving it for "special occasions." When she died, her cabinets were full of the powder and only two bottles were open. She ran out of special occasions, long before she ran out of powder. 

 I've been thinking about that conversation and recent experiences -  You know, I do have room for pretty dishes, it's just occupied with dishes / things that don't excite us. The peach pattern dishes we have are ok, but not vintage-y and fabulous. Simply put, they are practical, but nothing special. You know what I'm going to do? As I'm shopping spring garage sales and at the thrift store, I'm going to gather up my own collection of pretty mismatched dishes that make my heart happy. When I get that set, I'm going to load of those peach dishes up and donate them! I'm sure someone out there loves peach lattice dishes, it's just not us. 

Along the same lines, I've purchased or made some new clothing items for myself recently. Are they always practical for what I'm doing? Not always. 
I felt kind of like a fancy farm girl with my (faux) pearls, rust and romance tee and flannel while feeding cows this week, but it was fun and this new sweet suga-love took a felfie (farmer-selfie) with me. 

This world needs more happy - let's live an inspiring life and enjoy the things we have, instead of muddling through waiting for the special occasion. 

Let's use the pretty dishes, wear the scented powder, wear the things that make you feel pretty, let's fix the dessert and use the dishes that have a story to tell and evoke memories. While we ate that strawberry dessert, our family recalled memories of the Meadows family. While I didn't know them personally,  I do remember my side of the family baling hay on the property when I was a kid.

Spend the time with the people you love, tell the stories, enjoy the things you have now, for we aren't promised tomorrow. 

Do more of what makes you happy

Now excuse me, I'm off to hunt for some pretty dishes! 

*Please eat dessert responsibly ;) Everything in moderation and according to your health requirements or you might run out of special events, quicker than you want to. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Slightly Obsessed with Flower Trucks!

Okay, I admit it, I'm obsessed with flower trucks! I even have a Pinterest Board dedicated to Flower Trucks. Check it out to see some fun inspiration and garden ideas. I really wish Jeff would let me plant flowers in one of his old trucks, but I seriously doubt that's ever going to happen.

I created this turquoise truck with pink flowers as a "Goodbye January" graphic and it kinda went crazy on Facebook and then I decided it needed to be on some shirts too.

I had already started on the Rust and Romance flower trucks when I created the one of above and then we already had the red flatbed truck with flowers. Oh and then there is the Vintage Soul shirt with a vintage truck and flower!

Read more about the Rust and Romance theme and how it resonated with me on this blog post. 
Have I mentioned my daffodils and jonquils have started blooming?!? They are a couple of weeks early, but we are excited to see them.

Which Flower Truck is your favorite? 

(All the shirts are in my etsy shop now or I'll have them at the Mineola Antique Fair this weekend. The flannels and plaid shirts are all one of a kind, but I can always make more of the t shirts, if you don't see your size.) 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Rust and Romance

Recently, I saw the words Rust and Romance and they jumped off the page at me. For a long time, I've wondered what ties my wedding business and love of vintage lace, flowers, and  treasures with rusty junk, old pick up trucks, and our recycled / repurposed garden together. How do I describe my rusty creations and romantic wedding bouquets? What could a tag line for my shop be? 

I was immediately inspired to create this Rust and Romance graphic to put on shirts. It combines a rusty old turquoise truck, lace, burlap. galvanized buckets and crates of flowers, chippy peely wood background, and lights. 

I loved this picture of a navy burlap and lace bridal bouquet on one of our Farmall tractors. 
Our rusty gazebo - if you are new here, our gazebo was pulled from a trash ditch (yes, really) and we have had a blast decorating it each season with repurposed and second hand finds. The only thing purchased new is the lights and hummingbird feeder.
Shabby, Chippy, Vintage, Love
Our booth at the Mineola Antique Fair (open the second Friday and Saturday of each month.) 

vintage market booth space
Still debating on whether "Rust and Romance" should be on the shirt or not???

turquoise burlap and lace bridal bouquet
A rusty meat grinder became a garden container for this pretty succulent. 

repurposed garden containers for succulents

Rustic Romance Repurposed Clothing
 Miss Gussie - my rustic, vintage, camper trailer with all the romantic lace and shabby details.

 With my love at one of our shows...

  Well, I think Rust and Romance is just the description I was looking for! Don't ya think? 

The Rust and Romance shirts will be available soon.

Custom wedding bouquets and most clothing is available in my etsy shop or some of the items (plus so much) can be found at the Mineola Antique Fair. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Counting States

Remember those road trips as a kids and playing the license plate game? You know - family vacation, sitting in the back seat, getting bored, and asking "are we there yet?" The summer before fifth grade, we went on a road trip to the Grand Canyon and mom got her steno book out and we wrote down all the different state license plates we saw. It was something we did to pass the time travelling from East Texas to Arizona, then on to Las Vegas. I'm thinking we saw about 40 something different states, but that's been a while, so I can't confirm that total.

From time to time, I've checked my etsy sales map. It's kind of like the license plate game, as you count the states and countries. The last three states seemed to take a while. Tonight, I checked it, wanting to confirm how many countries I had shipped to (I'm working on some new brochures) and was surprised to see that it said ALL 50 STATES!!! I knew it was sitting at 49 for a while, but had missed the item that shipped to the 50th state!

As of today, we have shipped to all the United States and a total of 8 countries. When I opened my shop back in 2011, I NEVER would have thought this to be possible. I'm just a small town girl, working from our home in the country, making handmade bouquets, clothing, and other decor items. I am SOOOOO thankful for all of you who support our shop and let us be a part of all your events! We appreciate each and everyone of you!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hanging with my Heifers..Vintage Souls, and Donkeys too! Introducing the NEW Clothing Items!

I'm so excited about this news! For most of 2018, I researched and learned about sublimation. It's a type of printer and the images can be transferred to many different substrates by heat. My Black Friday shopping involved investing in my business and purchasing a sub printer. I experimented by creating Christmas gifts with the new printer and making things for myself to wear. Now, I am happy to release the first of the NEW shirts made with this new (to me) process. 

The sublimation ink actually dyes certain fabrics, so there isn't a texture or raised images on the shirt. It gives a much more professional look for the shirts, so even my flannel shirt process has been changed and improved! It's took lots of trial and error to get it down. 

This also means that I will be able to offer shirts in all sizes, instead of just random sized flannels. If your size is sold out, I can reorder more blank shirts. As I progress and see what styles everyone likes the best, I'll do my best to keep more shirts in stock, but for now it will all be small batches, with the option to preorder more. 

The following shirts are made on super soft raglan t shirts. On the baseball t's, the graphics will have a vintage look, which we love. 

So let's look at some of the new graphics and shirts!

 They are a fun a sassy bunch of girls! 

vintage t shirt with cows
 Oh this Sweet Donkey is so happy with it's flower crown! Sure does remind of us our donkeys, Flossie and Ronnie D!

Donkey with Flower Crown graphic t shirt
 Vintage Soul - Another new favorite and original design. A vintage turquoise truck, lace, chandelier, flower, and marquee lights are on a chippy wood and floral print background. Throw in a little leopard print and glitter... what more could a vintage soul ask for?!?
Vintage t shirt with turquoise truck, burlap and lace
 Junkin' is my Happy Place! I've said it before and I'll say again - I want to make shirts that I will personally wear and hopefully you all will enjoy them as well. I love our cows, donkeys, and for sure like to go pickin' and junkin'. If only I had a vintage truck, for hauling all my junk...
Vintage style raglan t shirt
I wore my Red Flower Truck shirt while out delivering flowers this weekend. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for daffodil and tulip season to begin! These shirts are so comfy and perfect for layering with a flannel this winter and they can easily transition into spring. 

vintage t shirt with truck and flowers
Here's a few of the flannels that I've been working on. I'll have these and more this weekend at the Mineola Antique Fair and of course in my Etsy Shop, so they can be shipped most anywhere. Please let me know what you think or if you want to see some of the other images I've had on flannels on the new t shirts. Which is your favorite? 

flannel shirt with cows

Literally hanging out with a few of the heifers at the farm! 

Heehaw! There has been some pretty sunsets at the farm and Flossie said she needed her picture taken to celebrate the new donkey shirts being released this week! ;)

Here's a few more of the Farm Sunset pictures from this week. I forget how pretty January sunsets can be! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Tie the Knot

A few years ago, I got my feed truck stuck at the farm. By myself. I walked to the barn and got the tractor, used the tow strap in my truck, and pulled myself out. I tied the knot on the hay unroller (a piece of equipment attached to back of tractor), that I couldn’t undo, after I got the truck unstuck. It wasn’t coming undone and you know I’ve ALWAYS got a pair of scissors with me, so I cut the strap. I have no regrets in what I did. None.

Shoulda, coulda done something different to begin with, but I didn’t. Hey, not backing around and getting my tire stuck in a wet hole woulda been the better thing... but still, no regrets.

Anyways, I rattle on with the back story to tell you that knot I tied a few years ago was there for us a few weeks ago, when we needed it. (There’s a loop on the end you can’t see.) We never know the reason or how something we do today can effect us years from now. Every time I look at the strap, I sigh and remember that day I cut it. Now I’ll remember the day it helped.

Just like when I opened accounts with a new business name, on a cold winter night, thinking it would never be a real big deal. After a few seasons, it is our full time gig.

Tie the knot... Do something today that your future self will be thankful for. 

Whether it’s picking a business name even though you still have a full time job and securing that shop name and email address, making that call, asking that question, choosing to be healthier, whatever it is... tie the knot and one day you’ll look back and be glad you did!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Coral: The 2019 Color of the Year and How to Incorporate it into Your Wedding

 The 2019 Pantone Color of the Year is Living Coral

A little about this color from the Pantone Website:

Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.
In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.
Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

Coral has been a oft requested color in wedding bouquets and the following pictures show a few different color combinations and ways to include coral with your wedding flowers. 

This first picture shows a bridal bouquet with coral, Idaho potato, and white burlap roses with bling, feathers, lace, and coral tulle. There is also a small bridesmaid bouquet, pin on corsage, and boutonnieres. 
Coral wedding flowers

Turquoise and Coral is a happy and fun color combination! (I have several shades of turquoise that can be used with the coral.) 

 This shows a bridal bouquet (top), small and medium bridesmaids bouquets and a turquoise rose boutonniere. 

Natural and rustic - coral was combined with tan, cream, and chocolate brown in this bouquet. Tufts of lace, tulle, and pearls accent the flowers. 

Navy has been a favorite wedding color for the past couple of years and combining it with coral is another pretty option. 

rustic wedding flowers with coral and navy
 This wedding had a neutral colored bridal bouquet and the boutonnieres for the men in the wedding party incorporated the coral. I also made individual roses for them to decorate with. 

Will you be using the 2019 color of the year in your wedding? I would love to help create unique keepsake bouquets for your wedding day. Custom orders are always available, so please send me a message and we can discuss your ideas and needs! Looking forward to helping you this year!